Sometimes we would all rather ignore the things that worry us. We tell ourselves that if we give it a little time and we make some changes to our daily routine, those little things that are keeping us up at night will just go away. However, as much as we would like to tell you that ignoring that nagging pain or that mole will make it disappear, it simply is not true. Taking care of your health is something that comes in many different forms, from exercising regularly to eating the right things to being open about your mental health. But knowing when you need to talk to a healthcare professional is one of the most important things you can do when it comes to looking after yourself.
One of the most challenging aspects of all of this is understanding what is a potential symptom of a serious health issue, and what is a perfectly normal or everyday reaction for your body. In this article, we will discuss some of the most common warning signs that something is seriously wrong, and how you can most easily identify them.
Don’t Ignore…Sharp Pains In Your Chest
Anyone with a relative in their fifties or above will be familiar with the nagging concern that the discomfort they are passing off as indigestion is something a lot more serious. But it is very important to remember that no one should ignore a sudden stabbing pain in their chest, not just the over fifties. It could be an early warning sign of an impending heart attack, and the severity of the pain will be an indication of how urgent the situation is.
There are other signs that you should never ignore. If it feels like there is pressure on your chest, or if it feels like someone is squeezing it, then you should talk to your doctor as soon as possible. Now, these symptoms may disappear as suddenly as they arrive, which is why so many people ignore them. However, if they recur, your body is telling you that something is seriously wrong. Heart disease causes one in four deaths in the United States and being able to spot the warning signs could save your life.
When we find a new lump or bump somewhere on our body, it is very easy to panic. We all know that these growths can often be cancerous, and when we are worrying about such a potentially life-altering scenario, sometimes people can just shut down. They feel like it is too big to worry about, too much to take on, and they decide to ignore it and hope it will go away.
The first point to raise here is that you should always talk to a healthcare professional if you are at all worried about any new lumps, bumps, or growths on your skin. The second is that there are several different reasons why such a growth may have occurred, and that a lump is not necessarily a tumor. That lump could be a cyst, which could have grown because of infection, duct blockage, chronic inflammation, or inherited diseases. If it is a tumor, it could be completely benign.
What you need to remember is that you won’t know what it is until you get it checked out. A cyst or tumor will show up on an MRI scan, and a CT (computed topography) scan will allow the technician performing it to see inside the lump and decide whether you need a biopsy. To learn more about the details of cyst vs tumor diagnoses and how you can get a scan, talk to the team at Ezra. They offer an annual MRI scan that takes just one hour at a range of price options to suit you.
Sudden Sharp Headaches
We all suffer from headaches from time to time, and we all know that some are worse than others. If you routinely suffer from migraines, for example, you will be well acquainted with severe pain and the side-effects that come from it, including sensitivity to light and temporary loss of vision.
However, the kind of headache that we are talking about is different to a migraine and can be described as the worst kind of pain that you have ever felt. This kind of headache can be a warning sign of an impending stroke or aneurysm, and it is caused by a blood vessel becoming enlarged and pressing down on your brain. You need to get to a doctor before it ruptures.
Leg Pain Or Swelling
Generally, if we start to feel an unusual pain in our leg, we get up and walk around a bit and tell ourselves that it’s just because it has gone numb. However, if you notice that there is some swelling and tenderness in a specific area, you should really talk to a doctor. This could be a sign that your body is on its way towards a pulmonary embolism, which is caused by a blood clot in your leg.
The real problems will occur if that blood clot leaves your leg and starts travelling around your bloodstream, and if it reaches your lung, it could do some real damage. You may have heard warnings about pulmonary embolisms before going on long haul flights, as extended periods without moving could cause a situation to flare up. Talk to your physician before booking a long flight if you have a history of blood clots.
Numbness Or Drooping
This is an issue that you need to alert a medical professional to as quickly as possible. There are several signs that you are having a stroke, and weakness or numbness in your arm is one of the most common. Other symptoms that you need to be aware of include slurring or difficulty with speech and face drooping to one side or facial numbness.
In the United States alone, one person will have a stroke every 40 seconds, and somebody dies from a stroke every four minutes. It is vitally important that you act as quickly as possible if you notice yourself or somebody else suffering from these symptoms.
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