6 Disease Symptoms You Should Never Ignore
A visit to the doctor is out of the question these days, unless of course you have an emergency. Now, more than ever, we must take care of our health, by monitoring and observing the messages sent by your body, I know I am.
If there’s one thing I learned so far when it comes to health, it’s that nothing you feel and see on your body happens without a reason. Every sign and disease symptom can be our body’s way of drawing our attention to something more potentially problematic.
The key is to pay attention to the signals we receive so we can act upon them before it’s too late. If you’re not sure how to distinguish between the inevitable signs of aging and more serious conditions, here are 6 disease symptoms you should never ignore:
Weight loss – Thyroid Gland Disease or Pancreatic Cancer?
One of the common symptoms of those two is weight loss but, losing weight is not always a good sign, especially if you haven’t followed any diets or exercise programs lately.
In fact, if you suddenly lose between 10 and 15 pounds with no apparent reason, it might be an early sign of a more serious illness.
Unexplained weight loss “is often caused by stress or your thyroid, but it can be a sign of pancreatic cancer,” says Marleen Meyers, MD, an oncologist at NYU Langone Medical Center. And it can be a result of a chronic medical condition. Infections such as HIV or hepatitis C can also cause you to lose more weight than normal.
In order to track the evolution of any fluctuations in your weight and to be sure that there are no signs of concern, I suggest you buy a reliable body scale and to keep track of your gains and losses as it’s better to be safe than sorry !
Here’s what you should and shouldn’t do for a healthy weight loss!
Diabetic or just tired?
Lack of energy and constant fatigue should give you pause for thought. When did your body become so weak and more importantly, why?
Fatigue can be one of the early indicators of diabetes and although you could easy ignore it by just taking a nap, but excessive sleepiness can also point towards severe medical issues.
If you feel exhausted all the time and sleep more than 9-10 hours a day, you should be concerned and investigate the causes more thoroughly.
Chronic pain – arthritis or an infection?
Experiencing constant pain for more than 12 weeks is defined as chronic pain. It can have serious effects on your day-to-day life but can also cause mental health issues. Sometimes chronic pain can begin without any apparent reason. But in many cases, it starts after an injury or because of a medical condition such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, or infections.
No matter your age, you don’t have to suffer in silence. If your pain lasts for 3 to 6 months or even more ask for professional help in finding a medical or non-medical solution to relieve the pain.
A Numbing Sensation – a stroke or sitting too long?
Numbness may just be a sign that you sat on your foot or arm for too long, however if you have this sensation only on one side of your body or your face, for no apparent reason, usually accompanied with sudden confusion, blurred vision, or difficulty in speaking, it may be an indication that you’re having a stroke. In this situation, it is imperative that you seek medical treatment right away and call 911.
As Dr. Edward C. Jauch, M.D., from the Medical University of South Carolina, says, if you think you might be having a stroke, “Wait-and-see should not be a part of the decision process.”
Calf pain – muscle strain or blood clot?
Calf pain is the pain in the back of the leg, between the knee and ankle, usually caused by a cramp or muscle strain. Sometimes, calf pain can be a symptom of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), blood clots in the deep veins within the legs.
Around 2 million Americans are affected by this condition every year, some of them even develop life-threatening complications. “The danger is that a piece of the clot could break loose and cause pulmonary embolism [a clot in the lungs], which could be fatal,” says Sandra Fryhofer, MD, spokeswoman for the American College of Physicians.
Ordinary cramps or muscle strains and tensions are much easier to treat with Magnesium supplements.
Skin changes – just a mole or skin cancer?
Your skin is like a map. Any changes on this “map” can significantly influence your life’s entire course. Therefore, don’t ignore what your skin has to say to you. Any change in the size, shape, or color of a mole or other spot can be a sign of skin cancer.
See a dermatologist every year for a thorough examination and even a biopsy may be required. Make sure you don’t mistake potentially dangerous spots with freckles and suffer the consequences later. Also, get accustomed to using sunscreen products as an important part of your skincare routine.
Using sunscreen can decrease your risk of skin cancers and skin precancers. Regular daily use of SPF 15 sunscreen can reduce your risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) by about 40 percent, and lower your melanoma risk by 50 percent, according to The Skin Cancer Foundation.
You can also prevent premature skin aging caused by the sun, including wrinkles and age spots.
In addition to the 6 symptoms presented, there are 2 more symptoms that are very common, which is why we tend to ignore them, but I can assure you that is not the case.
You Keep Forgetting Things – Are you just getting older or is it Alzheimer?
As you get older, chances are you’ll sometimes forget where you left your glasses or the name of an ex neighbor. These small memory lapses happen and come as a natural part of the aging process. But if this happens more often than usual, you should pay more attention, as, loss of memory is also a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease.
One symptom of more serious memory loss is that you’re not aware there’s a problem. Family members might seem more worried than you are. If loved ones are talking to you about your memory, take their concerns to heart and see a doctor.
Alzheimer’s, which affects some 5 million Americans, most of them over 65, is irreversible, as stated by National Institute on Aging.
In most cases, there’s no great cause for worry. Just because you forget where you put your glasses or an appointment but remember it later, doesn’t necessarily mean you have Alzheimer. But if you ask friends and family for details over and over again, perhaps need them to do tasks that you used to do yourself with relative ease or if you have trouble with planning or solving problems that that would have come naturally before you should be more concerned.
What you can also do, is to prevent Alzheimer or even slow the aging process, by taking care of the nutrients you consume. The foods you eat do matter for your brain health, and they’re the best way to get nutrients, apart from supplementing the natural sources with a lot of different antioxidants, like beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, and resveratrol. They are in plant foods, such as berries, greens, tea, and bell peppers and you can also find them in supplements like these below:
Most people have suffered from a belly ache at some point in their lives but if you feel intense pain in the lower part of your abdomen for more than a couple of days, it’s more likely something more than just an upset stomach.
Abdominal pain is often a symptom of a rare RA complication called rheumatoid vasculitis but it can also indicate gallbladder and pancreatic problems, stomach ulcers, and intestinal blockages.
If you have other disease symptoms, this post can also help you identify the cause.
I know with the current pandemic, there has been a sharp focus on the health and well being of ourselves and our loved ones, but here at Wellness Captain we want to keep you as well informed as we can. If you have any questions, queries or just need to talk, don’t hesitate to drop us a line.
Stay healthy and stay safe.