If you've ever ignored the signs and symptoms and thought they would heal quickly, this article is for you.
Everyone is different. Some people book a doctor's appointment at the first sign of a cold. Others delay seeing a doctor even when their symptoms may be related to a dangerous condition.
Sign or symptom?
In the medical world, signs are what others see. For example, a rash could be a sign of a skin condition, while high blood sugar could indicate diabetes, which can be observed or measured by others, such as family members or doctors.
Symptoms, on the other hand, are only visible to the person who has experienced it and cannot be seen or measured. Symptoms indicate that something is wrong with the body. It can be an illness, injury, or medical condition.
Major Symptoms that you should never ignore because it could be a signal of larger problem are:
1. Chest Pain Or Discomfort in The Upper Body
Unlike in the movies, most people who have a heart attack don't suddenly fall to the ground and grab their chest. Patients may describe it as lasting for a few minutes or disappearing and returning. At times, symptoms are more likely to be felt in the neck and one arm. Symptoms such as nausea and vomiting, back and jaw pain, and shortness of breath are more common in women. Cold sweats are not uncommon in people who have had a heart attack.
A heart attack is a circulatory problem and is distinguished from cardiac arrest, although the two terms are sometimes used interchangeably. In a cardiac arrest, a person is more likely to suddenly fall to the ground, because the heart suddenly stops beating or starts beating abnormally. A defibrillator is needed to get it beating again and hands-only CPR should be performed to the beat of Staying Alive until emergency services arrive.
2. Sudden numbness or weakness
Sudden difficulty moving a leg or arm, especially on one side of the body, may indicate a stroke. Other signs include facial drooping, including on one side of the body. Difficulty speaking; confusion; difficulty seeing with one or both eyes. Dizziness or loss of balance. You may also experience sudden severe headaches. These are serious health conditions that require immediate emergency treatment.
3. High or persistent fever
If it's 103 degrees Fahrenheit or above, you should seek immediate medical attention. A low-grade fever (around 100 degrees Celsius) with no apparent cause for several weeks should also be checked. What it is:
Fever is part of the body's defense against infection, but a very high fever can indicate serious illness, from urinary tract infections and pneumonia to endocarditis (inflammation inside the heart) and meningitis. There is a possibility that A persistent low-grade fever can be a sign of a sinus infection or cancer such as lymphoma or leukemia. Other possibilities include viral infections, which may require hospitalization depending on the pathogen and the person's general health.
4. Shortness of Breath
You can also experience shortness of breath, sometimes with heart palpitations, if you are under extreme emotional distress or anxiety. Regardless, patients should go to the doctor.
Sudden shortness of breath may indicate a pulmonary embolism. This is when a clot forms in a deep vein of the body (usually in the leg), travels to the lungs, and lodges in the blood vessels of the lungs. Suspect embolism if you have recently traveled, had surgery, are immobile, or have shortness of breath with chest pain or hemoptysis. If you gasp for a few stages or get tired faster than before, your doctor should rule out Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). past. Arrhythmias, congestive heart failure, and other types of heart disease are also possible. Not getting enough oxygen to your organs can cause shortness of breath.
People may also experience shortness of breath, sometimes accompanied by palpitations, during periods of extreme emotional distress or anxiety. In any case, the patient should be examined by a doctor.
5. Calf or thigh pain, especially if in just one leg
If your calf or thigh pain increases after a period of inactivity, it may be a sign of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), even if it's not serious. This dangerous type of blood clot is especially common in patients recovering from knee and hip surgery. Patients may describe the pain as feeling like a muscle spasm, often with swelling and redness in the legs.A blood clot can travel through the bloodstream and block blood flow to the lungs. Therefore, DVT should be treated immediately. This is a life-threatening condition called pulmonary embolism.
6. Nausea, Indigestion, Heartburn, or Stomach Pain
Some people have these symptoms during a heart attack. Vomiting may also occur. Women report this type of symptom more often than men. Of course, an upset stomach can occur for many reasons unrelated to the heart. After all, it could be what you ate. But it should be noted that it can also occur during a heart attack. So, if you're feeling this way and you're at risk for heart problems, see your doctor to find out what's going on, especially if you have other symptoms on this list.
7. Night Sweats
One health warning sign that you should never ignore is night sweats. Night sweats can be caused by medications or menopause, but they can also be a symptom of more serious conditions such as infections, autoimmune diseases, and cancer. If you have regular night sweats, it's important to see your doctor so that the cause can be determined and treated if necessary.
Other health symptoms that should not be ignored are fatigue, weight loss, fever and persistent cough. If any of these symptoms occur regularly, it's important to see a doctor right away so the cause can be determined and treated if necessary. Ignoring these changes can lead to serious health complications.
8. Unexpected weight loss
The weight loss can be gradual, happening slowly over the course of weeks and months, but maybe you notice your clothes are fitting more loosely despite no diet or exercise change. The biggest concern in this case could be cancer. Diabetes or thyroid disease are also possibilities.
9. Confusion or behavioral changes
Confusion means you have difficulty thinking or staying focused. You might notice your attention shifting at a rapid pace. This makes it hard for you to form normal thoughts. Dizziness or slurred speech might also happen. These symptoms could indicate anything from a stroke to low blood pressure to severe dehydration. It’s also possible that medication you’re taking is behind the problem. Your dosage could be too high, or it might be mixing poorly with other substances, such as alcohol.
10. The Worst Headache of Your Life
Almost one-half of the world’s population has some type of headache disorder. That’s a lot of headaches. And trying to sort out dangerous headaches from minor headaches is a challenge faced by physicians every day. But there are a few “red flags” or warning signs that should be taken seriously, if their headache is accompanied by other symptoms such as neck stiffness, personality changes or a loss in function of just one area of the body (such as an eyelid drooping, speech, or balance difficulties).
Don't Wait, Act Now!
While nobody wants to get sick, it happens to all of us every now and then. The one thing all these symptoms have in common is that your chances of survival are greatly increased if you act quickly. Some things just can’t wait until tomorrow or next week. See your doctor today!