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8 Health Warning Signs Not to Ignore

Let’s all admit it: we are not always jumping at the opportunity to see a doctor every time we feel some pain or some discomforting health issue. An aspirin here, a good night’s sleep there, a cup of hot tea or an herbal remedy and we feel as good as new. However, medical science has taught us that our bodies are terribly vulnerable and are almost always signaling us when something goes wrong.

Health Warning Signs Not to Ignore

You may not be a House M.D special case, but that incredible show has taught us that there are certain subtle symptoms and health signs you shouldn’t ignore under any circumstance. The chances of you suffering from a rare and difficult to diagnose disease, such as the highly-challenging Tourette syndrome,are pretty slim indeed, but you might be suffering from other conditions, with symptoms that you’ve previously neglected.

This is why we’ve decided to list eight of the essential health warning signs not to ignore, as they may be more dangerous than you could possibly imagine.

 

1. You Snore

What is so special about snoring, you might ask? Almost all people snore, men and women alike. It is indeed a common occurrence, and it is certainly annoying for your partner. Some people don’t even know they do it until someone else tells them. However, snoring may be occasional or it can be constant. If you find yourself pretty sleepy during the day no matter what, then you should consider your snoring a health issue and a symptom of something more important that you shouldn’t ignore.

When Should You See a Doctor?

If you are told you snore every night, or you are aware of your own snoring (sometimes it can be so loud it can wake you up), you might want to talk to a specialist. Problematic snoring also comes together with gasps, snorts and, sometimes, teeth grinding.

If all those symptoms are also accompanied by daytime sleepiness, then you might suffer from sleep apnea, which in turn can lead to future heart problems and high blood pressure issues.

 

2. You Have a Headache

Everybody has headaches from time to time, even children. According to specialists, most headaches don’t need immediate medical attention. You might need a breath of fresh air, some water, a few hours away from your computer or an aspirin.

There are several types of headaches,and they are associated with lack of sleep, hunger and skipped meals, poor body posture, sinus infections and colds, menstruation (in women), high blood pressure (or low blood pressure), indigestion, alcohol consumption and many more.

When Should You See a Doctor?

You should take your headaches seriously if you experience more than three episodes a week. If your headaches don’t get relieved by regular OTC meds, then you should think about seeing a physician. If a headache comes on suddenly, severe and associated with some neurological symptoms such as dizziness, numbness, tingling, weakness, loss of balance, falling, fever symptoms, stiff neck, shortness of breath, rash, nausea or vomiting, you then need immediate medical attention.

 

3. You Have a Stomach Ache

A stomach ache can be a passenger sign of a digestive issue or can be an alarm your body is trying to pull. We get stomach aches for a great number of reasons, and we prefer taking some regular stomach meds or keep a diet for a few days.

Abdominal pains are usually associated with indigestion, ulcer, and constipations and so on, but they can also be accompanied by GERD, heart attacks, injuries, GI infections and muscle issues, heavy lifting gym workouts or common gas pains.

When Should You See a Doctor?

A passenger stomach ache doesn’t require immediate medical attention, but you should call 911 or go to the hospital if your stomach pain lasts more than three days in a row or is associated with a trauma and other symptoms described above. If your abdomen is severely distended or tender, if you feel pressure or pain in your chest, if you show signs of nausea or vomiting or if you show signs of jaundice,you don’t need Dr. House to tell you that you are in trouble.

 

4. You Feel Bloated and Abdominally Uncomfortable

Speaking about gas pain… many women deal with the bloating issue, feeling like overinflated balloons no matter what they eat, when they eat, and how they eat. The bloating symptoms get a bit more severe especially before their period and sometimes last for days. Women tend to ignore this issue most of the time but they shouldn’t.

When Should You See a Doctor?

You should keep track of your bloating and notice if it comes together with abdominal and pelvic pain and eating difficulties. Also, if you experience such symptoms daily for more than 2-3 weeks, then leave everything and call your doctor. We hate to break it to you, but such symptoms are associated with ovarian cancer.

The good news is this type of cancer is that it’s quite rare (around 1 in 70 women get it during their lifetime). You present higher risks of ovarian cancer if you have a family history of ovarian or breast cancer.

 

5. You Lose Weight and Don’t Mean to

Losing weight without doing anything about it is too good to be true. Many people associate sudden or significant weight loss (in the absence of diets and exercises) with stress, work overload, exams, career changes, family issues and so on. To some extent, losing a pound in a very stressful period of your life is not uncommon. But losing 5% of your weight in a 6-12 months frame without trying means you are dealing with something bigger.

When Should You See a Doctor?

If you experience inexplicable weight loss that revolves around 5% or more in less than 12 months, you should see a doctor. Multiple factors can lead to such health symptoms. Sudden and unintended significant weight losses can be associated with depression, cancer, dementia, diabetes, hormonal issues, Parkinson’s or hyperthyroidism among others.

 

6. You Feel Constantly Fatigued

This is not about you feeling like a wreck Monday morning after partying all weekend. Constant fatigue is described as “always feeling tired”no matter how much sleep you get or how much brain boosters you use (coffee, black tea, energy drinks or gym workouts).

Constant fatigue means you feel like you are not going to make it until the end of the day. It means you are sleepy at work, at home and even behind the wheel and feel lightheaded, dizzy and unable to deal with your daily affairs. Getting a few nights of recovery sleep or a vacation should solve the issue.

When Should You See a Doctor?

If you experience this lack of energy for days or weeks in a row, you need to see your physician. Constant fatigue is associated with allergic rhinitis, anemia, depression, fibromyalgia, uterine cancer or gastrointestinal cancer linked with anemia, hypothyroidism or clinic mood disorders. If you get your 8 hours of sleep a night and still feel like you’re drained of energy, it’s time to take things seriously.

 

7. You Urinate Excessively

If you get up to run to the bathroom once a night, you shouldn’t worry too much. But if you rush to the toilet three or more times during the same night, then you should consider talking to your physician. A small bladder is one thing; a mass pressing on your bladder can turn into a Grey’s Anatomy episode.

 

When Should You See a Doctor?

If you constantly wake up 2-3 times a night even if you didn’t overdo with liquid intake during the day, then it’s time to consider some other health issues. A mass (benign or malign), uterine fibroids in women, diabetes or constant fatigue are the most likely culprits, so you need a differential diagnosis and a set of check-ups.

You may “hide” a kidney problem or other bladder and kidney infections you need to fend off as quickly as possible.

 

8. You Present White Patches on Your Tongue

Does your tongue look suspiciously white coated or patched? First, try to brush it properly for a few days or an entire week and see if the heavy white coating is still present. If the issue persists, you should think about a gastrointestinal imbalance you can fix with a probiotic diet or probiotic supplements.

When Should You See a Doctor?

If those probiotics and healthy fermented yogurts didn’t do the trick, you might want to see your physician. White tongue coating may represent a candida infection, and while it is treatable, it is also sexually transmittable and hard to get rid of.

Candida is associated with post-illness recovery, use of antibiotics or weak immune system signs – which are dangerous in and out of themselves – and of course, STDs. You doctor will help you with a differential diagnosis for severe candida, gastrointestinal problems, and even oral cancer – which unfortunately is signaled by white tongue coatings.

Do you experience any of these symptoms? Don’t ignore them, but make sure you get the proper medical attention!

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