Ways Your Body Is Trying To Tell You Something Is Seriously Wrong
When you get right down to it, your body can be quite scary. Sometimes, you feel like something’s off…over time, the problem may end up being nothing and simply go away on its own. That’s if you’re lucky; if you’re unlucky, some of these problems can land you in the hospital!
How can you tell when something is serious and may be a sign of some major health issues? It all comes down to being able to identify particular symptoms. If you’re ready to keep your own body safe, keep reading to discover the symptoms that something is seriously wrong inside your body!
Parts of your body probably go numb all the time. For example, your arm may go numb if you sit at a weird angle, and your legs may go numb depending on how you are sitting. But if you are going numb from time to time and have no idea what is causing it, you should treat this seriously.
That’s because numbness may be a sign you are having a stroke. That is most likely the case if your body feels numb from both sides. However, even if you only feel numb in one direction, we recommend consulting with your physician if you can’t otherwise figure out what caused it.
Pain in your chest
Chest pain is one of those things far too many of us take for granted because it can be caused by indigestion. If you eat enough spicy foods or maybe just eat too richly for a holiday dinner, you are likely to experience temporary pain in your chest.
What if the pain isn’t so temporary, though, or you know for sure that it’s not indigestion? In those cases, there may be something wrong with your heart, especially if you happen to be feeling nauseous or sweaty at the same time. If the pain doesn’t soon go away on your own, be sure to visit your doctor ASAP!
Like numbness, dizziness is one of those things that happens to everyone from time to time. In some cases, something as simple as not getting enough hydration can cause you to feel dizzy. But it could also be a sign of conditions such as an abnormal heart rhythm; left untreated, such a condition could cost you your life!
As always, we recommend that anyone experiencing an unexpected and unexplained condition like dizziness to consult with their physician. The dizziness may very well be caused by something minor, but your doctor will be able to treat whatever it is while also potentially giving you peace of mind by ruling out something more serious.
Do you frequently feel sick to your stomach? In many cases, nausea can be explained by the fact that you ate something that disagrees with you. But nausea that has no real explanation may be a sign of heart problems, especially if you are a woman.
If it’s an issue such as a heart attack, nausea will likely be accompanied by other symptoms such as a fever. Should you experience both symptoms (and possibly other symptoms, including fatigue, shortness of breath, and the inability to keep food down for at least 24 hours), then you need to immediately head to the doctor. Don’t hesitate to go to an emergency room if you are worried you are having a heart attack!
You may find yourself frequently coughing from time to time. Plenty of things can cause this: temporary allergies, colds, and so on. However, if your cough doesn’t go away after 10 days, then you may be dealing with something very serious.
In some cases, a persistent cough may be a sign that you are suffering from a health issue such as pneumonia. We think you should talk with your doctor for any cough that lasts more than 10 days, but it’s particularly important to call him if you are coughing up oddly-colored mucus and especially if you’re coughing up blood!
As we get older, many of us experience changes to our vision. This may include vision getting worse, obviously, requiring the need for corrective lenses. But it may also include more unexpected changes, including seeing “floaters”–the term for spots that move into and out of your vision.
When it comes to changes to your vision, we have good news and bad news. The good news is that the aforementioned conditions (the appearance of floaters and your vision getting worse) are common and not a major cause for concern. The bad news is that if you experience something more like sudden vision loss, then this may be evidence of a stroke. If you are experiencing this, be sure to contact your physician, especially if you have a family history of heart problems or suffer from either diabetes or high blood pressure.