Body Signs You Should NEVER Ignore
Maybe you didn’t know, or maybe you’re just short on time. Maybe you’ve got a family reunion, or maybe you could just care less!! I can assure you that ignoring your body can end you up in very bad places, for long periods of time. That bad place I’m referring to is called “the hospital.” And normally, if you’re in the hospital….it’s never just for an ear infection or sprained ankle.
Below you’ll find many body signs, symptoms, and issues that often lead to even more, larger issues. If you find yourself saying, “Hey, this sounds like me,” repeatedly through this blog….maybe you should get off of the computer, and call your family doctor. Like now. They’re always the best place to start!!!
Severe Head Pain
So you’ve had a headache for a few days, and nothing seems to touch it. Or maybe you fell a few days back, and hit your head. But no “bump” appeared, and it only really hurt for a few days. Maybe you’ve recently had surgery, or maybe you’re even pregnant. Did you know that any of these things above can actually be a serious brain condition, or worse, a hemorrhage?
There are two main types of headaches: primary and secondary. Tension headaches and cluster headaches are examples of primary. In primary headaches, your nerves and blood vessels send pain messages to your brain. In secondary headaches, such as from a medicine, a fever, high blood pressure, stroke, stress, a tumor, or a nerve disorder. Primary headaches are most common, but it’s important to differentiate the two.
Here are some secondary headache features that may stand out to you.
-A headache that’s the first ever or worst ever
-A severe headache that comes on abruptly
-Increased frequency or a change in the character of recurrent headaches
-Headaches at a very young age or later in life (under 5 or over 50)
-Abnormalities, such as weakness or vision loss, accompanying a headache
-Headaches that are associated with seizures, fainting or a medical condition like pregnancy, cancer, HIV or high blood pressure
-A headache accompanied by fever
-A headache that comes with exertion or straining, activities known as Valsalva maneuvers
Head issues are often the most misdiagnosed around. And this does not apply to the elderly only. Even young people’s headaches, and symptoms can be misdiagnosed. Here’s some information from a Woman’s Health Magazine.
“Scarier still is how often strokes in young adults are missed—some 14 percent of the time, according to researchers at Wayne State University. Patients from that study were misdiagnosed as, among other things, being drunk, having an inner ear infection, or suffering from benign vertigo.
“If a young person has symptoms of sudden unsteadiness, dizziness, or weakness, it’s almost always considered a less dramatic event than stroke,” says study coauthor Kumar Rajamani, M.D., an associate professor of neurology at Wayne State University School of Medicine.
The consequences of misdiagnosis are dire, because when having a stroke, every minute counts. “Timeliness of treatment is crucial,” says Rajamani. After a stroke is diagnosed, patients generally have up to three hours (in some situations up to four and a half hours) to be injected with a clot-busting drug called tissue plasminogen activator, or TPA.
“But if the stroke is diagnosed too late, then the affected part of the brain is already dead, which is irreversible. Treatment with TPA at this late stage is futile and perhaps dangerous.” And though young stroke patients can bounce back more quickly than older ones—their brains are able to compensate better for losses—they’re not immune to the often-traumatic consequences” (WomensHealthMag.com).
Whether brushing your teeth beings you pain, or your gums bleed after the slightest touch… mouth issues should be handled immediately! Did you know that if left untreated, mouth infections can enter the blood stream very quickly, due to the make up of your mouth. Courtesy of this awesome thing we call the human body.
So, what’s the big deal? You may have gum disease, a bacterial infection that affects millions. “Infected gums are a portal for bacteria to enter the bloodstream and inflame and possibly damage your heart and other organs,” says Steven Offenbacher, D.D.S., at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry.
Act now! Root cleaning (which rids your teeth of rough spots where germs gather) can help treat infection, and severe cases may be managed with antibiotics, Dr. Offenbacher says. For healthy gums for life, floss and brush at least twice a day and schedule a dental exam every six months.
Sharp Pain in Your Side
We’re not talking the pains from running. We’re talking the side splitting, takes your breathe away pain that doesn’t quit. If this pain happens to be on your right side, and is accompanied by a fever and nausea, it could very well be appendicitis.
It occurs when something (like a stray piece of feces) migrates into the space where the appendix empties into the colon, blocking it. Soon the organ becomes dangerously inflamed. Another possibility is an ovarian cyst. Typically these fluid-filled sacs are harmless and disappear on their own. But if one twists or ruptures, it can cause terrible pain.
In both cases, you’re looking at emergency surgery. “If you don’t remove an inflamed appendix, it can burst,” says Lin Chang, M.D., a gastroenterologist and codirector of UCLA’s Center for Neurovisceral Sciences and Women’s Health. This can cause dangerous swelling of the tissue surrounding your organs. A twisted cyst also needs to be removed right away, as it can block blood flow to your ovary within hours. If that happens, the doctor will need to cut out the entire ovary (and the eggs inside) along with the cyst.
Passing Chest Pain
Have you experienced the occasional chest pain? Maybe heartburn at odd times, after you’ve eaten nothing questionable. It’s always possible that you just had too many jalapenos with dinner. However, if you’ve ever had chest pain or heart problems before, this is not something to blow off. Ever. It could simply be indigestion. But it could also be a heart attack.
Every year, about 10,000 women under 45 have one. Symptoms tend to be less severe in women than in men, so “you may just feel pressure, along with fatigue, throat pain, or shortness of breath,” Giardina says.
We’re not just talking gas pain, here folks. And this one can be more detrimental for women then men. Any sort of abdominal bloating that lasts longer than your cycle can be a huge sign of ovarian cysts, or cancer.
“In 2007 the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation released the first national consensus on early symptoms: They include bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, and difficulty eating. If you start experiencing them almost daily for more than two or three weeks, raise a red flag.
Ovarian cancer isn’t as common as breast or lung cancer (about 1 in 70 women will get it during their lives), but your risk is higher if you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer or if you’ve never been pregnant” (womenshealthmag.com).
Back Pain with Tingling Toes
Did you just put all the holiday decorations in the attic, and now you’re attached to the heating pad, and cannot move? Or maybe you went fishing, and while walking down the hill, your back did the Dougie, and now you can’t walk. If after a few days your back pain hasn’t gotten better, it may be time to seek some extra treatment.
If no amounts of over the counter pain medicine, or doctor prescribed anti-inflammatory medicines don’t work… it’s very possible you could have a slipped, or burst disc. And without the proper treatment, you can do further permanent damage. Possibly creating even more pain then you’re already in.
The fix An X-ray or MRI can show whether a disc in your back has slipped or ruptured. As long as the numbness isn’t getting worse, your doctor will probably prescribe physical therapy along with oral steroids or NSAIDs to reduce nerve inflammation. But if you’re still laid up after a few months, you may need surgery to remove the disc.
Leg Pain with Swelling
If at any time your leg becomes red, sore and hot to the touch or a firey feeling deep within.. It’s possible you’re having some deep vein thrombosis, otherwise known as a blood clot.
As with every blog post on the medical front….please make sure you’re not doctoring yourself only with information online. If you’ve got issues with your health, don’t keep it to yourself. Talk to friends, family, or even better–YOUR DOCTOR. 🙂