No matter how much you understand your body, it will still feel like a foreign language sometimes because there are some signs that we simply can’t read.
There are many ways that our bodies choose to tell us something is wrong, but we just think it is a false alarm so we keep on with our lives until something strikes us one day, and then we will have no one to blame but ourselves.
However, this doesn’t mean that whenever something aches you, you are supposed to run to the emergency room immediately. It is serious if when the ache occurs synchronously with a few other minor symptoms.
#1 – Sudden and severe headaches
Doctors don’t worry too much about the headaches that come gradually, but the ones that come suddenly and severe are the ones you should worry about. They call it the Thunderclap.
That throbbing pain could indicate a burst blood vessel and aneurysm, and it can be life-threatening if it occurred in the aorta because it can grow and weaken the blood vessel causing it to rupture. Also, if a headache comes with a stiff neck, then it could mean meningitis.
#2 – Chest pain
Every time our chest starts to hurt, we immediately think that it is the heart, but there are many other things that cause chest pain and they are very dangerous. That pain could be a sign of blood clot, pulmonary embolism, a collapsed lung, ruptured esophagus, aortic dissection, and fluid around the heart.
So if you experienced any chest pain, then you have to notice if you are having any shortness of breath and fatigue. Women, however, could have different signs including cold sweat, dizziness, and nausea.
#3 – One eye goes blind
If one of your eyes is losing sight, then it could be a sign of stroke. Also, it could mean that you are not getting enough oxygen to your brain which could lead to a problem in one side of the body, face dropping, muscle weakness, and feeling numb only on one side. It can indicate that you will have some serious vision problems.
#4 – Wounds taking longer to heal
If you noticed that recently, the wounds on your body take longer to heal, then probably your glucose level is high, which is more of a sign of uncontrolled diabetes.
That leads to poor circulation and decreased blood flow, so the arteries and veins will not be able to transport blood to the wounds as they supposed to, which is why they take a long time to repair the damage.
#5 – Clubbing
If you noticed that your fingers and toes are becoming wider and rounder, then it could be a sign of lung cancer. The clubbing is a phenomenon that is hardly understood, and it mostly happens to people who are having lung, heart or congenital conditions.
The thing is cancer cells keep releasing chemicals in the blood that are capable to change the structure of the nails. So if you noticed any difference, visit your doctor ASAP.
#6 – Nauseous all the time
Some people start to experience nausea, not hungry, and “sick to the stomach” feelings even if they didn’t eat well, and that means that there is a buildup of fluids around the intestine and liver. But according to the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology, heart attacks are the most severe cause of nausea.
#7 – Frequent heartburn
Heartburns are that uncomfortable burning feeling you experience from once in a while, and it is very common. However, it is okay to feel it once or twice a month, but if you feel it more than 3 times in one week, especially if you didn’t eat anything that can trigger it, then you may need to check with your doctor.
GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease) is the more severe “version” of acid reflux. It is dangerous because that burning sensation doesn’t show the brain clearly if the pain is coming from the stomach or the heart, which means, it could be a sign of a heart attack.
#8 – Swollen feet
It is dangerous if the swelling happens only in one leg because there could be a blood clot that has formed in a large vein, and when it starts to break down, a part of it could travel to the lung and cause a pulmonary embolism, which can be seriously dangerous.
However, the swollen legs could be a sign of a very serious condition if it comes with shortness of breath, and you should never ignore it.
#9 – Neck and shoulder pain
If you have been experiencing neck and shoulder pain constantly, then it may be an early sign of coronary disease. According to the co-director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Dr. David Fischman, this pain is connected with the blood pathways. It starts with the chest, then spread towards the neck and shoulder area.
He said that this symptom is more common among women who experience no chest discomfort with upper body pain.
#10 – Shortness of breath
The difficulty of breathing is a serious issue, but if it is after an intense workout and you are still trying to catch your breath, then that’s completely natural. The dangerous one happens out of a sudden for no reason whatsoever.
It could be an anxiety attack, but it is best to check with your doctor. This symptom could be a sign of a collapsed lung, blood clot in one of the lung’s arteries, or a cardiovascular problem.
“It is better safe than sorry”. This sentence should be memorized in your brain and must be applied whenever you feel a specific symptom. Also, you never know, you may end up saving your own life.
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