It is very important to learn to listen to your body and mind. Take note of the important signs and symptoms and know when it’s the right time to seek medical care. Unexplained weight loss, sudden loss of vision, shortness of breath and sudden changes in bowel habits, are just some of the warning signs you should take note of. You should always take care of your body and know when it’s the right time to consult a doctor. Here are six important symptoms you shouldn’t ignore!
Shortness of breath
Shortness of breath can be a symptom of an underlying medical problem. Sometimes it can be caused by obesity, extreme temperatures or strenuous exercise. However, if you have unexplained, sudden or severe shortness of breath, you should immediately seek medical care. Shortness of breath can be a sign of a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis, pulmonary embolism as well as heart or lung disease. Breathlessness often occurs with a panic attack – which is a sudden episode of intense anxiety that triggers severe physical reactions when there is no real danger.
Unexplained weight loss
Unexplained weight loss can be a sign of some health problem, especially if you’re not obese. If you’ve lost more than 10 percent of your body weight during a period of six months, you should seek immediate medical care. Unexplained weight loss is usually a symptom of many diseases including diabetes, depression, overactive thyroid, cancer or liver disease.
Unexplained changes in bowel habits
If you notice some unusual changes in bowel habits like frequent stools, bloody or black stools, constipation, or persistent diarrhea you should consult your doctor. What’s considered normal for bowel movements varies widely, but changes in bowel habits may signal a viral or parasitic infection as well as a bacterial infection like salmonella or campylobacter. These unexplained changes can be also caused by irritable bowel disease or colon cancer.
Flashes of light
Flashes of light or bright spots that can occur in different periods of the day, usually indicate a migraine. Migraine headaches often begin with an aura, light interference in the form of bright spots in your vision. Sudden flashes of light may also occur in the case of retinal detachment. As soon as you notice this symptom, seek medical care in order to prevent permanent vision loss.
Changes in mood and behavior
You should seek immediate medical care if you notice a sudden confusion, disorientation in time and space, sudden memory problems, poor concentration, poor thinking skills, aggressive behavior, or mood swings. These changes in mood and behavior can be caused by various health problems including poor nutrition, infection, fluctuations in your blood glucose levels, mental health or particular medications.
Persistent high fever
High fever isn’t necessarily a cause for alarm because fever plays a huge role in fighting infection. However, persistent high fever can be a symptom of a hidden infection, which can be anything from tuberculosis to a urinary tract infection. In more serious cases, some medications or cancerous conditions such as lymphomas can also cause prolonged fevers. Seek immediate medical attention if you’ve had a high fever for a couple of days or if your temperature is 103 F (39.4 C).