While a sneeze or a slight rash is nothing to be overly alarmed about, certain symptoms, however, should be checked out by a medical doctor. If you feel any of these following symptoms, please don't ignore them,
1) Weakness in your Arms and Legs
If you get weak or numb in your arm, leg or face, it can be one of the signs of stroke, especially if it's on one side of the body. Plus, if you feel dizzy or have trouble walking or keeping balance, call for an ambulance immediately. Caught early, you can lower the risk of long term disability associated with a stroke.
2) Chest Pains
Any chest pain, especially that is accompanied by sweating, pressure, shortness of breath or nausea, should be evaluated by a doctor right away. It could be a sign of heart attack or heart disease or it could mean that a blood clot is moving into your lung. Get help immediately.
3) Tenderness and Pain in the back of your lower leg
This could be a sign of blood clot in your leg. It's called deep vein thrombosis or DVT. This happens especially when you have been sitting for long periods of time like after a long flight or you have been in bed for a long period nursing an illness.
Though a pain in the lower leg could be just a muscle pull after an active workout, go and see a doctor if you notice swelling, redness and if it's really painful when you stand or walk.
4) Blood in your Urine
If you see blood in your urine together with a lot of pain in your sides or your back, you may have kidney stones. Or if you constantly have an urgency to pee or feel a burning sensation when you urinate, you may have a severe bladder or kidney infection. Or if you see blood but feel no pain, go and see a doctor immediately too. It could be bladder or kidney cancer.
If you hear a whistling sound or wheezing, see your doctor. It could be from asthma, lung disease or a severe allergy. Wheezing can also be caused by pneumonia or bronchitis especially if you are coughing up yellow or green mucus and have shortness of breath or fever.
6) Suicidal Thoughts
Get help quickly if you feel that you have no reason to live or if you feel hopeless. Talking to a professional will surely help you to go through this tough time. A psychiatrist or a mental health doctor will talk to you, keep you safe and help you through this crisis. Or call your local Suicide Prevention Hotline.
Don't take your symptoms lightly. It's better to be safe than sorry.
Disclaimer : the posts in this blog are solely for information only. It is, in no way, a substitute for sound medical advice from a professional doctor.