5 Symptoms Of Serious Health Issues
Serious Health Issues That Cannot Be Ignored
We all get those niggling aches and pains from time to time, as we get older these become almost expected and are generally nothing to be concerned about. But there are some symptoms which can lead to serious health issues, even death.
If you experience any of the following signs and symptoms see your medical professional immediately
1. Your Arms And Legs Feel Weak
- If you experience paralysis or any form of numbness or weakness in your face, arms or legs, especially on just one side of your body
- If you have problems with your balance, have trouble walking or feel dizzy
- If you are confused, have problems speaking or understanding others, have sudden and severe headaches or experience visual problems
Call an ambulance you may be having a stroke
If you are experiencing an ischemic stroke (a blood clot blocks a blood vessel in the brain) It is important to get professional help immediately as the administration of a thrombolytic drug (clot buster) within 3 hours of the first onset of symptoms can help limit the damage and disability caused by a stroke.
Use the F.A.S.T stroke recognition system.
Remember to call the appropriate number for your local medical emergency service
2. Chest Pain
- If you experience chest pain, it may be tightness in your chest or a crushing feeling; others have described the pain as an elephant sitting on their chest or simply as pressure or discomfort
- If the pain is spreading to your jaw, shoulders or arms
- If you are sweating and/or short of breath
- If you are feeling generally unwell or experiencing nausea or vomiting
Call an ambulance immediately you may be having a heart attack
The Silent Heart Attack
It is possible to have a heart attack without chest pain or other symptoms, especially for people suffering with diabetes mellitus
- Whether you have crushing chest pain or no symptoms at all a heart attack is a very serious, life threatening condition.
If anything gives you concern and you have reason to believe that it may be cardiac in origin call an ambulance immediately. Nobody will care if it turns out to be indigestion… When it comes to chest pain, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
3. Tenderness and Pain In The Back Of Your Lower Leg
- Have been immobile or sitting for a long time
- Are obese or overweight
- Are pregnant
- Have been in a place of high altitude
- Have a condition that affects your veins
- Are elderly
- Have had recent surgery
look out for these symptoms:
- Pain, swelling, redness
- Pain becomes worse when you bend the foot
- The painful area is warm to touch
- You are experiencing leg cramps (especially in the calf muscle)
- There is skin discoloration
If you are experiencing these symptoms get professional medical help immediately, you may suffering deep vein thrombosis (DVT). This is a serious, sometimes life threatening condition.
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4. Blood in Your Urine (haematuria)
This can happen when blood from the urinary tract, bladder, kidneys, ureters (tubes taking urine between kidneys and bladder) or the urethra (tube that moves urine out of body) mix with your urine.
There are many medical conditions that can lead to blood in your urine such as:
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
When it affects the bladder a urinary tract infection is known as cystitis and occurs more often in young women than men.
Common Symptoms Include
- Burning sensation when urinating
- Need to urinate frequently
- Pain in your lower abdominal area
UTI’s generally clear up by themselves, if it lasts longer than three days seek medical attention.
An inflammation of the urethra (tube that moves urine out of body). It is often caused by chlamydia, a sexually transmitted infection which can be treated with antibiotics.
Urinary Tract Stones (Bladder Or Kidney stones)
When the minerals in concentrated urine crystallize they form stones. With some stones you may have few symptoms and pass the stone with minimal effort, but larger stones, especially those that irritate the bladder wall, or block urine flow can cause the following symptoms:
- A burning sensation during urination
- In males, pain in the penis or testicles
- Lower abdominal pain
- Blood in the urine
- Cloudy or abnormally dark-colored urine
- Interrupted urine flow or difficulty urinating
If you experience blood in your urine it is vitally important to seek professional medical assistance to find out the cause and the best method of treatment.
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5. Breathing Problems
This one’s a no brainer – If you are having trouble breathing call an ambulance immediately, this may be a life and death situation.
Your breathing should be silent, if you can hear your breathing, generally a wheeze, a whistle or crackling sounds, get professional medical advice immediately.
Noisy breathing indicates a problem within the lungs, this may be from:
- An infection
- An obstruction
- Fluid in the lungs
The most common causes of abnormal breath sounds are:
- a foreign body in the lungs or airways
- heart failure
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, e.g emphysema
With breathing problems you must get professional help immediately, you will need a medical examination to fully understand the cause and prescribe the appropriate treatment and/or management plan.