Our body flashes signals in the way of signs and symptoms. Our body warns us the potential problems. Should you be worried about the swelling in your calf or the blood in your urine? Could these signs and symptoms be any serious? Or even more…life threatening? Many symptoms turn out to be not so serious. For example, the majority of headaches stem from stress, eyestrain, lack of sleep, dehydration, caffeine withdrawal, and other mundane causes. But a sudden thumping in headache could mean a bleeding in the brain. Likewise, the following are six symptoms you should not ignore.
1. Paralysis of the arms or legs, tingling, numbness, confusion, dizziness, double vision, slurred speech, trouble finding words, or weakness, especially on one side of the face or body. These are signs of a stroke or a brain attack. During such a time the arteries that supply oxygen to the brain gets blocked or rupture, causing brain tissue to die. The symptoms depends on which area of the brain is involved. If a large blood vessel is blocked, a wide area may be affected, so a person may have paralysis on one side of the body and lose other functions, such as speech and understanding. If a smaller vessel is blocked, paralysis may remain limited to an arm or leg, or even the face.
2. Chest pain or discomfort; pain in the arm, jaw, or neck; breaking out in a cold sweat; extreme weakness; nausea; vomiting; feeling faint; or being short of breath. These are the signs of a heart attack. To prevent the damage to the heart muscle during a heart attack is to chew one regular full strength aspirin. Keep this in mind that not everyone who has a heart attack gets a chest pain or pressure or sense of indigestion. Some people, especially women, the elderly, and people with diabetes, get painless heart attacks.
3. Tenderness and pain in the back of your lower leg, chest pain, shortness of breath, or coughing up blood. These are the symptoms of a dangerous blood clot in the leg. They usually come after one has been sitting for a long time like that on an airplane or car ride. These signs could also be seen if you have been bedridden for a long time after a surgery. If the blood clot forms in your leg it will result to swollen calf or a painful one. If you get sudden chest pain or shortness of breath, a piece of the blood clot may have broken off and traveled through the bloodstream to your lungs. This condition can be life-threatening.
4. Blood in the urine without accompanying pain. Kidney stones or a bladder or prostate infection are common causes of blood in the urine. But these problems are usually painful or uncomfortable, which sends people to the doctor promptly. Cancer of the kidney, ureter, bladder, or prostate can cause bleeding into the urinary tract; when these cancers are small enough to be curable, they may not cause pain. So don’t dismiss this important sign.
5. Asthma symptoms that don’t improve or get worse. Asthma attacks means trouble or difficulty in breathing. If an asthma attack is left untreated, it can lead to severe chest muscle fatigue and death. Because asthma makes breathing difficult, the muscles for breathing may tire and the volume of air exchanged by the lungs will decrease. As a result, a person’s oxygen level drops while blood levels of carbon dioxide rise. A carbon dioxide buildup in the blood has a sedating effect on the brain, which may cause you to feel even drowsier. You may lose the motivation or energy to breathe.
6 Depression and suicidal thoughts. Depression can also be life threatening. People in depression can commit suicide. Depression is just like another disease. Some people will not seek care when they are depressed because they think that they’ll be perceived as being crazy or not strong or not manly, and they have to understand that there is a chemical imbalance going on in their brain. Symptoms of depression include sadness, fatigue, apathy, anxiety, changes in sleep habits, and loss of appetite. Depression can be treated with medications and psychotherapy.