21 Signs You Could Be Ignoring a Health Problem!
As frustrating and expensive as a doctor’s visit can be, the old saying that “your health is your wealth” bears truth no matter what age you are, or what your health issue is. If you’re ignoring a potential health problem or something unusual your body is going through, you should listen to your body and face it head on rather than cause yourself more grief. So here are 21 warning signs to look out for!
#1 When Your Hair Is Fine, It’s Not Fine
If your hair is weakened and brittle, this could point to a dietary deficiency such as not eating enough fresh vegetables and fruit. Stress and anxiety issues can also lead to dull hair and even cause more hair loss than the standard amount per day.
When you get acne, the where is an indicator of what’s going on in your body. Having acne on your forehead, you could have too many unhealthy fats in your diet. Your nose is linked to your heart so if there’s acne breakouts there, also watch your fat intake. If they crop up between the brows, you may have a food allergy. If spots regularly crop up across the cheeks, they’re often related to respiratory issues, while the chin and jawline indicate a hormonal imbalance.
If you have any dark spots on your lower lip, this may indicate a problem with the intestines. Increase your probiotic intake and see if it helps. If your lips are constantly chapped and dry, make sure you are hydrated enough and increase your vitamin C intake.
Brittle nails can be an indicator of a lack of protein in your diet, or a thyroid problem. A very pale nail bed can indicate anemia or even diabetes in drastic cases. If they’re the opposite and veering towards yellow in colour, you need to stop smoking if you do or/and stop using acrylics.
#5 Severe Headaches
If you’re having frequent bad headaches, they could be a sign of a serious health issue. If you have problems with vision, walking, speech, sensitivity or light, you should immediately contact a doctor or neurologist. Eye strain, dehydration, low blood sugars, lack of bad posture or tiredness could be a cause of frequent headaches too.
#6 Back Pain with Tingling Toes
If you’re suffering with any back pain accompanied by tingling toes, you have potentially caused nerve damage. You may need steroids to reduce inflammation. Get to your doctor, stat!
Dogs can sense odour that we can’t and may bark at specific body parts affected. There have been proven cases where pets have indicated cancerous lumps or serious health issues in their owners, which we as humans can be totally unaware of. Don’t ignore warnings like this even if your pooch is constantly barking at your body part. On another note, if you can smell something odd in your nose, you may have a sinus infection.
#8 Swollen Legs
If you’ve been flying recently, this could be a blood clot. If you’re a smoker or a female taking the pill, the chances of getting a blood clot rises. Always double check if you’ve swollen legs without being injured, as leaving this to develop can be lethal.
#9 Chronic Cramps
Endometriosis (endometrial tissue outside the uterus and causing pelvic pain) is far more common than most people think, given it affects 1 out of 10 women. You may have heard about Lena Dunham’s experience with endometriosis, which she recently discussed publicly. It can affect any woman within the reproductive age bracket, so if you suffer with debilitating pain, heavy migraine, nausea, weight gain or insomnia, get checked out as it can cause infertility – and we don’t want that for you.
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#10 Bulging/Swollen Eyes
If your lower eyelids are puffy or swollen more regularly, this could be a sign of an impaired kidney function. Try to increase your daily water intake and eat more spices to help clear the system. Bulging eyes on the other hand? This may be a sign of a thyroid problem!
#11 Excessive Sleeping
If you feel a constant need to sleep or find yourself drifting off during the day even though you’ve had a full night’s sleep, then you may be putting yourself at risk without realising it by not looking at it further. Increased risk of dementia, a stroke or heart attack, depression, cognitive impairment and more are all linked to over-sleeping on a daily basis.
#12 Growing Waistline
If you’re unsure where exactly your waist is, it’s the midpoint between where your ribcage ends and the top of your hips. If your waist measures more than 31.5” (inches) and you’re female, you are at risk of being overweight. More than 34.5” usually indicates a problem, where you may already be verging on obesity.
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#13 Sweating More than Usual
If you don’t regularly exercise but find yourself sweating far more than usual, you may simply be dehydrated. Other things to look out for are low blood sugar levels or that you have high anxiety. If your anxiety levels are reaching this level you need to look into the cause and possible solutions such as meditation or exercise in order to stabilise your mental health.
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#14 Bloating or Gas
For women, regular PMS symptoms due to that time of month can cause bloating. However, if this persists for a few weeks more then you should consult your doctor, as one of the worst case scenarios is ovarian cancer… So please do get your check up!
#15 Passing Chest Pain
10,000 women under 45 have heart attacks annually, so if you feel a constricting chest pain that won’t go away, don’t ignore it! Women tend to suffer heart attacks when overexerting themselves, so pay more attention if this scenario fits your experience.
#16 Smelly Breath
If your breath is persistently stinky even though you’ve brushed your teeth and used mouthwash, you may be suffering from gum disease. Respiratory tract infections, sinus infections, acid reflux or even kidney and liver problems can also be at the root of the problem.
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#17 Spotting or Unusual Discharge
For women, there’s a long list of potential causes for both spotting and unusual discharge, ranging from STIs to bacterial infections or thrush. Spotting is fairly non harmful, but even if it isn’t heavy, it still shouldn’t be dismissed as ‘normal’. Oftentimes it’s the result of being unsuited to the pill you’re on.
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#18 Changes in Handwriting
If your handwriting has changed relatively dramatically, it could be a sign of early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s diseases, so do not ignore this. Writing with variable pressure is also a sign of high blood pressure.
#19 Persistent Coughing
If you have a chronic cough that won’t say goodbye, it may be a sign of an underlying health issue. Acid reflux, dehydration, a bacterial infection or asthma are all possible causes.
#20 Underarm or Breast Lumps
For the most part, many women find benign lumps in their breast tissues caused by hormonal imbalances. Even still, any lump found should always be checked by a professional to ensure there are no signs of breast cancer.
#21 Slightly Swollen Neck
Swollen glands may be a sign of tonsillitis, glandular fever or even a thyroid problem, so if your neck is looking slightly swollen, track it for a few days and then get it checked if it remains the same or worsens.