What are the most common health symptoms that you should not ignore?
- Chest discomfort or other areas of the upper body.Extreme discomfort that feels like squeezing, pressure or tightness. It may be accompanied by pain radiating down an arm, nausea, vomiting, sweating or difficulty breathing.
What it might mean: A heart attack.
Other possibilities: Gastrointestinal reflux or GERD (sometimes called acid reflux), GERD isn’t life-threatening, but it can become a chronic condition.
- An intense headache.
The pain you would describe as the worst headache of your life, unlike anything you’ve felt before, peaking in seconds or minutes.
What it might mean: An aneurysm or burst blood vessel in the brain. Immediate medical attention is required.
Other possibilities: meningitis.
- Drooping or weakness down one side of the body, or slurred speech
What it might mean: Stroke. Immediate medical attention is required. Important to note the time and get help FAST if someone shows ANY of these symptoms.
- Shortness of breath or wheezing.
A sudden feeling that you’re breathing faster than usual, without obvious explanation and worsens when you lie flat or exert yourself. This may be accompanied by wheezing or gasping.
What it might mean: A blood clot or embolism has lodged in the lungs or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, both very serious.
Other possibilities: asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and extreme emotional distress or anxiety.
- Weight loss of more than 10 pounds (5kg) with no good reason.
Losing more than 5 percent of your body weight without trying in less than six months.
What it might mean: Cancer. Many types of cancer are characterised by severe, unwanted weight loss.
Other possibilities: endocrine disorders, diabetes and clinical depression.
- Pain in your belly that is severe and doesn’t go away.
Centralised around the belly button. Sharp and unexpected.
What it might be: An aortic aneurysm, perforation viscus (stomach, intestine or other hollow organ), usually due to an ulcer, or intestinal ischemia. All these conditions will require an immediate medical attention.
Other possibilities: gallstones, diverticulitis (inflammation in the large intestine), irritable bowel syndrome or appendicitis.
- Tenderness, pain, or swelling in one or both legs.
Persistent, accumulated fluid (edema) in the lower extremities.
What it might be: Swollen legs are a symptom of many conditions, but perhaps most worrisome is heart failure.
Other possibilities: blood clot and hypothryroidism (not enough of the thyroid hormone).
- Blood mixed with your stool, blood in the urine, non – menstrual bleeding.
What it might mean: Ulcers and colon cancer can cause bloody stool.
Other possibilities: hemorrhoids.
Blood in urine can be the result of bladder or kidney infections.
Postmenopausal vaginal bleeding may be due to the growth of polyps or fibroids.
- Changes to your breasts or nipples.
These changes may include: nipple discharge, unusual breast tenderness or pain breast or nipple skin changes: ridges, dimpling, pitting, swelling, redness, or scaling a lump or thickening in or near breast or in underarm area, or tenderness.
What it might mean: Breast Cancer
- High or persistent fever: Anything above 40 degrees Celsius (103 degrees Fahrenheit) warrants an immediate trip to the doctor, without exception.
What it might be: High fever may signal severe illness, from a urinary tract infection and pneumonia to endocarditis (inflammation of the heart lining) and meningitis.
- Flashes of light: Bright spots, flashes or other visual disturbances.
What it might be: Retinal detachment. An immediate medical care is needed to prevent permanent vision loss.
Other possibilities: migraine.
How often should you go for a health check?
Annual health check is recommended to all healthy adult. This may be more frequent if you have a pre-existing medical condition as advised by your doctor. Regular screening helps to detect conditions that may develop after the previous screening whereas a one-off screening will only pick up health conditions that are present at the time of screening.
What are some persistent symptoms your physician should know about, at your next health check?
Some examples of persistent of symptoms: unexplained weight loss in the last 6 months, unexplained change in bowel habits in the last 6 month or a cough lasting more than 4 weeks. There are too many symptoms to list but the general rule of thumb is if you feel unsure about your symptom, seek medical advice.
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