Start today with healthy lifestyle, don’t ignore early signs of bad health
Serious illnesses often appear suddenly with little or no warning.
Knowing what to look for and recognizing warning signs early can be the difference between life and death.This article is not intended to scare you or scare you into relatively minor health problems. It is intended only to provide information that may indicate serious illness so that these symptoms can be detected as early as possible.
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Chest pain can be caused by many things, from muscle pain to heart attack.
It is best to monitor the intensity of pain and how quickly it starts.
If the pain is severe and sudden, see a doctor immediately.
Long-term pain, no matter how severe, can be an indicator of heart disease.
Chest pain should not be ignored until it heals.
Seek medical attention if it persists for more than a few days.
Like chest pain, abdominal pain has many causes and is difficult to manage.
It can also mean something harmless, such as an upset stomach from a particular meal.
On the other hand, persistent abdominal pain can be a sign of more serious illness, such as gastrointestinal disease or cancer.
Note duration and severity of abdominal pain and respond accordingly
Abdominal pain can also accompany bowel problems, so be aware of that as well.
Sudden and unexplained weight changes almost always pose a serious health risk.
May indicate many serious ailments such as diabetes, thyroid problems, heart failure. Severe weight loss is also a symptom of most cancers.
However, this symptom is usually associated with several other symptoms in cancer patients.
In general, consult your doctor if you notice a sudden change in weight.
Closely associated with weight fluctuations, sudden changes in appetite are also warning signs. Appetite is generally affected by how quickly the body digests food. Big changes usually indicate something isn't right.
Remember. Don't worry if she's unusually hungry, or if she's only full for a day or two. The problem has to do with persistent changes in appetite that lead directly to weight changes.
Fatigue, or the feeling of being 'tired', can result from a variety of conditions.
Even harmless things like lack of sleep and rest can cause mild fatigue.
In general, sleep deprivation fatigue lasts only a short time when sleep patterns eventually return to normal. Black and white photo of a man resting his head on his hands
If you are too tired to rest, it can be a sign of a serious medical condition such as heart disease, diabetes or sleep apnea.
Not related to exercise shortness of breath
Rather, it refers to shallow, rapid breathing that can be an indicator of heart or lung disease. The immediacy of shortness of breath may indicate a cause.
For example, sudden onset of shortness of breath can be a sign of asthma, low blood pressure, or pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in the lungs).
Prolonged or chronic shortness of breath may indicate COPD, pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs), or other lung conditions.
Mental illnesses, like physical illnesses, have early warning signs. These are not sudden illnesses. Most of the time the warning signs are there and should be caught early before things get worse.
Dramatic and sudden mood swings are telltale signs of mental illness.
Persistent instability of any kind should be noted and taken very seriously.
Find someone who instantly transitions from one mood to the opposite.
Pay attention to your emotions and moods as well. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, ask for help.