Some symptoms can be taken care of yourself while others are serious indications of an impending health issue. While some signs go away after a good night rest or steamy hot bath others are a serious warning that you need to seek medical attention right away.
Here are 8 symptoms you should never ignore if they persist after three to four days.
A heavy discomfort or pain in your chest could be an indication for heart attack. According to Harvard Health – Heart attack is a life-threatening condition which kills scores yearly in the world. Other symptoms may include back pain, joint pain, shortness of breath and nausea. It may also be other conditions like pneumonia, pericarditis, or panic attack.
BLOOD IN URINE OR STOOL
Never ignore any sign of blood in your urine or stool no matter how small. While in many cases the cause is harmless, blood in urine can be a symptom of a serious medical condition. Any case of hematuria should be evaluated by a professional as it may be a sign of urinary tract infection or kidney stone. According to cancer.org, blood in urine in most cases is the first sign of bladder cancer.
PAIN OR SWOLLEN LEGS
Swollen leg is usually caused by accumulation of fluid, which may be a sign of heart failure. Not all swollen legs are symptoms of heart failure. It may sometimes be due to overweight, pregnancy, venous insufficiency or blood clots. Whatever the cause of the swelling might be, it is important to have a medical professional check it out.
SUDDEN OR EXPLAINABLE WEIGHT LOSS
Losing weight when you are not trying to could be a symptom of cancer. Especially if you lose up to 5% of your body fluid within a short period of time. According to Mayo Clinic, it could also indicate chronic obstructive pulmonary, Crohn’s disease, hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism or even heart failure. If the weight loss is accompanied by other symptoms like extreme thirst or hunger, fatigue, and frequent urination, it could be a sign of diabetes. other reasons for weight loss could be depression or other psychiatric conditions.
If you experience severe headache unlike what you’ve ever felt it could be a sign of stroke, tumor or blood clot. Research shows that two third of the patients diagnosed with brain tumor experienced tension headaches that steadily worsened over a period of weeks to months. The Cleveland Clinic wrote that ” A sudden severe headache could be a sign of serious life-threatening condition. Up to 6% of the population could be living with an unruptured brain aneurysm”.Other causes of headache are shingles or meningitis
SEVERE ABDOMINAL PAIN
Abdominal pains may sometimes be due to constipation, pregnancy or menstrual pain. Other times it could be far more serious than that. Abdominal pain could be a symptom or sign of appendicitis, pancreatitis, kidney stones or ulcers. If your pain lasts more than a few days and it’s accompanied by nausea, pain or vomiting consult your doctor immediately.
SHORTNESS OF BREATH
There are numerous situations which may cause shortness of breath like physical activities and which may not require any serious attention. However, if you experience shortness of breath accompanied by other symptoms like chest pain, fever, wheezing or gasping then you should see your doctor immediately.
PERSISTENT HIGH FEVER
Fever is the body’s way of fighting infections and not necessarily a cause for alarm. However, persistent fever can be a symptom of hidden infection such as urinary tract infection, tuberculosis, pneumonia or meningitis. In some cases, a persistent fever might be a symptom of some cancers like lymphoma and leukemia.