Most pain and discomfort we feel on a daily basis often do not mean we have a severe illness brewing inside of us. However, without becoming a hypochondriac, there are some signs and symptoms that we need to watch out for and see a doctor about right away.
Numbness in face, legs, and arms
Sudden weakness and numbness in parts of the body may be a sign of stroke. When it is a stroke, it is often your face, arms, and legs that get weak and numb and usually only one side of the body. Remember this acronym by the American Heart Association, FAST: Face drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulty, time to call 911.
Lower-back leg tenderness and pain
Pain and tenderness in and around the back of the lower parts of legs may be an indication of deep vein thrombosis. Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is caused by blood clots, and usually, occurs after long durations of immobility. Blood clots often hurt more and swell while walking or standing up for too long. While tenderness and slight pain are normal after exertion, like after a workout, redness and swelling in addition to hotness may be a reason to consult a doctor.
Pain and Pressure in the Chest
Taking your heart health seriously is vital. Chest pain and pressure is always alarming, so it is always sensible to be cautious and see a doctor immediately. Chest pain as you may already know is associated with heart attack and heart disease. Chest pain with sweating and difficulty breathing is especially never a good sign and should be checked by a doctor immediately.
Blood in Urine
Many things may cause blood in the urine. However, blood in your pee accompanied by severe side or back pain may be a sign of kidney stones. The kidneys are responsible for filtering the blood to produce urine, but some minerals and salts stick together to make crystal materials in the urinary tract. Although some kidney stones pass through naturally and very painfully, sometimes a doctor may need to get involved. If pain does not accompany the blood in your pee, this may be bladder or kidney cancer, so see a doctor immediately.
Trouble breathing can be dangerous and should be checked by a medical professional as soon as possible. Hearing a wheezing or whistling when you breathe is also a sign that you need to see a doctor. Difficulty breathing and wheezing are associated with asthma, allergies, and a lung disease. Bronchitis and pneumonia may also cause wheezing.
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