When it comes to their health, a lot of people are pretty bad at spotting and paying attention to potential signs of illness. Part of this probably comes down to denial. After all, no one really wants anything to be wrong, and if you can go through life assuming that you’re fine, then that’s always going to be more pleasant than confronting the potential for getting sick. Then again, there some symptoms that you should never ignore, no matter what. However, a lot of the symptoms you see on these kinds of lists online are things like “coughing up blood” or “sudden blindness”, and I don’t know about you but I can’t think of a world in which sudden blindness would be something you could just ignore! With that in mind, here are some more subtle symptoms that you might not pay attention to but that should never ignore.
As you start to get a little older, some aches and pains start to crop up all over the place. Sadly it’s just a natural part of leaving your youth behind and becoming a real grown up. Of course, if you’ve got a pain in your joints that has stuck around for a long time without abating then that could be a sign of something more severe, this is especially true if the pain is in your back. Seeing your doctor or a local chiropractor right away can prevent a lot of problems cropping up further down the road that might occur if you just ignored it. Even if it seems like you probably just slept in an odd position, if you’ve had an ache for a while without a break, it’s always worth getting it checked out.
A persistent cough
It can often feel as though the winter is just one long series of colds and coughs that we all have to go through over and over again. Sometimes it seems as though you’re never healthy during the winter at all. However, if you’ve been coughing for more than two weeks or so then that could be an indicator of something that’s worth getting checked. It may be nothing, but if it’s something, it’s always better to know.
A lack of energy
Modern life can be pretty tiring, and most of us could do with getting a little more sleep than we generally do. However, if you’re well rested every night but you still end up feeling sluggish and tired every day then it’s worth talking to someone about it. It could simply be that you’re too busy, but it could also be something more serious like a thyroid issue or something potentially tied to your mental health.
A lot of people really hate the idea of having to go to the doctor for any reason, and that’s pretty understandable. After all, doctor’s offices can be pretty unpleasant places, and no one likes the thought of getting back news when it comes to their health. However, it’s always better to know if something is wrong so that you can actually do something about it rather than burying your head in the sand.