It is hard to take the time out of our busy lives to visit a doctor when we’re not really sure there is a need to. It’s often difficult to know if what we’re experiencing is a normal symptom or not. Maybe it is something that requires further attention.
Early detection offers a better long-term outcome. It is best to get checked out if you feel like something isn’t right. It is not necessary to go to the doctor for every small symptom you notice. However there are some symptoms and signs that you shouldn’t ignore. Here are five of them. Please note there are far more symptoms that are not listed here that also might require medical attention.
A fever is the body’s response to infection. The usual recommendation is if your fever reaches over 103 or if it lasts more than three days, you should make an appointment to see your doctor. Your body could be fighting a more serious infection that requires antibiotics. If left untreated, this could potentially be harmful.
A fever together with muscle aches and pains could indicate the flu. You definitely need to get yourself checked out by a doctor if you’re experiencing flu-like symptoms so as to avoid complications. Also watch out for dehydration.
The onset of sudden, extreme pain could indicate an underlying issue and a doctor should be consulted right away. In some cases, you should go straight to the hospital. For example, a pain in the chest could indicate a heart attack. Severe abdomen pain could be gallstones, appendicitis or a kidney infection. If you are also suffering from vomiting and nausea, it is especially important to get checked immediately. Don’t think twice if you experience any of these symptoms or other sudden pains – it could potentially save your life. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Sudden weight loss
Make an appointment with your doctor if you have experienced an unexplained drop in weight. Unexplained weight loss could be due to thyroid issues, diabetes, liver disease or even depression.
Shortness of breath
If you’re short of breath and it’s not caused by strenuous exercise, high temperatures, high altitude or obesity, then there could be a medical issue in play that requires attention. Sudden breathlessness could indicate bronchitis, asthma or any number of conditions that need treatment.
You feel like something isn’t right
It’s difficult to list every warning sign and symptom that requires medical attention. Sometimes you need to rely on your gut and trust your instincts. Regardless of what the symptom is, if you feel like something isn’t right it’s always a good idea to see a doctor. As non medical professionals, you can’t always understand how different symptoms affect you individually. What can appear normal for one person certainly isn’t normal for another. Your medical history and medications you’re on are also factors in deciding when to seek medical attention.
If you’re feeling unsure about making that trip to the doctor, you can always call the doctor or nurse instead to discuss your concerns over the phone. No question is too small or silly. Don’t hesitate to contact a medical professional over something you are worried about. Worrying about a potential medical issue is also a reason in and of itself to contact the doctor in order to get reassurance. Peace of mind is priceless.
See a doctor regularly
Even if you aren’t currently experiencing any symptoms, it’s a good idea to get a regular checkup at your local doctor’s office. You should monitor your health over time and by doing so is also an excellent way to establish a good working relationship with your medical practitioner.