Are you putting off seeing your doctor, even though you’ve got a few nagging issues? Well, here are the symptoms you should never ignore – because they might be a sign of something serious:
Unexpected weight loss. It may seem awesome, but could actually indicate a problem. If you’re dropping pounds without trying, it could indicate a thyroid problem - or, worse yet, cancer. And the sooner you get checked out, the better off you’ll be.
Persistent coughing. Pulmonary expert Dr. Norman Edelman says that anyone with a cough that never goes completely away may have chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder – or even lung cancer. And both diseases can get worse rapidly, so you need to get checked out as soon as possible.
What if you find yourself constantly running to the bathroom? Frequent urination is one of the first signs of diabetes, because excess blood sugar makes your kidneys work overtime.
Balance problems. Dr. Leslie Kernisan specializes in geriatric medicine. And she says that tripping and stumbling can be caused by neurological issues, vision problems, and even prescription meds.
Discomfort when you exercise. This is especially important for women. According to the American Heart Association, low levels of pain in your chest, arms, or neck can be a sign of coronary artery disease. And the pain comes from restricted blood flow. And in women, it’s often the only warning sign before a heart attack.