Most health problems resolve themselves over time if you leave them alone. Colds, flu, and upset stomachs usually just go away.
But sometimes, you really do need to go to the doctor. It could save your life.
This post explores some times you need to go to a doctor, even if you think you’re in rude health. Here’s what you need to know.
When You Lose Weight Without Explanation
If you’ve just run an ultramarathon or are on a 10-day fast, losing weight isn’t a big deal. In fact, you expect it. But if your lifestyle is the same as before and the pounds are falling off, then it’s a problem.
Usually, sudden weight loss for no reason indicates cancer, diabetes, depression or thyroid issues. All of these are treatable so go to your doctor as soon as you can.
When You Keep Losing Your Breath
Being short of breath in the gym is normal. But if you’re huffing and puffing, just going to the bathroom, it says something has gone wrong. Usually, it is a sign of asthma or bronchitis. But, equally, it could be something more serious, like heart disease.
When Your Bowel Movements Change
Changes in bowel movement are to be expected but if you notice persistent diarrhea, black stools, or constipation, it could be a sign of a problem. These symptoms rarely arise unless there is an underlying reason for them.
When You Have A Chronic Pain In Your Body
If you knock your arm, it will hurt for a few days. But if that pain doesn’t go away, then it’s time to get professional help. Chiropractor benefits include reducing pain, gaining extra mobility, and aligning the problem joint with the rest of your body.
When You Have A Concussion
If you get a knock to the head, always seek medical attention. That’s because you can feel fine, but you could have a serious internal injury that requires professional supervision.
Concussions turn dangerous when you can’t concentrate, have a headache, change your sleep patterns, or are more irritable than usual.
When You Have Symptoms After A Procedure
Your surgeon or doctor should tell you what normal side effects to expect from a procedure. However, if you notice additional problems, that could be cause for concern. Infected wounds are a major risk, as is a pain in the affected area.
Your Fever Won’t Go Down
Fevers usually only last a couple of days. After that, your body eliminates the infection and you go back to normal. However, if your fever is above 103°F and lasts for more than a few days, then it is a sign of a complication. It usually means you have an infection your body can’t fight.
You Have Severe Abdominal Pain
Lastly, if you notice you have abdominal pain that’s worse than anything you’ve experienced before, it may be a sign of gallstones or a ruptured appendix. You could also have a perforation in your stomach. All of these conditions require urgent medical attention.
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