With the outbreak of the pandemic, fewer people are seeking medical treatment for minor health problems than ever before. But there are some symptoms that should not be ignored at all.
Our bodies are constantly sending out signals that we sometimes tend to ignore due to lack of time or ignorance of what to do to follow them. However, such signs may be health warning signs that should be evaluated by your health care provider, so that they can be effectively treated before they turn into more serious problems. The following are health symptoms that you should pay attention to and never ignore.
1. Lose your sense of smell
If you are sure it is not a symptom of “Covid-19”, your loss of smell may indicate something else.
Loss or altered sense of smell is common with colds, flu, sinusitis, and hay fever, so there’s no need to panic.
But there is a small chance that a foreign body or growth could block the nasal passages, or it could indicate a problem with the olfactory bulb, the part of the brain that detects and processes odors.
According to the UK’s Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, a reduced sense of smell can be an early symptom of Parkinson’s disease as well as a possible link to dementia.
Identifying these conditions early can really make a difference, so if you’re sure your loss of smell isn’t due to a normal malfunction, you should get it checked out.
2. Constant fatigue
While many of us suffer from fatigue, it is often caused by lifestyle factors.
And those who have long working hours or young children will not be unfamiliar with feeling tired.
Fatigue can also often be attributed to lifestyle choices such as a poor diet, smoking, drinking too much alcohol, or poor sleep patterns.
Long-term Covid patients also report debilitating fatigue, which should be discussed with a doctor.
And if you rule out all lifestyle factors and can’t get rid of fatigue, you should see your doctor.
Constant fatigue can be a sign of anemia, thyroid problems, heart problems, diabetes, celiac disease or cancer. Anxiety and depression can also cause fatigue, which must be treated immediately.
3. Jaw, back and neck pain
Anyone who spends all day behind a desk will easily dismiss pain in the jaw, back, and neck as a symptom of desk work.
But there is a more troubling reason why these symptoms may be experienced, as they may be early signs of a heart attack, especially in women.
The main thing to pay attention to is whether the pain feels like pressure or cramping.
Other less known symptoms of a heart attack include weakness or dizziness, shortness of breath, and nausea or vomiting.
And if you think you might be having a heart attack, you need to call an ambulance, the sooner you get to the hospital, the better your chances of surviving without serious heart damage.
4. Flashes of light
For migraine sufferers, visual disturbances such as flashes of light are a common sign that an attack is on its way.
Sometimes, this can indicate a retinal detachment. This can cause permanent vision damage if not treated quickly, so get help right away.
5. Tingling hands or feet
Tingling of the hands or feet is usually associated with spending too long in one position, and it is a very common condition.
Sometimes, this can indicate nerve damage. Tingling or burning in the arms, legs, or trunk can be an early indicator of multiple sclerosis.
It can also indicate diabetes, so you should see a doctor right away.