Many of us are always in a hurry, and we often tend to ignore signs or warnings from our bodies. This is due to the fact we want to avoid the reality that something could be wrong. We don’t want to think about the future as it might give us stress, but ignoring the symptoms can lead to bigger problems in the future if neglected.
What are the 7 deadly symptoms?
There are some symptoms you should never ignore as they can cause irreversible damage to your life and maybe fatal if left unresolved. Therefore, I want to share with you the 7 deadly symptoms you need to know and never ignore!
Symptom: Sudden and increasing pain in the upper right of your stomach
Medical Condition: Gallstones
The gallbladder is one of the smallest organs that is located below the liver. Its function is to collect bile juice and release it through the small intestine. When you have more cholesterol in the bile, stones begin to form in it – leading to pain, infection, or some other complication.
When you have stones in the gallbladder, you will feel pain around the right side above the ribs and close to the spine. It’s also possible to have pain that’s not only sudden but severe as well.
If you’ve started experiencing sudden and intense pain in your upper right side of the abdomen, it is recommended that you make an appointment with a doctor. If you have this pain often, which is along with chills and fever, you should see your doctor. In case of severe infection, the organ may burst and require emergency surgery.
Symptom: Blurred, Shaded, or double vision
Medical condition: Diabetes
Problems with vision may be usual with aging, but diabetes is the main cause of vision troubles in the age group of 20-74. When blood sugar levels go on uncontrolled, they damage all the blood vessels including those in the eye leading to growing new vessels that crowd and shade the vision. These vessels will sometimes cause hemorrhage also.
Vision changes are symptoms of diabetes. Diabetes can cause retinopathy, cataract, glaucoma, and blindness. In either case, once the eye is damaged, the condition cannot be reverted. Hence, any change that takes place in your vision should be treated as an alarm that something is wrong.
Symptom: A Persistent Headache
Medical Condition: Cerebral Aneurysm
The aneurysm pain is described by many as “the worst headache in my life”. An aneurysm is a ballooning of a blood vessel, a serious condition in which the vessel can rupture. This health condition is fatal 40% of the time. People with high blood pressure have a high risk of cerebral aneurysm, and also women in menopause due to lack of estrogen.
Immediate professional help is required if you feel this pain:
- Pain above or behind the eyes
- Neck pain
- Numbness on just one side of the face
Symptom: A persistent Leg Cramp
Medical Condition: Deep Vein Thrombosis
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is the cause of cramps, pain, or tenderness in the legs. It is a serious condition in which there is a clot in the leg, which can travel to other parts of the body, such as the lungs, and can block an artery. If that happens, it can stop your heart and lead to death. The symptoms are pain or swelling in the calf, pain behind the knee, or pain and tenderness in the thigh.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that becomes lodged in one of your veins. This usually happens during long periods of sitting that cause the blood in your legs to pool. Other factors which increase the risk of DVT are family history and health issues such as heart disease, pregnancy, or estrogen medication (pill or hormone replacement).
Symptoms: Bleeding Gums
Medical Condition: Leukemia
The normal function of blood components is red blood cells delivering oxygen, white blood cells fight infection and platelets clot the blood. In leukemia (cancer of the body’s blood-forming tissues), there is a higher number of abnormal white blood cells. As a result of that, they don’t fight infections properly and there isn’t a normal number of platelets, so blood does not clot as it should.
That’s why people with leukemia bleed and bruise easily. Other symptoms are nosebleeds, fever, fatigue, or night sweats. Leukemia can be diagnosed with a blood test by a doctor.
Symptoms: Shortness of Breath
Medical condition: Asthma
Asthma is a serious condition caused by the tightening of muscles around the lungs, the inflammation of the lining of the airways, and excess mucus production. A combination of these three will give you shortness of breath and it will result in less air to your lungs. Asthma can even be fatal.
If you have any of these symptoms, visit a doctor and avoid asthma triggers. Some of the asthma allergens are cold weather and exercise.
Symptom: Persistent Nausea
Medical Condition: Heart Attack
Chest pain is the number one indicator of a heart attack, but many women experience other symptoms. The symptoms of a heart attack in women are different than in men. According to the American Heart Association, women are more likely than men to experience nausea, indigestion, or shortness of breath related to heart attacks. While chest pain is still considered the prime sign of a heart attack and you should contact emergency services. It’s important to recognize some other indicators so you don’t dismiss them as normal aches and pains.
As the heart has no nerve endings, it signals the spine which distributes the signal throughout the body. Up to 95% of the women with heart attacks have felt these symptoms a month before the attack. You should recognize them, and their frequency and severity.
Symptoms of a heart attack:
- Shortness of breath
- Pressure and tightness in the chest
- Weakness, dizziness, fatigue
- Pain from the arm, shoulders, jaw, neck, and back, on the left side
- Headaches, lightheadedness
- Nausea, vomiting, indigestion problems
- A feeling of impending doom
If you experience these symptoms or feel you’re having a heart attack:
- Call the doctor and say that you’re having a heart attack. If the ambulance cannot reach you in time, have someone drive you to it.
- Lie down
- Chew on aspirin, as it reduces damage to the heart
We need to realize that symptoms shouldn’t be ignored, and should be taken seriously. For example, when a person goes for a yearly health checkup, the doctor would ask him/her about any specific symptoms he/she is currently noticing. The idea of being concerned about early signs of disease or illness is to allow the physician enough time to detect and treat the problem early on so it does not get worse or become life-threatening.