You should never ignore sudden changes or pain in your body. These signals may be warning you of serious medical symptoms, say experts.
We all know that severe chest pain can be assign of a heart attack, but there are some lesser known ways our bodies talk to us when something may be dreadfully wrong.
Dr. Neil Shulman, associate professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine tells Newsmax Health, “I worked in emergency rooms and was bothered that people waited a long time before checking out something that was important.”
The author of the book Doc Hollywood that was made into a hit movie starring Michael J. Fox, decided to write another book called Your Body’s Red Light Warning Signals: Medical Tips That May Save Your Life with co-authors Drs. Jack Birge and Joon Ahn. “We gathered in input of 150 doctors and nurses so people could instantly know if they were having life-threatening symptoms from head to toe.
“There are symptoms that are more common and others that are more unusual but both can be disastrous,” says Shulman. “We received email from people all over the world stating how the information saved their lives or helped them avoid serious debilitating consequences by getting proper care immediately.
Shulman and his colleagues are now offering free accessibility to this information. You can out find more at his website at www.redlightwarningsignals.com or by downloading the free apps via Google Play (play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app_redlightwarningsignals.layout&hl=en) and iTunes (itunes.apple.com/us/app/red-light-warning-signals/id1151648995?ls=1&mt=8).
Here are some potentially deadly symptoms that you should never ignore:
Sudden leg pain. Pain or tenderness in the back of your lower leg, especially if it appears to be sudden and accompanied by swelling, may signal a blood clot that could break off and travel to your lungs which could be life-threatening. This is called a Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT.
Sudden numbness, tingling or speech problems. If you suffer paralysis if your arms or legs and feel weakness or numbness especially on one side of your body, you may be having a stroke which requires immediate attention.
Blood in the urine. Blood even without pain can signal a serious problem. The most common causes are kidney stones or prostate infection but it could also be cancer.
Bleeding gums. National talk show host, Dr. Mehmet Oz, says that this could be a sign of leukemia. People with leukemia bleed more readily than those with normal blood platelets. Other symptoms include fatigue, nosebleeds, fever and night sweats.
Striped hair. This could signal a lack of dietary protein and iron, say authors Joan Liebman-Smith and Jacqueline Nardi Egan, authors of “Body Signs: How to Be Your Own Diagnostic Detective”. The stripes may turn blond, gray or reddish. They may be a sign of ulcerative colitis, a bowel disease that causes inflammation of the digestive tract or another condition like irritable bowel syndrome.
Seeing spots or floaters. Dr. Cary Silverman, a leading ophthalmologist from Vision Care 20/20 in New Jersey says that if you see tiny specks or spots or a flashing light in your vision, it could be caused by a retinal tear or detachment of the eye that requires immediate attention,
Dr. Shulman notes that these tips are not intended to be a substitute for medical advice by a physician or other health care provider.
“You should always access proper medical care regarding t matters relating to your health in order to get the most up-to- date treatment,” he says.
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