There are some things that you can let pass. They aren’t a big deal, and you’ll live. But there are other things that aren’t so minor and you should pay attention to. Here are a few:
Sudden, Severe Headaches
If the room just starts spinning for no reason, this is not something minor or something to ignore. If you have to hold yourself up with the wall or a piece of furniture, you should head in to see your doctor. According to David Frid MD, a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic,
This type of dizziness (called syncope if you faint, or pre-synocope if less severe), could be a symptom of an underlying coronary artery disease or arrhythmia, an abnormal heart rhythm.You could also have tachycardia or other serious heart problems. You should never ignore passing out or almost passing out.
This can really hurt, especially if it’s a chipped tooth. It can result from a number of different oral issues, often related to gum disease and tooth decay. In fact, it could actually contribute to heart disease. According to Paul Kim DDS of Great Expressions Dental Centers in Suffern, NY,
A toothache is like a fire alarm. The pain alerts you to a problem that, if caught early, can often be an easy fix. If left alone, it just gets worse. It can easily spread, even to other organs.
Pain Near the Belly Button or Right Side
A severe pain on the right side could be simple constipation, but it could also be appendicitis. When it comes with a fever or nausea, it’s definitely something that you want to get treated, fast. If it is short term, it’s okay. On the other hand, if it lasts 24 to 48 hours, the bacteria could easily be spreading, causing more serious problems. It could even be fatal, meaning you should go to the emergency room.
A Sudden Feeling of Dread
You may feel anxious when getting up to give a presentation, and that’s normal for a lot of people. However, if you experience a sudden feeling of dread, chest tightness, chest discomfort, etc, it could be a heart attack or a sign of coronary disease. If you are exercising, the symptoms may go away with a little rest, but especially if you have a family history, you should reconsider.
If you are prone to indigestion, certain types of food or drinks can increase your symptoms and frequency of heartburn. Indigestion is a problem in itself, but if it becomes too frequent, you should keep an eye out. It could eventually lead to serious problems like ulcers. It could also increase your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, etc.
A Tender Calf That Feels Like It’s On Fire
A sore calf could be a simple pulled muscle. However, it could also be a sign of deep thrombosis, which is a deep blood clot that can form in the leg, generally with low to no activity. The clot can travel up to the heart and cause problems there. Most cramps go away quickly, but if it persists, you should see a doctor.
Your Knee Feels as if it May Give Out
If your knee literally feels as if it may give out at any moment, you could have a torn ACL. The ACL tear is common in athletes and certain others, and it’s essential to stabilizing the knee. It typically happens when you change direction or pivot frequently, which is why soccer and football players are at particular risk. If it developed over time with no distinct injury, it may not be the ACL at all.
A Sudden Headache
A sudden and severe headache can reach maximum intensity within a short period of time, and it is a red flag. It should always be checked out. It could be a sign of a cerebral hemorrhage according to Mark W Green MD. Migraines can of course be painful, but the next one in cases like this could actually be fatal.
A Long Lasting Fever
If a fever lasts for more than a few days, it could be a problem. You should expect a fever when you have a cold or flu, but when it lasts a few days on its own, especially when you also have a sore throat, it may be infective or bacterial endocarditis. It is basically an infection of the heart valves. It could be the result of something as simple as a dental procedure. Basically, bacteria has entered the bloodstream, and it could lead to a fatal heart attack or otherwise. Leukemia or lymphoma could also lead to these types of problems.
For women, it’s most likely a urinary tract infection. However, urinary tract infections can travel up and cause more problems. For men, this could be a sign of prostate problems, even leading to cancer. It could easily be an enlarged prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia for men, and it could be bladder cancer.
If you have these types of symptoms, the best thing to do is head over to your doctor. You may spend a few bucks to find out that it’s something minor.