We know going to the doctor isn’t always on the top of everyone’s
“to-do” list. Because of this, it can be very easy to dismiss
symptoms. What might become part of your everyday life, can be a subtle
sign that something more serious is occurring. Here are some commonly
Sudden Intense Headaches
Headaches are a common complaint. It is normal to have a headache now and
then. However, if you have an immediate, intense headache, then you need
to seek medical attention right away. This may be a sign of a ruptured aneurysm.
You should always go to the emergency room if you have intense pain in
your chest. If the pain is accompanied by jaw pain, nausea and shortness
of breath, then this may be a sign of a heart attack. Though it can also
be a sign of something less serious, such as acid reflux, only a physician
can determine the cause of your chest pain.
Unexplained Weight Loss
If you have lost more than 5 percent of your body weight and you do not
know why then you should see a physician. Weight loss can be a sign of
several illnesses, including cancer. It is estimated that 36 percent of
older people who have unexplained weight loss have a disease.
It may also be a sign of hyperthyroidism. Other symptoms of hyperthyroidism
include sweating, nervousness, and increased appetite. Additionally, if
weight loss is accompanied by increased thirst and urination, then this
can be a sign of diabetes.
A fever is not always a cause for concern because it is the body's
way of fighting an infection. However, you should see a doctor if your
fever is over 103 degrees Fahrenheit. You should also see a doctor if
you have a chronic low-grade fever — this may be a sign of cancer.
Don’t let these symptoms go ignored. At Dallas Regional Medical Center,
we have expert doctors ready to help you with your healthcare needs.