Call the doctor if you have any of these seven symptoms
When you have pain or an injury, the decision to see a doctor is simple. A study by Mayo Clinic in 2013 revealed that the most common reason people visit the doctor is for skin disorders like rashes. However, there are other less obvious reasons for making an appointment with the doctor. Here are seven symptoms that should send you in for a checkup
Persistent high fever
The good news is that a fever is a signal that your body is hard at work fighting an infection. But if the fever is over 103 degrees Fahrenheit for three or more days, it is time to see the doctor. There may be a more serious infection than your body can handle.
Sudden weight loss
Nearly everyone welcomes the prospect of losing a few pounds but it the loss is more than 10 percent of your body weight over a six-month period without explanation, it is time for a checkup. The loss could be a sign of diabetes, depression, overactive thyroid, liver disease or other serious conditions.
Shortness of breath
If you are at a high altitude, in a hot environment or have been working out, shortness of breath is expected. But when you suddenly are breathless for no apparent reason, there may be other issues at play including asthma or bronchitis, so make an appointment with your doctor.
Chest, abdominal or pelvic pain
If you suddenly feel pain in your chest, abdomen or pelvis, it is time to make an appointment with the doctor. The pain may be an indication of many possible conditions including heart disease, gallstones, appendicitis or kidney infection. If you have pain that’s not going away or if you think you’re experiencing a heart attack, call 911.
Unusual change in bowel habits
The key word here is change. Everyone’s bowel habits are different but if there is a change from the ordinary without any explanation like illness or eating unusual foods, it is wise to see a doctor. The change can range from constipation to diarrhea to stool color.
Personality change or feelings of confusion
If you begin to have trouble sleeping or thinking clearly, it might be a sign of something more serious. Increased anxiety or prolonged depression should also be checked. Sometimes these symptoms are brought on by drug interactions, infections or mental illness and should be addressed.
Feeling full without having eaten very much
If you are feeling full before you have eaten a normal amount, it might be an indication of a serious medical condition. Some people also experience nausea, vomiting, weight loss or bloating. These symptoms may be caused by peptic ulcers or other gastroesophageal diseases.
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