A healthy body is a happy body. But too often people experience health issues and delay or avoid getting medical attention. If you ignore health issues, this can lead to serious consequences. In fact, many chronic diseases start off as simple problems that are ignored or neglected. So, what kinds of health issues should you never ignore?
Here are 7 to consider:
Sudden Weight Loss
If you've been losing weight too quickly, or if you feel like your appetite is changing, it's important to see a doctor right away. This can be one of several serious conditions that require medical attention. Sudden weight loss could indicate anything from a parasite infection to cancer in the intestines. It’s best to seek medical attention right away to rule out anything major and to help you maintain a normal weight.
Addiction to Substances
If you or a loved one has an addiction to substances, it is important to get help. There are several options at Dallas, Sedona, and Salt Lake City treatment centers and around the nation to get the care you need to overcome addiction to drugs or alcohol. Ignoring addiction can lead to relationship problems, health issues, and even death.
If you use more and more of the substance over time, even though it causes problems in your life, you might be addicted. If your physical health has declined since using the substance regularly it’s possible you’re addicted. If you can’t function without a drink or hit, you’re probably addicted. If you get angry at people who suggest you have a problem, you likely have a problem. It’s possible to overcome addiction if you seek out treatment and help.
Mental Health Struggles
Depression, anxiety, and panic attacks are the most common mental health disorders in adults. A person with a depressive disorder may experience feelings of despair or sadness for a long time. The feelings interfere with daily activities such as sleeping, eating, and concentrating. Mothers can experience mental health challenges after giving birth and these issues are often ignored. Depression can affect men and women of all ages. Then there are anxiety and panic attacks.
A panic attack is an intense surge of fear accompanied by physical symptoms such as chest pain and shortness of breath. It can often be so severe that it interrupts normal activities like going out into public places. Getting mental health treatment can help people live healthy lives.
Sudden hair loss, especially if you are young, can be a sign of a serious health problem. It's important to see your doctor if you notice that you're losing more hair than usual or if your hair is falling out in patches. Hair loss can be caused by genetics, stress, diet, and disease. Hair loss can also occur as a side effect of medications such as chemotherapy drugs or antidepressants. An underlying condition like anemia may also be present. Deficiencies in nutrients are a common cause of hair loss in individuals. If these deficiencies are not fixed, it can lead to more serious health problems.
Painful urination is a common problem, but that doesn’t make it normal or okay. It can be caused by a number of things. If you have blood in your urine or pain while urinating, it's likely that there is some form of infection. You may also experience painful urination if you have diabetes or kidney disease. Some people have urinary retention which means that they don’t empty their bladder all the way. All of these problems can be treated if they are diagnosed by a medical professional.
Trouble breathing can be a serious health issue. You may experience shortness of breath or rapid breathing, coughing or wheezing due to swelling in the airways, or chest pain. All of these could be due to minor allergies or something more concerning. If you have any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.
You're tired, but you don't know why. You wake up tired, go to work tired, and when you get home at night, you fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow. Fatigue is one of the most common complaints among Americans who visit their primary care physicians. It can be caused by any number of things: stress, lack of sleep or poor nutrition, or a symptom of another health issue such as diabetes or cancer. Stop thinking fatigue is normal and seek out testing to find out what’s wrong. Odds are there is a treatment available to help you.