What Your Body is Trying to Tell You
Your body always sends signs and symptoms that can reveal clues of certain instabilities and indications of illnesses.
To be able to interpret the body’s distress signals, there should be a deeper awareness and understanding of what the message means. And if these signs persist, the intervention of a physician to expertly diagnose the problem behind the sign becomes an urgent need.
There are innumerable signs the body might show. Below are 20 of the most common body messages that should be understood.
20 Ways Your Body is Telling You Something is Wrong
This rash may resemble eczema but can be worse. A breakout in the back, butt, elbows, knees or scalp may mean a more severe problem.
It may mean a condition from an autoimmune disorder called celiac disease. A doctor can biopsy the rash and diagnose the problem.
2. Unexplained weight loss
Losing weight without any diet plan or exercise regimen can mean something serious. Don’t rejoice in it and don’t ignore it. It may involve esophageal, lung, pancreatic, or stomach cancer.
3. Changes in bathroom habits
These signs may sound simple and are often ignored, but they may be a precursor to some kind of cancer.
Change in the frequency of peeing may be a sign of prostate or bladder cancer. Diarrhea, constipation, and irregular bowel movement may be warning signs of colon or ovarian cancer.
4. Change in handwriting, tremors, loss of smell, and really intense dreams
One or more of these signs all together may be a warning for Parkinson’s disease. If they show up and continue for a long period of time, a neurologist should be consulted for an evaluation.
5. Unreasonable bursts of anger
Bursts of anger may not only mean uncontrolled temper. It can mean a more serious, long-term kind of depression. Random irritability and anger, coupled with elevated heart beat may need to be diagnosed by the doctor and managed in order to avert more harmful thoughts and actions.
6. Irritating cough
Don’t just keep on taking OTC drugs to stop the cough. Developing unexplained cough with no asthma, no allergies, and no sinus problems for an extended period of time may be a signal for lung, larynx, or throat cancer.
7. Incurable hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids that don’t react to medication and treatments may actually be signs of Crohn’s disease. There is a form of Crohn’s disease that manifests in the anal area and can be mistaken for hemorrhoids. It can lead to bowel blockage, excruciating fissures, and even colon cancer.
8. Problem budgeting
Experiencing difficulty in managing daily figures like budgeting may be an early sign of Alzheimer’s. The disease affects the brain and hinders thinking, planning, and remembering.
9. Heavy snoring
Don’t just consider snoring as a sign of apnea, which is related to the danger of heart disease. People who snore with no sleep apnea are actually showing signs of possible stroke and heart attack.
10. Unexplained bleeding
Bleeding with no wounds or for no reason at all is always a bad sign that something is wrong. Blood in urine, in the stool, in the nipple, and other forms of unusual bleeding need to be checked and evaluated by the doctor. They may be signs of kidney, colon, rectal, breast, and other forms of cancer.
Having erectile dysfunction (ED) is not an embarrassing signal that should be ignored, or kept a secret. Men who are 45 and older have to see a doctor to be evaluated for heart disease, especially if there is family history.
12. Something under the fingernails
Don’t ignore this sign and assume it is just a splinter. This is a sign of infection of the valve or valves in the heart. The infection causes blood clots that show up in the small blood vessels. Have a heart checkup soon.
13. Swollen gums
Swollen gums are not caused by something in the food; it may be a symptom of a stroke or heart attack. Swollen gums are caused by a certain bacteria that stimulate heart disease. Seeing the dentist for regular teeth cleaning may be able to stop gum disease at the onset.
14. The eyes look different
If there is a white colored ring around the cornea of the eyes, it is a sign of high cholesterol for people aged 30-40. Younger people seeing this ring should see a doctor for a cholesterol test.
15. More teeth cavities, frequent sore throat, coughing, foul taste in the mouth
One sign or a combination of these signs may mean acid reflux. Don’t just go to the dentist, but schedule an appointment with a GI doctor also. Reflux increases the risk for esophageal cancer.
16. Frequent peeing, thirst
Frequent trips to the bathroom are not always a sign of a lot of fluids in the body. It may signal of developing Type 2 diabetes. The body will attempt to unload the glucose that is starting to build, by releasing it through the urine, which in the end, results in thirst.
17. Forgetfulness, fatigue, low libido
People sometimes think of these symptoms as signs of depression, and it may be true. But these are also warning signs of hypothyroidism. Don’t ignore these unclear and unrelated signs. They may be a result of low amounts of thyroid hormone in the body.
18. Big belly
Having a big belly is a common sign that the person may be a heavy drinker. However, it may also be a sign of having Type 2 diabetes. The fat accumulated in the abdomen hinders the body’s natural insulin to work inefficiently.
19. The eyes look bloodshot
The reason for bloodshot eyes may mean something else. It may mean an overdose of aspirin. Aspirin causes flooding in the blood vessels when it thins the blood, resulting in bloodshot eyes.
20. Yellow tint in the eyes and skin
This is a good sign, in the sense that it shows the symptoms of jaundice, hepatitis, liver problems, because normally, diseases of the liver don’t show signs. So as soon as these signs are observed, see the doctor immediately.
Be mindful of what your body is trying to convey. Understand the body’s messages before the problem becomes a nightmare. Problems discovered at an early stage may still be resolved with a visit to the doctor’s office.