Five subtle symptoms you shouldn’t ignore
Posted on 1 January 2020
They might be subtle – but they could also indicate serious conditions that require medical intervention.
Leg pain in only one side
Could be: A pulled muscle.
However, if the area is also swollen and warm, it could signal deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT is a blood clot that forms in an interior vein, usually in the lower leg or thigh.
The good news? It’s treatable. However, if not caught in time, DVT can be fatal if the clot breaks off and travels to the lungs.
Could be: Due to anxiety, depression and stress.
However, ED can also be caused by blocked arteries in the heart that prevent adequate blood flow to your penis.
The good news? Erectile dysfunction symptoms often precede the onset of heart symptoms by at least two years. In other words, intervention could stop cardiac disease from progressing.
Could be: A sign of many different illnesses, including an over-active thyroid (hyperthyroidism) or an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
However, sudden weight loss (more than 5% of your weight within six to 12 months) when you haven’t changed your diet or exercise regime could signal something more serious, such as pancreatic, stomach, esophageal, or lung cancer.
The good news? Not all weight loss is serious and it could be triggered by a sudden life change or significant event. Take note of any other symptoms when you discuss this with your doctor.
Could be: The sign of a urinary tract infection or kidney or ureter problems.
However, frequent urination could also signal Type 2 diabetes, as your body tries to flush the glucose build-up from your system.
The good news? The sooner Type 2 diabetes is diagnosed, the easier it is to reverse it with lifestyle changes such as weight loss and exercise.
Could be: A pinched nerve, bursitis, a herniated disc or a torn rotator cuff.
However, a strange, numb feeling that starts in your chest and moves down your arm is a common symptom of a heart attack.
The good news? Even though a heart attack can be deadly, tens of thousands of people survive them every year. Acting quickly and calling ER24 (084 124) can greatly improve your chances for survival.
Reviewed by: Dr Margaret Badenhorst, Mediclinic Brits