There are indicators all over your body that you can use to determine if things are not okay with your health. They occur as physical symptoms that you need to understand and pay attention to. The body is vastly interconnected and symptoms in one part could be a sign of an emerging problem in another part of the body.
Different diseases or conditions would manifest very early as aches, pains, distortion of the senses or even swelling in specific regions. Certain symptoms could indicate serious health conditions and you cannot afford to ignore them. Spot them early and share them with your physician. The following are the top 10 dangerous physical symptoms you must know.
10. Hearing Loss
Hearing as a sense is accomplished through a network of nerves in your ears that are intertwined with many tiny blood vessels to nourish them. It is a delicate sense and can be affected by atmospheric pressure, body temperature and even intoxication.
Diabetes is characterized by high blood sugar levels. If this level is not managed it could lead to the damage of delicate blood vessels in your body. A study by mayo clinic showed that prolonged and uncontrolled levels of sugar in the blood weakens the walls of capillaries that supply oxygen and nutrients to the nerves and muscles. This could ultimately cause hearing loss among many other problems. Hearing loss is, therefore, a great indicator of diabetes that has not been diagnosed yet.
9. Numb Hands And Feet
Numbness in the hands and feet is a sign of poor blood circulation. You can experience numbness simply by sleeping on your hand and sitting on your leg for too long. Numbness that comes and goes for seemingly no reason at all could signal that there is blood loss to certain regions of the brain that is affecting your nerve and motor functions. The hands and feet, therefore, have trouble processing sensory input and moving, hence they become numb.
Interrupted blood flow in the brain is usually a result of a blood clot or a ruptured blood vessel. Without enough oxygenated blood in the brain, you will likely suffer a cerebral stroke. But before you do, you will experience weakness or numbness in the limbs that you should not ignore.
8. Chest Pain
Most chest pains are caused by inflammation and sudden contracting of muscles around the ribs. There are primarily two organs in your upper rib region; the lungs and the heart. You should be specifically worried about chest pains as an indicator of a heart attack. So how would you know if your chest pains are a sign of poor heart health or a respiratory problem? People with heart disease would experience chest pains characterized by;
- Pressure, fullness or tightness in the chest
- Crushing pain that goes all the way to your back, neck, and shoulders
- Pain that lasts a few minutes or more and gets worse with activity or emotional stress
- The pain or pressure may be accompanied by nausea or difficulty in breathing
The head houses the brain, which is s major component of the nervous system. The nervous system consists of the brain, the brainstem, the spinal cord and all the nerves making their way to every part of the body. Constant headaches that are unusually severe unaccompanied by disease, could be a sign of nervous system dysfunction.
Headaches caused by this dysfunction always manifest in the form of tension-headaches (migraines), thunderclap and cluster headaches. These sorts of headaches progressively get worse and may be accompanied by neck stiffness, back pains, drowsiness or confusion.
6. Hair Loss
Many different conditions can lead to the loss of hair. Sometimes it’s just a consequence of aging, genetics or hormonal changes. One important gland that produces hormones is the thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland in front of your neck. Theses hormones primarily regulate the speed of metabolism (the speed at which your body uses energy) and play a great role in the development and maintenance of hair follicles. One great sign of thyroid disorder is, therefore, hair loss which is usually accompanied by;
- Low mood
- Muscle weakness
- Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
5. Swollen Feet
A thrombus is a blood clot within a blood vessel which prevents blood from circulating normally. This condition can be dangerous because blood is needed in every corner of your body to replenish the supply of nutrients and oxygen. Hence, poor blood circulation can lead to organ damage or failure. Blood clots in veins can even halt the flow of blood back to the heart and lungs causing cardiac arrest or respiratory problems. A thrombus would normally occur in the legs and you can identify it through swelling in the feet accompanied by mild fever and a change in color of the leg affected.
4. Mouth Numbness
The pancreas plays an important role in insulin production and in the making of other hormones that control blood sugar levels. It is therefore essential in the conversion of the food we eat into energy. Dysfunction of the pancreas would occur due to illness directly affecting the organ such as pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer. These hormones would be in low supply or they would be hyper produced affecting blood sugar level, muscle, and nerve function. One of the symptoms you are likely to experience if the work of your pancreas is hampered is tingling and numbness especially in your nerve-packed constantly working mouth.
3. Nose Insensitive
The nose and the lungs are essential components of the respiratory system. While the nose smells, purifies and lets in air into the body, the lungs draw oxygen from the air and infuse it in the blood. The nose is, therefore, an indicator of the quality of air your lungs are exposed to. Bad smelling air is potentially dangerous to your lungs and the rest of your body. The respiratory tract is configured under the same nerve network. When the function of the lungs is hampered through a respiratory tract infection or otherwise a lung disease the first casualty would be the nose in form sense of smell. The nose would be insensitive to certain scents.
Tinnitus is the constant and annoying ringing in your ears. You might have experienced it after a night of heavy drinking. When this ringing persists, it could be a sign of oncoming hearing loss or a problem with your kidney function. A study published by the American Journal of Kidney disease in 2010 found that up to 54% of patients with kidney disease have some form of hearing loss. There are functional similarities between tissues in the kidney and those found in the ar. Therefore toxins damaging the kidney also accumulate in the ear. Next time you hear that hissing sound you should consider having your kidneys checked.
1. Blurred Vision
The liver helps in many body functions such as protein production, glucose, and iron metabolism. A damaged liver would likely lead to damaged nerves of the eyes, that need a constant supply of glucose and iron for the tiny blood vessels. Early-onset liver disease would cause a myriad of eye problems such as dry, itchy eyes and yellow jaundiced eyes. The liver and the eye share in the misfortune of liver failure. Blurred vision would be one of the first signs and a great indicator that the liver is struggling to accomplish its duties.