5 Signs You Should See Your Doctor
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One thing that the human body is good at is detecting when something is wrong. However, it’s easy for our minds to put little signs to the back of our heads. This is because we either recognise the warning sign and self diagnose, or we simply don’t want to find out what is causing us to feel that way. Unfortunately, self diagnosis can be very dangerous, and it’s important to make sure that you have regular check ups with your GP, especially if you’re not feeling yourself. Today, we’ve compiled a list of the signs you should take note of and act on as soon as possible.
Sudden and extreme weight loss
Some of us may be thinking that this kind of symptom is awesome! However, very fast weight loss especially when not intended can be underlying problems that need treating rather than ignoring. Problems such as an overactive thyroid, diabetes, and even depression can cause fast and extreme weight loss. If you’re not overweight and have unintentionally lost over 10% of your body weight in the last six months (or less), then it’s a good idea to make an appointment with your GP to see if there’s anything that needs treating.
Heart flutters can come from out of nowhere, and while on some occasions they aren’t dangerous, it’s important to take special care of your heart. After all, it is the main organ keeping your body alive. Sometimes problems such as anxiety can cause your heart to feel as if it’s fluttering, and while this is normal, it can be quite an alarming symptom to experience. However, if you’ve not been experiencing anxiety (to your knowledge), it may be a wise idea to look into heart scans so that you and your GP can make sure your heart is as healthy as it can be.
Radical mood changes
Radical mood changes can be caused by anything from puberty, pregnancy, mental health issues, and even menopause. However, mood changes that are out of the ordinary shouldn’t be ignored, as this can lead to unhealthy thoughts. Mental health problems are on the rise now that they are becoming more recognised, and you shouldn’t feel like you need to hide away the way that you’re feeling - no matter how irrational it may seem! Sometimes the lifestyle you’re leading could be the only reason your mental health is suffering, so if you’ve been experiencing moods that are out of the ordinary, speak to your Doctor about it so that you can get to the bottom of it.
Changes to your bowel and bladder movements
Nobody likes talking about this kind of thing, but it’s important to keep track of what your body is trying to tell you. The bladder and bowel are the main exits for any toxins that may have made their way into your body, and sometimes changes in movements are your body’s way of getting rid of them. However, if the changes are frequent and extraordinarily unlike your normal movements, it could mean that you’re suffering with an underlying problem like diabetes, or even bowel cancer. No matter how embarrassing it may feel, go and see your Doctor for advice and to make sure that it’s nothing serious.
Always being too warm
Finally, being too warm can simply be because you’re not dressing in the right clothes. However, when you’re always too warm and never seem to be able to find the right temperature, this can be a sign of internal problems. Menopause is usually the first diagnosis that will be investigated, but if this isn’t the case you may be feeling too warm because you’re stressed out. Drinking too much caffeine can also be a large contributor to feeling too hot all of the time, so try cutting it out to see if it helps alleviate the heat. If not, speak to a Doctor!
We’re pretty good at telling when something is wrong with our bodies, but it’s important to make sure that you’re not hiding any symptoms or telling yourself that it’s nothing! Speak to your Doctor for peace of mind and remember, catching something early is better than finding out too late!