Time to see a doctor? 10 signs should not ignore
No one wants to go to the doctor unless it is necessary. Sometimes we are too busy or perhaps think we might be wasting the doctor’s time. We might even be worried about our symptoms and keep putting it off because are we afraid of finding out the worst. Whatever the reasons, you should always take any symptoms or changes seriously. Here are some of the key indicators that you should make an appointment with your GP. Of course you have any concerns about health, even if they are not one of the ones listed below you always seek medical advice.
- Unexplained weight loss
If you have not changed your diet or fitness routine but are losing weight, it could indicate a serious underlying issue Your doctor can do tests to rule out, or if necessary treat, some of the more serious conditions such as liver or thyroid problem s for example.
2. Sudden Shortness of breath
This can be caused by a number of things. Some of these are perfectly harmless and obvious such as exercise or being obese. But if there isn’t an obvious reason don’t put off getting it checked, especially if it comes on suddenly and you have no previous history of breathing difficulties.
3. A very high temperature or fever
A raised temperature is usually a sign your body is fighting off an infection. Sometime it will pass quickly as your body deals it. But if it lasts for longer than a few days or it is very high, you should see your doctor. Anything above 103c would be considered too high
4. Pains in chest, abdominal or pelvic area
Severe pain anywhere is a cause for alarm but severe pain in these areas may need urgent attention. If left untreated it can lead to a medical emergency Causes ranges from gallstones to appendicitis to a heart attack.
5. A cold that gets worse instead of better
A cold doesn’t usually mean going to see the doctor. But if it gets more serious with a chesty cough you need to get it checked. Older people, pregnant woman and people with other medical conditions should go sooner to avoid possible complications. Also watch out for sign of dehydration caused by excessive sweating or vomiting etc
6. Changes in the toilet
It is hard to say what is “normal” as we are all different. But you should look out for changes to your usual habits including extended episodes of constipation or diarrhoea. Also, an increased urge to urinate can be a tell-tale sign of something more serious so if there is no obvious explanation for these changes, make sure to have it investigated.
7. Disturbances to your vision
Some people experience this as part of an ongoing condition such as migraine. However, if you have no history of migraine and you notice flashes or spots in your visual field it could be a sign of retinal detachment which needs to be treated as quickly as possible to prevent long term damage to your eyesight.
8. Mood changes
We all have good and bad days, but if you regularly experience highs and lows it could indicate a physical or psychological problem such as depression or other type of mental illness. Take note of your symptoms and any recurrent pattern you might notice and talk it over with your GP.
You might think you would know if you had concussion but sometimes there can be a delay between the event and the symptoms appearing. If you have bumped or had a blow to the head watch out for any unusual symptom including, confusion, sleeping difficulties.
10. Reaction to new medicines
If you start new medication make sure you know about any likely side effect or common reactions. Keep an eye out for changes. Your GP may be able to change your medication or adjust the dose. However, don’t stop taking your medication until you have discussed it with your doctor.
Contact Harcourt Health Doctor Dublin 2 today to arrange a same day appointment