Serious Symptoms That Shouldn’t Be Ignored A serious health issue can strike at any time. Serious symptoms can occur. And in many cases, a fast reaction can make a big impact on outcomes. Whether it’s a heart attack, stroke, or other serious illness, the following symptoms are those you should never ignore. Pain in the chest Heavy, crushing pain in your mid-chest, especially accompanied by nausea, sweating or shortness of breath, you may be having a heart attack and should seek medical help immediately. Pain can take all different forms. It could be sharp, comes and goes, is steady, isn’t too severe but seems odd. If chest pain strikes in the middle of the night, don’t try to ride it out and don’t worry about inconveniencing anyone. You know your body, so any pain that seems unusual and severe deserves a trip to the emergency room. Difficulty breathing If you’re short of breath, drawing a breath without getting any benefit from the air, or having trouble breathing, seek medical attention. Asthma, pulmonary embolism, pneumonia and chronic lung disease may all be at fault. Pain in the abdomen An unusual pain in the abdominal area, or anywhere below the ribs and above the hips, should be checked out. Of special concern are pains that are severe, new or accompanied by nausea, vomiting and fever. Because there are a number of organs in the abdomen, there are various causes of pain that could include kidney stones, gallstones, tumors, and/or complications of undiagnosed pregnancies. Stroke symptoms Stroke symptoms can come in many forms, but if you have a hard time talking, controlling or moving limbs, or experience face weakness or drooping, you may be having a stroke. Seek help immediately. The sooner doctors have a chance to diagnose and intervene, the better the outcome. Pain in the head If you have a serious, sudden headache, especially with fever, confusion, faintness or loss of consciousness, head for the emergency room. A stroke or very high blood pressure could be the culprit of these symptoms. With any medical concern, do not hesitate, see a doctor immediately. It’s better to overreact and over respond and be reassured, then to underreact and under-respond and miss the boat on a chance to intervene meaningfully.
Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that affects one or more organs in your body, but most commonly affects the lungs and lymph glands. As a result causing inflammation, abnormal lumps or nodules (otherwise known as granulomas) form in one or more organs of the body. These granulomas may change the normal structure and possibly the function of the affected organ(s). How does one get Sarcoidosis? Some clues as to whether you have this disease include patient symptoms, findings from physical and laboratory studies, and patient race. General onset of sudden symptoms can mean that the illness will be short lived mild in severity. Some of these symptoms include:
- weight loss
- just an overall feeling of ill health
- Shortness of breath
- Chronic cough
- Reddish bumps or patches on the skin or under the skin
- Enlarged lymph glands in the chest and around the lungs that produces cough and shortness of breath
- Fever, weight loss, fatigue, night sweats, general feeling of ill health
- Red and teary eyes or blurred vision
- Swollen and painful joints
- Enlarged lymph glands in the neck, armpits, and groin
- Nasal stuffiness and hoarse voice
- Pain in the hands, feet, or other bony areas due to the formation of cysts in bones
- Kidney stone formation
- Development of abnormal or missed beats, inflammation of the covering of the heart, or heart failure
- Nervous system effects include hearing loss, meningitis, seizures or psychiatric disorders (for example, dementia, depression, psychosis)
If something went wrong with your heart, would you know it? Consider watching out for the following problems. Chest Discomfort It’s the most common sign of heart danger. If you have a blocked artery or are having a heart attack, you may feel pain, tightness, or pressure in your chest. Everyone is different and experiences different sensations, but chest discomfort is always a sign that something is wrong. The feeling usually lasts longer than a few minutes. It may happen when you're at rest or when you're doing something physical. Nausea, Indigestion, Heartburn, or Stomach Pain Some people have these symptoms during a heart attack. They may occasionally vomit. Women are more likely to report this type of symptom than men are. Of course, you can have an upset stomach for many reasons that have nothing to do with your heart. It could just be something you ate, after all. But you need to be aware that it can also happen during a heart attack. If you feel this way and you’re at risk for heart problems, let a doctor find out what’s going on, especially if you also have any of the other symptoms on this list. Pain that Spreads to the Arm Another classic heart attack symptom is pain that radiates down the left side of the body. It sometimes starts at the chest and moves outward. You Feel Dizzy or Lightheaded A lot of things can make you lose your balance or feel faint for a moment. Maybe you didn’t have enough to eat or drink, or you stood up too fast. But if you suddenly feel unsteady and you also have chest discomfort or shortness of breath, call a doctor right away. Throat or Jaw Pain By itself, throat or jaw pain probably isn't heart related. More likely, it's caused by a muscular issue, a cold, or a sinus problem. But if you have pain or pressure in the center of your chest that spreads up into your throat or jaw, it could be a sign of a heart attack. Call 911 and seek medical attention to make sure everything is alright. You Get Exhausted Easily If you suddenly feel fatigued or winded after doing something you had no problem doing in the past (like climbing the stairs or carrying groceries from the car) make an appointment with your doctor right away. Extreme exhaustion or unexplained weakness, sometimes for days at a time, can be a symptom of a heart attack, especially for women. Snoring It’s normal to snore a little while you snooze. But unusually loud snoring that sounds like a gasping or choking can be a sign of sleep apnea. That’s when you stop breathing for brief moments several times at night while you are still sleeping. This puts extra stress on your heart. Your doctor can check whether you need a sleep study to see if you have this condition. If you do, you may need a CPAP machine to smooth out your breathing while you sleep. Sweating Breaking out in a cold sweat for no obvious reason could signal a heart attack. If this happens along with any of these other symptoms, call 911 to get to a hospital right away. Don’t try to drive yourself. Irregular Heartbeat It's normal for your heart to race when you are nervous or excited or to skip or add a beat once in awhile. But, if you feel like your heart is beating out of time for more than just a few seconds, or if it happens often, tell your doctor. Most cases it’s nothing but occasionally, it could signal a condition called atrial fibrillation that needs treatment. So ask your doctor to check it out. Questions about these symptoms or your heart health? Talk to your doctor to make sure you’re not at risk.
We are seeing more and more cases of low testosterone in male patients, but what does “low testosterone” actually mean? Testosterone is a hormone produced in the human body, mainly found in male anatomy. It stimulates sperm production and a man’s sex drive, but it also helps build muscle and important bone mass. Testosterone typically decreases as men get older. Men experience a wide range of symptoms of low testosterone including hair loss, fatigue and lack of energy, loss of energy, weight gain, decrease in sex drive, mood changes and more. Low testosterone is diagnosed when levels fall below a normal range of 3001000 ng/dL. A simple blood test can be used to determine if testosterone levels are low. If you are feeling an abnormal change to your lifestyle, let us know. By diagnosing the problem, we can offer you treatment options to help.