Common Health Symptoms Women Shouldn’t Ignore


Common Health Symptoms Women Shouldn’t Ignore

It’s easy for busy women to brush off a little pain or feeling extra tired, and most of the time, it’s probably nothing to be concerned about. But sometimes, these symptoms could be a sign that something more serious is going on. NBC News medical contributor Dr. Natalie Azar explains, “It’s important for women to understand that there’s no duration of a symptom that automatically makes it a red flag; other than crushing chest pain, some things can wait.”

That’s why she says it’s important for women to be aware of what they’re feeling and to know what’s normal for their body and to get answers from your healthcare provider when something does feel off. Azar explains the three symptoms that women shouldn’t ignore:

  • Shortness of breath - It could just be that you haven’t been exercising and your cardiovascular fitness needs some work, but when should you be concerned? If it’s a change from your norm or if you’re also having chest pain. Persistent shortness of breath could be a symptom of lung or heart issues and it’s worth getting it checked out.
  • Jaw pain - Stress and grinding your teeth are common reasons your jaw could be aching, but it could also indicate an underlying health condition including arthritis, vascular problems, nerve pain or a heart attack. “Heart attacks, for women especially, don’t always present with chest pain,” says Azar. “You can have pain that radiates to the jaw or down the arm. So, if you’re having unexplained left-sided jaw pain, better to be safe than sorry.”
  • Frequent fatigue - Many of us are always tired, so how do we know if it’s a sign of a bigger issue? Azar stresses this is why it’s important to be aware of your own base energy levels and recognize any changes. Chronic fatigue could be a symptom of anemia, thyroid disease, depression, fibromyalgia and chronic kidney or liver disease. Trust your intuition if something feels off and talk to your doctor to help you get to the bottom of it.

Source: Today

Scott's Thoughts:

  • So there are people out there who aren’t walking around fatigued all the time? What’s their secret?
  • Are you one to brush off any symptoms you feel or run to Dr. Google to satisfy your hypochondriac-tendencies?
  • Have you ever proactively gotten a small symptom checked out by your doctor and found it actually was something serious?

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