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You Won’t Believe These 31 Signs That You Might Be Sick

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You Won’t Believe These 31 Signs That You Might Be Sick

The body has a very complex scheme of interconnected systems. If one is not working right, all of the rest can be affected and you can have health problems you never knew were possible. Unfortunately, not all diseases are preceded by warning signs you know are dangerous such as chest pain.

Hungry all the time

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Hungry all the time

Feeling hungry after just finishing a meal may be a sign of diabetes. Highs and lows in blood sugar levels confuse the body and it can develop an urge to eat. This mostly happens in patients with Type 1 Diabetes, Ann Doherty, certified diabetes educator and manager at Alta Bates Summit Diabetes Center, says. Lack of insulin prevents the body's cells from getting enough glucose, which is their energy, making them crave it.

Chronically tired

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Chronically tired

This could be an early diabetes sign, according to WebMD. The body converts the food into glucose which it uses for energy. But the cells need insulin to bring the glucose in. If your body doesn't make enough or any insulin, or if your cells resist the insulin your body makes, the glucose can't get into them and you have no energy. This can make you more tired than usual. Being hungry and tired are also signs your thyroid isn't working right

Blurred vision

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Blurred vision

Blurred vision can mean diabetes (one extra hour of sitting increases the chance of developing it by 22 percent) or a few other conditions. Technically, blurred vision is lack of sharpness resulting in the inability to see small details. Visual impairment or age-related macular degeneration are the usual culprits. But blurred vision can also be a symptom of numerous conditions that do not directly involve the eye, such as migraine or stroke, according to MedicineNet. If you’re not seeing as well as you used to, you may have low blood sugar, high blood pressure, head injury or even a brain tumor.

Bad breath

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Bad breath

Saliva acts like a cleaning agent; it gets rid of bad bacteria in your mouth. When saliva production is reduced, sometimes as a result of dehydration, you get bad breath. But the reasons can be much more serious. Bad breath is one unexpected way of knowing you have health problems. You may have an infection (this usually happens after tooth removal) or your teeth may be decaying. Some cancers, and conditions such as metabolic disorders, can cause a distinctive breath odor as a result of chemicals they produce, according to Mayo Clinic.

Frequent urination

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Frequent urination

Many people think that frequent urination is simply the result of them drink too much coffee, tea or water and don’t want to bother the doctor. You may be putting yourself at risk. The average person excretes between five and weight cups of urine every 24 hours. Having an overactive bladder is not only uncomfortable but it can also mean that you have injuries, cancer, or certain conditions affecting muscles, nerves, and tissues, according to Healthline. It may also be a sign of kidney infection or bladder stones. It’s also a common sign of diabetes. Too much sugar in your blood makes the kidneys work extra hard to filter it out, hence the frequent need to urinate.  

Brittle nails

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Brittle nails

You may find your nails very breakable all of a sudden. Insufficient thyroid hormone slows down metabolism, which reduces sweating. The dryness can be extreme, this may cause no sweating, and the palms and soles to get thick and dry. This is a sign your thyroid isn’t working properly. Brittle nails is also associated with iron deficiency anemia, according to NIH

Itchy skin

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Itchy skin

Itchy and dry skin is another common symptom of hypothyroidism. This has to do with skin turnover, Prudence Hall, MD, from The Hall Center, says. “It slows down which means there are older cells still on the skin.”

Sudden changes in appetite

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Sudden changes in appetite

Loss of appetite, as well as greater appetite because of an overactive thyroid, is a common symptom, according to the American Thyroid Association. It is normal to be hungry after exercising or another intense physical activity. But feeling like you need more – and that happens every day for several weeks – may be a sign of diabetes or thyroid abnormalities.

Mood swings

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Mood swings

If there is too much thyroid hormone, every function of the body tends to speed up. That’s why it is not surprising then that some of the symptoms of hyperthyroidism are anxiety, nervousness, irritability, and mood swings, according to AACE.

Feeling cold all the time

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Feeling cold all the time

An underactive thyroid may be affecting your body temperature. When your thyroid hormone levels are too low, your body’s cells don’t get enough thyroid hormone. This causes your body's processes to slow down. Slowed metabolism means that your body is burning less energy. The opposite can also occur. An overactive makes your cell burn too much; hence, the excessive sweating.

Pain in the groin

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Pain in the groin

Sometimes pain from an internal organ is felt away from the site of the internal organ. The kidneys can be a little like this, so that pain in the kidney can be felt all the way from the back down to the groin, or in the testicles in men, according to the National Kidney Federation.

Abnormal periods

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Abnormal periods

Menstrual abnormalities are common for women who have a thyroid condition. Their periods are more intense, last longer, with a heavier flow, which can lead to anemia. More cramps are common as well. With hyperthyroidism, periods can be shorter and very light. If hormone levels are too low, a woman may not be ovulating as she should. Up to 5 percent of women who have trouble getting pregnant turn out to have a hypothyroidism.

Trouble sleeping

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Trouble sleeping

More often than not you are not sleeping well because you’re anxious about work; sometimes it’s a sign you’re addicted to exercise. But it can also be a sign of mental illness, according to the American Psychiatric Association. Irregular sleep patterns will usually be accompanied by others such as mood changes, apathy, nervousness, withdrawal or increased sensitivity. Gaining weight is a common side effect of sleep deprivation. A sluggish thyroid can also be the reason for the problem. On the other hand, an overactive gland can make you stay awake when you shouldn’t be by making you anxious and increasing your pulse. The condition overstimulates the nervous system, making it hard to fall asleep.

Hoarse voice

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Hoarse voice

Hoarse voice can be a symptom of a thyroid problem. Increased inflammation in the body leads to a thyroid imbalance. A thyroid nodule, which may be thyroid cancer, may be pressing on the voice box, causing hoarseness or voice changes, according to Endocrine Web. This is an uncommon way that thyroid cancer is detected.

Pain in legs and arms

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Pain in legs and arms

“When the thyroid is underactive, we don’t create good muscle mass and the muscles don’t function well,” Dr. Hall says. If you feel pain in your arms, legs and feet for no obvious reason (as in you didn’t fall or hit yourself) your thyroid gland may not be producing enough hormone. Over time, too little of it can damage the nerves that send signals from the brain throughout the entire body.

Sudden weigh gain or loss

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Sudden weigh gain or loss

One of the most common signs of a thyroid not working right is gained weight. An underactive thyroid can significantly slow down your metabolism. Having trouble losing a few pounds can also be a sign of hypothyroidism. The other extreme is losing weight fast. This may be due to an overactive thyroid gland. Weight loss is also more common among people with Type 1 Diabetes, Doherty says. The loss of calories is due to frequent urination. You lose a lot of glucose that way. “The body doesn’t store it and other good stuff properly anymore,” she adds. The sugar is not getting to the cells for storage. A dramatic and sudden weight loss may also mean an eating disorder.

Swollen tongue

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Swollen tongue

Less iron means less myoglobin in the blood which keeps the muscles healthy. Since the tongue is actually a muscle, it will feel sore, smooth, swollen and will have a weird pale color, according to John Hopkins Medicine. Sore and swollen tongue can, as a result, leads to problems with chewing, swallowing and even speaking.

Numbness in feet

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Numbness in feet

The irritation to the nerves over time kills them eventually, Doherty says. “You first feel pins, needles and pain. Then it stops hurting and you think that’s a good sign when, in fact, it’s the opposite.” Lack of blood going to organs that are away from the heart can lead to amputation, she adds. Check with your doctor if you are at risk of diabetes and notice redness or blisters in your feet.

Headaches

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Headaches

It may be dehydration, which is the case most of the time, but this may also be the result of imbalance of fluids, glucose and electrolytes caused by diabetes, Doherty says. Sometimes one glass of water can help. Headaches, which can be a sign your blood sugar levels are too high, worsen as the condition progresses and is left untreated. They often take several days to develop. 

Wounds taking longer to heal

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Wounds taking longer to heal

“This is more of a sign of uncontrolled diabetes,” Doherty says. Chronic high glucose levels cause irritation to the nerves and blood vessels. This leads to decreased blood flow and poor circulation. Veins and arteries don’t effectively transport blood to the wounds so it can repair the damage.

Dark lines around the neck

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Dark lines around the neck

The condition is called acanthosis nigricans. “We don’t see this very often anymore [in diabetics],” Doherty says. This is the result of a buildup of glucose in the body over a long period of time, she adds. “It’s basically the garbage left behind.” People nowadays are screened on more regular basis and diabetes is caught earlier, she adds. Properly treating diabetes may restore the skin.

Dry mouth

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Dry mouth

A dry mouth can be a sign and also the cause of high blood sugar levels. Lack of saliva, which is a disinfectant, means that your mouth is now a breeding ground for bacteria. There is nothing to wash away the germs.  

Bloating

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Bloating

Stomach cancer usually causes vague symptoms like bloating and a feeling full, Dr. Nita Lee from the University of Chicago Medicine says, but so do digestive disorders. More tests need to be done and doctors have to use their judgment. Ovarian cancer is not as silent as most people think, she adds. Bloating is an early sign.

Constipation or diarrhea

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Constipation or diarrhea

Constipation is common for hypothyroidism, Dr. Yoram Shenker from the University Of Wisconsin School Of Medicine and Public Health, who specializes in endocrinology, says. The irregular hormone production often leads to unpredictable digestive functions. The complete opposite can also be a sign of a thyroid condition – overactive gland can cause diarrhea or more frequent bowel movements. Ovarian cancer and endometriosis, when tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside, may have the same symptoms which include constipation, which is often a sign your thyroid isn’t working. Diarrhea can sometimes be a sign of colon cancer.

Sweating

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Sweating

Some cancers can grow very rapidly. When cytokines, small secreted proteins, are released by the cells in an abnormal way, they can trigger an overreaction that can show itself as sweating,” Dr. Solomon Graf, a hematology/oncology specialist for UW Medicine and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, says. Secretion of cytokines by tumor cells leads to an inflammation response.

Dark urine

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Dark urine

Most of the time dark urine is a sign of dehydration, which is making you sick in several different ways. But cancer of the GI tract, kidneys, uterus, or of the bladder can cause bleeding into the urine, causing a much darker color. Painless bleeding is a serious sign. Dark or orange urine, combined with yellowish skin can be a sign of liver malfunction.

Back pain

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Back pain

Back pain is not a common cancer sign but it can be if the cancer has spread to the spine, Dr. Lee says. It will likely cause tenderness and discomfort in the bones. When cancer of the pancreas is large enough it can cause pain in the back. It won’t be the only symptom though, she adds. There will be other signs that are also on the vague side. Back pain can also be a sign you’re under a lot of stress. Flank pain is very common in patients with a kidney infection.

Sore jaw

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Sore jaw

Everything is fine during the day but at night, while you’re sleeping, you’re not realizing that you’re grinding your teeth. You don’t know it’s happening until you wake up and your jaw is sore. You may not realize that you’re stressed out. If that’s the case, try to notice if your “grinding the stress out” during the day as well. It can lead to, other than pain, tooth damage and cracked teeth. Make a dentists appointment to see if there is anything you don’t know about.

Gum problems

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Gum problems

Among the many processes in the body for which Vitamin C is vital, producing anti-stress hormones is an important one. Interferon is needed for the body to produce collagen, from which body tissues are made. Bleeding gums when brushing your teeth or at random times when they should not be bleeding, such as eating an apple can be a sign we are running low on Vitamin C because of stress because the body tissues can’t be refilled and so they break down.

Compulsive or excessive exercising

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Compulsive or excessive exercising

Over exercising gets overlooked nowadays because people seem to be obsessed with losing weight and getting healthy. But it can be a sign of an eating disorder. Intense desire to exercise in a rigid way is one possible sign of a person developing an eating disorder. Certain personal characteristics can be correlated with a risk factor. They include perfectionism and high achievement, both of which can be common among regular gym-goers.

Pounding in the ears

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Pounding in the ears

“This has to do with the heart palpitations,” Priyanka Pathak, MD, oncologist at Geisinger Health System, says. Your heart is working harder and you can often heart it, especially if you are laying down on your side. You can also hear it like a “whooshing” sound in your ears.

You Won’t Believe These 31 Signs That You Might Be Sick