When your chest start hurting and you can’t breathe, you know to call a doctor. Those are signs you can't ignore. But what about trivial symptoms that may be trying to tell you that something is wrong?
Diseases don’t develop overnight. They are the result of chronic mistreatment of the body. Certain mild ailments and conditions such as headaches can go away on their own, but others may linger and grow undisturbed because you overlooked simple signs. Even doctors can misdiagnoze some diseases.
The key to preventing potentially fatal incidents is to pay attention to small changes or sensations and to know when not to dismiss them because you had a busy day at work.
You’re hungry and tired all the time
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 hungry and tired than usual.” Being hungry and tired are also signs your thyroid isn't working right.
You have 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.
You pee often
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, diabetes, cancer (the condition is sometimes a side effect of chemotherapy), or certain conditions affecting muscles, nerves, and tissues, according to Healthline. It may also be a sign of kidney infection or bladder stones.
You have 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.
You are not sleeping well
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.