7 Crucial Body Signals That You Shouldn’t Ignore

· April 5, 2017
There are certain body signals that are not normal. They can indicate serious problems that are important to treat as soon as possible.

Our bodies send us signals all the time. However, sometimes we don’t listen to them or we don’t know how to interpret them. Unfortunately, our body pays for everything we do.

This includes everything from not eating well to not exercising like we need to. Because of this, paying attention to important body signals is crucial.

Body signals you shouldn’t ignore

Many times we think that if something hurts, it’ll pass. We don’t worry about it.

After all, we don’t need to go to the doctor for every pain we experience. However, we should pay attention to certain body signals and symptoms we feel and especially how they change over time.

Pain is a defense mechanism. Our bodies use it to get our attention. It tells us that something’s not right. And, because our bodies are smart, we shouldn’t ignore these body signals.

The main symptoms we shouldn’t ignore are:

1. Chest pain

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If this is accompanied with shortness of breath or tachycardia, it could be a pre-heart attack symptom. This pain is intense and can appear at any time of the day.

If the pain is localized on the left side of your chest, this is a sign of a possible heart attack. If it happens on the right side of your chest, however, it could be several things: angina, chest aneurysms, and asthma attacks.

Pay attention to the pains related to your heart. They can happen in your throat, left arm, or abdomen and be paired with nausea and dizziness.

2. Joint pain

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Many people believe that pain in their joints is normal. This is something that just happens as they get older.

However, we should keep in mind that some cases can be caused by an accident or a tear.

Above all, if you notice inflammation and redness in the area, it could be rheumatoid arthritis. Over time, the treatments can keep the problem from getting worse.

Other possible causes of pain are:

  • Rheumatic fever
  • Hepatitis
  • Influenza
  • Gout
  • Osteoarthritis

3. Severe head pain

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Migraines can be caused by tiredness or too much stress. Because of this, we take a painkiller. We go to sleep and we forget about the matter.

However, we need to be careful. This is because headaches can be a symptom of a cerebral aneurysm.

Aneurysms are characterized by a swelling in the artery that supplies blood to your brain.

For it to be this condition, there should be a few other symptoms that go along with it. These are nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, and seeing halos.

If the problem is serious enough, it can cause a hemorrhage and lead to a stroke. If you have severe headaches close together, don’t ignore them.

4. Sharp pain in your lower abdomen

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If the pain comes from the lower right side of your abdomen, you could have an inflamed appendix.

One of the normal symptoms of appendicitis is a kind of cramp that starts at your belly button and spreads down to your leg. Also, the problem is paired with nausea, fever, and inflammation in the area.

For women, abdominal pain can also be a symptom of ovarian cysts. The pain can appear both on the right side and the left.

When these sacks filled with a liquid break, the pain is unbearable. The rest need to be eliminated as soon as possible to keep blood flowing to the ovaries.

Symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease

Your brain can also give signals to let you know that something isn’t working right.

Outside of cognitive degeneration that is normal with aging, there are patterns that indicate a serious disease: Alzheimer’s. For the moment, this disease doesn’t have a cure.

Pay attention to these body signals and symptoms:

1. Forgetfulness

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Memory loss and difficulty retaining newly learned information are two of the common symptoms.

Not remembering important dates, asking the same thing over and over or telling a story several times to the same people should not be ignored.

2. Problems resolving situations

There are other symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. These include the inability to follow a plan or do an activity that requires thinking or analyzing information. For instance, this could be not being able to follow a recipe exactly or not doing what the doctor tells you to do.

At the same time, this can be presented with a certain difficulty in carrying out daily tasks. These include driving, remembering the rules to a game, running the washing machine, etc.

3. Disorientation

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Not knowing what day it is, where you are or where you’re going are typical symptoms of this degenerative problem.

Asking yourself “Why did I come to the kitchen?” or “What was I looking for in my bedroom?” are common, too.

Getting lost in the city or on the metro, not knowing where you’re going while you’re walking, or wanting to return home and not finding the bus stop are symptoms we need to keep in mind.

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  • Alzheimer’s Association. (2012). Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures. Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jalz.2013.02.003