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Tell Your Doctor if You Experience Any of These Symptoms

01 - Feb - 2022 Navarro Medical

A woman is sitting with her hands on her back as if in pain.At the onset of symptoms, many people wonder, “Are the symptoms I am experiencing are serious enough to contact my doctor?” This is a question that all too often goes unanswered until a disease has progressed and the symptoms worsen, which could lead to a decrease in health, more testing than early stages, and higher medical costs in terms of time and money. If you notice these warning signs, don’t wait! Immediately contact your doctor.

1) Chest or Lower Back Pain, Soreness, or Pressure
Severe chest or lower back pain or pressure is often mentioned as a warning sign that should not be ignored. Therefore, most people might expect a trip to the emergency room or, at the very least, a call to your primary care physician is warranted after noticing a sharp pain or acute tightness. But, did you know a symptom of many cardiovascular or pulmonary issues could feel more like a dull muscle soreness?

If you experience any changes in terms of pain, pressure, or soreness in your chest, back, or, for that matter, anywhere in your body that cannot be explained by a recent exercise-related addition to your daily routine, don’t wait to call your doctor. Early detection is the key to preventing or reducing the risk of damaging effects caused by potentially harmful diseases.

2) Ongoing Digestive Issues
While some nausea, GERD, or constipation may be benign, these can be signs of a more serious medical concern. For severe or persistent symptoms, it is important to speak with your physician. Furthermore, if you notice blood in the stool or urine, be sure to contact your doctor immediately.

3) Unusual Sharp OR Persistent Pain
After a new workout regimen or unusual activity that involves working a certain group of muscles harder than normal, most people feel new aches and pains that last a few days. If sharp or ongoing pain is present that feels beyond typical muscle soreness that can be attributed to an activity or workout, your doctor should be notified. There are a number of reasons you may be experiencing the pain, and your physician will have helpful next steps to follow for both determining the cause and finding relief from the discomfort.

4) Easily Winded or Out of Breath
It is common to experience feeling winded after an intense cardio workout. However, if you feel out of breath from the transition from your car into your home, it’s time to contact your doctor as such symptoms could be a warning sign of a serious medical concern such as heart-related issues. Keep in mind, the same is true for rapid breathing or any sudden change in your regular breathing patterns. All noticeable changes that are not associated with intense exercise should be reported to your physician immediately.

5) Swollen Legs, Ankles, or Feet
Swelling in one’s legs, ankles, and feet may be caused by such things as walking or standing for extended periods of time, airline travel, eating salty foods, hot weather, or pregnancy. That said, it is still important to contact your physician if you notice swelling and make sure you are keeping your regular wellness appointments as this could be a symptom of heart or liver concerns, among a large number of other potential health issues. Your doctor will be also able to discern if your swelling requires a treatment plan, such as a modified diet.

6) Unexplained Sleeping Changes
Snoring, waking up suddenly due to difficulties with your breathing while you sleep, or noticing a change in your quality of sleep can all be signs of underlying health issues. Additionally, by following your doctor’s prescribed treatment plan, you may find more energy and clarity to perform daily tasks and live life to the fullest with a good night’s rest.

7) Sudden Confusion or Noticeable Memory Loss
Everyone is forgetful now and then, especially when under a lot of stress, not getting enough of a sound sleep, or managing a multitude of tasks. On the other hand, if you notice a change in your ability to recall things you would normally be able to remember easily or if you find yourself in a sudden state of confusion, reach out to your primary care physician to discuss these symptoms. 

To summarize, it is always a good idea to speak with your physician about any new symptoms you may be experiencing that are not easily explained like a new workout routine that can cause muscle soreness. The above examples offer some of the top warning signs of a possible medical concern requiring treatment. Remember, the earlier the treatment the better the chances of eliminating or reducing the underlying cause. Please note, if you are experiencing severe symptoms such as having trouble breathing or chest pains, dial 911 or seek immediate medical care at the nearest emergency room.

For all other symptoms that are new or changing, contact your primary care physician or, for Lake Wales and nearby residents, contact Dr. Navarro at Navarro Medical to schedule your next steps towards enjoying better health.