Last modified: August 2, 2019
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We all have some form of health symptom now and again. Knowing what health symptoms may be a sign of something serious can be an issue. To help cut through the noise of potentially serious health symptoms, we compiled a list of symptoms that you should pay extra attention to.
Here are 15 health symptoms our members ask via our free doctor chat. Let’s dive right in.
15 WTF Health Symptoms That Could Kill You!
1. Blurry Vision
Do you need new glasses or is your blurry vision a health symptom of an underlying health condition? As we get older it is natural to need new prescription glasses. However, blurry vision can be a sign of diabetes. How? Increased blood sugar causes fluid to build in your eyes. This leads to blurry vision. Are you at risk for diabetes?
2. Blood in Your Urine
This is an obvious health symptom that signals something more serious may be happening in your body. However, some women may think blood in urine as a period side effect. Don’t assume it’s just your menstrual cycle. Why? Blood in your urine could be caused by bladder cancer. It is a painless symptom that should never be ignored.
3. Persistent Coughing
If a cough lasts longer than two to three weeks, or even a month, it is a persistent cough. It very well could be bronchitis, but your cough could also be telling you something else is happening in your body. For instance, a persistent cough is a symptom of lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and pneumonia. If you’re coughing up a lung for a long period, it’s time to talk to a doctor.
Dr. Richard A. Honaker Talks about persistent cough:
4. Yellow Skin and Eyes
When your skin is yellow and the whites of your eyes turn yellow, it is a symptom of jaundice. This could be a sign of a gallstone. How does this occur? When a gallstone blocks your bile duct, your liver isn’t processing bile. This is not good and you should definitely take jaundice seriously.
5. Swollen Ankles and Legs
Bloating of any part of the body is a health symptom worth taking serious. If your legs or ankles become swollen, and it isn’t getting better, you may have a heart issue. How? When the heart is not pumping blood in and out at an optimal rate, edema of the body, especially extremities happens. Edema is a buildup of fluids that cause legs or ankles to swell. It is a sign of potential congestive heart failure (CHF), and a good reason to talk to a doctor.
6. WTF Vaginal Discharge
One of the WTF health symptoms you shouldn’t ignore is vaginal discharge. Vaginal discharge could be a symptom of a yeast infection. However, if it is chunky, smells bad, pink, brown, and watery, it could be cervical cancer.
7. Light Colored Poop and Dark Urine
The color of your urine and poop can tell you a lot about your current state of health. If your urine is dark and your poop is a light color, you may have a gallstone. How? When the bile duct is blocked the bilirubin that needs to breakdown during digestion isn’t happening. Keep an eye on your urine and poop color and talk to a doctor.
8. Painful Sex
Painful sex could be a health symptom of many medical issues. However, urinary tract infections (UTI), yeast infections, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and vaginismus are all potential health issues that cause painful sex. If pain persists during sex, it may be time to talk to a gynecologist.
9. Too Many Trips to the Bathroom
Peeing too much could be a sign that you are super hydrated, or it could be a health symptom of something more serious. Frequent urination is a possible sign that you may have diabetes. Why? When you have too much sugar in your blood, your body will try to get it out to reset the balance. You may also have a UTI, and an untreated UTI can lead to a kidney infection, so talk to a doctor if you are taking too many trips to the bathroom.
10. Blood in Your Poop
Red spots on toilet paper after you go poop can be a simple fissure (small rectum cut). But it can also be your body trying to tell you something more serious is happening. If your bowel movements are pretty easy going, but you still have blood in your poop, it could be a sign of cancer.
11. No Period
Yes, periods can be a little bit off from time-to-time. But if you suddenly stop having your period, you may have a more serious health issue on your hands. One reason your period has gone on vacation is a thyroid disorder. Another more serious issue could be polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). First, take pregnancy test if you are sexually active. If negative and your periods are still amiss, it’s time to talk to a doctor.
12. Painful Burning Pee
Painful or burning pee is a definite health symptom of a UTI. It may also be a sign that you have a vaginal infection of some kind. If peeing is painful, time to talk to a doctor about infection, or even the possibility of kidney stones.
Dr. Richard A. Honaker talks about UTIs:
13. Unknown Pain
Pain for no good reason can mean a number of things. However, if unknown pain is constant for a long period of time, it should not be ignored. Headaches, aching stomach, chest pain, and other pain points can be a symptom of something more serious and should be investigated by a doctor.
14. Blood Clot Period Problems
We all know that periods are unique and can vary by woman. Some women experience lighter periods, some heavy, it simply depends on the woman. However, large blood clots indicate a serious health symptom. We are talking golf ball clots! Uterine fibroids can cause large clots to form, and this symptom is worth a chat with a doctor.
15. Numbness on One Side of Your Body
If you are having numbness on one side of your body, it is time to go to the emergency room. This is a common stroke symptom, and it is deadly. In fact, stroke affects women more than men. If you lose sensation or strength in one side of your body, get medical attention.
Take the Above 15 WTF Health Symptoms Seriously
If you are experiencing any of the above health symptoms, it is time to talk to a doctor, or head to the emergency room. These symptoms may be signs of something minor, but they could be symptoms of a medical condition that can literally kill you! The only way to know is to talk a doctor.
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