This is a contributed post.
A lot of us don’t prioritize our health nearly as much as we should. We tend to be very busy and preoccupied with the world around us – how can we worry about our own health when we have our jobs and our families and our partners and our friends to focus on? Pretty much every mom has experienced one of those summer days when she focuses so hard on getting her kids covered in sunscreen that she forgets to apply her own and ends up pink and peeling. But the best way to be present and happy in your everyday life is to make sure that your own health is on point – here are some of the symptoms that you shouldn’t ignore…
Back pain is a problem that can really blight your life, and more and more of us are starting to suffer from it thanks to increasingly sedentary lifestyles. Although back pain generally isn’t caused by anything serious, chronic pain can have serious repercussions on your life. To stave it off, make sure that you get up and move around at least once every half an hour, and ensure that you start exercising gently – walking or yoga should help out.
Dizziness is a problem that affects a lot of people. Whether it’s a headrush when you stand up and occasional lightheadedness or prolonged periods of dizziness or disorientation, you should get to the doctor to get checked out. There are a number of different conditions that are associated with dizziness, like vertigo, which is when the world might spin and seem distorted – it can take months to recover from and is caused by problems with the ears. Other problems can include labyrinthitis, which is an inner ear infection that can cause hearing loss, tinnitus and dizziness, or Meniere’s disease, which involves episodes of spinning and occasional hearing loss. Meniere’s disease treatment can help to restore the body’s natural sense of balance.
If you’re a woman then hopefully you’re going regularly to your gynaecologist to get yourself checked for any irregular cells. Although these check ups might be uncomfortable, they’re a lot less uncomfortable than any illness like cervical cancer might be if it goes untreated! Before the menopause, every woman should have their own monthly cycle – although obviously some women are more irregular than that. If you experience irregular bleeding, or you’re filling up a pad or tampon in an hour, or you’re passing big clots then it’s time to talk to your doctor so that you can work together to find a solution that makes your life more comfortable and easy.
With chest pain it’s always better to be safe than sorry. We all know that chest pain can indicate that you might be having a heart attack or that you’re suffering from heart disease – other symptoms include sweating, shortness of breath, nausea and pressure. Even if you aren’t having a heart attack, chest pain could be indicative of another heart problem like a blood clot. It’s important to get help instead of attempting to tough it out.
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