10 Tiny Health Problems That Are Signs Of Impending Doom
We all know the big warning signs that you shouldn’t ignore... If someone’s unconscious or their leg is pointing in the wrong direction, most people would know that it might be worth taking them to a hospital fairly pronto. But what about the little medical maladies that are a bit easier to overlook? How worried should you be about something seemingly insignificant like hiccups or discolored fingernails? Very worried, I’d say since they could kill you... Probably. Anyway, this is: 10 Tiny Health Problems That Are Signs Of Impending Doom NUMBER 10: Changes To Your Fingernails Fingernails are not only useful for scratching annoying itches and clawing out the eyes of your enemies, they are among the most telling body parts for diagnosing illness. For example, if you find that your nail beds have turned white - like in this image here [presenter gestures to the left, show image split-screen] - alarm bells should be ringing.
This is a key indication of liver trouble, potentially even hepatitis - a sometimes deadly inflammation of the liver tissue. 80% of patients with severe liver disease will get this decolorization, because the liver is responsible for producing the proteins that color your nails. Other colors to look out for include blue - which could be an indicator of lung diseases like emphysema - or yellow - a sign of thyroid disease, which can screw up your hormones. And then there’s the consistency of the nails themselves. Some diseases are known to cause pitting, which is when you end up with ridges, bumps and dents in your nails that look kinda like this [show image].
Pitting is most commonly associated with skin complaints, such as psoriasis - an incurable condition that has been linked to an increased risk of arthritis or even the inflammatory bowel illness Crohn’s disease. Therefore, if you notice any of these differences in your nail shape or color, it is most definitely worth giving your doctor a visit. NUMBER 9: Snoring 37 million American adults snore on a regular basis.
It can lead to all sort of problems - not least the irritation of those trying to get to sleep nearby. The partner of a compulsive snorer loses, on average, an hour of sleep every night, and wakes up as often as 21 times an hour. But snoring is not just a risk to your relationship - it could also symbolize a very serious risk to your health.
First of all, snoring can be an indicator of dangerous levels of obesity. This is because one of the major causes of throat irritation is the narrowing of the airway due to a built up of fat in the neck. Secondly, it’s the primary symptom of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome, which between 20 and 40% of snorers suffer from. The condition causes breathing to repeatedly stop and start during sleep. It hardly needs saying - that isn’t exactly a good thing.
To treat sleep apnea, you have to wear this super sexy mask thing while you sleep, which literally keeps your airway open for you. In extreme cases, surgery is also an option. But, if left untreated, it can lead to a hole host of problems. Sleep apnea increases the risk of stroke by three times, and heart disease by four. So snoring is most definitely not just a mildly annoying habit, then… NUMBER 8: Heartburn Heartburn, indigestion, acid reflux - whatever you want to call it… it’s never pleasant. In case you’re lucky enough to have never experienced it, it’s basically a burning pain in your throat or crushing pressure in your chest, which usually occur after eating. In layman’s terms, it’s caused by your stomach acid rising up into the food pipe and irritating the lining of the oesophagus. Occasional heartburn is no biggie.
60% of the adult population experience it at some point within a 12 month period. But if it’s something that happens to you more than twice a week - it’s probably worth getting looked at, as you may have Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease. This disease in itself isn’t a very serious condition, as it can be fairly easily treated. But, if you don’t get it sorted ASAP, it can have fairly scary long term effects. That’s because, unsurprisingly, it’s pretty bad for you if your oesophagus is getting a regular serving of corrosive stomach acid.
Your throat can become inflamed, leading to bleeding, ulcers or even cancer. Most commonly, the throat inflammation develops into a disease called Barrett’s Oesophagus, when the oesophagus’ cells begins to grow abnormally. In 1 in 50 cases, this develops into cancer. It’s therefore worth keeping that in mind next time you’re feeling the after-effects of chowing down on a burger too quickly. NUMBER 7: Sores and Spots Everyone and their dog get spots. Usually you wouldn’t think too much of them, other than the irritation at always getting a fresh batch-load the day before a big social event. But there could be more problems lurking behind your persistent pimples than you would think… If you have a spot that seems to be taking an annoyingly long time to heal, you should probably head to a doctor. Poor healing is indicative of a damaged immune system, as your body is struggling in the fight to ward off infection.
This is particularly the case if you are diabetic or overweight. Diabetes reduces the blood supply to the skin, which slows the rate of healing. Diabetic people should be especially wary of sores on their feet, as the feet and toes are very vulnerable when they aren’t receiving the necessary blood supply. If left unchecked, sores can grow into diabetic ulcers that can signify nerve damage.
This could end up requiring limb amputation. What’s more, weird spots or sores are the number one warning sign of skin cancer, with 1 in 54 people diagnosed with a malignant melanoma during their lifetime. In fact, one person dies of melanoma every single hour, so questionable marks on your skin are really not something you should ignore on a whim. NUMBER 6: Bloating We all know the feeling of bloating after a particularly big meal - your stomach swells and just thinking about eating again hurts like hell.
But, for some, bloating occurs after each and every meal, even when you’ve deliberately tried to stick to salad to avoid it. [‘You don’t win friends with salad’ Simpsons clip] There are many potential causes of this unfortunate ailment. For most people under 40, it could be linked to a number of things - including poor diet, lactose intolerance, irritable bowel syndrome or even anxiety. But if you’re a little bit older, or have a family history of cancer, it could be something a tad more serious than that. If you notice that you’ve been feeling bloated a lot, whilst simultaneously losing weight, it should be a cause for concern.
Intestinal tumors cause both of these symptoms, pressing on your intestines and making you feel full after just a small amount of food. Plus, such tumors also secrete worrying substances that suppress your appetite. Along with pelvic pain and feeling full all the time, bloating is also a typical symptom of ovarian cancer. Despite being only the fifth most common cancer in women, ovarian cancer is among the deadliest - causing more deaths than any other reproductive cancer. NUMBER 5: JAW PAIN Unless you’ve been on the receiving end of an angry right-hook, you probably wouldn’t think twice about a little bit of jaw-ache. But maybe you should… In your spinal cord, the nerves that detect pain from your jaw are located in very close proximity to those that detect pain from your heart.
According to Dr Chetan A Patel from Greenville Health System, this means that the brain can misinterpret pain signals from the heart as coming from the jaw. As a result, jaw pain can be a major indicator of serious heart problems. Furthermore, heart disease disrupts the distribution of oxygen about the body - which is reflected as pain in various parts of the upper body, such as the jaw, arms, shoulder or neck. A campaign to spread awareness of ‘subtle’ heart attack symptoms by research hospital Cleveland Clinic listed ‘jaw pain’ as one of the major things to look out for, particularly if it’s specific to the left. The campaign also listed sweating, shortness of breath or fatigue among its ‘subtle symptoms’, which brings us nicely onto…. NUMBER 4: Fatigue Do you find yourself really tired all the time, even when you haven’t been doing anything all that tiring? Well, if it’s a problem that just won’t go away, and no amount of sleep seems to fix it, you should really seek medical help. Tiredness is a symptom of numerous conditions of varying severity.
For example, it could be due to something fairly treatable like iron deficiency, in which case adding more things like red meat and beans to your diet could help. Alternatively, the exhaustion could be attributable to ME, or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, a devastating condition that is thought to affect 17 million people around the world. ME can be incredibly debilitating, as sufferers describe their fatigue as like when you have the flu or as if you have lead or concrete weighing down your limbs. Sadly, the condition is still a fairly unknown entity, as there isn’t a specific test to confirm it, nor is there a generally agreed course of treatment.
Or, finally, feeling tired all the time could be connected to something a even more worrying, like heart or lung problems, which cause fatigue because the organs and muscles aren’t getting enough oxygen. So maybe just see a doctor instead of getting an early night. NUMBER 3: Hiccups Everybody has a different cure for the abdominal menace that is hiccups - from holding your breath to drinking water upside-down. They’re frustrating, embarrassing and sometimes painful - but could they also be a sign of impending doom? Well, that kind of depends on how often you get them, and for how long. For most people, a hiccuping episode occurs anywhere roughly every few weeks and can last up to an hour.
But, in some extreme cases, people can get them multiple times a day and for several hours at a time. This is known as ‘chronic’ or ‘persistent’ hiccups’. Hiccups occur when your diaphragm suddenly and involuntarily contracts. This causes you to breathe in air very quickly and - to stop you choking - the opening between your vocal cords temporarily snaps shut, making the *hiccup* noise. This diaphragm contraction is most commonly caused by the irritation of the vagus nerve, the long nerve that stretches from your brain to your abdomen. There are a number of reasons why this nerve could be irritated. Most of them are harmless enough - such as eating a bit fast or drinking something fizzy - but some of them could be a lot more serious. Tumors on the vagus nerve or diaphragm have been found to cause chronic hiccuping so - to be on the safe side - it’s best to check in with your doctor if your hiccuping lasts longer than about 24 hours.
NUMBER 2: Excessive Thirst Recommended guidelines state that you’re supposed to consume around 2 liters of water a day - with about 20% of that coming from the food you eat. But if you find yourself often requiring more than that - even when it’s not particularly warm weather or you haven’t been all that active - that could be something worth worrying about. An unquenchable thirst can be a symptom of diabetes, especially when it’s coupled with frequent urination, extreme hunger or fatigue.
It could also be a sign of liver or kidney failure, as your body isn’t dealing with the liquids and nutrients it’s receiving properly. But, most alarmingly, it could be a sign of sepsis, also known as blood poisoning. Sepsis is one of the most destructive forces facing the world’s medical professionals. It affects more than a million Americans every year, killing between 28 and 50% of those, yet very few people know how to look out for it. Simply put, sepsis is an extremely dangerous illness that involves a severe reaction to bacterial infections.
In some cases, it’s so severe that it basically shuts down all your body’s organs. Other symptoms include a ‘flu-like’ illness, chest infections, diarrhoea and vomiting. If ever you suspect sepsis, call a doctor immediately. It strikes fast and it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
NUMBER 1: Erectile Dysfunction In case you didn’t already feel bad enough for blokes with erectile dysfunction, it turns out that it could be a symptom of even worse ailments. That’s right, it’s not just a bruised ego and an unsatisfied partner you could face... If your little soldier can’t stand to attention, it could be an early warning of heart disease. According to research conducted by the Cleveland Clinic, 64% of men admitted to hospital for a heart attack have erectile dysfunction. The reason for this is that attack-causing vascular diseases, such as high cholesterol, restrict blood flow to the heart, brain and - you guessed it - penis. Other worrying causes of ED is diabetes. As well as stopping you eating your favorite candy bars and leading to a life of meticulously testing your blood, diabetes seems to have it in for your member, too.
The condition is known to cause nerve and artery damage that severely reduce a man’s ability to achieve an erection. In fact, between 35 and 50% of men with diabetes experience ED. Thirdly, it can be indicative of neurological diseases, most terrifyingly Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, due to an interruption in the transmission of nerve impulses between the brain and the penis.
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