It is always a scary moment when we notice the symptom of an illness that we know could be quite serious. Some people will tell themselves not to be so dramatic, that there is no way that it could be something so serious. Others will start to panic and end up searching the web for all the worst-case scenarios. The most sensible thing that you can do is probably somewhere in the middle. It is always important not to panic, but it is also important that you notice these warning signs when they arise and that you take the proper steps.

 

Now, no one wants to be thinking about serious health issues just as the summer has finally arrived, but the scorching hot weather that we are experiencing in the UK is one of those things that could push your body to its limit. We have put together a list of some of the most important warning signs that you should never ignore, and what you should do about them.

 

Shortness Of Breath

We all find that intensive exercise takes it out of us a lot more quickly than it used to when we were younger and in better shape. But there is a big difference between pausing to catch your breath while you are on a run and finding that you can barely climb the stairs without needing to take a break. If you find that you are short of breath for no obvious reason, then you need to call the doctor as soon as possible. Shortness of breath is a warning sign of a number of different urgent health issues.

 

Tightness In The Chest

Along similar lines, one of the early warning signs of a heart attack is feeling a sudden tightness in your chest. If it feels as though someone is squeezing your chest, or that you can feel your heart straining, then you need to call a doctor as soon as you can. If someone tells you that they are experiencing these symptoms, then you need to call an ambulance.

 

Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain can come in many forms, but the one that you really need to look out for is sudden and severe pain. It could be something as simple as constipation, but it could be the first sign of another more serious health issue. If left untreated or not investigated, then the risk of the issue becoming even more severe becomes much greater. Treatment for abdominal pain will depend on what the issue behind it is, but you can learn more about what could be causing it and the best way forward at the Circle Health Group. They have the experience and the expertise to get you the best treatment possible.

 

A Severe Headache

Everyone gets headaches now and again, and in hot weather, we are all more prone to them than usual. It may just be a sign that you are dehydrated and should drink some more water. However, there is a big difference between those nagging headaches that make us want to sit down and have paracetamol and what you would describe as the worst headache of your life. If you notice that there are other symptoms alongside it, say you have lost your balance or the ability to speak clearly, then you need to seek medical attention as soon as possible. If the headache gets worse instead of getting better, then this is a big red flag. You also need to get in touch with a medical professional if the headache seems to be coming from one side of your head in particular.

 

Sudden Weight Loss

Everyone is trying to shed some pounds at this time of year, but if you notice that you are losing weight without trying, then this could be a sign that something is wrong. There are some severe illnesses that have unexplained weight loss as a symptom, including cancer or something wrong with your digestive system. But it could also be a sign that your mental health is struggling, which brings us to our final point.

 

Feeling Low Constantly

We have all learned a lot about our mental health in the last couple of years, but if you are not up to speed, here are a few different warning signs that you should look out for. If you are feeling consistently low, or if you are feeling bad about yourself to the point where you can’t stop having negative thoughts, then you may be suffering from depression. This is incredibly common, especially right now, so do not feel like this is something that you need to feel embarrassed about. It is worth noting that there are several factors that can contribute to depression, including drinking alcohol and smoking has also been linked to a number of mental health issues. If you are finding it hard to leave the house, or if you are struggling to complete a task, then you may be suffering from anxiety.

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