12 Not-So-Obvious Warning Signs Something Is Wrong With Your Health

Date April 18, 2018

Your body has a way of telling you that something is wrong with it. It's true that, in some cases, there are no obvious signs and symptoms until a disease is fairly advanced. But symptoms of many health issues are often present without being noticed.

Below we list twelve common signs and symptoms of illness that are often overlooked.

12 ways your body lets you know that something is wrong with it

Here are twelve signs your body shows when it's trying to alert you to a problem:

1. Unintended weight loss or weight gain

Losing or gaining weight without making changes in your diet and activity level is always a sign of trouble. Weight gain is a common symptom of underactive thyroid, and weight loss can also mean a lot of different things, from overactive thyroid to cancer.

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2. Abnormal bleeding

Bleeding that is not a result of an injury can be a sign of a clotting disorder or various problems affecting your internal organs. Frequent nosebleeds, bloody discharge from the nipples, coughing up blood, blood in stool, and bleeding between periods are symptoms that should be checked a doctor as soon as possible.

3. Changes in bathroom habits

Urinating too often (and producing larger amounts of urine) is one of the first signs of diabetes, but it could indicate other issues, too. Changes in bowel habits, such as constipation and diarrhea, may result from a change in diet, but they could also be a sign of colon cancer or other, less severe issues, such as inflammatory bowel disease.

4. Skin rash

Eczema-like skin rash on the elbows, knees, scalp, back, and buttocks is one of the lesser-known signs of celiac disease. In celiac disease, your immune system shows an extreme reaction if you ingest even a small amount of gluten. If you suspect you may have celiac disease or other forms of sensitivity to gluten, try to exclude sources of gluten from your diet and see if your symptoms improve. If your symptoms get better, ask your doctor for a test to know for sure.

Any unexplained skin rash that doesn't respond to home treatments should be evaluated by a doctor.

5. Reduced or distorted sense of smell and taste

Loss of senses of smell and taste, or distorted perception of smells and tastes, could mean a lot of things, from a common cold to brain damage. If the changes in your perception of taste and smell persist, talk to your doctor about it.

6. Hazy thinking (brain fog)

Memory problems and inability to gather your thoughts is a common symptom of various issues, and they include hypothyroidism, depression, and even early dementia. If you have noticed a decline in your cognitive abilities, and if it persists and gets worse over time, don't hesitate to discuss this symptom with your doctor.

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7. Brittle nails and thinning hair

Brittle nails and thinning hair are a common sign of nutritional deficiencies. But it could be something more serious, such as hypothyroidism. If you notice this and other symptoms of underactive thyroid, ask your doctor about a thyroid hormone test.

8. Changes in the way your eyes look

Yellowing of the whites of the eyes is an unmistakable sign of liver issues. White rings around the irises can be a sign of high cholesterol. Red, itchy, and watery eyes are a common sign of allergies. But the most alarming eye symptom is a change in size of one pupil, which may be a symptom of a stroke.

9. Snoring

In many cases, snoring is a sign of sleep apnea. This condition is linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, so if you've been told that you snore, tell your doctor about it.

10. Changes in handwriting

Your handwriting may be less neat when you are nervous or if you haven't written anything for a long time. But if changes in handwriting become a pattern, report this symptom to your doctor, as it may be one of the first signs of Parkinson's disease (along with resting hand tremor).

11. Swelling

Swelling in any part of your body (most commonly the legs, sometimes the arms, face, or abdomen) should never be ignored, as it may be a sign that one of your vital organs, such as the kidneys or liver, is failing.

12. Mood swings

Mood swings are a common sign of hormone imbalance in women. Extreme mood swings may be a sign of a serious mental disorder called bipolar disorder. Also, anger and irritability is a common sign of depression in men, while women are more likely to have better-known symptoms of depression, such as sadness or apathy.

Source: Health Flash, CrowdMed Blog, Reader's Digest

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