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Symptoms you might be ignoring, but shouldn’t

We often tend to ignore undergoing routine tests to save only a little amount of money, time and effort. We believe that it is a “penny wise, pound foolish”  move. While we don’t compromise with most of the things in life, why are we then so willing to compromise with the only thing that makes everything else possible, our health?

Today, we talk about symptoms that most of us dismiss as being nothing, and what they could possibly be. Not only that, we give you valid information regarding the tests that you could get done to ensure your wellbeing.

Sudden weight loss

Sudden weight loss can be defined as losing more than 10% of your body weight in a short span of time (approximately 6 months) if you are not obese and you have not been meaning to lose weight you might want to be concerned about getting checked for these, just to be sure.

Disease What you can do about it.
Hyperthyroidism Thyroid is a very important endocrine gland, it determines your BMR (Base Metabolic Rate), which is how fast your body works internally, and how fast it goes through the nutrition that you consume. Thyroid activity can be tested easily at your nearest laboratory.Tests- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone test
Diabetes Diabetes is a chronic disorder, it is fluctuation In the blood sugar levels due to variation in the body’s insulin levels. Diagnosing diabetes timely is crucial in its management, and your nearest lab can easily diagnose diabetes early in its onset.Tests – Random Blood sugar, Fasting blood sugar, glycosylated haemoglobin.
Depression Depression is a very serious disorder, it is difficult to diagnose but not impossible, if your nearest diagnostic centre is equipped with facilities to provide psychiatric help, they can help
Liver Disease Liver disease is when liver metabolism suffers due to damage from substance abuse, genetics can also be a factor for liver disease. Any liver disease can be deciphered easily at your nearest lab.Test- LFT (Liver Function Test)
Cancer The scariest of all, cancer plagues the society today as very little else does, with incidence of cancer on the rise, we believe that it is imperative to get tested for it routinely, to be safe as cancer has a genetic inclination, this can also be tested at your nearby laboratory.Tests for cancer depend on its type.
Malabsorption Malabsorption is when you consume adequate nutrition but your body does not absorb it sufficiently.Tests- can be diagnosed via routine blood, stool, and radiological examinations

Persistent high fever

Fever is body’s reaction to anomaly; it indicates that the body is actively fighting infection or more. But fever above the 103 Fahrenheit mark extending for three or more days is a cause for concern and should not be taken lightly.

Urinary Tract Infection UTI’s are bacterial, fungal or parasitic in origin. Diagnosis is simple and available at all labs near you.Test- testing is via swab culture.
Tuberculosis Tuberculosis is a highly infectious disease that has been known to be fatal, not to be ignored, if fever is accompanied by cough, this goes doubly so.Tests- Tuberculin skin test, TB blood test
Lymphomas A type of cancer that involves the lymphatic system, diagnosis in early stages is a must for complete recovery.Test- biopsy of lymph nodes.
Medicine allergies  Certain medicinal allergies will also cause sudden raise in body temperature. Medicine allergies should most definitely not be ignored.Test- tests For medicine allergies are available at your nearest diagnostic centre.

Shortness of breath

Unless you’ve just run a mile, at an altitude that is far above the sea level or under some extremely stannous situation there is no apparent reason for you being short of breath. Any time other than these that you are short of breath could signal something serious. What? You ask?

Chronic obstructive Pulmonary Disorder COPD is a chronic pulmonary disorder, which is and obstructive disorder of the lungs.Test- Spirometry is the test of choice for this disorder
Bronchitis Inflammation of the bronchioles is called bronchitis, it is moderate to severe in progession.Tests- while the diagnosis is primarily clinical, adjunct tests include cough culture.
Asthma Asthma is a spasmic condition of the lung bronchioles. Is could be fatal if ignored.Test- a lung function test is the most certain way to get a confirmation.
Pneumonia Pneumonia is an inflammatory condition of the lungs, normally caused by exposure to intense coldTest- the test for pneumonia is a chest x ray.
Pulmonary Embolism A pulmonary embolism is blockage of one or more arteries by a blood clot.This condition always requires diagnostic intervention.

Tests- tests include d-dimmer test, ct-scan can also be performed.

Heart related problems All heart related problems lead to fatigue and shortness of breath, because heart is the one organ that is at the core of your body function.Tests- ECG and Treadmill test can be used to check endurance of the heart muscles, both tests are easily available at diagnostic centres near you.

Changes in bowel habits

Normal Bowel motions vary from person to person, and change in your bowel motion will be noticed only by you, notice you must, ignore you must not.

For reference, there’s the Bristol stool chart.

Changes in bowel habits could imply.

Bacterial infections Bacterial infections could cause changes in bowel movements, once the bacteria causing these changes is identified. The line of treatment becomes evident.Test- a stool test is normally performed.
Viral infections Certain viral infections will also change the bowel movement patternsTests- viral marking can be done to establish causative viruses and treatment delivered accordingly.
Parasitic infections Parasitic infections such as the tapeworm can also cause changes in bowel movement.Tests- blood tests for parasites are carried out
Irritable bowel disease Irritable bowel disease is a spastic inflammatory disease of the small and large intestine.Tests-range from blood test to colonoscopy, from ct to MRI.

Confusion and personality changes

If you feel that you are undergoing sudden personality changes and remain confused consistently, then this is a symptom that you mustn’t ignore. There could be an underlying cause behind the confusion and altered mental state. The factors normally affecting these changes are-

Nutritional disorders Vitamin and mineral deficiency can greatly alter mental state and can make cognitive processes harder than normal.Test- tests to check for deficiency can be performed for you at your nearest lab
Infections Certain infectious diseases can also lead to an altered state of mind.Tests- tests for specific bacteria or parasites can also be performed at your nearest lab
Medications Medications can be cause for the altered cognitive state, find out which ones are wrong for you, get tested at your nearest diagnostic facility.

Early Satiety

Feeling full before actually being satiated is a symptom that most urban populace actually feels proud of, but when it comes alongside symptoms like nausea and gastric reflux you should think about getting tested for these.

GERD Gatrooesophageal reflux disease is the backflow of acid from the stomach that causes discomfort to the patient.Tests-
Peptic Ulcers Peptic ulcers are ulcers on the lining of the stomach. These are extremely uncomfortableTests- endoscopy
Pancreatic cancer Pancreatic cancer is a rare cancer that is curable if diagnosed in its early stages.Tests- biopsy might be required.

The purpose of this post is not to scare you, just to make you aware of all the dangers that lurk behind seemingly non-threatening symptoms. Getting tested at the right time for the right disorder could make all the difference.

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