by PHIL MUTZ
No one knows our bodies better than ourselves — so when something’s wrong, it doesn’t take long to notice.
Paying attention to the way we feel and to new sensations or pains can be one of the most important tools in detecting and preventing many fatal conditions, like in detecting a heart attack.
Dr. Len Lichtenfeld of the American Cancer Society writes, “You know your body best. When you see or feel something different or just feel ‘off’, pay attention. Don’t dismiss it.”
While there are some ailments that we can solve ourselves — like minor aches and pains — certain symptoms tell us that we should seek medical attention right away. Neurosurgeon Dr. Keith L. Black writes, “The things that we doctors are most concerned about are new symptoms that develop quickly, rather than things that develop over a long period of time.”
But how do we know which symptoms to be concerned about? When I saw this list of symptoms that I should never ignore, I knew that I’d definitely be paying attention for them.
While this list should never take the place of medical advice, these are quick and easy indicators to know if something major might be wrong. This is some of the most important information I’ve seen in years – I’m so glad I know this now!