The medical and healthcare industry provide some of the most important services you’ll ever need. Unfortunately, some people hurt themselves even more by avoiding or prolonging the time before they find a doctor for an issue or ailment. Finding a doctor is not a very hard task, but for some reason many people dread the thought of it.
There is something to be said about the importance of routine check ups and preventative medicine, but even that’s not enough always. Here are six conditions that should be taken seriously at the first onset and convince you to find a doctor, sooner than later.
- Chest Pain: Sure, it sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people ignore this crucial heart attack symptom. Just because you might not fall under an “at-risk” category doesn’t mean you’re safe. About 50% of patients who suffer their first heart attack have a “normal cholesterol” level. If the pain is sharp and severe find a doctor to find out exactly what’s going on.
- Abnormal Growth: Lumps, bumps, cysts, and any other sort of suspicious looking element that pops up on your body should be taken seriously. For women it’s definitely these kinds of questions to ask an obgyn as soon as you find them. You never know what’s benign and what could be a potentially cancer causing tumor.
- Loss of Vision: There are many different reasons for an immediate or sudden loss of vision, but almost all of them are serious. Damage to the retina and vitreous haemorrhages are some of the common causes and need to be treated by a medical professional as soon as possible.
- Post-Surgery Complications: It can be hard to determine the difference between normal post-surgery discomforts and a serious condition, which is why it’s important to keep track of when, where, how long, etc for anything that comes about.
- Palpitations: Heart palpitations are one of the early symptoms of a heart disease, which is the number one cause of death in men and women. Coronary heart disease alone kills more than 380,000 people annually.
- Abdominal Pain: Sharp abdominal pain is one of the biggest symptoms of a ruptured spleen. It should go without saying, but a rupture spleen is definitely something you’re going to want to find a doctor for immediately.