Signs of Hidden Health Problems – Guidance from the Doctors at South Tampa Immediate Care
Most people are well aware of the signs of a health crisis. They know they should seek immediate medical attention if they experience symptoms like chest pain, sudden numbness, confusion, slurred speech, head or spine trauma, severe abdominal pain, poisoning, breathing difficulties, uncontrolled bleeding, or a high fever. Sometimes, though, the signs of an underlying health problem are a bit more subtle.
While the following list is not all-encompassing, each item included describes a very good reason to see a doctor right away:
- Certain headaches – Everyone experiences an occasional headache, and most people, including migraine sufferers, are familiar with what is normal for them. However, there are two types of headaches that warrant immediate medical attention: An extremely severe headache, which can signal an aneurysm; and a headache that is accompanied by a fever or neck or back pain, which can be a sign of meningitis.
- Insatiable thirst and frequent urination – These are possible signs of blood sugar problems, and diabetes could be the culprit. A high blood sugar level can affect the way your kidneys absorb water, leaving you feeling thirsty, dizzy, tired, or needing to use the restroom repeatedly.
- Sudden weight loss – Most people rejoice over the loss of a few pounds, but if you experience an unexplained 10- to 20-pound weight loss within a month or less, it’s best to see a doctor to determine the cause, which could stem from any number of things, including thyroid problems, diabetes, cancer, and stress.
- Abnormal bleeding – Any time you see blood when you cough, vomit, urinate, or defecate, you should seek medical attention. The cause might be benign, but it’s best to find out for sure.
- You’re over age 50 – Colon cancer is a silent killer; don’t let it sneak up on you. A timely colonoscopy could save your life.
- Alcohol use is negatively affecting your life – If you are drinking more than you think you should be and it is causing you problems at home or work, calling a doctor is the first big step toward getting the help you need.
Prevention is always preferable to treatment. Whenever possible, you should take steps to protect your health and keep your body running at its best. Begin with regular checkups, age-appropriate immunizations, and an active lifestyle, and when you have concerns, never hesitate to seek medical attention.
If you have questions or need to see a doctor, you can contact or visit South Tampa Immediate Care. Our walk-in clinic is conveniently located on South Howard Avenue in Tampa, FL, and we welcome patients from Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and the surrounding Florida areas.