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Your Body is Talking to You!

There are many ways your body can tell you if something is wrong. Unfortunately, we often ignore what our body is telling us. We tell ourselves the symptoms we are experiencing are just temporary or are insignificant. It’s often difficult for the average person to differentiate between what is medically serious and what is routine. That’s why you should visit your primary care physician as soon as you experience any signs or symptoms that are out of the ordinary.

Here are some common signs and symptoms that should never be ignored:

Women

Breast lump. While most breast lumps result from noncancerous (benign) conditions, a lump could be a sign of breast cancer.

Bloating or abdominal weight gain. This could indicate ovarian cancer. Often, ovarian cancer is not caught until the late stages because of a lack of early signs and symptoms.

Postmenopausal bleeding. If a women notices spotting or bleeding, it could be an indicator of uterine cancer. A uterine biopsy may be necessary.


Men

Urinary symptoms. If a man gets up more frequently in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, it could indicate prostate cancer. There are several treatment options available if the disease is caught in its early stages.

Erectile dysfunction. This could be a sign of worsening diabetes or cardiac disease. It can also mean poor peripheral blood flow, which could be a warning that something else (other than sexual function) is wrong.

Hernia. A hernia can be benign, but in some cases it can be dangerous. Some of the structures inside the abdomen, such as the intestines, can get stuck or twisted, cutting off the blood supply.


Both Genders

Chest pain. Many different types of problems can cause chest pain. The most life threatening involves the heart or lungs. Because it can be difficult to determine the cause, an individual should seek immediate medical help.

Stroke. Symptoms include numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg, especially on one side; confusion or trouble understanding other people; trouble speaking; trouble seeing with one or both eyes; and problems with walking, balance, coordination or dizziness. Call 9-1-1 if any of these symptoms occur. Time is vital.

Headaches that don’t go away. It could be as simple as needing new glasses, but it may also indicate a stroke or possible brain tumor.

Remember, don’t ignore what your body is telling you! If you experience any of these signs or symptoms, it may be a signal that there is a potential medical issue. See your doctor as soon as a sign or symptom first surfaces. It can save you time and avoid more serious treatment if the condition is left undetected.

If you are experiencing any signs or symptoms that are out of the ordinary, schedule an appointment with a Summa physician either online, or call (800) 237-8662.

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