There are many ways your body can tell you whether something may be wrong. Oftentimes, though, we choose to ignore what our body is telling us, believing it to be insignificant.
It is difficult to differentiate between what is medically serious and what is routine. That’s why individuals who experience signs and symptoms of potential medical issues should visit their primary care physician, says Amanda I. Roberts, M.D., Summa Physicians Inc. – Family Medicine.
“It could save unnecessary intervention and evaluation, as well as time and treatment,” she points out. Here are some signs and symptoms
that individuals should not overlook.
- Breast lump – A growth of tissue that develops within the breast. While most breast lumps result from noncancerous (benign) conditions, a lump could be a sign of breast cancer. That’s why a woman should seek prompt medical attention.
- 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 – A woman is considered postmenopausal if she hasn’t had a period for more than a year. After that, if a women notices spotting or bleeding, it could be an indicator of uterine cancer. A uterine biopsy may be necessary.
- 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 more treatment options available if the disease is caught in its early stages.
- Erectile dysfunction – It could be a sign of worsening diabetes or cardiac disease. Erectile dysfunction could 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 have a physician check it out. Hernias can be dangerous because some of the structures inside the abdomen, such as the intestines, can get stuck or twisted, cutting off their blood supply.
- Chest pain – Many different types of problems can cause chest pain. The most lifethreatening 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.
- Headache that doesn’t go away – It could be as simple as needing new glasses but may also indicate a stroke or possible brain tumor.
Dr. Amanda Roberts sees patients at Montrose Family Practice, 525 N. Cleveland-Massillon Road, Akron. To make an appointment with Dr. Roberts call 888-892-9510 or request an appointment online.