7 Health Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore From Your Body

When something feels off in our body, it’s hard to tell whether it’s something to gives us reason to panic, or if we’re just a little under the weather from something like stress or exhaustion. There are a plethora of different weird symptoms we can experience, but often they are harmless or meaningless. However, other times, these signs can be indicative of some major health issues, so it’s important we don’t ignore them.

Deciphering between harmless and dangerous symptoms can be difficult, but it’s important to know what signs we should never neglect. Even if they don’t necessarily always point to larger health problems, it can help alert us of potential issues that we can get checked out by a health professional.

If you ever have any concerns about your overall wellbeing, make sure you pay attention to these seven health signs you shouldn’t ignore from your body.

1. Pain After Exercise

Pain after exercise is nothing to take lightly, as this is often a telltale sign of injury. Short-lived, muscle soreness is entirely normal, but longterm pain and swelling can indicate muscle or bone damage that can become permanent. If you have constant pains after exercising, cut down on your workouts, and make sure to ice the painful area. If the pain still persists, go see your physician.

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2. Severe Head Pain

It may just be a normal headache or migraine, but an overly painful headache could be a sign of a stroke, tumor, or blood clot, according to Harvard Health. If you feel major changes in your head pain, it feels like the worst pain ever, and you’re experiencing issues in your mental functions, you should go see a doctor.

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3. Chest Pain

It very well could be heartburn or anxiety, but chest pain can also be a sign of a heart attack, so you’re better safe than sorry. For women especially, heart attack symptoms are much for subtle than for men, so if you experience any unusual pressure in your upper body, shortness of breath, dizziness, or extreme fatigue, go get checked out immediately.

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4. You’re Losing Weight Without Trying

Rapid weight loss, as welcome as it might be, could be a sign of an underlying health condition. Consider seeing a doctor if you lose 5% of your weight within six to 12 months without trying. This could be a sign of cancer, depression, Parkinson’s, diabetes, and more.

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5. You Have A Weird Looking Freckle Or Mole

Plenty of marks on your body are completely harmless, but if you have a new or irregular brown spot, it could contain melanoma. Signs of an abnormal mole include asymmetry, uneven color, and a change in appearance.

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6. You’re Super Thirsty

If you constantly crave water and experience any swelling or rapid weight gain, it could be indicative of heart or kidney problems. Frequent thirst is also the most common sign of type 2 diabetes, so if your thirst is accompanied by nausea or fatigue, it may be something worse than dehydration.

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7. Your Bowels Are Suddenly Irregular

Occasional constipation is normal, but if you suddenly have major issues going to the bathroom, it may be a sign of a greater illness. Irregular bowels can be a sign of irritable bowel syndrome, hypothyroidism, or even Parkinson’s disease, so if the problem persists, get checked out by your doctor.

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