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February 11, 2017

What Symptoms Should Not Be Ignored?

  1. If you experience weakness in your arms or legs, bad headache, confusion, problems speaking, numbness in your arms, legs or face these may be a sign of a stroke. Seek immediate medical attention. This may also include balance problems or feeling dizzy. You may be eligible to receive medication that can reverse these symptoms if it is done in the early stages. Call 911.
  2. Chest pain of any kind. May be presented by pressure, sweating, shortness of breath or nausea. It could possibly be a sign of heart attack, Be safe, not sorry.
  3. Tenderness and pain in the lower legs can be a blood clot called a DVT or deep vein throm-bosis. It can happen after sitting for long periods of time or being in bed for a long period. You may have pain when standing or walking and the affected leg may become red and tender with swelling.
  4. Blood in the urine. There can be several causes. If you experience pain in your side or lower back it could possibly be kidney stones. Blood in the urine along with the feeling of urgency and burning could be bladder infection.
  5. Wheezing or a whistling sound when breath-ing. Breathing problems can quickly change and need a urgent evaluation by the Dr. This could possibly be Asthma, lung disease, severe allergy or exposure to chemicals, pneumonia or bronchi-tis. Remember to keep your immunizations up to date.
  6. Suicidal thoughts: If you feel hopeless or trapped and feel you have no reason to live, you could be experiencing depression. Go to the Emergency Room or Clinic and talk with a Doctor. They can help go through this crisis. Call the Toll Free National Suicide Prevention Life Line: 1 –800-273-8255.
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