As women endeavor to do their best in their home life and profession, they often start neglecting their health. They tend to brush off aches and pains, discomfort and fatigue, which in turn have serious consequences on their health later on.
Medical Symptoms That Women Shouldn’t Ignore:
1. Constant Fatigue and Tiredness
Being tired is one thing, but if you’re fatigued, it could be more than an overloaded to-do list. “Fatigue could be a sign of an under-active thyroid gland, which is common in women called hypothyroidism, an under-active thyroid which leads to weight gain, sensitivity to cold, dry skin and hair, and muscle aches.
Constant fatigue could also be a sign of a medical problem. There are several medical conditions linked to fatigue, including depression, liver failure, anemia, cancer, kidney failure, cardiovascular disease, thyroid disease, sleep apnea and diabetes.
2. Chest Pain or Discomfort
Any kind of chest pain or discomfort should never be taken lightly as it can indicate heart disease.
Women are often diagnosed with coronary artery disease at a much older age than men. Prior to menopause, the female hormone estrogen helps maintain adequate levels of “good” high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, which is important for cardiovascular health. But, after menopause, the ovaries stop making estrogen. Thus, women become more prone to heart disease after menopause, due to the lower estrogen level in the body.
Along with chest pain, if you experience weakness, hot flashes, shortness of breath, cold sweats and pain in the left arm or shoulder, immediately see a doctor.
3. Suspicious Lump
“Don’t ever disregard a lump” . But there’s no need to panic, either, as most breast lumps have nothing to do with cancer. They’re most often caused by fibrocystic changes (associated with the menstrual cycle), fibroadenomas (benign tumors) and cysts (fluid-filled sacs that can appear anywhere in the body).
4. Vaginal Bleeding after Menopause
Vaginal bleeding of any kind after menopause is never normal. It may be harmless, but it can be an early indicator of cancer, including endometrial cancer and uterine sarcoma as well as cancer of the cervix or vagina.
Other prominent causes of postmenopausal vaginal bleeding include thinning of the tissue lining the uterus, uterine fibroids and polyps, infection of the uterine lining, pelvic trauma and endometrial hyperplasia.
The cause of your postmenopausal bleeding may be entirely harmless. However, don’t be embarrassed to bring it up to your doctor, as sometimes it can be very serious and need timely assessment.
In fact, any kind of changes in your monthly cycle, such as very heavy bleeding, bleeding that lasts longer than normal and bleeding that occurs after sex or between periods, should be reported to your doctor.
3. Leg Swelling
If you have swelling in one or both legs that can’t be attributed to injury, get it checked. Swelling in one leg could signal a blood clot. Other symptoms include skin redness, soreness and warmth in the affected leg. And if you take birth control or hormone replacement, are obese or have traveled recently, you’re at higher risk for blood clots. Seeking treatment quickly is key. Otherwise, you run the risk of the clot breaking off and traveling to the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism, which can be deadly.
Seven More Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore
1. Change in appearance of a mole
2. Excessive hair loss
3. Heart palpitations or feeling like your heart is racing
4. Persistent abdominal or pelvic pain
5. Severe headache
6. Unexplained weight loss
7. Unusual bloating