Our Symptoms page provides consumers important information about the symptoms of medical conditions. These pages can serve as a guide for patients who have these signs and symptoms without knowing what to do about them. The page should not be used for the purposes of self-diagnosis, rather the information can help enlighten a patient’s understanding of what they are experiencing. This can lead to informed choices when consulting with a qualified medical professional.
A medical condition may have a wide range of symptoms. In the same manner, a symptom may be common for several different conditions. It requires a medical professional to provide guidance towards a proper diagnosis and treatment. Our team of professionals continues to research and update these pages to reflect the latest laboratory reports and medical studies.
Our editorial team is dedicated to providing accurate and reliable reports on signs and symptoms of medical conditions. The symptoms and information discussed in these pages are for the benefit of our readers.
Most people do not know when to be concerned when they have a symptom of a condition. There are times when a cough is just a cough that will go away over time. However, there are times when ignoring that cough could lead to something more serious.
Below are signs and symptoms that may be indicative of a serious health condition that requires you to see your doctor. A symptom in one part of the body could be a symptom of a condition in another part of the body. At times, unrelated symptoms that are minor on their own may be a warning sign of a more serious medical condition or disease. Always listen to your body and share the symptoms that you will notice with your doctor.
- Signs of a heart attack include pressure, pain, feeling of fullness or squeezing in the center of the chest lasting more than a few minutes. Include also discomfort or pain in other areas of the upper body, cold sweat, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, and nausea.
- Signs of stroke are arm weakness, facial drooping rapidly developing dizziness, difficulty with speech, facial drooping, sudden weakness or numbness, confusion, loss of vision, or severe headache.
- Symptoms of lung problems include shortness of breath, coughing up blood, chronic cough, wheezing, and repeated bouts of pneumonia or bronchitis.
- Symptoms of the reproductive health problem are spotting between periods, bleeding, burning itching, irritation of the genital area, painful or heavy menstrual bleeding, unusual vaginal discharge, abdominal or pelvic pain, and frequent urination.
- Symptoms of breast problem are nipple discharge, skin changes in the breast or nipple, breast tenderness or pain, a lump in or near the breast or in the underarm area.
- Symptoms of the stomach or digestive problems include blood in the stool, rectal bleeding, black stools, changes in bowel habits, inability to control bowel movements, diarrhea, constipation, acid reflux, heartburn, vomiting blood.
- Symptoms of bladder problems are painful or difficult urination, loss of bladder control, frequent urination, waking frequently at night, blood in urine, wetting the bed at night, and leaking urine.
- Symptoms of skin problems include frequent redness and flushing of the face and neck, changes in skin moles, new growths or moles, jaundice, red skin with silvery patches, skin lesions that won’t go away.
- Symptoms of muscle or joint problems are persistent muscle pains and persistent body aches, such as numbness, tenderness, tingling pain, inflammation or redness in or around the joints, decreased range of motion, and loss of function of muscles or joints.
- Symptoms of emotional problems are depression, anxiety, fatigue, flashbacks and nightmares, suicidal thoughts, delusions, or hallucinations.
- Symptoms of headache problems are headaches that come suddenly, headache associated with nausea, dizziness, vomiting, nausea, and inability to walk.
- Symptoms of weight or eating problems include extreme dehydration, thirst, excessive hunger, vomiting, losing weight without trying, starvation, binging, distorted body image, depression, preoccupation with weight and food, compulsive exercise, or abuse of diet pills or laxatives.
These symptoms should be reported immediately to your doctor.