If something feels and looks wrong, see a doctor—that’s automatic. However, not all types of issues have to take you to the ER right away.
You have to pay more attention to your body and learn when it’s time to schedule an appointment or even have yourself admitted to the hospital.
Is it a stroke?
Stroke is a very tricky but serious health problem. It means that there’s a blood clot in your brain, cutting the supply of oxygen.
Stroke definitely requires immediate treatment, but you have to know when you’re having it. You are more likely to be suffering from stroke if your speech becomes slurred, trouble seeing with either or both your eyes, or there’s numbness on your legs and arms.
If your face or mouth starts to droop, but you don’t feel any of the other symptoms mentioned, then most probably what you have is Bell’s palsy, an inflammation of certain nerves of the face. This still requires treatment, but it’s not a full-fledged emergency.
Is it internal bleeding?
Internal bleeding should not be taken lightly. It means your organs, especially vital ones, have been injured or have been dominated by certain pathogens. It’s also common among people in the late stages of their disease.
Internal bleeding may be detected by a thorough examination or when a person starts expelling blood in the urine or other passageways in the body like the nose.
But not all nosebleeds are caused by internal bleeding. In fact, majority are simply superficial and easily treated. Most nosebleeds are caused by the anterior septum. Because it’s closer to the skin, when it gets injured or the blood vessel bursts, it results to a nosebleed right away.
Nosebleeds can be managed by using an ice compress, but if they don’t go away or don’t stop within 5 minutes, have yourself checked by a doctor.
Is it heart attack?
If you’re experiencing an abnormally fast heart rate without any other symptom, then most likely you’re just nervous over something or it’s a sign of an anxiety disorder. However, if this leads to difficulty in breathing, tightening of the chests and jaw, or the feeling of almost passing out, make sure you can get yourself to the ER as soon as possible.