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Symptoms Women Can’t Ignore

There are times when admittedly, we go long spans without ever checking in with our doctor. You know the moment you walk through the doors of your general practitioner and everything about the office has changed? Having to not go to the doctor should be looked at as a blessing; no one wants to hang out in a waiting room every day.

But sometimes not going to the doctor can come not from genuine bout good health, but rather from other factors. Laziness, schedule conflict, and worst of all denial. In the long spans that you aren’t getting checked, it is important to be aware of the symptoms women shouldn’t ignore.

Swollen breasts

We all know what our breast look like before, during and after our periods. But if you experience swelling outside of your regular cycle it could be a sign of something much more dangerous. Inflammatory breast cancer and breast infection can be to blame, and only your doctor can confirm the diagnosis of either.

woman Bloating of the abdomen

Bloating in the abdomen area that isn’t associated with a woman’s period and goes on for over a week, may be an early sign of ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer symptoms are not blatant and many times women can associate small abnormalities with things like stress or lifestyle changes. Because of this it is important to be aware of the more prominent symptoms, i.e. consistent bloating and see a doctor if they occur.

Bloody/Black stool

Dependent upon what we consume, stool color can change from day to day. This includes foods, vitamins and medication. But black or bloody stools are abnormal and should be taken seriously. They could be a sign of hemorrhoids, ulcers, IBD, or cancer.

Rapid or unusual weight loss

Weight loss without trying to lose weight is something to always be weary of. It could be the sign of problems from cancer to HIV.

Lethargy

Stress, early morning awakening and a hectic lifestyle can all be contributors of lethargy. However, constantly feeling tired even in times of reduced stress and relaxation could be a sign of an underactive thyroid. Hypothyroidism is especially common in women over 50, and other symptoms can include constipation, weight gain, and muscle weakness.

Danae Matthews writes for Danae’s Corner, a blog on the on-line women’s health resource Women’s Health Base.

 

By: Danae Matthews

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