Your body. you’ve only got the one and it needs to last you your whole life, Do not worry, we have valuable information for you, to discover.
Your body has different ways to let you know when it’s sad, when it’s happy, or when it desperately needs attention, and there are few signs that, if it’s giving them to you, meaning you’d better do some investigation, and you really won’t expect some of these, if you notice any of these signs they might indicate something is wrong. Next time you see your doctor, be sure to ask about it.
Better to be safe than sorry, right?
1- Pink Feet
Normally your feet are pretty much the same color as your body even if you use any of those handy skin creams to pamper yourself. Lotion may make your feet feel soft and comfortable, but it shouldn’t change their color next time your feet are bare take a look at them do they look pink is the skin thin and wrinkled are they hard and painful if so you might want to get a blood test to check your blood sugar levels discolored and distressed. Feet can indicate a metabolic problem such as diabetes which doctor should you see an endocrinologist will check your blood sugar and hormone levels too.
2- Uncomfortable Hugs
Who doesn’t like hugs right but unless you’re really into it being tied up or crushed isn’t much fun has someone ever hugged you and made you feel like you were being squeezed unusually tightly tighter than they’re trying to hug you or did it feel like they were tying you up around the waist body or legs with ropes and chains? If this happens to you, it might be a sign of a disease called multiple sclerosis or MS if you have unpleasant sensations in your arms and legs like you’re wearing invisible gloves or shoes, that can be a warning sign to the feeling might just be irritating, or it could be very painful, but you should still pay attention to it. Which doctor should you see? a neurologist multiple sclerosis is a disease that affects your nerves the sooner you catch it the better.
3- Thinning Eyebrows
Throughout history, thin eyebrows have been particularly fashionable in some cultures, while some people prefer big bushy eyebrows plucking and styling your eyebrows can make a bold fashion statement, but if you are noticing your eyebrows naturally becoming thinner without any help from your tweezers, you should see a doctor this could be among the symptoms of hypothyroidism a condition that can lead to feelings of tiredness, constipation, depression, and weight gain if you’re pregnant hypothyroidism can be especially dangerous, leading to developmental delays and potential birth defects Which doctor should you see? an endocrinologist will test your thyroid hormone balance.
4- Swollen Toes
We’re back to the feet which can tell us a lot about our bodies take a look at your feet if you have fat or swollen toes or a few toes look like sausages talk to your doctor this symptom might signal Psoriatic arthritis, which can result in damage skin and pain Which doctor should you see? a dermatologist and/or a Rheumatologist can check for the condition and prescribe medication to treat the symptoms getting you back on your feet in no time Fun fact toes may seem like an evolutionary leftover that we don’t mean anymore but it’s unlikely they’ll be going away anytime soon even your pinky toe helps keep your balance when you walk or run the only way we’d lose our toes is if they actively threatened our survival.
Evolution doesn’t just shed inconvenient or useless things, if it did, no one would ever get appendicitis!
5- Loss of Appetite
We’ve all got to eat even when we’re dieting trying to shed a few pounds a diminished appetite can seem like a blessing, but it might be the opposite if you notice a sudden loss of appetite and you seem to be losing weight it may be a symptom of a metabolic disorder this may be genetic or the result of not getting proper nutrition over an extended period if you also have acid reflux this may be a sign of a gastroesophageal reflux disease where stomach acid rises back up through your esophagus that’s the tube connecting your mouth and stomach leading to pain and a pretty bad taste in your mouth yuck.
Which doctor should you see? a gastroenterologist specializes in nutrition and the effects of food “or lack thereof” on your system going on a diet before and during a regimen of restricting the foods you eat, consult a licensed nutritionist and your doctor
6- Itchy Skin
We all itch sometimes and it can feel so good to get in a good scratch it may be one of the most satisfying sensations you’ll ever experience if however you have a persistently itchy skin that just won’t let up that could be a problem it could be a red flag of diabetes relax before you panic consider some other explanations itchy spots are often caused by insect bites or mild allergic reactions to a new brand lotion or low-quality fabric if none of these possibilities explain the itch however ask your doctor for an examination.
Which doctor should you see? an endocrinologist can test your blood sugar levels to screen for diabetes did you know scratching an itch doesn’t get rid of the edge all it does is distract the brain from the itching sensation with a new feeling the scratch a 2014 study conducted by the Center for the Study of Itch at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis showed that scratching released the hormone serotonin in the brain enhancing the itching sensation in mice anyway.
7- You Hate Being Inside
Maybe you just like the big outdoors but if you’re one of those people who always asks to open the windows in public transportation you have trouble breathing indoors or you feel claustrophobic at work without a window open you should have your heart tested to exclude the risk of cardiac failure your thyroid might also need to be tested because hypothyroidism can cause this kind of thing if you feel stuffy all the time you might be suffering from heat intolerance where your body doesn’t regulate heat properly this can result from medication, excess caffeine use, thyroid problems, or some other condition like MS.
Which doctor should you see? a cardiologist first to test your heart, then follow up with an endocrinologist to check your thyroid if neither of these turns up anything consults your doctor to see if there might be some other cause.
8- You Hate Open Windows
This is the opposite of intolerance of being indoors if you can’t stand open windows or you’re cold even in the summer you should get your thyroid checked your body might lack iodine, and this deficiency may lead to hypothyroidism cold intolerance can also result from anemia, lacking sufficient iron in your diet, fibromyalgia or vasoconstriction.
Which doctor should you see? an endocrinologist can test your thyroid if that checks out, consult your primary care physician for other potential causes.
9- Sudden onset of kleptomania
Whoa there Robin Hood a sudden ignorance of the law and the wish to steal something small even if you can pay for it may be the first sign of dementia especially if you’ve been a law-abiding citizen all your life! unfortunately, dementia and other such conditions can be very subtle and it can be hard to admit that there might be a problem let alone ask for help watch yourself carefully and pay attention to your relatives particularly the elderly people with dementia might not even realize they have it and they need our help to get it looked after.
Which doctor should you see? since the problem may be physical or psychological, consult with a range of behavioral experts make an appointment with a neurologist to check for signs of dementia and see a therapist or psychiatrist to learn some cognitive-behavioral techniques to deal with any sudden urges to steal things if the doctors do identify the onset of dementia follow their instructions to minimize its impact make sure you ask for help even if you think you don’t need it.
10- Changes in your nails
It’s those feet again warning us of impending trouble but this time your hands might help too if you notice your nails changing shape such as becoming thicker and wider this may indicate that you have lung or heart problems this condition called nail clubbing is not exactly a disease it’s a symptom of a pathological process in your body that can be caused by multiple diseases mostly of the lungs or heart but sometimes of the intestines liver or thyroid.
Which doctors should you see? see a cardiologist for a full physical workup, and follow up with your primary care physician to identify other potential causes, nail clubbing is not normal and could signify some serious problems!
Here’s some bonus trivia the Greek physician Hippocrates who is often called the father of medicine is frequently credited with being the first to identify and document nail clubbing as a sign of an underlying disease, which he did nearly 2,500 years ago as such the condition is sometimes referred to as “Hippocratic fingers.” we bet he’s thrilled.