How Do You Know If You Should See A Doctor Or Not?

Nobody likes going to the doctor and we all try to avoid it as much as possible. But if you don’t see a doctor when you have something wrong, you put your health at risk. Early detection is the key to successful treatment for a lot of health problems, so it’s better to play it safe in a lot of cases. However, some people go a bit overboard and they rush off to the doctor for every tiny problem they have. That’s never good because you are wasting the doctor’s time and it will start to get expensive. So, you need to know how to decide whether a problem is severe enough to see a doctor or whether you should just try to deal with it on your own. These are some of the signs that you should see a doctor.

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Excessive Pain

Pain is a tricky one because we all experience it in different ways and sometimes it can be a sign of something serious, and sometimes it can just be general aches and pains. It’s important to understand the difference between acute pain and chronic pain. Acute pain is a temporary pain that you experience, whereas chronic pain is an ongoing pain that lasts for 12 weeks or more. If you experience pain for a day or two and it goes away, that probably isn’t a cause for concern. However, if that pain lasts for an extended period or it keeps coming back over and over, that is something that you should be worried about and you should see a doctor to make sure that there are no serious health issues you need to be aware of.

The severity of the pain makes a big difference as well. If you have a slight ache, you don’t really need to worry about it unless it lasts for a long time. But if you are in excruciating pain and you can barely stand, that’s a different story and you should call for help right away. If you have pain in certain areas, like the chest or head, that is likely to be more serious than a bit of lower back or joint pain, so you should see a doctor straight away instead of waiting to see if the pain lasts.

Rapid Weight Changes

If you start exercising more and you adjust your diet, you would expect to notice some changes in your weight. The same is true if you start eating lots of unhealthy food. But what happens if you start losing or gaining a lot of weight in a short space of time when you haven’t made any deliberate changes? In that instance, you should definitely see a doctor right away because it’s often a sign of something more serious. It could be a sign that you have a problem with your gut or it could even be caused by diabetes or liver disease. Rapid weight changes are also quite common in people that are suffering from depression, so it’s worth considering that as well. If you notice small fluctuations, you don’t need to worry, but if you lose or gain around 10 percent of your normal body weight, you should get checked out by a doctor.

A Persistent Fever 

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Thermometer
When you have a cold or the flu, it’s normal to have a fever and you shouldn’t really worry about it too much. In most cases, it will pass in a few days, along with the rest of your symptoms. But sometimes, your fever may last for longer than that because it isn’t caused by a simple cold or flu. Fevers can be caused by a more serious infection that requires treatment from a doctor, so if it persists for more than 3 days and it doesn’t seem to be going away, you should book an appointment.

Breathing Issues 

If you have been exercising or the temperature is particularly cold, you may find that you are short of breath. It’s very common in people that are overweight as well. But if you suddenly develop issues with your breathing and you cannot see any reason for it, that’s a serious cause for concern. Asthma is a very common cause of breathing issues but a lot of people don’t realize that you can develop it in later life, so they assume that something else is wrong. Shortness of breath can also be caused by allergies to dust, so you should try to rule that out before seeing a doctor. If the symptoms come on very suddenly, it’s more likely that you have a chest infection and you will need some antibiotics from the doctor. Problems with your breathing can be incredibly dangerous, so it’s best not to take your chances and see a doctor. It may turn out to be something minor, but it could also be a more serious condition.

Developing New Symptoms After Treatment 

If you have recently had a procedure of some kind or you are on medication, you need to keep a close eye on any changes that your body goes through. Your doctor will let you know what changes to expect during the healing process, and if you experience any other symptoms, you should let them know immediately. These symptoms could be a sign that something is wrong with your treatment and the doctors will need to make changes. Always double-check if there is something that you are unsure about.

Trust Your Own Judgment 

It’s important that you look out for these specific symptoms and you see a doctor if needed. But you should also trust your own judgment. You know your body better than anybody else and if you feel that something isn’t quite right or that the doctor has misdiagnosed you, it’s best to seek advice. A lot of people put off going to the doctors because they convince themselves that they are just imagining things, but you need to trust your own judgment.

Ignoring health issues could be incredibly dangerous, so it’s important that you see a doctor if you think something is wrong. Catching problems early will massively improve your chances of recovering, so always play it safe.

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