The COVID-19 pandemic has made everybody more health-conscious. Whether it’s wearing a mask or staying two meters away from strangers, people are very picky about what were regular interactions. And, you should be because coronavirus is a nasty disease that spreads quickly. However, there is a silver lining to the crisis – you will take stock of your mental and physical wellbeing. With more time on your hands, and the fact your health is a serious matter now, it’s essential to use your free time to spot the warning signs. Then, you can take action and safeguard your wellbeing for the long-term.
“Won’t I already know about illnesses I may have?” Usually, ailments make themselves apparent via common and persistent symptoms, yet some are confusing. Sometimes, the signs can be similar to less worrisome diseases, or you may assume you’re tired and need more sleep. With that in mind, you’ll find four conditions that you may not realize you have and how to diagnose them below.
Sleep apnea is incredibly tricky to spot for one apparent reason – you’re asleep. Unless you have an out-of-body experience, you won’t be able to tell if you stop breathing during the night. And, fatigue is the main symptom, so it’s tempting to pass it off as not getting enough rest. Or, you may think you’re coming down with the flu or a common cold.
However, other signs include a sore, dry throat, a headache, and irritation. If you have all of these at once, the odds are high that your condition is more than the early onset of influenza. This is especially true if the issues reoccur every morning. Oh, and don’t forget about snoring. Speaking to a doctor should result in night testing, and allow you to sleep for eight hours without interruptions.
Your energy levels and mood will skyrocket as soon as you diagnose and treat sleep apnea.
An estimated 13% of the population suffer from this ear condition, so why is it hard to spot? The answer is that there are varying degrees of it, which means you may have a slight ringing in your ears. Still, it goes in and out, and it’s not enough to cause you harm or annoyance, so it isn’t a problem. At least, that’s what you believe.
Unfortunately, tinnitus can do damage under the hood when you’re not looking. The worst case is that it permanently damages the cochlea and leads to hearing loss. Although there is no cure, there are tinnitus management treatments that will limit the damage. A sound machine is an excellent example as it emits a low sound that cancels out the noise. Or, in specific circumstances, you may require a hearing aid. But, it’s better than straining to listen because you’re too proud to admit that your hearing is impaired!
Hyperthyroidism is when a gland in your neck makes too much of a particular hormone. As a result, you may lose weight at a rapid rate or sweat profusely. If these don’t seem like harmful side-effects, you should see the impact they have on your brain. Hyperthyroidism leads to a buildup of stress in some cases and is a major factor in higher cases of anxiety.
Plus, losing weight is about doing it steadily so that it’s healthy. Shedding the pounds too quickly will leave your skin and body looking aged. Thankfully, an iodine pill can stop your thyroid from working overtime, as can beta-blockers. Surgery is a last resort if the condition persists. Alternatively, watch out for hypothyroidism, the opposite for hyperthyroidism, as it leads to hair loss and self-esteem problems.
Although you will experience a sharp pain in your side, most people are used to discomfort. This is because a balanced diet is a thing of the past, and junk food encourages your body to produce gas. Yes, some people suffer from appendicitis without realizing it because they think it’s flatulence!
However, appendicitis isn’t a laughing matter as it can be fatal if it explodes before it’s been removed. The main sign to watch out for is intense pain that doesn’t go away, but you should be aware of vomiting, fever, and diarrhea, too. A diagnosis is tough without a physical exam because your doctor will feel the area for inflammation, yet it is possible. You need to schedule an online checkup and explain your symptoms in detail as they could be enough to set alarm bells ringing.
Now you know about these surprise conditions, you should be able to manage them during a lockdown.