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Red Flag Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

Red Flag Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

Often, when you feel under the weather, or you’re a bit out of sorts, there’s no need to rush to a clinic and see a doctor. Most of the symptoms we experience and illnesses we develop are minor, and often, there’s no need for treatment. Sometimes, however, the situation is different, and you may come across red flag signs that you really shouldn’t ignore. It’s highly likely that there will be nothing to worry about, but seeing your doctor will give you peace of mind.

Frequent dizzy spells

It’s normal to feel dizzy or lightheaded if you’ve had a hectic day and it’s 4pm and you haven’t had lunch yet, but it’s not normal to experience dizzy spells on a regular basis. If you feel faint, it’s a good idea to seek medical advice. It’s particularly important to visit an urgent care center if you’ve developed dizziness after an accident. If you banged your head, for example, dizziness could be a delayed symptom of concussion. Feeling lightheaded may also be linked to low sugar levels, low blood pressure, and anemia.

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Lumps and bumps

It’s very common to find lumps and bumps on or underneath your skin. In the vast majority of cases, these masses are nothing sinister, but occasionally, they can be a sign of potentially life-threatening illnesses. If you do find a lump, no matter how big or small, it’s best to get it checked out.

Unexplained weight loss

Many people try to lose weight for weeks or even months of the year. If you’re dropping dress sizes and you’ve been making an effort to eat a healthier diet and do more exercise, the tumbling numbers on the scale shouldn’t cause concern. However, if you’re losing weight and you haven’t been trying to, this could be a sign of underlying illness. If your clothes feel much baggier or your body weight has dropped significantly, and you haven’t changed your eating habits, book an appointment with your doctor.

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Traces of blood in urine or feces

If you spot traces of blood in your urine or feces, arrange to see your doctor as soon as possible. There are lots of possible causes, many of which are minor, but there is a risk that these symptoms are linked to more serious illnesses. Common causes may include urinary tract infections or hemorrhoids, but bleeding can also be symptomatic of some forms of cancer.

Chest pain

You may experience chest pain if you’ve been involved in an accident, but if there doesn’t appear to be an obvious cause of pain, seek advice from your doctor. Chest pain can be a sign of cardiac problems, but there are lots of other causes. If you’ve been getting recurrent bouts of pain or you feel pain come on very suddenly, see a doctor urgently.

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Usually, when you don’t feel 100 percent, you recover and bounce back very quickly. In the vast majority of cases, we’re struck down by minor illnesses, but sometimes, spotting red flag symptoms can lead to a diagnosis of more severe health problems. If you do notice any of these signs, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor. It’s best to get symptoms checked sooner rather than later.

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Care At Home – Or In A Home: The Big Question With Aging Parents

Care At Home – Or In A Home: The Big Question With Aging Parents

Nobody can predict the future. And while I could hazard a guess that most of you reading this post would love to allow their parents to age gracefully in their own home – or even yours – you just can’t tell what might happen. Illnesses, repetitive injuries, and complicated psychological issues could all play their part. And even if you do make the decision that you will definitely be your parent’s caregiver, who’s to say you will be in a position to do it when the time comes?

There are a lot of considerations to think about – and to be honest, it is almost impossible to make a decision now, without knowing what the future holds. But the sooner we all start thinking about things, the more prepared we will be to make that important decision. With this in mind, here are a few things you should be thinking about right now, so you are ready to deal with them in the years to come.

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Emotional cost

Yes, sending your parents to a residential home is going to be expensive. But you might be surprised to learn that there are enormous costs involved when they need care in their home, too. Millions of people all over the country care for ageing and ill parents and relatives and an increasing number are providing hands-on care. It’s a lot of work. Unless you can afford to pay medical staff and support workers, you can expect it to be a full-time job, and it will be incredibly draining, stressful, and can take you away from bringing up your own family.

Financial cost

Money has to be taken into account. As much as we would all love to say it makes no difference, the cost of caring for a parent at home is significant. You may need to give up your job, pay for medical services, and maybe even shell out for adaptations to your parent’s home – or yours. In short, whether you choose a care home or look after your folks yourself, there is a chance it will have a profound effect on your finances.

Approaching the end

There will come a time when your folks will be close to the end. And if they are suffering from something like end-stage cancer palliative care is of vital importance. Your loved one will be undergoing a lot of pain, and be experiencing the impact of a massive array of symptoms. They will need doctors to treat them, nurses to care for them, and also people who can provide them with the psychological support they require. While many people prefer to see out their days at home, there are some scenarios where getting help from a professional setting will be better for everyone.

The guilt

Unless money is no object, at some point you are going to have to make a choice – and live with it. Either way, you are going to feel guilty. On the one hand, if you decide on residential care, you might have to go against the wishes of your parents. But on the other, keeping them at home may prevent them from receiving the care they need to live out their days comfortably, or the support they need in the event of an emergency. Whichever direction you end up choosing, you have to remember that you will still be a big part of the care team, but you will also have to accept reality.

It’s a tough call, for sure. But hopefully, these factors will help you feel a little better about making a decision when the time comes. Hopefully, that won’t be for many years…

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