Never Ignore These 4 Seemly Small Symptoms

Available for Interviews: Saundra Dalton-Smith, MD

Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is an internal medicine physician, a work-life integration researcher, and an international expert on mind-body-spirit connection. She is also an international speaker and bestselling author of Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity.

Dr. Dalton-Smith was recently published in Shape Magazine on how to feel less sleep deprived and more rejuvenized when we wake up in the morning. Here’s another story angle on the topic.

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Symptoms That Should Not Be Ignored:

Your health, both physical and mental, is one of the most valuable things that you have. With that in mind, be sure not to ignore the symptoms listed below. Read on to find out what they are. . .

1. Weakness on one side of the body

One symptom you should never ignore is a drooping or weakness on one side of the body because it could be a stroke. A stroke can be devastating and result in loss of physical functions, mental functions like cognition and speech, and even death.

The good news is that a stroke’s consequences can be minimized if the symptoms are recognized quickly. Therefore, it is worth memorizing the mnemonic you can see in the video below, as this will help you better identify the symptoms of a stroke in others and get them the immediate care they require.

2.Hearing loss 

Hearing loss is another symptom that many people tend to ignore. Often this is because it can happen gradually, and while annoying, isn’t usually associated with pain.

However, just because a symptom isn’t immediately causing discomfort does not mean that you can safely pretend it’s not there. Indeed, statistics show that people with hearing loss are much more likely to suffer other issues, such as being involved in falls or accidents. Probably because of a reduced awareness of their environment and surroundings.

Also, as there are many effective treatments for hearing loss, including being fitted for a hearing aid or having excess wax removed from your ears, it would be a shame to leave it untreated. With that in mind, scheduling a hearing test should be at the top of your to-do list.

3.Unexplained weight loss 

For many of us, weight loss is almost a contestant goal. After all, we are always hearing about the benefits of lowering our BMIs. However, there is a massive difference between gradually losing weight intentionally and unexplained weight loss.

Indeed, unexplained weight loss can signify much more severe underlying conditions, including diabetes, food intolerance, or even cancer. Therefore it is something that should always be checked out by a medical professional.

4.Feeling hopeless 

We all have a bad day from time to time, but if you are struggling to get out of bed on a daily basis or that nothing is bringing you joy, you may have a bigger problem.

Yes, that right feeling hopeless is one of the many signs of being depressed, along with an increase or decrease in sleep and aptitude. People suffering from depression also often engage in numbing behaviors such as using drugs or alcohol or isolate themselves from their friends and family. Unfortunately, because of this sense of isolation that goes along with depression, not everyone gets the essential treatment they so desperately need.

Indeed, depression, just like a myriad of other mental illnesses, is a treatable condition and not a sign of weakness in the sufferer. To that end, if you are struggling with the symptoms of depression, reach out to a mental health hotline or see your doctor ASAP.

Interview: Saundra Dalton-Smith, MD

Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith runs a consulting and coaching business in Birmingham, AL that helps leaders and high-achievers reshape their view on change, communication, and self-care to optimize their personal and professional effectiveness. She is an international wellness expert and has been featured in numerous media outlets including Fast Company, FOX, MSNBC, Prevention, Psychology Today, Redbook, and Women’s Day. Dalton-Smith is also an international speaker, a CDC Wellness Series speaker, and hosts a podcast I Choose My Best Life. She is the author of numerous books including her newest bestselling Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity, which includes ground-breaking insight on the seven types of rest needed to optimize your productivity, increase your overall happiness, overcome burnout, and live your best life. Over 100,000 people have discovered their personal rest deficits using her free assessment at RestQuiz.com. Learn more about her at: DrDaltonSmith.com.

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