Serious Illness

No one really wants to go to the doctor. Generally, a doctor’s visit means something is likely seriously wrong, something that herbal remedies, lying down, or over the counter medications can’t handle. Generally, doctor’s visits are expensive, especially if they lead to further visits and pricey medications. You can’t really put a price on health, but sometimes people try. Because of this, it’s not uncommon to tough out symptoms as long as possible, anything to avoid going to the doctor’s and getting stuck with a hefty bill. However, sometimes, even mild symptoms can be a sign of something seriously wrong.

17. Chest Pain

chest pain

Chest pain tends to make people think first and foremost of heart attacks. Fortunately, there are a number of other issues that might trigger sudden heart pain, and most of them actually are not terribly serious. If you have a flash of pain that is then gone, you probably don’t need to worry all that much. However, if the pain is persistent, and radiates either up to your jaw, into your back, or down along your left arm, then it’s probably serious. This is also the case if the chest pain co-occurs with symptoms, like sweating, nausea, or chest pressure.

16. Shortness of Breath

shortness of breath

Similar to chest pains, shortness of breath could cause a person to fear a serious problem; in this case, they aren’t often wrong. If the shortness of breath comes with a side of chest pain, for example, this could indicate heart trouble, such as a pulmonary embolism, or a heart attack. In general, you should never shrug off shortness of breath, because even when it’s brief, it could be an indicator of a serious illness. Pneumonia, lung cancer, or collapsed lungs come to mind. Some of these conditions are immediately fatal and warrant emergency medical attention as soon as possible.