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Health-Conscious Series # 7 : Simple symptoms that can cost your life!

Updated on October 1, 2011

How am I feeling?

There are symptoms that we experience in our lives that we often ignore. Little did we know that it can harm our health in the end. And worst of it, it can cost our precious lives here on Earth.

What are those symptoms that we usually feel everyday. Okay let me examine myself first. These are some of those no-nonsense symptoms that I used to feel these days.

  1. I had this this numb feeling whenever I get up in the morning. Maybe, it's because of how my sleeping position at night.
  2. I easily get irritated when I hear a triggering word that I perceive as bad-mouthing or not respectful to others' opinion.
  3. I had this soft, little lump on my upper right leg. I hope it's not cancerous.
  4. I always feel my eyes getting blurry as I work on my hubs at my desktop computer.
  5. Whenever I read thick paperbacks, my migraine is getting back again.

Ordinary but dangerous symptoms

If you noticed and felt one of these symptoms, don't ignore it. Go to your personal doctor or seek medical help.

  1. Discoloration of mole - We call it nunal in Filipino. There's a possibility that you have a skin cancer or melanoma. A mole that has an irregular sides should be examined. If it changes in form, becomes bulgy or still growing, visit your dermatologist. Melanoma is dangerous. It can easily spread to your body and it can lead to death.
  2. Palms of your hands are getting redder - Your liver is getting destroyed because of liver cirrhosis or liver cancer. This is a dominant symptom or sign when the palms of our hands are getting red or what we call palmar erythema.. Normal palms of the hands are usually pale in color. If the liver disease is in chronic stage, the patient's color will be yellowish accompanied by an uncontrollable trembling hands.
  3. Change in attitude - It can be brain cancer, convulsion or Alzheimer's disease. Not all brain tumors can cause headache. There's tumor at the frontal lobe of the brain that the initial symptom is the change in attitude.
  4. Temporal Lobe Epilepsy - is a different kind of convulsion which a patient doesn't loose consciousness. He/She can experience intense emotion, smelling something or hallucinating. Others will make something on their face repeatedly, mouth and other parts of the body that are abnormal to others. Others will not understand that a patient is having a convulsion.
  5. Frequent complain of intense sweating, erratic heartbeat and feeling hot - These are the symptoms of goiter or hyperthyroidism. Better go to your ENT (Ear-Neck-Throat) Specialist for a check-up. I had a friend in maritime industry that underwent thyroid removal because he cannot afford a regular medication before. At present, he's also in medication to have a normal life.
  6. Having a harsh voice - It can be throat cancer due to smoking or drinking alcohol. If you didn't get well for a span of two weeks, you can call your ENT specialist again to check your vocal chords.
  7. Lump or cyst on your body - An ordinary lump or cyst on the skin is just a lipoma or fat deposit in the flesh. This is not a delicate one. But there's always a possibility of dangerous lumps and bumps on your body. For example, a lump on your breast, especially to women, can be malignant or can cause breast cancer. It's the same with lump on your thyroid and at the side of your neck. It can be warts caused by infection or tuberculosis to your lungs. You can ask your doctor for an examination.
  8. Getting thinner everyday - You're just wondering about how you become slim although you're not exercising regularly or having a diet exercise. It can be a deadly type of cancer. Another symptoms of cancer are getting paler and weaker each day.

If you have doubts on your body, a doctor is the person you can count on.

Travel Man during an afternoon drinking session (Filipino-style) with older cousins (Photo taken last Sept. 14, 2011)
Travel Man during an afternoon drinking session (Filipino-style) with older cousins (Photo taken last Sept. 14, 2011)
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My cousin who's fond of eating in a fast food outlet (Photo by Travel Man Sept. 14, 2011)
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    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @anjperez: LOL! Me , too. I think I have to wait for the results on my medical exam this October. They might warn me of something wrong inside my body and cure it in a jiffy.

      Thanks for sharing the changes you've noticed in your body.

    • anjperez profile image


      7 years ago

      i correct one portion of my comment travel_man1971.... i only have 4 out of 8 of the symptoms... (,")

    • anjperez profile image


      7 years ago

      hahaha, the more i read this, the more i get anxious. keeping note and score of which ones i have from the list. looks like i need to see a doctor cos off the chart, i have like 8 out of the 8 symptoms including my change in attitude. this is a very sensible hub.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Gypsy Willow: Thanks and I agree. We keep ourselves busy not noticing those simple symptoms leading us to serious complications.

      Early detection is a must.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @thesailor: I'm sure, you're at the prime time of your life. Maybe, you are disgusted on something.Keep it cool, man. Or you better ask the advice of your personal doctor.

    • Gypsy Willow profile image

      Gypsy Willow 

      7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Thanks for this sensible information,many of these symptons go unnoticed in the hurly burly of life.

    • thesailor profile image


      7 years ago from Seven Seas

      This is very informative. I will take note of this because I'm not getting any younger. I also noticed that there are changes happening in my body including my attitude.

      This is a very timely hint. Thanks!


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