9 Health Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

woman talking to doctor(BlackDoctor.org) — We often experience symptoms that we ignore, but shouldn’t. Why? Perhaps because we’ve grown up in an era that insists that you do not go to the doctor unless you’ve just about lost an arm. Even then, your momma might tell you to just walk it off. Or that there’s only so much that the doctor can really do, anyway. As tough and as strong as we perceive ourselves to be, there are some symptoms that we just can’t afford to ignore. Ever.

Here’s a list of warning symptoms worth remembering. If you suffer from any of these, seeking immediate attention could do more than just make a difference in the quality of your life – it may save your life!

1. Shortness of Breath

Risk: Blood Clots, Asthma, Heart Problem

short of breath — beyond the typical stuffy nose or shortness of breath
from exercise — could signal an underlying health problem. If you find
that you’re unable to catch your breath or you’re gasping for
air/wheezing, seek emergency medical care. Feeling breathless with or
without exertion or when reclining is a symptom that needs to be
medically evaluated without delay.

Causes for breathlessness may
include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic bronchitis,
asthma, heart problems, anxiety, panic attacks, pneumonia, and a blood
clot in the lung (pulmonary embolism), pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary