The human body is connected in ways that aren’t always obvious. For example, many people don’t know that symptoms like low energy, bloating, and brain fog can all be connected to the same source – the digestive system.
But there are other interesting connections in your body that you might not be aware of. Sometimes your body tries to send you a message, but it can be hard to interpret. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, you might ignore the signs and fall victim to a debilitating condition.
Here is a list of 3 warning signs you should NEVER ignore from your body:
- Swollen ankles – If your ankles begin swelling and there’s no obvious explanation (like a bruise or a sprain), then it could be a sign that you are experiencing poor kidney function. Kidney problems can lead to fluid retention in the lower limbs, so if you notice your ankles are swollen for multiple days without reason, see your doctor about it.
- Sore jaw – You may not realize it, but your jaw is actually closely connected to your heart. If you experience a sudden ache in your jaw, it could indicate a blocked artery. And if your jaw discomfort comes with any shortness of breath or chest pain, even slight chest pain, you should call your doctor immediately.
- Difficulty breathing – Sometimes people think they are having an asthma attack or trouble breathing, but really they are experiencing a blockage in one of their arteries. If you have no known asthma triggers or allergies, and you begin to experience shortness of breath or chest tightness, pay a visit to your doctor to make sure it’s not a cardiovascular issue.
What may seem like a small problem could actually be a warning sign for a much more serious condition. That’s not to say you need to be frightened of every little discomfort you feel, but if you notice any of the symptoms above, take note.
It’s better to be safe than sorry, so if you are concerned about any of these issues, talk to your primary doctor about it so they can identify the real problem.