The seniors usually ignore unusual symptoms because they think all that symptoms come from their old age. In fact, some of those symptoms can be signs of threatening health problems which can lead to disability or death. That’s why any sudden symptoms should be checked by doctors. Now let’s keep an eye out for the following symptoms which need an immediate and regular check-up with the doctors.
Unusual shortness of breath
Besides heart attack, chest pain also a telltale symptom. Each senior has different and symptoms. For example, if you find you’re having a hard time catching your breath after an easy walk, it could be an early sign of coronary ischemia, a partial or complete blockage of an artery that carries blood to the heart. If you experience chronic or unusual shortness of breath, go to see your doctor. In case you develop any additional symptoms such as pressure or tightness in your chest, shortness of breath, or dizziness, seek emergency care immediately.
Sudden speech or balance and coordination difficulties
If you suddenly find trouble walking, extreme dizziness, or loss of balance and coordination, it may be a sign of a stroke and you shouldn’t ignore these signs. Additional symptoms include speech difficulties or slurring of words, feeling of extreme dizziness, changes in vision, and weakness or numbness in your face, arms, or legs.
Vaginal bleeding after menopause
If you experience any vaginal bleeding after you’ve gone through menopause, you should see your doctor as soon as possible. Some cases of postmenopausal vaginal bleeding are less serious than others. On the other hand, the bleeding can be a symptom of a life-threatening disease such as cancer.
Erectile dysfunction (ED), or impotence, becomes more and more common with increasing age. Besides the concern for sexual satisfaction, ED can be linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other conditions. While there is usually a physical cause, ED can also be a bodily response to increased stress or depression. Treatment is available for this condition.
Changes in bowel habits
If seniors experience sudden constipations or other symptoms accompanied, there might be a bigger problem such as irritable bowel syndrome or even colon cancer. The doctor may need to check whether there is blood in the stools, alternating between constipation, diarrhea and bowel urgency to detect your health problems.
Foods you’re eating and prescriptions you’re taking take part in the changing of stool color. For example, iron supplements and diarrheal medicines such as Pepto-Bismol may turn your stool black or tarry. Anything in the brown or green spectrum is generally normal, but black stool or bloody stool is rarely okay. Ulcers, hemorrhoids, diverticulitis, and other GI conditions are needed to check when you see your doctor
A swollen or discolored breast
This is often the first sign of breast cancer. But for both men and women, additional signs of breast cancer can include swelling or tenderness, or discoloration in the breast, or nipple discharge, or skin changes on the breast. If detected early, breast cancer can be treatable.
Skin discoloration and bruising
With age, skin loses elasticity and undergoes several changes. For this reason, some seniors may falsely believe that increased bruising or skin discoloration is normal. However, bruising and skin discoloration can be caused by medications such as blood thinners and medical conditions that may affect red blood cells and clotting times.
Exhaustion and Fatigue
If a senior is experiencing a serious level of fatigue, there is likely an underlying cause. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies, anemia and the worsening of a current health condition may be to blame. Without a thorough check-up, this can negatively impact overall health and impose physical limitations for the senior.
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Review Date: April 20, 2017 | Last Modified: April 20, 2017
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