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Making the right call:

Know when to dial the doctor

Have a small sniffle? It might just be the common cold. What about a mild headache? Perhaps it’s from lack of sleep. Blurred vision or sudden dizziness? A visit to the ER might be warranted.

It can be hard to know when to see a doctor, whether or not your symptoms are “serious” enough to seek medical care. If you experience dizziness, sudden changes in vision or chest pain, you should definitely get to the ER. But what about signs and symptoms that could just be part of normal aging? Knowing what to look for and which symptoms you should never ignore can help you know when it’s time to visit the doctor.

Chances are if you think you should see a physician, you probably should.

WebMD published a blog featuring six symptoms you should never ignore:

  1. Unexpected weight loss. If you’re losing weight and not trying to do so, it needs to be investigated. Unintentional weight loss of about 10 pounds or more could be a sign of a serious problem.
  2. Moles that change color. Never, ever ignore a mole that changes in color, shape or size.
  3. Excessive sleep. If you’re sleeping more than nine hours a day, it could be a sign of depression, chronic inflammation or even multiple sclerosis.
  4. Persistent cough. If you have a cough that lasts more than two months, you need to have it checked out. A persistent cough could signify a number of issues.
  5. Abdominal pain in the right lower quadrant. Stomach aches can be common, but if you experience intense pain in your lower right side, it could be coming from your appendix. Get to the doctor right away.
  6. Chronic pain. Daily pain that lasts more than 12 weeks is considered chronic and is not normal at any age. Don’t needlessly suffer. Visit your doctor if you’re experiencing chronic pain.

Listen to your body and what it’s trying to tell you. Don’t hesitate to call your doctor, especially if you experience any of the above symptoms. And if you are experiencing an emergency, call 911 or get the emergency room right away.

To make an appointment with a physician at Monarch Primary Care, give us a call (513) 246-2070.


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