03 September 2018 Posted By : Administrator

5 Occasions on Which You Should Always See a Doctor

We may be informed about lifestyle choices in the modern world, but we aren’t necessarily the healthiest bunch on the planet. Many of us talk a lot about health --- sharing the occasional salad closeup or posting a selfie during a workout -- but we don’t care for our body in all the ways that we could … and should!

Visiting the doctor means facing the possibility that something could be wrong with us, so some of us avoid it at all costs. And though you probably don’t need to see a doctor every few months, some situations honestly call for a visit.

Here are five examples of those scenarios:

  • If You Haven’t Been This Year

“The ranchman has his annual round-up; the merchant his yearly account of stock and balancing of books; the machinist gives his engine a thorough going-over at regular intervals; every military organization has its reviews and inspections,” prominent physician George M. Gould said in a speech before the American Medical Association in an effort to encourage annual checkups … back in 1900!

“[I]t is not so concerning the one piece of mechanism that conditions all these things, and that is the most valuable of all earthly possessions -- the human body.”

Whether you’re 25 or 95, you ought to see your doctor for an annual physical. Not only will this put your mind at ease, but it might also uncover potentially life-threatening issues while they’re still treatable.

If it’s been more than a year since your last physical, it’s time to see the doctor.

  • When You Have Signs of a Possible Heart Attack

“With a heart attack, the most recognizable symptom is usually pain in the middle of the chest that may spread to the back, jaw, or left arm. Less often, the pain spreads to the right arm,” Merck Manual explains.

“The pain may occur in one or more of these places and not in the chest at all.” Other symptoms of a potential heart attack include trouble breathing, heavy pounding of your heart, sudden heavy sweating, nausea, and a feeling of faintness.

If you experience any of these symptoms and suspect it could be a heart attack, call 911 immediately.

  • When You Have Signs of a Stroke

It’s vital that you be aware of the signs and symptoms of stroke, as well. They often include:

  • Sudden and unexplainable weakness or paralysis on one side of the body
  • Sudden loss of sensation in one side of the body
  • Confusion and/or difficult understanding speech
  • An inability to come up with words
  • Sudden vision issues, particularly in one eye

If you experience any or all of these symptoms, you must call 911 right away. The earlier you identify a stroke, the less permanent the damage will be.

  • When You’re Involved in a Car Collision

Although the frequency of car crashes has fallen over the years, the odds are still good that you’ll be involved in at least one in your life (whether minor or major). Seeking medical attention is paramount, since injuries may not be evident right away.

“If you were not taken to the emergency room, you should visit the doctor immediately for an evaluation and explain to the doctor that you were involved in a car accident,” the Hardison& Cochran law firm explains. “Do not delay in seeing a doctor.”

When it comes to filing insurance or injury claims, thorough medical records are vital. Being able to show that you sought immediate medical care can be powerful evidence to support a successful outcome.

  • When Your Fever Reaches …

Everyone has an occasional fever. Sometimes it’s a symptom of an illness like the flu, other times it’s simply a sign that your body is fighting an infection.

A low-grade fever will typically subside after a few days, but you should seek medical attention if any of the following is true:

  • Your fever is above 105 degrees (adults)
  • Your fever is above 103 degrees and lasts for 48 hours (adults)
  • Your baby’s fever is above 100.4 degrees (children 3 months and younger)
  • Your infant’s fever is above 102.2 degrees (children 3 to 12 months)
  • Your toddler’s fever is above 99.5 degrees for 24 to 48 hours (children under 2)

Don’t Ignore the Need for Medical Attention

There’s nothing more crucial than your health. Without good health, it’s impossible to live the sort of life you’ll undoubtedly wish to live.

While medical attention won’t guarantee that you live a happy and healthy life, it’ll at least present the opportunity. Don’t neglect this most basic of human needs.

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