Seemingly Harmless Symptoms You Should Tell Your Family Physician

You may not expect that some seemingly harmless symptoms may indicate something more serious. But the following innocuous symptoms should be mentioned on your next visit to your family doctor.

You're Going Gray

Gray hair is one of those accepted signs of aging that everyone faces. But if you find that you're suddenly going gray in your youth, or that the gray hair is rapid onset, then mention it to your family doctor.

Rapid onset or early onset gray hair can be a sign of oxidative stress. This is brought on by an abundance of free radicals in your system, which can subsequently lead to other, more serious conditions.

Your Joints are Stiff in the Morning

Everyone experiences stiff joints in the morning on occasion, especially after a strenuous workout the previous day. If your stiff joints are a daily occurrence, though, it's worth mentioning to your doctor.

Stiff joints can be a symptom of dehydration, rheumatoid arthritis, or fibromyalgia. These are all treatable, if not necessarily curable. You don't need to continue to suffer joint stiffness in silence.

You Bruise Easily

Everyone gets bruises every once in a while from things like knocking into a corner of a piece of furniture or having something fall on your foot. But if you find bruises on your body that you can't remember getting, or you feel that your skin is so sensitive that you bruise from the lightest contact, it's time to speak up.

Bruising easily can be a symptom of something more serious, such as a reaction to medication, anemia or a Vitamin C deficiency. Left untreated, this single symptom can lead to more symptoms and progression of serious conditions.

Your Tongue is Sore

Is your tongue sore in one spot? You may have just burned your tongue on a slice of hot cheese pizza, but if the soreness continues after a lengthy time, you should mention it to your doctor.

Even a tiny spot of soreness on the tongue is one symptom of pernicious anemia, caused by a vitamin B12 deficiency. In the past, this condition and its consequences led to a fatal diagnosis. However, medical professionals now treat it successfully with B12 supplementation. Talk to your family physician about any unexplained sore spots on your tongue.

Don't leave any of these seemingly harmless symptoms out of your doctor visits. Let a specialist in family medicine be the final judge as to their relevance or importance.


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