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AskÂ your physician about the most common complaints he or she hears from elder patients in New JerseyÂ and youâ€™ll find the list of reasons for seeking medical help is common. Call Expert Home Care when your aging loved one needs live-in care, elder care, or senior home care in NJ 800-848-2336.
Here are some things that â€œworryâ€ NJ patients and some of the symptoms that indicate you may need medical attention.
- Unexplained Weight Lost – when to worry: When accompanied by apathy and insomnia, it could be a symptom of depression. When accompanied by intense thirst and unusually frequent urination, it could be a symptom of diabetes. When accompanied with recurrent attacks of upper abdominal pain, it could be a symptom of a stomach ulcer.
- Persistent Cough – when to worry -Â After a bout with a respiratory illness such as the flu, the cough worsens instead of improving, it could be a symptom of pneumonia (lung inflammation).
- An Aggressive Rash – when to worry – When a sudden itchy rash appears, with or without hives, accompanied by swelling around the mouth or face, it could be a symptom of anaphylactic shock (a life threatening allergic reaction to a medication, food or insect sting). Go to the nearest emergency room for treatment immediately.
- Severe Headaches – when to worry – When accompanied with blurred or double vision, loss of peripheral vision, unsteadiness when walking, nausea and/or vomiting, it could be a symptom of a tumor. When a severe, sudden headache is â€œlike nothing else youâ€™ve ever felt before,â€ it could be symptomatic of an aneurysm or mild stroke and you should seek immediate medical attention.
- Chest Pain – when to worry -Â When sudden, severe pain in the center of the chest radiates into the shoulders, arms or back, and is accompanied by nausea, sweating and/or shortness of breath, it could be a symptom of a heart attack. When dull, heavy chest pain is brought on by physical exertion or strong emotion, but disappears with rest and calmness, it could be symptomatic of angina, a sign of arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). In either case, seek prompt medical attention. The seriousness of most symptoms depends on whatâ€™s happening along with them. Symptoms that persist or worsen should always be brought to your physicianâ€™s attention as soon as possible.
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