If you’re a woman over the age of 40 you probably ignore the occasional headaches, fatigue, even mild rashes. Really, who has time for all that?
There are times, however, that “unexpected” symptoms show up, such as:
- Severe headaches
- Extreme fatigue
- Vaginal bleeding
- Heart palpitations that last more than 15 minutes
- A rash on your breast that doesn’t go away within a couple of days…
Sound familiar? It’s wise to see your doctor.
The reality is that many times these symptoms are normal. Unfortunately, they can also point to a more serious health condition.
For instance, take extreme fatigue in women.
Fibromyalgia syndrome, which causes chronic, deep muscle pain, may bring with it escalating pain, fatigue, and even headaches.
Fibromyalgia is a syndrome, (a pattern which indicates some disease) that happens more often in women than men and has no known cure. ➡
Medication, getting sound sleep, being active, and eating a healthy diet helps the extreme fatigue of Fibromyalgia.
But severe fatigue may also be caused by more serious conditions that need a doctor’s attention, such as:
➡ Some types of inflammatory arthritis
Antihistamines, antidepressants, and pain medicines at higher doses can also cause significant fatigue.
➡ If you’ve felt extremely fatigued for several weeks, it’s time to set up a doctor’s appointment for blood tests and a physical exam.
Headaches, nausea, fatigue, and feeling achy may be a sign of a common cold or a flu virus, but it may also point to heatstroke, especially in older adults.
If you suspect heatstroke — call 911 or medical personnel immediately.
Nausea and fatigue may be common during PMS, menstruation or pregnancy. They may also be the result of poor sleep, extreme tiredness, under or overeating.
However, these symptoms may also be caused by:
➡ Chronic Kidney Disease
➡ Rheumatoid Arthritis
That’s why it is important to know your body.
Even weight gain or weight loss could be a result of eating more or less — or a symptom of a serious illness such as Diabetes.
Paying attention, noticing when new symptoms occur, and checking with your physician to make sure they’re not serious, will let you be your own bodyguard when it comes to health.
Coming Up: Part 2 – More Serious Symptoms Women Often Ignore