IT WILL GO AWAY - The Three Most Dangerous Words!
Symptoms you have been ignoring - Are they important?!
Because it is difficult to live life perfectly early SYMPTOM recognition, APPROPRIATE interpretation and relevant ACTION is the key to great health. – Jeremy Thomas (DC)
Read the three Important Points Below about Symptoms.
1. Symptoms accumulate and in turn cause other symptoms often that seem unrelated…. Interestingly in a study Neck pain of Grade 3-4 was strongly associated with low back pain, headaches, cardiovascular disorders and digestive disorders (4). As an example look at Low Back Pain research - As well as significantly affecting activity participation, LBP is frequently associated with co-morbidities such as depression, with rates 2.5 times those in people without LBP (1).
2. Symptoms experienced if mismatched with expectations can lead to huge consequence…. Looking at heart attack symptoms: The most common symptoms expected by patients with myocardial infarction were central chest pain (76%), radiating arm or shoulder pain (34%), and collapse (26%). The most common symptoms experienced were sweats or feeling feverish (78%), chest pain (64%), and arm, shoulder, or radiating pain (66%). A mismatch between symptoms experienced and those expected occurred in 58% of patients, and was associated with delay in reaching hospital (2). It is VERY important in this case to know appropriate symptoms and act accordingly!
3. Covering up a Problem Flat Out Does Not Work As A Long Term Solution!....While not as obviously urgent, other symptoms in the body are an indicator that something is going on. The analogy of the smoke alarm comes to mind when discussing symptoms.
If a smoke alarm were beeping, would you simply cut its power source or take the batteries out? A better solution is to find the source of the smoke and deal with it!
Another example is something we have discussed before in other blogs; the latest Guidelines recommend non-pharmacological (non drug) care as the first treatment option and reserves pharmacological care for patients for whom non-pharmacological care has not worked in Low back pain (3). Basically DO not use Surgery or Drugs as a first line effort for low back pain is the latest advice. Do not cover these things up whatever they are - do as much as you can to get to the cause!
If you have early health symptoms – get checked out AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!