5 Weird symptoms that may signal serious diseases

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Mar 23, 2017
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  • Discoloured strand of hair may be caused by malnutrition.
  • Pain in the heel can imply herniated disc.
  • Viral symptoms could mean the presence of Lyme disease.

Have you ever wondered what that debilitating ache in your arm could mean or had that streak of blue tinge on your nails during a cold winter morning and wondered what it possibly could be? 

More often than not, we tend to overlook these minor discomforts for occasional drifts from a normally functioning body. After all, what need is there to lose your mind being a hypochondriac?  There is but no harm in knowing what some weird signs may really mean. 

Dry mouth

Dry mouth

One of the first signs of dry mouth is thirst, but if it is marked by severity and combined with dry eyes, you could be in the first stage of Sjogren’s syndrome, which is an autoimmune disease that affects women aged above 40 years. In this disease, the body attacks those places that need moisture, such as eyes, mouth and sometimes, the skin and joints. 

Bleeding gums

Bleeding gums

Bleeding gums during brushing or when biting into food can be a sign of gingivitis. But, if a child has bleeding gums, it is unlikely for it to be because of gingivitis. Some causes of bleeding gums in children could be brushing too hard or leukemia, a type of cancer in which the white blood cells multiply out of control. Bleeding gums are usually the first signs of leukemia. 

Discoloured strand of hair

Change in the colour of hair

If a strand of hair is mysteriously discoloured and the cause for the same is stress or trauma, it may be because of malnutrition, especially a deficiency in iron or protein. Discoloured hair, however, can imply something more serious such as ulcerative colitis. This inflammatory disease is very painful and can lead to sores and ulcers in the lining of the colon and rectum. In most cases, the colon can be surgically removed.

Pain in the heel

Pain in the heel

Having a bad jog or walking weirdly for a day can cause pain in the heel. But, if the pain in like stabbing, it could be a sign of sciatica or herniated disc. The sciatica nerve runs from the lower part of the back all the way to the heels through the legs. If it is a herniated disc, you will feel a pinch by the disc. 

Flu symptoms

Viral symptoms with no diagnosis

Symptoms such as a headache, fatigue, muscle and joint pain and swollen lymph nodes usually present as flu. But, when there is no sign of influenza virus in your blood test, the conclusion usually will be that it was a bad test, but it may also indicate that you have Lyme disease. Lyme disease usually presents the same symptoms as flu along with a rash. If you can spot the rash or confirm that you have Lyme disease, you will be able to treat the condition before it advances.

Most of these weird symptoms are a result of the system breaking down unless of course, they do not keep occurring.

 

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