7 Signs Your Body’s Trying To Tell You Something
Do you have anything like a slight muscle twitch or a lip quiver that is triggered by the slightest annoyance? The body does many things that we have some trouble understanding. While these twitches and other things like restless leg syndrome might not be seen as serious, it could be our body’s way of communicating with us.
Jeake Duetsch, M.D., says “Most people know the major symptoms of something like a stroke or heart attack, but sometimes you get weird presentations of serious problems.”
That being said, here’s a list of warning signs from your body you may have ignored in the past:
1. Constant Coughing
We’ve all gotten a tickle in our throat at one time or another that caused a coughing fit, but some illnesses might cause lingering symptoms. After getting over a cold or the flu, people might have a lingering cough labeled post-bronchitis syndrome.
Treatment for the syndrome is pretty simple, according to Mitchell Gaynor, M.D., assistant clinical professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. “The cough responds to an inhaler, so you treat it like asthma until it resolves itself in a few months.”
Sounds easy enough if you’ve already got a rescue inhaler on standby.
2. You’re Always Cold
Sometimes we need a sweater when the temperature isn’t to our liking. If you’re like me, you might be reaching for a coat despite other people in the room complaining about the heat.
If you find yourself always throwing on your favorite warm coat, having your thyroid function tested might be a good idea. You might have an underactive thyroid. Other symptoms that might support his are a puffy face, weight gain, hair loss (head and body), and fatigue.
3. Brain Fog
Ever sit at your work station after a good night’s rest and suddenly have your mind go blank? If you’re having trouble keeping your head clear after a solid 8 hours, what you’re eating might be the problem.
If you’re a fan of sandwiches and spaghetti, you might want to cut back on the bread and pasta. Additionally, if you find white spots on your tongue, a diagnosis from a gastroenterologist can determine if you have celiac disease.
“There’s a huge gut-brain connection, and if gluten is causing inflammation in your gut, you’re malabsorbing nutrients and you’ve disturbed your gut’s microbiome,” says Gaynor. “You may not have any stomach upset except that you feel bloated sometimes.”
4. Taste Anything Odd?
People talk about situations leaving a bad taste in their mouth all the time, but at times that taste might be real. It can be metallic, different from the norm, or unpleasant. A persistent odd taste in your mouth might be caused by medicine or an overdose of vitamins.
According to Duetsch, if you aren’t already taking vitamins or pills “The taste could mean a more complicated problem with your sinuses or a tumor compressing nerves that help with your sense of smell and taste.”
5. Bleeding Gums
It is important for your own personal hygiene and to increase your chance of employment that you brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once. If your dental hygiene is consistent and your gums are still bleeding from both activities, it’s possible you may have gingivitis or periodontal disease.
Gaynor states, “Inflammation in the gums releases inflammatory mediators into the blood that can damage the lining of blood vessels, which allows plaque to build up.”
Head to a dentist as soon as possible if you have similar symptoms.
6. Chewing Ice is a Pastime
Not a lot of people do it, but those with access to ice every day love chewing on ice. It’s not entirely known why, but chewing on ice is a symptom of iron deficiency.
Experts hypothesize that we are after the stimulation we receive from crunching on the frozen H2O.
Iron deficiency is known to cause fatigue and Duetsch says, “People may crave the reaction they get from chewing ice – it wakes them up.”
7. Come-and-go Jaw Pain
We all experience jaw pain in some form, whether it’s from too much yawning or a bad tooth. But if you have intermittent pains at the sides of your jaw, you might be suffering a number of things.
Pain in the sides of the jaw is usually diagnosed as TMJ or temporal mandibular joint disorder. But diagnosing the pain as a stress-related issue might prevent the detection of Lyme disease.
“Lyme disease affects certain nerves that cause pain in the jaw,” states Gaynor. “In the old days before we knew about the connection, we treated it as TMJ.”