It’s common to feel under the weather every now and then. Maybe you have a runny nose, an upset stomach, or a headache you just can’t shake. When you’re plagued with a common ailment, the best cure is to usually ride it out. But what happens if your upset stomach won’t calm down? Or you’re getting headaches more often than you should be? Certain health symptoms may not seem like a huge problem, but they’re actually your body dealing with something much bigger. If you’re experiencing any of these common symptoms more often than not, see your doctor immediately. You know your body best, so if something doesn’t seem right, get it checked out.
1Unexplained weight loss
The idea of losing a lot of weight without even trying may sound like a blessing, but in reality, a sudden drop in pounds can be dangerous. “Unexplained weight loss can be indicative of many things including ovarian cancer or an endocrine or autoimmune issue,” says Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH, FACOG, and director of perinatal services at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx. “Sudden weight loss can be serious, especially when it comes to ovarian cancer. That is known as the silent killer in women because symptoms don’t usually present until the disease has progressed really far so it’s best to get checked by your provider early.”