We conclude the series on medical warning signs that you should not ignore. There were six listed on the WebMD article, and we are now bringing you the final two symptoms to watch out for.
Asthma symptoms that don’t improve or get worse.
People who have lived with asthma all their lives will certainly find asthma attacks a dime a dozen; they are simply so used to it by now. But WebMD says watch out for asthma attacks that either do not improve or gets even worse. Whether you are used to asthma attacks or not, it is certainly time to seek immediate medical attention – meaning call 911 and get to the ER, stat.
If asthma is left on its own, it can cause severe chest muscle fatigue that can even lead to death, something that we actually have a personal experience with. A 16 year-old chronic asthma patient from a couple blocks down our street had an attack that was left unchecked until the wee hours of the morning; they simply were not able to get to the ER fast enough, and the young girl unfortunately passed away.
During an asthma attack, a patient will have difficulty breathing. The muscles for breathing will eventually tire and there will be a decrease in the volume of air exchanged by the lungs. The end result of this is a decrease in oxygen and increase in carbon dioxide levels. When you notice an attack or if it happens to someone you are with, monitor it; if it doesn’t get better after several hours, ask for medical help immediately.
Depression and suicidal thoughts.
The last symptom may make some people’s eyebrows rise, but it certainly is something that should not be ignored. Severe feelings of anxiety, sadness and fatigue can lead to the ultimate preventable tragedy in someone’s life: suicide. We are fortunate enough to live at a time when such a condition has been given due medical attention and credence, so we should, in turn, do what is necessary to address it should it happen to us or to someone we care about.
In closing, we leave readers with this reminder — do not be afraid to speak up. Complaining about chest pain or fatigue does not have to be associated with being whiny. If your body is trying to tell you something, you should by all means heed it. Remember, your body – and by extension, your health – is the only one you’ve got; it is only right that you take care of it, no matter what it takes!