Deadly Symptom: Sudden and Increasing Pain in the Upper Right of Your Stomach
The Condition: Gallstones
The gallbladder is one of the body’s smallest organs. Located right below the liver, it collects bile, necessary for the digestion of fat, and releases it into the small intestine. When excess cholesterol is present in bile, stones can begin to form in the gallbladder – leading to excruciating pain, infection and other complications. Infection can spread to the liver or pancreas and can be deadly if left untreated. When infection occurs or, in more extreme cases, when the gallbladder bursts, surgery is necessary. Seek immediate help if you feel this pain, which can be accompanied by a fever. Click here to learn more about keeping your gallbladder healthy.
Deadly Symptom: Blurred, Shaded or Double Vision
The Condition: Diabetes
Aging can cause vision changes, but these symptoms are distinct. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in people ages 20 to 74. Uncontrolled blood sugar levels can damage all the blood vessels in the body, including those in the eye. Damaged vessels can not deliver blood to the eye. As new vessels begin to replace the damaged ones, they begin to crowd your field of vision, shading it like the branches of a tree. These new vessels can also hemorrhage. If you notice blurred, shaded or double vision, go to your doctor immediately. These symptoms are reversible and further damage is avoidable if you get your sugar levels under control.
Deadly Symptom: A Persistent Headache
The Condition: Cerebral Aneurysm
People who have had an aneurysm have described the pain as the “worst headache of their life.” An aneurysm is a ballooning of the blood vessel. If you feel an intense headache, it could mean that a blood vessel has ruptured, which is fatal 40% of the time. If you have high blood pressure, you are at increased risk for a cerebral aneurysm. If you are menopausal, the drop in estrogen is also a risk factor.
Seek help immediately if you feel this pain or any of these warning symptoms:
- Pain above or behind the eye
- Neck pain
- Numbness on one side of the face
Click here to learn more about the different kinds of pain caused by headaches, and the right and wrong way to treat them.