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Serious Health Warning Signs That Are Easy to Miss

By Sara Butler

If you ask most people, then they probably think dangerous diseases broadcast their appearance loudly. In some scenarios, this is definitely true. Yet for many dangerous health conditions, there are a few signs and symptoms that may not be so obvious. Here are a few of the symptoms that, if experienced, you need to get checked out right away -- especially if they're persistent.

Clumsy Hands

Are you having problems with fine motor movements in your hands? Perhaps more difficulty buttoning up your shirt, writing, or tying your shoes than you had before? This can be an early sign of conditions that impact the nerves in your neck. If you notice these symptoms continue to get worse and are joined by things such as sensory loss, problems walking, or stiff legs, then it's vital to get to the doctor.

A Hoarse Voice

If you're experiencing hoarseness but have no reason why, such as recovering from a cold or allergies, then don't simply dismiss it. It might be a sign of something serious going on in your throat such as nodules or polyps. It might even be the result of a tumor, so it's better to be safe than sorry if you experience prolonged hoarseness for more than one month. Get it checked out.


Many people blame heartburn on something they've drunk or eaten, but there can be many causes for this condition. If you find you're taking antacids on a regular basis or you have heartburn that lasts for weeks, then it's time to get it checked out.


Experiencing inflammation in your extremities for no known reason is a big red flag. Chronic inflammation might be due to an allergy, but it can also be from cancer, heart disease, or autoimmune conditions, among other things. It's essential to figure out the root cause of any inflammation you're experiencing and to get help.

Loss of Balance

If you're suddenly having issues walking or keeping your balance, then get help. This can be the sign of a stroke, something that happens to an American every four minutes. Loss of balance along with loss of vision in one or both eyes, a drooping face, arm weakness, and slurred speech means you need to call emergency services and get to the hospital fast.

Your body lets you know when things are going right and when they're not. It's your job to listen and get help when you know something is wrong.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Long Beach, Calif.

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