Diabetes

5 Weird Health Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

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Every now and again, you end up with symptoms so weird you think they couldn’t be related to anything other than your vivid imagination. But certain conditions can result in the strangest symptoms. Here are some examples of weird symptoms that could be a sign of something you should have checked out.

Itchy Ears

It’s normal to have the occasional itch in your ear. But if the itching is intense or chronic, it’s time to dig a little deeper to root out the possible cause. According to medical experts, itchy ears combined with other symptoms such as fatigue and headaches could indicate an overgrowth of yeast in the body, which can possibly lead to other problems, such as joint trouble or digestive disorders.

Sparkles and Light Flashes in Field of Vision

Almost everyone sees what are called floaters in the vision at least some of the time. But if you are seeing sparkles or flashes of light, it could be a sign of something else. One of the symptoms of pre-diabetes is seeing sparkles in the field of vision, even if they only last for a few minutes and then go away. Don’t ignore this telltale sign that could mean something more serious is going on.

Bite is Off

It’s weird to think that your teeth don’t fit together the way they used to. But if you notice that your bite is changed from what it’s been your entire life, you should speak to your doctor about it. Those with diabetes can tell you that shifting teeth is one of the common signs of this disease. Your dentist can help with the teeth issue, but a visit to your physician may be necessary to find the underlying cause.

Gray Hair

Though it hasn’t been proven that a person can actually go gray overnight, you may feel like that’s what’s happening to you. If you are finding more than your fair share of gray hair, you could be suffering from a vitamin B12 deficiency. Before you automatically assume that there’s no way you could be vitamin deficient, consider that this is most common in wealthier nations than in poorer ones. This may be due to our Western diet, or our drinking. Heavy alcohol consumption can lead to your body not being able to absorb vitamins from food, including B12. This deficiency can lead to all kinds of weird stuff happening, like gray hair, so—insurance or not—get a test done to determine if you need a B12 supplement. The test is fast, cheap and valuable.

Temporary Blindness

If you loudly announce that you have gone blind, and then in the next instant say you’re okay, you can see, your friends may call the men in white coats to escort you out the door. But temporary blindness is a real thing, with real consequences. Basically, if you experience temporary blindness in one or both eyes, even for a second or two, it’s probably a sign that the blood flow was restricted from your eye. The reason can stem from a variety of conditions, including imminent stroke. This is a medical emergency called episodic blindness that should be treated immediately. Don’t even wait for it to happen again. Go straight to the doctor.

As women, we tend to be embarrassed about weird symptoms or shrug them off as non-life threatening. But we shouldn’t. If you have any of the symptoms above, or anything else strange happening to you, consult with your doctor until you and she have figured out the probable cause.