Heavy Periods, Headaches And Other Easy To Ignore Health Issues That Could Mean Something Is Seriously Wrong

April 2, 2015  |  
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We women are known for ignoring minor aches and pains in order to get on with our day. But these health issues that are often easy to ignore could mean that something’s seriously wrong.

These. Cramps. Are. Horrible.

Cramps so bad that they keep you from getting out of bed (and that sometimes come with nausea) could be a sign of endometriosis or even fibroid tumors. At the very least, a doctor will be able to prescribe you something for the pain.

Frequent Nightmares

Do nightmares wake you up at least once a week? Frequent nightmares are a common sign of a breathing problem like sleep apnea, which wakes you up because you’ve stopped breathing. A trip to the doctor could save your sleep and your life.

Chest Discomfort

Pain that makes you grab your chest like Fred Sanford is a well-known symptom of a heart attack in men. But what about pressure, fullness or minor discomfort in your chest? For women, those can all be signs of heart disease, which is the No. 1 killer of women.


Get migraines more than once a month? Recent studies have shown that frequent migraine sufferers are more susceptible to a heart attack or stroke — about 50 percent more susceptible. It could be time to talk to your doctor and figure out what’s going on.

Flashing Lights

It’s not just a song. Seeing flashes of light in your vision (when you’re not having a migraine) could be a sign of retinal detachment — especially if you have a family history of high blood pressure or diabetes. It’s time to see a doctor ASAP to avoid permanent vision loss.

Stabbing Pain In Your Abdomen

If you’re not ovulating, a stabbing pain in your abdomen can be a sign of any number of problems — and very few of them are good: a swollen pancreas, infected gallbladder, ulcer or intestinal blockage could be the culprit.

Calf Pain

Feel sore or have a swollen spot on your calf after a long flight? It’s easy to ignore, but it could be a sign of deep vein thrombosis: a blood clot in your leg that could break free and become fatal.

Pins And Needles

It could be more than just your leg falling asleep. That pins and needles feeling is a common sign of the nerve damage that can be the first sign of diabetes — an illness that goes undiagnosed in a quarter of sufferers. If you experience a great deal of uncomfortable tingling, it might be time for a check-up.

A Toothache

A toothache bad enough to wake you up in the middle of the night could mean that you have a dental emergency on your hands. You could have a tooth infection that may spread to your brain and become fatal if left untreated.


A little flatulence here and there never hurt anybody. But sudden gas and bloating that continues for weeks could be a sign of ovarian cancer.

Heavy Flow

If you soak through your feminine products once per hour for more than three hours or your period lasts for more than eight days in a row, that’s a very heavy flow. It could be a sign of a serious bleeding disorder like hemophilia or von Willebrand disease.

A Flow That’s Barely There

If you’re not an athlete in training or significantly underweight, a light or missing period could be a sign of a serious problem: cysts on your ovaries.

The Surprise Flow

Never know when your period is going to show up? A normal flow shows up once ever 28 days or so, and on a pretty consistent schedule. A period that’s all over the place could be a sign of undiagnosed diabetes or reproductive issues.

I Don’t Know What This Is

Have frequent aches and pains but can’t get your GP to pinpoint what’s going on? Frequent and unexplained aches and pains can be a sign of anxiety or depression. Spending a few sessions with a counselor may just be the best way to kiss those pains goodbye for good.

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