Alarming Signs That May Necessitate A Full Body Check Up

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(Last Updated On: October 16, 2017)

How many times has it happened that you felt a minor pain that you simply ignored? We all have been guilty of it! Brushed it off because you were too busy to consult a doctor, or you were just plain lazy to make an effort. And most of the time the pain did go away without turning into something critical. However, more often than not, your body might be pointing to signs of an underlying bigger issue. With that feeling that something is not just right, it’s a warning your body is giving that you should probably be rushing to your doctor.

Health check up

Read on to find alarming signs that should never be ignored no matter what and if found, it’s indeed time for a full body checkup. Though this may vary from individual to individual, we list below some of the most common ones.

Severe Head Pain

These headaches, as innocent as they may seem, if start occurring frequently, may be a cause of concern. Headaches can signal anything from a migraine to a brain aneurysm1 or even a tumour. Where migraines can be treated with simple medications, complex conditions may require specialist attention. Getting a full body check-up done, will give you a clear picture as to what exactly is the problem.

Abdominal Discomfort 

Bloating and gassy stomach come easy with all the junk food available at your hand’s reach. A stomach ache may be short lived and is often not serious, but are you moving around constantly bloated? This discomfort in your belly or lower part of the abdomen can be anything from appendicitis, kidney stones, stomach ulcer2 or infection of the stomach or bowel. In such cases, a full body check up will help you determine the exact cause of your discomfort. The tests included will check for your bowel movements and other abdominal conditions and help your physician take necessary action.

Chest Pain

Pain in the chest may not always be indicative of heart attack. Infact, it could also be caused due to problems in the lungs, esophagus, muscles or ribs. A squeezing sensation in the chest could also be indicative of conditions such as gallstones, hernia, pepetic ulcer or. Except for momentary anxiety, all the other conditions require immediate attention and treatment. Getting a full body checkup done will help you get to the root of the problem.

Weight Loss

Now you would be shocked to see this here, but it’s true. If you have been burning yourself out at the gym, then very likely you may have earned the weight loss. Now if this achievement came without any efforts on your part, then it is a cause for concern. Unexplained weight loss and excess fatigue are often indicators of progressive illness. It may also be a by-product of viral or parasite infection, an overactive thyroid, TB, Crohn’s disease or Type-1 diabetes. A full body check-up will be your best bet to know if you need to address specific areas of your life or is it enough to eat right and take enough fluids.

Now that you have read them, make sure never to ignore these signs.

Essential Check ups

-> Dental checkup: Visit your dentist every year for an examination and cleaning

-> Eye examination: If you have issues with your vision, make it a point to get your eyes examined every 2 years

-> Blood pressure levels: For healthy individuals, get your blood pressure checked every 2 years. If it is 120-139/80-89 Hg or higher, get it checked every year. You can also check it at home, whenever you want, with electronic BP measuring machines.

-> Cholesterol3 Men over the age of 34 years should be checked every 5 years. If you are suffering from diabetes, cholesterol testing should start much early, once you are in your twenties

-> For women, pelvic examination and pap smear are recommended

-> Consult your doctor for all necessary immunizations and vaccines, as well.

If you are looking for quality diagnostic tests at the comfort of your home, get in touch with Portea.




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Dr Rahul has Masters in Maxillofacial Surgery with an overall experience of six years. Since the last 2 years, he is working in the Medical operations team of Portea. An Alumni of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health and Science, he has previously worked with Nationwide- The Family Doctors while as their Chief Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon and Implantologist. He has a special interest in Facial Trauma Surgery, Dental Implantology and Facial aesthetic surgery. It is not only medicine that fascinates Rahul. He is a die-hard sports enthusiast with a strong passion for Football, Basketball, and Cricket and occasionally strums the guitar, too.


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