Is that sniffle more than just a cold? Is that niggling back pain more than just a muscle ache? We can all question those symptoms of everyday illnesses, can’t we? Wondering if we should be calling a doctor or just trying to make ourselves feel better at home. The thing is, we can hear so many stories portrayed in the media or from family and friends about different health stories where someone didn’t detect something early enough or vice versa. The truth be told, we will hear just as much positive stories about people finding out health problems just in time for a cure. But yet we don’t focus on those stories, do we? The saying goes it is better to be safe than sorry. But the question to ask yourself is whether or not you you rely on Doctor Google for advice, or whether you are more in tune with your body to know when something is more than just a standard illness. With that in mind, here are some of the ways to decide whether you over think your symptoms, or whether you are health conscious.
Can you still function throughout the day?
A big indicator of how well you are feeling is whether you can still function and concentrate throughout the day. More often than not with smaller issues such as the common cold or sickness, we can still carry on with our daily tasks. But if you find yourself struggling to concentrate or feeling like you can’t do anything then maybe that would be the ideal time to seek some additional advice. Often people know themselves well. So if you find that you have to stop physically and rest up, perhaps go to bed or genuinely can’t function, then advice from a doctor may be needed. However, in these circumstances it can be quite hard to get to your GP surgery, so you may want to consider alternative options. You can now get GP video appointments that can be hugely helpful. This can also be favourable for parents with small children who don’t want to have them sat in cold waiting rooms, or for elderly people who are less mobile but still need some advice and care.
Try and not use Google
Sometimes it’s so easy to type in how you are feeling into a Google search and looking at the worst case scenario. The problem with this is that although the worst case is still possible, there is only a small percentage of time it could turn out to be that. But naturally, we will focus more on the negative side of things than anything else. Instead, consider how you are feeling and try and make a judgement on that. Google is fantastic for some p[practical; advice, and if you are aware of what you are dealing with, such as a cold or common sickness big, you can find some great information to help alleviate some of the symptoms. Google can also be very informative for parents, especially when it is your first child and you are questioning everything. But a big piece of advice would be to look at a few different pages and websites to gain a better understanding, rather than just focusing on the negative. Again seeking advice from a doctor would be the best way to put your mind at ease. Rather than adding to your worry with a worst case scenario.
You know your own body
We have a much better idea than anyone else of how we are truly feeling. So take a moment to decipher this yourself. You know your own body, and what might be normal or not for it. If you don’t feel right at all and think it could be something much worse than a common illness then only you can decide if that is right or not. Trust your own gut instead of what other people might tell you. This is also especially important when it comes to how you react to an illness or feeling under the weather, whether it is physical or mental. If you can’t carry on when you normally would, it might be time for some extra advice and guidance. If you feel like an illness is just not going away with normal remedies and over the counter medication that would normally work, then it may be time for something that can be prescribed instead. We all know our own bodies, and we all know what we are capable of. The problem many of us face, especially as parents, is knowing when to listen to it. Often we can try and carry on when really our body is telling us to rest up to allow it to repair itself.
Try something at home first
More often than not something what you can buy in the pharmacy is more than enough to help you out with some of the most common symptoms of illness. This might be a tablet for a headache or an anti-sickness medication for sickness or something worse. Explaining your symptoms to a pharmacist may be the only medical intervention you really need. These days pharmacists are trained to give advice on some common illnesses, and any outbreaks of them in the local area. They can tell you when a doctor might need to intervene or if something you can buy might work for you.
When it comes to children, can you be too cautious?
Often when it comes to yourself you can trust your gut and own feelings, but when you are trying to make that decision on behalf of someone else who may not be able to communicate how they are feeling, then this can be the difficult part. With children, you can never be too cautious. Again you will know your own child, how they act, and you can make a judgement based on that. But you may also want to speak to your local doctors over the phone to express any concerns you might have with illnesses. Chances are they will always see the child to ensure that it is something not to worry about.
Let’s hope this helps you out in the future.