There's still a culture in the British workplace that sick leave should only be taken if you can't get out of bed. In the UK, we also have to contend with the NHS and overworked GPs that often look for the quickest answer to your symptoms. For these reasons, it's really important that you take advice from the web when you're feeling unwell and that you take the necessary rest to recover. Some times what appears to be a minor cold or a touch of hayfever can be something a lot more serious so let's take a look at some of the common symptoms that can be your body's way of telling you there's something seriously wrong.
Chest pains can be a sign of something easily solved like acid reflux but they might also be a symptom of a heart attack. If you have chest pain that radiates in the arms or your jaw, you might be experiencing the early signs of a heart attack, or myocardial infarction as your doctor would label it. If you experience this, call 999 or get yourself to the hospital. Anyone over 50 years old or those with diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol are particularly susceptible to heart attacks.
We think of red eyes suggesting tiredness. It's so well associated with fatigue that we have the term "red-eye flight" to describe overnight trips. Red eyes develop when the eyes become dry. This happens due to a lack of sleep, an unusual amount of strain on a person or irritants in the eyes. If one turns red and the other doesn't, you should see your GP. That's especially true if it comes on suddenly and if it's also very sore. If you have these symptoms, you might have developed acute closed-angle glaucoma, which can lead to blindness.
We all get headaches. Most are caused by tiredness or dehydration or a combination of both. Some people get migraines which are can be debilitating and often make the sufferer lie down in a darkened room. If your headache comes on all of a sudden and it gives you a blinding pain, do and see your local doctor. If you're experiencing the worst headache you've ever had, don't lie down and rest. Go and see your GP as you might have a bleed in your brain. Bleeding damages brain cells so the sooner it's treated, the better.