40 Subtle Signs Your Body Is Telling You Something’s Seriously Wrong

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You’re losing your sense of smell.

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Having a cold isn’t the only reason your sense of smell might start to vanish. Loss of smell—called hyposmia—is also an early sign of Parkinson’s disease, according to the Parkinson’s Foundation. Because many people go years before realizing the symptom is due to Parkinson’s, it’s always a good idea to bring anything up to your doctor as soon as you notice it.

You bruise super easily.

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If you find you’ve been bruising more easily than normal, bring it up to your doctor. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, it could be a symptom of liver failure, which occurs when a large portion of the organ is damaged due to a liver disorder.

You have inflamed gums.

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If your gums are inflamed, it’s worth bringing the problem up to your dentist and your doctor. According to Harvard Medical School, those who have gum disease have an increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

“Chronic levels of inflammation in the mouth have been linked to heart disease. The gum tissue is very vascular, and one theory is that the mouth is a portal into the bloodstream so bacteria can travel from the mouth to various other parts of the body, including blood vessels of the heart,” says Chern. “Another common theory is that the inflammatory cells present in the mouth set off a cascade of vascular damage throughout the body, leading to heart attack and stroke.”

You have stiff, inflamed joints.

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If you wake up every morning with inflamed, stiff joints, it could be a sign of arthritis, according to the Arthritis Foundation. In rheumatoid arthritis, the problem occurs due to the immune system attacking the lining of the joints.

You’re experiencing back pain.

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Most people think a heart attack makes itself known when the person suffering it grabs their chest in pain. But that’s just in the movies. In reality, the warning signs are actually very subtle. According to the American Heart Association, a heart attack could also present as pain or discomfort in your back, neck, jaw, stomach, or arms.

You commonly get canker sores.

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If you commonly get canker sores in your mouth, you could among the 25 percent of people who experience the symptom due to lupus, according to the Johns Hopkins Lupus Center. The inflammatory disease causes the body’s immune system to attack its own tissue, leading to everything from rashes to organ damage.

You’re tired all the time.

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If you’ve been experiencing extreme tiredness that comes on suddenly and drains you of all your energy, it could be due to fibromyalgia, a disorder that can also cause issues with your sleep, memory, and mood, according to the Mayo Clinic. It also presents in widespread pain all over your body.

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