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

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Your feet are swollen.

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Swollen feet might be due to spending too much time standing up, but the problem could also be deeper than that. It could be a sign of some very serious health problems, including heart failure, liver disease, or kidney disease—all of which can cause fluid to build up, leading your feet, legs, and/or other parts of your body get puffy, according to Harvard Medical School.

You’re dealing with erectile dysfunction.

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You may assume that you’re experiencing erectile dysfunction due to your stress levels or age, but according to Harvard Medical School, it’s also a warning sign of heart disease. If your heart isn’t healthy, it’s not going to be able to properly pump enough blood for an erection.

You’re experiencing numbness.

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If you’re noticing numbness or weakness in one or more of your limbs, it could be a sign of multiple sclerosis, a disease that affects your brain and spinal cord. According to the Mayo Clinic, the cause of the disease is unknown, but it can occur at any age and doesn’t currently have a cure.

You’re always itchy.

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Are you always scratching an itchy spot? Don’t just chalk it up to dry skin. According to UnityPoint Health, it could be due to kidney failure, which causes a buildup of waste in your blood that can lead to severe itching. Because 26 million people in the U.S. currently have undiagnosed kidney disease, it’s important to get any small change checked out.

You have hemorrhoids.

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If you’re experiencing hemorrhoids—which are swollen veins in or around the rectum that bleed, swell, itch, and cause general discomfort—it could be due to anything from a low-fiber diet to pushing too hard during bowel movements. But there are other more serious causes to be aware of, too. According to IBD Clinic, hemorrhoids—as well as skin tags and tears in the lining at the end of your rectum—are a symptom of Crohn’s disease, which is an inflammatory bowel disease.

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