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How Can You Tell When You're Really Ill?

Anyone who has battled with weight over the years, is often a little more cautious when feeling rundown. There are so many conditions you have to be wary of when you’re not slim and fit. This is one reason why I work so hard to push myself to improve my health and fitness. I don’t want to get sick, and I don’t want to feel like I can’t do the things I want to do.

Let’s face it, we all get run down or feel poorly once in awhile. Coughs and colds are certainly the worst offenders in my house. However, there are times when you might feel like you just can’t shift that tickle, or maybe that pain in your sinus has been there a little too long. And how long is flu supposed to last for anyway? It’s so difficult to know when there is a more serious problem going on.


Very high temperatures shouldn’t be ignored, especially in kids. The higher your temperature, the less likely you’re going to be thinking straight about what action to take next. Often, paracetamol can help bring it down. Drink plenty of water when your temperature is high, but head to the doctor if it won’t come down. It could be a symptom of an infection, especially if you’ve had an injury or illness lately.

Generally speaking, I will head to my doctor if I can’t do what needs to be done. When I’m feeling so terrible that I can’t even heat up some soup, I know that I should get checked out. But I am also very aware that some serious illnesses might not affect you like that. For example, COPD symptoms are much like any cough you might get that sits on your chest.

Another reason for getting in touch with your doctor is if you have a cough that just won’t quit. Any cough that’s still there after two weeks needs to be checked out, I think. If you’ve tried cough remedies and nothing has eased it, then it could be the first sign that there are problems. And so what if it’s nothing? You’ve at least had that assurance not to worry anymore, and you can get on with life again.

Feeling tired is a pretty common thing for all of us. If you’ve got kids, chances are you’re feeling tired all the time! But if you feel more tired than usual, and you just can’t perk yourself back up, then it could be time to head to the doctor. Excessive tiredness could be a sign of a thyroid problem, sleep apnoea, or even diabetes. There are lots of causes, but only your doctor can help you get to the bottom of it.

Regular checkups seem to be a thing of the past for many people. We’re either too busy, or too worried about the expense of it all. But if your doctor is recommending tests and checks, it’s a good idea to have them. Identifying a problem early can give you the best chance of recovery after all. It’s so hard to tell if you’re ill at all sometimes.

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