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Unfortunately there are some illnesses that present no symptoms until it is too late. These diseases will creep up on you and are pretty easy to miss at first glance. This is not to scare you, but it’ll be helpful if you are aware of these diseases just in case they happen to you or someone you love. If you take the right steps, you will be one step ahead of the illness, thereby being able to get medical help early on.
Here are three of those illnesses and how to look out for them before any of them take you by surprise.
Aside from Lyme disease co-infections, Lyme disease will sometimes not show any symptoms. This disease is caused by something as simple as a tick bite which makes it even scarier because you might not know you were even infected. This happened to a cousin of mine and did damage to some of her organs before they finally figured out it was lyme disease(check out this list of nonrecommended tests for lyme disease). She even had a couple false negative tests. The symptoms occur in stages, ranging from an initial rash to cardiac and neurological disorders. It can take from 3 up to 30 days before you even notice the rash. Because it imitates a lot of other illnesses, you can easily miss it. The disease causes more trouble than you can imagine and is gradually becoming an epidemic. You can safeguard yourself by using insect repellent to drive away ticks and cover-up anytime you’re in an insect prone area. Another preventive measure is to check yourself and those around you regularly for ticks and make sure to have a shower or bath after being out in the woods. For a full list of known symptoms, visit this CDC link.
This happens when the muscles in your throat automatically relax when you’re sleeping, thereby obstructing your breathing. Usually, your brain wakes you up to breathe normally, but you will not notice. The symptoms being prominent when you’re asleep is the main reason why it is hard to detect sleep apnea. I have two family members that have sleep apnea and must wear CPAP machines. It has helped both of them so much with feeling rested and what a big change that has made for their day to day lives. Some of the sleep apnea signs include loud snoring, and insomnia, with subtle ones being moodiness and morning headaches. The best way to take care of yourself is to go to the doctor with your symptoms, no matter how slight. You are more likely to experience sleep apnea if you smoke, drink, or are obese.
Glaucoma is alarmingly one of the leading causes of blindness in the US with zero to very few symptoms. It usually occurs when your optic nerve cannot send information to your brain. You lose some of your vision and then all of it if you don’t treat it appropriately. Experiencing pressure behind the eyes is one of the subtle symptoms, which not all people experience, and it is hard to tell if it’s getting worse. Other clues include tripping over steps and finding it difficult to see especially at night. The best decision you can make is to get ahead of the disease is to get your eyes screened as often as possible especially if you’re over 40. Glaucoma runs in my family and I know the importance for having a regular check is. Fortunately, there is medicine that my dad uses to decrease the pressure in his eyes. And a funny side effect is his eyelashes have thickened up quite a bit! LOL
One of the worst things to happen to you is to get ill without any warning. Most of the time, the symptoms from illnesses with no symptoms are very subtle so you don’t make much of the hardly noticable symptoms. However, it is advised that as soon as you notice something is wrong with your body that you see a doctor about it.
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