Therapist answers the most pressing health questions. Check if you have dangerous symptoms.
You need to enter the new year without debts and illnesses. Check your health with a therapist and treat all chronic diseases. Endocrine pathologies are especially often hidden behind a variety of symptoms. A consultation with our doctor will help you check your health.
“What can cause a rapid heart rate? Sometimes I can’t even sleep because of it. ECG is normal.” Olga, by e‑mail
The reasons may vary depending on gender, age, constitution. In women under 45, the main causes of palpitations (if there is no heart pathology) are disorders of the autonomic nervous system (neurosis, neurosis-like conditions), thyroid disease, dysfunction of the gynecological profile, pathology of the thoracic spine. After 45 years, this may be due to the beginning of the preparation of the body for the period of menopause. At an older age, a rapid heartbeat can be explained by the formation of atherosclerotic changes in the coronary vessels, against which the blood supply to the cardiac system worsens.
Sudden weight loss
“I lost a lot of weight with a normal lifestyle. Is this a reason to get checked for oncology or could there be other reasons? Vika, by e‑mail
If you find such a symptom, you should immediately contact a therapist or endocrinologist. Specialists will prescribe the necessary examinations and tests. Without them, it is impossible to say for sure what exactly caused the weight loss. Sometimes this symptom can actually be a sign of cancer. But do not forget that there are many diseases that can lead to such conditions. These are pathologies of the gastrointestinal tract, and endocrine disorders, chronic infections, kidney diseases, autoimmune diseases.
“A sore has formed on the gum. It does not heal for a long time and causes discomfort. How to get rid of it? Mila, by e‑mail
Try rinsing with antiseptic solutions (such as chlorhexidine) or applying wound-healing, astringent medicinal ointments or gels to the wound. If within 5 days there is no positive dynamics, contact your dentist, therapist and otorhinolaryngologist. It is necessary to exclude the source of chronic infection of the oral cavity (caries), as well as pathologies of the gastrointestinal tract, allergies to food products (including dyes, preservatives), exacerbation of chronic infections of the upper respiratory tract and other disorders.
“I have high anxiety. Every day I expect something bad to happen. I understand that there is no reason, but I can not pull myself together. Does this situation require a visit to a doctor? Marina, by e‑mail
Of course, you need to contact a therapist or a neurologist. This form of anxiety disorder could be caused by exhaustion of the nervous system, non-compliance with the regime of work and rest, and impaired adaptation to daily stressful situations. Other possible causes include thyroid disorders (such as hyperfunction), elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and deficiencies in B vitamins and magnesium.