It is common in Nigeria to use “faith” or aboniki for basically everything that ails you. Someone may have said to you when you were a kid to go slap some dirt on a cut or a bruise. One you got usually as a result of playing street football or horsing around. The Nigerian culture is not one of visiting the hospital to have every little health issue checked out.
This has birthed another dangerous culture – that of ignoring important health warning signs. The thing is, most chronic health conditions do not pop up like a jack-in-a-box and say how do you do? They develop over time. And with many of these life-threatening conditions, early detection might save your life.
Of course, many will always come up with excuses for ignoring their health issues. No time, hospitals are expensive, too much traffic, there is nothing a doctor can tell me that I don’t know. Many are also in denial. They know something is wrong, but they will ignore it until it cannot be anymore. The excuses we can come up with are endless. They might seem like good reasons at first, but you are only allowing little health issues to become major ones.
Health warning signs that you should look out for
So, now you know that you should not ignore it when your body is telling you to look under the hood. But what are these signs that you are to look out for?
- Wounds that do not heal at all or on time.
- Weakness or dizziness that happens suddenly.
- Numbness and tingling especially if it’s on one part of the body.
- Loss of coordination or balance.
- Excessive sweating.
- Shortness of breath.
- Fatigue and general lethargy.
- Difficulty in swallowing or speaking.
- Swelling on any part of the body even when you don’t have injuries.
This list is not by any means an exhaustive one. But the list contains some major precursors that you should watch out for. As a rule, you should have a full body checkup done at least once every 6 months, especially if you are advancing in age.
Besides this occasional checkup, if you are showing any of the signs above, get it checked out immediately. Do not let the fear of the unknown make you ignore something that might have a huge impact on your health.