It’s easy to disregard your body’s minor aches. We’ve all had a twinge of pain we’ve managed to get over, and a cold doesn’t usually warrant a doctor. This doesn’t mean you should overlook your symptoms, however. Many minor signs could actually signal a serious health issue. Do you frequently feel cold? One serious condition may be the culprit (on page 10).
1. Eye discomfort that won’t go away
Sign of: a detached or torn retina
You can recognize a condition like pink eye fairly easily, but pain that’s invisible to the naked eye is tougher to acknowledge. Don’t ignore specks or flashes of light in your eyes — it could be a sign of a detached or torn retina. When the light-sensitive layer of your eye tears or pulls away, you can go blind, according to the National Eye Institute. See an eye doctor ASAP.
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