Symptoms of Serious Health Conditions (cont.)

For more, please visit the Digestive Health Center.

Symptoms of bladder problems
Symptoms of skin problems
  • changes in skin moles; moles that are no longer round or that turn blacker
  • frequent flushing and redness of face and neck
  • jaundice (skin and whites of eyes turn yellow)
  • painful, crusty, scaling, or oozing skin lesions that don't go away or heal
  • sensitivity to the sun
  • small lump on skin that is smooth, shiny, and waxy (red or reddish-brown)

For more, please visit the Skin Center.

Symptoms of muscle or joint problems
  • muscle pains and body aches that are persistent, or that come and go often
  • numbness, tingling (pins and needles sensation) or discomfort in hands, feet, or limbs
  • pain, stiffness, swelling, or redness in or around joints
Symptoms of emotional problems

Note: These symptoms can have a physical cause and are usually treatable.

  • anxiety and constant worry
  • depression: feeling empty, sad all the time, or worthless
  • extreme fatigue, even when rested
  • extreme tension that can't be explained
  • flashbacks and nightmares about traumatic events
  • no interest in getting out of bed or doing regular activities, including eating or sex
  • thoughts about suicide and death
  • seeing or hearing things that aren't there (hallucinations)
  • seeing things differently from what they are (delusions)
  • "baby blues" that haven't gone away two weeks after giving birth and seem to get worse over time
  • thoughts about harming yourself or your baby after giving birth

For more, please visit the Mental Health Center.

Symptoms of headache problems

Note: This does not include everyday tension headaches.

  • headaches between the eyes
  • headaches that come on suddenly
  • headaches that last longer than a couple of days
  • seeing lashing lights or zigzag lines and temporary vision loss before a headache starts
  • spreading pain in face that starts in one eye
  • severe pain on one or both sides of head with upset stomach, nausea, or vision problems

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Symptoms of eating or weight problems
  • extreme thirst or hunger
  • losing weight without trying
  • desire to binge on food excessively
  • desire to vomit on purpose
  • desire to starve (not eat at all)

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SOURCE: The National Women's Health Information Center (

Last Editorial Review: 8/15/2006