Long-term Conditions

We often consult our GPs when symptoms have been present for some time, resulting in late diagnosis of potentially life threatening diseases, which if treated earlier could have been prevented or less severe.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should consult your GP. They may well not be a sign of anything serious but should be checked out!

10 symptoms you should never ignore

  1. Chest pain – if it’s ongoing see your GP – sudden onset, severe crushing central chest pain that doesn’t go away at rest could indicate a heart attack – you should call 999.Stethoscope
  2. Indigestion – if it persists for a few weeks and if associated with weight loss and lost of appetite.
  3. Poor urine flow – although common as you get older, it should be checked out.
  4. Abnormal changes e.g. Lumps or growths – particularly a lump in the testicle. Be familiar with your body and know what is normal for you.
  5. Skin changes – changes in size, shape, colour, to freckles or moles.
  6. Weight loss – particularly if lost over a few weeks or months when appetite is normal.
  7. Depression – can range from sleep disturbance, anxiety, poor appetite and low sex drive to feelings of self-harm or suicide.
  8. Bleeding from the back passage – although common and usually a result of piles, if it’s new for you, get it checked.
  9. A change in bowel habits – lasting for more than two weeks – go and see your GP.
  10. Persistent cough – lasting over a month, sooner if your coughing up blood, or accompanied by chest pain or breathlessness.