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5 Common Symptoms And Their Potential Causes

There are so many common symptoms and health issues experienced by millions of people annually there is certainly not enough room here to list them. So, we will only focus on a few here today. Some of these symptoms can be somewhat elusive and frustrating. This is especially true if you don’t know what’s causing them. First, before we get into today’s topic, if you are experiencing troubling symptoms, consult your physician or healthcare team. Second, know that this post is strictly informational and is not meant to replace the advice of your doctor. Your health is your responsibility. Do your own research and make informed decisions. Now that I got that out of the way, here are some common symptoms and their potential causes.

Wrist and Arm Pain 

Wrist/arm pain is highly common, especially for those who use the small muscles in this area frequently. Jobs that require constant typing or repetitive actions like factory work can be problematic, causing pain, stiffness, numbness, and even limited motion. The technical name for tone culprit is Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). Just to let you know just how common it is, RSI is now the most common reason for personal injury claims in the US. Fortunately, RSI can be minimized and even avoided by taking certain precautions like frequent breaks, stretching, and using ergonomic furniture. If your pain seems to be coming from something other than RSI, do let your doctor know as soon as possible.


Though there is an extensive list of reasons why someone might have painful headaches or migraines, it’s possible that they are tension-related and triggered by exhaustion, overwork, and stress. This type of headache feels as though there is an elastic band around your head, squeezing it like a vice. Though there are medical treatments for some types of frequent headaches, it could help to simply rest and find effective ways to deal with stress.

Be aware that if a headache comes on suddenly and doesn’t go away or gets progressively worse, it can be a sign of a far more serious issue that needs prompt medical attention. As such, don’t ignore anything that seems different or worse than normal.


Frequent bouts of dizziness should not be ignored and could be a sign of a serious health problem. However, if you just get dizzy or off-balance when you stand up, it could be that you changed positions too quickly, not giving your body a chance to adjust the blood flow to your brain. There are certainly other causes that are not life-threatening, as well as ones that are. It’s best to keep track of any suspicious symptoms and when they happen. That way you can get a clue as to what might be causing them.

Believe it or not, there is a select part of the population that can experience light-headedness and even vertigo from being exposed to high electromagnetic fields or EMFs. Consider that these energy fields are all around us, emanating from electrical outlets, devices, cell towers, and other mechanical equipment. Sensitive people can experience more adverse symptoms from these everyday things.

Fortunately, there are some ways to protect yourself from EMFs. For instance, it’s best to turn off all electronic devices while not in use. This includes not using your cell for an alarm clock, so you can turn it off at night. EMF protection necklaces have become popular because they are convenient and have shown evidence to deter this type of potentially harmful energy. The most important thing they are said to do is mitigate the impact that EMF energy has on the body. You can also sleep on a grounded bed and go outside and walk barefoot in the grass to combat negative EMFs.


I’m sure we’ve all heard that it’s important to get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night consistently for optimal health. And though this isn’t always possible, the effort to get better quality sleep does make a difference. That said, if you do believe you are sleeping an adequate amount of time but still feel fatigued, there could be another cause. Something called sleep apnea is known to cause daytime sleepiness or fatigue.

Obstructive sleep apnea affects the soft tissues in the throat, causing them to temporarily relax during sleep. When these muscles don’t stay contracted, the airway shrinks or closes completely. In turn, airflow gets blocked, interrupting normal breathing patterns. The problem with sleep apnea is that it can go undiagnosed for a long period of time unless someone notices the interruption in breathing. Because it can be dangerous and even life-threatening, it’s imperative to consult your doctor about sleep disturbances, excessive snoring, or continual fatigue.

Frequent Illnesses

If you seem to suffer from illnesses more than the average person, you may have a struggling immune system. Even basic illnesses like the flu and common colds could impact you more regularly than the typical individual if your immune system is compromised or weak. And, yes, there is a whole slew of reasons your immune system could become weakened. Some of which include certain medications like steroids, chemotherapy, and NSAIDs. Additionally, a diet consisting of mostly processed foods, sugar, alcohol, caffeine, and unhealthful fats can wreak havoc on all body systems. Do also consider that vitamin and mineral deficiencies can play a role in immune system malfunction.

Overall, minor, occasional symptoms usually don’t cause long-term damage or problems, but they could be signs that something isn’t quite working right. Therefore, it’s important to always pay attention to what your body is telling you. Also, remember that even though you might figure out what is causing your symptoms, you can always dig deeper for core imbalances and problems. For example, if you do find that stress is triggering headaches, ask yourself why are you so stressed, and why can’t your body find balance in stressful situations. Remember to trust that your body knows what it’s doing and will let you know that attention is needed.

**** This post is strictly informational and is not meant to replace the advice of your healthcare provider. Women’s lifelink, its owners, administrators, contributors, affiliates, vendors, authors, and editors do not claim that this information will diagnose, treat, or improve any condition or disease.



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Madeline is a mid-west mom of three who spends most of her time refilling ice trays and changing toilet paper...just kidding. She is a high school guidance counselor, all around funny gal, and a writer. Her first book, Be Happy Already!", is in the works.

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