As a caregiver, you’ve probably become hyper-conscious about the person you are caring for. You can read mood swings, physical and mental changes quickly and fairly accurately. When something is wrong, you take action and get the help you need immediately.
What about your own health?
Caregivers assume they are the healthy one in the relationship. Nothing can happen to them; they have too much dependent on their actions every day. Which makes the situation ripe for problems.
Most aches and pains aren’t signs of something serious. But there are certain symptoms that you should have checked out immediately.
Weakness in Arms and Legs
If you feel a sudden weakness in your arm, leg, or face, especially if it’s on one side of your body, it can be a sign of a stroke. You may also notice a sudden imbalance, feel dizzy, or have trouble walking. Some also notice a sudden onset of a headache, have problems speaking, or feel confused. If a stroke is caught early and clot-buster drugs are used within 4 ½ hours of your first symptom, you can lower your risk of a long term disability. [Read more…]