- While inflammation is usually related to swollen joints or injury, some signs may also be signals that something is amiss in your system.
- Acute inflammation is a type of inflammation that helps the body heal while chronic inflammation does more harm than good.
- Some signs that your body is experiencing too much inflammation include irregular sleeping patterns, gut issues, and chronic aches.
Inflammation is usually associated with joint health or bodily injury. But not all inflammation is bad. Frequently experiencing inflammation may mean that something is off in your system. In fact, there are two kinds of inflammation: acute and chronic.
Acute inflammation is essential to our health because it helps us heal. If you twist your ankle or sprain your wrist, it becomes hot, red, and swollen. These signs are how the body responds to help heal the injury, which eventually disappears once the injury is healed.
Chronic inflammation, however, does more harm than good. If left untreated, it can trigger an avalanche of symptoms that can negatively affect your health.
Here are 9 signs you may be suffering from too much inflammation.
1. Extreme tiredness
There’s a good chance that you have inflammation in your body if you’re falling short of or exceeding the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep per night. Such irregular sleep patterns cause the cells in your body responding to it with inappropriate inflammation.
Let your doctor know if you feel tired all the time. There may be an underlying condition that needs to be corrected.
2. Chronic aches and pains
Experiencing pain on a regular basis is an indicator of having excess inflammation. If there is pain at the end of your range of motion, go see your doctor because this pain isn’t something you should be dealing with.
3. Digestive issues
Chronic inflammation also happens in the gut. Don’t ignore frequent bouts of diarrhea or gassiness because these can be a sign of a food allergy, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease, or other issues that contribute to gut inflammation.
Consult your doctor. A series of tests may be required before your doctor gives a diagnosis, but it’s worth your while.
4. Swollen lymph nodes
Your lymph nodes, which are located in your neck, under the armpits, and near the groin, can swell up if there’s something wrong with your immune system. This is also your body’s way of combating infection.
However, if your lymph nodes are always inflamed, see your doctor. It could be a sign of a chronic illness.
5. Frequent nasal congestion
Having inflamed nasal cavities is one way of the body letting you know that something is amiss. While these may appear like simply having cold-like issues from seasonal allergies, inflammation is actually the body’s way of fighting off something foreign and protecting itself.
6. Your skin flares up
Sometimes, internal inflammation can show up externally. If you experience acne breakouts, rashes, dry skin, or eczema, don’t brush it off. You may be having internal inflammation. See your doctor if your conditions are chronic.
7. Brain fog
If you experience forgetfulness more often than usual or have trouble focusing, it is because inflammation can affect you mentally.
One great way to start lowering inflammation in the body is by modifying your lifestyle. Making healthier food choices is one inexpensive change you can do. Skip the fast foods and stick to more nutritious foods. See if your inflammation symptoms improve.
Studies have shown that gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which was thought to be more associated stomach acids travelling up the esophagus, may actually be more related to inflammation. The pain and damage to the esophagus may be due to the body’s inflammatory response.
9. Frequent headaches
While the exact causes of migraines and headaches are unknown, they could be affected by a type of brain inflammation called neurogenic inflammation. You may need a neurological exam to rule out any underlying disease.
Migraines and severe or frequent headaches can also be triggered by stress, tobacco, and alcohol. Regular activity, as well as relaxation measures, can lower chronic stress, which in turn can ease chronic inflammation.
Source: The Apprentice Doctor