Today, fresh air is becoming a rare resource, meaning that, more than ever, we have to pay attention to our lungs and the signs they give us when something is not okay. It turns out that some of these signs are pretty easy to dismiss, but if you pay attention, they might save your life.
Here at BrightSide we’ve compiled a few symptoms that might indicate you need to take a deep breath of fresh air and a bonus at the end telling you what you can do to get healthy lungs.
1. Back and shoulder pain
Although it’s listed as a rare symptom, back, shoulder, or even chest pain can indicate the beginning of lung cancer that, if detected in the early stages, is very likely treatable. If this pain is stronger and lasts longer than the usual back pain, or if you experience it often, going to the doctor might be a good idea.
A cough can be indicative of something simple, like a common cold, but it can also be a symptom of chronic diseases, hence the importance of knowing how to distinguish different types of coughs. Acute and sub-acute coughs might be signs of lung cancer, especially if combined with other symptoms like coughing up blood.