March 6, 2014 at 2:25 PM ET
Your body just doesn’t feel right. Should you ignore it or get it checked out?
"As a doctor, I really do trust what my patients tell me and what they feel. They know their bodies the best," says Dr. Roshini Raj, TODAY contributor and assistant professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center. "If you feel like something's just not right ... get it checked out."
Even if your doctor doesn’t figure out what’s wrong right away, if the symptoms persist, you should continue to seek help. Often it does turn out to be something that needs attention, she says.
What about just searching for your symptoms on the Internet to self-diagnose? Dr. Raj suggests using information from the Internet only in the context of a conversation with your doctor. She recommends websites that are affiliated with academic medical centers with credible credentials, such as Mayo Clinic or Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Raj shares with TODAY five of the most serious health conditions and symptoms you don’t want to ignore.
1. Heart disease:
4. High blood pressure: