Inflammation inside the body is a common occurrence that leads to you feeling uncomfortable without understanding why. It is serious, however because it is also the precursor to almost all disease. There are numerous signs of body inflammation, but you may not recognize the symptoms. Most people mistake signs of inflammation as just a normal part of your life or the natural aging process.
It is important to recognize the different signs of inflammation and put and minimize it so that it does not lead to further health problems. If you’ve been feeling less than great, your body may be inflamed. Below are 9 common signs that your body is inflamed.
1. Chronic Debilitating Fatigue
One of the most disturbing signs of inflammation in your body is chronic fatigue because it makes it difficult to work, take care of a family or attend school on a daily basis. It makes everything you do seem more difficult and less enjoyable. While everyone has occasional tiredness due to an illness or poor sleeping habits, the fatigue from inflammation is chronic, debilitating and difficult to deal with.
2. Frequent Digestive Issues
The signs of inflammation caused by digestive problems are common and include frequent gas, irregular bowels, constipation, bloating, nausea and even vomiting or diarrhea. Digestive problems are a serious red flag when it comes to inflammation in the body and should not be ignored or deemed “normal.”
3. Painful Joint Pain and Stiffness
Stiffness and pain in the joints is another sign of inflammation and is often chronic. If you are experiencing chronic joint pain and stiffness, it is wise to have it evaluated by a functional medicine physician.
4. Food Intolerances
Intolerances to a food is very common and leads to body inflammation. Many people experience inflammation as a result of consuming dairy or gluten, but eggs, corn, other grains, nightshades, soy and sugar are also highly inflammatory. Fortunately, the fix for this is very easy – you simply eliminate the foods (an elimination diet) all at once and see if you feel better.
5. Uncomfortable Skin Issues
If you have a chronic skin condition such as eczema, psoriasis, chronic dry skin, acne or unexplained rashes, this can be a sign of bodily inflammation.
6. Chronic Colds and Respiratory Infections
You might wonder why you get numerous colds or respiratory infections each year, while others do not. If your body is inflamed, your immune system is also likely weakened and you are more susceptible to infection.
7. Bloating and Swelling
Bloating and swelling not only in your tummy but in other areas of your body can be a sign of inflammation. If you feel hot, red, or just a bit more swollen for no reason, this could be a sign that your body is inflamed.
8. Having an Autoimmune Condition
There are several serious autoimmune conditions that make life difficult. If you have an autoimmune condition, no doubt you have underlying bodily inflammation that needs to be addressed. The two go hand-in-hand.
9. Year-Round or Seasonal Allergies
Seasonal or year-round allergies can make you feel miserable with a runny or congested nose, itchy or water eyes or a dry and sore throat. More and more research is being conducted linking allergies to body inflammation and leaky gut.
Note that there are many other signs of inflammation including:
- brain fog
- odd or unexplained symptoms
Visit a Functional Medicine Physician to Find a Cause and Remedy for Inflammation
If you have any of these symptoms or cannot determine the cause of your symptoms, then it is time to schedule an appointment with a functional medicine physician. A physician that looks at the whole system can conduct a physical examination and laboratory tests to help you find the causes of your symptoms and whether you have inflammation inside your body.