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Signs of organ damage that workers should be aware of

On Behalf of | Feb 19, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

Workplace injuries can be sudden accidents or impacts that display immediate external trauma. However, they also involve slow or subtle harm that is occurring below the surface.

For example, a person might be dealing with organ damage or failure that leads to lasting harm. Instead of quickly dismissing strange symptoms, employees should take note of the signs of organ damage to get appropriate medical attention.

Recurring digestive issues

The digestive system involves and closely connects to several vital organs, including the liver, pancreas and kidneys. These organs have a vital role in digesting food and eliminating waste from the body.

If a person suffers damage to any of these organs, it can lead to issues with digestion, such as bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation. In some cases, organ damage can also cause nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Therefore, persistent digestive issues could be a sign of underlying organ damage and require prompt medical attention.

Cognitive impairment or difficulty with concentration

Any trauma to the brain can cause a variety of cognitive symptoms, including difficulty with concentration, memory loss, confusion or disorientation. Moreover, some medical conditions that affect other organs, such as liver disease, kidney failure or diabetes, can also trigger cognitive impairment by causing a buildup of toxins in the bloodstream that harm brain function.

Chills or a fever

Chills or a fever could be signs of organ damage because they are symptoms of inflammation, which is a natural response of the body to injury or infection. Inflammation is the body’s way of protecting itself by sending white blood cells to the affected area to fight off bacteria, viruses or other harmful agents.

However, severe or prolonged inflammation can damage the affected organ and cause further health problems. Consequently, constant chills or a fever that lasts for more than a few days are not symptoms to ignore.

Organ damage is serious and can change the course of a person’s life. Any of the preceding signs provide ample reason to get medical attention and ensure that a more serious issue does not lie below the surface.