When you think of workplace injuries, you might typically picture visible wounds like cuts or bruises. However, not all injuries are easy to see.
In fact, some of the most serious damage can lie underneath the surface and not present until days or weeks later, including organ damage or failure. For that reason, you should be aware of the common signs of organ damage.
Weakness and sudden fatigue
One of the first signs of organ damage may be weakness throughout the body. This can present as fatigue or as persistent feelings of faintness. If you notice that you are now struggling to get through the day or have trouble lifting things that used to be easy for you, you could be experiencing organ damage.
Loss of appetite
Another sign of organ damage is a loss of appetite. This can be due to a variety of factors, including damage to the liver, kidney or digestive organs.
Remember that organ damage does not have to come from a traumatic blow. For example, one study discovered that 15% of laborers who worked frequently in hazardous heat experienced kidney damage. When you sense an internal issue after working in an intense environment, a physician can help you determine if the problem is serious.
Difficulty concentrating or confusion
Organ damage can take a toll on cognitive function as well. Some who suffer from organ damage first reported having difficulty concentrating or maintaining focus. This can be a particularly serious problem if you who work in a field or assignment that requires a high level of focus, such as operating heavy machinery.
A fast or irregular heartbeat
Damage to the heart, lungs or blood vessels can lead to an irregular heartbeat, which doctors may refer to as arrhythmia. Arrhythmias can manifest as a racing heart or skipped beats, which may indicate significant damage and require prompt medical attention. Addressing these symptoms promptly can prevent further complications and ensure optimal heart health.
Organ damage can be especially difficult to detect. However, by knowing the signs, you can take steps to address the problem before it gets worse.