The normal cycle of bone rebuilding is disrupted by Paget’s disease of bone. Bones become weaker and possibly distorted as a result of this. Treatments exist that can help you keep it under control for years. However, it can cause chronic pain and a variety of other issues in some people.
Paget’s disease of the nipple is an uncommon condition related to breast cancer. Symptoms are usually a sign of breast cancer in the tissue behind the nipple, (see symptoms section). If you notice changes to your nipple or the darker skin around it (areola), see a doctor.
The pancreas is a big gland in the gut that generates digestive juices (enzymes) and hormones that regulate blood sugar. It is located behind the stomach. In the early stages of pancreatic cancer, there are usually no symptoms. This can make diagnosing pancreatic cancer harder.
Symptoms Include: Unable to move
Paralysis is the loss of the ability to move some or all of the body. Depending on the cause, it may be temporary or permanent. Call 999 if you or someone else has paralysis that begins suddenly, begins after a serious injury, or causes problems with speech, breathing or swallowing.
Symptoms Include: Pelvic pain | Painful sex | Pain peeing | Bleeding between periods
The infection of the female upper genital system, which includes the womb, fallopian tubes, and ovaries, is known as a pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID is a prevalent ailment. It primarily affects sexually active women between the ages of 15 and 24. If you have any symptoms, visit a doctor.
Pelvic organ prolapse
Symptoms Include: Pain | Vaginal lump | Painful sex | Peeing more
When one or more of the pelvic organs fall down from their usual place and bulge into the vagina, this is known as pelvic organ prolapse. If you find a lump in or around your vaginal area, or if you have any of the signs of prolapse, consult a doctor.
Pelvic pain is a generic phrase for pain that occurs mostly or exclusively below the belly button. Patients frequently seek medical help for this type of pain. The pain may be constant or intermittent. Severe pain can make daily life difficult and reduce one’s quality of life.
PV is a rare but serious disorder that causes painful blisters to form on the skin and lining of the mouth, nose, throat, and genitals. If you develop severe or recurring blisters or sores in your mouth or on your skin, see a doctor to have your symptoms assessed.
Penile cancer is a rare type of cancer that develops on or within the penis’ skin. If you have any of the symptoms listed below, see your doctor as soon as possible. They’re unlikely to be caused by penile cancer, but they should be looked into.
Cancer | Penis problems
The state of one’s penis is crucial. Penis problems can be painful and have an impact on your sexual function. If you have an issue with your penis, you should see a doctor or visit a sexual health centre.
Symptoms Include: Hearing loss | Pain | Discharge | Temperature
A perforated eardrum is one that has a hole or tear in it. It is normally not painful, although it can be irritating. If the ear is maintained dry and there is no infection, a ruptured eardrum normally recovers in a few weeks or months.
Pericarditis is an inflammation of the pericardium, the sac that surrounds your heart and protects it. Chest discomfort is the most common symptom. Pericarditis is usually not a life-threatening condition. However, it’s critical to rule out more dangerous conditions like a heart attack. Call 999 if you have chest pain and are feeling ill.
Symptoms Include: Painful periods
Most women feel period pain as a regular component of their menstrual cycle. It commonly manifests as excruciating stomach pains that travel to the back and thighs. It can come in strong spasms at times, or it can be dull but consistent at other times.
If you’re having trouble with your periods, there’s help and support available. It’s a good idea to keep a diary of your symptoms throughout your menstrual cycle before seeing a doctor. This might offer your doctor an understanding of what happens during your cycle and when it happens.
PAD (peripheral arterial disease) is a frequent ailment. It occurs when fatty deposits in the arteries impede blood flow to the leg muscles. Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is another name for it. If you have reoccurring leg pain when exercising, visit your doctor.
When nerves in the body’s extremities such as the hands, feet, and arms are injured, peripheral neuropathy develops. The symptoms vary depending on which nerves are impacted. If you have early symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, you should see a doctor.
A person with a personality disorder thinks, feels, behaves, and interacts with others in ways that are considerably different from the norm. Personality disorders come in a variety of shapes and sizes. This article provides general information regarding personality disorders, with links to additional resources for more information.
Mental health conditions
Symptoms Include: Headache | Sweating | Fast heartbeat | High blood pressure
A Phaeochromocytoma is a rare tumour that develops in the adrenal glands, which are located above the kidneys. Adults are more likely to develop the tumour, but children can still develop one. It is normally non-cancerous, yet one out of every ten is malignant. A Phaeochromocytoma can usually be removed effectively with surgery.
A pilonidal sinus is a tiny hole in the skin that acts as a ‘tunnel’. It usually starts at the point where the buttocks meet. Pilonidal sinuses affect roughly 26 persons out of 100,000, with men accounting for at least three times as many as women. If you suspect you have one, see a doctor.
Pins and needles
Symptoms Include: Tingling | Numbness
A prickling, burning, tingling, or numbing feeling is known as pins and needles. It commonly manifests in the arms, legs, hands, and feet. It normally does not cause any discomfort. It can make you feel numb or itchy. Pins and needles are normally just transient, although they can endure a long period (chronic).
Piriformis syndrome occurs when the piriformis muscle in the buttock region spasms, resulting in buttock pain. The neighbouring sciatic nerve can be irritated by the piriformis muscle, causing discomfort, numbness, and tingling down the back of the leg and into the foot.
Pityriasis rosea is a common skin condition that forms a rash of raised, red scaly areas on the body for a short period of time. If you develop an unexplained rash, see a doctor. They’ll be able to tell you if you have pityriasis rosea or another skin disorder.
Symptoms Include: Skin lesions | Itch
Pityriasis Versicolor, often known as tinea versicolor, is a fungal condition that affects many people. Small patches of skin become scaly and discoloured as a result.
Pleurisy is a condition in which the tissue between the lungs and the ribcage becomes inflamed. If you develop chest pain or other pleurisy symptoms, visit a doctor. Pleurisy is usually diagnosed based on the symptoms you’re experiencing.
Pneumonia is a condition in which the tissue in one or both of your lungs is inflamed. If you have any of the symptoms listed, contact a doctor or, if your doctor’s office is closed, contact the GP’s out-of-hours service.
When a person is poisoned, they are exposed to a toxin that can harm their health or put their lives in danger.
Polycystic ovary syndrome
Symptoms Include: Abnormal periods | Low fertility | Excess hair | Weight gain
PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) is a condition that alters the way a woman’s ovaries function. If you have PCOS, you will most likely discover symptoms in your late teens or early twenties. If you suspect you might have PCOS, talk to a doctor.
Polycythaemia, also known as erythrocytosis, is a condition in which your blood contains a large proportion of red blood cells. If you have persistent polycythaemia symptoms, see a doctor. If you or someone you’re with is having a heart attack or stroke, you should seek emergency medical attention.
Polymorphic light eruption
Symptoms Include: Rash | Itch
Polymorphic light eruption is a rather common skin rash caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, either natural or artificial. Although there is no cure for polymorphic mild eruption, you can manage it by applying sunscreen and avoiding the sun.
Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) is a condition that affects the muscles of the shoulders, neck, and hips, causing discomfort, stiffness, and inflammation. It affects adults over the age of 70 and is more common in women than in men. If you’ve been stiff for longer than a week, see a doctor.
A kind of eczema known as pompholyx (dyshidrotic eczema). It causes little blisters to form on the fingers, palms of the hands, and occasionally the soles of the feet. If you have a blistering skin issue, you should see a doctor.
Anxiety disorder – Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is brought on by frightening or upsetting situations. After a terrible event, it’s natural to have disturbing ideas. If you or your child is still having problems four weeks after the event, see a doctor, especially if you have PTSD symptoms.
Mental health conditions
Symptoms Include: Vaginal bleeding
When a woman’s periods stop, she enters menopause. It mainly strikes women between the ages of 45 and 55. Any bleeding from the vaginal area after a period has been missed for more than a year should be evaluated by a doctor. Postmenopausal bleeding is the name given to this illness.
PND is quite frequent, impacting as many as one in every six new moms. It’s just as bad as any other type of depression. Without counsel and help, the condition is unlikely to improve on its own. If you have any of the symptoms listed below, you should seek medical help.
Postpartum psychosis is an uncommon but significant mental health condition that can strike a woman shortly after giving birth. Symptoms of postpartum psychosis are listed below and should be treated as a medical emergency. If not addressed right away, the illness can swiftly deteriorate.
Pressure ulcers (sometimes called pressure sores or bedsores) are skin and underlying tissue injuries. They’re usually produced by anything pressing on the skin for an extended period of time.
Priapism (painful erections)
Symptoms Include: Pain | Persistent erection
Priapism is a painful, long-lasting erection. If not treated promptly, it might result in irreversible damage to your penis. If you have an erection that lasts more than 2 hours, call 999 or go to your nearest emergency room.
PSP (progressive supranuclear palsy) is a rare progressive disorder that affects balance, mobility, vision, speech, and swallowing. It’s caused by an increase in the number of damaged brain cells over time. The majority of PSP cases occur in persons over the age of 60. There is no cure for PSP at this time.
Symptoms Include: Peeing more | Need to pee | Slow pee | Delayed peeing
In the UK, prostate cancer is the second most frequent malignancy among men. Because prostate cancer normally develops slowly, you may not notice any symptoms for many years. The majority of instances affect men over the age of 50. If you have any of the symptoms listed below, you should see your doctor.
Symptoms Include: Pain | Pain peeing | Peeing more | Temperature
The inflammation (swelling) of the prostate gland is known as prostatitis. It can be excruciatingly painful, but it usually improves over time. Prostatitis can strike males of any age. It mostly affects men between the ages of 30 and 50. If you have any of the main symptoms of prostatitis, see a doctor.
Symptoms Include: Cough | Pain peeing | Peeing more | Temperature
Pseudomonas is a microorganism that can be found in nature. It can happen in wet environments like sinks or baths. Outside of a hospital or healthcare setting, it rarely causes sickness. You may be at risk for pseudomonas infection if you have a weaker immune system, especially if you are very young or very old.
Symptoms Include: Rash | White patches | Redness | Itch
Psoriasis is a skin disorder characterised by red, dry, crusty patches of skin that are coated with silvery scales. Some patients experience itching or soreness as a result of their psoriasis. If you suspect you have psoriasis, see a doctor.
Psoriatic arthritis is a kind of arthritis that some people who suffer from psoriasis get. It produces inflammation (swelling), stiffness, and pain in the afflicted joints. Even if you haven’t been diagnosed with psoriasis, see your doctor if you have chronic joint discomfort, oedema, or stiffness.
Psychosis is a type of mental illness. It causes people to believe or interpret things differently from others, which is detrimental to their health and well-being. If you’re having psychotic symptoms, see a doctor right away. If you have concerns about someone you know, contact a primary care physician.
A pulmonary embolism occurs when the pulmonary artery becomes blocked. The blood vessel that transports blood from the heart to the lungs is known as the pulmonary artery. This blockage, which is generally a blood clot, can be fatal. If your symptoms are severe, call 999 immediately and request an ambulance.
Fibrosis is the thickening or scarring of tissue in technical terminology. The normally thin, lacy walls of the air sacs in the lungs become thick, rigid, and scarred in this scenario, which is referred to as becoming fibrotic.
Pulmonary hypertension is a condition in which the blood vessels that supply the lungs have high blood pressure (pulmonary arteries). It’s a dangerous condition that can harm the heart’s right side. If you have any signs of pulmonary hypertension, visit a doctor.
Symptoms Include: Skin lesions | Ulceration | Pain | Pus
Pyoderma gangrenosum is a disorder that causes painful sores on the skin. It’s normally treatable, although it can take a long time to cure and leave scars. If you suspect you have pyoderma gangrenosum, see a doctor as soon as possible.