All sorts of accidents can happen on the job with varying consequences. Even when wounds are not external, an injured person could be dealing with severe and life-threatening issues that are going on inside the body.

An example of such internal trauma is organ damage. This can happen for various reasons, and sometimes, the signs are not immediately obvious. Being aware of the various signs can help a worker catch potential issues early on and seek appropriate medical treatment.

Constant fatigue or exhaustion

Feeling tired all the time could indicate damage to various organs, including the liver, kidneys or heart. When these organs are not functioning properly, they cannot effectively remove toxins from the body, leading to fatigue.

Furthermore, a person who finds themself getting winded easily or experiencing difficulty breathing could be showing signs of organ damage, particularly to the lungs or heart. Damage to these organs can impair their ability to oxygenate the blood effectively.

Unusual swelling in the extremities

Swelling, particularly in the legs, ankles or abdomen, might indicate damage to the kidneys, liver or heart. When these organs are not in good condition, they may struggle to regulate fluid levels in the body, and swelling occurs.

Digestive issues and changes in urination

Problems with digestion, such as persistent nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation, could indicate damage to the gastrointestinal tract or other organs like the liver or pancreas. Likewise, changes in urination patterns, such as increased frequency, difficulty urinating or changes in urine color could indicate kidney or bladder damage.

Changes in the skin’s appearance

Jaundice, which is a yellowing of the skin or eyes, is often a sign of liver damage or dysfunction. This occurs when the liver is unable to properly process bilirubin, a waste product from the breakdown of red blood cells.

Other unusual changes in the skin, such as darkening, itching or the development of new moles, also merit an examination. They could also be signs of organ damage or underlying health issues.

The body relies on the organs to perform vital functions, and delaying treatment can result in long-lasting harm. A person who begins to suffer any of these persistent or concerning symptoms does well to consult a healthcare professional for proper evaluation and diagnosis. Early detection can greatly improve treatment outcomes and overall health.