Here are some easy medical tests you can do at home:
Cardiovascular and bowel diseases: Hold both index fingers so the nails are facing each other. Press the nails together; you should see a tiny, narrow space between your nails when the tips come together. If you can?t, this can be a sign of cardiovascular, lung or bowel disease.
Degenerative diseases: Stand with your feet together or standing heel to toe on a straight line, arms by your sides. Close your eyes and stay that way for a full minute. Have someone standing by in case you sway or lose balance. If you can’t balance, it may be a sign of diabetes, or degenerative disease. Also see a neurologist if you have numbness or tingling in your arms or legs.
Osteoarthritis Test (women): Hold your hands flat and look closely at the lengths of your fingers in relation to each other. If the index finger is shorter than the ring finger, you?re more likely to develop osteoarthritis of the knee or hip.
Neurodegenerative Test: Hold your arm out, fingers extended. Close your eyes and touch your nose with your finger. Repeat with the other hand. You should be able to do this smoothly and accurately. Failure may be a sign of a brain tumor. Other factors, like drinking alcohol, can also?affect coordination.
Rheumatoid arthritis: Hold your hands as if you are praying, with the fingers and palms flat and touching. See if your pinkie finger stands straight. If you can’t place your hands flat against each other, or the little finger is bent, this is a possible indicator of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
A professional Home Care Nurse from Specialty Care Services can help facilitate?these simple tests.