Sunday, August 19, 2012
Be aware of your symptoms
Many times individuals tend to ignore their symptoms, expect them to go away over a period of time or too scared to be seen by a doctor. For a year I did that. I waited and waited, thoughts running through my mind trying to figure it out on my own. Perhaps I had just a strange stomach bug that only caused me problems every now and then. It wasn't until my symptoms became worse, occurred frequently and the constant loss of weight that I decided to seek medical advise. For 2 years after going back and forth to the doctors office, really no answer given as to why I kept having problems, I became extremely discouraged and frustrated. Was all my symptoms all in my mind? I couldn't have just made up all my pain and discomfort. I didn't think I was a hypochondriac. My point is, no one should ignore their symptoms. It is a way for your body to alert you that something is wrong. I really wished I had sought medical attention sooner than waiting a year. Perhaps I would have been healthier. I was determined to find an answer to my symptoms. Now that I know I have a stomach disease, I regret not having that second plate of food or even devouring a huge cake or ice cream. Now I cant. Now I can only consume about a cup of food each time I eat. My symptoms will never get better. Over the last couple of years I have slowly gotten worse. There is no cure. Even though I do not like the fact that I do have a rare stomach disease that limits me on what I can consume or the quantity, I am very thankful I can still eat. Things could be worse. I am hoping I will never get to the point to where I would have to need a feeding tube. With that said, I want to encourage everyone, if you have symptoms you can't figure out, please seek medical advise. It could make a huge difference in your life.