Posted at 11 p.m. Feb. 3, 2017

Dangerous misconceptions:

When it comes to your body, don’t take any chances

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Misconceptions about the body can be dangerous, trust me, I know.

Many people assume, myself included, only people in their 40s can have gallbladder issues. Because of this misconception, I spent an entire year getting more and more miserable because of how bad it hurt to eat.

The gallbladder is an organ located near the appendix, and it stores bile before releasing it into the intestines. However, if you’re not careful, you can get gall stones or your gallbladder can stop functioning right. When your gallbladder doesn’t function right, it means that it’s not pumping out enough bile out of the gallbladder. When the doctors’ test whether or not the gallbladders is functioning right, they inject a radioactive substance into your blood stream and then they monitor how fast your gallbladder is pumping bile.

Gall stones are a lot like kidney stones, but a lot more difficult to pass. When you have gall stones it can make eating extremely painful because when your gallbladder squeezes, its squeezing against that stone causing pain. When I first went to get my gallbladder checked, the doctor said that I was fine and I didn’t have any gall stones. A year later, after hearing “it’s probably not your gallbladder; you’re too young,” I had a Laparoscopic cholecystectomy, where they removed my gallbladder and found that I had already passed gallstones and that was in fact what was causing my pain.

Because I didn’t follow the symptoms and only listened to what I heard from other people, I ended up losing the ability to eat almost everything I liked. It had become unbearably painful to the point that I would curl up in a ball on the floor in pain.

After I had my surgery, I not only had no more pain but also it lifted my mood. When you’re experiencing a ton of pain and your body just wants to give in, so does your mind. It causes you to have depression and the only things you hear or see can be negative.

When people have pain in their stomach, they immediately blame it on what they ate or the flu. Other people assume it’s something they’ve already been diagnosed with. An example would be stomach ulcers. A stomach ulcer is an open sore in your stomach that can cause you a lot of pain when the acid in your stomach becomes riled.

Having been diagnosed with stomach ulcers, I have a better idea as to how to tell if that’s what’s causing you pain. Stomach ulcers can be extremely painful, it feels like something is scratching at raw skin and won’t stop. When you’re in pain, always look for what makes the pain worse and where it’s located. In my case the pain was located mid-stomach, and pain medication made it hurt more.

When talking to a doctor, focus on where the worst pain is. Sometimes, even when you explain it to a doctor, the doctor still doesn’t realize what’s wrong. When that happens, it is critical that you continue to be persistent about your symptoms.

In my sophomore year of high school, I was under a lot of pressure both at school and at home. Because of the stress, I would feel sick all the time and anytime I felt sick or in pain I would take two ibuprofens-not necessarily because I actually needed the pain medication, but because I thought it would help. After I started having pains in my stomach, I went to the doctor and they immediately attributed it to depression. After three months of going back and forth from the doctor, they finally drew blood work and found that it was indeed stomach ulcers.

Because of certain misconceptions, I was put in a position where I was in excruciating pain before anyone actually believed me. My advice to anyone is that if you’re feeling certain symptoms and they continually get worse, talk to the doctor and don’t take no for an answer. If they test you and still say there is nothing wrong, tell them to figure out what is because it’s dangerous to let whatever is happening fester into something that can’t be fixed.

A stomach ulcer is an open sore in your stomach that can cause you a lot of pain when the acid in your stomach becomes riled.

Having been diagnosed with stomach ulcers, I have a better idea as to how to tell if that’s what’s causing you pain. Stomach ulcers can be extremely painful, it feels like something is scratching at raw skin and won’t stop. When you’re in pain, always look for what makes the pain worse and where it’s located. In my case the pain was located mid-stomach, and pain medication made it hurt more.

When talking to a doctor, focus on where the worst pain is. Sometimes, even when you explain it to a doctor, the doctor still doesn’t realize what’s wrong. When that happens, it is critical that you continue to be persistent about your symptoms.

In my sophomore year of high school, I was under a lot of pressure both at school and at home. Because of the stress, I would feel sick all the time and anytime I felt sick or in pain I would take two ibuprofens-not necessarily because I actually needed the pain medication, but because I thought it would help. After I started having pains in my stomach, I went to the doctor and they immediately attributed it to depression. After three months of going back and forth from the doctor, they finally drew blood work and found that it was indeed stomach ulcers.

Because of certain misconceptions, I was put in a position where I was in excruciating pain before anyone actually believed me. My advice to anyone is that if you’re feeling certain symptoms and they continually get worse, talk to the doctor and don’t take no for an answer. If they test you and still say there is nothing wrong, tell them to figure out what is because it’s dangerous to let whatever is happening fester into something that can’t be fixed.


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