I have been debating with myself for the past few months about publishing this post. But today I decided I should.
May be I won’t get another chance. May be it’ll help many others. Or at least it’ll be a wake up alarm for some needy ones.
After my routine consultation and check-up with the gynae last month, I underwent a lot of medical tests as part of the prescription.
Nothing serious but a few notes and counts were highlighted and underlined. A bulky uterus and cervical erosion said the USG (ultrasonography) reports. Pre-diabetic said the HbA1C, increased triglycerides and a few highlighted counts in the LFT (Liver Function Test) and KFT (Kidney Function Test) in the blood report.
If it was about a decade ago, I would have been worried. But for now, I somehow did not feel any kind of worry. No. I mean it.
May be because I have recently seen a teenager within family fighting a deadly disease in severe pain. My prayers for her and I sincerely wish she is completely cured.
The way I am, I read a lot about each of the highlighted and underlined areas. Bulky uterus is due to my endometrial tissue which are growing (I have a history of Endometriosis) again. And cervical erosion is nothing but a wound at the cervix (mouth of the uterus). If left unattended it might develop into cervical cancer over the course of time (a few years). But for now, it is completely treatable: said the doc and the articles on the net. The LFT and KFT counts were just indicative of some infection and there’s nothing serious which needs to be worried about.
This post is to highlight a point I have always been trying to tell everyone I come in contact with.
NEVER EVER IGNORE ANYTHING CONCERNING YOUR HEALTH
The slightest of fever, pain, allergy…whatever, should not be ignored. Especially in case of females.
I have endured a lot of pain since my teenage days. Trust me when I say it was extremely unbearable; much more than labour pain that I’ve endured during both my deliveries. All this courtesy our then family doctor who never bothered to do a physical check-up citing that I’m an extremely active girl and nothing can be wrong with me. Blind faith is really dangerous. That resulted in a surgery to remove a 2.5+ Kg mass from my tummy after over a decade. The problem was the pain was during my periods and everyone, I mean every single person I confided in, repeatedly said all girls have pain during periods and I was just over-reacting. Many hushed me saying this is not something girls should speak about. What I didn’t explain to anyone was that my tummy used to swell up to about three times on the 3rd or 4th day of the periods. This is indicative of endometriosis which I learnt much later. Mom was taking care of us all alone and I didn’t want to increase her worry and so endured it all along. With the passage of time I had learnt to live with it and stopped consulting any doctor. When I was about 19 years, I started having pain near my waste-line on the right side. I used to limp and couldn’t keep my leg stationery. It was very uncomfortable. Never thought it would also be connected to this pain. Anyway, the leg pain subsided after about a year and a half and I never bothered to think about it later. It was only after a year of my marriage when the pain was so unbearable and I collapsed that we consulted our physician (mom’s diabetologist) who immediately informed us that it was not any stomach infection but a gynecological disorder. He suggested a few blood tests and ultrasound to be done at the earliest. That was when we finally got to know that it was not just the pain that all girls have. It was because of the endometrial mass that I was fondly carrying as a baby over the years, ovarian cysts, blocked fallopian tubes and a completely damaged ovary. Endometriosis can result in infertility and it was only because of my gynae that I could be a mother. If treated well in time, it will not affect your fertility. As part of the treatment, I had to take hormonal injections (Gonadotropin and Leuprolide; these are extremely costly) once a month which resulted in osteoporosis and vitamin D3 deficiency. And so calcium supplements have to be taken.
All this because I and the doctor I went to in the first place ignored it.
The point I want to make is, we should not ignore any pain or uneasiness. It can be really really dangerous. Another point is when you comment on someone’s physical appearance, please keep in mind that the person might be undergoing some problem and your comment may hurt them beyond your understanding.
I wrote this post only so that people are made aware that the simplest of symptoms can be because of deadly diseases. DO NOT IGNORE!
And last but not the least, the first war you got to win is with yourself. Fight yourself and you’ll be able to fight every disease. BE MENTALLY STRONG!
Please do not comment with sympathetic responses.
My intention is not to gain sympathy. I have grown way beyond that.