Alright ladies (and gentlemen? do any guys even read my blog? now I am interested). I have three stories here for you today. The first story is my own.
I've always had a finicky stomach. For ten years the pain I felt in my stomach was diagnosed by two different gastrointestinal specialists as "anxiety". A year and a half ago I finally stood up for myself and demanded the full battery of tests. My gallbladder was barely functioning and needed to come out ASAP, otherwise it would have turned into an emergency situation. The surgeon estimated that I had been suffering for nearly a decade (strangely, the same amount of time I had "anxiety") just by looking at my gallbladder that was surrounded by scar tissue.
Next up, my mom. For years and years she had horrible joint pain. Arthritis, her doctor said. Such a shame, everyone said, she's still so young! She tried medication after medication, but eventually she learned to cope with the pain. Years later, after her doctor retired, she saw my doctor for a routine physical. My doctor diagnosed my mom with rheumatoid arthritis with a simple blood test after my mom explained her symptoms. Now she is able to live with much less pain after being properly treated.
Last week my mom's friend had severe stomach pain. She went to the doctor and they gave her an ultrasound that showed "nothing". They told her to go home. She was getting sicker and sicker, so my mom told her to demand all the tests like I did. She was given an MRI that showed a giant mass in her abdomen. She had emergency surgery to remove her appendix and some of her small and large intestines. Needless to say, it wasn't "nothing".
What I'm saying here is although doctors are highly trained and go to school for millions of years, they don't always know their stuff. Just like there are good and bad lawyers, businessmen, mailmen, whatever, there are good and bad doctors. PLEASE listen to your body when it's telling you something. You know your body best, and if you think something is wrong, stand up for yourself.
*steps off soapbox*