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People Share Health Signs They Wished They Hadn’t Ignored
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Ear Wax From Hell

Redditor Werekitty93 brought up something quite important. She used a personal story to tell the world how ear wax isn’t something you should ignore. She always cleaned her ears, but they still kept hurting and she even had a hard time hearing for a few years. Both are health signs one should never ignore. By the time she made it to high school, she finally went to see a doctor about this. Rather than brush it off, the doc did a total flush of the ear,

It took nearly 3 hours but both ears were cleaned out from a large build-up of wax. It turns out, she also had an ear infection that was potentially a year old by that point! She now cannot hear well in both ears, but the one infected, in particular, has a lot of hearing loss. The ear wax build-up was due to hyperhidrosis, or an overreactive sweat gland issue. Her doc told her to never use a Q-Tip again as it just packs the wax back in. Now she goes once a month for both ears to be flushed out.

People Share Health Signs They Wished They Hadn’t Ignored
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Knee Pain Was Truly Something Far Far Worse

When your knee begins to bother you, the last thing you’ll be assuming is something crazy, right? One person began to have knee issues after taking a bad tackle in a soccer match-up. They thought the issue was just funky, as they noticed something clicking past their tendons and soft tissues. After a while, the swelling began to become a problem for them. Going to the doctor was now a must, as health signs like this can indicate something far more serious. Their doctor was in full disbelief. He was sent off to confirm something the doc saw after taking x-rays.

He ordered an ultrasound and that was when the doc found something jarring, an osteochondroma. This is an abnormal bone spur, and it was on the inside of this person’s knee! Tendons were slipping from one side to the other as their knee bent back and forth. But they delayed checking into things and that created a problem. If they looked into it before, they could have removed the spur without an issue. But now, the spur had punctured something in their knee. While it would still be removed, doing this earlier would have prevented further problems.

People Share Health Signs They Wished They Hadn’t Ignored
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Started With Tiredness and Quickly Got Worse

This Redditor recalled a story involving her then-9-year-old son. He was complaining one summer about leg tiredness and had to sleep a lot. Their doc could not find anything wrong but by January 2017, he began to have major constipation and his bladder retained lots of urine for some reason. Going to Children’s Hospital this time, they felt his constipation kept the bladder from emptying right. Due to being around the hospital for a week, the mother went off on the hospital staff.

She wanted them to “think outside the box.” Therefore, the neurology department looked into his case and did an MRI. They ended up finding a fatty filum at the base of his spine and presented like a tethered cord. Of course, they decided to operate immediately, but the damage had already been done. Now the son no longer has bowel or. bladder function due to nerve damage. The parents feel that if his health signs had been properly assessed before by doctors, this wouldn’t have happened.

People Share Health Signs They Wished They Hadn’t Ignored
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The Splinter That Became Horrific

This Redditor recalled a story involving their friend. The friend is a carpenter who was working on hand-sanding a deep shelf area. Sadly, he ended up getting a splinter in the cuticle of his pinky. It was pretty big but it is likely this man has had splinters before. He claimed it “would work out on its own.” He left it alone, but just a little while after this, he began getting a red line from his pinky all the way up into his armpit!

He was now convinced he might need to see a doctor. It turns out, this red line developed due to an infection that had actually traveled along his vein. If the man had waited longer, the infection would have ended up reaching his heart. Of course, this would have been very life-threatening too. Thankfully, he was able to see the doctor before such an issue happened and they took care of the splinter and infection. Clearly, health signs like this should never be ignored!

People Share Health Signs They Wished They Hadn’t Ignored
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When You Go Septic And Do Not Realize It

This person tells a story of a time when they began just having symptoms of a cold one evening. It began with a slight temperature, slight cough, and they felt lethargic. Accompanying this was low back pain, bloating, and abdominal pain. Of course, this is a lot of health signs one should not ignore. However, they have endometriosis and they assumed it could just be another flare-up. Yet things progressively got worse from here.

Severe nausea, migraine, and loss of most strength began to come progressively. Now, they began to collapse and realized things could be terrible, as all the health signs coming so quickly became obvious. They headed to the hospital and were admitted immediately. Their blood pressure was 187/135 with a resting heart rate between 190 to 200. It turned out that they were septic and there had been an abscess in their fallopian tube.

People Share Health Signs They Wished They Hadn’t Ignored
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Itchiness Leading To Liver Issue

This Redditor referenced an issue that their wife went through. Her initial health signs were not prominent and could have easily been looked over. They had extreme itchiness, but that was about it. She assumed it might just be dry skin, which is an understandable conclusion. But then jaundice began. This presents as a yellowing of the eyes and is the first sign of a liver issue, such as liver disease or liver failure.

She eventually found out that she had a rare liver disease called primary sclerosing cholangitis or PSC. Of course, the only way to become free of this is via a liver transplant. Due to the major amount of people on the transplant list, this is not always easy to get. Thankfully, she was able to get one and is around five years post-transplant and doing well. Sometimes, even the weirdest things can be health signs we should not ignore.

People Share Health Signs They Wished They Hadn’t Ignored
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The Back Pain That No One Believed

One Redditor recalled a time when they were nine years old. They would come home in tears after softball practice, crying about the severe back pain they had. Their parents forced them to take part in softball and never believed their child had true back pain, as they thought it was just a way to get out of things. Finally, they broke down and took their child to the doctor to check on things.

If nothing else, they could prove that the child was lying, right? It turns out, this person had scoliosis. But it was too late to use a back brace by this point. Had their parents not ignored or avoided the health signs that their child presented, they could have gotten help earlier. They just had their fourth back surgery a few years back and had an entire disc replaced. They are in their early 20’s as of this writing too.

People Share Health Signs They Wished They Hadn’t Ignored
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Ignoring Breathing Problems For An Understandable Reason

This Redditor recalled an issue that happened to their grandfather. He actually had trouble breathing for quite a long time, but it was never anything horrible. He then began having shortness of breath and eventually heavy breathing problems. While these would normally be health signs one would look into promptly, he was having to take care of his wife. This would be the Redditor’s grandmother, naturally.

Nothing ever prevented him from taking care of her, but one day the coughing was just miserable. It was a dry cough as well, and he was unable to make it stop. Finally, this led him to go to the doctor where he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lung cancer. The Redditor’s grandfather died within just three weeks. The doctor claimed that had he come in sooner, he might have been able to save him. But by this point, there was nothing they could do.

People Share Health Signs They Wished They Hadn’t Ignored
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Eye Problem No One Expected

This Redditor recalled a story from the time they were in the 8th Grade. They remember the day that they first noticed they could not properly see within their right eye, even with their glasses on. Thinking their eyes worsened, they felt they just needed to get their eyes checked. They had exams coming up though, so it was ignored but after 4 months of this problem, they went to the optometrist. The eye doctor felt something was not normal and wanted to get them into a hospital.

They ended up going to an eye specialist hospital where this Redditor found out that they had glaucoma, and had lost 90% of the vision in their right eye. The intraocular pressure or IOP in the eye should normally be below 21, but their eye had it at 70! It was now starting to affect their left eye. This led to having surgery immediately for the right eye because no medication could help by then. They’d have surgery a few years later for the left eye. Today, they regret ignoring their earlier health signs.

People Share Health Signs They Wished They Hadn’t Ignored
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Alcohol-Induced Cancer?

Now, this is an incredible story. This Redditor began having pain in their left shoulder, right around where the trapezius muscle meets. Yet it only ever happened when they drank alcohol, which was not often. It was only an occasional beer every so often truthfully. Since they did not drink very often, it did not concern them that this occurred. After all, many people react to alcoholic drinks differently compared to others.

However, this ordeal was partially concerning so they went to the doctor. This was when they were told that they have cancer, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma to be exact. It was the pain in lymph nodes they had been experiencing when drinking. Yet this is not exactly commonplace with Hodgkin’s. It only occurs in less than five percent of cases. All of this does add up though, as Hodgkin’s might affect your lymphatic system but it also affects the liver, spleen, thymus, and bone marrow too.

People Share Health Signs They Wished They Hadn’t Ignored
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The Knee Issue That Nearly Led To Amputation

Roughy one week before this Redditor’s fourth Halloween, they were playing on their “Cat in the Hat” scooter. Sadly, they fell on the pavement and took a good scratch on their knee. A day later, it began to itch pretty bad, causing issues sleeping. Of course, being little, their mother just thought they were being dramatic. One day after this, aches began to come and they could not even walk at this point. Redness and itching issues became worsened.

Now, their mother knew something was up as all these health signs were tough to ignore. This person was put into the hospital for a week, diagnosed with cellulitis. It was so bad, in fact, they nearly came close to having to amputate! There were even assumptions it could kill her, with the doctor telling their mom to call in relatives soon. If they had come in the first or second day of this, just one strong penicillin shot and a week of antibiotics would have been all they needed.

People Share Health Signs They Wished They Hadn’t Ignored
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Face Pain That Was Truly A Rare Form Of Cancer

This Redditor recalls a story from when their father went through something horrific, while they had to watch along as an 8-year-old kid. Their father began having bad face pain, around his nose. Not choosing to ignore this, the father went to his doctor and this doc insisted it was a sinus infection only. A couple of months go by, and pain has only been increasing, but the Redditor’s parents cannot think of what it could be. They just knew it was not some sinus infection.

The father goes back to the doctor, but this time another doc that decided to order a CT Scan. This scan revealed he had a rare form of cancer called “nasopharyngeal carcinoma“. This is basically a cancer of the nasopharynx, which is in the upper part of the throat, right behind the nose. It’s where your nasal passages rest. He had to go through 9 months of chemotherapy and radiation. The Redditor’s father is now in remission today.

People Share Health Signs They Wished They Hadn’t Ignored
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The Unknown Short Leg Issue

This Redditor referenced a problem that first presented itself when they were only a child. They began having issues with their gait, like a big roll. Your gait is basically the way you walk. They knew they had problems walking as a child, but both their parents and doctor assumed it was a foot problem. This person just went to the podiatrist and was given orthotics, which honestly did help some, they claimed. Yet this did not fix things.

The doctor then assumed they had growing pains, causing the Redditor’s parents to ignore their child’s obvious pain troubles for a while. This made sense though, as they did not seem to have trouble playing soccer or cricket. They now assume they were just able to put up with the pain. After 18 years of pain in their legs and feet, now their hips just did not line up. They’d later find out it was likely all caused by a hip dysplasia issue during birth that was never corrected. Their right knee and foot had to take tons of punishment because their right leg is shorter than their left.

People Share Health Signs They Wished They Hadn’t Ignored
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The Often Overlooked Health Signs Of ALS

This next issue is a two-parter from two different Redditors who had family members suffer through similar issues. The first, Bz3rk, had a father that would just trip and fall working around the house or at his job. But these issues were random and happened off and on…not constantly. The father ended up diagnosed with ALS and died just over three years later, with these being their initial symptoms. The next ALS-related story comes from Redditor Mynamemyredditname.

Their father began having a sore throat and kept losing their voice but docs had no idea why. The random tripping or falling did not come until later for them, but the lost voice was their father’s original issue. Their father also died from ALS. For those unaware, ALS affects the nervous system, and people eventually become paralyzed from it. Since our voice is controlled by muscles, and ALS weakens those, people with ALS might lose their voice. Stephen Hawking, who had ALS, had to use a voice box where he’d slowly type up what he needed to say, for instance.

People Share Health Signs They Wished They Hadn’t Ignored
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Adult Type 1 Diabetes Diagnosis

One compelling story comes from Redditor Trogoms, who brought up a personal story about something that is rare but can happen. When one has diabetes, they are given the Type 1 or Type 2 diagnosis. Usually, Type 1 is something you’re born with and you’ll have problems with it beginning at a younger age. But Type 2 happens later on, such as when one becomes overweight. But for this Redditor, things went differently. Originally, they began feeling they had to pee…a lot. Like all the time.

They kept getting thirsty a lot too. Assuming it was just stress from college, they ignored it for a few months. It can be easy to ignore health signs like this for many. Eventually, it became an issue so they went to the doctor. They found out, then, that they had Type 1 Diabetes, at age 24! Their first blood sugar rating was at 583, which normally puts one into diabetic acidosis. It normally causes people to upchuck and/or pass out, but their only symptom was peeing a lot. While odd, Type 1 diabetes can be diagnosed later in life as an adult

People Share Health Signs They Wished They Hadn’t Ignored
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The Gallbladder Strikes Again

This Redditor recalled a story that occurred at age 22. They began getting pain in the left side of their chest, roughly the left-center of the rib cage to be precise. It only seemed to happen when they drank alcohol (sound familiar) or when they ate something greasy. This was not that crazy, as they have had gastric reflux since they were a child. Therefore, it was nothing to look over this. One day, they are out with a friend and split a pitcher of Sangria.

By the end of their meal, they were in severe pain that caused them to curl up, moaning. This caused them to go to the doctor where an ultrasound found they had gallstones. Interestingly, they also had back pain from it. For those unaware, there is a nerve that flows from the top of the back of your shoulder to the gallbladder. People with gallbladder pain might complain of pain there. Usually, anyone who has their gallbladder removed will feel this back pain for days after.

Where did we find this stuff? Here are our sources:

National Institutes Of Health

National Cancer Institute

UK National Health Service

National Center for Biotechnology Information

Centers For Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

Cleveland Clinic

Cedars-Sinai Hospital

American Academy of Ophthalmology

American Cancer Society

Mayo Clinic