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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

Reddit

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