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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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