15. When Your Body Tries To Take Care Of Itself And Backfires
The body is a little adaptable when it comes to certain things. It tries to take care of itself as much as possible without outside help, but there are just some things that do require medical attention. According to LatrodectusGeometric, a patient’s body was trying to take care of a condition all by itself, but it only ended up making the patient worse. In fact, the patient could have died if he hadn’t gone to the emergency room that day. These things can and do happen. If you think you have a disease, even a rare one, don’t be afraid to say something to your doctor. It might make all the difference, like in this case.
“I had a gentleman who came into the emergency room with extreme fatigue and was found to have very little blood in his body. I asked him what his medical conditions were, and he told me he had polycythemia vera, which is a condition where the body makes TOO MUCH blood, the opposite. Eventually, we discovered that he did have polycythemia vera but had been slowly bleeding from an obscure GI bleed, a tiny blood vessel in his small intestine that would come in and out and bleed small amounts into his stool. In essence, his body was self-treating, having too much blood by doing its own bloodletting, for years.”