Are you, or do you know, someone who is identified as a hypochondriac? Do you feel sick in your gut all the time, anxious or depressed about your health?
Do you have days where you feel out of wack or your brain feels like cotton or foggy? Your thoughts are scattered and you just feel melancholy? Your stomach feels strange, a mess, and you can’t eat properly? Well then, this is a must read!
Your gut could be telling you that something is not right.
As discovered by many researchers, what you eat can determine your mood and well being. It could even cause depression. Therefore, you should listen to your gut and eat properly because your gut is considered your second brain.
Have you gone to the doctor just to be told that they cannot find anything wrong? Or, that you are just stressed out and need a break? It could very well be stress and you may just need to take a break. It could very well be that you need to eat properly and take probiotics to stabilize the bacteria in your gut.
However, if your gut is telling you there is more to your illness, then, you really need to listen! You may discover it is more than stress or more than what you are or are not eating.
This is exactly what happened to my son, Tristan, for most of his life. And, I feel compelled to share his story.
From the time Tristan was a young boy, he had tremors and problems sleeping. The doctors tested him but did not find any abnormalities. They suggested that something, more than likely schoolwork, was putting stress on Tristan.
As he got a little older, Tristan’s tremors and insomnia got worse and began to worry him more. My husband and I took Tristan to the doctor, who told him that what he was experiencing was normal for his age. “There’s a lot kids your age have to deal with nowadays and you are anxious about it,” he said.
Recently, Tristan’s condition worsened. He had an ear infection, was faintish weak and had to be rushed to an urgent care facility. After taking the prescribed medicine, he continued to feel unwell – he felt weak, tired and could not sleep. He decided to see his family doctor and to share his concerns about his ongoing health dilemma. His doctor sent Tristan to get his blood tested, and found that his platelet count was a little lower than normal. Therefore, the doctors retested him specifically for anemia.
Listen to Your Gut
When Tristan returned home, and while he waited for the test results, he and I researched our family health history. After writing down everything that had changed with his condition over the years, we spoke with my sister, who is also a doctor. We discovered that a lot of our family suffered similar symptoms and were diagnosed with a variety of autoimmune diseases, such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Hyperthyroidism, Pernicious Anemia among others. She suggested tests that Tristan’s family doctor should perform. And, Tristan made the appointment to see him.
Tristan googled his health problems – tremors, insomnia, dry skin, depression and an upset stomach – with the various family diseases. He confirmed that many of his symptoms are classic symptoms of pernicious anemia and hyperthyroidism.
The Importance of Family Health History
Tristan’s test results for anemia and low platelet count came back fine and he informed the doctors of our family health history with autoimmune diseases, and particularly, pernicious anemia, and hyperthyroidism.
As a result, Tristan made an appointment and the doctors will test him for these specific diseases. And, finally, the doctors should know the root of Tristan’s problems. He is awaiting diagnosis but is already feeling better. He feels relieved that his doctors have his family health history.
The moral of this story is, if you can’t get a clear answer from your doctor and your gut is telling you something is not right then talk to your family, get your family health history and inform your doctor of your family health history. If necessary, get a second opinion.
I know our family feels better. Tristan feels much better already and confident that he will finally have answers to his health problems, get the appropriate medication and, ultimately, live a happier, healthier life.