Doctors Order Her To Take Pregnancy Test 7 Times, Then They Realize They Made A Mistake
Marilyn Caylor 6/21/2017
In the past, people used to consult their family doctor whenever they got sick. But, these days, people are turning to "Dr. Google" to self-diagnose their medical conditions.
Of course, we all know that it's dangerous and unreliable to use the Internet as a substitute for a primary health care provider's expertise. Even so, Louise Bryant discovered that Dr. Google knew more about her condition than her own family physician did.
In the end, it was Dr. Google that saved her life!
Louise was only 25-years-old when she began to feel sharp, shooting pains in her lower abdomen. Since she was also experiencing abnormal bleeding, she decided to take a home pregnancy test, just to rule out the possibility that an unplanned baby might be involved.
When it came back negative, her husband, Ben, urged her to seek medical advice. However, when Louise showed up for her appointment, her physician still had her take an "official" pregnancy test.
She dutifully played along and followed doctor's orders. After all, medical professionals are supposed to know what they're doing!
Or, so she thought.
It came as no surprise to Louise when the second pregnancy test came back negative. The doctor was completely baffled by her unexplained painful bloating, and he couldn't pin down an accurate diagnosis.
Louise knew there was something else wrong, but her physicians continued to administer additional pregnancy tests. Over the course of a couple of months, she racked up a grand total of 7 tests! Yet, the results never wavered - there was no bun in the oven.
"I was 110 percent positive ... but I was repeatedly asked to do more tests. "
In the meantime, Louise's condition was getting progressively worse. In addition to her previous symptoms, Louise had now developed severe back pain, breathing issues, and her appetite was completely gone.
Fed up, Louise decided to take matters into her own hands and started researching her symptoms on the Internet.
"It was a really worrying time and I Googled my symptoms, which made me fear the worse..."
She had a right to be fearful - it turns out that Dr. Google was 100% spot on!
After multiple failed pregnancy tests proved that the "baby on board" theory was a dud, Louise insisted that her doctor schedule her for an ultrasound. But, not the baby-finding kind of ultrasound.
"A doctor told me he believed there was "definitely something in there", and sent me for a scan."
The shocking image revealed something much larger than a growing fetus - in fact, it was the size of a soccer ball!
"In the scans you could see it was taking up my whole stomach and pressing against my organs, which was causing me pain. The tumor was pressing on my lungs and causing difficulty in breathing."
Yikes, it's no wonder the poor woman was in so much agonizing pain!
Surgeons were able to operate on Louise and "deflate" the massive stage-2 cancerous growth. It was then removed, along with one of her ovaries.
Thankfully, one set of ovaries and Fallopian tubes was left intact, which meant that Louise and her husband could still have children.
Her next pregnancy test turned out to be a positive one - in more ways than one!
Wow, what an incredible story! Yet, it's probably not an isolated one. Be honest - have you ever personally used "Dr. Google" to try and self-diagnose a health issue?
Sources: Mirror, FB Image Credit: Flickr/Joshua Hayworth, Facebook/Ben Bryant