On getting him investigated, it was found that he was suffering from cancer of the rectum that had spread to various parts of the body. He was shocked and just couldnâ€™t understand what went wrong, because he had always been doing the right things. He was a vegetarian, a teetotaler, and a disciplined person all his life; and yet, he was going through this. What he didnâ€™t realize is that had he got himself investigated when he had started bleeding rectally, the chances of him getting treated and surviving could have been better.
Also, there is every possibility that one of the alkaloids in the medicinal herbs that he kept abusing may have triggered the development of cancer. The moral of this true story is that it is always safer to ascertain rather than assume things. Our body complains to us through signs and symptoms. These symptoms could be the same for a large number of diseases. Hence, it is advisable to always get examined by a qualified doctor and then get investigated to know the cause of a particular symptom.
Knowing the diagnosis will decide the exact treatment protocol for that condition, thereby avoiding any unnecessary medications. For example, if it is known that a patient is suffering from a viral infection, the doctor obviously wonâ€™t prescribe antibiotics because these can be of use only in the treatment of bacterial infections. Also, knowing the diagnosis can help the physician to predict the outcome of the disease and the probable treatment response. One need not rush for investigations at the drop of a pin. However, any symptom that persists for more than a week should arouse suspicion.
- Importance of periodic health examinations
- Herbs are double-edged swords
- Bleeding per rectum isnâ€™t always piles
- Leukemia for Laymen
- Hypertension is not the disease; it is a symptom of a disease
Tags: Alkaloids, Antibiotics, Bleeding, Cancer, Diagnosis, Investigations, Medicinal herbs, Piles, Qualified doctor, Rectum, Self-medication, Signs and symptoms, Teetotaler, Treatment protocol, Vegetarian