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Don’t Ignore the Signs!

May 02, 2018 02:42PM ● By Jason Huddle

Don’t Ignore the Signs!

Blood vessels may be tiny parts in our body, but they make a huge difference in our health. There are many conditions and diseases that impact blood vessels, such as strokes, Deep Vein Thromboses [DVT], Pulmonary Embolisms [PE], Coronary Artery Disease and Heart Arrhythmias.

In honor of May being National Stroke Awareness Month, an employee of Cannon Pharmacy, Elma, wanted to share her journey and make others aware that it is VITAL to listen to your body’s warning signs.

Elma recalls that after having intense pain and extreme swelling in her leg, she spent 10 days in the hospital and was diagnosed with having a Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism. She was placed on blood thinners, and finally received a diagnosis of May-Thurner Syndrome (a genetic blood-clotting disorder).

Elma relays that those 10 days were filled with “pain, fear and uncertainty,” but was told by her doctor that there was nothing she did to cause it or could have done to prevent it.

   Through this journey, she knows she has survived something that many people do not and has gained a new perspective and appreciation for life.

“I have a lifelong and complicated illness that leaves me uncertain, but I don’t have to give up the life I love or the things that make me happy,” she says. “I regret that I ignored my symptoms hoping I would feel better instead of realizing that I was not feeling normal or well. It is wise to seek care as soon as something does not seem normal. You can be young or old, any body size or any body type.   DO NOT ignore any symptoms.”

As Elma encourages others, listen to your body and talk with your health care providers when something does not seem right. If your condition requires a new medication, consult with your pharmacist about use and potential side effects. After all, your life depends on it!

Story By: Amanda Buck

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