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Mom Thought She Was Dying From Cancer - Then Doctor Reveals The Truth

A woman started to show symptoms that left her terrified and believing that she had cancer. She was absolutely shocked to learn the true cause of her suffering.

When Gail T. Wells, a hardworking nursing practitioner, began suffering from a persistent cough, acute abdominal pain and constant fatigue, she began to fear that she was suffering from a serious illness. However, after visiting doctors, Ms. Wells was informed that her symptoms and test results did not indicate a well-known health issue. An increasingly concerned Ms. Wells decided to secure the services of Thy Nguyen, an acclaimed neurologist and professor of Neurology at the Houston Health Science Center at the University of Texas.

“I felt like I was dying,” recalls Ms. Wells during an interview with the National Post. During Ms. Wells’ initial meeting with Doctor Nguyen, Ms. Wells was informed that she would have to undergo a series of tests designed to analyze her body for signs of cancer. “I really wasn’t surprised. It was more like a kind of resignation,” says Ms. Wells.

The procedures kicked off shortly afterwards and Ms. Wells soon found herself undertaking a mammogram and extensive bloodwork tests. The medical developments quickly settled in for Ms. Wells who began to realize that her life might be on the brink of falling apart. However, rather than bemoan her poor fortune, the brave 62-year-old woman decided to review her funeral coverage and sat down to talk with her husband and four adult children.

In an encouraging turn of events, Ms. Wells’ tests results were happily delivered by Doctor Nguyen who affirmed that there were no results that indicated an underlying cancer. If anything, Doctor Nguyen was surprised at how healthy Ms. Wells was for her age. However, while reviewing the test results, Doctor Nguyen did manage to spot a pattern of abnormalities that left him gob smacked.

As Doctor Nguyen leafed through more pages of results, it seemed likely that Ms. Wells was suffering from ongoing complications that began around the time she took a strong anti-migraine and anti-seizure drug. The cause of the symptoms that Ms. Wells had reported – fatigue and abdominal pain – were rooted in an incident that occurred 15 years ago. “You could have told me I was pregnant, that’s how astonished I was,” says Ms. Wells.

After years of grueling 12-hour workdays, limited sleep and wearing migraines, Ms. Wells began to notice persistent signs of fatigue. The fatigue continued to afflict Ms. Wells – who began to think she suffered from depression – as she transitioned from professional employment into retirement. The former nurse also noticed substantial weight loss, prompting her doctor to recommend a colonoscopy to detect any irregularities in the liver, pancreas and kidneys.

Before she could undertake this procedure, Ms. Wells' condition developed even further and she began suffering from random nerve deterioration and degenerations. “I felt like I was aging super-fast,” she said. “I thought, ‘How do people manage in their 70s and 80s?’” remembers Ms. Wells.

Doctor Nguyen also recalls the terror that Ms. Wells possessed in her health center, saying: “I remember she was tearful. She said, ‘I’ve been looking forward to retiring, and now I can’t do anything.’” Doctor Nguyen cautiously diagnosed Ms. Wells with some form of idiopathic degenerative neuropathy, saying: “Things were going kind of fast, and that’s very unusual. At that point, you have to start thinking out of the box.”

After another round of targeted blood tests, Doctor Nguyen was finally able to determine what was afflicting Ms. Wells. Ms. Wells was suffering from a Hepatitis C complication – specifically, a chronic infection that was most likely transmitted during accidental contact with a patient’s blood in a hospital during Ms. Wells’ nursing career.

Source: National Post
Photo: Gail Wells, Washington Post Screenshot

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