There’s a saying that goes thus, “Assumption is the lowest form of knowledge.”
Especially when it has to do with your health, never assume. Instead, go for a test. Be sure about your health conditions rather than result in self-medication.
Last year, September 2018, I had a slight fever accompanied by headache and stomach upset.
“it’s malaria” – my assumption.
I quickly ran to a nearby clinic and explained to the pharmacist. I told him to give me some malaria tablets and a pack of Flagyl. Since I was having stomach upset, a pack of Flagyl would do well. He did sell everything I asked for and I used according to his prescription.
A few days after, it got worse. My health condition didn’t improve. I went for another type of malaria drugs and some antibiotics. Perhaps, those drugs I used were not working. It never cured my ailment. I continued managing my health. I assumed that the change of environment could be the reason why I feel sick.
Three weeks after, I couldn’t bear this anymore. I started feeling weak and almost fainting. I gave up on my assumptions and visited the hospital
The doctor immediately sent me for a diagnostic test. I was scared of the outcome.
Who knows what could be wrong with me?
The result – ”typhoid and enteritis”.
Wow! I have never heard of enteritis since I was born.
I Google searched and read many materials I found online. Hmmm, the way forward, I was asked to go for a scan. The doctor wanted to be sure if much damage hasn’t been done.
I went for a scan. Luckily, there was no damage done to my system, but I was still having internal pains in my lower abdomen.
However, I was not given any drugs because I had abused a lot of them while trying to treat myself based on my assumption.
My meal was changed totally. I was restricted from taking pepper. For nine months, I ate food without pepper. As an African man, it was weird. I had no choice.
I got healed completely in June, 2019.
Thanks to the support I got from Nonye Aghanya, a US clinician.
Here’s what I learned from the experience:
- Never joke with your health
- Stop self-medication because it kills faster
- Stop prescribing drugs for yourself or anyone
- Get tested for more clarification
- Almost all the sickness starts with fever and headache.
Dear pharmacist, stop selling drugs to people without a doctor’s prescription.
Stop killing people just to make a profit.
Say No To Self-Medication!!!