When we are young, most of us tend not to go to a medical check-up as often as we should, and when we do we think that they should have the solution to all our problems as soon as we tell them about it.
As we get older, however, you learn that doctors are human too and they may not have the answer to every problem.
A UK mother named Hayley Laughton, aged just 23, had difficulty keeping food in her stomach after eating. Her weight dropped drastically from lack of food.
She was diagnosed with anorexia, depression and all kinds of mental health related disorders but no treatment seemed to be effective.
‘Every time I tried to eat I would vomit and feel really suffocated. It was an absolute nightmare’ Laughton said. “It got to the point where she couldn’t even take care of her 4-year-old son Riley”
It wasn’t until she went on vacation to Spain with her family that a doctor correctly diagnosed her. She suffered a seizure caused by dehydration as she found it difficult to even drink water. The doctor told her that her case had only seen him once in her life.
Turns out Laughton had esophageal achalasia.a disorder of the esophagus that causes the muscles that allow food to pass into the stomach to stop working properly.
It is a relatively rare disease, affecting around 6,000 people in Britain, mainly older women.
Laughton admits that she was relieved when she finally got the correct diagnosis as she could now finally lead a normal life after all this time. She underwent an operation and everything seems to be going better.
“It’s been a nightmare and I just want people to realize that this disease exists to help people who may be going through the same thing,” he said. We hope that your story at least serves to help other people.