During the holiday season, Interactive Health member Jeffrey was feeling lethargic and weak. The busiest time of year usually had him feeling under the weather one way or another and he figured it would pass before the New Year. After his health evaluation suggested that his fatigue may have more serious implications, he was strongly encouraged to see his doctor as soon as possible. From his appointment, he was sent to the emergency room where he was diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer and a hiatal hernia. Because he was able to receive the life-saving care he needed as a result of his initial health evaluation, Jeffrey now encourages others to undergo their own testing whenever possible.
For the whole month of December I was feeling very tired and weak all the time. I attributed my low energy levels to the holidays, seeing as I was running around with the usual “full plate,” I never thought it could have been something beyond my busy schedule. I got to be even more lethargic and suffered pounding headaches. My health was getting worse every day and I didn’t even consider seeking help.
When I went to get my blood test from Interactive Health, the phlebotomist who did the procedure told me I would be contacted in about two weeks with my results. The very next night, I got a call from an Interactive Health representative. They were concerned because my blood tests had shown I had dangerously low hemoglobin levels. I was strongly encouraged to see my doctor as soon as possible.
The day after Christmas I went to a doctor and got more tests done. The doctor gave me a call that afternoon and told me to get to the emergency room as quickly as I could. I hopped in my car and drove straight to the ER. When I got there they told me I was lucky I didn’t pass out or drive off the road at some point on my way there. I was admitted and had a colonoscopy, endoscopy and two blood transfusions. I ended up staying for three days, and during that time I was diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer and a hiatal hernia.
I’m feeling much better now with regular check-ups with my doctor. I don’t know what I would have done without the initial nudge from Interactive Health to seek medical care. Going forward, I want to encourage people to have this screening done, you never know if it could save your life.
— as told to Interactive Health via online form
*names have been changed to protect the privacy of the individuals
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