We’re all guilty of Googling our symptoms when we’re feeling unwell, often ending up with the worst possible explanation.
But one woman has told others to trust their gut feeling after her husband died within days of looking up his symptoms online.
Alison who shared her story on her TikTok @lsnhoffy22She lost her husband Brian in January 2017.
She had given birth to her first child, Carter, just seven weeks earlier.
In the video, she revealed that Brian had asked a family member, who was also a nurse, if his symptoms were a cause for concern.
But the relative had assured them that nothing was wrong – only that he died two days later.
On TikTok, mum Alison wrote: “My husband has severe leg pain so he told a nurse family member he was wondering if it was a blood clot after checking online for symptoms.
“Nurse’s family member: Oh, don’t believe everything you read on Doctor Google!
“My husband died 48 hours later from a blood clot.”
Alison added in the caption of her video: “I don’t blame this person.
“But maybe sharing this article could save someone: If you think you have a blood clot, just go to the emergency room!!
“Blood clots/DVT don’t have to be fatal.”
know the signs
A blood clot usually forms in a deep vein, like the leg — known as the “deep vein thrombosis” (DVT).
This can cause pain and sometimes swelling in the leg and reddening of the skin.
DVTs can happen to anyone, regardless of age or fitness.
However, they are more common in people who are over 60 years old, are overweight, smoke, have cancer or heart failure.
Longer hospital stays, a long drive, or pregnancy can also increase the risk of DVT.
One of the biggest risk factors for a blood clot is sedentary lifestyle and prolonged sitting.
Sometimes clots can break loose and travel through the body to block arteries to the lungs, known as pulmonary embolism or PE, which, if large enough, can be life-threatening.
PE causes several symptoms, including pain and swelling in the legs, chest pain, and shortness of breath.
It is estimated that at least 70,000 blood clots are diagnosed in the UK and 900,000 in the US each year.
Blood clots can be life-threatening if not treated quickly.
They are implicated in one in four deaths worldwide, reports Thrombosis UK.
Most cases involve hospital patients who are bedridden.
The NHS says you should call 111 and get advice if you have any of the following problems:
- Throbbing or cramping pain, swelling, redness, and warmth in a leg or arm
- sudden shortness of breath, sharp chest pain (may get worse if you breathe in), and coughing or coughing up blood
Go to the emergency room if you or the victim is having trouble breathing or has passed out.
https://www.thesun.ie/health/8542152/my-husband-died-after-nurse-dont-believe-google/ My husband died after a nurse we know told us not to believe everything we read on Google