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The common complications and one of the main causes
The enlarging womb of pregnancy
(showing the compression of adjacent structures)
L = liver, S = stomach, C = colon, W = womb, B = bladder, R = rectum.
Diagram reference: Modern Medical Counselor (1957)
Pregnancy symptoms and their misinterpretation about hypochondria
In 1975 I was experiencing a very large range of symptoms which my doctor was unable to diagnose, explain, or relieve, so I decided to start reading medical books to cure them myself.
The symptoms included chest pains, palpitations breathlessness, faintness, fatigue, abdominal pain, changes in blood pressure, kidney aches, haemorrhoids, and many more.
Within a few years I was able to determine that I had a forward curvature in my upper spine, and that when I leaned forwards, such as leaning toward a desk repeatedly, that I was putting a lot of mechanical pressure on the internal organs of my chest and abdomen, and the pressure on my lungs was causing the breathlessness, and pressure on my stomach was causing the stomach pains etc.
However, I also became aware that they were also being described by some authors as the imaginary symptoms of hypochondria.
I also noticed that the same range of symptoms were seen in pregnancy, where they were regarded as the common complications.
I automatically concluded that they were occurring because the pregnant womb would be putting pressure on the abdominal organs, and the chest as it enlarged and pushed upwards.
I also assumed that the abdominal symptoms would be occurring in the early stages of pregnancy, and the chest symptoms of faintness and fatigue would occur in the later stages as the womb grew higher into the upper abdomen, and was able to confirm that to be true.
I also found that some other authors had made similar suggestions, and that it was standard knowledge in the pregnancy text books.
In that process I had discovered that the symptoms of hypochondria had a real cause, namely poor posture, and that they were not imaginary as had previously been thought.
At one stage I was reading an old medical book from 1928, and it showed what doctors of that time were thinking, and why they thought that they symptoms were imaginary.
I was not surprised
Note that when I read that item I was not surprised.
I had those symptoms, I had discovered that the cause was poor posture, and I had also noticed that they were similar to the common complications of pregnancy, and I knew why.
I had already determined a logical explanation for the symptoms, and essentially that the symptoms of hypochonria were real and not imaginary.
The old idea that the symptoms were imaginary was the result of false assumptions.
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