“They all said irritability, weakness and loss of appetite are typical in old age. I refused to accept the same. He was a hale, hearty and active person a year ago and suddenly his health started to deteriorate. The diagnosis and treatment of numerous doctors failed to make him the same again, “shares the son of Prof Saryu Lal, 86 yr old retired Botany Professor of GMSC College Darbhanga.
For over a year, Prof Saryu had persistently been suffering from weakness, indigestion, anorexia and had swelling on the legs along with high blood pressure. The multiple symptoms and co morbidity was complicating his health condition. “Some days he won’t eat anything and would be so weak that he would not be able to even communicate with us. It was as if my father was going into a shell,” shares his son.
Post recommendations Prof Saryu consulted Dr Ajay Kumar Lal Das, Consultant Internal Medicine, Paras Darbhanga – The first multi super specialty hospital in Mithilanchal. According to Dr Ajay, “Prof Saryu is a distinguished resident of Darbhanga. He had multiple health conditions. Investigations and tests highlighted that he had impaired glucose tolerance, hypertension, ischemic heart disease and low sodium levels (Hyponatremia). We decided to diagnose the situation more and worked on identifying the root cause.”
“His thryroid levels solved the puzzle. The low levels highlighted that he was suffering from hypothyroidism and the multiple symptoms were being caused due to the same. Moreover various studies have showed the relationship of thyroid levels and diabetes. Not treating thyroid disease can cause lots of issues in managing your blood sugars because the effects the symptoms have on your body and how your body metabolizes glucose and insulin.”
Dr Ajay recommended simple medication for hypothyroidism. “I was astonished to hear that just one tablet could cure most of my symptoms. I was amazed when I felt like eating mangoes. To my delight, the feeling of being hungry had finally come back to me. Against popular notion that big hospitals charge you extra and make you go through unnecessary tests, my experience at Paras Darbhanga was contradictorily positive. I wish Dr Ajay and his team the best in the future,” shares Prof Saryu.