To her alarm, one super-active U.S. girl suddenly found herself struggling to carry out day-to-day activities. You see, she started experiencing agonizing sharp pains in her ribs when attempting even the simplest of everyday tasks. Something had to give, then; but such a fit and healthy young woman had a hard time convincing medical professionals that there was anything actually wrong with her. Eventually, however, she needed surgery to fix her problem. And afterwards she claimed that too many doctors had overlooked the cause of her excruciating pain.
The girl in question, identified only as Haley, was a 16-year-old who has had a pretty rough time of things. She has always been an active person and found a particular talent in the pool. In fact, she has been swimming since she was 18 months old and became so good at it that she joined a team and started entering competitions.
About a year and a half after she began swimming competitively, though, Haley noticed an occasional pain in her left side. Unfortunately, this discomfort gradually increased in frequency and severity until it was bad enough to warrant a visit to the doctor. But Haley and her family maintain that no one could give her a real diagnosis. Apparently, the advice was that Haley had simply overused her muscles and needed to take it easy.