Maci Bookout is back on TV y'all! But don't get your hopes up too high for a Teen Mom spin-off. The fiery redhead isn't headed back to MTV but CBS. More specifically, Maci is popping up on the daytime medical show The Doctors on Thursday to share the details of a "mystery illness" that plagued her earlier this year.
'Memba when our girl was down and out? Turns out she was in a lot of pain. A LOT of pain. Maci dished that she would have preferred birthing eight more kids than go through this again.
So what happened to her?
It turns out Maci was suffering from a kidney infection, but not just ANY kidney infection. Take a listen:
Ow! Ow! Ow! I've been through natural childbirth, and survived, so I can say that that sounds aaaaawful!
But according to The Doctors, it's also not that uncommon. As part of their promotion of Maci's appearance, the show warns that her condition is something women have a much higher risk of contracting. Apparently we're more prone because we have shorter urethras than men.
It just figures, huh? Another way our bodies rebel against us!
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It can't help that women -- especially moms -- are often prone to putting off treatment for themselves because we're just too busy. That's what caused the worst of it for Maci; by the time she was diagnosed and treated, the kidney infection (also known as an upper urinary tract infection or upper UTI) was more advanced and thus harder to treat.
Don't want to end up like Maci? Heed the signs! Doctors don't usually screen for kidney infections, but you heard her talking about that horrible pain? That was a big warning! Here are some of the major symptoms (according to Medicine.Net) to be on the lookout for:
- Abdominal pain
- Shaking -- chills
- Painful urination (dysuria)
- Frequent urination (urinary frequency)
- Urge to urinate (urinary urgency)
- Flank and low and mid back pain (dull kidney pain)
- Generalized malaise
Suffering from any of the above? Don't end up like Maci!
What do you think of Maci's comparison of this to birthing little Bentley?
Image via The Doctors