7 Health Conditions Doctors Often Overlook

7 Health Conditions Doctors Often Overlook

While some health conditions are easy to identify, however, others can take longer to diagnose. Certain signs of disease are obvious and are written all over your face, hands, and even your feet. Some other signs might be subtle and doctors could overlook the condition. Here are health problems doctors are most likely to miss:


1. Lupus 

Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy organs and tissues throughout the body. It’s characterized by shortness of breath, skin lesions, fatigue, dry eyes, facial rash, fever, etc. if you have all these symptoms, that’s an easy diagnosis. But unfortunately, most people don’t get all those symptoms. 


Lupus can mimic symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Your doctor may try several treatment options before diagnosing lupus. 


2. Hypothyroidism 

In hypothyroidism, the thyroid gland stops producing normal levels of thyroid hormones. This condition is difficult to spot in the early stages. It’s accompanied by weight gain, fatigue, constipation, dry skin, and thinning hair. But these symptoms are nonspecific, which makes it difficult to recognize hypothyroidism.   


Fatigue is one of the most common signs of hypothyroidism. But in the U.S., nearly 99 percent of people have experienced fatigue. But don’t let fear of complaining keep you from reporting your exhaustion to your healthcare provider. 


3. Chlamydia 

Chlamydia is the most frequently reported bacterial sexually transmitted infection in the United States. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a large number of cases are not reported since most people with chlamydia don’t develop symptoms.  


It’s essential to be screened at least once a year. If left ignored, cervicitis from chlamydia can progress and cause pelvic inflammatory disease which threatens you with infertility. 


4. Irritable bowel syndrome 

IBS is tricky to diagnose. Doctors can only diagnose it when they can’t find anything else physically wrong with a patient. Doctors first try to find out other possible culprits for digestive problems. 


IBS also has ever-changing symptoms, for instance, a person can experience constipation one day, and then they can get diarrhea the next. Then, these symptoms can go away on their own. 


5. Heart disease 

In fact, heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the U.S. Many women and even their doctors don’t recognize the signs of a heart attack which can look markedly different from the classic symptoms. A heart attack in women is characterized by fatigue, shortness of breath, and discomfort in the neck. 


Medical experts don’t know for sure why there are differences between a heart attack in women and men, but they do know that heart disease in women is different than in men. 


6. Lyme disease 

Lyme disease is caused by a tick-borne infection called Borrelia burgdorferi. Lyme disease is accompanied by body aches, fatigue, and fever that doctors often write off as the flu. The body doesn’t have time to develop the antibodies that signal the disease until a few weeks after the bite, which means blood tests won’t show it. 


The symptoms can go away for a while, therefore it’s best to see your healthcare provider for a one-time antibiotic if you suspect that you have Lyme disease. If you ignore it and continue to ignore it, the long-term effects of this disease can be debilitating. 


7. Fibromyalgia 

Symptoms of fibromyalgia are so nonspecific that some doctors have questioned its existence despite the fact that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognizes it. None of the symptoms are visible to the eye and can’t be detected through tests. To speed up the diagnosis, you should visit your doctor and tell them about your symptoms in detail. 

Published by Amelia Grant

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