From the days of ancient Greece until just the last century, many believed that women could suffer a condition called hysteria. It was dangerous for women as they were often misdiagnosed rather than being treated for actual disorders. Even now many doctors will simply chalk up troubling symptoms to menopause and hormonal change.
A study conducted at Leeds University three years ago showed that women have much higher risks of getting a wrong diagnosis after experiencing cardiac issues than men. One conducted in 2014 also discovered that the same happened to women after a stroke. Certain diseases present the same way as menopause and we should all know what they are.
1. Autoimmune Disorders
When the body can’t tell whether a cell is its own or something foreign, it can turn on itself which is what happens with autoimmune disorders. Lupus, diabetes, and arthritis are indicators and you’ll suffer from constant pain and weariness. If you are not near menopause and experiencing these issues, you might have this disorder.
2. Cardiac Problems
Discomfort and pain in the chest area, difficulty in breathing, and nausea are symptoms of a heart attack. However, they are also similar to the indicators for menopause and the same hot flashes and wearing women experience might just be because the coronary artery is blocked. If you’re worried, go to the doctor right away.
3. Lyme Disease
A disease spread by ticks, it is easily treatable but late diagnosis can lead to complications. Rashes which look like bulls’eyes, fevers, and weariness are indicators of Lyme disease but so are migraines, dilation of the pupils, and palpitations. The later are also warning signs of menopause.
4. Thyroid Issues
Imbalance of the thyroid hormone is very common in women and both Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism affect metabolic functions. However, sweating at night and weariness are also indicators of menopause. So, many women go undiagnosed for long periods of time.
A potentially fatal disease that mostly impacts the lungs, Tuberculosis is airborne and has great resistance to many medicines. Chronic coughs, blood in the sputum, and pain in the chest are common symptoms. Like menopause, patients also suffer from weariness and tend to sweat at night.
6. Uterine Cancer
This might be the most serious issue when it comes to the misdiagnosis of women. Spotting, difficulty during coitus, an aching pelvis, etc. are all symptoms of uterine cancer but also indicators of menopause. This type of cancer might necessitate surgery or chemotherapy and it is vital that women are checked for this when they present with these symptoms.
7. Uterine Fibroids
Irregularity of the menstruation cycle can be attributed to the onset of menopause but you may have another problem as well. Uterine fibroids are non-malignant lumps growing in the uterus. They can make you feel uncomfortable and make you anemic. However, since this is also an indicator of menopause, women are often misdiagnosed.
No one knows your body as well as you do so don’t be afraid to push the issue if something feels off. An ounce of prevention is always worth a pound of cure.