10 Most Difficult Diseases To Diagnose

Once a number of symptoms surface, you can’t help but think, do I have this, do I have that?

When it comes to our health, we can’t help but worry. Although many symptoms are generally nothing serious, a diagnosis is now always as black and white as we’d like. There are a number of illnesses and diseases which are tough to diagnose, including the following ten.

10. Neurological Deficitis

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This is a rare condition, which results in the accumulation of fatty tumors around the neck, upper arms, shoulder, and upper trunk. Although it mainly affects men of Mediterranean ancestry, who have a history of alcohol abuse, it can also affect women and non-alcoholics. Since the symptoms are rare and vary greatly from person to person, this disease can be tough to diagnose.

Impaired function of the nerves in one’s arms and legs are also generally a sign, especially as an individual grows older. With that being said, neurological deficits can be hard to diagnose after long-term alcohol abuse. If you notice any abnormal growths or lumps, please visit your physician.

9. Celiac Disease

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This disease causes individuals to suffer from inflammation within their intestine, due to a hypersensitivity to gluten. This autoimmune disorder can actually cause damage, resulting in abnormal absorption of nutrients. There’s a lot of confusion surrounding this disease, resulting in many individuals remaining undiagnosed.

In fact, on average, it takes approximately six to ten years to be accurately diagnosed. If you believe that you may have celiac disease, request a blood test. If you do in fact have this condition, an endoscopy can then be used to determine whether or not damage has occurred.

8. Lupus

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Lupus is a chronic disease, which results when your own body’s immune system begins to attack healthy organs and tissues, including the brain. Since lupus develops slowly, the symptoms come and go. These ‘flares’ may result in a number of symptoms, including headaches, painful breathing, hair loss, swollen joints, and more.

Unfortunately, this disease is not yet curable, but it’s important to be diagnosed as early as possible. Although symptoms of lupus are often confused with other conditions, it’s important to request an anti-nuclear antibody test if you’re concerned. Also, it’s worth noting that this disease is 10 to 15 times more common in women, and two to three times more common among the Hispanic, Asian, Native American, and African American population.

7. Ovarian Cancer

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Ovarian cancer is a disease which is often referred to as a silent killer, due to a lack of concrete symptoms. Although early symptoms, such as pelvic pain, bloating, and difficulty eating generally present themselves, many women ignore these signs. It’s concerning that approximately 70 percent of ovarian cases are discovered during stage III or higher.

When experiencing these symptoms initially, many women associate them with menopause, digestion issues, or the aging process. After the age of 50, the incidence of ovarian cancer rises, especially for those who have a family history of breast, colon, or ovarian cancer. Don’t wait, because when caught early, 90 percent of cases are curable.

6. Chronic Hepatitis

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In most cases, acute hepatitis is easy to diagnose and may even heal on its own. When persisting longer than six months, this is known as chronic hepatitis, which often does not yield any signs. In many cases, individuals will feel weak and tired, however, these symptoms are often dismissed.

There’s a wide range of causes, with viral hepatitis being the most common. In order to be properly diagnosed, blood tests and liver biopsies may be required. This disease can remain hidden for decades, and as many as 70 percent of those infected are not even aware.

5. Chlamydia

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Being one of the most common infectious diseases across the United States, this is one of the most dangerous STDs among the female population. In most cases (approximately two-thirds), women will not have any symptoms at all. It’s critical that you regularly get tested, especially if you’re sexually active. Annual screenings are highly recommended, ensuring that this disease is caught early.

If left undiagnosed, chlamydia may develop into pelvic inflammatory disease, which can result in a wide range of future complications, especially in terms of pregnancy. It’s said that approximately 75 percent of cases occur in individuals younger than 25. If you are experiencing any abnormal discharge, bleeding, itching, cloudy urine, or lower abdominal pain, it’s critical that you provide a urine sample.

4. Multiple Sclerosis

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system. Although this disease is highly damaging, there isn’t a single test that can detect its development. Early symptoms do surface, however, they often mimic a number of other conditions, and they often change over time.

If you experience blurry vision, weakness, unexplained tingling, muscle spasms, or any other abnormal impairment, seek medical attention immediately. There are a number of tests that may be administered after a physical examination, including an MRI. If a diagnosis is still not clear, a cerebrospinal fluid collection may be necessary.

3. Hemochromatosis

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This hereditary disease results in your body absorbing too much iron. Until recently, many physicians were taught that this condition was extremely rare, resulting in a misdiagnosis. To make matters worse, early symptoms are generally undiagnosed until significant damage becomes apparent. Not every individual will display all possible symptoms and symptoms may develop in a random order.

2. Osteoporosis

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For those who suffer from osteoporosis, they often experience low bone mass and deteriorating bone tissue. Often known as the silent thief, this condition generally occurs without symptoms. Although bone loss may be occurring, a diagnosis isn’t often made until a fracture occurs.

Unlike other conditions, you cannot physically feel your bones becoming thinner and more fragile. Once a break or fracture occurs, measuring bone density will help determine whether or not someone is at risk. As women reach menopause and changes occur in terms of estrogen levels, osteoporosis becomes more common.

1. Chronic Kidney Disease

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Over time, chronic kidney disease gets worse. Unfortunately, many individuals do not notice any symptoms. In fact, the loss of kidney function may occur so slowly, that you do not realize something is wrong until your kidneys stop working. Within the final stage, dialysis or a transplant will be required.

Since diabetes and hypertensions are the most common causes, it’s critical that you pay attention to your kidney health when affected by either of these conditions. Early on, you may experience headaches, nausea, weight loss, or fatigue. If you do not feel right and believe your kidney health is at risk, request a test to check creatinine levels.