44% of Americans self-diagnose online instead of visiting a medical professional. This choice can lead to awful consequences. You could mix up diseases and end up using the wrong medication because many symptoms are so common.
Bright Side would love for everyone to get the proper professional treatment and not misdiagnose themselves. We found 7 conditions for you that can be very similar and might mislead you.
1. Fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia are chronic pain conditions that commonly go together, but have different causes. Symptoms can be remarkably similar, which is why it’s sometimes difficult to diagnose.
- Joint pain
- Symmetrical pattern of pain. It can be in the same place on both sides
- Fatigue, loss of energy, apathy
Be careful and pay attention to joint pain. It may start suddenly. The most important difference is that rheumatoid arthritis causes joint swelling with warmth and a limited range of motion.
2. Mastitis and breast cancer
Mastitis is a swelling in the breast, which is usually caused by an infection. It mostly affects women who are breastfeeding.
Inflammatory breast cancer has symptoms that are a lot like mastitis. Please, if you’ve been diagnosed with mastitis and antibiotic treatment doesn’t help within a week or so, it is better to have an ultrasound, a mammogram, and a skin biopsy to exclude all the risks of cancer.
- Breast tenderness
3. Diabetes and stomach flu or eating disorders
Diabetes is a dangerous disease that involves problems with the hormone insulin and numerous other symptoms that you can confuse with other disorders. It is crucial to not be late visiting a doctor and to not do any self-diagnosing. It may be confused with these diseases:
1. Stomach flu (virus): You can experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, and other symptoms. You need to do blood tests to diagnose it.
2. Eating disorders: Because of extreme weight loss due to high blood sugar. Patients might be diagnosed with an eating disorder like anorexia or bulimia.
4. Peripheral artery disease and atherosclerosis
Peripheral artery disease is a common problem when you don’t receive enough blood flow to keep up with demand. Usually, it happens with legs.
Atherosclerosis is the narrowing of the arteries. It reduces blood flow and oxygen to an artery in your body including the heart, brain, legs, kidneys, and other vital organs.
- Reduced blood flow
- Pain in legs
- Thin, cold, and shiny skin
5. Problems with a spinal cord and kidney diseases
There can be several reasons for kidney diseases: infections, kidney stones, injury to the kidneys, and blood clots. All of these conditions can cause a lot of pain that you can confuse with problems in your lower back.
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Walking difficulties
- Pain in the back
6. Endometriosis and ovarian cysts
Endometriosis is a condition where the lining of the uterus, that is responsible for menstruation, is found outside the womb. It gives rise to ovarian cysts and causes pelvic pain.
Many women have ovarian cysts. The majority disappear without treatment, within a few months. But there are some pathological cysts that need special treatment.
- Pelvic pain
- Painful period
- Excessive, unusual bleeding
7. Common cold and allergic rhinitis
You’ve had a runny nose for ages and your eyes are so red but no medicine for common colds helps you. Pay attention to how long it lasts and when it happened. It is important to know that if it is allergic rhinitis, there won’t be a fever, but it can be itching.
- Sore throat
- Runny and stuffy nose
How often do you check your symptoms online? Do you know other common diseases that can be easily twisted? Please, share your stories with us below!