I have a yoga client who went years dealing with chronic pain and fatigue before finally finding her diagnosis: fibromyalgia. Why the difficulty with diagnosis? Fibromyalgia is one of may auto immune disorders that doctors often misdiagnosis and/or overlook and its not necessarily the doctors fault either. Oftentimes, these disorders just slip right under the radar with stealthy and erratic symptoms.
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- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS): PCOS is a condition where the body produces excess male hormones, caused by an imbalance in insulin. PCOS isn’t often diagnosed until women experience infertility; it is the leading cause of infertility in the U.S. LOOK FOR: Irregular periods, weight gain, excess body and facial hair.
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS): Reports suggest at least 1 million Americans suffer from CFS, marked by extreme fatigue. The cause is uncertain. Some suggest it is due to hormonal imbalance and stress, other suggest long-term viral infections. LOOK FOR: Extreme fatigue, inability to focus, lack of memory. Doctors will often test for Mono, Lyme disease and thyroid function to rule out other conditions.
- Lupus: Lupus is a condition in which your immune system attacks your body. It is thought that hormones play a role, as many women experience their first symptoms after or during pregnancy. LOOK FOR: Facial rash, kidney disease, low counts of red blood cells, platelets, or white blood cells.
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS): Another immune system disorder, MS attacks the myelin sheath covering the nerves in the brain and the nervous system, causing a breakdown in the nerves and the communication channel they supply between the body and the brain. Most individuals are diagnosed between the ages of 20-40. LOOK FOR: Numbness and weakness, dull pain, fatigue, vision problems.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): Many women go years with symptoms of IBS but are too embarrassed to talk about it with the doctor. IBS is thought to possibly be caused by a miscommunication between the brain and the gut; it also may have associations with diet and a woman’s menstrual cycle. LOOK FOR: Diarrhea, constipation, pain; worsening of symptoms after fatty foods, dairy products as well as coffee and alcohol.
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