As a woman, you are likely used to the discomfort you experience on a monthly basis. To a certain extent, cramps and bloating might seem normal. Perhaps back pain does as well.
However, sometimes you might feel as though your symptoms are worsening. And despite no diagnosis of a disease, you might believe something is seriously wrong.
Medical professionals failed to diagnose
Your symptoms might seem similar to how Lina Kharnak's endometriosis began - cramping, heavy periods and unexplained pain. Following a normal pelvic exam and ultrasound, Kharnak's chiropractor and ob-gyn agreed that she might have a pinched nerve or sciatica, based on the severe pain in her leg and back. However, in addition to her pain, Kharnak experienced:
- High blood pressure
- Frequent urinary tract infections
- Painful intercourse
After years of researching her pain on her own, Kharnak wondered whether she might have endometriosis. But when she mentioned her concerns at an appointment with of the specialists she saw, the doctor allegedly told her to "stop practicing Google medicine."
Kharnak's research eventually led her to a correct diagnosis. However, by that point in time her health concerns were so extreme that Kharnak's surgical team removed her ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus and one of her kidneys, in addition to her scar tissue and abnormal growths.
What Mayo Clinic suggests
The pain and symptoms Kharnak experienced align with those explained by Mayo Clinic. Although medical doctors may discourage your from trying to self-diagnose, you might still be wise to do your own research. And if a physician misdiagnosed you, know that you may be able to take action.