Polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis and fibroids are all conditions that cause women excruciating pain and are pretty well known. Washington residents may be interested in learning about a condition of the reproductive system that is not as well known but should be. It is called adenomyosis.
Adenomyosis is actually quite common. While there is no diagnostic criteria or standardized definition for adenomyosis, it is estimated that at least one in 10 women are dealing with the condition. Many individuals are familiar with the way endometriosis causes uterine tissue to grow outside of the uterus. With adenomyosis, the tissue actually goes awry. It builds up in the uterine muscle wall. It will not turn into cancer, but it can be debilitating and painful.
It is common for doctors to misdiagnose adenomyosis. The symptoms are shared by many other conditions. The symptoms include irregular bleeding, unexplained infertility, painful sex and harsh cramps. It could also include bladder pain syndrome, constipation, thyroid disorders and perimenopause.
When women are dealing with painful periods, doctors often look for endometriosis. Unfortunately, adenomyosis often goes undiagnosed because doctors do not look for it or because women do not have any symptoms. An MRI could diagnose adenomyosis, but only if fibroids do not prevent a doctor from getting a clear view of the uterine muscle wall.
It is common for individuals who are dealing with adenomyosis to be told that their test results are normal and that there is nothing wrong with them. This can lead to anxiety and depression. If the symptoms persist, getting a second opinion may be a good option. In a situation where malpractice may be a possibility, a person might benefit from discussing his or her case with an attorney. In a case where doctors are neglectful or misdiagnose a health problem, the patient may be entitled to compensation. The attorney might help a client with a medical malpractice case, even representing the client in court.