IBS To Lupus: 5 Diseases That Are Often Difficult To Diagnose

Some diseases can be hard to diagnose, as the symptoms you may suffer from may also coincide with other diseases.

Varun Verma
Written by: Varun VermaUpdated at: Dec 13, 2022 16:58 IST
IBS To Lupus: 5 Diseases That Are Often Difficult To Diagnose

When you suffer from pain, stomach problems, or any other health conditions, the normal instinct is to visit a doctor to get a diagnosis. However, in some cases, the diagnosis of the disease can be challenging. This may happen even after you start showing visible signs and symptoms. The reason behind this could be that the symptoms of the disease you may be suffering from can also coincide with symptoms of other diseases. This makes the diagnosis process harder for medical professionals. Here are five diseases that are often hard to diagnose.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

In a previous interaction with OnlyMyHealth editorial team Dr Ravindra B S, Director-Gastroenterologist, Fortis BG Road, stated that the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome include abdominal pain, diarrhoea, constipation, changes in bowel movement, bloating, and gas. He states that the disease may not be diagnosed because many people experience mild symptoms and tend to ignore it.

Celiac Disease

This disease causes your body to unintentionally attack your digestive system when you consume gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. You may also experience hurting joints, rashes, headaches, depression, and seizures, in addition to the other more common symptoms like diarrhoea, exhaustion, and weight loss. The disease is hard to diagnose as some symptoms can also be brought on by other medical disorders, such as ulcers, Crohn's disease, and irritable bowel syndrome.

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In an interaction with OnlyMyHealth, Dr K. N. Srivastava, Director and Head of the Department, General And Minimal Access Surgery, BLK Hospital, Delhi, highlighted the symptoms of appendicitis as vomiting, fever, and pain in the lower right abdomen. In rare cases, loss of appetite, swelling in the belly, constipation, severe cramps, and pain while passing urine can also present as signs of appendicitis.

Because colitis, pelvic inflammatory disease, intestinal blockage, and Crohn's disease might all have similar symptoms, it's not often identified immediately. Dr Srivastava said a blood count test and ultrasound are needed to confirm this condition.

Sleep Apnoea

Sleep apnoea is a condition that happens when you are asleep, during which your breathing stops and starts. You can wake up with a headache, dry mouth, sore throat, and feeling irritable and fuzzy-headed. But those might also be symptoms of the flu, a cold, or other illnesses. Your doctor might advise getting a sleep study done to confirm this condition. During this procedure, a technician will monitor your heart rate, breathing, oxygen levels, brain activity, and whether you snore while you sleep.

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In this situation, your immune system, which normally works to defend you, starts attacking your tissues and joints. It can leave you feeling worn out and achy, much like certain types of arthritis and fibromyalgia. Not everyone develops lupus, but a specific rash can help your doctor diagnose it. Its symptoms can differ in people and may come and go, and no test can diagnose it. An examination and tests can rule out other disorders, and after that, your doctor can determine whether you have lupus by observing your symptoms.

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