There are a number of medical conditions that can cause pain and discomfort for women in Indiana. One of the most underreported issues is adenomyosis, or endometriosis of the uterus muscle, which occurs in one in 10 women. This condition is fairly common but can be misdiagnosed by doctors.
Adenomyosis happens when the uterine tissue lining, which is supposed to grow inside the uterus, actually grows on the outside uterine muscle wall. While the condition is benign, aka non-cancerous, it can still cause debilitating pain for women.
Symptoms of adenomyosis include strong cramping, painful sex, abnormal bleeding and unexplained infertility. Unfortunately, adenomyosis is often misdiagnosed by doctors as dysfunctional uterine bleeding, constipation, bladder pain syndrome, perimenopause, thyroid disorders and endometriosis. Many women also tend to think that the painful periods they are experiencing are related to traditional endometriosis when the real cause is adenomyosis. In some cases, women will not have any symptoms when they have adenomyosis.
It can be difficult to diagnose adenomyosis with an ultrasound or Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Sometimes, a patient can have fibroids, which are benign uterine tumors, and these fibroids block the MRI view that would lead to an adenomyosis diagnosis. Failure to diagnose adenomyosis correctly can lead to years of unnecessary medical treatments that won’t solve the patient’s pain or bleeding issues.
When a doctor has misdiagnosed adenomyosis, the patient’s quality of life can suffer greatly. The misdiagnosis may result in years of pain, job loss, inability to do certain activities and financial loss. A medical malpractice attorney can help a victim recover compensation for these damages.