5 Diseases Doctors Often Miss

Being treated for a condition that's hasn't improved? Make sure your doctor considers the following diseases.

by Meryl Davids Landau
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Photograph: Diane Diederich

These conditions often go undiagnosed because their symptoms—such as exhaustion, fever, weight gain and joint pain—are commonplace and vague. If your doctor is unclear about what ails you, be sure he has checked you for:

Lyme disease, a systemic bacterial infection transmitted by a tick bite.

Celiac disease, in which gluten (a protein in wheat, barley and rye) harms the intestines during digestion and leads to nutritional deficiencies.

Lupus, an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and damage in many organs in the body.

Hypothyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid gland doesn’t produce a sufficient quantity of a critical hormone.

Narcolepsy, a nervous system disorder in which the brain makes too little of a crucial protein, leading the sufferer to suddenly fall asleep in the daytime.

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First Published February 24, 2012

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Deb Qualls02.29.2012

Very excited and grateful to see lyme disease mentioned also. My twelve year old daughter had seen MANY doctors before we actually found a doctor who tested and still treats her for lyme disease and other co-infections. I always appreciate when I see someone sharing awareness, so that the public gets educated. Great job and thank you so much. Debbie

Deb Qualls02.29.2012

Very excited and grateful to see lyme disease mentioned also. My twelve year old daughter, still suffering with lyme, as we had seen MANY doctors, before finding one that introduced, tested and now treats her for this horrible disease. I welcome any awareness for this disease, in hopes that the public is educated. Great job and thank you so much. Debbie

DebTS 02.29.2012

Thank you so very much for listing "lyme disease" as an illness that is often overlooked. I was sick for two years before I was finally diagnosed with lyme disease. It was because of a dear friend of mine suggesting the correct tests to have my doctor run that I was able to find out what was wrong with me. I appreciate you bringing attention to this. With much appreciation. Debbie

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