44% of Americans self-diagnose online instead of visiting a medical professional. This choice can lead to awful consequences. You could mix up diseases and end up using the wrong medication because many symptoms are so common.
We would love for everyone to get the proper professional treatment and not misdiagnose themselves. We found 7 conditions for you that can be very similar and might mislead you.
1. Fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia are chronic pain conditions that commonly go together, but have different causes. Symptoms can be remarkably similar, which is why it’s sometimes difficult to diagnose.
- Joint pain
- Symmetrical pattern of pain. It can be in the same place on both sides
- Fatigue, loss of energy, apathy
Be careful and pay attention to joint pain. It may start suddenly. The most important difference is that rheumatoid arthritis causes joint swelling with warmth and a limited range of motion.
2. Mastitis and breast cancer
Mastitis is a swelling in the breast, which is usually caused by an infection. It mostly affects women who are breastfeeding.
Inflammatory breast cancer has symptoms that are a lot like mastitis. Please, if you’ve been diagnosed with mastitis and antibiotic treatment doesn’t help within a week or so, it is better to have an ultrasound, a mammogram, and a skin biopsy to exclude all the risks of cancer.
- Breast tenderness