According to an article in the Daily Mail, roughly one third of the people diagnosed with asthma actually have something else. Sort of makes one wonder how many people are being treated for asthma when they may have something completely unrelated. The article which ran in the Daily mail says that asthma isn't the only disease that gets misdiagnosed and points to three other ailments that are very frequently missed.

1. Depression - Depression can be a difficult one to diagnose and a diagnosis of depression usually means a lifetime of medicating. On the other hand, quite often the cause of all those symptoms of depression can be hypothyroidism or an under-active thyroid. Pretty much the same symptoms, but a completely different treatment.

2.  Menopause- Symptoms of menopause include things like irregular periods night sweats, mood changes and bloating. As it turns out, those are also the symptoms of on over-active thyroid, Again, same symptoms, different treatments.

3.  Irritable bowel syndrome- If you have symptoms like bloating, diarrhea and stomach pain, you could be suffering from IBS. Then again, you could actually have coeliac disease. If you're not familiar with that one, it is quite simply a matter of being allergic to gluten.

Those are just three examples of diseases that can very easily be misdiagnosed. If you've been diagnosed with something and the treatment just doesn't seem to be working, don't be shy about returning to your doctor and letting him know. It could make a huge different in the way you are being treated for your ailment.

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