Many Pennsylvania residents are familiar with conditions that affect women like polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis and fibroids. These well-known conditions can cause women excruciating pain. One condition that is just as common but not as well-known is adenomyosis.

Adenomyosis does not cause cancer, but it can be painful and even debilitating. When a woman has this condition, the uterine tissue does not grow as it should. It actually starts to build up inside the uterine muscle. It is estimated that about one in every 10 women lives with this condition. However, because there are no specific diagnostic criteria for the condition, that estimate could be off. Additionally, some women have the condition but exhibit no symptoms.

It is easy to mistake adenomyosis for other conditions since it shares many common symptoms, like cramps, unexplained infertility, irregular bleeding and painful sex. It is often misdiagnosed as dysfunctional uterine bleeding. It is also common for adenomyosis to be mistaken for thyroid disorders, perimenopause, constipation or bladder pain syndrome.

It is important for people, especially those in the medical field, to learn about adenomyosis in order to recognize the symptoms of the condition and offer a proper diagnosis. The condition will not show up on an ultrasound. An MRI can be used, but caution needs to be exercised when making a diagnosis since fibroids can block part of the MRI view.

Inappropriate treatments for adenomyosis and other conditions can have a serious impact on the quality of a person’s life. An individual who feels like the quality of their life has been negatively affected by a misdiagnosis may want to discuss their case with a personal injury attorney. The attorney may answer a client’s questions about what qualifies as a personal injury and what steps need to be taken in order to seek compensation.