7 Women's Health Problems Doctors Miss

You may have a treatable autoimmune disease whose symptoms are often ignored or missed by docs. Here's what to do about it.

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by Harriet Brown

Ashley Price felt terrible. She was tired, dizzy spells came and went, dark splotches popped up on her chest for no reason, and she'd gained 50 pounds in two years. Her doctor told her: "I have no idea what it is. Wait for it to go away." It didn't go away. "I could no longer think straight, no matter how hard I tried or what I did," Price says. Worse, she suffered three straight miscarriages.

Finally, four years after this nightmare began—after the third miscarriage—an ultrasound revealed that her ovaries were riddled with cysts. She had polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal disorder.

The truth: Women who know something's wrong but can't get the help they need often have an autoimmune disorder, which occurs when the immune system attacks itself. What's the best way to avoid Price's fate and get help fast? Health experts say you must educate and empower yourself by learning about the seven most commonly misdiagnosed women's illnesses described here. Then push your physician to take you seriously.

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