By Laura NathanDoubting your diagnosis? Read on to find out what you might really
Sometimes even the best doctors miss the mark: About 40 percent of all
mistakes that M.D.s make are misdiagnoses, says the National Patient Safety
Foundation. That's because many ailments have similar symptoms or can be
detected only with tests that your physician might consider unnecessary if he's
confident in his verdict. If you're in the know about often-confused
conditions, though, you can ask the right...
Surgery to remove reproductive organs may also help when
the cause of pain can't be found.1 When surgery, such as
hysterectomy or cutting of specific pelvic-area
nerves, is done for pain with no known cause, there is a risk of persistent
pain or pain that is worse after surgery. And it can have serious side effects.
Laparoscopy to diagnose chronic pelvic pain may be done before other treatment. Areas of endometriosis
or scar tissue may be removed or destroyed during the