When you go to the doctor, you trust that they will take the time needed to diagnose your condition and provide you with an effective treatment plan. The problem is that doctors don’t always accurately diagnose patients’ medical conditions. In fact, far too many illnesses are either misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all. Whether it’s due to the doctor being overworked and in a rush, the hospital or medical facility not having the tools or equipment needed to make a proper diagnosis, or for some other reason, the end result could be catastrophic for the patient.
Most medical conditions can be effectively treated – so long as they are diagnosed early enough. That’s why it is especially important that the trained medical professionals you count on to diagnose your medical issues do so when you go to the hospital. A proper, and early, diagnosis could be the difference between life and death.
One way to guard against your doctor misdiagnosing your medical condition is to be aware of the signs and symptoms of certain illnesses. This can help you to provide your doctor or physician with all of the necessary information they need to make an accurate medical diagnosis.
Here are a few of the most commonly misdiagnosed conditions:
Fibromyalgia is a disorder that results in severe, widespread pain and difficulty sleeping. Women are far more likely to suffer from fibromyalgia than men. Additionally, the disorder is often mistaken for rheumatoid arthritis or chronic fatigue syndrome.
Parkinson’s is a progressive disorder of the central nervous system, which means that a person suffering from the disease can lose mobility and struggle to move freely. A lot of people suffering from Parkinson’s find that their hands tremor uncontrollably and their speech is slurred. These symptoms will only get worse if the condition is left untreated. Doctors can easily misdiagnose Parkinson’s because the condition’s symptoms are similar to those for a traumatic head injury.
A person suffering from multiple sclerosis will likely lose control of their central nervous system, leading to muscle spasms, balance problems, and blurred vision. The problem with initially diagnosing multiple sclerosis is that these symptoms are often mistaken for a viral infection.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that makes it difficult for a person to digest gluten. A person with celiac disease may have gastrointestinal problems and frequent loss of appetite. The disease is often misdiagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome.
A person with lupus may notice severe inflammation of their skin. The autoimmune disease can cause serious damage to a person’s body, which is why it needs to be diagnosed early in order for the afflicted individual to get necessary medical treatment. Lupus can be mistaken for rheumatoid arthritis or chronic fatigue syndrome.
If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a doctor’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial damages through a medical malpractice lawsuit. The experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Lombardi & Lombardi, P.A. will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us anytime to schedule a free consultation.