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What conditions are most often misdiagnosed?

| Oct 20, 2020 | Medical Malpractice

When you have a health problem, you likely head into your doctor’s office, hoping you can find the answer to what’s wrong.  However, a doctor making a correct diagnosis doesn’t always happen. Some studies show doctors misdiagnosis about 12 million patients each year in the United States, and that women and minorities are 20-30% more likely to be misdiagnosed.

Some of the most commonly misdiagnosed conditions are very deadly if not treated correctly.  Some of these particularly dangerous illnesses include:

  • Cancer (such as lymphoma, breast cancer, sarcomas and melanomas)
  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • Pulmonary embolisms

Serious illnesses that often doctors misdiagnose include the following:

  • Lupus (sometimes misdiagnosed as rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Lyme disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (misdiagnosed sometimes as a lack of fiber or drug toxicity)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Parkinson’s disease

What if I have been misdiagnosed?

It isn’t always easy to know you have received a misdiagnosis. Some of the signs of misdiagnosis include the following:

  • You are taking prescribed medicine and following a treatment plan bur aren’t feeling better.
  • The symptoms you have are common for more than one condition.
  • Your doctor was rushing during your diagnosis appointment (not fully reviewing your medical history or symptoms).

If any of those are the case, or if you received a diagnosis for a deadly condition like cancer, you may want to get a second opinion.  With a second opinion, you should be able to confirm whether your diagnosis is correct and get another opinion on a possible treatment plan.  With that information, you’ll have a better idea of the health challenges you face and how to best move forward.

If your misdiagnosis has led to your condition becoming more severe, or resulting in a permanent disability, you should consider contacting a medical malpractice attorney.  As experience medical malpractice attorney can review your case to see if you may be able to get compensation for your pain and suffering.