Misdiagnosed diseases: Speaking up for a timely diagnosis

On Behalf of | May 29, 2018 | Medical Malpractice |

Your health is an investment you take seriously. You go to the gym in Vinton regularly, maintain a somewhat healthy diet and take supplements to keep your energy up. Every few weeks when you have unexplainable symptoms that cause you extreme fatigue, pain and discomfort, you rely on your physician for treatment. Currently, your physician has ruled your condition as allergies and overexertion. You are concerned about your doctor’s efficiency and if you have been misdiagnosed. 

You should be wary of any diagnosis you receive from your physician. Many conditions mimic the symptoms of other, more serious diseases than allergies. There is also the risk of you being misdiagnosed by the doctor you trust with your life. Here are a few health disorders you might want to have your doctor run tests for to ensure you get a timely diagnosis and prevent further complications with your health: 

Diseases that doctors overlook 

Lupus, multiple sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, cancer and rheumatoid arthritis are several of many ailments that are commonly misdiagnosed because they mimic numerous diseases. Many people who suffer from them often undergo years of diagnostics and treatments for other conditions before getting the correct diagnosis and treatments. There are also many individuals who are unaware that their symptoms are the sign of something more serious and delay medical attention until their pain and suffering become unbearable. 

Getting a timely diagnosis 

Though doctors and nurses undergo years of training to develop the knowledge and skills they need to perform their jobs, they cannot do them efficiently without patient input. Think twice before dismissing what may seem like minor issues. Keep a health journal and document the date, times and symptoms you experience. Document all medications and supplements you take, when you take them and the amount. Do not forget to include your family’s medical history in the journal. 

If you have concerns about certain issues, such as you want to know if you have an autoimmune disease or an ailment that physicians commonly overlook, let your physician know. By providing your doctor with a complete picture of your medical history and issues, you give her or him more of the information needed to rule out conditions.