You rely on medical staff to provide accurate information when you experience health symptoms. However, a timely diagnosis does not always occur. When your doctor misses certain signs or provides an inaccurate diagnosis, there is a delay to necessary treatment.
While virtually any illness or medical condition can slip by a doctor, some are more commonly missed than others. AARP explains the illnesses misdiagnosed most often, as well as the signs that often accompany them.
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
CFS causes aches and pains with no underlying cause, tiredness, problems remembering, sore throat, and other symptoms. There is no known cause of this disorder, which makes it hard for doctors to diagnose it accurately. These symptoms also overlap with many other conditions. Because there are no tests for CFS, doctors must rule out other conditions to reach a diagnosis.
Lupus is an inflammatory condition that causes joint pain, tiredness, and damage to internal organs. Diagnostic testing is key in diagnosing lupus. Doctors use chest x-rays to identify signs of lung problems, such as pneumonia. Blood testing looks for signs of anemia and a lower than normal white blood cell count. DNA testing is also used.
Parkinson’s affects the central nervous system. As a degenerative disorder, symptoms become worse over time. It causes balance issues, tremors, and muscle stiffness. Walking is also impeded with advanced symptoms. Doctors utilize clinical examinations to determine the presence of Parkinson’s.
If you are not satisfied with the care provided by your doctor, seek out a second opinion right away. Getting another professional perspective can help you reach a diagnosis quickly and ensure you receive the proper treatment.