As a patient, you have no choice but to put a lot of trust in your medical team. You rely on your doctors to provide you with the appropriate type of treatment and care, no matter what is necessary.
Unfortunately, you never know if a medical professional will make a mistake. For example, there are many commonly misdiagnosed conditions. If you find yourself in this position, your health could worsen before you are able to find out what's actually wrong with you.
Here are some of the most commonly misdiagnosed conditions:
- Heart attack. You assume that you're having a heart attack, but your doctor tells you it's nothing more than indigestion or another less severe health concern. An undiagnosed heart attack can lead to serious damage to your body, as well as death.
- Cancer. It's not always easy to diagnose cancer, which is why delayed diagnoses and misdiagnoses errors are common. This is particularly true with breast, lung and colorectal cancers.
- Pulmonary embolism. This is a serious vascular disease where a blood clot reaches the lungs. If left undiagnosed, it can result in death.
- Stroke. Often referred to a cerebrovascular accident (CVA), the symptoms of a stroke, especially one with a slow onset, can be the same as many other types of health concerns. However, if it's left untreated, it can lead to additional harm or death.
- Drug overdose. Believe it or not, it's possible for a doctor to misdiagnose a drug overdose or intoxication. It doesn't matter that the patient brought this on him or herself, the medical team should still diagnose the problem in a timely and accurate manner.
While these are among the most commonly misdiagnosed conditions, there are many others that could escape a doctor's notice. This is why you need to keep such a close eye on everything your medical team does.
If you have reason to believe you're the victim of a misdiagnosis, make sure you seek care from another medical professional that can help get your health back on track. You may also want to learn more about your legal rights, as you may be able to take action against the negligent provider who initially failed to diagnose your medical condition.