Doctors often misdiagnose these conditions

The simple act of seeking professional medical treatment is often enough to put your mind at ease. There's nothing better than knowing that you have a qualified medical professional looking after your health.

Unfortunately, even the best doctors make errors every now and again. For example, a doctor could mistake your serious ailment for something much more common, thus resulting in additional harm and long-term complications.

Here are four of the most commonly misdiagnosed conditions:

  • Cancer: This is a major concern for everyone, as the sooner cancer is diagnosed the greater chance you have of making a full recovery. The most commonly misdiagnosed cancers include colorectal, lung and breast, but this can happen with almost any type.
  • Heart attack: Any type of chest pain requires immediate medical attention. Even if you think you have a cold or indigestion, it's better to be safe than sorry. The problem with this is that your doctor may not run enough tests to determine if you're having a heart attack or dealing with something less serious.
  • Drug overdose: It's possible a person could overdose on prescription medication without realizing that they're doing so. For example, older individuals often take too much medication because they're forgetful.
  • Stroke: A serious medical condition that requires immediate attention, stroke symptoms typically include confusion, difficulty speaking and weakness. However, since some types of stroke can come on slowly, a misdiagnosis is possible.

How can you help yourself?

If you're concerned about a medical misdiagnosis, there are several steps you can take in regard to your health care:

  • Keep track of all your symptoms and share them with your medical team
  • Choose to receive care from the best doctors at the best medical facilities
  • Follow up on any medication you're taking or test results
  • Seek a second opinion if you're uncomfortable with the first diagnosis

Even if you do all these things, you could still become the victim of medical misdiagnosis. To a certain degree, you have to place your trust in your doctor.

If this happens to you, first turn your attention to finding a new doctor who can properly diagnose you and stabilize your health. From there, learn more about the original mistake, why it occurred and your legal rights for seeking compensation from the negligent party.

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