When you get sick, you typically visit a medical professional for a diagnosis. You assume that your doctor will diagnose your condition, provide a treatment plan and help you make a full recovery.
Unfortunately, a medical misdiagnosis could get in your way. If this happens, you may find yourself suffering a worsened condition because you aren't getting the treatment that you need. Here are three of the most commonly misdiagnosed conditions:
- Cancer - The sooner you receive a cancer diagnosis, the sooner the problem can be addressed. A misdiagnosis causes unnecessary delays of treatment that can allow the disease time to metastasize to other parts of your body. The most commonly misdiagnosed forms of cancer include colorectal, lung and breast malignancies.
- Heart attack - Heart disease is a serious health concern that causes many deaths in the United States. Heart attack symptoms mimic less serious ailments like indigestion. If you're experiencing left arm pain and chest tightness, seek emergency assistance.
- Stroke - Misdiagnosing a stroke can have grave consequences to the patient like extensive brain damage and even death. The most common symptoms of a stroke include poor coordination, confusion and weakness.
The best way to protect against these commonly misdiagnosed conditions is to take control of your health. You need to rely on your medical team for assistance, but ultimately, you're the one in control.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, receive immediate follow-up treatment to rectify your medical condition. Then, learn more about protecting your legal rights to seek financial compensation.