In our past post, we began a list of some of the most commonly misdiagnosed illnesses/medical conditions in the U.S. The conditions we listed are serious — heart attack and cancer.
Unfortunately, the list of serious conditions that doctors often fail to diagnose continues. This list and diagnostic error trends suggest improvements are needed in the medical field in order for patients to get the treatment they need to get better, and in some cases survive.
Stroke: Young adult victims of strokes are commonly misdiagnosed. Doctors are more likely in the cases of younger patients to assume that their symptoms are due to something else, something less serious than a stroke. No matter the age of a patient, medical providers should take the risk of stroke serious if symptoms point in that direction.
Thyroid issues: The thyroid might be just a small gland, but it has a large impact on the workings of our bodies. It regulates hormones and directly impacts one’s metabolism. Conditions such as hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism can impact a patient’s weight, mental health, anxiety levels and even their fertility. Often, it takes a patient to specifically ask for thyroid tests in order to determine whether their thyroid is causing their symptoms of concern.
It is easy and scary to see the grave impact diagnostic errors can have on people who suffer from the various illnesses mentioned in this pair of blog posts. Hopefully, this knowledge will motivate readers to take more control of their healthcare and ask for tests that they think might apply to their health conditions.
Of course, more responsibility lies with the doctors who are trained to spot certain symptoms and the conditions that cause them. If they fail to properly do their jobs, a patient might have cause to file a medical malpractice claim in order to address their injury or illness that results from that failure.