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Misdiagnosing Lyme disease, the great imitator

On Behalf of | Apr 19, 2018 | Failure To Diagnose

Living in Boston and other regions of Massachusetts means you are no stranger to ticks. Notorious for hitching a ride on skin, clothing and even pets, deer ticks can cause a great deal of suffering when they bite. Worsening the situation, Lyme disease is one of the most misdiagnosed illnesses in the United States.

The medical professionals on our staff want you to know why Lyme disease can be very hard to diagnose. Often called the great imitator, Lyme disease mimics many other illnesses like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease and even multiple sclerosis in some cases.

What this means for victims is weeks, months or years of suffering while spending tens of thousands of dollars to find relief. A few of the symptoms associated with Lyme disease include the following.

  • A bull’s-eye rash
  • Dizziness, fever and headaches
  • Stiff, painful or swollen joints
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Sensitivity to changes in lighting
  • Changes in or loss of cognitive functions
  • Unexplained lesions or rashes on the skin

Adding to the problem of failure to diagnose Lyme disease, some patients exhibit the known symptoms while other patients may not. Several lab tests exist to help doctors diagnose the illness. However, few of these are reliable.

Since doctors have a duty to make every reasonable effort to identify and treat an illness, failure to diagnose this disease may fall under the medical malpractice umbrella. An injury attorney is an excellent resource if you are not sure whether you have a claim.

Your next step is to look for a physician that is qualified to make an accurate diagnosis. Our attorneys and health professionals suggest consulting with a Lyme Literate Medical Doctor. This type of clinician has the training, background and awareness to make a correct diagnosis. We invite you to learn more about the significance of misdiagnosis here on our website.