When people go to seek medical treatment in Bozeman, they typically do so with the minimum expectation that the clinicians treating them will be able to determine what is wrong. Yet as many of those with whom we Cok Kunzler, P.L.L.P. work with can attest to, that’s not always the case. Having a doctor mistake your diagnosis (or worse yet, miss it altogether) may lead to a delay in treatment that could prove to be life threatening. Understanding which conditions are most commonly misdiagnosed may help you avoid having to suffer from a doctor’s diagnostic error.
You may think that avoiding a misdiagnosis is as simple as seeking a second opinion from a different provider. However, oftentimes your condition may be acute and require immediate treatment. Everyday Health lists the following acute conditions as ones that are commonly misdiagnosed:
- Heart attacks
- Aortic dissections (tears in the aortic wall)
- Pulmonary embolisms
The common thread between each of these procedures is that they can all be fatal if left untreated. They also share the distinction of often being mistaken for less-serious problems, such as indigestion, migraines, or pneumonia.
So what are you to do to prevent such a life-threatening condition from being missed? The key may be to listen to your own body. If a doctor prescribes a treatment that doesn’t provide relief in the minutes or hours after you have been seen, that could be a sign that he or she missed a much more serious problem. After seeing to your own health, you may then want to ask what could have led him or her to overlook such a serious malady (if that is indeed what happened).
Further information on what to do after being misdiagnosed can be found by continuing to explore our site.