Residents of Ohio who are concerned about medical negligence and malpractice may be interested in a recent health survey that named the most commonly misdiagnosed health issues. A misdiagnosis can lead to continued suffering and, in some cases, new health problems. The six most common misdiagnoses, which were chosen after interviews with several physicians, are thyroid diseases, fibromyalgia, migraines, lupus, celiac disease and Lyme disease.
Misdiagnosis can be a failure to diagnose or mistaking one medical condition or disease for another. In the case of migraines, doctors often prescribe pain medication but fail to discover and treat the actual cause of the headaches. The majority of migraines are caused by food allergies, says one physician. A proper diagnosis could enable the patient to avoid the food they are allergic to.
Lupus and fibromyalgia are often mistaken for other conditions. Both lupus and seborrheic dermatitis can cause a rash, and the similarity of the rash in both of these conditions leads some doctors to make the wrong diagnosis. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can be confirmed with a blood test. Fibromyalgia cannot be diagnosed with a lab test, and it is often mistaken for chronic fatigue syndrome or mental illness. One doctor has developed a way that can help patients and doctors recognize the disease.
Thyroid hormone imbalance causes a variety of symptoms that are also seen in other medical conditions. As with lupus, celiac disease and Lyme disease, blood tests can confirm or rule out the condition.
A misdiagnosis can lead to continued suffering of symptoms or a medication error. Taking the wrong medication could cause new symptoms to appear or cause medical harm. Someone who has been misdiagnosed or suffered an injury or health-related problems due to medical negligence or hospital error may want to discuss the situation with a medical malpractice attorney.