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7 of the Most Frequently Misdiagnosed Illnesses

Feb 11, 2021 | Firm News, Misdiagnosis

When you go to the doctor, you expect the medical professionals who handle your care to be reasonably competent and skillful. You certainly don’t expect these experts to make mistakes with your care.

However, medical professionals are humans, just like the rest of us. That means they are just as capable of human error as anyone else.

Misdiagnoses are perhaps some of the most dangerous medical errors that doctors can make. According to AARP, these are the seven most frequently misdiagnosed illnesses:

#1 – Lupus

Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease with the following symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Kidney, heart, and lung damage
  • Rash
  • Joint pain

#2 – Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system with the following symptoms:

  • Tremors in hands, arms, legs, or head
  • Stiff muscles
  • Issues with balance or walking

#3 – Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder similar to arthritis and is characterized by widespread pain. The following symptoms are common with this disorder:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Elevated pain sensitivity
  • Incapacitating fatigue

#4 – Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is a systemic infection spread through tick bites with the following symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest or rib soreness
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Bulls-eye rash where the bite occurred
  • Neck stiffness
  • Face or eyelids twitching

#5 – Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a progressive autoimmune disease that assaults the central nervous system and is characterized by the following symptoms:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Coordination challenges
  • Issues with balance
  • Blurred vision
  • Cognitive impairment

#6 – Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder characterized by an inability to digest gluten. The following symptoms are common:

  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain and bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight loss
  • Anemia
  • Leg cramps

#7 – Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a complex disorder with an array of symptoms of causes unknown. The following symptoms are common:

  • Loss of memory or concentration
  • Sore throat
  • Painful lymph nodes in neck or armpits
  • Unexplained muscle and joint pain
  • Extreme exhaustion

If you have been injured as a result of a misdiagnosis, you may be owed compensation. Our attorneys are highly skilled in this area of the law and have helped many other people in similar situations. Let us see if we can help you, too.

Contact the medical malpractice attorneys at Garau Germano, P.C. today by calling 317-978-9973 to discuss the details of your case.