Medical Conditions That Are Commonly Misdiagnosed

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Various reports indicate that medical errors are on the rise. Physicians making mistakes when diagnosing patients exceeds many other problems plaguing the medical industry. Cancer, depression, heart attacks, strokes and thyroid disorders are some of the maladies that are often overlooked. When seniors are diagnosed with a medical condition and require home care Ft. Lauderdale families should consider getting a second opinion.

Celiac Disease

Registered dietitian Rachel Begun reports that the majority of people suffering from the gastrointestinal disorder are misdiagnosed. Celiac causes a variety of symptoms that may vary from one person to the next. Common signs of the disorder include abdominal pain, constipation or diarrhea, depression, headaches and joint pain. The disease is also often mistaken for irritable bowel syndrome. 


The strange disorder can affect people of any age. But fibromyalgia most often affects women who are middle-aged or older. The condition is chronic and typically causes anxiety, generalized fatigue, sleep disturbances, muscle and joint pain in the same locations on either side of the body. The malady is often mistaken for chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. 

Lyme Disease

The disease develops after a tick bite causes a bacterial infection. Some develop a rash, however, common symptoms also include chronic fever, fatigue, muscle and joint pain along with stiffness. Certain patients also report cognitive impairment or mood changes. One study claims that victims often suffer for more than one year before being properly diagnosed. 

Pulmonary Embolism

The serious condition occurs when a blood clot blocks the pulmonary artery or other lung blood vessel. Symptoms experienced often include visible anxiety, sharp chest pains and difficulty breathing, which can lead to a loss of consciousness. Approximately one-third of the patients suffering from pulmonary embolism are diagnosed as having pneumonia, a heart attack or other medical condition.

Aortic Dissection

A tear in the aorta allows fast moving blood to invade the area, which separates the layers of the blood vessel. If not promptly diagnosed and treated, the condition is commonly fatal. A study performed in 2009 claimed that up to one-third of the patients suffering from the problem are misdiagnosed.  After your loved one receives a clinical diagnosis, it helps to get a second opinion to verify it. Seniors also benefit from hiring a premier home care agency like Home Care Assistance of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, to help manage the illness in the comfort of home. We provide flexible live-in, hourly and respite home care Ft. Lauderdale families can rely on to help seniors age in place while boosting their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Contact a dedicated Care Manager at (954) 909-0370 today to set up a free consultation.


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