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Diseases your doctor may not diagnose correctly

How accurate is your doctor at diagnosing diaseases?
How accurate is your doctor at diagnosing diaseases?
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You go to the doctor to complain about various aches and pains -- do you get the correct diagnosis? According to an article on Health.com on August 26, 2014, many health care officials do not get down to the right diagnosis and sometimes assume a person has a condition without ruling out other diseases with testing. There are about 15 diseases that are tough to pinpoint. They include Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Celiac disease, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Lyme disease, Lupus, Appendicitis, Polycystic ovary syndrome, Endometriosis, Migraines, Cluster headaches, Hypothyroidism, Diabetes, and Inflammatory Bowel disease.

Some of these diseases do not have specific tests in order for doctors to make an accurate diagnosis. "A lot of symptoms are nonspecific and variable, depending on the person," says Dr. David Fleming, president of the American College of Physicians and a professor of medicine at the University of Missouri. "On top of that, many diagnostic tests are expensive and aren't done routinely, and even then they don't always give us a black and white answer."

For example, just because a person has a few days of diarrhea or constipation doesn't necessarily mean they have Irritable Bowel syndrome (IBS). The symptoms need to be present for at least six months, with the symptoms at their peak for three days a week in the last three months. This is part of the Rome criteria, but all in all, doctors should rule out any other major diseases that can be diagnosed with testing (blood or scopes) before telling a patient they just have IBS.

Another important disease to follow is diabetes. A person can have Type 2 diabetes and not even know it, yet this disease can be causing horrible damage to a person's organs. And yet, we could have elevated blood sugar daily and not go to the doctor until we feel symptoms of tingling and numbness in the extremities, or extreme vision changes. There are good blood tests to diagnose this disorder if a person visits their doctor. It's best to make that appointment if you feel symptoms of extreme hunger, thirst, frequent urination, weight loss, and fatigue.

Reading this entire article will give you insight about 15 common diseases that may be missed by your physician. Make sure to research your symptoms, question the doctor, and make sure adequate tests are taken to either diagnose or rule out any of these maladies.