We all have reason to worry about a medical misdiagnosis because they happen! And it’s not just us who say this. In fact, a study published in the journal BMJ Quality and Safety, shows that diagnostic errors affect 12 million people in America alone every year! Which means that the healthcare administration still has a lot of work to do in this regard.
Let’s not forget this reality: Doctors just like all of us, are human and medicine is not a perfect science. So what is the best thing to do? Always discuss them with your doctor about any symptoms you are having. Avoid the temptation to self-diagnose but be alert to the most misdiagnosed conditions that follow, and tell your doctor if you think you fit their profile.
Here are the top 20 Misdiagnosed Diseases by Doctors Frequently, and here is what you can do about it.
1. Thyroid issues
Your thyroid, the butterfly-shaped gland on your neck, is a relatively discreet organ but is extremely crucial—it dispenses hormones that are critical to hundreds of bodily functions. When it’s underactive (hypothyroidism), you might experience nonspecific symptoms like fatigue, sensitivity to temperature or unexplained weight gain; if it’s overactive (hyperthyroidism), you might have weight loss, irritability or rapid heartbeat.
Here is what you need to do : If you’re experiencing any of those symptoms associated with a thyroid disorder, ask your doctor for a blood test that will check your TSH hormone levels. Imbalances can be treated with medication.