The truth is, some conditions are easier to identify than others, and not all illnesses can be ruled out or confirmed by just performing a few tests. With this being said, there are five illnesses in particular that are misdiagnosed more than others.
The symptoms of Lupus can often mimic that of other conditions. Therefore, it can be more difficult to diagnose. Because of the joint pain, malaise and other complaints, it can sometimes appear to be a different condition. Typical illnesses that it may be confused with include fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and chronic fatigue syndrome.
The symptoms of Lyme Disease are often confused with other illnesses such as meningitis, chronic fatigue syndrome and even mononucleosis. Lyme disease, bringing on a stiff neck, along with chills, fever, headaches, joint pain and fatigue, can seem a lot like the flu. Without very specific blood testing, such as the Western Blot, for example, it is often misdiagnosed.
Parkinson’s Disease, (PD), a movement disorder, may be diagnosed as several other conditions such as tremor, stroke, head injury and Alzheimer’s Disease. Symptoms can range from loss of smell to smaller handwriting, shaking, trouble sleeping and sleeping. Since there are no blood tests that can determine if an individual has PD, diagnosis can be difficult and quite a lengthy process.
Certain Forms of Cancer
Many falsely believe that cancer should be fairly easy to detect. This is not always so. Colorectal and breast cancers are two of the most commonly misdiagnosed cancer. Without proper screening at recommended intervals, they may be dismissed as inflammatory bowel conditions or infection as lymph nodes are near the breast tissue.
Not only are some of the above mentioned conditions falsely diagnosed as fibromyalgia, but this condition itself may not be diagnosed properly. The symptoms, specific pain in the joints and fatigue, may mimic that of chronic fatigue syndrome. In some cases, physicians may diagnose Fibromyalgia as a behavioral health problem, such as depression or anxiety.
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AARP; 7 Commonly Misdiagnosed Illnesses; AARP; Accessed August 6, 2014
Cohen, Elizabeth; Commonly Misdiagnosed Illnesses; CNN; Accessed August 6, 2014