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Conditions that are commonly misdiagnosed

In Texas and across the U.S., millions live with undiagnosed cancer. Unfortunately, missed diagnoses will increase the chances of failed treatments and death. Though cancer is the one condition that's most frequently misdiagnosed, there are many more to watch out for.

Depression is the second most frequently misdiagnosed condition. While it affects more than 350 million people worldwide, it's experienced differently by each person. Lyme disease, on the other hand, is often mistaken for depression. Its symptoms, which range from fatigue to fevers to mood changes, can be caused by a single tick bite. Celiac disease tends to be misdiagnosed because it can give rise to over 200 different symptoms. It is an intestinal disease triggered by the consumption of gluten.

Fibromyalgia is a commonly misdiagnosed muscle disease. The condition leads to widespread and chronic pains and aches that can easily be mistaken for arthritis or lupus. To this day, doctors don't know what causes fibromyalgia. Similarly, thyroid disorders develop gradually and mimic other conditions. While an overactive thyroid can cause anxiety and sleep problems, an underactive thyroid leads to fatigue and depression.

The failure to diagnose cancer in particular can lead to severe consequences. If someone dies from a previously undiagnosed cancer, the victim's family could consult with a lawyer about filing a medical malpractice claim. An attorney can request a medical inquiry and even hire investigators to find proof of the doctor's negligence. He or she can then negotiate for a settlement out of court. If this falls through, the family can consider litigation together with the lawyer.

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