Why Serious Health Problems are Often Missed by Doctors
When people have a serious health problem, they often turn to their doctors for answers. However, many people leave the doctor with more questions than answers. They are told that they are fine despite the fact that they are experiencing unusual symptoms.
One of the reasons that patients have serious medical conditions that go undiagnosed is because the doctor does not recognize that the symptoms are indicative of something serious. Headaches, fatigue and nausea are examples of common symptoms that a doctor can easily dismiss. However, these symptoms can be a sign of a serious medical condition.
Signs of a Serious Health Problem
Joint stiffness that does not go away can be a sign of a serious health problem. It is often a sign of arthritis. It may also be a sign of Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease can also cause changes in your walking pattern along with stiffness.
Unexplained weight loss is another sign of a serious health problem. Many people experience weight fluctuations, and this is not always a cause for concern. However, if you have lost more than 5 percent of your body weight without making changes in your diet, then this can be a sign of a serious health problem. Chronic infections, depression, diabetes and an overactive thyroid are examples of things that can cause unexplained weight loss.
Doctors should order further tests if they cannot find the cause of joint stiffness or unexplained weight loss. However, these symptoms are often dismissed.
If your doctor failed to diagnose you with a serious medical condition, then you may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. You may be able to receive compensation that you can use for your medical expenses as well as your pain and suffering. Contact Novak Law LLC today.