Nine Diseases Doctors Misdiagnose
You probably have never wondered about it, but I am going to tell you anyway. There are nine diseases which frequently are overlooked in the differential diagnosis of patients' complaints.
I will list them for you with a very brief description below the illness.
1. Hepatitis C.
The disease is caused by the Hepatitis C virus, which is spread by contact with infected blood especially if the transfusion was performed before 1992. Healthcare workers are at risk and there is a very high risk among users of illegal drugs.
It is an auto-immune disease that has a genetic basis and is most common in young women. It does occur in men and because of its variety of symptoms, can be very difficult to recognize.
3. Celiac disease.
These patients are sensitive to most grains because they all contain the protein gluten. Digestion is seriously impaired, leading to abdominal cramping, bloating, diarrhea, etc. It can lead to osteoporosis, iron deficiency, anemia and serious vitamin deficiencies.
This is a condition in which the body absorbs too much iron from an ordinary diet. The disease is usually inherited but can result from taking high doses of iron pills.
Aneurysms are like time bombs and do not produce symptoms until the blood vessel bursts. Major arteries in the chest, abdomen and head are the most notorious and fatal.
6. Lyme disease.
It is caused by a tic which carries the lime bacterium producing symptoms of fatigue and arthritis.
The body slows down and sufferers gain weight and generally feels tired. The symptoms are many and confusing.
It is the most common sexually transmitted disease. Symptoms consist of discharge or itching that is mild or persistent. It is treated with antibiotics.
9. Sleep apnea.
If it is suspected, a sleep clinic is necessary to make the definite diagnosis.