The Diseases Most Difficult to Diagnose
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Even doctors can be stumped when it comes to diagnosing patients presenting nonspecific and variable symptoms, especially if appropriate diagnostic tests are expensive, not routinely used, or inconclusive. Some disorders have no diagnostic test to confirm the condition, such as irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, and fibromyalgia, while others like the blood test for Lyme disease may not be reliable. Others such as lupus, polycystic ovary syndrome, and multiple sclerosis can have a wide variation in symptoms and symptom severity, making these conditions easy to misdiagnose. The symptoms of hypothyroidism and celiac disease can also mimic those of other conditions like depression and heartburn, respectively. Encouraging patients to keep detailed notes on their symptoms and severity can help doctors in making the correct diagnosis for an effective treatment plan.
When you experience strange pains, mysterious digestive issues, or other unexplained symptoms, you'd hope a trip to the doctor would solve your health woes. But sometimes, doctors have just as much trouble identifying certain disorders and conditions as their patients. "A lot of symptoms are nonspecific and variable, depending on the person," says David Fleming,.
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