Misdiagnosing

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When you suffer symptoms, and your doctor can't seem to diagnose you accurately, he may tell you that your problem is “all in your head” Or worse - he won't tell you, but he'll tell others. So often, doctors who behave this way do so because they want to make it a problem with you, not a problem with their own inability to find answers. Such is the practice of an arrogant doctor, one who thinks he is never wrong or incapable. Yet, despite your doctor trying to blame your mental status, you'll continue to experience those physical symptoms. You know something is not right. You know you need a diagnosis because you need a treatment that will work. You know there is something wrong that needs fixing. That’s exactly happened to a friend of mines husband. He was admitted with a simple problem: “swallowing food”. The doctor did tests involving the drinking of liquids but then he started vomiting and having strokes. The doctor treated him with antibiotics for ulcers but shortly thereafter he was transferred to ICU and a few days later he was declared brain dead. The autopsy showed dehydration and a stroke. It’s disgusting to me that the doctor was tunnel visioning because he “thought” he knew what the exact problem was without doing tests. Now this woman is left without a husband and three children to raise by herself. Doctors should rather be safe than sorry and do all the possible tests if uncertainty strikes.…...

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