Monday, 1 October 2007

Knowing when to ask your doctor to do more

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It's hard to stand up to authority, and many people view their health practitioners as just that. But doctors are human and some conditions are difficult to pin down, which can be a recipe for misdiagnosis. CNN has a list of the five most misdiagnosed diseases, including:
  • aortic dissection
  • cancer
  • clogged arteries
  • heart attack
  • infection
In addition, WebMD recently wrote about five conditions that always warrant a second opinion. They include:
  • rare or difficult to diagnose cancers
  • ADHD in young children
  • Parkinson's disease
  • heart procedures
  • depression or bipolar disorder
Need help learning how to advocate for yourself? CNN has an excellent list of tips to help you avoid being misdiagnosed, as well as these five signs that you might not be getting the right treatment for your condition.

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