Protect Yourself from Misdiagnosis

Taking Responsibility

It’s easy in this day and age to lend responsibility to other people.

We trust roofers with our roofs, deliverymen with our deliveries and doctors with our health. But even the specialists need a little help.

They need to know the age of your roof, the special instructions in case you’re out of the house, and the exact symptoms of your illness and when they began.

The point is, it’s always worth doing your bit to help out, by taking responsibility for your own respective situation. Helping out where you can is not only good for others who work with/for you, but good for you too. You’ll avoid problems and save time by keeping in the loop with whatever situation presents itself.

One of the most important situations in which you must take responsibility is when it comes to your health.

Doctors are amazing, don’t get us wrong, but they work antisocial hours, long weeks, and aren’t immune from health issues themselves.

If you think you’ve suffered as a result of avoidable medical negligence, contact the medical negligence solicitors in London now.

 

Stress in Doctors and Misdiagnosis

The Guardian reported on a survey regarding stress in young doctors, and the levels experienced are truly alarming.

We expect doctors to be beacons of health, always ready to instantly diagnose our ailments. But, we must remember, they’re people too. As with any job, when you’re tired, stressed or under the weather, you can’t do your job as well.

Unfortunately, when dealing with health, in the worst-case scenario, mistakes happen. One such thing you should hope to avoid is misdiagnosis.

Misdiagnosis means an incorrect assessment has been made of the status of your issue. While it’s likely minor, and most minor illnesses sort themselves out eventually, this can be a problem.

Especially if something is missed, that can lead to something worse where the correct diagnosis would have led to a quick and simple solution.

What can you do if you think you’ve been misdiagnosed, and aren’t happy with your doctor’s recommendation?

 

Keep a Record of your Symptoms

Write everything down.

Your level of discomfort, where the discomfort is located, what time it began, how long the pain lasted etc. Be thorough, and update at regular intervals.

Write down what medicine you’ve taken and at what time.

This record can be kept before an appointment and immediately shown to your doctor.

It’ll paint a much more complete picture of the state of your health and how your illness or issue has developed. Your doctor can make a much more accurate assessment in the event that your illness is more complicated than it first appears.

Do the same with a physical injury.

For example, if you twist a join or suffer from a dislocation. It’s always imperative that the severity is diagnosed accurately so the recovery protocol can be setup precisely.

Incorrectly diagnosed injuries can leave the patient in much longer-term pain than if the problem had been accurately diagnosed in the first place.

Again, this is where your input will help protect you.

Write down the type of pain, the situations when and where the pain occurs, any medication you take, and anything else you can think of. Don’t be too proud to keep a log of everything that occurs.

It’ll give you peace of mind later and help your medical experts do their job.

 

Medical History

Knowing your medical history is another important step.

If you’ve had previous conditions, illnesses, injuries, any or all of these can have a bearing on your current state of health.

Perhaps there is a record of you being allergic to a medicine that would typically be used to help with your new illness.

It helps if you know this information or have a complete record. While your doctor should have your medical records, it always makes their job easier when you can raise any concerns or ask any questions. Knowing your family history is also useful, where genetic considerations may be relevant.

Remember, always ask questions, and always try to understand what your doctor tells you. Is there anything else you can do to help with the diagnosis?

What is the estimated recovery period?

What are the danger signs should the recovery not go as planned?

At what point should you seek further medical advice if recovery doesn’t go as planned?

Doctors have incredibly specialised knowledge, but that doesn’t absolve you of responsibility. Remember, two thirds of young hospital doctors under serious stress, survey reveals – so be responsible where possible and take the necessary steps to help you make a claim.

Medical negligence happens, unfortunately, and that means people have to go through unpleasant situations that could have been avoided. Use your initiative to help protect yourself the next time you have a health problem.

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