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Understanding conditions that mimic the symptoms of others

It may be difficult for many in Providence County to understand how a trained medical professional can misdiagnose a patient. Yet as we at DeLuca and Weizenbaum LTD can attest to, the potential for human error can never be completely taken out of the patient-provider equation. One problem may be that there are a number of non-life threatening conditions out there that mimic much more serious problems.

According to WorldCare International, some of the less-serious diagnoses that are often mistakenly assigned to patients include:

  •          GERD
  •          Vertigo
  •          Migraines

GERD refers to gastroesophageal reflux disease. Often used synonymously with acid reflux or heartburn, GERD occurs when the contents of your stomach are allowed to re-enter your esophagus due to your lower esophageal sphincter failing to completely close. This causes a sharp burning in the center of your chest. Because of this common manifestation of localized pain, many doctors confuse the chest pain caused by a heart attack to simply be due to GERD.

Both vertigo and migraines can cause severe headaches and feelings of nausea. In the case of vertigo, this is caused by fluid or calcium buildup in your ear, while vascular or chemical abnormalities in the brain are believed to the cause of migraines. However, while neither vertigo nor a migraine will likely kill you, a stroke may. The danger is that the early signs of stroke may closely mimic the aforementioned conditions.

Simply knowing that these conditions are so commonly confused with each other, however, may be all you need to avoid a misdiagnosis. If a doctor insists that your ailment is either GERD, vertigo, or a migraine, yet you feel it might be worse, a second medical opinion may be in order.

Please continue to browse our site for more information of the potential for misdiagnosis

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