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When should you seek a second opinion?

Being misdiagnosed can really put you in a dangerous position, as your diagnosis affects the care you receive (or recommended lack thereof). You no doubt want to trust your doctor in Providence County, yet with so much on the line, can you afford not to consider seeking a second opinion?

Study shared by CBS News shows that 12 million American adults are misdiagnosed when seeking outpatient care each year. It is estimated that half of those cases could produce significant harm. Yet simply because misdiagnosis cases appear to be this common does not mean that your doctor is wrong. When, however, should you consider whether he or she might be?

Here are some cases where it may be prudent of you to seek a second opinion:

  •          If your doctor is recommending surgery: Surgical treatment brings with it certain inherent risks, many of which may have no connection to the condition you may be dealing with. Before accepting those risks, you might want to speak to another provider to see if he or she believes such treatment is warranted, or if there may be non-surgical treatment options.
  •          If you are not comfortable with your diagnosis: It may be hard to accept the idea that you could have cancer or some other potentially life-threatening condition. Thus, before agreeing to treatment, have another doctor confirm the diagnosis.
  •          If you feel your concerns are not being heard: Doctors often have a limited time to speak with patients directly. If you were given a rushed diagnosis without being able to adequately express how and what you are actually feeling, consider seeing another doctor in a less hectic setting.

While these tips should not be mistaken for legal advice, they may help you avoid the anxiety and anguish that can come with a misdiagnosis. 

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