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Can you avoid becoming the victim of misdiagnosis?

When you feel yourself beginning to experience pain, discomfort or suspicious symptoms that leave you feeling unwell, chances are you confide in your health care provider in hopes of finding a solution. However, New York doctors are at just as much risk of making mistakes as anyone else. Your efforts to take your health and treatment into your own hands can help you avoid becoming the victim of misdiagnosis. 

According to WebMD, you can do some simple things to aid your doctor in correctly diagnosing what you have and formulating a treatment plan that corresponds to your needs and medical history. Here are some of the things you can do:

  • Document each of your symptoms: When you suspect that a certain symptom could be affecting the way you feel, write it all down. Carefully document when you experience each symptom, how it makes you feel and how long it lasts.
  • Ask questions: One of the most effective ways to guarantee that you are properly diagnosed is to ask questions. Anytime you do not understand something or are suspicious of a treatment's effect, ask your doctor questions and do not move on until you have a solid understanding of what to expect.
  • Disclose your medical history: Your doctor should be familiar with your medical history so he can make recommendations that will be safe and effective. 

Always make sure you understand what types of reactions will occur with any given treatment plan. When you understand what to expect, you can know when to notify your doctor if something seems amiss during the course of your treatment. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.

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