Incorrect diagnoses, which can cost life

Неверные диагнозы, которые могут стоить жизни

When you experience strange pains, digestive problems or other unexplained, but negative symptoms, then expect to solve the problem with the help of a doctor. But sometimes, even good people can be difficulties in identifying certain disorders.

Here are some examples of fairly common diseases, which put doctors in a dead end – and, most importantly, can seriously damage your health.

The irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic disease that affects the colon and causes abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, diarrhea and constipation. In accordance with the diagnostic criteria, a patient must have the above symptoms for at least six months – at least three days each week of the month. Doctors are extremely difficult to identify the TFR and, therefore, to treat him so sick for a long time exposed to drug treatment from others, similar to symptoms of diseases.

Celiac disease

So much confusion surrounds celiac disease – an immune reaction to gluten that causes inflammation in the small intestines that doctors often find themselves in an impasse before the diagnosis. On average, the patient should be observed from 6 to 10 years. Theoretically, patients with celiac disease have difficulties interacting with products containing gluten. In practice, only a quarter of patients suffer from diarrhea and weight loss. Celiac disease can also cause itchy skin, headaches, joint pain, heartburn – symptoms that fit a lot of diseases. A blood test can diagnose celiac disease no matter what symptoms are present and consistent only endoscopy can determine the degree of damage to the small intestine.


Fibromyalgia, which is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, involves “medically unexplained symptoms vision” is the term doctors use to describe persistent complaints that don’t have obvious physical causes. When doctors cannot find a reason for chronic pain of the patient and fatigue, they often give the diagnosis.


The most noticeable symptom of lupus, another chronic inflammatory disease, is a rash on the cheeks of the patient. But there is not always the case. And without this instruction, the doctor may be a very long time to find the correct diagnosis – just remember the series of Dr. house.

Polycystic ovaries syndrome

Irregular periods, unexplained weight gain and difficulty conceiving can be symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal disorder affecting women of reproductive age. Like other diseases from our list, this is extremely difficult to diagnose. In order to be diagnosed with PCOS, a woman must have either rare or very long periods of menstruation, or have elevated levels of male hormones. The androgen excess may cause abnormal hair growth on the face and body, but women of certain ethnic groups (e.g. Northern Europe and Asia) for example, has the above characteristics and without any disease.


You might think that inflamed appendage experienced doctor should instantly diagnose. Typical symptoms of appendicitis include nausea, pain and swelling at the navel, possible low-grade fever. But not always. Sometimes, for example, people experience sharp pain, but then the Appendix ruptures and the pain goes away – a person believes that everything is in order. However, all is not right: the pus spreads through the body cavities and can cause potentially life-threatening infection, but it may take several days or even weeks until the appearance of new symptoms.


For many migraine sufferers, nothing could be more obvious than the severe headaches that are usually characterized by intense throbbing in the head and can be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light and sound. But some people can have migraines and not even know it. Patients feel slight discomfort in the head, feel dizzy and get drugs that are not intended for the treatment of migraine, which in the long term, can develop into a more severe form of the disease.