In over 40% of cases, doctors make incorrect diagnoses, experts say. This mostly happens because many symptoms can signify different diseases, and sometimes it’s very difficult to reveal the right one.
We have collected the most common conditions that can be disguised as something else.
1. Lyme disease vs flu
This disease is known for the bullseye rash that appears when a person gets infected after getting bit by a tick. However, there are some cases that pass without this rash. Instead, patients can have symptoms like body aches, fever, and fatigue, all of which doctors usually end up diagnosing as the flu.
A blood test can’t tell a lot in this case, because the body doesn’t start to develop antibodies that signal this condition until after 2 weeks. So, if doctors suspect Lyme disease, they will give you a one-time antibiotic that prevents the long-term effects of it.
2. Kidney stones vs abdominal aortic aneurysm
Kidney stones can be misdiagnosed as many other conditions, and an abdominal aortic aneurysm is the most dangerous one among them. Both start with very strong and sharp abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting. An aortic aneurysm happens when an abnormal bulge occurs in the wall of the aorta, which if ruptured, can be fatal.
Doctors suggest that in a patient age 60 or older, who’s never had a kidney stone, an aortic aneurysm must be ruled out first.