MISDIAGNOSIS

"The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names." --Ancient Chinese Proverb


WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF MISDIAGNOSIS? 

Failing to diagnose and treat LD early in its course can lead to increased severity of disease and to progression of disease, eg. LD that is unrecognized while the patient has EM may progress to neurologic or articular disease with added morbidity and expense in diagnosis and treatment. Missing the diagnosis early may cause long-term, occasionally permanent, disability. Thus, timely diagnosis and treatment are important.


WHY IS MISDIAGNOSIS A SERIOUS PROBLEM?

When Lyme disease is incorrectly diagnosed, the true, underlying problems remains unaddressed. The financial cost of the overdiagnosis and overtreatment of Lyme disease includes expenses related to testing and therapy and those of side effects and toxic effects of these treatments. Harder to estimate are the emotional costs to society of incorrectly burdening patients with the diagnosis of a chronic, incurable illness, with attendant assumption of a sick role and a disabled self-image. Better education is a major component of the solution to the problems of misdiagnosis and mistreatment of Lyme disease.


WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF MISDIAGNOSIS ON A PATIENT? 

Anger, wasted costs etc. distrust of medical system 


WHAT DISEASES ARE OFTEN CONFUSED WITH LYME? 

Patients are often misdiagnosed with other diseases, when in fact they may actually be suffering from Lyme disease.

Have you been diagnosed with any of the following?

 

  • ADD ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)  
  • Alzheimer's disease  
  • ALS (Lou Gehrig’s)  
  • Anorexia 
  • Anxiety/Panic attacks 
  • Arthritis: Juvenile, Rheumatoid, Reactive, Infectious, Temporal, Osteoarthritis, Ankylosing spondylitis, 
  • Amylotrophic lateral sclerosis 
  • Autoimmune diseases  
  • Bells Palsy 
  • Candidiasis  
  • Cardiac Disorders  
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome 
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders 
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 
  • Chronic Mononucleosis 
  • Crohn’s disease 
  • Cystis 
  • Encephalitis 
  • Endocarditis 
  • Epstein-Barr virus  
  • Fibro myalgia 
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux GERDS 
  • Gout 
  • Guillian-Barre Syndrome 
  • Heart Disorders 
  • Hepatitis 
  • Irritable bladder 
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Hypoglycemia 
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome  
  • Hearing Disorders  
  • Kidney disease 
  • Lupus (systemic) 
  • Ménière’s disease  
  • Meningitis 
  • Multiple Sclerosis 
  • Myofascial pain syndrome 
  • Parkinson's disease  
  • Polymyositis  
  • Pseudo tumor 
  • Psychiatric disorders (bipolar, depression) 
  • Purpura 
  • Raynaud’s syndrome 
  • Recurring bladder infections 
  • Respiratory Insufficiency  
  • Ringworm  
  • Scleroderma 
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  • Sjogrens Syndrome  
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  • Sprue/celiac disease and/or lactose intolerance  
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  • Syphilis 
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  • TMJ (jaw pain) 
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  • Optic neuritis  
  • Pars planitis 
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  • Iritis  
  • Transient or permanent blindness  
  • Vitritis  
  • Horner's syndrome  
  • Ocular myasthenia gravis  
  • Argyll 
  • Robertson pupil  
  • Iritis  
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