A recent study conducted by Health Union was released to the public. Titled, “MS in America 2017,” it is the fifth year for the survey. In it, readers find out that MS patients across the country struggle to be diagnosed properly and, when diagnosed, fight for effective treatments.
The survey was of 5,300 patients and conducted between January 25 and March 1 of this year. Nearly half of those patients that responded to the survey reported having to make more than five separate visits to a medical professional before being accurately diagnosed.
Just over 40 percent of those patients responding said that they had initially been diagnosed with another condition. Those conditions included migraines, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. Once diagnosed, patients typically begin treatment within three months. Unfortunately, the process of treatment can be trial and error.
One treatment may work well for one patient and not for another. One treatment may have side effects, but another may not be covered by insurance. While there are multiple treatment options, it can take determination to find the correct one.
People with fatigue, numbness in extremities, depression, weakness, pain or vision problems are urged to speak with their physicians, especially when these symptoms are occurring in conjunction with one another. Many of the symptoms of MS are invisible, meaning that a patient must discuss each symptom with their medical practitioner. It is important to remember that a doctor needs all available information in order to do their job to the best of their ability.
If you believe that you have been misdiagnosed or received a delayed diagnosis in New York, you may be entitled to compensation. Call our team of experienced medical malpractice attorneys today for assistance. We will speak with you at no cost and advise you of your legal options.