Though migraine sufferers in Pennsylvania may be sure about their symptoms, these are not only invisible to the doctor but also capable of mimicking the symptoms of other conditions. As a result, migraines are often misdiagnosed. The following are seven conditions that migraines are commonly misdiagnosed as.
The stress of dealing with migraines can lead to anxiety. This will only make doctors more likely in misidentifying migraines as panic and anxiety attacks. Both result in symptoms like nausea, vomiting and lightheadedness. Some migraines are mistaken for Meniere's disease, a disorder of the inner ear characterized by vertigo, dizziness and hearing problems.
One common migraine symptom is aura, which causes visual and sensory changes, an inability to speak clearly, numbness and tingling. This makes migraines easy to confuse with epilepsy. In fact, the two sometimes go together. Hemiplegic migraine, a rare and serious form of migraine, is often misread as being stroke.
Many migraine sufferers believe at first that they have sinus headaches, and doctors may repeat the mistake. In reality, sinus headaches are relatively rare and are only caused by a viral or bacterial sinus infection.
Those who suffer a concussion may experience post-concussion syndrome, one of its symptoms being migraines. Doctors might make an error, though, by not treating migraines as a separate condition. Lastly, migraines can be confounded with medication side effects.
Misdiagnoses and delayed diagnoses could be the result of doctor negligence. In such cases, victims may be entitled to compensation, so they may want to see a lawyer who works in medical malpractice law. The lawyer might request an inquiry with the local medical board and hire third parties to conduct their own investigation. Medical experts may come in and determine the extent of injuries caused by negligence. The lawyer may then be able to negotiate for a reasonable settlement.