Multiple sclerosis is a neurological condition, that involves a number of symptoms including vision problems, muscular fatigue, problems of coordination, difficult and walking, and other symptoms. However, persons who suffer from multiple sclerosis are much more likely to have a delayed diagnosis.
A new study finds that many people who suffer from multiple sclerosis visit their doctor at least four times before they are referred to a neurologist for extensive investigation. The study found that 28% of the people were informed by their doctor that they suffered from a trapped nerve, while 40% were informed that they suffered from anxiety, depression or stress, while 11 percent were informed that they had suffered a stroke. Approximately 20% of the people waited up to three years to get a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.
That means severe strain on a person’s mental health and emotions. Multiple sclerosis is a condition that has distressing symptoms, including loss of muscular control, and not being informed about the cause of these symptoms is emotionally draining. According to the researchers, primary care physicians must take the time to educate themselves about the early warning signs of multiple sclerosis, and make quick decisions to refer patients to neurologists, for accurate diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.
If you have suffered any injury because of misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, discuss filing a claim for compensation with a medical malpractice lawyer in Chicago. A delay in diagnosis can mean a delay in treatment, complicating the person’s condition. Schedule a consultation with a medical malpractice lawyer in Chicago and discuss filing a claim.