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Doctors may dismiss issues when they can't find an answer

You know that something is wrong. You're having a number of symptoms you can't explain. To get answers, you go to the doctor's office or the hospital.

There, the medical professionals tell you they don't think anything is actually wrong, at least not that they can find.

If it hasn't happened to you yet, you can imagine how disheartening it can be. One woman said that many medical professionals just dismissed her symptoms. One said that maybe she was simply on her period and feeling under the weather. Another wanted to talk about her mental health and suggested it was all due to depression. Still others insisted that there was nothing wrong and that the young woman was fine.

She wasn't. She had Lyme disease. The problem was simply that it had been years since she'd suffered a tick bite. The symptoms were delayed and none of the doctors thought about Lyme, so the test wasn't carried out.

While her problems were eventually identified, she said that it took about 15 years to get to that point. During that time, she had to deal with stress, uncertainly and physical issues. She had surgeries and multiple trips to the hospital.

In some cases, such as with certain types of cancer, a diagnosis that is delayed by so long could even prove fatal.

Do you feel like doctors have been ignoring you or dismissing your symptoms? It's a serious issue that can be depressing and dangerous. When this happens and you suffer as a result, you may want to know if you have a right to compensation.

Source: The Atlantic, "Doctors Tell All—and It’s Bad," Meghan O'Rourke, accessed May 16, 2017

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