GPs may seem as keepers of the medical insurance and they decide if they will treat the patient or there is a need for a specialist. Daily mail asked the doctors – specialists which wrong diagnosis they have seen.
- Irregular heart rate
People who suffer atrial fibrillation have five times higher risk to have a stroke but what’s even worse is that a stroke at this phase is deadly. These patients should take anticoagulants in order to prevent blood clotting and reduce the risk of stroke, says Dr. Thomas Glynn a cardiologist at the Institute Hart in Bristol.
Commonly the GPs give aspirin to the patient because they are afraid that some medicine may increase the risk of internal bleeding. But this is wrong because aspirin has the risk of internal bleeding because it is not an anticoagulant.
- Stomach pain
Dr. Pitter Ferklof, London gastroenterologist says that has many patient which have suffered pain in the higher abdomen which GPs have classified as gastritis but in fact it is an inflammation of the gastric mucosa as a result of infection, alcohol or medicine.
Most often these patients have gallstones which can’t be seen on endoscopies. The diagnosis of gallstones may be proven by blood test or ultrasound.
- Nasal congestion
According to Dr. Henry Sharp, a specialist in a hospital in East Kent many patients say to their doctors that they can’t breathe properly because they nose is stuffed so the doctors prescribe them antibiotics or nose spray thinking that it is nasal congestion. But according to doctor Sharp stuffed nose may suggest a larger specter of problems as certain complications or polyp. Antibiotics won’t help if it is bacterial infection and the sprays with steroids may have side effects. Doctors should direct their patients to a specialist of the symptoms don’t change after 4 weeks.
- Swelled legs
Edi Chaloner, vascular surgeon in the hospital in Levishem says that patients with swollen legs are often prescribed antibiotics supposing that it is an infection.
“Usually it is an inflammation of the veins which happens with varicose veins and it may happen as a result of wound. Antibiotics have no effect in this case. If there is an open wound or an surgery or pus than infection is not the cause” says he.
- Inflamed and painful joints
Dr. Andre Bami rheumatologist in the hospital of Chesterfield says that patients with rheumatoid arthritis which causes pain and swelling may have great benefit if we react very fast and help them in the first 4 weeks when the diagnosis is given.
“Most commonly we can’t see on time that the disease is increasing causing greater pain and invalidity. The best would be if the GPs diagnose this disease in an early stage i.e. notice the pain in the joint, morning stiffness and increased pain due to weather changes. Also main sign to rheumatoid arthritis is anemia or lack of iron which is a common in sick patients. Unfortunately doctors focus on anemia and not on the bacj that it is a symptom of a greater problem.