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Misdiagnosis of Muscle weakness

Misdiagnosis of Muscle weakness

Diagnosing muscle weakness and its cause may be delayed or missed because in some cases, muscle weakness may not be severe enough for a person to seek medical care. Muscle weakness may also progress slowly or occur intermittently, also delaying a diagnosis. A diagnosis may also be delayed because a person may assume that muscle weakness is a normal part of the aging process.

Muscle weakness is not normal and is a symptom of many different conditions that are treatable. A thorough medical evaluation is needed to ensure an accurate diagnosis of the reason for the muscle weakness....more about Muscle weakness »

Muscle weakness misdiagnosis: Muscle weakness is not difficult to diagnose upon physical examination. The underlying cause may be difficult to track....more about Muscle weakness »

Muscle weakness: Undiagnosed Conditions

Commonly undiagnosed conditions in related areas may include:

Common Misdiagnoses and Muscle weakness

Cluster of diseases with difficult diagnosis issues: There is a well-known list of medical conditions that are all somewhat difficult to diagnose, and all can present in a variety of different severities. Diseases in this group include multiple sclerosis, lupus, Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, thyroid disorders (hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism), chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes - all of these can have vague symptoms in their early presentations. Also, depression can have some symptoms similar to these conditions, and also the reverse, that many of these conditions can mimic depression and be misdiagnosed as depression.

Pituitary conditions often undiagnosed cause of symptoms: There are a variety of symptoms that can be caused by a pituitary disorder (see symptoms of pituitary disorders). For example, fatigue, headache, weight gain, diabetes-like symptoms, and various other symptoms. Pituitary tumors and other similar conditions are not as rare as physicians tend to believe. See introduction to pituitary conditions.

General Misdiagnosis Articles

Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.

About misdiagnosis:

When checking for a misdiagnosis of Muscle weakness or confirming a diagnosis of Muscle weakness, it is useful to consider what other medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative conditions relevant to diagnosis. These alternate diagnoses of Muscle weakness may already have been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Muscle weakness. For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases, see Overview of Misdiagnosis.

 

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