When you have certain medical conditions, your best chance at a full recovery often comes with an early and accurate diagnosis, but regrettably, not all New York doctors guide their patients in the right direction. At Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP, we recognize that failing to diagnose certain specific medical conditions, among them Lyme disease, can lead to a wide range of related complications, many of which can take a considerable toll on your overall quality of life.
According to CBS News, when doctors detect and diagnose Lyme disease early on, they can treat those who have it with antibiotics. In situations where Lyme disease goes undiagnosed, however, it can eventually spread to the joints, heart and nervous system, where it can cause severe joint pain, facial palsy, heart problems, arthritis and similar complications. Many sufferers of advanced undetected Lyme disease also suffer from serious headaches and aches and pains in their necks, while others yet find that they have chronic cognitive issues when their conditions go undiagnosed.
New York residents, due to geographic conditions, face a heightened risk of Lyme disease, as do others living throughout the mid-Atlantic states and many parts of New England. While many people associate the trademark “bullseye” rash with Lyme disease, experts believe that only somewhere between 70% and 80% of those afflicted develop such a rash.
Because you cannot necessarily count on a rash giving you an early clue about your condition, and because the condition so often goes undiagnosed, make sure to be on high alert for other common symptoms. If, for example, you are experiencing headaches, fevers and fatigue, but your doctor is unable to diagnose you with a clear condition, it may serve you well to secure a second opinion. You can learn more about failure to diagnose on our webpage.