In the intricate dance of healthcare, where the pursuit of diagnosis meets the complex choreography of patient symptoms, there exists a nuanced reality: the occasional oversight by even the most diligent of physicians. Much like a detective deciphering cryptic clues, doctors navigate a labyrinth of medical possibilities when confronted with a patient’s symptoms.
However, the intricate puzzle of the human body is not always straightforward, and symptoms can at times masquerade in disguise or hide in plain sight. Even worse are the times we may repeatedly go to a doctor with symptoms, only to be turned away despite something more insidious happening behind the scenes. Below are symptoms that are often overlooked and stories from patients who weren’t heard.
Lung Damage Misdiagnosis
Reddit user, u/ColorTimesTen, went to the doctor with breathing issues. “A couple years ago, I was having lots of trouble sleeping and would wake up many times during the night, usually out of breath and coughing and would do the same when I woke in the morning. I asked my doctor and it took him several months to send me to a sleep specialist,” they recount. ” ColorTimesTen continues, “The results came back in about a month and I was diagnosed with sleep apnea, meaning that I would stop breathing while sleeping.
The treatment for this was to sleep with an oxygen machine, which pumped air into my lungs through a tube and a rubber mask that went over my nose and mouth…Fast forward 4 months. I’ve been using the machine every night but I still wake up coughing, even worse than before. Doctor takes another look at my test results and says ‘Oh! I read these wrong. You don’t have sleep apnea.’ I also later found out that using the machine was actually damaging my lungs because it was over-expanding them while I slept.”