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Migraines, and the seven conditions they can be confused with

| Jan 23, 2019 | Medical Malpractice |

There are seven conditions that migraine sufferers in Pennsylvania are most frequently misdiagnosed with. Migraines, after all, exhibit symptoms that are shared by other conditions. The issue is so widespread that according to one study, only one in 20 patients gets a correct headache or migraine diagnosis. Patients will therefore want to be familiar with these seven other conditions.

The first are panic and anxiety attacks. They share with migraines the symptoms of nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness and head pain. A second condition is Meniere’s disease, which affects the inner ear and results in vertigo, dizziness and a ringing in the ears. The third is epilepsy. Seizures and migraines are both characterized by aura, which causes sensory and visual changes and affects one’s ability to speak clearly.

Hemiplegic migraines, a rare and serious form of migraine, are often mistaken for stroke since both cause a loss of sensation to one side of the body. Most commonly, though, migraines are misidentified as sinus headaches, sometimes by patients themselves. In reality, sinus headaches are relatively rare.

Those who take various medications may suffer migraine-like side effects, but this will cause many doctors to ignore migraines as a separate condition. The last condition is post-concussion syndrome, which is characterized by headaches and dizziness. Concussions can cause migraines, and a personal or family history of migraines can make one susceptible to concussions.

Misdiagnoses can arise because the doctor was negligent, dismissing certain symptoms and failing to follow up on others. The victim of such negligence may want to hire a medical malpractice attorney and see if they can be compensated for the unnecessary tests and treatments they underwent as well as for any income they lost and any pain and emotional distress they suffered. Once investigators have gathered evidence, the attorney could negotiate for a fair settlement out of court.