Do you think your doctor takes you seriously? While most do, there are unfortunate patients who feel like the doctor assumes they’re overreacting and that nothing is wrong, even though they are convinced that something is seriously wrong.
Part of the reason for this is the rise of readily available information online. This can be helpful, but it can also lead to a condition known as cyberchondria, where people worry all the time about health problems based on an online search of their symptoms.
Do doctors have good reason to be skeptical of patient concerns?
It is good for doctors to figure out which patients are needlessly worried about nothing. The problem arises when doctors become cynical and assume that most patients are overreacting based on something they read. When a doctor makes these assumptions, it can lead to a situation where they miss a real problem or misdiagnose a serious issue.
In other words, patients often know their own bodies better than physicians think, and doctors need to do their due diligence in all cases. They need to investigate all symptoms. They can’t get lured into the trap of assuming someone is just nervous or overly worried about their health. A missed diagnosis at a time like that could be highly detrimental to the patient’s health.
If your doctor does miss something, you may have options
Did your doctor already make an error that could have been avoided, putting your health in jeopardy? Did they refuse to listen to what you were telling them? If so, it is time to look into your legal options. You may be able to seek compensation for increased medical bills and other damages.