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    Esther Rantzen

    Failure to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis


    Have you suffered from swollen and painful joints at any point? If you have it might be worth seeing your GP as you may be suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. This is a common condition; in fact there is only one other type of arthritis that occurs more commonly than this one.

    You can experience other symptoms as well as swollen joints when you have rheumatoid arthritis. For example you can feel very tired and depressed, and feel as if you have flu, even though you don’t have the illness itself.

    While diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis is done according to a number of tests and your GP’s review of the results, there is no specific test that ticks the box to give you that diagnosis. However it is reasonable to expect your GP to focus on this if you have a number of symptoms that could point to this as a diagnosis. A failure to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis can be bad for you as the patient because it prevents you from getting appropriate treatment and care. While it cannot be cured there are things that can be done to prevent the progression of the condition.

    Everyday life is harder to cope with with undiagnosed rheumatoid arthritis

    This could well be the case, yes. A failure to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis can be problematic because it can lead to joint damage. The fact there is no cure as yet doesn’t mean there are no treatments that can slow its progression. As such the sooner you can be diagnosed the sooner certain treatments can be explored in the hope of reducing the symptoms you feel. Since it cannot be reversed this is the best you can hope for.

    Contact the team at Accident Advice Helpline today to find out more details

    If you believe you have been misdiagnosed or there has been a failure to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis, you should get in touch with our professional injury compensation lawyers today. Our friendly team is here to help and to provide you with no-obligation advice you can count on. Try starting by using our 30-second online test to see whether you do have a case that could be answered with a compensation payment. Alternatively, to discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.  With our help you could potentially have a compensation case coming up that could be successfully resolved in the near future.

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    Date Published: August 27, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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