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Migraines can be mistaken for other conditions

Individuals in Iowa and throughout the country may feel a variety of symptoms that are the result of a migraine headache. However, since migraines can mimic the symptoms of other conditions, it can be difficult for medical professionals to accurately diagnose them. It is also possible that someone who is actually experiencing a different medical condition has been diagnosed with a migraine. An accurate diagnosis is critical as it can lead to proper treatment in a timely manner.

Migraines are frequently misdiagnosed as panic attacks because both can cause dizziness, vomiting and nausea. For some, not knowing what it is making them sick can give them anxiety or panic attacks. Hemiplegic migraines are sometimes diagnosed as a stroke. This is because symptoms may not include head pain. However, they do generally result in loss of function in one side of the body, and they can last for several days.

Although sinus headaches are rare, they are the condition most people thought they had before being diagnosed with a migraine. Unlike a migraine, a sinus headache is an infection that causes pain in the face and a headache that should go away when the infection clears. Doctors may believe that a migraine is actually the result of post-concussion syndrome as symptoms such as a persistent headache can linger for months after having one.

An improper diagnosis could lead to a worsened medical condition as it may not allow a person to receive proper treatment. A patient may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other damages related to the mistake. Legal counsel might be able to help a person establish that negligence led to the error. Negligence may include failing to run tests or ignoring symptoms that could have been clues to the proper diagnosis.

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