Getting the treatment comes later. First comes the tricky and challenging part of getting your condition diagnosed. Digestive tract disorders are some of the most commonly misdiagnosed conditions especially because the majority of them throw out such similar symptoms with little to no change. At the same time, they widely vary from case to case. See the juxtaposition here? So doctors will often misdiagnose a patient leaving them pumped on pills yet sickly until they finally decide to redo the tests. Here are some of the most commonly misdiagnosed digestive tract conditions.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
IBD is mainly divided into two categories. Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease. Both of these have very similar symptoms like blood in stools, abdominal pain and cramping, painful bowel movements. Irregular bowel movements, nausea, fatigue, weight loss and overall feeling off ill-health. Because they are so similar to each other, not only can they be vastly misdiagnosed within themselves but also for more life threatening conditions like colorectal cancer in Singapore where bloody stools and abdominal pain are commonly seen. The only way for doctors to eliminate every condition is to literally throw everything against the wall and see which sticks so get ready for a litany of tests and some revisions in your prescription.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
This is probably one of the most misdiagnosed and unfairly treated digestive tract conditions of all time. Nobody knows why this happens and the only way to confirm it, is to put the patient through a series of expensive and possibly painful tests that will definitely include an ileum biopsy to eliminate Crohn’s. on the other hand you will not see fresh bright blood in your stool so you will not be asked to go in for Haemorrhoid surgery either. However, the rule is that a patient has to present with abdominal pain and other symptoms for at least six months, three days a month, for them to qualify as a candidate for possible IBS treatment. Oh, yes, most people also think the disease is imaginary.
The master of all misdiagnoses. Celiac Disease can take at average a total of anything between six to ten years for a concrete diagnosis. It just so happens that this immune reaction to gluten found in wheat, barley and rye and others is shrouded in so much confusion and criss crosses paths with many other conditions. However, a blood test can show if this is indeed the case and a biopsy of the small intestine can point doctors towards any damage that might have been caused to it by the condition.