People in America today can expect to live longer than they ever have before, so old age is inevitable for most. If you make it to 65, data from the Center for Disease Control suggests that, on average, you can live for another 19.3 years. Anyone who reaches this age and beyond can expect to spend considerable time and energy in managing chronic medical conditions to stay healthy and maintain a good quality of life.
Doctors are not infallible. It may seem like a controversial statement but it’s a simple fact. They’re human and can fall prey to the same workplace mistakes as the rest of us. However, a doctor’s mistake can have serious repercussions, especially when it comes to the diagnosis – or misdiagnosis – of medical conditions. It can be a case of life and death in the most literal sense, which is why doctors are held to such rigorous standards. And even then, mistakes do happen.
The symptoms to both are similar, but the diseases are wildly different, as well as the seriousness and treatment. Regardless of which you might have, see a doctor. But to help in the interim time before you get an appointment and to perhaps ease your mind, we’ll explain the differences you should be feeling and seeing from your body. But first: