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Determining and Confirming Your Diagnosis

When you have symptoms of a medical problem, you and your doctor must determine what disease or condition is causing those symptoms. From your family and medical histories, to medical tests, empowered patients work collaboratively with their doctors to develop the evidence and determine the verdict -- a diagnosis.
  1. Diagnosis Research
  2. Genetic Testing (4)
  3. Getting a Second Opinion (3)
  4. Medical Records / Privacy
  5. Misdiagnosed / Undiagnosed
  6. Researching Medical Options (39)

The Wise Patient's Guide to Being Newly Diagnosed
Few things in life strike fear in our hearts the way a difficult diagnosis does. Once you've caught your breath, and decided it's time to empower yourself, there are a number of steps a newly diagnosed patient can take to understand a new diagnosis, confirm it, study treatment options, then begin the process required to beat it.

How to Diagnose Yourself Using the Internet

How Was Your Diagnosis News Delivered to You?
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with something grave - a terminal disease or condition, something chronic and hard to treat, a problem that will require difficult-to-perform surgery or a very long-term recuperation, then you remember exactly how that news was delivered. Sharing your story will help others process their news, too. ...See submissions

Differential Diagnosis: What Else Might Your Problem Be?
The process of differential diagnosis helps patients understand the evidence used to determine their diagnosis, helps them learn about alternatives, and helps them confirm that their diagnosis was made correctly.

How Common Is Misdiagnosis or Missed Diagnosis?
If you have symptoms that won't go away, or you find treatment isn't working well for you, it's possible you have been misdiagnosed, or that your diagnosis has been missed. That may seem like a long shot, so you might want to understand better how common missed and misdiagnosis are.

How to Get Your Medical Test Results
Smart patients understand the importance of hearing back from the doctor about any medical tests, no matter what the medical test results. Here's now to get those results even when your provider doesn't provide them in a timely fashion.

Understanding Your Medical Test Results
You've been put through a medical test result, and now you've got a copy of the results. They are incomprehensible - why? - because by themselves they mean very little. Is "positive" good? Or not? What about negative? Well, truth is, negative can be very good. Here's some more information about understanding your medical test results.

Using Health Website Symptom Checkers
When we experience unusual symptoms, we are curious about their causes. Even before we see our doctor or have a medical test, we want to know the answers about what could be causing those symptoms. Symptom checker applications are available on many health websites, but how accurate can they be?

Choosing the Right Doctor for You
Good and effective medical care begins by choosing the right doctor for your needs. These tips will help you choose your Dr. Right.

Newly Named Diseases and Conditions
Diseases and conditions themselves probably aren't new, but combinations of symptoms are given new names all the time. Find this list of newly named diseases, conditions, syndromes and disorders to see if any of them apply to you.

More New Disease Names - Additions to Master List of Newly Named Diseases
New names are given to diseases, conditions, syndromes and other diagnoses on a regular basis. What new names have you learned about?

How Accurate Are Your Medical Test Results?
There are several reasons why medical test results may be wrong or inaccurate. When patients get the wrong results, they may not get the follow up treatment they need, or they may be treated for something they don't have. Learn why medical test results accuracy is important and the questions you should ask your doctor about how accurate your...

Medical Tests, Procedures and Treatments You Don't Need - Choosing Wisely
In 2012, a group of nine medical specialties came together to issue a list of 45 medical tests, procedures and treatments that are unnecessary for patients, put them at risk and drive up costs. Here are the lists, broken out by specialty, to help you have a conversation with your doctor.

Free Medical Screenings, Tests and Services
when the Affordable Care Act was passed, it required that a list of free preventive services, including tests, screenings and counseling, be provided to insured Americans at no out of pocket cost. Find lists for men, women and children, and learn more about the real cost of these services.

Understanding CT Scans and Radiation Exposure
Doctors order CT scans for us frequently, and now we are learning that so many CT scans can expose us to dangerous amounts of radiation. Your CT scan may be very necessary - or may not be. Here is some background information to help you understand when a CT scan is, or is not, necessary.

5 Questions to Ask about Radiation Exposure Before a CT Scan
Smart patients understand that radiation exposure from CT scans can be dangerous. Here are five questions to ask when your doctor orders a scan to help protect yourself from overexposure to radiation.

Understanding Informed Consent
Informed consent is a concept that requires patients to understand the risks and benefits of any test, procedure or treatment a doctor recommends and a patient agrees to. Empowered patients need to understand just what they are agreeing to.

Three Resolutions for Savvy Patients
A savvy patient will realize that when symptoms appear, it's time to use these three tools to help get the best diagnosis, make treatment decisions and find the best medical outcomes.

Mystery Diagnosis - How to Solve Your Undiagnosed Medical Disease or Condition
Thousands of patients go undiagnosed each year. They get frustrated because no one can seem to solve the mystery of their illness. Here are some steps to take to try to arrive at a solution for your undiagnosed medical disease or condition.

Is It a Spider Bite? Or Is It MRSA?
It's puffy, red, itchy - and you aren't sure where that sore came from. Is it MRSA? Or is it a spider bite? Here's how to figure it out.

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