There can be other difficulties rising when you are going to the GP to get your symptoms checked out for example if you go to the GP because you have been coughing out blood it can be difficult at first for the GP to see that you are suffering from lung cancer, they might think you have chest infection that why you are coughing out blood. Another thing is that because you have been coughing out blood couple of times only they might not take it serious and might not get it checked by an experienced professional. If the person does recognise the symptoms immediately and goes to the GP it can also be difficult to diagnose the disorder because the GP might think it is an persistent cough and give the patient anti-biotic to get rid of it.
Unexplained weight loss is another sign of lung cancer but if you go to the GP about unexplained weight loss they might think you have an eating disorder that’s why you’re losing weight. Unexplained weight loss is not the only cause of lung cancer it can also be caused by diabetes and depression.
Chest infection can be a sign of lung cancer but it can also a sign of other disorders such as TB and bronchitis
If you visit the GP about the signs and symptoms of tiredness and lack of energy they might think it is happening because of your lifestyle choices such as your sleeping routine and diet. Lack of energy and unexplained tiredness can be caused by lack of sleep, poor diet, not getting enough exercise or even conditions like anemia and thyroid problems.
Finally you can go and visit the GP about the signs and symptoms of chest and shoulder pain, these symptoms can be symptoms of different conditions, chest and shoulder pain be a sign of heart attack as well. Even though it is taken seriously the GP could easily mistake it from the signs or symptoms of Lung cancer.
Case study B- diabetes Tu Wong
Signs and symptoms of diabetes type 2 could pass urine often than usual however it can be a sign of a different situation. When frequent urination is accompanied by , an urgent need to urinate, and or discomfort in the , you may have a . It also is a sign of problems and can press against the urethra (the tube that carries urine out the body) and block the flow of urine. This causes the bladder wall to become irritable. The bladder begins to contract even when it contains small amounts of urine, causing more frequent urination. It also is a sign of interstitial. This condition of unknown cause is characterized by pain in the bladder and pelvic region. Often, symptoms include an urgent and/or frequent need to urinate. All these type 2 diabetes sign can be easily mistaken by the GP as they might think is a caused by the problems of constant urination for example urine infection.
Increase of thirst could be another sign of diabetes type 2. The GP might think your feeling thirst because you are not drinking the amount of water your body needs and feeling thirsty is a way of knowing you’re dehydrated. Having food such as spicy food can increase thirst.
There’s more chance of a medical reason for tiredness if there are other symptoms as well, such as heavy periods, weight loss, a change in bowel habits, hair loss, and extreme thirst and so on. There are lots of health complaints that can make you feel tired. Not just the well-recognised ones like anaemia and thyroid problems, but also more surprising ailments, such as diabetes and food intolerance. Being overweight or underweight can cause tiredness. That’s because your body has to work harder than normal to do everyday activities. If you’re underweight, you have less muscle strength, and you may feel tired more quickly. Tiredness can often be attributed to lifestyle factors, such as drinking too much alcohol, or having a bad diet. If you drink alcohol in the evening, it tends to wake you in the middle of the night. And if you drink a lot regularly, it can make you depressed and affect your sleep. “I’m always surprised to find how often patients who complain of tiredness are drinking far too much,” says Dr Shah.
If you have a disturbed sleep pattern – for instance if you work night shifts, sleep in the day or look after young children – it can be difficult to get a good night’s slept, and you’ll feel tired during the day. The GP can easily mistake this by saying your tired because you don’t sleep much or its because of how you live.