Medical misdiagnoses happen much more often than one would suspect, according to some studies. Evan Falchuk of Best Doctors Inc. offers some tips for patients to do their part to avoid such problems:

1. Don’t be shy. Be curious, and insistent. 

2. Get a second – or third or fourth – opinion. But don’t show up and tell the next doctor, “I’ve been diagnosed with this type of illness, what do you think?” 

3. Take the time to get to know your family medical history—and make sure your doctor knows about it. 

4. Take someone with you to doctor’s visits. It’s hard to listen to difficult medical news and pay attention to all the details at the same time. 

5. Have your pathology rechecked.

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