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Misdiagnosis in the US and the lack of proper testing, inaccurate medical histories, and errors made when interpreting test results, are some of the most common reasons a misdiagnosis occurs. Three symptoms that tend to be the most frequently misdiagnosed are coughs, abdominal pains, and shortness of breath. When factoring in all of the reasons a misdiagnosis occurs, it can definitely be in a patient’s best interest to obtain a second opinion for a major illness diagnosis. While things are sometimes missed, I think the more we educate ourselves, or when we ask more questions, are times when we can empower ourselves to take charge of our healthcare needs. ~Tom