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The Top 20 Most Common Uncommon Medical Diagnoses

CrowdMed helps people get answers to medical symptoms that have eluded diagnosis for months or even years. We recently gathered a list of the medical conditions, diseases and genetic disorders most frequently suggested by our global network of crowdsourced “Medical Detectives” – experts in medicine, science, healthcare, education and research who review patient cases submitted to the company – and whose collaboration helps patients figure out what’s wrong with them. The results are very interesting.

CrowdMed helps diagnose difficult and uncommon medical cases.

Numerous studies indicate many patients may struggle for months, or longer, before receiving an accurate diagnosis – if they receive any diagnosis at all. Today, for example, it can take four months to diagnose a range of even common cancers [1], up to eight years to diagnose rare genetic disorders [2], and there are nearly seven million people in the U.S. alone suffering numerous issues related to undiagnosed diabetes [3].

The 20 medical conditions ranked at the top of our list of most frequently proposed diagnoses often require months, possibly years, to accurately identify even under the best circumstances.

CrowdMed, by the way, provided many of these diagnostic recommendations in less than two weeks – and with 78% of those diagnoses ultimately confirmed by the patients’ doctors.

Patients are frustrated with their current healthcare.

People wouldn’t need to use CrowdMed if their conditions were simple or easy to diagnose. Our customers are those who are suffering from their often debilitating symptoms and the seeming inability of their doctors or the healthcare system to help them. CrowdMed was conceived and created specifically to help those people who are frustrated and exhausted from countless months or years (and the expense of) trying to get answers, to no avail.

It is difficult, and highly unlikely, for any one doctor to know every possible condition associated with every set of symptoms they are presented by patients. Compounding the problem, if the primary care physician can’t immediately identify a condition, it’s also difficult to decide what to do next. As a result, patients find themselves being funneled through a series of tests and specialist consultations with no specific target or hypothesis other than the original doctor’s best guess. Meanwhile, these patients’ healthcare costs quickly escalate (which is another problem I’ve discussed here).

For CrowdMed’s patients, uncommon conditions are actually quite common.

Here are the top 20 most common uncommon (and/or difficult to diagnose) medical conditions crowdsourced diagnosis is helping to identify more quickly, according to CrowdMed research:

  1. Fibromyalgia
  2. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  3. Lyme Disease
  4. Multiple Sclerosis
  5. Lupus
  6. Rheumatoid Arthritis
  7. Hypothyroidism
  8. Osteoarthritis
  9. Menopause
  10. Type 2 Diabetes
  11. Cervical Radiculopathy
  12. Polymyalgia Rheumatica
  13. Celiac Disease
  14. Diabetic Neuropathy
  15. Sciatica
  16. Acrodermatitis Enteropathica
  17. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
  18. Arthritis
  19. Gastric Cancer
  20. Deep Vein Thrombosis

Doctors often doubt or criticize patients suffering from unfamiliar conditions.

One of the conditions starting to get more attention today is Celiac Disease, a gluten intolerance often caused by a genetic disorder that can prevent your intestine from absorbing important nutrients – which may also lead to a number of other, even more serious disorders. It is estimated between two and three million Americans have Celiac Disease, but that more than 80% of these people are either undiagnosed or have been misdiagnosed with other conditions [4].

Gluten intolerance has been a subject of concern and study since the 1950s. In spite of this, many in the medical community still remain unaware of gluten issues or still don’t believe the condition is real – even though researchers have already identified (and can test for) specific gene mutations found in 95% of known cases.

The general lack of awareness around this condition (and many others) causes people to suffer for years, possibly even decades, searching for answers – only to be told by many doctors they’ve just got a bit of indigestion or that they’re just imagining the symptoms.

Celiac Disease, it turns out, is fairly high on the list of medical conditions most frequently recommended by CrowdMed’s Medical Detectives to patients – ranked thirteenth overall.

Crowdsourced medical diagnosis can cure an ailing healthcare system.

Many of the conditions noted above are frequently discussed in online health related forums, and most of the discussion centers around patients’ frustration – not just because of the illness itself, but because many patients had to fight for months or years just to get a proper diagnosis.

CrowdMed helps people with rare or difficult-to-diagnose illnesses to receive virtual “second opinions” and diagnostic suggestions from a global, collaborative crowd of experts and people who devote whatever time is necessary to researching each case. Many of CrowdMed’s patients and customers had been suffering for years – not just from their medical symptoms, but also from the seemingly endless and disconnected series of diagnosis attempts by many individual doctors who never worked together to solve the problem.

CrowdMed hopes to fill this void in healthcare today, by bringing together a world of experts to diagnose even the most difficult medical cases.

  • If you’re frustrated with your current healthcare and symptoms (and the time and cost of trying to figure out what’s wrong), just submit your case to CrowdMed’s Medical Detectives. They’ll do their best to help you get answers.
  • Also, if you’re interested in helping solve cases like the ones we’ve described above, and have a background in medicine, education, healthcare, and/or research, you’re invited to join the crowd! CrowdMed’s Medical Detectives contribute to the social good while helping to save lives, through a process that is both fun and rewarding.
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17511875041423559069 Unknown

    Interstitial Cystitis. Was sent to a shrink and was told it was all in my head. A urologist found 13 ulcers in my bladder.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13631352879077127332 LifeisBeautiful88

    Mal de Debarquement (MdDS or Disembarkment Syndrome)

    Took 30 years to get diagnosed!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06552426968142384211 Nancy O’Kelly

    My family suffers from a number of the listed diagnosis. We can track it back to grandparents but no further. We feel the medical community has come a long way in diagnosing but the pharmaceuticals have lagged behind in chemstry. I personally feel like a quiney pig when it comes to trying new drugs. Abilify has been the most promising for fibromyalgia. I went from sleeping 16 hours a day to sleeping 6. My family members are searching for something besides DHE for migraines. Any help would be appreciated.