There are many times that doctors make medical mistakes, and in some, you're in a position to file a claim against them for compensation. Failing to diagnose you correctly can be a serious threat to your health, but there are some steps you can take to help your doctor diagnose you correctly. Taking these steps, you can feel more confident that you provided the information your physician needed.
First, consider writing down all your symptoms, no matter how small. Sometimes, it's the symptoms that you think are unimportant that are the most important for your health. Make sure you write down symptoms as they arise.
Another thing to consider is heading to a specialist, not a general practitioner. Specialists have increased education in the area of medicine you're concerned about, and they're more likely to make the correct diagnosis. Take the specialist you see all your medical records; this can help him see your medical history as a whole.
You may also want to talk to your doctor about your symptoms, but don't assume you know what's wrong. Sometimes concluding that you know what's wrong can make your physician agree with what you think. It's better to let your doctor do his or her job and to determine what is causing you trouble instead of deciding you know the cause.
Another thing you can do is to bring your medications with you. Sometimes, symptoms are a result of side effects, while other times, knowing what you take is important to avoid doubling medications or overdosing a patient. Some medications shouldn't be taken together, either.
Source: WebMD, "8 Ways to Help Your Doctor Make the Right Diagnosis," Leslie Pepper, accessed March 22, 2016