Sleep Disorders Misdiagnosis

Each year, there are millions of Americans diagnosed with sleep disorders. But what happens when sleep disorders are misdiagnosed or are missed entirely by your doctor?

When a sleep disorder is misdiagnosed, the sufferers will likely continue to have difficulties getting with their sleep. Because there has been a misdiagnosis, the actual disorder is not going to be treated properly, and you may even end up being unnecessarily treated for a condition that you do not even have. Several sleep disorders are frequently misdiagnosed and those who suffer from them often do so for several years.

Restless Leg Syndrome Misdiagnosis

One of the most commonly misdiagnosed sleep disorders is restless leg syndrome, or RLS. This is a condition that causes the sufferer to feel pain or itching sensations in their legs, and they often kick a lot during the night when they are sleeping or trying to get to sleep. Often, because this is a condition that causes the sufferer to have a lack of sleep and the sleeper may not be fully aware of the symptoms, it is misdiagnosed as other types of sleep disorders, frequently insomnia.

Sleep Apnea Misdiagnosis

Sleep apnea is becoming more commonly diagnosed as awareness has increased. Some people who suffer from sleep apnea have been incorrectly diagnosed as having such medical conditions as hypersomnia, depression, asthma, psychiatric disorders or insomnia. In some cases they or their doctors believed that they only had a serious snoring problem.

Other conditions that sleep apnea has been mistaken for include thyroid disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome and hypothyroidism.

Sleep Disorders Misdiagnosed as ADD / ADHD

Many children and adults with sleep disorders have been misdiagnosed as having ADD, attention deficit disorder, or ADHD, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, because many symptoms associated with ADD and ADHD are similar to those of many sleep disorders.

ADD and ADHD symptoms share many common traits with those of sleep disorders such as having difficulty concentrating and recalling lessons learned the day before. Many children diagnosed with ADHD do not actually have the condition, and their sleep disorders are still not being treated.

This type of misdiagnosis may actually make the sleep disorder more pronounced as ADD and ADHD is usually treated with medications that are stimulants and may make sleeping more difficult on their own.

If you think that you may have a sleep disorder, but it has not been diagnosed by your physician, you should seek a second opinion and review your sleep disorder symptoms. Once your condition is properly diagnosed, you can get on your way to treating it and start getting the sleep that you need.

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