There are many ways that a diagnosis can go wrong. There can be contributing factors from any of the players:
- Health Professional
- Tests (laboratory or pathology tests)
It seems poor form to blame a patient/client for a wrong diagnosis, and indeed blame is probably the wrong word. Nevertheless, the patient/client is involved, and can contribute to a wrong diagnosis.
The most likely way for a patient/client to contribute to a misdiagnosis is attempting to do so themselves without health professional advice.
Not Reporting Symptoms:
Sometimes patient/clients don't tell the health professional everything. Sometimes symptoms are embarrassing. Other times you might think they're not worth mentioning. Some people won't mention a symptom unless the health professional asks, and assume it must be irrelevant if the health professional doesn't ask about it directly. Always tell the health professional everything, no matter how trivial, no matter if you believe it unrelated. Let the health professional have all the facts.
Failure to Complete Ordered Tests:
In some cases, patient/clients don't get diagnostic tests done, even when a health professional has ordered the tests. This can occur due to oversight, complacency, laziness, or embarrassment. For example, one contributing factor to delayed diagnosis of colon cancer is patient/clients' perceived embarrassment over tests such as colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy.
Since the health professional may have to make a diagnosis, it is certainly possible to make the wrong diagnosis. There are many ways that this can occur.
Health Professionals Know Only Common Diseases:
There are more than 20,000 documented human diseases, and probably many more undocumented ones and health professionals only know the most common.
Any health challenges that get a lot of attention tend to get over-diagnosed somewhat. This means that less common health challenges that might have similar symptoms are sometimes overlooked.
Different Health Professional Skill Levels:
Not all health professionals are alike. A general health practitioner may be well versed in common health challenges but not in rarer areas that a specialist would know better.
Health Professional Bias:
All health professionals are human and have biases. They can have the "hammer-and-nail" bias: if you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail. If they see a certain disease frequently, they will diagnose it frequently, and might make an error if it is not that disease or health challenge, but something with similar symptoms. This tendency to go with what is familiar is also seen in treatments, where a surgeon will recommend surgery more often, but an endocrinologist will recommend pills more often and a GP antibiotics. But rarely will some even mention a fast or liver cleanse.
Saving your Money:
Though rare these days, some health professionals will avoid tests, assuming that you don't want to pay extra costs. For example, if there is a very rare condition, say 1-in-200, should your health professional get you to test for it? Some health professionals won't even tell you about this type of test. This works fine for the majority, but fails for the very small percentage who might have the second health challenge.
Choice Not to Analyze Deeply:
In some conditions, the health professional may consider it adequate to get the overall health challenge, and less important to confirm the sub type.
Lack of Time:
It really is quite sad how little time a health professional will typically spend with a patient/client. We're all used to something like a 15 minutes appointment. That doesn't give the health professional much time to ask a few questions, make a tentative diagnosis, order some blood tests to confirm it, and then answer some questions from the patient/client. We'd all like to think that, later, the health professional went and double-checked a supposed disease in their books, with other specialists, and consulted the latest research about how to diagnose and treat it correctly, but it seems rather unlikely! In reality, health professionals have to shoot from the hip, and although they'll hit the mark with most common health challenges , they can get tricked up by rarer conditions.
Behavioral/Mental Symptoms Hard to Analyze:
Some types of symptoms are just hard to understand. This is particularly true of those regarding emotional or mental well-being including the ones influenced by breathing pattern disorder.
Laboratory and Pathology Tests:
The various medical tests that are used to confirm or rule out diagnoses can also sometimes fail. They can be useful diagnostic tools, but are not perfect and way too often overused. The parameters for optimal health vary widely depending on the skill of the health professional and are usually lower than a type five/optimal wellness might call for.
Of course, a simple human error can occur in any of the various tests. For example, samples could get contaminated or mixed up, or the test procedure might get done improperly. Some tests require visual inspection, such as cell tests for cancer (e.g. Pap smears), and rely on the human judgement of the person inspecting them. Naturally errors may or may not be rare.
Error Margins: false positives, false negatives.
All laboratory tests have known conditions under which they fail. They can either fail with a false positive, wrongly indicating that you have a condition when you don't, or a false negative, wrongly indicating you don't when you actually do. Either way will get you the wrong diagnosis. If you read the documentation about each test, you'll see that there are known limitations for each test. Some tests fail on some people because of special features about a person. Some tests for one symptom will fail if you have some other rare health challenges. There a few world class health professionals such as Bruce West that advise strongly against most testing as being too expensive and steering people into costly and unnecessary drug use or surgical procedures and overlooking things that can be addressed with simple diet, supplement and lifestyle changes. Think about the fact that virtually no medical doctor will prescribe a fast or liver cleanse, both of which are in my opinion two of the most powerful healing tools there are, you just have to wonder.
Breathing patterns are the foundation of all human energetic responses. When your breathing is out of balance, so then is your entire nervous and cellular system. Many try to improve breathing patterns with box breathing, 4/7/5 patterns, alternate nostril etc techniques but mostly fail as they try to lessen Sympathetic Nervous System stimulation instead of strengthening Parasympathetic Nervous System activation. To accomplish this one MUST develop Optimal Breathing with the foundation always in place.