Back pain is something many of us suffer from on a daily basis. However, sometimes the pain may be a symptom of something more serious without us even knowing it. Undiagnosed back conditions can cause many problems in life, and may lead to disastrous consequences. This was the case for singer-songwriter Talia Dean, who had a misdiagnosed back condition for 15 years, despite her visits to her GP and A&E. This led to her dropping out of her theatre course, and now she can no longer dance.

Back Conditions

There are many reasons for back pain, but it could be something more serious than general pain. An example of this is the condition that Talia Dean was diagnosed with; Axial Spondyloarthritis, or Axial SPA. Axial SPA is a condition that often starts in the late teens or early 20s. The symptoms include:

  • Gradual onset of back pain and stiffness
  • Early morning stiffness that wears off during the day with exercise
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Night sweats

Often patients have flare-ups, when symptoms temporarily intensify, and in severe cases, vertebrae in the spine fuse together, resulting in a loss of mobility and curving of the spine (kyphosis). It can lead to conditions such as uveitis (inflammation of the uvea, or middle layer of the eye), psoriasis and bowel problems.

In Talia’s case, the symptoms started in her hip when she was 18. She put it down to growing pains, but went to A&E after a few weeks. She was given crutches and had to drop out of her theatre course. The pain went away, but then came back a few years later when se was 22 in her lower back. Over the next 6 years she saw various specialists and had various tests, but the pain kept getting worse. She finally got the diagnosis when she was 34.

This is just one example of back condition that can be the cause of back pain. If undiagnosed back conditions do not get treated in the early stages, then the effects can be terrible.

Undiagnosed Back Conditions

Back conditions such as Axial SPA can have long lasting effects if not diagnosed and treated early on. This was shown in a recent report by the BBC about the Talia Dean incident.

Unfortunately, this may not be an isolated incident. We often see people who have needlessly suffered due to undiagnosed conditions such as the one mentioned. The problem is, many people have back pain, and it can occur for a number of reasons. However, if people have undiagnosed back conditions, this can have negative effects.

If you go years or even months with undiagnosed back conditions, it can also effect the treatment that you may need. It may be that your back condition could have been dealt with in a simpler way if it had been diagnosed early enough. Or it may be that the condition has worsened too much for anything to be done about it. If this has happened due to human error, then you may be able to make a claim.

If you have had back problems, which you have seen your GP or attended A&E for, and they have not done the necessary tests on your back to see if it is anything more sinister, then you may be able to claim. This is particularly true if the delay in diagnosis meant that your condition has worsened or is now incurable.

How We Can Help

Here at The Medical Negligence Experts, we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with all manner of medical negligence claims. This includes delays in diagnosis. Contact us today by filling in our contact form or by calling us on 01614138761 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.

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