"When you hear hoof beats think horses, not zebras"
Zebra is the medical slang for arriving at an exotic medical diagnosis when a more commonplace explanation is more likely.
Medical students are taught to look for the more commonplace diagnosis. This means that those patients with a more exotic condition tend to wait longer for a proper diagnosis.
Hypermobility Syndrome type III or Elhers Danlos Syndrome are often ignored or mis-diagnosed. I am currently awaiting a proper diagnosis for my daughter and this blog is to record our journey.
Lucy is my little zebra.