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Do You Research Your Health Issues Online Before Talking to Your Doctor?

There is no denying that the Internet is a valuable research tool when it comes to your health, but the web is also chock full of misinformation. So much so that in the year 2000 the American Medical Association requested that patients make a New Year's resolution not to go online to look up medical conditions. In seven years, however, things have changed. Many physicians encourage their patients to discuss their online research with them, but many patients often worry about questioning their doctors.

So how about you...


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Allytta Allytta 9 years
i'm well educated and already know the most i need to know before going to doctor's. i love biology and anathomy so i'm really good with my body and it's needs. but i usually research the diagnose after coming from the doctor's, because i get the certain information with blood-work or smear...
Merlin713 Merlin713 9 years
I looked on WebMD before I go to the doctor. I also did that before I told my Mom that I think I have Ulcerative Colitis... I had to have something for her to read in order to believe me I guess. Stupid, I know. My aunt is a doctor in the area in which I needed assistance, so I talked to her as well. I guess everything I read before helped me to prepare for what was to come because I was right in my diagnosis. =[ It's genetic, and my Mom is considered a carrier for it.. A few of my cousins have Colitis as well as Crohns. Dang. Great genes........
bluebird bluebird 9 years
i look at the symptom diagnosis to get a general idea of what most likely is going on, or because i'm a poor college student, to decide whether or not i ought to go to the doctor!
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
I do this so that I can ask as many questions as possible. Because some symptoms I feel might vary, so telling the doctor everything possible might be better for me. I usually call my pharamcist before too, he's family.
CoMMember13627174328105 CoMMember13627174328105 9 years
As a physician, I love that my patients are becoming more informed and proactive with regard to their own health. The problem can be that too much information is often a bad thing. Self-diagnosis is dangerous. You may decide based on typing your symptoms into WebMD that you have a certain condition, which could steer your doctor away from doing his or her own thorough evaluation which means potentially missing the real problem. I would love it if my patients came in with lists of their symptoms, when they started, etc. rather than listing off their self-diagnoses. It's distracting and subconsciously steers your provider away from a thorough evaluation.
rubialala rubialala 9 years
I always look stuff up online because I feel like if I went to the dr. every time I felt like I had a symptom that needed to be treated, my dr. would think I'm a hypochondriac - which I'm pretty sure he already does - so why make it worse? buffyanne is right, too - you have to maximize the time you have, even if they "poo-poo" your research.
estoiles estoiles 9 years
you need to research and have questions before you go to the doctor! remember, they are human beings, too, and human beings can have moments of forgetfulness and make mistakes! plus, think about how many people they see in a day! they can't just guess what's wrong and answer questions that haven't been asked! it's your job to inform them to the best of your ability, THEN they perform their own tests and formulate a diagnosis based on the information available.
buffyanne buffyanne 9 years
I do some research before my appointment, yes. I feel the need to formulate questions and have some basic info before I go. If I don't the very few minutes I have with the doctor are not used as well as they could be and I may have to return to ask more questions. I have had negative experiences with doctors on this regard. The docs I've met with have been anywhere from disapproving to dismissive about my effort to inform myself. I think they need to embrace the possibilities and give the patients a break. They don't spend enough time with me to figure out what is wrong, so they should like that I am able to narrow down my issues and ask thoughtful questions. In spite of their negative reactions, I have been better able to get to a diagnosis/result by doing this and I will continue in the future.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Well, sometimes, I guess....just cuz I HATE goign to the doctor!
blackjade blackjade 9 years
Sometimes. When I was interested in switching BC, I did a bunch of research online so I could go into the conversation prepared.
sarasonne sarasonne 9 years
Absolutely. There are so many things that can go wrong and physicians can miss things, especially when they have specialites (gyno, derm, neuro, etc).
moonischasingme1 moonischasingme1 9 years
I don't go to the doctor because I can't afford and I don't get
ayanaphil ayanaphil 9 years
It depends on what it is. Sometimes I'll call my uncle who is a doctor before I call my own as well.
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