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Do You Scare Yourself by Researching Ailments Online?

The Internet is a wonderful thing, but when it comes to using it for self-diagnosis based on general symptoms, online tools can sometimes do more harm than good. So many illnesses have similar symptoms, and friends of mine have been convinced their cold-induced headache is really some chronic disease. If you're going to research your sickness online, take the results with a grain of salt and head to an actual doctor.


runswimmerrun runswimmerrun 8 years
SOmehow my sympthoms always lead to some rare disease from some remote part of the world. I temporarily get scared and then rationalize that I can't possible have that. :)
pandacn pandacn 8 years
Yep, total hypochondriac, and the invention of the internet and WebMD has only exacerbated it. one time, i could have sworn i got bitten by a black widow because i was comparing my "injury" to pictures of a black widow bite on the internet and it looked really similar. yeah, it totally wasn't. but i'd still rather be informed and i like having that capability of being able to conduct research myself, as long as i keep in mind which sources are reliable and which aren't.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
I do let it scare me, but with good reason. I have had a parent die because of misdiagnosis of symptoms and doctors who just didn't know what they were doing, and I personally have found out that I had a huge gallstone after being misdiagnosed by doctors and actually turned away at the ER for "faking" my stomach and back pains (!!!). I have also had panic attacks over fear of illness... So I'm more inclined to believe that the more deadly/serious conditions are the ones that I have. But I DO fill out my symptoms on WebMD as throughly as I can, to at least get something that is somewhat accurate.
CoconutPie CoconutPie 8 years
Yes, and it has caused me to have a few panic attacks.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
I try not to and then I cave. :p
Antioxidant Antioxidant 8 years
I have researched ailments online a few times and really regret it. I'm one of those people who can't even hear someone casually describing an injury or illness without my skin litterally crawling. I just cannot handle anything like that. I start self diagnosing and get all freaked out over nothing.
opentypeA opentypeA 8 years
It helped me! I was diagnosed with "acid-peptic disease," but I didn't think that could be right, so I looked online and my symptoms were more of lactose intolerance. I also went to another doctor, but he did in fact say I am lactose intolerant.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 8 years
I will do this for hours and hours.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I've done it before, but only to find out more info about ailments that I pretty much know I have. Usually I'll just look at WebMD and put in my symptoms to see what it could be and how to treat it on my own. Once I had a minor ingrown toenail, so I just looked up how to treat it at home and I was able to get rid of it without having to go to the doctor. I'm all about finding home remedies for things I have because I hate going to see the doctor for little annoyances.
kristints kristints 8 years
I actually researched my grandmothers symptoms when she was having a stroke, though there wasn't anything that the doctors could do once we took her in, I did get reliable, correct information online.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
my dad's side of family is paranoia kings and queens and sometimes i show the simptoms, so since i was a child my mum would calm me down and just tell me not to be stupid and not to think anything is cancer or whatever, so now i try to be very calm and use my brains before i freak out. i usually visit a doctor first.
darc5204 darc5204 8 years
I find it very beneficial, overall, to look things up online before going to the doctor, or especially to look up more info after I've been there. Then again, I'm not the paranoid type.
Merlin713 Merlin713 8 years
Yup.. I use WebMD only though. I haven't seriously looked at any of this since 2006 when I had the flu that wouldn't go away.. That was the beginning of colitis in my body, and let me say, if you are ever having blood (bright red or mixed in) in your stool go to the doc asap! I waited for 6 months before going to the doc and ended up very anemic and very sick. :-( There's no cure for it, so it's not like you can prevent it... Just don't dismiss things that are serious.
La-Tua-Cantante La-Tua-Cantante 8 years
The title of this made me laugh - because I've been known to do this! I try not to though...if I'm really worried I'll go to the doctor. But if I am going to research online, I try to go to a reputable site like WebMd.
wren1 wren1 8 years
I no longer allow myself to do this. It causes panic attacks.
bengalspice bengalspice 8 years
I'm researching my eczema and pink eye issues all the time ... but it's done good since now I know how to prevent it from flaring up, and that my pink eye wasn't an infection but allergy induced.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Yes, I'm so bad about this. I'm such a hypochondriac, and I always blow it out of proportion. My friends have taken to saying things like "I have a headache. Bet it's a blood clot" to make fun of me, since I went through a phase where I was totally convinced I had a blood clot every time a muscle ached. And now that I sounds thoroughly insane...
tsp tsp 8 years
yes. guilty. it's always cancer. oh except for once last year when it was deep vein thrombosis. ;-) it's best for me to let the doctors do the diagnosing.
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
I used to, but not anymore. I got too scared over every little thing. If something's really bothering me, I'll just go to my doctor.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
YES!! i've looked things up and have seen that i could be dying and get all freaked out that now i've realized that it doesn't make sense at all for me to look up anything that's going on with me. it's just going to do more harm than good.
leenstarr leenstarr 8 years
I'm very guilty of this, and it doesn't help when any little symptom is a sign of cancer now a days.
misskacie misskacie 8 years
I do research, but I take it with a grain of salt. The Internet is full of "creative" people and their sensationalism. It also depends upon the severity of said ailment. I go straight to the doctor if I'm really concerned.
wmoonw wmoonw 8 years
I research things, but try not to let it get to me. "This lab result came back high, what could that mean?" sort of thing. I don't take what I find seriously until I actually hear back from the doctor, though.
laellavita laellavita 8 years
If I look online for any issues or ailments, it is how to treat such things like exercise injuries or how to deal with a cough or cold. I don't let things get out of hand any more than that.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
If I have like 5 of the symptoms, then I get scared. But mostly I use WebMD to see if I should do to the doctor or not for things like coughs, sore throats, and ear infections.
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