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Are You A 'Cyberchondriac'?

Are You A 'Cyberchondriac'?

It all starts with a headache, then you get the chills and sharp pain ensues not long after. What is one to do? Do you raid the medicine cabinet, go to the doctors or ask Mr. Internet what could be the problem? According to a Harris Interactive poll, 160 million Americans tend to use the net instead of their doctor to diagnose medical conditions or to find health information. The amount of these so-called "cyberchondriacs" has increased by 37 percent over the last two years. I'm guilty of it, heck I do it all the time. What about you? Leave your answers below!
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dpagonis dpagonis 10 years
everytime I try to diagnose myself on the internet, It tells me I have arterial monochromia.
discocactus discocactus 10 years
I gave up WebMd long ago, after it gave me a couple anxiety attacks. Everything could possibly mean death-headaches, being tired, having a runny nose. Gah.
valepere valepere 10 years
Yupp! easier and cheaper! hehe
melizza melizza 10 years
I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS.
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
I was at the doctor A LOT last year. It took 8 emergency room visits for pain plus several regular doctor visits before they found out I needed my spleen removed. So now I hate going to the doctor, not to mention now that I'm "cured" I feel like my regular doctor don't take me seriously. Even though I've already had 2 sinus infections, a bladder infection, and an ear infection this year. So yeah, guilty. Sometimes it's just best to leave your doctor alone and save it till you really need them.
Tech Tech 10 years
Wowzers! A majority of us are complete cyberchondriacs! Thanks for your comments!
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 10 years
Yes
liladdieshudiva liladdieshudiva 10 years
I look up the symptoms; then eventually I'll go to the doctor.
everythingnice everythingnice 10 years
used to all of the time, but not so much any more.
Lizy Lizy 10 years
ok I admit, i do too. I hate doctor, they always have to take your blood, do some testing and blah blah blah. I hate all that. or you can say that i'm scared. so i rather go online find a solution for myself.
bluesugar bluesugar 10 years
Geek! Heal thy self!
millarci millarci 10 years
Guilty. I hate going to the doctor. I go online to webmd.com and see if I can figure out if I need to go to the doctor. Isn't that terrible? *sigh*
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 10 years
When you're sick, why leave the comfort of your bed to go see a doctor when you can probably find a way to make yourself feel better online?
Phil Phil 10 years
Gah. I haven't been to the doctor in 7 or 8 years. I think I've Googled every ingredient that is found in my regular meals and in the products I use (shampoo, moisturizer, deodorant, dish soap, detergent....) in hopes that I'm not exposing myself to chemicals that may be hurting my immune system in some way. And any time that I feel distinctly strange, I google all my symptoms to pinpoint (well, guestimate) what it may be. So I now have a vague knowledge that the small lump on my lower back that I always think is growing even though it probably isn't is probably not cancer. So my heart can stop racing and I don't need to go to the doctor. Unfortunately, I still don't know what the ef causes canker sores.
junebrug junebrug 10 years
I've never, ever looked up something on the internet when I felt sick. They have no idea what's going on with you in cyberspace. Besides, whatever your symptoms are, it always says "cancer". Okay, I may have looked once.
shafiii shafiii 10 years
never. haha i just go to my mother who tells me that i dont drink enough milk or eat enough bananas and thats it!
reese05 reese05 10 years
sometimes I am
c0rkie c0rkie 10 years
yuppppp
xo_verity xo_verity 10 years
Totally!
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 10 years
I am so guilty! But if I am majority concerned I go to the doc! But I swear I have diagnosed... well misdiagonsed many a disease using the internet!
rubialala rubialala 10 years
I totally look up symtpoms on the internet before I decide if I should make an appointment.
figurine figurine 10 years
I am kind of a hypochondriac, but I never look up what I may (not) suffer from. :D
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
yes, i am for sure! i hate going to the doctors office. i don't actually have a doctor and haven't for maybe 15 years...i always just go to a drop in clinic on the rare occasion when i do go (last time i went was for a shot i needed to go to India but it was going to cost too much (even with free healthcare in Canada) so i decided against it...that was about 4 years ago).
Masqueraded_Angel Masqueraded_Angel 10 years
I do this all the time. Yahoo! answers is my homepage for looking up symptoms and such. Like others though, if it's something super serious, then my butt is in the doctor's office.
pinkflats pinkflats 10 years
Actually I still prefer the old "going to see the doctor for a check up" than just looking it up no matter how convenient it is to go online. I guess I'm just old-fashioned.
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