Why you shouldn’t google symptoms

So I have mild abdominal and lower back pain. I googled my symptoms and now I’m convinced that I’m dying. Thanks Internet.

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50 thoughts on “Why you shouldn’t google symptoms

  1. weight2lose2013 says:

    I did that prior to having spinal fusion. Almost every board I visited was warning that the pain would never go away, or worse – risk paralysis. I was freaked out prior to surgery. I told the surgeon and he chuckled. One of the unintended consequences of the internet. I came home that night and got up the next morning and made breakfast for my family. Internet be damned! πŸ™‚

    • janeybgood says:

      Well done you πŸ™‚
      Yeah, I did it with my epilepsy and was convinced I was schizophrenic so it actually delayed me from seeking help. Doctors must be cursing the internet, they are probably inundated with hypochondriacs!

  2. larry trasciatti says:

    Every time I take a very hot shower i feel seriously dizzy & spaced out. I checked it out online. I found a site that said it’s a blood pressure problem caused by all the heat. It struck me as quite believable but your’re still right. Don’t use the internet as a substitute for a M.D.

    • janeybgood says:

      Sometimes the explanation is probably pretty accurate, but more often than not, it’s very extreme and anxiety-inducing which doesn’t improve your symptoms.

  3. Down to a tea says:

    I was in a little pain last night and googled my symptoms. Apparently it’s all quite normal and common when breast feeding. News to me. I should probably google where the kid is then that I’m supposed to be feeding…

      • Down to a tea says:

        Yeah this one was an annoying twinge near my armpit, must have just lifted something too heavy. I just have up when it asked if I was lactating. Not useful whatsoever lol

  4. dweezer19 says:

    Hmm.interesting points. I guess being in the medical field, even in ophthalmology, I have a fair knowledge of major conditions. I have had some decent luck looking up certain skin conditions and deficiencies. But then I never stop at one or two possibilities. I check out quite a few before diagnosing myself. There is indeed some wild stuff out there. You have to be careful of the source. Remember anyone can post a blog out there and when you search it pulls up all related connections. I mean who do those bloggers think they are anyway? πŸ˜›hahaha!

    • janeybgood says:

      That’s very wise advice which I am definitely going to listen to. I panic myself. There’s a lot of illness in my family and I suppose it’s affected me.
      Ha, I never really thought about the source of what I’m reading, I guess it usually looks pretty official. You’re totally right though, it could be anyone. Even me haha! At least you know what you’re talking about.

      • dweezer19 says:

        Do you still have your appendix Janey? That can produce all sorts of symptoms. For me that used to add up to bad PMS but turned out I had uteran cycsts and since I was done having babies, I had a partial hysterectomy. I actually suffered for years thinking it was just fron satnding and walking qll day in clinic. I agree with “motherhen” could also be kidneys. Take care of you!

      • janeybgood says:

        I do actually. Although it is looking like it may be kidney, I’ve had trouble before. I will have to go to the doctor though.
        Thanks for the advice and I hope you’re okay now, glad you got it sorted. Us ladies have a lot to look after.

  5. Lisa Macy Coaching says:

    Google symptoms definitely has its good and bad points! Great if you’re actually right and can learn more about the condition and how to cure/treat it, but if you’re wrong you’re in for lots of worry! lol πŸ˜€

  6. motherhendiaries says:

    Bless… Poor you with your back/abdominal pain! Actually, as a qualified medical transcriptionist, (yeah, I actually am more than just a pretty face…haha!) my guess would be kidney infection…ovarian cyst…endometriosis…or PID … but what do I know? In any case, talk to your doc! How will we cope if you wind up in hospital??? *starting to have panic attack*

    • janeybgood says:

      Haha, your comments always make me laugh out loud and then my boyfriend asks what I’m laughing at and I’m too lazy to explain so he probably thinks I’m having an affair haha!
      Yeah, that’s what I’m leaving towards too. I have such a fear of doctors (I think it’s the stethoscope, it’s just so clinical and cold). But I will go.
      If I do end up in hospital, I will still post. The last time I was there, I kept updating my Facebook out of sheer boredom and uploading pictures of my jelly dessert haha.

      • motherhendiaries says:

        I look forward to the lime Jello… but never to you being properly sick! Tell BF that MH says he is AOK… but GF is unwell. OBV, her BFFs want the DL on her status. MH is a PRO, but not a DOC. Get GF to the ER ASAP..

      • janeybgood says:

        How are you so clever with words?!? I mean I’m glad because I’m entertained but damn girl haha!
        I was trying to think of a clever way to get the term AWOL into my reply but I failed. Or does this count? I’m sick. Cough cough.

      • motherhendiaries says:

        Sweet child…go AWOL if necessary… just get well!! I.’sOK w/.MH… and yes, it counts! R E S T! *cluck*

      • motherhendiaries says:

        I can only hope they are proper FEATHER pillows…ha! Get well, Janey…the blogosphere is less bright without your sunshine… MH

  7. anupturnedsoul says:

    I’m also not a fan of going to the doctor and tend to use the internet as my GP.

    Get thee to a GP, to ease the anxiety (even if the idea of going makes you anxious) and to answer your concerns before you make yourself ill with worry.

    It could be IBS – it causes lower back pain and abdominal pain.

    Take care of yourself, best wishes πŸ™‚

    • janeybgood says:

      That’s true. I never even thought of that. I’ll have to wait till next weekend to go, but I will. I haven’t really been looking after myself lately, so it is a huge wake up call. Thanks for your concern πŸ™‚

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