Do you ever look up your symptoms online?

@millie02 (6905)
United Kingdom
May 22, 2016 4:59am CST
We all get things wrong with us from time to time and if you are anything like me, you will worry about the slightest thing. Whenever I think there is something wrong, I always look up the symptoms online. I have been told not to do this because it can be frightening , but recently I have been reassured about certain things that I have had wrong. All the symptoms I researched turned out to be nothing serious. Would you research your symptoms online , or would you rather not do this?
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@toniganzon (53346)
• Philippines
22 May 16
I don't research my symptoms online. I talk to my sister who's a doctor and to her friends when the symptoms fall under their specialisation. I don't have to pay a single cent for consultation.
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@millie02 (6905)
• United Kingdom
22 May 16
It must be very useful to have a sister who is a doctor.
@toniganzon (53346)
• Philippines
22 May 16
@millie02 yes it is. We get the best treatment from the best physicians from the circle of friends of my sister. And they sometimes don't ask for a fee or with a discount. Depending on how close the relationship is with my sister.
@rona07 (1662)
• Philippines
22 May 16
Its good to have a doctor that you can ask anytime..consultation nw is so expensive and gou have to wait for so long..
@bacon147 (430)
• South Africa
22 May 16
I never look up my symptoms online simply because I already know the symptoms for many sicknesses. If I don't know what is wrong with me I will go see a real doctor instead.
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@millie02 (6905)
• United Kingdom
22 May 16
Does it take long to get an appointment with your doctor?
@bacon147 (430)
• South Africa
22 May 16
@millie02 on average it takes about 30 minutes, but sometimes it's way less and other times it's a bit longer.
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@millie02 (6905)
• United Kingdom
23 May 16
@bacon147 We have to wait for weeks sometimes to get an appointment with ours.
@Lolaze (3164)
• United States
22 May 16
I have learned to only look up things after they have been diagnosed or I will freak myself out. This has helped me a lot.
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@millie02 (6905)
• United Kingdom
22 May 16
It can be helpful when trying to treat certain conditions.
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@Lolaze (3164)
• United States
22 May 16
@millie02 It has helped me a lot get support for bipolar disorder and anxiety. I try not to look up the medications though, as I just read the side effects and freak myself out though.
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@millie02 (6905)
• United Kingdom
23 May 16
@Lolaze Sometime the side effects from the tablets can be as scary as the illness.
@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
22 May 16
I think it's great that info is so widely available but it can be dangerous as people tend to assume the worst.
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@millie02 (6905)
• United Kingdom
22 May 16
Not just me then, I always assume the worst.
@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
22 May 16
@millie02 I think it's not so bad to look up a particular condition that you think you might have and check the symptoms. But randomly hunting for explanations for symptoms is risky.
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@millie02 (6905)
• United Kingdom
23 May 16
@boiboing I think you can learn a lot from doing this sort of research.
@slayer08 (2361)
• Philippines
22 May 16
guilty. Maybe that's cause I'm afraid to know if I really have something to worry about and the last thing I want to worry about is my health.
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@millie02 (6905)
• United Kingdom
23 May 16
Worrying can make you ill too.
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@slayer08 (2361)
• Philippines
23 May 16
@millie02 I dont worry too much though, I just don't want to get sick.
@Manasha (2317)
• Pondicherry, India
28 May 16
yes, I do it very often
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@millie02 (6905)
• United Kingdom
29 May 16
Do you find it helpful?
@kiran8 (15398)
• Mangalore, India
22 May 16
Right or wrong I do look up because I would like to know first hand what might be happening and also medication for minor ailments like cold and cough or minor aches.Later I discuss it with my sister who is a physician just to make sure. I feel it is a way of gaining a little basic knowledge , or else you are lost when doctors discuss things happening to you ..
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@millie02 (6905)
• United Kingdom
23 May 16
It is a good way to learn how to deal with common complaints.
@marlina (77912)
• Canada
22 May 16
I always look at the symptoms online, but we have to be careful not to misinterpret them.
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@millie02 (6905)
• United Kingdom
23 May 16
I always check by visiting a few different websites on the same subject..
• India
22 May 16
i do it!! try to be an online doctor...read some pretty scary stuff..then after everything go to family doctor
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@millie02 (6905)
• United Kingdom
22 May 16
Probably best to go to the doctor as well.
@rona07 (1662)
• Philippines
22 May 16
I do this.. I usually check online..yeah sometimes its scary but then sometimes if you knw then you dont need.to worry much. But its good to get checm. H a prof doctor tho and not rely on what you saw online..
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@millie02 (6905)
• United Kingdom
22 May 16
It can be scary when we research our symptoms.