Which Internet Medical Site Do You Use?

@worldwise1 (14887)
United States
July 15, 2009 4:03pm CST
Sooner or later most of us will turn to a medical site on the Internet when we have questions related to our health. There are a few very good ones, and I have used WebMD frequently. The Mayo Clinic site is also very popular. Recently I found another good one, Wrong Diagnosis. I like it because it gives you the option of choosing your symptoms one by one and then providing you with possible diagnoses. So where do you go when you have questions regarding your health(nothing of an emergency nature), but you don't want to call your doctor right away?
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@celticeagle (124572)
• Boise, Idaho
17 Jul 09
I use WebMD mostly. It is great! I will have to check the others you mention. I also search in my research and find some interesting information that way. I will have to check out this one you mention. Several herbal sites I use also. Depends on what I am looking for.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
20 Jul 09
The herbal sites are good also, celticeagle. I know that doing the research has saved me a lot of unnecessary worry a couple of times.
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@celticeagle (124572)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Jul 09
What did we do before computers? Haha
@bdugas (3580)
• United States
16 Jul 09
Thank you for the name of the other site you found, I will be checking it out. Mostly I use WebMD , as it is there and everyone has heard of it, but the Wrong Diagnosis might be a place where I could narrow down what symptoms I am having and when you tell the doctor they just look at you like you nuts. Some times I just type into search some symptom and see what I come up with. I love the internet as it gives us the chance to type in search about new medicines or diseases that we are diagnosed with to get more information about them.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
20 Jul 09
It is one of the best uses of the Internet that I've found, bdugas. I'm always having some symptom or other, and it helps if I can find out whethter or not it might be something really serious.
@MsTickle (25150)
• Australia
18 Jul 09
I use a site called Virtual medical Centre. It's extrememly comprehensive and user friendly at the same time. I've just been checking out your Wrong Diagnosis site and it looks great too. I've bookmarked it to study when I have more time...thanks WW.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
20 Jul 09
I have not heard of Virtual Medical Centre, Ms Tickle, but I'll take your word on that. I hope the other site will also be helpful to you.
@mikeysmom (2091)
• United States
16 Jul 09
i tend to go to webmd because it is the first that comes to mind. i am not exactly thrilled with it and we love to check out others that are more user friendly and easier for the lay person to navigate so any suggestions are welcome.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
20 Jul 09
I really like wrongdiagnosis.com, mikeysmom, because it is very easy to navigate and narrows down the choices for you.
@cbeee3 (2063)
• India
16 Jul 09
I use WebMD too. But that is just in the case of very small health issues. As you said rightly "nothing of an emergency nature". Else, its definitely a visit to the doctor. I don't use the Internet too much for medical issues.It is too easy to come to the wrong conclusion regarding,when one has certain symptoms.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
20 Jul 09
I agree, cbee3, that these sites should only be used as a source of information -not instead of seeing a doctor.
@Shery32 (424)
• Saudi Arabia
16 Jul 09
Hmm, right not I dont use any, I just bought some lens form some website but as for medicine, I did not try but it is useful to do sometimes. It is important to go to the doctor better than relying on websites
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
20 Jul 09
Of course we should visit our doctor, Sheryl, but sometimes I am curious to know what my symptoms might signify until I can make it to my doctor.
• India
16 Jul 09
mostly i use cadila itz bcz ma frnd is working on ths company n mosyt of tyme he report on myu pc..... tht's why i prefer cadila
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
20 Jul 09
I've not heard of this site, sauravkapil, but I'm sure it is a good one.
• Philippines
16 Jul 09
I use several sites to look up for symptoms and causes of what I might have. I sometimes use MayoClinic and WebMD as well. However, I still consult with our family doctor first.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
20 Jul 09
The information you get from these sites, incredibleDNA, is only meant to help steer you in the right direction. By all means we should follow up with a visit to our doctor if the situation warrants it.
@tobepure (187)
• China
16 Jul 09
WOW, nice discussion. I have nver turned to a medical site. Maybe we do not have many here in China and i am always in a good health condition. I will try the wbesite you offered above.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
20 Jul 09
They are very reliable sites, tobepure, if you need help with trying to diagnose a problem.
@meyows (438)
• India
16 Jul 09
If you know the good names of good sites please let me know, I would love to visit that sites.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
20 Jul 09
Read my post again, meyows. I gave the names of three of them.
@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
16 Jul 09
That is the site that I use the most also. I have done other searches for answers online but always seem to end up at that site instead. It is very helpful most of the time.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
20 Jul 09
These sites can be very helpful, stephcjh, if you're showing symptoms that you cannot easily identify. If I didn't check something out when I get symptoms I would worry myself silly.
• United Kingdom
16 Jul 09
I have never actually visited a Internet Medical site. I guess I'm a little weary about this! I guess there's always the chance that a wrong diagnosis can be given as you don't have a doctor physically present in order to examine you. I guess these sites are ok for small things that you want to check up on though. Andrew
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
20 Jul 09
I think the chief purpose for such sites, AF, is to help one to pin down what it is that's bothering them. I always follow up with my doctor no matter what the information on these sites tell me.
@vishml (12)
• India
16 Jul 09
I also like webmd. I also visit mayoclinic, wrongdiagosis.com and locateadoctor.com. locateadoctor is useful for finding a doctor in US.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
20 Jul 09
I have not checked out locatedoctor.com, vishml, but I might look into it soon.
@Opal26 (17684)
• United States
16 Jul 09
Hey worldwise! When I want to look up some medical term or symptom I just usually type it in a see what I come up with! I don't go to any particular medical site. I just type the word, diagnosis and see what I find and go from there! I honestly never even thought about picking a particular site! I worked in the medical field as a medical secretary/assistant for quite awhile so I know alot of medical terminology so I guess that's why I just put in the diagnosis or a term.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
20 Jul 09
I'm sort of a hypochondriac, Opal, so I have been fascinated with medical terminology for a long time. I have several medical books that are probably out of date by now.
@KrauseHome (36663)
• United States
16 Jul 09
One of the main ones that I seem to use is either WebMD or ites for Diabetes care. I am one who is very Proactive when it comes to Health Care, and especially when it comes to Medications I am one who will always do some research on them as well making sure I know what they are for, and some of the things I might need to watch for as well.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
20 Jul 09
My former doctor used to criticize me, KrauseHome, because he said I was always trying to self-diagnose. Like you, I tend to want to do the research when it comes to my health.
@megumiart (3777)
• United States
15 Jul 09
I don't normally look up medical thing on the internet, but when I do, I use WebMD, too.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
20 Jul 09
It's easy to understand, megumiart, why it is such a highly rated site.
@Aurone (4757)
• United States
15 Jul 09
I like WebMD and consult it quite frequently for myself and my family.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
20 Jul 09
It is a good site, Aurone, but I like to search out other sites that might make my detective work easier sometimes.
@uicbear (1902)
• United States
15 Jul 09
I still use WebMD although I'm not particularly happy with it anymore. It used to be so much easier to plug in what your symptoms are and get some ideas of what might be wrong. The last time I used it, it was like a maze that led me around and around.... Just getting some basic information from it was extremely complicated and time consuming. It used to have tons of pictures, so you could compare external symptoms. I had something specific I was looking for and could get to what I want ted to find for anything. I may have to try one of the other sites you listed and see if they are better.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
20 Jul 09
I must say, uicbear, that as nice as Web MD is there are sites that can be easier to navigate. I don't like having to read through an entire article to find the answers I am looking for.