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Looking for Health Information Online: How to Avoid the Self Diagnosis

August 27, 2016 - Stephanie Franklin

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Are you guilty of searching the Internet for information on a health issue that you are experiencing? There are sites that include a symptom checker, as well as comprehensive articles and blog posts about different illnesses and disorders. However, is it such a good idea to be getting information this way?

The Upside of Researching Health Matters Online

If you already have a diagnosis, or a doctor has told you that he or she suspects that you may have a certain health issue, it can be beneficial to do more research about it online or in physical copies of medical journals. This allows you to go into appointments with a better understanding of what is going on with your health, as well as put some of your fears to rest about your symptoms and how to manage them more effectively. You can find many reputable journals online, and even doctors who have their own blogs and website copy devoted to their practice areas and matters on which they have conducted research.

The Downside

When someone is only running a general search through a search website, it can be disastrous. There are many crock websites out there, put out by possibly well-meaning yet uneducated individuals and institutions. They may have done “research studies”, but how reliable are they really when it comes down to it? You need to know what to look for in terms of credible sources. You can ask your physician to give recommendations for which blogs to follow and medical journals that will be of the most interest and offer you the best assistance to suit your needs.

Do not put your trust in a Google search when you get sick, because you could find advice that could be totally off the mark and make your illness worse. Instead, filter through the results and find those that are backed by extensive studies, or that are put out or sponsored by reputable medical professionals and agencies.

Achieve Great Success with Diagnosing Health Issues

Though it can be very frustrating to get a diagnosis within a timely manner, it does not have to be. If you need immediate relief or insight into what is going on, you may want to talk to someone who has been through similar issues recently. He or she can help to make you worry a bit less, recommend the proper physicians, and give you tips for things you can try before you have your appointment. If it is anything that is even the slightest bit controversial or that may cause side effects, be sure to wait until you have an appointment to talk to your doctor about it.

Stephanie Franklin