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Author Topic: Consulting Dr. Google?  (Read 934 times)

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Offline buginme2

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Consulting Dr. Google?
« on: July 21, 2012, 10:50:34 AM »
"A physician who treats himself has a fool for a patient,"

I think a lot of us have been guilty of this. The "unscientific" survey attached to the article showed that 82% of readers are "medical googlers." The article explains why it may not be the best course of action.

http://todayhealth.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/20/12860662-consulting-dr-google-is-rarely-a-good-idea-heres-why?
« Last Edit: July 21, 2012, 10:53:13 AM by buginme2 »
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Offline Jeff G

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Re: Consulting Dr. Google?
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2012, 11:11:16 AM »
I agree the net and self diagnosis can be problematic from first hand experience .

I suffer from moderate to severe chronic pain and I went over a decade without a diagnosis . I turned to the internet and would show up for doctors visits with reams of printed out information with each new specialist I sought out for help .

My friend who is a doctor finally called me and told me to knock it off because he was hearing about it from other doctors . It was good advice , if a doctor cant diagnose your condition its time to move on to the next one . The day I finally got my diagnosis the new doctor walked in and told I have read your charts , I know who you are and I know whats wrong with you . 

Offline Common_ground

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Re: Consulting Dr. Google?
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2012, 12:15:27 PM »
"A physician who treats himself has a fool for a patient,"

I think a lot of us have been guilty of this. The "unscientific" survey attached to the article showed that 82% of readers are "medical googlers." The article explains why it may not be the best course of action.

http://todayhealth.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/20/12860662-consulting-dr-google-is-rarely-a-good-idea-heres-why?

I think its different if you are living with HIV and a part of being proactive to stay on top of your health.

I dont use google but this forum and sure I "self diagnos" to some extent. Is that being proactive or or a bad thing?


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Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Consulting Dr. Google?
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2012, 12:37:31 PM »
I'm glad Dr. Google didn't exist when I was diagnosed two decades ago.
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Offline Common_ground

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Re: Consulting Dr. Google?
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2012, 01:01:55 PM »
I'm glad Dr. Google didn't exist when I was diagnosed two decades ago.

Last 2 months I spent, and still do, at least 12 hours a day reading up on HIV, mostly here. Its like an addiction and with the amount of information it never ends. Just looking for answers and projecting others misfortunes on myself.

I have already successfully claimed: Dementia, PN, one heart attack, brain fog, anal AND colon cancer because Seroconversion affected my stomach and BM and I read the latent HIV resides down there. I have walking pneumonia ( cuz I cant really feel it) and probably also CMV since I am a bit woozy at times.
2011 May - Neg.
2012 June CD4:205, 16% VL:2676 Start Truvada/Stocrin
2012 July  CD4:234, 18% VL:88
2012 Sep  CD4:238, 17% VL:UD
2013 Feb  CD4:257, 24% VL:UD -viramune/truvada
2013 May CD4:276, 26% VL:UD

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Consulting Dr. Google?
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2012, 01:30:14 PM »
Last 2 months I spent, and still do, at least 12 hours a day reading up on HIV, mostly here. Its like an addiction and with the amount of information it never ends. Just looking for answers and projecting others misfortunes on myself.

So I assume you realize this can be counter-productive by increasing your anxiety levels which, in turn, may cause sleep issues?
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Offline Jeff G

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Re: Consulting Dr. Google?
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2012, 01:53:57 PM »
I had a drinking buddy once and we decided not to have hangovers so we had a disease of the weekend club . Spina bifida was always a favorite of mine because it has a nice ring to it and rolls off the tongue nicely . Bloody Marys and cocaine cures Spina bifida oddly enough .   

 


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