Wednesday, July 06, 2011

doctor death

I'm forever warning the Resident Offspring to stay away from Web MD.

I'm not saying it's not a useful and fascinating site, but it's just a little too appealing to the closet hypochondriac. I challenge you to resist that big yellow "Symptom Checker" button. Well meaning, but ultimately nefarious.

I really need to start listening to my own advice. Today I have deep vein thrombosis, peripheral neuropathy, rheumatoid arthritis and sclerodoma. I wonder which one will kill me first?

What websites have you been lost in lately?
What diseases were you surprised with recently?

15 comments:

kelly said...

A favourite site is the TED talks. Sometimes I will google something and end up going deeper and deeper into different subjects until I can't recall where I started.

Surprise diseases? none that I can think of Although I'm still surprised that I have high blood pressure, which I've had for at least 5 years, since I eat well, go to the gym and am not overweight (not much anyhow)

umbrellalady said...

Those sites could be useful if you already know but want/need more information on a subject. Caution is truly important because the information given is not necessarily correct for you.

That said, I always get sucked into the "how to make" sites...lol...my latest is an earth oven for bread baking. Wouldn't that be cool to have at our lake?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

There are certainly some intriguing TED talks, although I don't sit in on as many as I would like to, Kelly. I always think I will come back when I have more time, and never do.
It sounds as though you are doing all the right things to keep your hypertension under control anyway, except maybe the running into burning buildings part.

That's true,Kathy. Add to that the fact that so many conditions present with similar symptoms, and you really have to be careful with self-diagnoses.
An earth oven? Sounds amazing! I will offer my services to taste test the bread.

27thstreet said...

If you've got a symptom, there's a site out there to confirm it. I'm all for being an informed patient, but...

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Not only do those sites confirm every symptom, Mr Anchovy, they generally give offer additional life-threatening diseases one didn't even consider.

Allison said...

I love TED talks too!

Never been on Web MD but have Googled enough aliments to know I'm better off. Wonder if there's an App for that so we can check this out while mobile! ;)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Hypochondriac mobility! Exactly what the world needs, Al! You should patent that.

kelly said...

there are a number of different medical/drug apps. I loaded them on Robbie's ipod. Some require subscription fees. As a hospital pharmacist she does use a few of them

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Pharmacists get all the fun stuff, Kelly!

kelly said...

you'd think we would have a well stocked medicine cabinet at home though, not so much.

..and I don't get samples of the "fun stuff". Mind you I would be such a bad druggie since I tend to get irritating side effects from many medications

Charlie said...

According to Web MD, I'm pregnant. No way, Doc: I went through menopause fifteen years ago.

I DO, however, have a sore haboob.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

She's keeps all the good stuff at work, does she, Kelly? Away from prying (and adverse reactionary) eyes.

Haha, Charlie, I too had ectopic pregnancy come up a couple of times while perusing the site. Maybe we'll have our babies at the same time. Wouldn't that be a major haboob?

Johnny Yen said...

My "Anatomy and Physiology" teacher told us there's actually a name for that: "Medical Student Syndrome." Since so many maladies have similar symptoms ("fatigue, itching, diahrrea, etc.") it's hard to distinguish between the flu and terminal cancer.

Of course, there's the opposite syndrome, which has no name that I'm aware of, but I had it. You have lots of symptoms, but think that it's nothing. So I had really bad asthma for nearly fifty years, and thought it was just being winded from running up the stairs (winded for two to three days from the same run up the stairs), or just being hung over. I think it was the result of having a hypochondriac father.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I may have a touch of that as well, Johnny. It's more comforting to allow yourself to entertain the symptoms of something you likely don't have than to address something scary you likely do. Which is why so many people wait too long to get medical attention for stroke and heart attack.

Missy said...

Well, I went to the doctor for possible Lyme Disease last week. The symptoms are so vague and the disease is so rare, but for some reason the paranoia just got to me. I felt silly but safe. The doctor did no tests and was not concerned that I have it, but she did continually express how glad she was that I was safe and prescribed an antidote. Think she is in cahoots with the antidote company??