Every day I have a new disease

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Date Joined Mar 2010
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   Posted 3/13/2010 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
I'm sure everybody out there has gone and asked Dr. Google about some symptoms and finished by predicting their ultimate demise, but how many of you do this on a regular basis and have become a hypochondriac? In fact, isn't there an actual medical term named"cyberchondriac", just for us lot?
I do it so often it's a wonder how I don't just snap out of it and say "hey, there's no chance in hell you have suddenly developed all these diseases, all at once and somehow they've mystically escape detection and dodged all the latest medical technology and to top it off, you have almost no symptoms of any of them!".
Indeed I do say that to myself, on a regular basis. It may help in the short term but almost never convinces me in the long run. Then I go and get tests done; the tests show nothing and I'm okay for a little while. Then a few months down the line I start to wonder: "what if it just hadn't been far enough developed to be detected and NOW it's getting worse...".
It's amazing that one day I can be convinced I have some nasty disease and the next, it's gone and I'm worryi... no, fearing, something new.
Stupid mind. Stupid thoughts. Anyone else?

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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 2854
   Posted 3/13/2010 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi George!  Take it from me, 'Just Say No' to Google!  There is a lot of useful info on the Internet but for people with health anxiety googling a symptom is just asking for trouble.  My doctor told me if I ever showed up in his office after googling another symptom he wouldn't see me again.  He was kidding, but as you well know, the worst case scenario will pop up in your face immediately.  I know it's hard, but walk away from the computer.  I have dx'd myself with diseases that haven't even been invented yet.

You are not alone.




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Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 1539
   Posted 3/13/2010 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't google either,it's a pain in de drain.....

Regular Member

Date Joined Apr 2010
Total Posts : 34
   Posted 4/4/2010 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I know you should NEVER google your symptoms but I must admit I've done it a few times. But it's not worth it because your brain looks for the worst possible disease then convinces you that you have it.

My doctor has also told me in the past never to use Google as a diagnosis centre! But it's hard not to as you tend to go on Google looking for reassurance. But usually the opposite happens and you end up thinking you have something terrible.

Try not to Google. It's hard but try not to. It doesn't do any of us any good!

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Date Joined Jan 2005
Total Posts : 24909
   Posted 4/4/2010 12:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I totally agree google will only make it worse imho
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