Posted 2/28/2017 10:49 PM (GMT -6)
Your quote about medical professionals not being too happy about the self-diagnosis trend is telling. There are two main reasons for this. First, is the high cost of health care that forces many individuals to look for answers other than having to spend money. The second reason is the very poor care many receive from doctors, and failure to diagnose problems adequately. The majority of the time, patients are sent out the door after only seeing their doctor less than five minutes, with either a Band-Aid prescription to cover up symptoms, or an order for expensive tests.
I can say that, in my case, I would not have reached a correct diagnosis of ME/CFIDS without becoming my own advocate, and doing my own research. Nor, would I have discovered a treatment that successfully got me back on my feet. Previously, I had driven thousands of miles on my car, seeing nearly twenty doctors across the southeast over a period of five years. None of these doctors even suggested the possibilities that I eventually concluded.
So, while I agree in principle with the dangers of "cyberchondria," I encourage everyone suffering, and not able to find a competent physician, to learn what they can while avoiding the caveats of the internet -- or making the symptoms/disease fit the patient instead of the other way around.
IMHO, this is a problem created by the shortcomings of the medical profession.