Dr. Google has caused me more anxiety than anything else in my life. Every symptom leads to cancer. Only once has it led me to the right answer to diagnose myself. I google DAILY (sometimes even more) the same symptoms and conditions over and over. It's as though I'm looking for confirmation that I have some terrible disease. For instance, I google my symptoms of forehead pressure and lightheadedness. Even though almost all sites indicate there's a 1% chance or less that it's a tumor, I focus on the 1%. The sites will even indicate that I don't have any of the symptoms of a brain tumor, I will keep googling until I find one that says my condition points only to a brain tumor. I know that most headaches, pressure and lightheadedness are not signs of brain cancer especially when I have very tight neck and shoulder muscles that more than like cause my symptoms. In fact, there are more sites that indicate my symptoms are related to anxiety than anything else. But I keep on googling all the same. I used to love the internet. Now, except for this site, it causes me nothing but anxiety!!!
Shawna: I'm sure you'll be fine on the pill. Most people don't have side effects from it. And unless it specifially indicates not to eat, it's probably best to have something in your stomach before you take any medication.
Hello to Special one and everyone,
I just read the post about
Dr. Google and I had to respond. I was dx'd with Occipital Neuralgia 3 years ago and as a result, heads pressure, pains in my neck, back of my neck and overall, lightheadedness. I google daily and just as you related to, have every illness out there and oh my God, it MUST be a tumor or spinal fluid leaking into my head! I make myself sick and with other health issues, I create my own garden of misery.
MRI, CT Scan shows nothing, not even sinus issues. But did that make me feel better, heck no. There I was late at night, googling along. I just had an appointment with my VA doctor and he suggested Buspirone (sp?) (buspar). He also suggested a session with a trained therapist to sort out some health worries. He thinks they stem from my heart attack in 2009 that still haunts me day and night. I think he may be right because along with the head issues, I fret over my heart rate non stop. And of course, every little pain, thump, pinch that occurs in my chest. But again, it brings back that night when I did have the HA and I could not breath. It was a very scary night for me and my family.
See what I am getting at, I spent the last couple of years looking on the internet for answers to health type things that I didn't even have~~~~~!!!!! I missed out on so much and still have a really hard time accepting an invite somewhere, because now I have to leave the house and what if, what happens if, oh no what's that pain, there goes my heart rate, oh my head feels like it is going to explode......etc, etc.I HAVE TO GET TO THE POINT OF enough is enough!!!!!
And I guess I have to put more effort in that!
I guess that sums it up. I have been stopping myself from googling since my dr. appointment....and every time I think oh boy, let me get on line and see what the heck this "discomfort" is, I have to stop myself and just chill out! Leave it alone! You are safe!
I think we all can identify somewhat to what I am trying to convey.
Hope all is better soon for all of us....
Jim in Jacksonville.
Heart Attack survivor
Blood pressure issues
But I count each day with hope and sincere thanks to God for allowing it to happen.
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