Given that the only real medical experience I have is from a couple of Gray’s Anatomy episodes that I watched under the influence of caffeine. Well, in reality, I have read a lot of medical books and I aced my bio exam but I am not a good medical reference.

I have spent a lot of time on the web to learn that self-diagnosis online is the worst thing you can do to yourself. The web has a way of convincing you that your headache is because of the giant brain stem glioma or something fatal.

Not to trash Online medical research, it can be a powerful tool. Personally, I benefited a lot from online resources when I was diagnosed with Keratoconus and I got hooked up with a mailing list that sends very helpful information weekly ranging from what kind of contacts are more comfortable to where I can find the best ophthalmologists.

The problem with the internet is that it is a repository of information and as always information can always be misinterpreted or misused. If this was a normal case of your TV’s user manual, we’d let it slide but when it comes to health the tiny facts can mean you living or kicking the bucket before your time.

People have started treating the internet like it has completely substituted our doctors. It is good to Google your symptoms since they might help you to understand the situation better but do not act on that information. Make sure to see a doctor and when you have been diagnosed with a condition then you can Google all day and find more on the condition. You know sometimes our doctors are overwhelmed and lack time to explain the nitty gritty of our conditions, that’s where Google comes in. But we cannot afford to all have Dr Google as our family doctor and just buy any medicine we read on the comments section.

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