The Dangers of Self Diagnosing

We're all guilty of it. If we fear some issue that’s lingered in our bodies for longer than a couple of days, a swift search on Doctor Google brings up a million different results, and most of them life-threatening. But when we rely on Google to diagnose our problems, this becomes a very dangerous cycle. But why is this and what can we do to get out of this problem that so many of us fall prey to?

The Issue Of Convenience

It's as simple as this really, it's quicker for us to type a few words rather than go to our local doctors, sit around and wait for a shred of their spare time, only to find that the problem is not solved, and the issue persists. With something like chronic pain, it can be very frustrating when a medical professional has to refer you for further tests. In the meantime this only compounds the anxieties. It's unsurprising that we go on the internet to see what the problem is. But this is no replacement for a medical professional.

Being Scared To Speak To A Real Doctor

There is a term for people who continually search for their symptoms online and believe that they're suffering from the results that pop up. Cyberchondria is incredibly common. As the ease of access to Doctor Google means we don't have to go to the doctor ever again, this can result in us moving away from the advice of a medical professional, and for the many people out there that consider themselves proud of the fact they've never been to a doctor, it gives them more reason to search for their symptoms online, and even those numerous cases where people work with a medical malpractice attorney due to the various mistakes made in hospitals, this is, again, hardly a surprise people avoid the doctor entirely.

Why We Need To Keep Our Perspective

But while we're all continually relying on Doctor Google to provide the real answer, the fact is, we've got to nip this in the bud. We've got to keep our perspective of events. Because after all, it's unlikely we’re suffering from a rare medical condition. The increase of people who went to the doctor believing they had ALS after the ice bucket challenge highlights just how much cyberchondria there is in the world. Instead, what you can do, if you believe yourself to have an illness, is to make a note of all the symptoms, and show to your doctor what this is pointing towards. The doctor can then order tests which will confirm or deny your suspicions.

Self-diagnosis through Doctor Google is convenient, yet dangerous. It leads us down a path of anxiety, where we will end up afraid to go out and do anything. While hypochondriacs are suffering from a debilitating mental health condition, nowadays, with the ease of access to information, cyberchondria isn't far behind. After all, we all have access to a phone with millions of web pages. So the next time you feel you have some problem that won't go away, do yourself a favor and go to a doctor.


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Chronic Pain Care & Management

If you are suffering chronic pain it can be an emotional struggle as well as a physical one. The first thing you have to do is have the right mindset. Instead of thinking ‘why me’, look at the situation from a ‘what now, how will I deal with this’ perspective. That change in thinking alone can make the situation less stressful, and if you are less anxious, your body will cope with the pain better.


Learn To Relax

Pain occurs to warn you that there is something wrong with your body. It is often in the muscles, but remember that even some things such as your heart are a muscle. If your body is tense the pain will be worse, but learning to relax will lessen the effects of it.

Calming your body down is the objective, and you have to find the best method of relaxing your muscles that suits you and helps to improve your well-being. Some people are lucky enough just to be able to sit back and it happens naturally, where others will have to do progressive muscle relaxing for it to work.

Don’t Overdo It

If your chronic pain is a bit easier after a few days of rest and relaxation, don’t suddenly try to do everything you normally would. Overdoing it can delay your recovery so even if you are feeling better, take it easy for a while longer. Perhaps do some minor tasks such as making your own coffee, but keep them simple or you will be back at square one.

Don’t Miss Out

Some people with painful conditions feel exhausted after their evening meal and go to bed early. You should try to avoid this because it means you are missing out on family life. Rest more in the daytime and have a nap in the afternoon. Then you will not be quite so tired in the evening and will be able to enjoy time with your family.


Seek Help

There is help available when you are in chronic pain. You could visit a chiropractor, try acupuncture, massage or visit your physician. You do not have to suffer alone as help and support is there for you.

There are herbal remedies that can help as well as the painkillers your doctor could prescribe.

Eat Foods That Are Anti-Inflammatory

There are some foods such as oily fish, red fruits and vegetables that have anti-inflammatory properties. Carrots, squash, watermelon, and peaches are all additions to your diet that could help.

Set Yourself Realistic Goals

Write down a list of realistic goals. Start with the simplest of things at the top, and gradually increase the amount of effort they will need. Do the first one for a few days before moving onto the next, and eventually you will reach the last goal you have included. Never worry about having to drop back a couple as with the nature of chronic pain, there will be some days where it is worse than others.

Just take it a step at a time, and as you start to do more again, you will feel better in yourself.


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