Should I quit Googling health symptoms/diseases?

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  1. cinnabun814 macrumors regular


    Apr 2, 2018
    I'm a severe hypochondriac and i've been to the ER 8 or 9 times since 2015. I smoked cigarettes for a year when I was 20, and here I am 5 years later paranoid about the damage that i've done. I smoked for a year back then because I was extremely depressed and didn't want to go on. I'm paranoid about lung diseases, kidney diseases, heart diseases, all types of cancer, diabetes, etc. I'm convinced my health is failing even though doctors say i'm healthy. On one visit they said I had a little protein in my urine which I googled and that's sign of kidney disease. I'm 25 now and see a psychologist and take medication but i'm absolutely obsessed and don't have a life because of it.
  2. Gutwrench Contributor


    Jan 2, 2011
    Seeking medical help puts you on the right track, my friend.

    Quick question, are you seeing a psychiatrist too; or perhaps your psychologist is working with one with you?

    Oh, and yeah I think trying to avoid googling health symptoms would be helpful for you. Your doctors might suggest alternative behaviors when you feel that urge.
  3. Mousse macrumors 68020


    Apr 7, 2008
    Flea Bottom, King's Landing
    I do not recommend trying to diagnose your own illness online. I had a habit of doing that a while back, just for laughs. 9 times out of 10, I ended diagnosing myself with cancer.o_O Runny nose? Cancer. Coughing? Cancer. Back pain? Cancer.

    Do yourself a favor and visit the doctor. Diagnosing illness should be left to the professionals.;)
  4. MisterSavage macrumors 65816


    Nov 10, 2018
    Yes. Without going into details I have survived some very serious health problems. Looking things up in Google would accomplish nothing except making me upset and/or worry about things that it turns out didn't apply to me or were a different scenario.
  5. yaxomoxay macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2010
  6. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    My partner is an ER physician and she concurs with those who say "yes". You simply cannot diagnose yourself with the internet.

    For one thing, you can only evaluate a list of symptoms but you can't necessarily recognize the symptoms due to limited exposure.
  7. CreeptoLoser macrumors 6502


    Jul 28, 2018
    Birmingham, Alabama
    Yeah thats not healthy because you might chance upon quack advice. See a doctor and find ways to keep calm.
  8. Apple fanboy macrumors Nehalem

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    If you smoked for a year I’m sure your lungs will be fine. They will have recovered.

    But if you know your a hypochondriac then avoiding looking up illness and symptoms is probably advisable. Like not going to bars if you were an alcoholic.

    Good luck with it.
  9. travelsheep, Jul 15, 2019
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2019

    travelsheep macrumors 6502


    May 30, 2013
    Google for "Uprooting the leading causes of death by Dr. Greger on Youtube". Take it from there.
  10. Scepticalscribe macrumors Westmere


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    In a word, yes, you should.
  11. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Stop googling, but continue to seek professional help for your psychiatric problems.
  12. MacNut macrumors Core


    Jan 4, 2002
    Google is fine, but don't perform surgeries on yourself that you watched on YouTube.
  13. steve knight macrumors 68030

    steve knight

    Jan 28, 2009
    I gave up on it as google did not know and neither do the doctors.
  14. ApplesandOranges macrumors regular


    Jul 27, 2019
    You also need to find a doctor you can trust and feel comfortable with. If you go in for a visit, have tests done, and they find nothing, you need to be able to feel comfortable that the diagnosis is accurate. You need to be able to accept they are telling you the truth.

    FWIW, every diagnosis I have sought online was debunked once I visited a doctor. I have never been close to finding an accurate diagnosis online to any of my alleged health problems. There are just too many variables. A random pain in your side could be many different things. A list of symptoms on WebMD is just a general list and cannot be trusted without a visit to your doctor and a diagnosis.

    You need to ask yourself do you believe in a random internet search more than what your doctor tells you after an exam and tests?
  15. Huntn macrumors demi-god


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    Psychiatric help is my recommendation and seeing your doctor when you have symptoms of something, preferably not imagined. ;) The thing is for most mild bugs, I give it a week (2 for a typical cold) before heading to the doctor, and that is based mostly on how I feel.

    There is nothing wrong with searching online for medical info, if you can keep your perspective. It’s like searching for leads, but that is all they are. For something minor, you maybe able to take some action based on it, like a home remedy, change of diet, physical activity, or over the counter meds. I like WebMD and Mayo Clinic.

    However, if you are obsessive, this changes the situation quite a lot, and maybe you should not be searching online if it is going to just give you more ammo to obsess over. Talk to a therapist.
  16. willmtaylor macrumors G4


    Oct 31, 2009
    Pretty sure you answered your own question in your first sentence.
  17. AlliFlowers Contributor


    Jan 1, 2011
    L.A. (Lower Alabama)
    When I had cancer, I had to make my mother and daughter swear they would stop using Google. They were scaring themselves silly. What you find will always only be the worst case scenarios.

    Stick with your therapist, and every morning when you wake up, look in the mirror and tell yourself how healthy you look.

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