As long as medical websites have been around, people have been using them to help determine what kinds of health problems he or she might have. As far as self-diagnosis goes, many of the medical assumptions we make are incorrect or at least inaccurate. Some of the reasons we try to self-diagnose illnesses or medical conditions include doing it because we don’t want to have to pay for visits to the doctor or some do it because they may be apprehensive about going to a hospital if they truly need medical care. Some may even try it if they feel like they need some kind of immediate relief from whatever they are suffering from.
However, issues with self-diagnosing begin to arise when people make medical misconceptions about their conditions that can lead to improper treatment or worsening of their physical problems. Many times, a self-diagnosis can miss problems attributed to the illness of an individual that a doctor would be able to test for themselves. This can lead to even more problems down the road as people continue to avoid having a licensed physician work on them.
Often times, self-diagnosis can lead to people thinking that they “have more problems than they really do”. You often hear of others talking about how they may have checked the WebMD website to analyze their cold symptoms and how they found out (on their own) that they may be suffering from organ failure. Had they consulted a doctor about their problems, they would have been reassured that their symptoms were nothing to be worried about and could be treated with simple over-the-counter medications. There have also more extreme cases where in the patient incorrectly diagnosed themselves and missed a potentially lethal symptom that led up to the contraction of more severe conditions.
It is always best to consult a doctor about symptoms you may be presenting to ensure that the most effective route is taken to treat the condition. The outcome could be disastrous if the wrong care is provided or the problem is incorrectly diagnosed. Communication between doctor and patient is essential to ensuring the overall health and quality of life needed by each individual, yet so many still insist on letting the internet do a doctor’s job for them.