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#1 Givingitanothergo

Posted 17 October 2019 - 07:41 PM

Just wondering if anyone else is guilty of this? Pretty much convincing themselves they are suffering something. Was it right? Or overreacting

#2 22Fruitmincepies

Posted 17 October 2019 - 08:00 PM

I googled my symptoms, I was right, but I also had family history of the disease.

#3 MooGuru

Posted 17 October 2019 - 08:05 PM

I think there's a place for Google doctoring but not as the first point of call.

I wish I'd ignored the "DO NOT GOOGLE" advice hammered into me when we had been repeatedly dismissed by medical professionals.

#4 Givingitanothergo

Posted 17 October 2019 - 08:05 PM

Thank you  for your response.. really appreciate it

#5 Mrs Zee

Posted 17 October 2019 - 08:09 PM

Are you ok OP?

#6 winterlove

Posted 17 October 2019 - 08:10 PM

I was in a panic last week because I thought my eyes had a yellow tinge. I started googling jaundice in adults and then started to freak out that I had pancreatic or liver cancer. The blood tests did not show jaundice. It scares me that I may have cancer and not know.

The GP who gave me the results said I had more chance of dying in a car accident than having pancreatic cancer.

#7 Givingitanothergo

Posted 17 October 2019 - 08:19 PM

View PostMrs Zee, on 17 October 2019 - 08:09 PM, said:

Are you ok OP?

I’m sure I am.. thank you. Just odd things happening and have been madly googling all day. Which is probably not the best thing to do. Have made a doctors appointment just to be paranoid

#8 seayork2002

Posted 17 October 2019 - 08:34 PM

If I suspect something I will look into questions I have for the doctor but not looking for a diagnosis online

#9 ytt

Posted 17 October 2019 - 08:37 PM

DH was on the other side of Australia recently texting me symptoms - sore shoulder, breathless, heart beating rapidly, chest pain, felt like someone was sitting on his chest, felt groggy like he took a sleeping tablet.

I suggested he call an ambulance, he said he would sleep it off and see how he goes...

Thank goodness he googled and called an ambulance. Ended up being AF and admitted to cardiac ward over night as his heart didn't respond to medication in emergency room. Was about to give him a general to shock his heart when it went back naturally.

He still hasn't gone back to work, waiting on paperwork until he is fit by company standards. Could be months... there goes annual leave and LSL.... Loss of income kicks in after 90 days...

#10 ~Bob~

Posted 17 October 2019 - 08:38 PM

Your blood test would have shown an odd liver result if it was liver cancer.

My Dr says that when you google your symptoms, 75% of the time it’s right.

But be careful.....all symptoms eventually lead to cancer. And most of the time, it’s not true.

#11 halcyondays

Posted 17 October 2019 - 08:40 PM

It’s a good research tool

#12 Givingitanothergo

Posted 17 October 2019 - 08:40 PM

How awful for you ytt... I hope your husband is recovering now. What a shock fir your family

Edited by Givingitanothergo, 17 October 2019 - 08:41 PM.


#13 suline

Posted 17 October 2019 - 08:40 PM

I have had success with dr google a couple of times, both time I had been brushed off by my GP (once for me and once for my daughter) I was able to go back to my doctor and say both time, I/my daughter may have this condition for these reasons, and both times I got a referral to the relevant specialist.
The doctor literally googled in front of me the gynae condition I thought I had, as she hadn't heard of it.
Goodluck x

#14 Chelli

Posted 17 October 2019 - 08:43 PM

View Postytt, on 17 October 2019 - 08:37 PM, said:

DH was on the other side of Australia recently texting me symptoms - sore shoulder, breathless, heart beating rapidly, chest pain, felt like someone was sitting on his chest, felt groggy like he took a sleeping tablet.

I suggested he call an ambulance, he said he would sleep it off and see how he goes...

Thank goodness he googled and called an ambulance. Ended up being AF and admitted to cardiac ward over night as his heart didn't respond to medication in emergency room. Was about to give him a general to shock his heart when it went back naturally.

He still hasn't gone back to work, waiting on paperwork until he is fit by company standards. Could be months... there goes annual leave and LSL.... Loss of income kicks in after 90 days...
That must have been so awful for him to be on the other side of Australia and so unwell. Thank goodness he sought treatment.

OP I hope you get some peace of mind when you see your GP.

#15 Givingitanothergo

Posted 17 October 2019 - 08:46 PM

Thanks for all the replies and messages of good luck.. I have so many of the symptoms.. fingers crossed it’s nothing. Thanks again

#16 xx1stxx

Posted 17 October 2019 - 08:51 PM

We have numerous GP's in our town.  One of the GP's i refuse to go to....we actually call her Dr Google as she will google the symptoms every time you go for a consult.  Useless!

#17 Quay11

Posted 17 October 2019 - 09:18 PM

Having seen doctors google and print off pages from wikipedia when dealing with me (rare disease) I'm all for it now.

Besides I know at least a couple of families that have googled odd symptoms and found they had a rare disease.

I had a pretty good idea my DD had scarlet fever before taking her into emergency at the children's hospital. Triage nurse thought she might have it too when she spoke to one of the doctors, so when a new registrar came to see us and said it looked like it might be a viral rash I was able to voice my suspicions and she decided to have a further look.

#18 Gruffalo's Child

Posted 17 October 2019 - 10:26 PM

It’s been hit and miss for me.  I’ve been being dismissed for years with random symptoms and finally have an answer that makes sense and explains most of my symptoms and it is from googling that I didn’t accept the set backs and fought for a diagnosis. I’ve also diagnosed myself with cancer for things that turned out to be completely harmless.   I’ve learnt with googling that it can be helpful if I keep an open mind and accept that most of the time doctors will get it right.


I have learnt that for me it’s best to see a doctor before I google and only google to find out more about a particular condition or if I feel I’ve been dismissed.  If I have googled I will ask a doctor if it is possible my symptoms could be ‘xyz’ and don’t worry if inwardly they are rolling their eyes.  My peace of mind is far more valuable to me now.

#19 Chocolate Addict

Posted 17 October 2019 - 10:51 PM

Hit and miss. Almost always ends up with 'could be cancer' in the list of what 'it' could be.

I sometimes get an  ache under my ribs, google told me it could be pancreatitis, muscular, blah blah blah or heart.... It is none of the above. lol

#20 The Little Engine

Posted 18 October 2019 - 06:06 AM

I think it can be helpful at times - to confirm a 'hunch' about a medical issue - or when trying to remember where certain organs are for a child with an acute tummy ache (who else forgets if appendix is right or left side??)
I used it when I had a hunch something was up with my daughter - but not the usual well known symptoms. Google gave me enough courage to request a blood glucose test be done when I took her to the Dr for something else - despite the nurse rolling her eyes and saying if no family history it's unlikely.  She went quiet after doing the test then said "you were right" then raced off to find the Dr. Yes she had diabetes.

#21 night jasmine

Posted 18 October 2019 - 05:58 PM

Google has guided me towards the right diagnosis most times, and has helped with the questions to ask.

There’s a lot of information out there, the difficulty is in knowing what to filter and/or can safely be ignored.

#22 marple

Posted 18 October 2019 - 06:20 PM

I have a horrible lump on the side of my tongue. Been there about a month . When I google that it says cancer. I'm going  to the doctor next Wednesday. Sigh

#23 PrincessPeach

Posted 18 October 2019 - 07:48 PM

Not big on dr google, but done a couple times recently once for myself when I wasnt convinced that the superclinic gp was right about a gastro diagnosis. Google suggested Giardia, i managed to get a cancellation appointment with my normal GP who also came up with that diagnosis.

Second time was for my DS who had a range of confusing sporadic symptoms - google came up with a range of things, turned out none of those, but GP had full range lf testing done to rule out the majority of what google had suggested.

I havent mentioned about googling to the GP first off though, i kind of keep that to myself unless i get fobbed off.

#24 WannabeMasterchef

Posted 18 October 2019 - 08:11 PM

I look up health information on reputable internet sites such as government or reputable bodies like cancer council.  It doesn't replace going to a medical professional but it can often point you in the right direction about which medical professional to see.

#25 ytt

Posted 18 October 2019 - 08:14 PM

View PostChelli, on 17 October 2019 - 08:43 PM, said:

That must have been so awful for him to be on the other side of Australia and so unwell. Thank goodness he sought treatment.


I didn't find out until after he came home that his company offered to fly me and the kids over on the next flight. DH didn't say anything until he was home. Oh he also didn't tell our family who happened to be in the same state (ie his mum, dad and sisters plus my family). He did think it was an ordeal and didn't want to worry anyone :huh:  too late I was already worried lol




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