I’ve always heard that researching symptoms for yourself is disastrous. Various websites do have helpful information, but it’s easy to terrify yourself.
Here are three things that you should never look up online:
1. Shortness of breath – it’s a common symptom for various things. One look online, however, and you’re told you have lung cancer and you’ll die before next Christmas. The doctor may say something else….. maybe you’re large and smoke a pack a day… ask him, not the internet.
2. Bloody stool and vomit – extra points if it’s at the same time and can’t be controlled. There are other normal reasons, but you’re busy reading about stomach and colon cancer. I’m here, I’ll wait.
3. Sudden, painful hunger but full on a couple of bites – super weird, maybe you just hate the same chicken dinner you’ve made twice a week…did I interrupt your article about ovarian cancer? Sorry, please proceed.
Looking up these symptoms individually is dangerous, but when you read them as a list of symptoms for a simple medical condition such as an ulcer, it puts things in perspective. The most terrifying shit in the world, could be as simple as a small rip in your stomach lining that may require surgery that could result in your death….and is still way less scary than cancer…
PS if you know the name of your condition, then by all means, spend your time researching every article written by everyone for the rest of your life, you’re still going to have the hemorrhoids. You betcha.