You may have been blessed with a healthy life thus far, but that does not mean someone close to you will have the same luck. As you age, your chances for developing any number of medical conditions goes up, and you may find that you are suddenly limited in your life, or you may even be in a lot of pain. Children can be born with conditions that change the dynamic of a family forever. In all of these cases, learning more about medical problems and diseases can be one of your best tools for coping.
When it comes to complicated medical conditions, you are probably going to be shocked when you first hear the diagnosis. That is pretty common, and the duration of this shock will vary from person to person. After that may come disbelief or anger. Once that has settled down, curiosity comes next. This is when someone will try to learn all they can about the medical conditions that affect them or their family member. Doctors can help, but there are other resources out there.
You may be warned about learning about different medical conditions on the Internet. There is a very good reason for this. While there is a lot of great information out there, there is some that is not correct, and can even be full of harmful advice. The trick to looking up information on any medical conditions online is to look for trusted sources of information. If you come across and article that seems randomly placed with detailed information not written by someone in the medical field, or that at least sites credible sources, take what you read with a grain of salt. It may not be factual. A good rule of thumb is to find the same information at least three times before you give it any credibility, and even then, ask questions and do even more research.
Instead, learn about medical conditions through reputable sites online. These are run by medical professionals. You can easily pick these out from the crowd. You can also find good books in a bookstore or at your library that can go into great detail about various medical diseases and conditions. These sources are generally factual. When in doubt, talk with your doctor about what you have learned, and ask them to confirm what you have learned. When it comes to your health, you should never take chances with bad information.
Sometimes, when you have a medical question, there is an immediate need for an answer. Perhaps it is a dire emergency or you just really don’t feel like waiting to get the answer. You can search for the answer to your medical questions online but be prepared for a variety of different answers. Usually, all of the answers will somehow be related but simply have some varying factors. With some common sense, you can usually figure out what makes sense and what doesn’t. However, don’t assume that you can make an accurate diagnosis all by yourself simply doing some research and searching for articles.
A few weeks ago, I was convinced that my daughter was suffering from a urinary tract infection. I spent about an hour on the internet looking up my medical questions and the more that I read, the more paranoid I became. WebMD had some great information, but they also succeeded in making me incredibly paranoid. Sure, it is good to know what can happen if left untreated, but there was so much information about what could happen if left untreated that I was simply convinced that she would be admitted to the hospital right away. I made an emergency appointment for her on a weekend. Yes, she ended up having a UTI, but a minor one. I gave into my paranoia and overreacted.
There is a ton of information available on almost every medical subject on the internet. Any kind of medical question that you may possibly have can be found. A lot of times, you can unofficially diagnosis yourself with a minor illness or medical condition. Of course, don’t just assume that your findings are completely accurate. Perhaps you’re looking up your symptoms and you suddenly convince yourself that you have cancer. You may start exaggerating your symptoms out of paranoia and that’s why you’re suddenly convinced that you’re terminally ill.
No matter what the medical questions point you to, getting the opinion of a medical professional could be necessary. You can easily find answers to minor medical questions online and purchase the medications at a pharmacy. However, if you’re medical questions are a bit more intense, make an appointment with your family doctor in order to get professional answers to your questions. Just because you end up convincing yourself that you have some life-threatening disease doesn’t necessarily mean that you should be admitting yourself to a hospital. Let the doctors make that determination.
Of course, the absolute best way to get answers to your medical questions is to talk to a doctor, face-to-face. Make a list of all of your questions so that when you do have an appointment, you don’t forget anything that you intended to ask. Make the most of your appointment times and get as much information as possible. Take along a small notebook and take notes if you need to. Perhaps you’ll discover that all of your findings for your medical questions on the internet are supported by your doctor’s verbal consultation. Or, you may just discover that you were incredibly paranoid. Either way, make sure to consult with a medical professional when you have medical questions that require an answer specific to your particular issues.