Most people today are almost living double lives as they try to juggle responsibilities at home and work. With such hectic schedules, it has almost become the norm to just Google things when you feel some aches and pains here and there.
Thus, it’s no surprise that self-diagnosing is getting more popular. Unfortunately, self-diagnoses are a big no-no because of the different dangers they pose.
The internet is filled with tons of conflicting information. Every time you read these contradicting health recommendations you find online, you might end up untrusting and confused. This can make it more difficult for you to make better decisions as far as your health is concerned.
There is even the risk of accepting a false assurance. Once you learn conflicting health information, you might choose details that seem to best fit the thing that you wanted to find together with the easiest-to-manage recommended remedies.
Lack of Quality Control
The government doesn’t regularly those symptom tracker tools and health websites you see online, and many of them don’t even undergo review and scrutiny by physicians and qualified medical personnel.
Most websites also don’t observe transparency regarding the sources of the information they provide. The results of online searches may lead to the use of unreliable sources, reliance on false or incorrect information, and worse, confusion.
Missed diagnoses may also lead to no treatments or wrong treatments, making the symptoms and the medical condition itself worse than before. You end up losing a lot of time that you could have otherwise spent on treatment of the correct medical concern.
Cramping and pain in the leg, for instance, are self-diagnosed to be a pulled muscle or overexertion if the symptoms are because of missed diagnosis of an unsuspected sports injury or spinal stenosis.
Symptoms May Be to Various Underlying Conditions
The most dangerous risk of self-diagnoses is that the symptoms you might be experiencing may be due to many unsuspected underlying conditions. Neck pain, for example, maybe the result of cervical disc degeneration, or the pain may also radiate from a heart condition.
Self-diagnoses may also result in a lot of worries than the triggered symptoms. This additional anxiety and stress may even make the symptoms worse than before, such as muscle pain and fatigue.
Anxiety can even worsen an existing medical condition itself since your body constantly produces stress hormones that can have negative effects on your body.
Consult a Doctor for a Proper Diagnosis
While the internet and modern technology can make it very tempting to self-diagnose, you should never do it at all costs. Health apps and websites should only be used after you visit a doctor to get a proper diagnosis.
These platforms must also serve as a reminder for patients to take their medications, exercise, and track their sleep patterns. Post-diagnosis is all about healing and enjoying the best quality of life. A diagnosis from a doctor must be your first step instead of last the moment you experience worrying symptoms.