By: Darria Long Gillespie, MD, MBA, Chief Doctor for Sharecare
Where do you get YOUR health information? If your answer is that you do a Google search, you know you're far from alone. But when it comes to your health, I can tell you as an ER doctor that relying on random search results for medical help is not unlike asking strangers on the street what they think might be wrong if you're running a high fever or experiencing sudden dizziness.
I see patients all the time who searched their symptoms online only to arrive in the ER terrified by what they found. They may think they're near death (most often they're not). Others stay away because they found false reassurance after checking out their symptoms. Once their condition worsens, they arrive in the ER -- by when it's sometimes clear that they should have sought medical help sooner. I just had a patient last week who was forced by his daughter to come into the ER. He'd been complaining of a badRead More »from Stop Googling Your Symptoms! AskMD Instead