Between computers, tablets, smartphones, and an app for everything – we have a wealth of Health Information available to us, literally at our fingertips. Gone are the days of not-so-patiently awaiting a visit to your MD or health care provider to get answers. All of this health information on the internet has empowered patients around the world to be more informed and involved in health decisions. We can research, learn of signs & symptoms, treatment options, possible outcomes and make more informed choices regarding our health within minutes. We can show up to an appointment with our health care provider informed, ready to discuss and understanding our health better than ever before. These days we are even meeting with our health care providers virtually using secure web-based conferencing programs, through Telemedicine.
Why sit, wait and wonder what your diagnosis could be if you could simply search the internet and try to figure it out on your own? It sounds like a no-brainer, right?
It might be hard to resist, but it’s important to remember that there is A LOT of information available, coming at you from many different sources. Some of them reliable, and some not. It can also be daunting to read about certain conditions of which you may or may not have some symptoms. Does that mean you have this condition? It certainly is no reason to panic just yet.