Should Patients Consult Dr. Google?
- Causes of stomach pain
- Causes of fatigue
- Causes of fever
- Causes of joint pains
- Causes of dizziness
I’m not suggesting that if you have an unexplained symptom that you simply accept it. Of course, one reason your symptom might be unexplained is because a diagnosis has been missed. There is a role for a second opinion or pursuing additional medical studies. But, not every symptom can or should be explained. Every case is different. Knowing when to pull the trigger or to hold your fire – the essence of medical judgment– is not something I would consult Dr. Google on. I’d talk to a real doctor instead.
If you feel I’ve missed the mark on this post, go for a second opinion. Google is just a click away.