Beware of Online Information about Your Medical Problems

You think that's a wart? No, that's a tumor. And it's gangrenous. And yes sir, that's clearly an ovarian cyst. There's no time to wait. Get to the emergency room!

Liza Schmalcel and Bruce Evans of The Joy of Tech remind us of something important: now that you have access to the internet, you're your own Dr. House. Never mind what that quack with the medical degree tells you.

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If I hadn't done my own research, my son would have likely been stillborn. I had Cholestasis of Pregnancy, which I asked to be tested for as I discovered I had all the symptoms (except turning yellow; it's a liver issue which affects maybe .5% of the American pregnant population). When the results came back (the results of the test they decided to humor me and give), there was a panic at the office, as I had to have an amino ASAP to see if his lungs were ready because he needed to come out immediately.

So there is something to be said for doing your own research IMHO. But intends to be verified by a professional.
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