Real-Life Cyberchondria Stories

This week, we spoke to some of our readers about their DR Google experiences. Here are some of their stories

Female, 22

Q. Why did you Google your health symptoms?

A. I wanted to find out what was wrong without going to a doctor and to see what other people with similar symptoms were experiencing.

Q. What symptoms did you Google?

A. Small lump near breast

Q. What was Google’s diagnosis?

A. The most common response was breast cancer

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Q. Did you seek a professional’s opinion?

A. Yes! I was quite worried, so I went to my GP and a breast specialist. Turns out it was a hormonal muscle gland.

Female, 22

Q. Why did you Google your health symptoms?

A. I was curious to what Google would say.

Q. What symptoms did you Google?

A. Wisdom teeth symptoms

Q. What was Google’s diagnosis?

A. Google said I was having a really bad ear infection.

Q. Did you seek a professional’s opinion?

A. Yes, Google was correct about the ear infection however the suggested treatment was incorrect.

Female, 30

Q. Why did you Google your health symptoms?

A. I was in pain late at night and needed answers!

Q. What symptoms did you Google?

A. Pain in left arm

Q. What was Google’s diagnosis?

A. Google’s first diagnosis was a heart attack. As I read over the symptoms, I became extremely anxious and stressed. I also became short of breath, which was another symptom of a heart attack.

Q. Did you seek a professional’s opinion?

A. Yes, I called a health hotline and they spoke with me about all my symptoms. They couldn’t explain the pain in my left arm without physically seeing me, but did say I was experiencing a panic attack and I shouldn’t Google my health symptoms.

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