I really dislike visiting doctors. There are a number of reasons why I hate seeing doctors so much. I know I'll probably need to see one at some point, but for now, I do my best to avoid them. And yes, when I'm feeling icky, I do Google. I'm not ignorant when it comes to health matters and I firmly believe everyone should be educated when it comes to their bodies. I guess I can understand why some doctors hate it when people Google too much. On the other hand, some patients hate it when doctors, who are fallible human beings, assume they know more about what it's like to live in another person's body. A physician may be an expert in medical care, but I am the expert on my body. I have everyday experience with it.
Maybe this phenomenon is really why I despise the medical experience so much. Many doctors are overly authoritarian and talk to their patients like they are ignorant. I'm not ignorant. Moreover, because I am only focusing on myself, I have time to look for information that a physician with hundreds of patients doesn't have. I also have more of an interest in doing that research because I'm the one directly involved and affected.
I haven't seen a physician in six years. The last time I went to the doctor, we were living in Georgia and I thought I was having gallbladder issues. I still think I have those issues, but after an ultrasound, the doctor decided that they weren't enough to warrant surgery. I wasn't actually hoping for surgery and was relieved when it wasn't recommended. However, I am pretty sure I do have gallbladder issues because I have the classic symptoms and hit the four Fs... female, fertile, fat, and forty. ;) Many people have gallstones and never know it because they don't cause any problems. I do get the occasional attack, though, and sometimes it hurts like the dickens. I've had these issues for over ten years and know that the attacks are pretty much going to go away.
The comments that came with this image were interesting. A couple of people commenting claimed to be doctors and they hate having to waste time explaining to their patients why their Internet diagnoses are wrong. They wrote that having to explain things to their patients often caused them to get behind in their work, which caused other patients to have to wait. But I think any doctor who isn't interested in the patient's comments is probably not very good at what he or she does. Sometimes, those patients who "self-diagnose" are onto something. Aside from that, it's the patient whose best interest is served by a correct diagnosis.
So I guess I will keep Googling and avoiding doctors as much as possible... Seems like the smart thing to do.