Do you go straight to the GP, or do you head to Dr Google first?
Many years ago I googled my symptoms which the real life doctors ended up diagnosing as fibromyalgia. But for the three weeks prior to getting to the GP I was walking around with Multiple Sclerosis. As far as I was concerned it was a fact and my life was in disarray. Luckily fibromyalgia, while beastly, is far less of a beast than MS.
Since then I have learned not to Google for a diagnosis.
OK, that's a lie. I still Google.
I guess I should say that since then I've learned not to take a lot of notice of Dr Google. I go there more to get a kind of "ball park" idea of what might be going on. Especially when it comes to the kids. You know, just to see if I need to race them to emergency or whether we can sit it out for a little longer to see what happens next.
Lately I've been experiencing more back, neck and shoulder pain that usual. It feels like a zapping sensation up and down my spine. It almost feels like it's vibrating which makes me feel sick. Kind of like a motion sickness.
I guess it feels like an electric current.
Yeah, that's it. An electrical current.
As I sit here and type I can feel this current radiating up and down my back, going into my neck, my shoulders and arms. The nausea is setting in.
It's not so bad that it takes over. I mean, I will still go for a bike ride shortly and I'll get dressed and go about my day. If I don't focus on it I can kind of ignore it.
It's a weird thing and it's been happening more and more.
So I googled it and cancer, HIV and other monsters reared their ugly head. Luckily I'm not taking a lot of notice of Dr Google anymore.
Then I started to get more specific. I have tried to describe the pain as a zapping sensation.
Again Dr Google has me convinced I have MS. But I'm not taking a lot of notice of Dr Google anymore ...
Dr Google also suggests it could be nerve pain.
Or it could be muscle damage.
Or it could be side effects of a bunch of drugs that I'm not on.
Or it could be magnesium deficiency.
Or it could be fibromyalgia.
Looks like my symptoms are just all part of the firbromyalgia curse. Or did Dr Google get it right the first time? Of course my brain is working overtime again ...
But remember I'm not taking a lot of notice of Dr Google anymore ...
Looks like I'd better head back to the GP. Just to be sure.
Damn you Dr Google!
Do you Google before heading to the GP?
Has Dr Google ever made you a victim of a mystery disease?
Maybe he diagnosed you correctly?
What the hell is this zapping electricity up and down my spine?