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Online Medical Advice

Friday, February 9th, 2007 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet

I have to admit, I’m getting up there in age and when I go to the doctor, half the time, I walk away not having a clue what he talked about. Is there any good medical advice that can be found online? You know, some place I can visit to get a little clarity as to what my doctor told me. Any suggestions would be great!

This is the perfect question for just about anybody. It doesn’t matter how old you, we all have to go to the doctor at some point or another and let’s face it, sometimes they can be a bit confusing. They may tell you you’re suffering from this or you have that and you need to do this, etc., etc. It could go on and on. In situations like that, good medical advice can be priceless.

So, I’m here today to tell you what you can do to make all of that just a little easier on yourself. Here’s the scenario: You have an appointment with your doctor and you leave their office feeling more confused than ever. You went in thinking you only had back pains and you left with some sort of “condition.” And even though you asked your doctor to clarify, you still didn’t catch on, so you just head on home. (Sometimes they can just be too smart for their own good!) Well, when you get home, just sit down at your computer and get connected to the Internet.

There are a few good medical Web sites that you can visit to get complete trustworthy advice. Here’s a list of the four best medical sites online today:

1.) WebMD – This is one of the best around. It is the main leader in medical reference Web sites and it just has thousands of articles that you can read through for advice. You will find an explanation for just about anything on this site, as well as, take mini tests that will shed some light on what could be ailing you. This site is good for both men and women.

2.) MayoClinic – This name may sound familiar to you. It is similar to WebMD in that it can help you figure out your diagnosis and it even has a lot of information about drugs and supplements that you may have been prescribed to by your doctor. This site also has an “Ask the Specialist” section where you can ask other doctors to help explain what your doctor couldn’t get across to you. It’s more of a laid back type situation and you’ll probably feel more comfortable asking about it this way.

3.) – This site is a little different than the first two, but it’s an excellent resource, nonetheless. It is geared more for helping with first aid issues. It goes over procedures you should use when dealing with certain emergencies. This site can actually help you figure out what to do before you plan a visit to the doctor.

4.) – This is another Web site that just has gobs and gobs of medical suggestions, tips and advice. This is actually a good back up site to check on if none of the other ones have what you’re looking for.

There is actually one more site I want to tell you about, but it’s a little different than the others. It’s called RX List and it provides information for all the prescriptions you might have to take. It goes over what side effects can come from certain drugs as well. All in all, those five Web sites are very helpful if you ever have any questions about your medical issues.

Okay, so you might be wondering why you would want to look online for medical assistance. How can trust that information? Well, of course, the ultimate decision to use these sites or not would be up to you, but the information is provided by registered doctors, so you can be sure they know what they’re talking about. There are other sites on the Web that may not be so reliable and that’s why I only told you about the above five.

Another good thing about online medical sites is that you could even combat having to go to the doctor in the first place if you use them as resources. If something is bothering you, you can always visit one of these sites and find information about it before you even call up the doctor’s office to schedule an appointment. Almost every disease, condition, etc. is covered on one of these sites, so you should at least be able to find a little information about it first. Then, if you still feel like you need to see your doctor, you will know a little better of what you should ask them. The Web site information will help you prepare and you’ll even impress your doctor by doing so!

One more thing you may want to try before you run off to the doctor is a support group. If you just want to talk to other people about your medical problems, you can do so by joining an online support group. This way, you can remain anonymous while you exchange e-mails, message board posts, etc. with other people who can help with your questions and concerns. You can find a list of all the support groups by doing a search on Google (or any other search engine) for “support groups.”

So, there you have it. Medical advice and so much more right at your fingertips!

~ Erin

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