4 Things That Happen When You Google Your Symptoms

There are many occasions wherein we may be having a little twitch, itch, rash, or something small and strange happening in our body. Majority of the time we brush it aside and forget about it. But sometimes, just sometimes we make the mistake of going online and googling our symptoms. Here are some of the common things that happen when we do so.

The beginning

Hmm, my arm is pulsating/throbbing, but it’s not paining. My eyelid is flickering, what’s happening? Open google, type in “my arm is throbbing”, hit the search button. A list of health related articles pop up and some graphic videos. You click on the first link and start reading. This is how it all starts. I personally deal with a lot of anxiety. The funny and annoying thing about anxiety is that if too severe, it can manifest itself in certain physical symptoms. During a particularly stressful time, I ended up googling some symptoms. Needless to say, a few articles in and I was convinced that I had a horrible disease.

What is that?

Once you’re reading the first article, you probably just skim through it. Yes, just speed read it or just look at the main points, UNTIL a certain word or a phrase catches your eye. It is usually “can be an indication of…” or “consult a physician in case of…”. This is when your heart drops and you scroll back to the top of the article and read every line in detail. As you read, beads of sweat start appearing on your forehead and your cheeks start turning red.

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