I think anyone who has medical problems should do as much as research as possible. This way, you will be informed and educated about the condition hat you have
That is what firsts brought me here to Spine-Health in 2006. I had a series of thoracic herniated disc and the treatment was not really effective.
Plus there was not a lot of information about thoracic discs. Everything I read stated Thoracic discs should not herniate and even if they did there would not be any pain associated with that
Well, I am sure that anyone who has thoracic problems knows how crazy that statement was. But unfortunately, 10 years ago, that was a mindset.
So, I went to Spine-Health to get more information. Honestly, they still didn't have the information that I was looking for. More than other sites, but still not the answers I was looking for.
Whenever you have a situation, you always want to become well versed in the subject area. Be it a condition, a surgery, whatever, you want to become almost the expert. This way, when you do talk to the medical professionals you have a solid base on what to discuss and level of understanding.
That is the goodness of research.
Unfortunately, it seems that with almost anything that is good, there are some potential problems. I can not speak outside of Spine-Health, but I have read way too many posts where people are self diagnosing. They read an article, and the next thing you know they have that problem!
I remember one member, only recently that made a series of posts, each one diagnosing another problem they have, based on what they read.
We all have to be careful here. Like I said to start with, you want to have as much knowledge and information about your situation. But when i comes to coming up with the diagnosis, leave that up to the doctors. But with your knowledge, you would have the information in which to discuss, perhaps challenge what a medical professional is telling you.
The worst scenario I have ever read here was
- I have a spinal problem-
- Doctors are not sure what it is
- I read and researched and then discovered I have XXXX problem
- I then told my doctor that I have XXXX and wanted to have this and that done
- The doctor did not agree
- So then I was so angry , I went to another doctor and told them they same thing
- The new doctor said, no, you do not have that
- So, then I told the doctor, I do have that and I want ABC medication and YYY diagnostic tests
- and so on
Yes, I exaggerated a bit, but the overall concept is true.
Do your research to become more educated, but not to self diagnose a problem