I’ve often suspected that if only the E.R. doctor who misdiagnosed me with indigestion had bothered to just Google my cardiac symptoms (chest pain, nausea, sweating and pain radiating down my left arm), he and Dr. Google would have almost immediately hit upon my correct diagnosis: myocardial infarction, or heart attack. But instead, he pronounced that I was “in the right demographic” for acid reflux. I was sent home that day feeling horribly embarrassed for having made a fuss over nothing but a case of indigestion. As time went by, however, and my debilitating symptoms became truly unbearable, I turned to Dr. Google.
And that’s why I forced myself, despite my embarrassment, to return to the E.R. – but with the pronouncement of that E.R. doc still ringing in my ears:
“It is NOT your heart!”
Many physicians out there, however, are not happy when their patients consult Dr. Google to research troubling symptoms like mine. Continue reading