Do you, or anyone you know, suffer from hives (urticaria)?
If so, you will know how nasty hives can be.
I say this with respect to general practitioners and others; we rarely get all the information we really need when using their services – for a variety of reasons; and yes, some are related to money.
No wonder then that people search online for help via ‘Doctor Google’ and others. I have done this myself and saved myself great angst, even having learned things that senior doctors should have told me, but didn’t.
Later in this article I will give you the link for extremely high quality information about hives/urticaria which is comprehensive and easy to understand. First though, some words of caution, and background information on why internet-based medical research works for me.
One of the serious concerns and risks of using Google for our own medical research is that most of us are not medically, or scientifically, trained. Relying on your own medical research can be extremely dangerous. That’s the flip side of helpful.
Personally, my deep inner lack of interest in my own opinion (humility) helps protect me. Allied with a deep awareness and appreciation of how to use logic in a scientific way, this has helped me when analysing medical information. Being mindful of the potential dangers is another plus.
My recent personal experience of a GP (General Practitioner) prescribing medication (not for hives) of a type which was not only inappropriate, but positively harmful, has underlined my long-held view that some doctors can be dangerous, despite their medical training. Fortunately a pharmacist saved me and helped me overcome my issue in a non harmful way. And yes, it is disturbing that a consultation with a GP led to harm and yet a consultation in a busy pharmacy fixed my issue (with non prescription mediation I might add). The doctor I saw was not one I usually see, at a ‘multi-practice’ – the doctor, and practice, have now been ‘fired’. This is one of many poor experiences over the years. This type of thing is yet another driver of conducting my own medical research.
Fortunately, I have another source of help, should I need it. Two of my friends are highly competent doctors – one is an interstate GP. The other is a senior surgeon with a significant local practice. Another friend, up on the Sunshine Coast, is a highly experienced ICU nurse (Intensive Care Unit). I have other friends trained in battlefield medicine. Now, I do not bother my friends unduly and am sensitive to their needs, however at times, being able to benefit from their insight is golden.
Let me sum up by saying that I think it important to take personal responsibility for one’s own physical (and mental for that matter) health. The laws of business and economics for example are going to dictate that we are unlikely to get all the information we need from a visit to the doctor. Medical professionals have limited time resources and have to make a profit/earn an income. You might be a ‘number’ to some. Get over it – it’s life. Any medical research you do, and the actions you take based on it, is your responsibility – not mine. I am not qualified to give medical advice and I do not give it. Read my Medical And Mental Health Disclaimer here.
Having read the above, we can see I have important checks and balances in place to help ensure that my reliance on my own medical research is not harmful.
Now, on to the high quality information about hives treatment: Urticaria (hives) – Treatment – NHS Choices. This site is part of the British National Health Service (NHS) and I recommend bookmarking it.
Finding sources of high quality medical information is critically important and the screen grab below from the NHS Choices website is not only reassuring, it also illustrates the point. I recall from 1981, when I learnt computer programming, that we had a term: GIGO (garbage in, garbage out); meaning that if you input crap into the computer, crap would be produced. Our minds are the same – if we read poor quality information we will get poor results from our thinking. Bear in mind that good quality medical information we have researched can also help us get better care from the medical profession and make consultations more effective.
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with, or endorsed by, the NHS or NHS Choices.