Using the Internet as a Healing Tool

We all know that the Internet is a great resource for shopping and current events, but have you considered using the Internet to research mysterious symptoms or chronic illnesses? If so, then you have crossed ranks and are now a member of the ever-growing population of e-Patients.   There are a number of ways to harness the power of the internet for medical research:

  • Diagnostic Tools – Although it isn’t a good idea to rely exclusively on online tools, they can offer assistance in finding the outlying symptom. For example, identifying a symptom that doesn’t quite synch with the rest of your symptom profile can help with a diagnosis, or rule out certain illness categories.
  • Blog – Writing is therapeutic, and a confidence builder. When you put thoughts into written words, you’ll strengthen communication skills, which will make asking your doctor questions or voicing suggestions and concerns a much easier task. Plus, when you keep a written record of your health journey, you’ll have a road map of your successes as well as of the potholes and bumps in the road.
  • Read, read, read! – (Did I mention that reading is important?) The Internet is filled with articles, blogs and sites with valuable information that may provide a clue to solving your medical mystery. If you’ve recently been diagnosed, learn as much as you can about your ailment as well as what measures you can take to prevent future problems.

With a little patience and diligence, you’ll learn to master what the Internet has to offer and will  be able to use the information you gather as a steppingstone for moving beyond your illness and regaining freedom and control over your life.