It's a pretty bad habit. Haven't we all done it? Worried ourselves sick––quite literally––after going to Google to look up some symptoms? The issue here, of course, is that what you read isn't always accurate. You're better off hitting up an actual professional, as we were so kindly reminded after Redditor BigSpookySpooks asked the online community: "What's the worst diagnosis Dr. Google has given you?"
"I once had a bit of a sore eye."
I once had a bit of a sore eye. Googled it, and came to the conclusion that I had 3 hours left to scoop it out of my socket before the tumor would spread to my brain.
Then I asked the doctor, and he said it was a sore eye.
"Was feeling itchy..."
Was feeling itchy for no reason, so I googled it and WebMD told me I had end stage liver failure... three days after my best friend died from end stage liver failure.
"That I'm pregnant..."
That I'm pregnant, because I'm getting bigger without eating food. (I'm a dude.)
"You have meningitis."
"augh, my head, it hurts"
"You have meningitis. Share this result and subscribe to our newsletter!"
Some African rainforest parasite found in only like 50 humans ever. I'm from the American midwest and lead such a mundane life I almost wished I had the stupid thing so I could be special.
"I had a little cut..."
I had a little cut from shaving earlier so i googled my symptoms.
I have a super rare throat cancer and will die in a few days.
Goodbye dear internet friends.
"I got an insect bite..."
I got an insect bite on my breast. My usual bite cream said not to use on nipples, so I decided to Google 'insect bite on breast treatment' to see what I could do instead. Apparently, no one else has been bitten by an insect on the breast but inflammatory breast cancer seems like the most likely alternative diagnosis.
Called my GP in a panic, he kind of chuckled and said "It's an insect bite. If you still have it in three weeks, call me again. Oh, and try deodorant on it." Gotta say, deodorant calmed it right down.
"One time at a coffee shop..."
Gonorrhea of the throat. One time at a coffee shop my friend and I were sitting being polite quiet patrons. A girl walks in to meet her friend (another girl) and she start off with saying that she googled her symptoms and got to the conclusion that she had gonorrhea of the throat. Everyone is dead quiet and she just kept repeating 'gonorrhea of the throat'. It went on and on.
"I was told..."
I was told that my chronic night sweats was due to menopause. I'm a 24 year old male.
"Everything is cancer."
Everything is cancer. But I had what felt like a swollen lymph node in my armpit. Dr. Internet said lymphoma. It was probably just a bad reaction to a MMR shot. Went away after a few weeks.