You have pain in your shoulder that won’t go away. You’ve tried “everything” from icing it, rubbing it, taking pain medication, and no matter what you do it doesn’t seem to get better. So what is the next logical step? Open the computer to search for the answer at “Google University.”
After you arrive at “WebMD Hospital,” you input your symptoms and BAM! There it is, your answer! Just as you suspected, you have Johne’s Disease. The next logical step is to pick up the phone, call your husband and pour out all your emotions while apologizing for the many regrets you have in your life, because this is it. The end is finally here.
We’ve all done something like this in a desperate attempt to find out what is going on in our bodies. But I’d bet that 99% of the time, ok I’ll give you 80% of the time, G.U. was wrong. Why? Because the internet diagnosis can’t take the place of a face to face encounter with your highly-trained health care provider.
There certainly are good answers to be found on the internet, but you really have to go to a reputable source. Often times, those sources are only accessible to licensed and trained medical professionals. It’s not snobbery, it’s wisdom.
One of my very favorite teachers throughout chiropractic school repeatedly reminded the class of this very solid and profound truth: “You don’t know what you don’t know.” Think about that for a minute. You have no idea the depth of the knowledge and understanding there is to be learned. You may already know a lot, but you have no idea what you don’t know!
Here’s an example of how a myriad of symptoms one person was experiencing lead them to a horrifying self-diagnosis.
Numbness and tingling in all extremities
Muscle weakness in all extremities
Blurred or double vision in the evenings
Tearing eyes with pain
Head, neck and low back pain
Deep boring pain in one arm
Pain waking them up at night
Nothing makes the symptoms better/worse
Much to their horror, their symptoms were associated with: Bone tumor, Brain tumor, Myesthenia Gravis, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Disc herniations, muscle sprain/strains, obesity, stress, and extensive vitamin & mineral deficiencies. Terrifying right?!? Without a solid understanding of the patient’s history, taking x-rays and considering whether additional specialized tests or blood labs are necessary, a reliable diagnosis cannot be made. Therefore, doing an internet search was clearly poor resource for answers.
I know, you’re chomping at the bit to know what is the person’s diagnosis? After an extensive history, x-rays, labs and other specialized tests… drum roll please…the official diagnosis was extensive” Vitamin & Mineral deficiency due to Leaky Gut caused by Stress.”
There was no need to pick up the phone in tears and call a family meeting. However, this is a complex case, requiring immediate attention. After proper diet and nutritional counseling was conducted from this person’s qualified primary care provider- their chiropractor, the symptoms disappeared and fears were relieved with well organized, conservative, and appropriate care.
If you’re on the fence about seeking a chiropractic consultation about a list of symptoms you may be experiencing, I’d encourage you to call and make that appointment! Remember, “You don’t know what you don’t know!” But I do promise you this, it’s unlikely you have Johne’s Disease (Google it!) =)