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How the Pandemic Has Demonstrated the Danger of Unsolicited Medical Advice

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The messages now usually start with “I know you don’t like unsolicited medical advice, but…” and it’s usually followed with some really inappropriate for the situation, even dangerous-for-me advice.

As someone who has a major disability (spina bifida) and multiple other metabolic, autoimmune, and other health disorders, I tend to have a lot going on with me.

Any time I share anything about it, even just a headache, I get tons of comments offering advice. After years of telling people to stop giving unsolicited medical advice, some have decided that private messages make it OK because in their words, “other people won’t see it.” Let’s ignore the absurdity of that for the sake of this article. Why shouldn’t I give unsolicited medical advice?

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