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Study Suggests Looking Up Symptoms Can Help Patients Get a Better Diagnosis

For people who live with chronic illness, experiencing symptoms from our condition or conditions for the first time can be very confusing.

If you’re waiting to see a doctor, or if a doctor dismissed your symptoms entirely, you might do what most people do when they’re dealing with a question they don’t know the answer to — turn to Google.

When I first got sick with what I later learned was systemic urticarial vasculitis, I was very overwhelmed. Every time I went to the emergency room with breathing issues or severe pain, doctors told me that my anxiety was causing these problems, and did not look further than lupus when I asked to be tested for autoimmune disorders.

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