Knowing More about Your Symptoms with a Symptom Checker

Thanks to technology, thanks to the internet — a wealth of information can be easily accessed within minutes, within seconds.

This reality, I think, is very much to our advantage including in the fields of health and fitness. For instance, when we are experiencing certain symptoms, we can check the internet to understand about our possible sickness/health condition  (if we don’t know it yet) and we can also know more about the sickness/health condition if our doctor has already given us a diagnosis.

I do not recommend self-medication but getting more information about our symptoms or health condition will help us cope better and take better care of our health. I also believe that we should take responsibility for our health and this knowledge we could access from reliable sources we find in the internet can helps us to do just that.

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Photo: hin255/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

One source of information we could check out is the very helpful symptom checker at WebMD.  You can input basic information about yourself there and which part of the body you are experiencing symptoms and then you are given possible causes behind your symptoms.

What I also like about using this symptom checker it is that when you get the possible causes of your symptoms, you can also get more information about what the disease or condition behind these symptoms along with the risk factors, treatment, self-care, what makes the disease or condition worse and yes, when to see the doctor;  it even provides questions to ask your doctor when you go for a check up regarding your symptoms or the disease/condition. Now this is what I call helping and empowering people with information.

Try the WebMD symptom checker here. It could very well help you know more about your symptoms and get the best treatment for them.

Losing a Loved One — the Grieving Process

The 1st quarter of the year has not yet ended and yet 3 of my relatives and a very good friend already passed away. Two of my relatives were quite advanced in age but my friend passed away while still in her early 40’s, one nephew, at age 17, will be buried tomorrow.

I wanted to write about the grieving process but it’s admittedly a challenge right now. I hope I would be able to do so another time so that it could also be of help for those who are in the process of grieving. Meanwhile, allow me to show you what I think is a very helpful video about grieving from the WellCast channel on YouTube.

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