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12th October: Is the internet the first place you go when you're ill?

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Why bother with a post grad? Are they even worth it? Have your say! 26-10-2016

    All the time, i google my symptoms almost everyday. When i'm convined i have an illness i book an appointment with the GP.

    (Original post by JuliahMusic)
    I'm actually not registered with a gp because I'm 25 but still live with my parents but they haven't registered me... so been relying on Google, WebMD and stuff I can buy at a pharmacy. I know I sound really bad
    Lol you're 25 but relying on your parents to register you. Irrelevant of whether you live with them you can register yourself.

    A thorough search for my symptoms and then the doctors for confirmation.

    Although I usually just come here nowadays

    My dad's a doctor so I don't have to worry about appointments or other stuff.

    No but the I sometimes use the internet to see what the symptoms could be of, so that I can go to the GP for treatment

    Hi there, I'm a press officer for MHRA. We worked with Radio 1 on last week's show, which we found a really interesting insight into how young people view this issue.

    We recently started a campaign called FakeMeds which aims to educate people about the dangers of buying medical products online from outside of the legit supply chain. We would really like to get in touch with some case studies of young people who have bought medicines or medical devices online and had a bad experience.

    We'd particularly like to hear from people who have bought dodgy diet pills and either got sick or ripped off. We are aware of several deaths of students who have bought pills online that contained toxic ingredients, and are trying to raise awareness of the risks among this age group.

    We'd also like to hear from you if you've bought condoms online that looked a bit dodgy, or a home STI self-test kit if you were trying to avoid a trip to the clinic.

    Also, any experiences you might have had around buying prescription medicines without going through the proper channels and visiting a doctor in the first instance. Your details will be treated confidentially. If you're interested, please email [email protected] or give us a call on 020 3080 7651

    Thanks! - James

    When I am ill, I go to the doctor to get a diagnosis for my illness. The internet cannot substitue the experience of a doctor who I trust. I may looking for my illness in the internet, but it is highely unreliable, as I have not the knowledge of a doctor to judge and to recognize it. So I am not capable of giving a diagnosis, unless I am a doctor.

    I always buy my medicine in a chemist's, just because there are people who may give me good advices and have not to wait till it is delivered.
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