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Do You Have A Condition? How To Find Out


Be an investigator into your own health! (Photo credit: chrisbb)

“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.” – Benjamin Spock

How do you know if you have anxiety, migraine, anklosying spondylitis, or something else?  If you haven’t already been diagnosed with it, here are a few simple, general pointers to set you on the right path:
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1. Is your condition rare? In the case of anxiety and migraine, no – they affect tens of millions of Americans each. But it’s always a good idea to look at prevalence data to figure out your baseline risk. In other words, don’t overestimate your risk of having a condition just because you have one of its symptoms.

Wikipedia often has prevalence data for conditions, and disease foundations are another good source for this.
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2. Do your symptoms match up? If you think you may have a condition, compare yourself with others who have that condition to see how well you fit. Take a quick look now to see if you have most of the common symptoms: over 7000 people at CureTogether have reported symptoms for 469 conditions.

Search for the one you’re looking for here and see if you match up.
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3. Should you get diagnosed? If your symptoms do match, you might want to get a more definite answer on whether the condition you’re looking at might be causing these symptoms in you, so that you can find support and appropriate treatment. If it’s a problem in your life, it’s a good idea to get diagnosed.

To learn more about choosing a diagnostic test and finding relief from your symptoms, stay tuned for our next blog post: “Getting Diagnosed – How To Choose The Right Test“.
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2 Responses to “Do You Have A Condition? How To Find Out”

  1. For a year now I have had hives and seen a dermatoligist and my Doctor and they don’t have a clue. I take Xyzal( anti-hystamine) every 4 days and it helps greatly. I have had blood workups and everything seems fine. For a month I gave up taking my meds and all vitamins and still had hives. For two weeks I gave up alcohol, cafiene, dairy products, wheat products, red meat and processed foods and I still had hives. I am at a loss. I am 58 years old and in very good health.. Help!

  2. Hi Greg,

    Thank you for sharing your story with hives! The CureTogether hives community is at http://curetogether.com/urticaria/symptoms/ – you can see what other people have shared in the Stats section, then click the Survey tab to enter what you’ve tried to share with others. You can also leave a comment on any specific symptom or treatment and other people with hives will be able to reply to your comment.

    Hope that helps!
    Alexandra

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