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:
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.
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.
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“.