Can't stop googling symptoms!

Hi everyone i can't seem to stop googling my symptoms. Every time I do i get more scared and think there's something seriously wrong with me to the point where I freak out and give myself a panic attack, at this moment I keep thinking I have meningitis the other day I thought I had a brain tumor it's really bad and these symptoms of dizziness and an unbalanced feeling are making it worse...any suggestions?

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  • You gotta stop looking them up. I used to spend EIGHT hours a day researching. What helped was when I inserted: "can anxiety cause (something)?" And once you find an article that says, yes, DO NOT CONTINUE. that is your validity right there. Then you notice that you won't do it as much. I haven't googled a symptom in awhile and if I do, it's for reassurance. And then I'm okay.

    But stop googling for every health thing.

  • Thank u so much for your help. It's gotten worse over these months I've learned about so many diseases and illnesses and symptoms it's ridiculous. I'm gonna try my best to stop

  • I know, you turn into a walking encyclopedia. I've helped some friends because I know so much about it.

    The first day to stop is the hardest. Decide that you will spend only fifteen minutes and then NO MORE. and then the next day, look up nothing. You will FEEL better.

  • I thought I had written that! I was doing this a month ago and constantly taking bp and worrying about the news, etc. I am a walking medical dictionary as well. So I put the charger for my Tablet and laptop in a bag, together with bp machine and took it to my sister who lives ten miles away. First couple of days was hard then began to feel a sense of freedom. No Facebook or health groups, told people who might have worried that I was offline. Got it back yesterday for the weekend but it's going again on Tuesday cos I'm not cured but in recovery. I know it's drastic but believe me it helps. No use just putting it away, that's like knowing there's a bar of chocolate In the cupboard! You need to remove temptation. I also can't read newspapers online but assume someone will let me know if WW3 breaks out.

    It may sound as if I am making light of this but I promise I am not, I spent hours looking at irregular heartbeat, high BP, bowel cancer, pancreatic cancer, hiatus hernia, dementia, etc, even getting up in the night to look. I have got health problems, real ones, and Google has been useful. Do you think you could give this a try? I am logged on now and going to read the paper then try to put this away until tomorrow as I woke up this morning with a tight feeling in my chest, which had subsided considerably. BTW do you live alone? I do and it doesn't help...

    I only wish the Internet was not so important in day to day living. It was easier when it took five minutes to connect and every site took ages to load because it was too much hassle.

  • Hi maybe if i don't pay my internet bill it would help me lol..I'm gonna try my hardest to stop googling maybe limit myself untill i can fully stop. I live with my husband and son but all I do is google on my phone i get distracted for a bit but the minute I have time there i am googling symptoms. My son yells at me when he sees me on my phone he tells me "mom you better not be reading stuff" it's such a bad habit i have :-(

  • I'm the same as you Jules. I've spent hours, probably cumulatively days, Googling and Googling until I'm scared out of my mind.

    The internet is a wonderful thing but it can also be your worst enemy, especially the good Dr Google who would appear to know more than a GP who has spent ten years training!

    I try not to Google my latest symptom but with severe health anxiety I'm like a moth to a flame with my computer and the internet.

    I can't offer any advice except don't Google - I just wish I'd follow my own advice!

  • Hi yes that's all I do from the minute I wake up and i feel something i go Google it. Then I get scared out of my mind and i cry thinking I'm really sick and gonna drop dead it's a really bad habit. Like today my vision seems kinda weird foggy not so clear tired dry burning eyes so I Google up these symptoms and now I'm scared thinking I have some kind of eye problem :-(

  • The only way to stop googling is to stop going online and the only way to do that is to make it impossible.

  • Hi . My therapist explained what each symptom of a panic attack is.The feeling of being unable to focus is the the bodies way of looking at the horizon for signs of danger or predators and takes a few seconds for the eyes to adjust. For anyone seeing us having an attack must feel pretty scary as well. I remember my daughter having to sit on my knee to control my shaking . I have been doubled over and unable to walk straight when I have been outside. Looking back I have wasted over 35yr allowing the Demon we call panic to ruin my life


  • WOW im just like that spend the last 3-4 moputh looking symptoms and putting some dissease on me.It was cancer then tape worm then hearth problems then blood infection and it goes on...I completly understand how you feel.

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