There are several websites for you to check your symptoms before you visit the doctor. Do you check your symptoms online when you feel sick? Have you ever opted out of going to the doctor after you checked and simply self prescribed over the counter medication?
I try not to now, because when I did....it would seem like I had only months to
I always seemed to have something quite dreadful as the diagnosis for my condition, like full blown Cancer, that I had let go too long!
My doctor told me to stop looking, and so I walk 7 mins up the street and visit him.
I don't do it for myself as I think it is too easy to convince yourself you are more sick than you are. It's safer to just use common sense and if symptoms worsen you can always call a helpline and get expert advice (or see a doctor).
for my children I don't use a symptom checker but I might google the odd rash that I've noticed or something strange that comes up - this is more as a back up as anything serious I'd be taking them straight for actual assistance from a GP
No, definitely not!
Still prefer any of my trio of GP's at Medical Centre I attend, if need be.
They've been treating me 42,35 & 12 years' respectively, & I trust them to the nth degree.
I consider myself very fortunate to have such marvellous Australian doctors' at my 'beck & call'......