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How Trustworthy Is WebMD?


Sunday, June 23, 2013

I know that NO online diagnosis is comparable to an actual in person doctor.

However, I don't have insurance, I have like 4 past due medical bills, and this is the best I can do...

According to web MD I have a high probability of having a broken (fractured) upper back vertebra. If so, it's been this way for a few weeks now. -_-

I blogged about the incident when it first happened, but then it started feeling a little better. This morning I woke up and my entire back is in quite a bit of pain. My jaws and teeth hurt when I eat anything, even soft things like oatmeal. My sides hurt. My shoulders and upper parts of my arms hurt if I lift them even a little. I am very nauseous (which may or may not be because of how little I've been able to keep down today). Yesterday my head hurt a lot. Not like a headache, but like there was fluid in my head. Like if I tilted my head a certain way, it started to ache a lot. It still aches that way today, just not to the same magnitude. I don't think it makes a difference that my skin hurts when hit at a standard pressure. Like if my son were to place his elbow on my leg, I would be in excruciating pain for at least 5-10 minutes. I don't think that matters though, because that's pretty normal for me, so that's another issue on its own... I also think my lymph nodes are swollen..

I'm so tired of having all these medical issues.

I wish I could go get this looked at... I'm not EXTREMELY worried, because I'm one of those people that think God wouldn't give me anything I couldn't handle, but at the same time.... I'm a seriously paranoid hypochondriac. I think everything is super serious and is going to kill me... so... this is definitely taking me for a spin....
I decided to take my psychiatric meds today for the first time in months to help me mentally deal with this... That may be lending to my nausea, which is worsened by the fact that we don't have hardly any food in the house (the food we do have is food that is either not mine or I don't like)...

Pray for me or something you guys! It's always something with me, I know.. :/

Edit: I've already applied for Medicaid.

Edit: I am 19. My medical insurance ran out at the beginning of this year. My psychiatric medicine is through a place that gives prescriptions for free to qualifying patients, and I've been a patient there since I was a child (though I don't think that matters). I have applied for medicaid and am still waiting on a response.

Please do not respond so sarcastically to a blog where I am searching for people to give advice and support so that I do not "freak out". Thank you for your comments on my blog.

Edit: I appreciate your response SLYPHINPROGRESS. I'm not entirely sure what you were getting at with the God thing. The only thing I was saying with that was that I will be okay in the end, or I will die. Point blank. I never said I didn't need to seek medical attention. I am aware of that every time I try to move my body. All I'm saying overall in this entire blog is: Should I trust the diagnosis from WebMD, coupled with my symptoms, and say it is a reason for major concern? Every time I mention back pain to my sister (who was driving the car the night of my incident that did not result in an actual accident) she laughs and thinks I'm just being dramatic or dumb. Which makes me feel dumb for even thinking I'm hurt.
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DAWNRHARV 6/24/2013 8:17AM

    Oh, my dear sweet lady, if you know you need medical attention, please seek it. What exactly happened the night of the *incident* when your sister was driving the vehicle? I'm sure you already know this, and I am just validating.... if you are having vertebrae issues, you need to be seen. Find a free clinic, find a walk in, find something. If, indeed, you have a fractured vertebrae, it could become much worse without treatment, resulting, (as I'm sure you know), in life changing circumstances. Not trying to freak you out. Trying to be realistic here. I, too, don't have insurance, so I completely understand the issue. I don't qualify for any medical assistance, and I understand what it means to fall right thru that crack. I also know, there are some things that need to be seen, and I would say this is one of them. Ask yourself this.... if it was your sister or mother or good friend who was having the same symptoms, what you would say to them?

As far as WebMD, it's only as good as the info put in, which is NEVER the same as seeing a doctor who can look, see, touch, test and yes... charge you for all the above. Nevertheless, you need to do what you need to do.... as someone else said.... good luck.......

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MARUKI52 6/24/2013 6:36AM

    I don't think you should rely on an online diagnosis. You really need someone who can examine you physically and properly. I know your situation is difficult. Do you have any hospitals in your town with an A&E for people who cannot afford health insurance? If you do then I would urge you to go to them and have your problem looked at. Being from the UK I don't know the system in the US apart from your all needing insurance. If you are hurting that much I don't think you are being paranoid. The sooner you get this looked at the better.

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.DUSTY. 6/23/2013 10:13PM

    Hi Alyssa!

I'm sorry you're in so much pain and are scared.

ER's can't refuse to treat you if you tell them you can't pay. They'll ask you a lot of questions but bottom line is if you can't pay you can't pay.

Copy this in to your browser:
Virginia Association of Free Clinics
Scroll down to Richmond

http://www.vafreecl
inics.org/find-a-free-clinic.as
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Or try your local college.

Starting psychiatric meds can cause a lot of symptoms at first and as you probably already know take time to start working.

You can't go on the way you are especially with a child / children who need you.

Even if you end up paying $5.00 a month it's will be worth it.

Good Luck & Hugs

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FUTUREYUPPIE 6/23/2013 8:30PM

    I wouldn't take WebMD too seriously. It usually gives you a diagnosis far more scary or rare then what is really going on with you. That said, the way you are describing your symptoms doesn't sounds like you are being a hypochondriac, it sounds like something that does need medical attention.
I agree with everything Fitfrit said. Also, if you are a member of a church you could try asking them for help with your medical bills or they might be able to point you in the direction of a charity that could. It wouldn't hurt to call a few doctors and ask them their rates. Urgent care and the E.R. is usually much more expensive then going to a regular doctor.
I hope everything turns out well.


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STEVEN_D 6/23/2013 7:40PM

    A seriously paranoid hypochondriac with no medical insurance? On psychiatric medication? Wow, how do I respond to that? Good luck??

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MTAL203 6/23/2013 7:36PM

  Don't neglect yourself - Fitfrit has great ideas - look for a free clinic and get things checked out. Meanwhile - lots of prayers headed your way.
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SYLPHINPROGRESS 6/23/2013 7:36PM

    We dwell in different realms, but one thing stands: The reliability of WebMD and the reliability of God are irrelevant. The suspicion of a broken vertebra is not to be ignored. You must take yourself to an Urgent Care facility. Apply for medicaid or whatever similar plans are available in your state or country. Apply for whatever assistance you may qualify for. Do that or hope that, if God will give you only what you can handle, you can handle the possibility of permanent damage and permanent pain.

I'm not trying to scare you, merely to introduce some Earthly reality.

Comment edited on: 6/23/2013 7:40:09 PM

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FITFRIT 6/23/2013 7:31PM

    Do you live in an area where there is any kind of free clinic or a sliding scale place where you can go get checked out? Call around, call local charities and see if you qualify for help for a doctors appointment. The worst they can do is make you make payments....$5 a month IS a payment. I hope you feel better soon.

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