First, we now have "crowd sourcing" to diagnose ailments--even the NYT lets people weigh in on symptoms and try to guess the Disease Du Jour. What fun!
But there is also a site called CrowdMed--http://crowdmed.com--where people without a diagnosis for six months can submit their problem and see if someone has had a similar issue.
This site did a study and 77% of 1,500 Americans (not just CrowdMed adherents) said they would consult a non-physician stranger.
73% of those who answered yes would trust a nurse.
74% an alternative medicine practitioner.
84% a retired doctor.
87% a former patient with the same symptoms.
62% a medical student.
CrowdMed says they solved more than 600 cases in months instead of years.
This cost an average of $200 (as opposed to $50K making the doctor circuit).
So...what do you think? I ask around--do you?
The other day, I had to appear at the doctor (actually a physician assistant) to get my pills renewed and basically tell him I had cut some of them out--and my sister whipped off her shoe to show MY doctor some itchy blisters on her foot--in other words, she tried to get a second opinion.
He didn't have one, but it was an idea, I guess.