LIFESTYLE

Do you have cyberchondria?

If you immediately looked up the symptoms, then you probably do!

We all do it – type our symptoms into a search engine and gasp in horror as we’re given a grim diagnosis. Before you jump to the worst conclusion, 
it pays to consider the possible alternatives.

Complaint: Tired all the time

Dr Internet says: CHRONIC FATIGUE

Other possibilities: Stress, insufficient sleep, hormonal imbalances, deficiencies, depression, poor diet and lack of exercise all contribute 
to tiredness. Some nausea and headache medications can cause you to feel sleepy, too. Chronic fatigue is an extreme condition that 
can make it near impossible to even get out of bed, so it’s very different to general tiredness. Schedule a visit with your doctor.

Complaint: Difficulty losing weight

Dr Internet says: HYPOTHYROIDISM


Other possibilities: Not eating or exercising properly is the main cause of weight gain. Some medications such as beta-blockers and even migraine treatments can have these side effects, as can lack of sleep. A chat with your GP and a blood test can help with diagnosis.

Complaint: Bloating after eating

Dr Internet says: GLUTEN INTOLERANCE


Other possibilities: A recent study found that 86 per cent of people who diagnosed themselves as being gluten-intolerant actually aren’t. Bloating can be caused by additives, a change in diet, fibre imbalance, or a side effect of medication. Giving up gluten without good reason can result in a fibre, vitamin and mineral deficiency, so get an official diagnosis first.

Complaint: Cold hands

Dr Internet says: RAYNAUD’S DISEASE


Other possibilities: Raynaud’s disease causes extreme cold in hands and feet, a reduction in blood flow, loss of colour and even pain. Many people experience cold hands, due to circulation, medication and the environment. Always check with your GP, but if it isn’t extreme or sudden 
you usually don’t have to worry.

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