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Re: Guest Post - Crowdsourced Diagnostics

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Funny, stupidity is kind of the last thing I would have suspected in your case. So, are they say you just need to listen more carefully?


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 10-22-15 7:49 AM
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Hmm... tempted to try it, but not to take any result very seriously.

It seems to me that the size of the user community would be critical here. Below an unknown threshold it would be unlikely that you would get helpful feedback on anything your GP couldn't advise on; also the "community" would be vulnerable to cranks. Above that threshold the cranks would be drowned out to a useful extent and the probability of relevant experience being out there would move closer to 1. Quantity/quality. I wonder how many they have so far.


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 10-22-15 7:51 AM
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It's probably lupus.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10-22-15 7:54 AM
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I'd expect the critical mass for usefulness to be an order of magnitude higher than the people who built it think.


Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 10-22-15 7:58 AM
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I would be more comfortable with it if it were a directed community rather than a startup for-profit company.

Also, practically, how are they not effectively facilitating the practice of medicine without a license?


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 10-22-15 8:02 AM
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I have a new diagnostic criterion for distinguishing depression from ordinary unhappiness.

Depression: "Everything is horrible and I can't go on like this."

Ordinary unhappiness: "Actually, I can go on like this indefinitely."


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 10-22-15 8:08 AM
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Reviewers persist in asking for things like the CES-D.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 10-22-15 8:11 AM
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Beats asking Yahoo Answers.


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 10-22-15 8:14 AM
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I dunno - 6.3 seems like something someone with depression could recognize. That would be part of the horribleness of it - no escape.


Posted by: MHPH | Link to this comment | 10-22-15 8:32 AM
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1. Yeah, listen more carefully and try not to fall down so much.


Posted by: E. Messily | Link to this comment | 10-22-15 9:24 AM
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I can't believe I read that whole transcript only to have it end on a cliffhanger.


Posted by: Unfoggetarian: "Pause endlessly, then go in" (9) | Link to this comment | 10-22-15 10:17 AM
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I only promised it was quick!


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 10-22-15 10:52 AM
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9: But it's a sustainable attitude! It doesn't drive one to take drastic actions. Perhaps this is just high functioning depression.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 10-22-15 11:34 AM
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What counts as a drastic action? Medication? Talk therapy? ECT? Leaving work on disability? Addiction? Not only suicide, surely.


Posted by: lurid keyaki | Link to this comment | 10-22-15 11:54 AM
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I'm now wondering if I should present my disconcerting but amusing symptoms to the Mineshaft for crowd-sourced diagnosis. Probably should have gone presidential on this one too.


Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 10-22-15 12:07 PM
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Is this the right thread for me to complain about shoddy part-of-the-problem doctors? I had an annoying but conventional flu-like illness last week (fever, chills, ache, etc.) and on about day 5, as it was abating a bit, went to a doctor mostly to check that the resulting nasty cough wasn't anything worse. They confirmed that indeed it wasn't strep and my lungs sounded fine. The surprising part was then handing me prescriptions for Tamiflu and an antibiotic. As best I can tell, Tamiflu is barely thought to be good for anything, and certainly not on day 5 of an illness. The antibiotic also seemed to be "just in case", which is about the worst reason for an antibiotic. I was also surprised that they defaulted to Augmentin as a first line.

At any rate, I'm not taking them and seem to be doing fine anyway, but I'm still kind of shocked that I was given those without even asking.


Posted by: Nathan Williams | Link to this comment | 10-22-15 12:44 PM
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"... and the little bacteria affected by the prescribing practices of those doctors grew up to be MRSA. And now you know the rest of the story..."


Posted by: MHPH | Link to this comment | 10-22-15 12:58 PM
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They're really giving them to you so you can have a cache for when Obama comes to put everyone in FEMA camps. See if you can get some opiates too, complain about how much your throat hurts.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 10-22-15 12:59 PM
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2: I looked up one of the three "doctors" listed, the one listed as a "holistic physician". His website talks about toxins and his degree is "Doctor of Chiropractic".


Posted by: sral | Link to this comment | 10-23-15 12:05 AM
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19: run away... look at the transcript. They came up with a perfectly plausible chiropractic diagnosis that had the one slight drawback that it might be lethally wrong.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 10-23-15 2:40 AM
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To be fair, that's still an improvement on her actual doctor's diagnosis and treatment.


Posted by: Unfoggetarian: "Pause endlessly, then go in." (9) | Link to this comment | 10-23-15 6:35 AM
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This is only vaguely related to the OP, but it does involve health. I knocked my neck out of alignment talking on the phone, and now I have to wear a neck brace and take muscle relaxants for the next week, and then do some physical therapy. I feel like this is possibly even more pathetic than the last time I injured my neck by sleeping. What makes it sad is both neck injuries have completely different causes (one was a small part of my vertebrate getting knocked out of alignment, and this involves an injury of my trapezius muscles triggering neck problems.)


Posted by: Buttercup | Link to this comment | 10-23-15 7:36 PM
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