Dangers of Self-Diagnosis

The scariest words that I can hear from a patient are “I have been looking on the Internet and think I have symptoms of….”  Let me tell you that is the recipe for disaster.  If you look up a hangnail on a medical site, you will have convinced yourself that you will be dying within the next 10-12 days.  But before you start planning your funeral, you should consider calling one of our patient representatives for a consultation.  

During this consultation, our patient representative will ask you details regarding symptoms and exposure times.  This allows us to get you set up for the test that best fits your needs.  You won’t be left on our website to attempt to figure out what you need.  We understand that this is an important decision and we want to make sure that you get the test that’s best for you and your health. Testing is time-sensitive and needs to be geared towards your situation.  

We also understand that once testing begins anxiety can set in.  Many patients run through the “what ifs” in their heads.  The scariest part is not knowing.  This is why when you call, we can set you up to go immediately into the lab and results are available within 1-3 business days.  Once those results are in, we will have one of our professional patient liaisons give you a call to review them with you and help guide you to any necessary next steps.  We don’t just send the results to  to you via email and assume that you can understand your results and what comes next should you need treatment and/or medication.    

So do yourself a favor…don’t “self DIE-agnose.”  Peace of mind is only a phone call away.  

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