Friday, 30 March 2012

medical student hypochondria??

so last night i slept close to 11 hours and yet i woke up feeling totally unrefreshed. this teamed with my inability to stay awake in some lectures has lead me to the conclusion that i have obstructive sleep apnoea. ridiculous i know!
but it turns out that medical student hypochondria is a real thing. as medics we are a crazy bunch, and the number of times ive heard girls who are convinced their anaemic or people with headaches who now believe its a brain tumour... its insane! and yet if you think about it, it makes perfect sense that all day look we see illness, we learn illness, we study symptoms and naturally we start to interpret what is really just a cold as pneumonia!
i just want to point out that i know this is a serious problem for some students and im not trivialising it but i think in medicine, if you are too serious all the time, you are just going to end up depressed...and this is coming from me!
so to any older medics out there ... do we eventually stop behaving like this or does it jsut get worse as we start our clinical years?

3 comments:

  1. lol its definately gets worse once you reach your clinical years - I wrote a very similar post about this http://www.halfadoctor.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/physician-dont-heal-thyself.html , I think it gets better once you are an experienced dr though, perhaps just because you are bored by the whole concept of illness!

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  2. lol its definately gets worse once you reach your clinical years - I wrote a very similar post about this http://www.halfadoctor.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/physician-dont-heal-thyself.html , I think it gets better once you are an experienced dr though, perhaps just because you are bored by the whole concept of illness!

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  3. A 3rd year here, and so far.. it gets worse, hopefully it will get better with more experience!

    During my respiratory firm, i was convinced i had clubbing, and got a little freaked out when i went to ask a registrar.

    "Dr M i want to ask you a question about my fingers", he takes a look at me and answers "the clubbing? i noticed it when you were sitting down" I FREAKED OUT on the inside but tried to remain calm on the outside. He asked me to do the Shamroth sign/test, and then goes "No, the nail is just very curved, it's not clubbed, the angle is still there". Why do we do these things to ourselves?!

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