I suggest and Iâm begging you to create a site where the symptoms can be enumerated and possible diagnoses can be given. That would be a great help to both the patient and the doctor and your site will surely increase in popularity. I'm suffering from sleep deprivation eversince my accident last 6Sep03 which left me deaf and disabled (because I'm not able to balance probably because Iâm deaf). I think a brain trauma resulted in having to suffer what the neurologist in the Philippines termed as myoclonus where I couldn't control my right hand. Although I could control my left hand, I couldn't control the tips of my fingers that's why I eat like a pig. I've undergone Occupational Therapy in 2 hospitals in the Philippines but I feel it's not helping me for the Therapist just tells me to relax. I asked myself, is this how you conduct Occupational Therapy to your patients where you just tell them to relax to achieve control? I feel using Psychology to cure something Physiological is inappropriate. What is happening to me is purely Physiological. That's why my Father and I researched the internet often. There's one drug that my dad researched and the doctor heeded, it's called Piracetam (generic name Nootropil). It helped a great deal to reduce the shaking, but after a while, its effects weren't as dramatic. I think my body has developed immunity which I also read holds true. Iâve taken a drug my dad researched for Myoclonus called Sodium Valproate whose side-effect is that it makes you feel drowsy, I thought this was what I needed for I'm not getting enough sleep. There are times when I couldn't sleep at all. Iâve read in the internet that lack of sleep is not age-related (which is a common misconception) but a symptom, so that what is happening to me is most likely related to my accident. Iâve taken Clonazepam (which I read was the first drug of choice for Myoclonus) for quite a while but it doesn't seem to work.
Before when I would attempt to button my blouse my nail bled and my right fingers would hurt. But I think thru constant practice and the right medication this doesn't occur anymore.
I was prescribed an anti-depressant to deal with my sleep disorder but it didnât work. My current neurologist doubled the dosage combined with an anti-epileptic/anti-myoclonus drug and after 2 days I took a medication for Parkinsonâs she also prescribed and this caused me to fall asleep earlier (really fall asleep) although I still wake up early, I still could not control my hands, and this effect lasted only 2 days.
People think my problem is not a big deal, but itâs really bothersome for me, because even if my eyes are really sore, I still couldnât fall asleep.
I know it's hard but it can be done as someone provided a site but it's complex and accepts only one symptom so I suggested to make it user-friendly.
The patient would always be in a better position to know the symptoms.
I'm not forgoing the need for a doctor as I know that would be dangerous. I just want to utilize the power of the internet, combined with your doctor, to be able to make an accurate diagnosis.
I made various searches and posts to various forums so that I may be able to share my ideas and hopefully may generate the interest of a web programmer perhaps? I just find it such a pity that the power of the internet is not being maximized for the purpose of diagnosis. Since I observe that there seems to be a general fear to self-diagnosis, I thought that access to the website that will implement this suggestion be limited and make the referral field in the registration section a requirement. There is already a website like what I had in mind but is limited to one symptom and quite complex, so I know itâs possible and just needs enhancement. Financing of this suggestion can be done if they are coursed thru medical institutions. I foresee that this suggestion will benefit tremendously both the patient and the doctor. It would limit the trial and error phase and lessen the frustration of both doctor and patient. I don't see it coming soon, so it wouldn't benefit me, but maybe in the near future, for setting up that kind of website will greatly enhance the field of medicine, mainly neurology, for the brain is a very complex organ.
That's quite an undertaking! It might take months or years to develop the software capable of searching diagnoses by symptom. I'd be interested to see the site that you reference as having a search-able index by symptom, though. Could you PM me the URL?