New App Called SymCAT Helps You To Self-Diagnosis Yourself To Prevent Undeeded E.R. Visits
As the information age plows full steam ahead, a new app has come out called SymCAT. Designed by Craig Monsen and David Do, both medical students at Johns Hopkins University.
I had been feeling a bit sore, exhausted and under the weather over the last week, along with sneezing and itchy eyes, so I decided to give this new app a try, after all, I recently found what used to be great employer sponsored health insurance by Aetna suddenly wasn't so great anymore. You can download it from the Google Play store, no word if an iPhone/iPad version is coming.
Anyhow, after installing my new app, it said something like "undesc" meaning, I haven't put anything in yet. After just a few clicks, I was ready to move onto my symptoms.
The list the choose from was kind of small, so I began having my doubts, but after I entered all of the basic symptoms, below it began listing possible things wrong with me. As I clicked on each one, it began to ask more in-depth questions and after hitting the back button, the list of possible ailments updated. Kind of neat actually.
So I went on for nearly 5 minutes reading and updating my symptoms and the list of what was wrong with me along with the probability factor displayed next to it, the list became a more manageable level to further investigate.
After a few rounds of this, it finally told me I have an equal chance of having Spinal Stenosis, Muscle Spasms, Spondylosis, Tinnitus of Unknown, Nueraliga, Degenerative Disc Disorder, Chronic Pain Disorder or Meniere Disease.
So this means I either have; an abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal, degenerative osteoarthritis of the joints between the central of the spinal vertebrae and/or neural foraminae, a pain in one more more nerve resulting from a change in neurological structure, or a problem with my inner ear.
Not entirely helpful, some of my symptoms were still not listed, so I'll click the "see follow-up questions" button.
Another list of things I've already checked.
Ok, so, this is the conclusion I've come to, as a result of my sneezing, itchy eyes, and a sore neck, my bones are about to fall apart and the body gives way to an unstoppable chain of horrific and painful bone ailments. Perhaps this is an emergency and I should rush to my local Emergency Room?
It should be noted, both Monsen and Do both took a "leave of absence" from school to purse their SymCAT commercial endeavor developing this app and never actually finished medical school.
The app is in its "beta' stage and could become useful in the future when they get more symptom listed in the app.
Anyhow, I went ahead and popped a Singulair my Doctor prescribed me for my allergies and I feel better now. So long to my bones...