Each week, Kim receives tons of questions from listeners about tech concerns, new products and all things digital. This week, Kim received this question about finding answers to medical questions online from Sheila in Massachusetts.
Q: A dear friend, now a patient at a huge cancer center, is dealing with peritoneal/uterine cancer. While the cancer is under control, she is having a terrible time with the ileostomy producing excessive output which causes dehydration. Is there a way, using crowd-sourcing, to see if someone else has had this issue? We are looking for possible suggestions to thicken output. Even her cancer center is at a loss! They have tried about a dozen directions. Thank you so much for your consideration, don't know who else besides you might have a direction for us to take. Maybe as simple as someone in Holland telling her to take corn starch with her protein drink. This issue is life threatening as there is a 10-pound weight loss per month.
That's a great question. There are sites out there that allow you to ask medical questions and you'll get answers from doctors and researchers.
Note: You really need to be careful getting medical advice online, you never know who it is that's actually responding. Remember to take anything medical that you see online with a grain of salt. There's nothing like getting advice personally from your own doctor.
Now that we've established that, let's take a look at a few online resources where you can get answers to your medical questions.