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Self-diagnosis can make doctor’s job more difficult
Redlands Daily Facts

“The pain is here, in my neck,” said the Asian man, worry etching his tanned, 60-year- old face. “Sometimes, in the morning, I also have a cough. How do you know it isn’t TB?” He had traveled more than 100 miles for his appointment with me, his fifth doctor in two months. His quest? To confirm one diagnosis. “My grandparents in China had TB,” he added, almost pleadingly, “and I lived with them growing up. Now I also have scars on my chest X-ray.”