Biology: March 2007 Archives


March 5, 2007

I happened to come across WebMD's Symptom Checker and thought I'd give it a shot. Here's what it offered me when I gave it the symptoms for illiotibial band syndrome:
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis (pre-patellar)
  • Gout
  • ACL knee injury
  • Repetitive motion injuries
  • Dislocated knee
  • Sickle cell crisis
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Septic arthritis
  • Stress fractures
  • Chondromalacia patella
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injury
  • Pseudogout
  • Knee meniscus tear
  • Knee strain
  • Lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus)
  • Lyme disease
  • Obesity
  • Osteochondritis dessicans

I also fed in the symptoms of poison ivy on my arm and got:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Lice
  • Drug allergy
  • Narcotic abuse
  • Poison ivy, oak, and sumac
  • Hives
  • Alopecia
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Dermatitis
  • Dermatitis herpetiformis
  • Phlebitis
  • Scabies

First, note that poison ivy is an allergic reaction which causes contact dermatitis, which is a form of dermatitis, which just means a skin inflammation. Second, narcotic abuse???? I wouldn't have this drug problem if my lupus didn't hurt so much!