Several papers in the UK are reporting that a 26-year-old man who was brushed off as "a neurotic" and a hypochondriac by at least 10 doctors over 12 years, ended up correctly diagnosing himself with a heart condition using Wikipedia.
Reports one tabloid, "He finally found out he had postural orthostatic tachycardia after looking up the symptoms on the internet." Oh, if I only had a euro for every time I've done the same! But this appears to be the real deal.
He is now being treated by a specialist for the condition. Mr Green said he had visited his GP in 1999 and Worcester's Royal Hospital's accident and emergency unit in 2003 but the heart condition had not been diagnosed.
He said the GP was concerned that the symptoms were in his mind, while the hospital diagnosed chronic fatigue symptom. Mr Green has since paid for a copy of his medical notes. In them his GP says his symptoms are "neurosis which has been fuelled by his mother".
"They kept saying it was all in my mind, that I should exercise my way out of it," said the 26-year-old. "If I had not diagnosed myself I would be on anti-depressents right now. The doctors would just be saying I was neurotic."