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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 5:15 am 
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Was surfing wikipedia the other day and came across an interesting article:

Munchausen by Internet - Wikipedia

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I have my doubts that people would come here to do such things. The disease of addiction isn't a particularly glamorous disease to pretend to have. But I have noticed that a lot more people on the internet complain about treatments than have positive reports. And some of these go into extreme detail about their tragic circumstances.

You only seem to hear the horror stories on the internet it seems. Which is fair enough. People want to find a place to air their grievances and maybe gain some sympathy. Others just want answers. But I've found if I read too much of this stuff, I can lose a lot of faith in medicine. Sure medicine has its weak points, but ultimately they do save lives, and they do help.

I knew a woman who had Munchausen. It was an endless cycle of "I had this, but the treatment made me feel worse, then the treatment gave me this disease,

It's an easy trap to fall into I find. When I get the flu, I like to complain. I don't really know why, maybe I'm just hoping someone will have a miracle cure. I'm also slightly hypercondriac at times - ie when I drink a lot of coffee and my chest feels tense, I think I'm gunna have a stroke. When I'm in withdrawal I white knuckle. If I'm in detox I even have a tendency to refuse meds!

But I did notice it was a bit of a theme among addicts, especially addicts in withdrawal, to let everyone around them know they're suffering.


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Münchausen by internet....WOW, never would I have guessed that such a thing could occur. Of course now that I've read about it, it makes sense. It actually made me think of one particular person on a forum I belong to who in addition to being an opiate addict had many, many other issues and often posted from his laptop in the hospital. I'm not saying he has Münchausen, but it just made me think of him. This is a very interesting topic/concept. Thanks for posting.

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