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Medical Student Syndrome

Medical Student Syndrome


Medical student syndrome "MSS" also named medical student disorder, medical student disease and hypochondriasis of medical students is a condition frequently reported in medical students nowadays.

MSS is a constellation of psychiatric symptoms that affect the mood and behaviour of a medical student, especially during the first year of studying medicine.

While Medical students are learning medicine they read lists of symptoms for different diseases daily. Although they are completely healthy, they feel that they are suffering from the symptoms of specific diseases and they have it. 

For example: If a medical student is reading about swine flu he may feel its symptoms and do unnecessary laboratory tests to confirm his wrong diagnosis.

Now the disease included millions of non medical students who can easily search in the internet about any disease and believe in having its symptoms.

If you suffered from this syndrome before share with us your experience through writing your comment here.


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68 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm a pre-med student 2nd year and I have this already, i guess i'm pretty much screwed ... I thought I had everything from testicular cancer to Necrotizing Fasciitis so far lol, hope it goes away soon enough

Anonymous said...

i thought i saw a pussycat

Anonymous said...

its not always a wrong diagnosis. i read about reynaud's phenomenon and thought i might have it so i went and chatted to one of the consultants on the ward and it turns out i do !!

Anonymous said...

lol. i am one of them. now i'm studying CNS module and when i have headache i starts to think about all those increase intracranial pressure symptoms. haha..

Dr Ilmana Fasih said...

In our times we called it a Third year syndrome--as when u start clinicals you learn of symptoms and start correlating it to urself.Avery real disorder indeed in the later years of medical school.

Anonymous said...

many of us av entertained the diagnosis of Hogkins Lymphoma in a collegue

Anonymous said...

Yeah that is true, actually i remember that happening to a close friend of mine.She thought she had mental disorders while having psychiatry clinic.

nimer nader said...

i am in 5tyh year of medicine and yeh i felt this but little as no time to think more and hope all symptoms from this syndrome be as psychiatric only

Anonymous said...

I am in the last year of med school. I don't usually think that i am sick but when someone of my close relatives and friends comes to me with a symptom i always think of the worst. Once my dad had the flu and his voice was kinda hoarse and i was thinking of lung cancer that could affect the laryngeal nerve.

Anonymous said...

i'm a medical student
5th year
i have a bad mood and depression
what's the solution?

Anonymous said...

I'm a 4th yr medical student,,, and I always feel that every single disease I read about or see in hospitals will affect me :s I dunno y I started feeling that the future is soo dark after I started my medical schooooool ,,, ewww that really sucks :(

Khaled Selim said...

of course I used to think that way too
but not to the limit that push me going to clinic or doing labs !!!

Anonymous said...

i had it even before when i was a med student

Anonymous said...

6th and last year of medicine... Luckily never had it...:)

Anonymous said...

in the 2rd year of my medical study

after helminiths lesson. i thought i had enterobius vermicularis and i applied for diagnosis.

Anonymous said...

m a 3rd yr stdnt. my problm z dt i gt symptoms dt seem rather prominent in relation to da module dt m doin at dt current tym. currently m sufferin frm wot i thnk cud b early onset of chronic renal failure. :(

Anonymous said...

my grandpa has this syndrome. Anyone he hears that is sick he says , oh i may have these syndromes too

Anonymous said...

In my 5th year in Med skul,I started constant severe headaches which did not respond to medication.After havin lectures on Cranial tumours,I was convinced I had a brain tumour.I was so scared,I almost went for a CT SCAN.I later found out d headaches were due to constant strainin of my eyes while reading.The headaches finally stopped when I started using glasses.I always laugh at my self now for ever thinkin I had a brain tumour.Its funny now but trust me it was realllyyy SCARY then

Anonymous said...

When i was in about 4 years of medical school, every symptons we studied in psychiatric diseases make us feel suspicious of have the disease. LOL!!!

Inoox said...

damn right MSS. i thought only i got such feelings :)

Anonymous said...

medical student couple syndrome also prominent.

Anonymous said...

Somatic illness... :)

Anonymous said...

medical student sometime hane psycosomatic illnes syndrome

ella said...

me too..when i learned hematology in year 2,..suddenly i kept feeling shortness of breath and feverish..then i was diagnosing myself leukemia....i did a blood test an everything was normal...i'm glad that i dont extremely asked for BMA...hahah..such a silly thinking..

Anonymous said...

actually i dont compare with myself rather with my friends....hehe

CrisBD said...

specially noticeable in the psyquiatric classes

Anonymous said...

OMG I'm lerning neurology now... that's a real nightmare :/

:D

Anonymous said...

yeh its tru every medical pass tru this but usually interpret it a tru disosder therefore evey medical personnel shld be psychiayrically stable otherwiz it creats so many serious problm.

Anonymous said...

fuck medicine

AHHHHHH

Anonymous said...

me to when i was medical student....
since 3 yrs ago,when i finished medicine,i threw away those bad sensations...i am freeee....:)))

Anonymous said...

it could be ridiculous sometimes lol
a friend of mine though he had aqcquired an STD
and he was virgin :P

Anonymous said...

in my medical school , 3 medical students was diagnosed to have lymphoma, luekemia and liposarcoma , this is not MSS , COME ON.. we are diagnosing ourselves early ..

Miroslava said...

So true!

jasondany said...

yes, i thought i have hypothyroidism, anemia, depression. all the diff dx for hypothyroidism that i was studing,
on my last yr of med school

Anonymous said...

that's right

Anonymous said...

hehehe here we call it 5th(last year) medical student syndrome,,,,

i'll start my last year after 3 weeks i dunno wut gonna happen with me,,,but hope nt like the student on the pic,,lol

Anonymous said...

yes yes yes
i have this syndrome, i m always afraid about beeing a victim of cancer and now about having scleroderma it is my phobia now

Anonymous said...

i think medical students must be stronger and mor realistic than every one els..and bad thoughts and imagination couldnt affect his mind...iam hazha a medical student in iraq

dr_processus said...

maybe true.. this syndrome, could be due to information need.. when i was medical student (2 years ago), i felt similiar things. but no more... don't worry, it will be ok lol

Anonymous said...

i have a temporomandibular disjunction ,and every time i had pain in my left jaw i think i have heart disorders.its not so easy beeing a doctor :))

Anonymous said...

Lolz,thank GOD i knew about MSS b4 entering medical skul,so when i want to start imagining i have any symptom coz i read it,i just tell myself,this is MSS...lolz,but funny enough i had Iron Deficiency Anaemia during my heamopoetic module and that was just after my CVS module..lol,and i was actually starting to feel renal colic during my renal module,thank GOD the module dint take long would have visited d xul lab..lol.

talal said...

yeah ... sometimes when read the symptoms of certain disease i feel like i have this symptoms...

Anonymous said...

sooo true lol..its freakin me out..whenever i learn abt new symptoms and diseases..fuhh..(@~@)

Anonymous said...

that's so true! at the end of every pathology lecture I end up having tons of diseases! lol!

Doctor Blondie said...

I'm graduating now, never really had it apart from the time I thought I had a small chance of having the mumps when I had to go for a booster MMR shot. The public health nurse was more certain that my flu-like symptoms and slightly enlarged salivary glands were mumps. Tests were negative.

Anonymous said...

im a second yr. medical student, Our topic in systemic pathology is about neoplasia..... and I become so much obsessed on t I have a colon cancer... due to the sign and systoms were discussing... I undergone a lot of test like occult blood, colon ca markers such as CEA and all of this test turn to be negative... and im about to undergo colonoscopy, yeah somehow it could be preventive measures not a medical syndrome perhaps. because ca is so silent that you dont know it you have it.

Anonymous said...

I'm a medical student and after studying depression i suffered from all symptom and sign and took medical treatment without any response till doctors diagnosed me mss and now I'm free

Dr.SmiLe said...

absolutely I have it
I'm 5th year student,,
and when I had ENT course I stared to feel pain n my ear & I Suffer of loss of hearing,then when I took Ophthalmology I had eye Pain!, then Orho, I swear that my Joint hurts Me All the Time!! and here we go! continuously!
I don't Know how to get rid of All That!!

Anonymous said...

i'm too suffering

reys said...

My friend has this syndrome, when we learn endocrine metabolic, he always feel the DM symptoms, when we learn about musculoscletal diseases, he told me that he got some knee pain and need xray to confirm it.LoL

reys said...

is it a kind of people called " nosophobia "?

Anonymous said...

i am on my 3rd year and i have no weard simptoms, but i did find a lot on new information about thyroid gland and guess what? i runed the tests and i have a hyperactive thyroid and also an auto-imune disease (hashimoto) :P so i diagnosed my self corectly :)

Anonymous said...

Taking Endo,Repro, Embryology and Genetics has been a real eye opening experience in understanding the cause of my micropenis. But, honestly, you'd be squinting looking at it.

micropenis

Anonymous said...

yup

Anonymous said...

im a 5th medical student and after i've took a cardiology course so i start to feel somthing wrong with my heart and after such tests i discover that i have a mitral prolaps..
so its not always a MSS

Anonymous said...

I realy thnk i suffer frm a neurologic disease, i've a blunted speech n am always excited wen i begin to speak..n i speak so fast n unclearly dat no1 is able to undrstnd me..many words pose me a problem 4 pronunciation..al ths startd since i lft college..im also vry unsociable....i realy feel ive schizophrenia..

Anonymous said...

I need help

Anonymous said...

i felt so..the first year ...
then i felt even worse when i started to study the microbiology..:)

Anonymous said...

i am a 4th year medical student and i hv different type of syndrome. i alwys think that most of the complaints are only psychological problems not a serious disease.everytime my friends or fmly complain about their ds i always say it's nothing,it just a normal ds,dont think too much it will be ok soon..yeah, and the worst thing was i hv breast tumor few months ago and im not scared at all. i went to an operation and i think it's cool cz i can experience the surgical procedure myself..

Human said...

Nice article.
Related well to symptoms medical students develop during their study

Anonymous said...

I never had such experience fortunately. All facts I've learned from the beginning, I used to find out on others.

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First Year Medical Student:
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