I'm not proud of this, but I'm a bit of a hypochondriac. I blame genetics, because my grandma is the same way. Here's the deal, though: my grandma never had the entire internet at her disposal. She does now, but luckily she doesn't know how to use it. I, on the other hand, have an addiction to WebMD. I honestly cannot even tell you all the things I've diagnosed myself with. Skin cancer, mouth cancer, thyroid issues, MS, glaucoma, scabies...the list goes on forever. Googling my medical symptoms is something that I now have to actively stop myself from doing because I make myself insane. But hey, at least I'm not the only one who does it!

MedicareHealthPlans.com used Google trends to put together a list of the most searched medical symptoms in each state. The results are... interesting!

The number one most searched medical symptom in Iowa isn't one of the weirder ones, it's actually one of the most common: STRESS. According to the article, stress "is the most googled symptom in a full one-fifth of states." The top five things that cause stress in Americans are money, work, politics, the future of our country, and violence/crime.

Here are the most Googled medical symptoms for surrounding Midwest states:

  • Minnesota - "Irritable"
  • Missouri - "Stress"
  • Illinois - "Uncircumcised Problems"
  • Nebraska - "Signs of Low Testosterone"
  • South Dakota - "Headache Location Chart"
  • Wisconsin - "Light colored poop"

Check out the rest of the map HERE!

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