Resources

Have a medical question you want to look into more yourself? Awesome!! Here are some reputable places to look.

MedlinePlus 
Sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, this has a large selection of articles on health topics (both by disease, demographic group, or body systems), as well as surgery videos if you’re into that sort of thing

Drugs.com
A comprehensive site on the use and side effects of different medications. They even have a pill identifier tool, if you aren’t sure what medication the pill is (not sure I would recommend taking it if you have to look that up though…)

Office on Women’s Health
Sponsored by the US Department of Health and Human Services, this site has a wide variety of articles and handouts on issues related to women’s health

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
This is a division of the NIH that is devoted specifically to complementary medicine. There is good information here on the side effects of different supplements and how to find an integrative health provider.

MayoClinic.org
This is one of the oldest health advice websites, and it’s tried and true. Check the Patient Care and Health Info tab for healthy lifestyle tips, information on different tests and procedures, and online resources.

National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants
If you feel that you need a patient advocate, there is a database on this site (although check with your provider or hospital, as they may have a group they specifically work with).