The top 10 health conditions of 2015

It is coming to the end of another year, and it seems 2015 was full of surprises. As we look through the ailments and conditions of the year you might be a little shocked. But like anything, some things will never change- and it seems shingles is one of those things.

After our domain name change from Patient.co.uk to Patient.info we have seen a great increase in overseas users. Our health information has been able to support people from across the globe - especially those in the USA. But it seems that for our visitors from across the pond it’s not just their currency which is different; their health concerns are different too.

So as 2015 comes to a close let’s give a toast to the conditions that have come and gone. But also for the conditions that we just can’t seem to shrug off.

Let the countdown begin!

Number

UK

USA

Rest of world

10

Costochondritis

Rotator cuff injury and inflammation

Greater trochanteric pain syndrome

9

Chest pain

Headache

Chickenpox in adults and teens

8

Scarlet fever

Knee ligament injuries

Appendicitis

7

Pneumonia

Rib Injuries

Abdominal pain

6

Plantar fasciitis

Measles

Irritable bowel

syndrome

5

Hypothyroidism

Appendicitis

Rectal bleeding

4

Abdominal pain

Costochondritis

Vaginal thrush

3

Irritable bowel

syndrome

Chest pain

Chest pain

2

Acid reflux and oesophagitis

Greater trochanteric pain syndrome

Pelvic pain in women

1

Shingles

Pelvic pain in women

Shingles

Our clinical consultant, Dr Sarah Jarvis commented; “I’m fascinated, looking at last year’s most searched conditions, that the top two conditions have remained the same in every country, with shingles keeping its number 1 position in the UK and the rest of the world, while the US is most concerned with pelvic pain in women. In the UK, the shingles vaccination programme continues to roll out, and I still get a lot of patients unsure of when they’ll become eligible for it under the catch-up programme. Headache is new in at number 9 in the USA, but doesn’t feature in either of the other lists this year or last. This surprises me - not only are headaches common, but my patients worry about them a lot, often convinced they have a brain tumour.”

“I confess I’m surprised that acid reflux, number 2 on the UK list, doesn’t feature in the top 10 anywhere else in the world – it’s largely related to being overweight, and while there’s no doubt we have a problem with obesity in the UK, we’re by no means alone! While the US and rest of the world both search for information for chest pain at number 3, it doesn’t focus on the UK top ten. I certainly see lots and lots of patients with chest pain, and they’re usually terrified about it. I wonder whether the fact that everyone in the UK has a right to be registered with a GP means that UK users are more likely to make an appointment first and read up on the internet later.”

Who knows what 2016 hold for us, but let’s hope this New Year brings you good health!