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    Rod Moser, PA, PhD posted:
    Here are some tips that will help me help you.....

    1. Tell me as much about you as you feel comfortable. I do not need a full medical history -- but it would be nice to know the sex and the age of the person in question, and of course, some details that lead up to your question.

    2. WebMD health experts are not on-line 24/7 and may not be in your particular time zone. Mmost of us have active clinical practices and devote randdom times to participate on these various Exchanges. For questions that require IMMEDIATE RESPONSES or EMERGENCIES, the discussion exchange is not the place. You need to contact you own medical provider, or depending on the problem, emergency services in your area. I try to answer as many postings that I can, in a timely manner, but it may take me as long as a day or so to get back to you, so please be patient.

    3. WebMD Health Experts are here to EDUCATE, and not "MEDICATE". In other words, we cannot diagnose or treat you over the Internet, based solely on the information in your posting, no matter how thorough. We may be able to offer you ideas or make suggestions, but please keep in mind that we are doing this "blindly" -- without the ability to know your full medical history, or examine you.

    4. Many people post that they cannot see a medical provider because of financial constraints or lack of insurance. All of us at WebMD are sympathetic to the struggles that people are having, but this does not change the contraints posed by the Internet. We will do our best to help you, but we cannot substitute for being your medical provider.

    5. The Health Exchange is a participatory site -- any member can chose to post on your discussion and offer suggestions or ideas. We encourage this open exchange. Heatlh Experts may not necessarily agree with comments made by members who post, but we may not interrupt an active discussion to say so. Please take advice from others as you would do your friends...or relatives. Most posters will not be medical providers, but do want to help.

    6. We are a community. Please do not post private information that would compromise your safety or identity. Be respectful of others. Please do not use this site to promote a personal mission or preach a bias, sell a product/service, or offer any suggestions that may harm someone. We closely monitor discussions and will remove any postings of this nature, and we ask that all members of the Exchange to do the same by informing us.

    7. This Exchange is new....and evolving. Be patient and allow the experts to find the bugs and fix them...not unlike what medical providers do when you seek medical care. If you have any suggestions to make our Exchange better and more member-friendly, we welcome them.

    That's about all that I can think of (right now)...
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    An_187407 responded:
    I would say this posting could be used as a reminder of what the limits of the reply post can contain, but I'm still left confused. You state your here to < educate not medicate > I like that statement very much..I;m looking for education and moral support.

    This sentence connects back to your by-laws of being a member of the community. I am still un-clear why several members give what "I" consider "medical advise" when they start suggesting and posting names of meds and a "dose that might work better". In my Drs, office there are 2 people who discuss symptoms, side-effects and treatment options,,That;s my PC and his nurse practioner---only..

    I have searched your site getting lots of good information or perhaps a link to an article so I joined the community.

    I really wanted to offer my trials and error with types of trained Drs, treatments, heat/ice, tens etc.** never drug doses in mg or what I thought "theirs should be"- I'm not trained & your by laws say even info the Drs post are NOT medical advise**.

    I have not posted a single question since I joined, due to the "medical advice" or uninformed comments I got back to a reply on rapid with-draws from long term pain med use.
    A person who posted she was forced into rapid withdrawal syndrome was told "I have herion addicts tell me it;s no worse then a few days of the flu. On another site a person was told " go ahead "go cold turkey."

    if these members would just google the term "symptoms of rapid opiate withdrawals' they would see it says ""going cold turkey could lead to opiate withdrawal syndrome that can result in permanent damage to the cardiovascular system and the central nervous system""

    "Untreated and unmonitored opiate withdrawal can lead to death in an unhealthy person" "for these reasons opiate addiction requries appropriate and responsiable medical care in a detox program""

    I really want to be part of the community that can post and reply but I saw someone who is crying out he wanted to end his life and a member went "into detail of a family member who put the kids at the table, then went into an adjacent room and shot herself to death" .I can say I WAS SHOCKED!!

    I myself need the group for information on so many life long battles of pain..How do I feel I can safely engage the community in a question when these issue's have continued to be allowed?..I'm reaching out to a member/board for a better understanding.. I've read the by-laws 4x now,,

    Someone please reply so I can decide to drop out of the groups I need input from, but not medical advise, or risk my first posting.

    It would be a very simple one right now..

    I'm so very tired, I only get an avg of 2-4hrs of sleep per nt. Pain is the major factor that wakes me up. I have a special
    adjustable bed with a memory foam pad. I use various meds ,tens units, moist heat, gentle massage,bio-feed back,self hypnosis, back and neck braces'.

    I've lost my major fighter-humor-can anyone tell me how to gain back the desire to fight another day? I'm 58 use to be the last one standing saying lets go hike up so and so to watch the sun rise.I never drank or smoked, it triggeres migraines, I'm housebound and dependent now..I got another tea cup poodle after I lost my 16 yr old previous one. she has trained herself somehow as a mini aid dog.she brings things i need or drop and a few weeks ago I got my meds kit out to see which pill smoothei I would gulp down.She climbed up on my chest and put a paw around each side of my neck and gave 1 million gentle tiny kisses. She then began to shake I got so worried about her. we cuddled and then I looked at my open kit and said what am I doing? I zipped it up and put it on the floor. She stayed on my chest/tummy for 1hr shaking, the kisses got bigger and then she went and got her favorite bone and gave it to me..

    She saved me that day, what about all the others?? any ideas? I dont feel depressed I just ask if its like this in my 50's where wil my body be in my 60's?? Thanks to all.
    Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to An_187407's response:
    I am struggling to know how to respond to your posting. Although this does not relate to the theme of this particular community (Ear, Nose, and Throat), I thought I would try...

    You say you do not feel depressed, but depression can come about in many forms. When those sensitive neurotransmitters in our brains become deficient, or the events in our lives pile up, we can lose that desire to reach out and embrace the joys of life. When I read your last paragraphs, my depression radar started to beep.

    Each day that we allow these feelings to take control is one day lost.

    I have three dogs, and I named them ALL after antidepressants: There is Lexi (Lexapro), Ellie (Elavil), and Zac (Prozac), for they are indeed, my antidepressants. I am glad that you have your canine antidepressant, too, but this may not be enough. You may need some some additional help, perhaps in the way of psychotherapy and/or medications. Many people are reluctant to take this important step, but that does not mean you shouldn't try to walk down a different. You have some heartening insight into your current situation, but this does not have to be your life. It can be better....
    Annie_WebMD_Staff replied to An_187407's response:
    Hi Anon43491,

    I'd like to add on to what Dr Moser has said.

    Legally our WebMD health professionals are not allowed to diagnose anyone over the internet -- and it's just not possible to be diagnosed without seeing a health professional in person.

    But that doesn't mean that you cannot get support from our community messsage boards as many community members can related to you and they can share their experiences dealing with migraines, depression, and chronic pain problems.

    These communities may be helpful to you:

    WebMD Fibromyalgia Community -- many community members here are dealing with chronic pain issues.

    WebMD Depression Community

    WebMD Migraines/Headaches Community

    WebMD Pet Health Community -- come on over and tell us about your little angel! I'm a moderator on this board and I have a lovely girl dog and a big boy kitty cat!

    - Annie
    rallysquirrel responded:
    How do I actually post a question about a medical issue. I must not be "smarter than a 5th grader" .
    Caprice_WebMD_Staff replied to rallysquirrel's response:
    Hi Rallysquirrel,

    To start your own discussion with your own questions for Dr. Moser hold your cursor over the orange Post Now button and choose 'Discussion' from the drop down menu which appears. Fill in the subject line and body of the message (you can ignore the poll part if you want) and Submit.

    FYI, this community is here to answer questions about ear, nose and throat issues, colds and flus so if you have questions about other medical issues, let me know and I'll point you in the right direction for those.
    We never touch people so lightly that we do not leave a trace. ~Peggy Tabor Millin

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