Skip to content

    Announcements

    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!


    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Interesting article on placebos
     
    avatar
    max9821 responded:
    For myself, I cannot imagine a doctor giving me a pill without my asking all kinds of questions about efficacy and side effects and looking it up in the physicians desk reference. Once I requested a different antibiotic because the pdr said it should not be given to diabetics. The doctor prescribed another but commented that no one ever complained before. Of course they didn't. I know people who, when asked what med they are on will say, a pink pill. They don't care.

    However, when one son was very young he got an earache at night hours before I could run him to the doctor. He cried for a band aid for his ear but I foolishly told him the band aid wouldn't work. The doctor said I should have put a band aid on his ear. I learned.

    Another daughter when in the fourth grade insisted her eyes were bad and she couldn't see the black board. The teacher sat her in the front of the class. When I had her eyes examined the doctor said she had perfect vision. I quietly asked him to prescribe plain glass which he did. The optician started to tell me about the prescription having no correction and I told him I knew but to put plain glass in the frames which my daughter happily picked out. Amazingly she said things were a lot better and she didn't have to sit in the front of the room anymore. I advised the teacher of what was going on. Fortunately I could afford the perfectly useless eyewear. Eventually she stopped wearing the glasses claiming her eyes were better.

    dolores


    Spotlight: Member Stories

    I had my first and second heart attack in April 2003. TWELVE years have passed since those heart attacks. TWELVE years since diagnosis of acute heart ...More

    Helpful Tips

    Killer Athlete's Foot Cure
    If you have athlete's foot, gently wash the affected area. I usually got it between my toes. Use a hair dryer on warm, to dry the foot for ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    12 of 21 found this helpful

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.