It is really good to see so many new members signing up for Spine-Health. Right now we have over 20,000 members. Only a few years ago, the total member count was around 8,000!
Every online forum site has their own set of guidelines that make it easier for new members to get started. Please review our FAQ which provides a lot of information that should be valuable to you.
Here are just a few items that you should be aware of:
Medical Advice You can not post any medical advice. If you want to provide information, you need to state it in such a way that it is your personal opinion, based on your own experiences. Also, that you should always consult with your doctor for formal medical advice. I have read several new posts where members are telling other members to do this type of exercise, or that their problem is muscular, etc. No one here has a medical degree, that is why it is a forum rule that
states You can not give medical advice
Duplicate Posts I realize that when you are new and you make your first post, you are very anxious to start receiving replies. They will come. However, do not make additional posts with the same subject. You may think that making duplicate posts you will get better coverage. In fact, that will hurt your chances of good replies. People will not know which post to reply to.
Initial Information When you make your initial post, it is important that you provide as much information as you can.
That would include:
- Medical Condition
- Diagnostic tests and their results
- Any surgeries? If so, which type, when, etc
- Treatments (physical therapy, tens, etc)
- Medications you are on
This makes you more of a person instead of just a new member.
Search I have seen several new posts talking about the same subject matter. The search facility should be used
to identify what posts have been made dealing with the same subject. This way you might find a number of posts that deal with exact subject matter.
Requesting MRI information It is against forum rules to Ask or Respond to posts requesting MRI results. MRI results can only be given by trained medical professionals. There is no one on this site that is qualified to do this. We have had problems in the past where on member responded to another member's request about their MRI results. The response given was totally inaccurate. This lead the member to believe there was no problem and because of that stopped seeing medical help. That we all have to avoid.
Walk before you Run This is important. Before you start making your initial posts, watch and read for a while.
You will easily see the tone and guidelines how other members post. That will make it much easier to post and your
posts will probably be responded to quicker.
Avoid Subject titles such as HELP, AT WITS END, URGENT, RESPOND IMMEDIATELY, TOO MUCH PAIN, etc
Many seasoned members avoid reading posts with those type of subject lines
- Do not use all CAPITAL letters. This is Standard for Internet behavior. Typing in CAPITAL letters translates into YELLING.
- Keep it short. If your posts contain multiple paragraphs, chances are people are just going to skip over them
- Put spaces between thoughts, just as you would when you write a memo.
All of this can make your initial time at Spine-Health more productive. You will soon find that the member community here
are eager to help each other. For many, this is their major Support-Group
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences