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Topic Information - TITLE!! What's your issue?

Aviatrix36440Aviatrix36440 Posts: 5,744
edited 11/18/2014 - 3:22 AM in New Member Introductions
As almost a 2 year member here, and one that is very pro-active in posting, supporting, I have a suggestion. This was stated by Ron (Dilauro - System Administrator) in part, but maybe by a member might hit?

Posts with:

I need help!
Immediate response please?
What can I do?
I hurt !!
Opinions please.
What are your thoughts?
Please Help!
What is this?
My doctor hates me...

I like many read via "most most recent posts", and when we see these 'generic' titles IGNORE your post. Not because we don't care, but not enough information is posted to get our interest. Better would be....

My L5/S1 has stenosis, are these symptoms normal?
My thoracic has given me burning pain around my ribs....
I have a failed fusion, what are they going to do?
Are ESI's on the neck/back helpful - or didn't work?
I am scared with upcoming (cervical/thoracic/lumbar surgery)
I have bone spurs affecting nerves, what does that mean in the long run?

ALL CAPS = YELLING IN INTERNET... Don't use them!! (please)

Additionally, one LOOOONNNGGG post with no paragraphs or breaks, or better yet, NO punctuation. It is very hard to keep track on a 'run-on' post, and even more so without punctuation. Sorry, but when you tell us you are past high school age, and can't even add a period to end a sentence... well.

I'm sure some will see me as a meanie here, but I read a lot, and try to help, as I too have multiple issues and surgeries coming, but find relief in helping. Just my thoughts here, and hopes that some realize that more info is good, and the posts themselves (paragraphs, punctuation) helps us and YOU a lot. Most do not fall into this post grouping, but lately more and more are doing this. Also, the Internet short hand .... I love U, How R U... please..

PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.


    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,377
    Following what you posted what big such a HUGE lift for everyone, especially the new members who post generic and find they are not getting responses
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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  • Thanks for adding this. You are absolutely correct. I have posted a few posts on here with "generic titles" and wondered why I didn't get as many reply's as other posts... Well now I know why.

    Thank you for the helpful info.

    Hope everyone is having a fabulous day :) :) :)
  • I am guilty of run on sentences and I did take two college classes in English which was my requirement.
    I apologize sometimes my brain is faster then my fingers. :) I agree with all you said up there, I get on and search the titles for ones I think I can help. When there are 10 plz help or pain I pick the one that is more detailed. It is a learning experience here, I have learned many new things in the short time I have been on here. I think it is great that you guys are letting us know ways to get the optimal help from the sight. Thanks so much :)
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,377
    Years ago when this site had only 2,000 members, the post subject title really didnt matter. Almost every one know everyone else, so they would just open up and post.

    Today, with over 11,000 International members, its impossible to know everyone. Therefore, the subject title of a post is so important. Think of it as the opening of your job resume. You want to grab the attention of the person reading it, but at the same time, you dont want to use canned words.

    Spine-Health oldtimers like myself use Recent Posts and scan down the subject matter. When we see something that catches our eyes, we move on it. The ones that Brenda described, honestly, we tend to move over them until there is more time to look at everything.

    I know that many people look at me as being the heavy, the mean Administrator that tries to find faults with people's post then send out messages that are irritating. I know in my heart that I do what needs to get down.

    I am sure Brenda can attest to this. In the beginning, Brenda and I had many dialogues. I know that some of mine were stabbing to Brenda. After a while, we saw things eye to eye and now I consider Brenda, not only one of the key members here, but a Internet friend.

    To net it all out, I can not tell you how very important it is to phrase your subject line for your initial thread. That could make the difference of having 1 response vs 50 responses. As you become more familiar with this site, the other members, that subject matters can vary.

    Please, my only message to everyone is that we all want to help, all the members of my team, all the members that have been here a while, even new members.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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  • Similar to what Ron mentions lower down, if the generic title is someone we know, we might look it over, if unknown, might skip. I say that because the generic from someone we know, we have an idea what area their issues are in.

    Generic too also gives the member in need a disservice as well. We post what is important to us, and some responses from a well titled thread might otherwise go unwritten by a key person that might 'have' the answer we're looking for if generic?

    If you have a thread or topic that hasn't been replied to, you can still go back and edit the title. On the first post of a new thread, instead of the "edit" button being on the bottom of the post, it is on the upper right -above- your post. Your post/thread will then move to the top of the 'recent posts', and will show "updated" next to it. Glad to help. :)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • No need to apologize, we all 'learn as we go' as they say. :)

    I'm on several sites, but medical support I am only on a few, most of which I just read. Here the atmosphere and people are different, so in its odd way, this is my favorite home site of family I never had. The admin staff here keep this place from being the old Wild West, and I think due to that, people are more open and caring - makes a huge difference from other sites in my eyes.

    I've posted to some of your threads, and I am very glad you too have found this to be a wonderful site, and too are getting support. Welcome aboard!!!

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Ron,

    "Key member", (G) Thanks very much. I think that those that don't know you Ron might see you as a 'meanie' when you have to mediate or correct a wrong on here. But...once one is on here long enough, they see in fact it isn't a meanie mode, but a way to keep this site different from others like I mentioned above. The fighting, attacks, spam etc., which is common on so many other sites, is NOT common or allowed on here. I feel that makes all the difference!

    As I read the response here, another 'reason' for a detailed title came to mind - search mode. Some folks with similar issues might use the search box, but your thread might not be included as that key word does not show up for the search criteria. Just another thought there.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Hello everyone, and thanks for being there.
    I am a seasoned veteran - 30+ years - of lower back pain, having had an L5-S1 laminectomy many years ago, and now have alot of arthritis in that area. But over the past month or so, I have developed constant burning and very strong stabbing type pain in the mid thoracic area that gets worse when I move into various positions, or walk. My doctor took x-rays that just show "wear and tear". Sent me home with prednisone, mobic and skelaxin. None of these have helped. When I first started with the pain, I was also recommended to see a chiropractor, which I did, and I have been in treatment a month with him too, and have seen no improvement. Which test would be more appropriate - an MRI or CT scan - to show if there is something the xrays did not show?

    Thanks for any help.

    Ladi Di
  • Mri i think shows a lot more then exray. Then ct scan also or the best they say is the mylogram which is usualy only ordered after all the other tests have been done such as mri, ct and such. But if the mri shows the problem then mylogram is not always needed. Good luck
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
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