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Abbreviated text talk



  • Betty65BBetty65 FloridaPosts: 83
    I don't know what the above medical abbreviations are and I've been on this site for over a year. Help?

    And is there a post about not running a paragraph into several screens of text? Sometimes I really want to read what someone has to say but just can't get through the wall of words.
  • LizLiz Posts: 9,706
    edited 06/19/2015 - 8:07 AM
    Here is a link to medical a abbreviations……..

    As far as the problem with some members not using paragraphs when making posts moderators do advise members how to make a post easy for members to read and respond unfortunately we still get a few long and difficult to read posts. Here is the link


    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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  • Betty65BBetty65 FloridaPosts: 83
    Thank you for the links! The acronyms are very helpful -- sorry I didn't find them sooner. :-)
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,425
    Where we will have to edit those posts that continue to use abbreviated text. This will be especially true with those
    • - That the meaning of the post is somewhat confusing - The abbreviated text was abused
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • it's entirely unnecessary when one has a smart phone that will do word completion, spellchecking, etc. While I can see the rationale of using some sort of shorthand with a flip phone, there are fewer and fewer of these nowadays. Besides, if texting is cumbersome, why not just sit at a keyboard and type - using complete words and sentences?
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,425
    Using abbreviated text.

    I just finished reading a post where the member wrote:

    I went to see my NS and u have to believe he said we r better off taking narcs instead of muscle relaxers. My doc suggested that I might have fibro. ...........

    There are already tons of medical abbreviations ( acdf , 360 , plaid , etc ).

    So refraining from using the abbreviated text is so important

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,425
    People still use abbreviated text talk.

    That may be fine for the Iphones, but online and dealing with international members, that should not be happening.

    PLEASE stop using it.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • I'm a former user of these as of now! I read the rules and found such comfort in the FAQ section, chronic pain, and spoon theory. I shouldn't have lapsed into text talk in my threads, I realize that now. You will be you from now on. Thanks for posting this. I see it is is from 2008, but I always go directly to active discussions. If I missed this in the new member section, I apologize. If it is not in the new member faq section, it would be great. To have it. I was also using "spondy" and "meds". I won't anymore. Thank you.
  • Hi Ron

    I have just read the history on this post and have noticed your growing aggravation that people are not doing what you are asking so I thought I would give you an insight as to why they are not - from a forum user's perspective.

    I am not always on the forum and, when I am, I don't have time to read every post. I generally go straight to 'My Posts' to see if there are any additions to conversations I have either started or joined. I then have a quick look at 'Recent Posts' to see if there are any topics of interest or that I might be able to add to.

    Using the forum this way means that I often miss topics such as this one because it is not appearing on the first page or so of the feed. As an example - this topic has been running for some time and yet this is the first time that I have ever seen it.

    With any luck the message will get out there but it may take some time before it does.

    And now for a laugh ... When this new text talk first started, my granddaughter would send me a text that ended with LOL. I thought it was so sweet and so when I answered her I also ended all my texts with LOL. This kept going for sometime until one day she asked me why I was 'laughing out loud' at something that she was clearly upset about. It was that moment that I discovered that LOL did not stand for 'lots of love'!

    The language barrier gets even funnier when you take it up another generation. My mother is now in her late 80's and has recently stepped into today's world with an iPhone. She missed a call from me the other day and sent me a text to say she was at the doctors and would call me when she got home. I replied with 'sweet' (a term I picked up from my son that apparently substitutes for 'okay'). Mum then replied with 'You are so sweet too - Lots of love'
  • BansheeofBebopBBansheeofBebop Posts: 1
    edited 11/04/2015 - 12:11 PM
    I always think the poster is underage when I see that stuff.
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