Originally Posted by badblackpug
There is a big difference I see here.
It is one thing to come on the board AFTER seeing an established medical professional (remember anyone on here can say they are anything, it doesn't make it true) and receiving a diagnosis, and a treatment recommendation and asking for emotional support, or asking someone who has been through the same to share their experiences, it is quite a different thing to come on here seeking medical advice, especially in an emergency situation, IN LIEU of seeking treatment from an established professional.
In the last thread I remember a poster was having what clearly could have been symptoms of a stroke, and she knew they were stroke symptoms, and sought diagnosis and advice on a Disney message board, no less. People gave her diagnosis ranging from migraine to asthma, which it could be, but why chance it? Think if the poster read on here Disneyreader12 said it was a migraine, or
asthma, or whatever and took that to heart and it actually was a stroke. That poster could have died or been left severely disabled. The general rule of thumb in medicine is "rule out the things that will kill you 1st."
Over the years I have read a lot of wacky medical info and advice on these boards, from people who have, and have made no bones about their dislike of the medical community who think that you can cure serious diseases with herbs and spices, to people who have every illness and allergy they ever heard of on "House."
I think it is one thing to offer your personal experience with a situation, treatment, disease, or procedure, and quite another to offer diagnosis and treatment recommendations.
This. This perfectly states the way I feel. The whole, "I have a rash on my toe, tell me what it is." really? We could all be 12 year old boys, why are you seeking our medical advice.
Support I get. That to me is different then diagnose me.
What blows my mind on here and elsewhere is posts telling coupled to get to therapy immediately. Like, don't stop anywhere go straight to a therapist for your failing marriage. I saw this when a poster asked about something that happened at a nye dinner. One post about an off meal has them running to therapy.