I think I would feel more comfortable about medically based forum threads if the person posting the original topic stated "I've booked (or am in the process of booking) an appointment with a doctor, but I was just wondering if anyone has had similar symptoms or concerns?"
I think I was the first person to ask ~RedFraggle~ her thoughts regarding the nature of this thread (although I don't know which account I sent it from....knowing my luck it was my old account) and unfortunately she usually is the first person to be chewed up because of medical questions, ok probably second - after the original poster. She is one of the only ones (if not THE only one) who is really qualified in the medical profession and naturally she is going to be concerned when people start offering medical advice on a forum. She doesn't deserve the attacks she gets simply from telling people to book an appointment with a doctor instead of asking a bunch of people on a website. In my opinion - you might as well go to one of those online "doctors" websites that claim to be able to diagnose you simply from typing in a few symptoms. The amount of times I've had cancer or have been pregnant (even when I hadn't had sex in almost 2 years) was ridiculous. The only way you will ever get a reasonable answer to your ailments is if you book an appointment with a doctor.
If you have one or two symptoms like a headache or something...then I understand there's probably no harm in asking people what you should do. But if you've got a list of 4 or 5 symptoms and you feel something is wrong, book an appointment with the doctor. It's the first thing I'd do. I wouldn't even think of typing it out and asking for a response.
(To the orginal poster..please don't feel I'm attacking you...I'm talking about all the medical posts ever made and not specifically yours)
I can, of course, understand why people would come onto a forum and ask medical questions. I don't think the original poster was wrong and do believe she had the best of intentions - of course! - especially in regards to her health. I think I (and perhaps ~redfraggle~...but I can only speak on behalf of myself) would be more comfortable if posters would acknowledge that they had every intention of booking in to see a health care professional. I think there just needs to be some precaution taking on behalf of everybody.
ღExpecting#4 was just trying to get opinions and I understand that - I don't think she was wrong for doing so, and like I said - if it had been made clear that she had planned or was in the process of questioning a doctor - maybe there would be less drama eventuating from that.
~Redfraggle~ had the best of intentions, I've seen her comment on a lot of medical posts on bloop and I'm pretty sure on more than one occasion she's either said (or planned) on washing her hands clean of this sort of drama and just not offering advice anymore - unfortunately for her, it's in the line of her profession and alarm bells are naturally going to start going off when a person posts something. I know if I saw someone giving incorrect information on how to teach a child to swim, I'd probably start saying something, just like if a lawyer see's someone giving incorrect legal advice - he/she would probably say "hey err, you might want to see a professional".
Finally, I think some of the concern is that a person can give you the wrong information and they might tell you something extreme, and you could go into a panic and call every expert in town - there could be extreme panic. On the flip side - what happens if someone says "hey, I've had that before, it wasn't serious, just drink lots of water and get some sleep" - and what if it was something serious, what happens if thats the worse thing you could do?
There doesn't need to be all this disagreement and fighting between people. Both ღExpecting#4 and ~Redfraggle~ didn't need to feel under attack for BOTH doing what they felt was right - it's just two sides of opinion.
(ღExpecting#4 - like I said, please don't feel attacked by anything I've said, I really do hope you got the advice you need and I certainly do hope you are feeling better and it was nothing serious. Don't let anybody on a website ever make you feel bad about yourself or your intentions - I do believe you were just asking opinions and so on. ~RedFraggle~ - I was just voicing my opinion on the whole medical forum thread issue, I'm sure you have thoughts and views of your own, I was just calling it how I see it)
(don't you love how I either over-applogise everytime I voice my OPINION or I add a disclaimer to people at the bottom...silly me, I just like to keep the peace)