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Whats this health board for exactly?

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
It should say in big letters at the top.

No body on here is a doctor, this forum is for discussing issues to see if anyone else has had an experience, and obviously if you were really concerned you would visit the doctor. Or perhaps you have an appointment but wanted to chat about it online whilst you're at work.

Then the Mods wouldn't have to keep trolling around saying people should visit the doctors. The reason I post this is because I don't understand the usefulness of this board otherwise.

A couple of other points:-

Most GPs don't know half of the conditions that people can suffer from, they can see if your heads been hacked off, or look into your eyes to see if you have excess pressure on your brain. Take your blood pressure etc, half the time they care not as long as you're not gonna take them to court or die leaving them negligent. The good GPs will refer you for tests or even to a specialist, its rare that you get unusual tests like CT scans as these are expensive and most surgerys can't/won't pay. If you get a good GP they might send you away with some guidelines to check yourself if you're about to die, and in the mean time do some research on your behalf.

Perhaps they even go onto medical discussion forums for hints at possible diagnosis....and perchance that is what this board is for layman wise.

Of course if its a legal matter for the site...then fair play, but its pretty useless otherwise.

And its annoying.

And its demoralising for those who post in response about their own experiences.

Comments

  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I second that Dan, ive been told off on here for saying I thought someones symptoms sounded typical of depression. Apparently I shouldnt have said that as there are other things it could have been (obviously). What is the point, if the only thing youre allowed to say is `see a doctor`.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I guess sometimes people can identify with a problem and say try product 'x' and if it doesn't work go to a doctor, which I spose could save them a trip to the GP. Other than that, people can share general lifestyle tips and stuff, but I agree that there is a possibility that people could be unecessarily worried, and that is not a pleasant feeling.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Dan you are right!

    I have often wondered why people bother because without fail a mod will simply say 'none of us are doctors, please see your GP' which makes the whole thread pointless!!!!!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    It is not always that someone needs to see a doctor though is it. I remember someone made a post asking for help with sore lips or nose I gave them the advice they needed which was purely using vaseline, this has worked for many people. Hopefully they took the advice and didnt need to take up a doctors valuable time.
    Sometimes people post here before they contact a doctor purely because they dont know wether they should go to see a doctor with a problem they have, they may need us to say "hey id really speak to a doctor about that" sometimes people need a gentle push just to get them to the doctors.
    Everyone knows we are not doctors but sometimes just having someone to speak to who maybe has had the same condition before can give advice on the topic and maybe help someone who is have a worrying time with a particular problem.
    As im sure we all agree......a problem shared is a problem halved :)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Dan, u dont sound very optimistic
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I'll second Becky, I think this forum is pretty useful, and it can give people a push to go see the doctor when they might not otherwise. It also helps with minor problems, like I remember posting for help about piercings. Stuff you really don't need to take up doctor's time for.

    People know we're not doctors, but most of us have some kind of useful advice to give, which is beneficial surely. It's somewhere people can just share similar experiences too so they feel less alone, for example the depression sticky that DJP did. Surely the health forum is not 'useless' therefore.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    You don't have to be a doctor to offer support.

    Sometimes being able to sympathise or offer opinions based on experience is enough.

    That's the role of this forum.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Yeah I know what the idea of the forum is, and I too agree that sometimes people just want some empathy.

    WHICH IS WHY I WROTE THE THREAD

    Coz we try to empathise, try to offer advice, everyone knows we're not doctors but still the mods kick people in the teeth with posts such as:-

    The siters don't know shit, go and see a doctor.....

    End of thread..

    Thats what I was asking about.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Optimistic_Dan
    Yeah I know what the idea of the forum is, and I too agree that sometimes people just want some empathy.

    WHICH IS WHY I WROTE THE THREAD

    Coz we try to empathise, try to offer advice, everyone knows we're not doctors but still the mods kick people in the teeth with posts such as:-

    The siters don't know shit, go and see a doctor.....

    End of thread..

    Thats what I was asking about.

    *Agrees*
  • DomDom Deactivated Posts: 344 The Mix Regular
    We hear what you're saying: the health forum does have a more limited function than some of the others do, but this is only because it's a potentially more dangerous field to be sharing views in. We just have to be more careful because the consequences of 'wrong' advice could be devastating.

    However, I think the forum does provide a real opportunity for users to seek reassurance that in most cases, they will be OK. This reassurance from other users can be brilliant in dealing with anxiety and can give others the confidence to go seek professional help.

    I also think the thread on Self-Harm and Depression is a pretty good example of how users sharing their own experiences can be something pretty amazing to read.

    We're looking at the idea of running weekly chat sessions with health professionals to compliment the peer-to-peer advice you get on the boards. Would this be useful?

    Dom
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Yes Dom, I think that would be very very helpful. :D
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Dom
    Would this be useful?

    :yes: think its a great idea.
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