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What is the Posting Policy?

Terms of Use - By accepting registration you agree to be bound by all policies, rules and Administrative and Moderator decisions, which are not for individual member's personal interpretation.

If you need emergency help in America call 911.

If you need diagnosis or professional advice please see a health professional. Members are not professionals and cannot offer professional advice.

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READERS / MEMBERS MAY NOT DIAGNOSE. Only share your own opinion or experience. MAY NOT be used for student projects or for giving professional advice. Do not reveal your health profession.

Use of the website requires Registration. Before registering please read the Copyright and Terms of Use Policy below -

Read and follow all Sticky Post reminders and moderator instructions on each board.

Use of constitutes acceptance of all Terms, Rules, Policies, Guidelines, Disclaimer, and Administrative decisions.

This is an ENGLISH ONLY website. In consideration of readers that are translating from other languages, use the English language only, including your username. Use whole words. Please do not use chat or text message letters, such as U for you, R for are, cos or cuz for because, etc. No exceptions.

Do not call members impersonal terms such as OP. Address others by their username or first name only.

Some features of the vBulletin program are on or off according to the rules and policies of this website. When a feature is not accessible to you, please refer to the Posting Policy to see how it may affect you. If you find that you do not want these terms, you agree to quietly move on to websites more to your preference and not disrupt this community.

Patient opinions are to be respected. If there is a problem on a post click Report Post to alert moderators. Do not post to chastise others.

Each health topic board is for the people who HAVE the illness. The boards are not place to vent or discuss dealing with others who have the board topic health problem. Share your OWN health story, not someone else's.

There are boards specifically for family & friends of those with illness/problems - 'Family & Friends' boards, Caretakers, Parenting, Relationship Health, Mental Health.


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Before contacting admin, first read the entire Posting Policy. If needed, email board use questions to Administrator - always include your exact username and your registered email address. Please email one time and wait your turn for a reply. You will get a reply at the earliest possible convenience.

RULE ENFORCEMENT: The Terms of Use and Posting Policy are enforced and updated and do not expire. Moderator rule enforcement is to get your attention to learn and follow the rules on your own. Failure to do so can result in permanent loss of board use.

The number of views does not reflect how many have board access.
No one is obligated to reply, so be sure that you posted on the appropriate board and be patient with members who are dealing with their own problems.

One registration is allowed per person.
Only the registered person is to use the registration.
The member is responsible for any misuse of his/her membership.
Be aware that a suspension will affect everyone using the same computer.

Be safe. This site is public and can be read by anyone. It is never safe to post private or legally sensitive information unless you use websites completely anonymously. You are responsible for what you post. Use of this website requires using an anonymous username that you do not use elsewhere. Do not register a username that you use on other websites. Do not post names of family or friends or other identifying information. Posts that go onto search engines may remain there for years.

All rules apply to blogs & posts. (Please read How to Share Information, see below).


The MESSAGE BOARDS are for PATIENT TO PATIENT peer support, only. Do not post to ask for or offer professional advice or for doctor's names. Likewise, do not post professional information for any reason.

The BLOG feature is only to journal your own health related experience. In Blogs, do not request comments or ask questions.

BOARD USE - Before Posting on a board, read the informative Sticky Posts that may be posted above the posted messages. The boards are not for advertising anything, ranting about governments, nations, laws, organizations, business, religion, race, gender, nationality, specific people or any other information that is against the Posting Policy).

Start and use your own New Threads to discuss your own subjects and ask your own questions. No one is obligated to reply. Do not add your own health questions onto other threads. Only use other member's threads to support the thread originator (the person that started the thread). Do not hijack threads for your own purposes.

Please only use a username that you don't use elsewhere, or your first name, no surnames. To protect privacy do not include other people's real names in your posts.

Share suggestions, only. No member is to act as board leader or expert on what another member needs. Remember, readers do not know you.

Posts become the property of this website to be edited, moved or deleted as deemed to best serve the community.

Please use the closest appropriate board topic. Save a copy of your own posts that you wish to keep.

GENERAL WEBSITE USE (Requests that are not within the rules will always be denied.)

Posts, profiles and usernames may be corrected or deleted without warning. Moderators enforce the rules and will forward any inquiries to Administrator.

Members are responsible to learn and follow all rules and instructions on your own.

Disrespectful communication to or about rule enforcers or members is cause for permanent ban.

Upon registering, you agree and commit to be subject to all Rules, Terms, Policies, and Disclaimer, including all administrative and moderator decisions and instructions, which are not up for member personal interpretation or debate.

Infractions & Suspensions:
Infractions notices are reminders, not punishment. Infractions messages are private communications, from Admin or Moderators to members. However, there is no obligation to give a reminder before an infraction or suspension. Breaking rules may result in the membership being cancelled.

Good posts never negate disallowed posts.

Members have no authority to instruct other members if, what or where to post. Do not assume authority over other members. Either ignore those posts or click Report Post so that correct instruction may be provided.

Use of "Report Post".
Do report abusive posts.
Do not post defensively to inappropriate posts.
Do not report posts with advertising URLs. We get instant email notice. If advertising has no URL, feel free to report those.
Do not report posts just because you disagree with the opinion.
Do not post to debate or argue member opinions. Post your own opinions without referring to other opinions.
Do not engage in side discussion on other member's threads. This is called hijacking (start your own New Thread).

This is not a consensus website. Do not comment on or refer to other members' opinions in your own posts.

Private Messaging; off board contact -

Do not post to request or offer off-board contact. Posting to request or offer any kind of contact attracts spammers and will be treated like advertising, and website access may be terminated.

Private Messaging (PM) is available only to long term members, and is not available to Newbies.

When PM is OFF, access will be denied. Do not request or ask about it.

If PM is ON you may PM the established member one time to see if your PM is accepted. If so, then PM the member again to request permission before sending any product or service information. Otherwise the member may report your message as spam which can result in termination of your membership.

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Use an Avatar or Profile Picture that expresses your personality; your own or any person's real photograph or identifying information is not allowed.

The message boards are to be used Anonymously
Your username must not personally identify you .
(Read the FAQ 'how to')

Usernames that are not within the rules or are deemed to be identifying or inappropriate may be changed or suspended without notice.

Common first names are OK, however, posting identifying names, dates or locations can negatively affect your employment, health insurance, and legal issues. Do not compromise your identity and personal information. Edit your posts/blog if you entered compromising info. Posts topics cannot be removed from search engines.

NO free advertising of any kind is permitted in any place on this website, for any reason. Multiples of same or similar messages will be deemed to be advertising.

Do not post any unapproved website name or URL for any reason. A website may be deemed to be a commercial website regardless of its information. This includes social media, your own website, sites with forums, and medical and news websites.

Whether or not you personally or financially benefit, any kind of information in your profile, signature, blogs, or posts that name, promote or advertise free or commercial services, resources, videos, websites, apps, forums, blogs, clinical trials, fund raising, surveys, or products will be treated as advertisement. (See How to Share Information, below.)

Please use the closest appropriate board topic.

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Please carefully read these additional rules for participating on the Healthboards Message Boards and Blogs

Reach Out Before You Feel Alone or Suicidal


Please feel free to talk about depression and let members here encourage you and help you discover solutions to problems.

Do not reply to posts expressing death wish or a suicide ideation. Report those posts so they can be given immediate help. RESOURCES >IF YOU ARE HAVING SUICIDAL THOUGHTS OR ARE WANTING TO DIE please do not try to handle it alone.

Do not post about those subjects on the boards or in Blogs as it can be triggering to readers that are already suffering. The boards are NOT an appropriate place for posting that you want to die or to discuss suicidal thoughts, hurting others or hurting yourself. Such posts are inappropriate and will be removed. RESOURCES:

Befrienders International - Helplines in over 40 countries, self tests, signs of suicidal thoughts.

In the US, American Association of Suicidology - National telephone helpline with trained counselors. 1-800-SUICIDE

Or, in the US, immediately call 911, or call a hospital, local police, or contact a professional suicide counselor immediately.

If you need help finding mental health services and support in your community contact: National Mental Health Association Information Center:

If in UK or Ireland you may access

1-800-273-TALK It's the teen suicide/depression/loneliness hotline.

National Suicide Hotline 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255)

National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-SAFE (800-799-7233)

National Child Abuse Hotline 800-4-A-CHILD (800-422-4453)

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Use Good Personal Judgment

Members and Moderators are patients, not healthcare professionals.

No member is to act as a board leader or expert or determine what another member needs.

NEVER rely on information or opinions to replace necessary personal consultation with qualified health or medical professionals. This forum is only for support, empowerment, sharing personal experiences and entertainment.

Remember that what is right or has worked for one person may not be what is right for you. Your personal set of circumstances will always influence what's best or right for you. Talk with your physician or personal health professional about the benefits, risks and costs of various options and alternatives in order to make an informed, confident personal choice.

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Don't Be Afraid To Post

If you're new to our community, taking the step for the first time to post publicly to a message board can sometimes seem intimidating. Don't be afraid to jump into a discussion. We have a very supportive community that serves up heavy doses of encouragement and enthusiasm. While we hope that you'll become an active participant and join in our discussions, you're welcome, of course, to simply hang out silently until you feel more comfortable posting a message.

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Respect Privacy, Be Safe; Do Not Post Identifying Information

Do not post details of legal issues or court cases. Posting or revealing identifying details about a legal case can be used against you in a court of law. Likewise do not slander any business or person by name.

Respect others' privacy when they are Inactive. When or if they want to return is soon enough to reconnect.

Do not post your own or other people's identifying info or real names.

If you are under age 17, do not post your age. Post that you are a teen. Use the Teen Health Boards, and if age 16-19, you may use Sexual Health-Teen.

Please be safe: keep personal information private and remind your children to do so, too. When a reader sees your names and location, it is not hard at all to discover where you live from information on local public records. Remember that posts are picked up by search engines and may circulate on the World Wide Internet for years to be read by anyone in the world.

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How to Share Information

Stay on the board health topic, and share your own experience that is pertinent to the board topic and a thread originator's subject.

Do not post sex act details on any board for any reason.

Specific description of illegal activities is not for this website.

Do not post pictures of genitals, body fluids or waste, identifying features or any real person's picture.

Do not name any public persons or professionals. This site is not for seeking referrals.

Discussion of any and all federally illegal substance use is limited to the Addiction Recovery Board, only in regard to recovery.

Do not post, promote or advertise videos, message boards, forums, social media or other meeting websites. When PM is not available to here, respect that.

Do not post book titles, authors, research studies, college or school projects, or polls for any reason.

Politics are off-topic. Do not name or post negative comments about countries, states, specific professionals or public figures for any reason.

United States .gov website URLs are allowed.

NOT all .org or .edu sites or other country sites may be posted. Email a request to Administrator.

Do not copy and paste anything from outside resources or websites.

Multiple same or similar posts will be deemed to be advertising.

Do not copy and post songs, poems, stories, articles, etc, whether your own or anyone else's.

If you are unsure whether something is allowed, you may request possible preapproval by emailing Administrator

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Have fun, Get Serious, Be Yourself

Be yourself! As long as it is within the terms of use, there are no other rules about how best to get in touch with yourself and others. Share your joys and laughter, tears and fears. This is the key to connecting with others who understand it is OK to just be yourself.

If you're feeling alone or hurting, don't be afraid to share. If you're rejoicing about the results of a recent medical test or treatment, share that too. If something funny happened to you today that can help lighten others' hearts, we want to hear about it so that we can laugh too. Sharing who you are is healthy medicine at

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Agree to Disagree

DO NOT CRITIQUE POSTED OPINION or ATTACK ANYONE. Others are entitled to have their own opinions and to make their own choices. Negative communications to or about members are inappropriate.

This is not a place to post slanderous or hateful statements about anything. Comments about sexual preference or orientation, gender, race, color, religious beliefs, nationality, or DISABILITY -- are not permitted.

BEFORE you post a message that may embarrass, humiliate or harass a person or group of people, stop and THINK first! Harassing communications are deemed to be any words that may cause distress, embarrassment, unwanted attention or other discomfort. If you feel attacked by a member, please click to report that post and don't post about it.

What is good for you may not be the answer for another. NO one is to act as an expert on what is appropriate for someone else. SUPPORT OTHERS in their health decisions for themselves. Providing your opinion should be polite, and not result in disparaging remarks or religious discussion, or one-upsmanship. Both medical and alternative solution opinions belong on the boards. Even if you disagree with an idea, it still may be the solution for another. Decisions about health and well-being are highly personal, individual choices. If you disagree with a person's post or opinion, do not debate it. You may state your opinion to the thread originator, once, then move on without argument.

Likewise, expect to get some opinions you may not like or find helpful. If so take what you want and ignore the rest. Do not attack members that took time to reply.

When a member asks for support only, please respect the request; do not reply with contradictory comments.

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Do not SHOUT

Let it out, but don't SHOUT at one another. Shouting online (typing in all capital letters) is deemed to be rude and difficult to read. To others, especially individuals with some types of disabilities, typing in all caps (or in all lower case) is a necessity (Using the shift key can be a struggle for a lot of folks). However, if it is necessary, please use all lower case letters. Be sure to inform others so they understand.

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Welcome Newcomers

When newcomers arrive, please welcome them to the community. Help new folks to become involved.

Post to all readers: do not indulge in cliquey, general subject threads. Posts that call out to others to center around a group of members are inappropriate.

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Keep Posts Clean

Do not post obscene or vulgar language, or describe explicit sex acts. There may be places where suggestive, explicit, obscene or vulgar language, graphics or behavior, or gender discussion is permitted, but is not one of them.
Posts that are deemed in any way to be inappropriate, or that solicit or offer explicit or X-rated GIFs, JPEGs or other graphic files will be deleted. Usernames with sexual, violent, or negative implication/content will be blocked.

(Post messages about health of gender body parts on the appropriate Women's Or Men's Health Boards, and address sexuality only on a Sexual Health Board. Read and follow the Sticky Posts above the Threads. )

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Share Only In Your Own Words.

Copying & pasting Information that is not your own is not permitted.

Such posts will be removed as soon as possible.

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Avoid Duplicate Posts (Cross-Posting)

Do not post similar or same messages more than once on a message board or blog. Duplicate messages may be deemed to be advertising. Post your message in the forum that most closely relates to your message subject and allow time for the others to see and respond to your post. Or, email administrator to request that your post be moved to a different board topic. Duplicate messages will be removed as soon as possible.

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Re-read the rules regularly as they may be updated.

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