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mabri"When I was diagnosed about 18 months ago with fibromyalgia, I didn't know where to turn. I got on my computer and looked for a support group where I could talk to other people with the same disease and get some help...Information, suggestions, mostly just what I can do now that I have this.....disorder/disease/syndrome...I didn't even know what to call it. I found MDJ, and yes, there was a support group for fibro. I started a post, and figured I would never get an answer. However, very quickly I was welcomed in, and became really involved in the group. I received help, support, friendship and the feeling of being truly cared about by these strangers who had become like family to me. Now, I have been here for about a year and a half...I have become a group leader, and love every minute of it. It is so wonderful to be able to help others. I still receive help and answers from the members in this group. The fibromyalgia is where I go to help, support, listen, care and even laugh. I don't know what I would do without this group." (mabri)

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Infectious Diseases Support Groups

Caused by various bacteria, viruses, fungi, or other multiply celled parasites, infectious diseases are typically spread from person to person by various methods. These methods include airborne, sexual contact, direct contact, food contamination, and mother to fetus. Less commonly, infectious diseases can also be transmitted to humans by other species, such as insects, ticks, and mosquitoes.

Becoming an active participant of an online infectious disease support group can help those individuals suffering from a particular infectious disease get in touch with other patients sharing the same types of diseases or concerns. Online infectious disease support groups are designed with different age groups in mind such as adults, parents of young children, older children, teenagers, and the elderly. Some infectious diseases are much more common and more easily spread than others. An online support group helps infected people stay up-to-date on the latest news concerning current research and effective treatment methods related to their specific diseases.

Unfortunately, many sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) still have a certain amount of stigma attached to them. Within online infectious disease support groups, STD patients can obtain informed answers to highly personal questions they may have and share their experiences. They can do so without feeling judged since others likely have exactly the same private concerns. In addition, group members can prevent future infectious transmission by becoming educated on the latest recommended safe sexual practices.

General Effects of Infectious Diseases on the Body

Signs and symptoms are disease specific. However, common generalized signs and symptoms of infectious diseases include the following:

  • Lack of appetite
  • Fever
  • Extreme tiredness or fatigue
  • Muscle aches and pains

More severe signs and symptoms, warranting immediate medical attention include:

  • Sustaining an animal bite
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Cough lasting longer than one week
  • Severe headache accompanied by fever and/or seizures
  • Rash and/or swelling
  • An unexplained high fever

Types of Infectious Diseases

  • Bacterial Infections: Strep throat, urinary tract infection, tuberculosis, etc.
  • Viral Infections: Common cold, HIV/AIDS, etc.
  • Fungal Infections: Ringworm, athlete's foot, etc. Other kinds of fungi affect the lungs and/or nervous system.
  • Parasites: Malaria, dengue fever, etc.
MDJunction Offers Support

At MDJunction, we have close to forty online support groups covering a wide range of infectious diseases including:

  • Chicken Pox
  • Genital Herpes
  • Pneumonia
  • Shingles
  • STDs in Teens
  • Lyme disease
  • Avian Flu
  • Polio

We're always looking to expand and open more groups. We'll be happy to hear from you if you'd like to Start your own Support Group.
Disclaimer: The information provided in MDJunction is not a replacement for medical diagnosis, treatment, or professional medical advice.
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