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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 11/6/2008 10:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Today I went on google to search for a giant heating pad and found a post from our forum right on the front page.  I figured that no one would read what was written here unless they came to the  forum.   That is important info, so we don't write anything we don't want appearing on people's search engines.  It is a good thing real names are not allowed.

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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 11/6/2008 11:31 PM (GMT -7)   
:P From experience... don't include your real name anywhere and if possible if you are going to activly suscribe to a blog try to use an email that doesn't use your name in it.
Diagnosed with Fibro - October 2008

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Date Joined Apr 2004
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   Posted 11/7/2008 1:59 AM (GMT -7)   
If you go to the bottom of this page and click on the "Details" word in the Who's Online section you will see about a kabillion Guest Visitors on the list. Those are 99% search engine bots looking for applicable words for searches. If you type your online name into a search engine it will probably show up as a HealingWell link. It's just the way the bots work.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 11/7/2008 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I know, when I was researching my facial pain, I got redirected right back to a post I had written here! I think it just goes to show you how popular this site is ;)
Waiting for appointment with rheumy (March 2009) to get an official dx. waiting, waiting, waiting....
Taking malic acid/magnesium combo, what a life saver! and amitriptyline

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 11/7/2008 12:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I realized this about 2 weeks ago when I googled something, too.  However, I wasn't paying attention and mistakenly googled what I was looking for at the top of the HW page.  (I'm using my mom's computer and still haven't figured out this stupid thing). mad   Anyway, I never use my real name or post my picture (on other sites).  Big brother is always watching! eyes
FINALLY dxd on 06/13/08
Vicodin, Neurontin, Ibuprofen for pain-which doesn't help, BTW
Zoloft & methadone (NOT for pain) for sanity-which doesn't help, BTW
Klonopin for anxiety (Guess what?  Doesn't help!)
Chantix to try to quit smoking (started 08/20/08)
"I'll take the Chivas instead"
-Kelly Clarkson

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 11/8/2008 5:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't think it is a bad thing.... that is how i found this site.. but I have to agree that putting anything personal is not a good idea.. most sites that have you register always tell you not to use your realname
But yes makes you wonder what else is on the web about you
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