Patient Comments FAQs
What are Patient Comments?
Patient Comments are a collection of comments submitted by viewers in
response to a question posed by a MedicineNet doctor or the editorial team. The
question may vary from topic to topic and is meant to create a discussion
related to the topic. Our goal is to incorporate what patients know by providing readers with valuable knowledge
based on the experiences of people familiar with the topic.
Where can I find Patient Comments?
Patient Comments are connected to topics. A link to a specific Patient
Discussion can be found at the bottom of some of the Diseases and Conditions and
Procedures and Tests articles (not all articles have questions). This link is in a question box below the featured
To view the collection of questions and answers, please visit the
Patient Comments A-Z List.
Do I need to sign up to participate?
No, you do not need to sign up to participate. Since all comments are
anonymous, we do not require an email address, registration, login, or any other
information for you to participate.
How do I submit my comment to be part of the
In the question box, there is a "Submit Your Comment" button. Clicking on
this button takes you to a submission form page. On this form, you can enter
your comment. You'll then need to check the agreement check box and finally the
Submit Your Comment button. You will see a Thank You confirmation page after
your comment has been submitted.
Will my comment be immediately
No, your comment will not be published immediately. It will first go through
an editorial review process, and if it's accepted, it will be published within a
Are all comments published?
No, not all comments submitted are published. During the review process, our
editors will select the comments that best address the question and provide an
educational benefit to others.
Please keep these guidelines in mind when writing your comments:
- Please make sure you address the question asked.
- Due to the overwhelming number of comments received, not all comments
will be published.
- When selecting comments to publish, our staff will choose those that are
educational and complement the topic. Please try to stay on topic.
- We do not provide medical or health-care advice, treatment, or
How will I know if my comment has been
We will not notify you if your comment has been published. We suggest that
you check back on the topic article regularly.
I see that my comment was published, but it was
Your comment may be edited. We would typically edit comments to make them clearer and more readable. We will remove personal information such as last names, email and web addresses, and other potentially harmful information.
Can I reply to someone else's comment?
We recommend that you not reply to someone else's comment. The Patient
Discussion area is not meant to be a message board but rather a series of
responses to the question being presented. We do encourage you to share your
experiences in your own words.
Will a MedicineNet doctor respond to my
No, we do not provide medical or health-care advice, treatment, or
diagnosis. For more information see the
MedicineNet Terms and Conditions
and the MedicineNet Privacy
How long (amount of text) should my comment be?
We have no set limit to the length your comment can be although they
typically tend to be a paragraph or two in length. Please keep your comments on
topic to the question.
Can I include my email address or links to web
No, we will either remove these from your comment or your comment will not
Why is the published date a different date
then when I submitted my comment?
We use a published date to represent when the comment was published on the
MedicineNet site. Since we review every comment, there might be a delay from when a
comment is submitted and when it is published.
On the submission page, why do you
ask for optional information about the patient?
This optional information is displayed above the comment when it is published on
the site. The purpose is to provide useful background information to other
readers of the comments. This includes gender and age range of the patient and a
screen name. Please note that the screen name will appear next to the published
comment. Please do not include your full name or an email address - if we do
notice this, we will edit this to keep your comment anonymous.
Why have the comment submissions on some Patients Comments questions ended?
When the Patient Comments responses for a question are over 20 comments (or
around 4 pages), the submission function is closed. You can identify when
submissions have ended by seeing a message below the question that reads
"Comment submissions for this question have ended" . Even though submissions
have ended, you can still read all the responses from viewers to the question.