Why is my question closed as off-topic, really? (Right now it has 4 close votes, I'm sure by the time you read this it would have been closed already).
First let me introduce a bit about myself. You may observe my rep point on this site is low, that's because I'm using the "hidden community" feature of Stack Exchange. I have 36k reputation across all sites, with 26k+ on a major site which I participate on.
I had a peek on Health Meta and was surprised that this site gets so little traffic that it is near closure. I am perhaps guilty as being one of the users who supported this site through its private beta (along with another site with controversial topic - Law.SE). I left shortly after it went public, and only returned yesterday.
After asking my question and getting my response from the community here, I'm no longer surprised that this site is nearly closure. In fact it makes perfect sense. More on that later.
First let's go through my question:
- The GIST of the question is to identify some likely cause given the described symptoms.
- It's not asking for medical advise. The patient (me in this case) have already fully recovered.
- Thus there is no point in me going to a doctor asking for an explanation.
Here is what I expected as an answer:
When we wake up or sit up, we are using ______ muscles located in the chest. These muscles, together with _______ muscles in our arms, are linked together. During the sudden deceleration, your chest likely pressed against the seat belt and caused injury in them. The doctor used an x-ray scan to diagnose that you did not have any broken ribs, so released you from hospital.
In fact, I nearly get an answer in one of the comments:
On the other hand, a temporary pressure of the spine on the spinal column or spinal nerves could cause the symptoms described in the question.
This is what I'm looking for! This is why I posted. I wish to learn medical knowledge, and this post inspired me how to research further in related areas.
I'm not looking for a conclusive diagnosis. On the internet, it is impossible. Even if I were to go back to the doctor, it would be impossible as well as I have already fully recovered, and the medical report simply stated "xxx injury" (xxx being a medical term I do not understand).
Let's consider another made-up example:
I had been consuming alcohol quite frequently lately. Three weeks ago it hurts when I urinate. My urine is also reddish in color. I went to the doctor and he prescribed me drug A and drug B. I reduced my alcohol consumption and now it is getting much better.
What is my condition and how does alcohol caused my urinating pain?
Here's is an example answer I would expect (I lack medical knowledge, so please forgive me if the content does not make sense to you):
You likely suffered a rare condition known as ABC Disease. Typical symptoms include Symptom X, Symptom Y. Some patients, especially female, also suffer from Symptom Z.
ABC Disease is typically treated with Drug A, which side effects include a reduction in the desire to hammer. This side effect can be countered with Drug B.
I can't see why this post is not beneficial to Stack Exchange:
- It addresses the OP's question.
- We are not applying diagnosis here. And even if we are, we are not giving prescriptions. There is a similar concept on Law.SE and Money.SE, where we do not give individual legal advise / financial advise, but nevertheless provide an analysis of the OP's situation. Sometimes we explain why the professionals chose their actions, which the OP may need a more laymen explanation. Other times the OP needs advise on whether to go to a professional, since it can be expensive.
- The knowledge in this post is interesting and broadens the reader's knowledge.
- It is applicable to a wide audience. Even if the condition cannot be conclusively drawn from the OP's information, we can state the possibilities:
Your described symptoms match Condition A, Condition B and Condition C. Condition A is far more common as virus spread more easily. Condition B is rare, but serious. A blood test may be used to identify or rule out Condition B. Condition C is usually accompanied with other symptoms.
If you're here (after this long post), thank you. So this meta question is not really asking why my question is off-topic. My question is, what are we doing here?
I returned to a community which was very different than when I left. If this site is dedicated to medical professionals only, how is it going to find active users? Do doctors and nurses go on Stack Exchange and ask each other treatment advise? It is no wonder that no expert stay to share their knowledge.
We need to broaden the audience. General users (like me) wish to learn medical knowledge. We are not asking personal medical advise; nor are we asking you to diagnose exactly what condition we have. We wish someone to explain to us medical terms and the doctor's decisions, which can be hard to obtain during the 3~5 minutes we see the doctor.
If this site continue on its current direction, I'd say vote to close the site (is there such a thing?). There is no point putting in more effort. I mean...I don't see how this site is going to get out of it. We need a change in direction.