Internet search engines are often the best tools for information gathering. Even if you're not experienced in a certain field, you can easily obtain basic information to form useful conversation and in many cases help people to find solutions to their problems.

Of course, you should encourage visiting doctors, even visiting more than one doctor.

I heard a good saying a while ago: “When the doctor says there is no cure for you, change the doctor”.

Unfortunately these days there are many doctors who work in cooperation with the drug industry and who may prescribe you drugs that may not help you at all. Such behaviour will help them earn provision for each drug they refer you to. So, it's always good to consult different doctors whenever you have the chance.

Another thing that might be useful for many diseases and disorders are natural and alternative remedies. Natural/herbal medicine has a long history in human kind and there are many medicinal herbs in the nature that you can obtain for free in the mountains and forests. Some of them you can even grow at your own homes.

To increase their profit, the drug industry discredit many of these in order to push their own expensive products. The knowledge is power.

I'll pinpoint some useful tips that could help you to perform successful search and knowledge gathering:

1. Use search engines ( such as www.google.com , www.yahoo.com ) as a first step.

2. Define keywords; if you're looking for more information about specific topic, you should extract 2-3 keywords that the best represent the topic you're looking for; you can type-in conditions (pain in abdomen, headache, can't sleep...), drug names (Zoloft, Proenzi, Viagra...), disease/disorder name, treatments for ..., methods for ..., cure for ..., natural remedy for ..., and similar variations.

3. Search engine will return you tons of results. Don't click immediately on the first result search engine throws at you. Try to determine the quality of the content by looking into short descriptions below the link in the search engine result page. If the short description is useful, there's a great possibility that the full page is useful too. If the short description is awkward or contains words such as buy, best offer, shop, cheap, copyright or any other unrelated words, pass over this link. This will save you a lot of time during your research.

4. While you write posts on forum, ask additional questions about the symptoms. This may help you in your search.

5. Avoid copy/paste information from other sites. Just read the information and then express it in your own words. This will help you to remember this useful info (there's a big chance you'll need it again later) and won't put us in risk for copyright issues. Try to involve as much as possible different sources while constructing your story.

I hope you find some of the tips useful.

This thread should be a central point for tips exchange between supporters (other members with good ideas are welcome as well), so you're encouraged to post your own findings and tips.