I get asked quite a bit for specific treatment recommendations. People will tell me a few medication details and then ask what to do, or someone will ask what my experience has been on a certain treatment.
My answer is always the same: only your doctor is qualified to talk to you about your treatment as they know your personal history and health. My experience is only one person’s and cannot be generalized to any other person.
And that is the right answer. But unfortunately, it’s one people don’t want to give (or get).
A clear example is seen on Patients Like Me, a web site designed for patient-to-patient communication.