– the health website where you can finally finding useful, reliable health information fast, easy and free. – the health website where you can finally finding useful, reliable health information fast, easy and free.

You have a question about your health problem and nobody to answer you, 

You have been misdiagnosed by your physician,

You dont know why some medicine have been prescribed to you,

You want to know more information about side effects of some medicine,

All of these questions and many others can have a useful, reliable health information fast, easy and free from thousands of the best doctors in the U.S. on

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Our mission


We’re dedicated to improving people’s health and well-being by providing our users with personalized health information and free online and mobile answers from thousands of the best doctors in the U.S. Our goal is to help people better understand health, make more informed health decisions and find the very best doctors.

We’re also committed to our doctors. We want to help doctors better serve existing patients, find new ones and build their reputations by demonstrating their expertise online.

We believe that everyone has the right to free, reliable, and independent health information. We also believe that the most trustworthy health information comes from medical experts and that the best health decisions take into account unbiased expert knowledge, community insights and relevant data.

We’ve created HealthTap to reflect these beliefs, and to be available to you, anytime and anywhere.

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How it all started


HealthTap began with the realization that it’s hard to find straightforward, trustworthy answers to personal health questions online. When we do find health information, it’s often general and rarely relevant. Even if it might be useful, it’s hard to know if it’s trustworthy.

As a result, most people who find health information online report that it’s of no help at all or very little help. (See 2010 Pew Internet study and graph) This is a big problem. Health is one of the biggest categories on the Internet (Google alone serves over 1.4 billion health searches a month). What does this mean? That lots of people are seeking credible health information online, but very few are receiving helpful answers.

We created HealthTap to provide a smart solution to this big, big problem — to make finding useful, reliable health information fast, easy and free.

Doconnect-healthtapscirclesoftrust-black-logo-smallDOConnect is listing and interactive map feature on HealthTap available through any doctor’s HealthTap Profile page. It displays a list of the referral network of doctors and the doctors who treat the same patients at the same time. The infographic above shows a snapshot of Northern California doctors and their referrals, where each doctor is represented by a blue dot and the connecting lines represent a referral.

Where we are today

With HealthTap, millions of people everywhere can find answers to their health questions from the right U.S.-licensed doctors for them, including leading doctors in their area. Read what members and doctors are saying! »

HealthTap shows both the diversity of the medical community (by allowing different doctors to answer the same question), as well as the consensus within it (by allowing doctors to review answers and vote up the ones they agree with).

We also categorize and organize the world’s best health information, unlocking the wisdom of doctors and creating, for the first time, immediate access to relevant, reliable and trusted health content that is kept current through daily contributions from top doctors.

We’re also enabling revolutionary new mobile and online connections between doctors and patients, reviving the spirit of the house call through technological innovation. Patients and doctors can now store and share medical documents through private and HIPAA-secure conversations with between specific patients and doctors of their choosing. On HealthTap there are innovative ways to find and connect with the right doctors, with information like the HealthTap DocScore, Known fors and other powerful data-driven tools.

With over 50,000 doctors in our Medical Expert Network and immediate access to HealthTap via web and mobile platforms, we’ve already changed the way people find health information online and interact with their doctors. And we plan to keep doing just that.

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The TEAM behind


Executive team

PicronRon GutmanFounder & CEORon is HealthTap’s Founder and CEO. He’s responsible for the company’s innovation, vision, and product. Prior to founding HealthTap, Ron was the founder and CEO of a leading online consumer health 2.0 company that developed the world’s largest community of independent health writers and became one of the largest health sites on the Internet, serving more than 100 million users (acquired in early 2009).+ See more
PicgeoffDr. Geoff RutledgeCo-Founder & Chief Medical Information OfficerGeoff is HealthTap’s co-founder and Chief Medical Information Officer. He is responsible for the architecture of HealthTap’s Medical Knowledge Base. Prior to joining HealthTap, Geoff served as the Chief Medical Officer and the Executive Vice President of Product Development at ePocrates, as the Chief Medical Officer of Wellsphere, and created the first consumer health site at Healtheon (WebMD). Additionally, Geoff has served as the Chief of Medical Informatics in Emergency Medicine for Harvard University teaching hospital Beth Israel, and on the clinical faculty in Emergency Medicine at Stanford University and UCSD.+ See more
PicseanSean K. MehraHead of ProductSean is HealthTap’s Head of Product. He is responsible for taking product ideas and feedback from concept to market, and into the hands of millions of patients and doctors around the world. Sean is an engineer, designer, and serial technology entrepreneur. Prior to HealthTap, Sean was the co-founder of PayoutHub, a social game-monetization platform (acquired in 2009), and the co-founder and COO of GXStudios (GoCrossCampus and PickTeams), a venture-backed pioneer of online team-based casual games. Sean has also worked with leading health and technology firms. Sean also co-founded and led the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, the University’s official incubator and fellowship program for entrepreneurs. Sean has a technical background in UIUX development and design, and holds inventions in the fields of oral drug delivery, urinary incontinence, genetic testing, and polymer nanocomposites.+ See more
PicsastrySastry NanduriCo-Founder & CTOSastry is HealthTap’s co-founder and CTO. He is responsible for HealthTap’s innovative technology platform. Prior to joining HealthTap, Sastry served as Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President at Wellsphere, the CTO of HealthCentral, and the former Director of Software Development at Microvision. Sastry has lead technology teams to build market-leading products and tools, including ERwin, the world’s most popular data modeling software.+ See more
PicmichaelMichael NicholsChief Privacy Officer, General Counsel, & Business Development DirectorMichael is HealthTap’s Chief Privacy Officer, General Counsel, and Business Development Director. He is responsible for HealthTap’s privacy and legal policies, the company’s legal affairs, and for HealthTap’s business development. For over a dozen years, Michael has provided legal counsel and services to innovative technology companies, from early-stage startups to Fortune 100 companies. Prior to joining HealthTap, Michael served as an attorney with national law firms in Silicon Valley, as general counsel to high technology companies, and as pro-bono counsel to Singularity University. Additionally, Michael has served as a Judge Pro Tem in Santa Clara County, and as a judicial clerk in the Washington D.C. Court of Appeals. At Yale Law School, Michael was an editor of the Yale Law and Policy Reviewand of the Yale Law and Technology Symposium.+ See more
PicjeffDr. Jeff LivingstonMedical DirectorDr. Jeff Livingston is HealthTap’s Medical Director. He is a national thought leader and speaker on doctor adoption of social media. He has been a doctor at MacArthur OB/GYN since 2003 in Irving, Texas. He previously served as Chairman of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Baylor Medical Center of Irving. Several national publications, including USA Today, Wired magazine, and Physicians Practice have featured his combined use of Facebook, Twitter and a secure patient portal to effectively communicate with patients and to better meet their everyday healthcare needs.+ See more

Support Groups for People Suffering of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia

Support Groups for People Suffering of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia


People with FM and/or CFS/ME often feel alone with their disease and with the everyday struggles their medical condition brings to their lives. We all need to know we’re not alone in our pain and suffering. Often, the best medicine can be laughter shared between people like “us”, people with FM and/or CFS/ME.

The following groups meet online only. They offer help for people unable to leave home for an actual support group meeting. Many of these groups offer monthly newsletters, research, information, and forums for people with FM and/or CFS/ME. Groups can vary in size.

The groups below are listed in alphabetical order by group name.

 Group Name  Description
Action for ME Support for ME patients in the UK.
AFFTER – (Advocates for Fibromyalgia Funding, Treatment, Education and Research)
A Non-Profit, 501(c)(3) Organization that is on a mission to help those with FMS and related illnesses: We participate in awareness activities; coordinate educational events and offer the educational literature to patients and general community; support the patient population with on-line groups and resources; and organize charitable events to raise funds for fibromyalgia research and
CFIDS Assoc. of America Working to conquer Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome.
CFS/FM Online Support, Referrals, & Resources
Pat Gurnick, CLC (Psychotherapist, Healer, Empath, recovered from CFS/FM) is located in Boulder, Colorado. She offers free online support, referrals and resources. You can also email her for guidance.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Support Group
A community of patients, family members and friends dedicated to dealing with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, together.
Chronic Pain Conditions
This group has been created for those who suffer from RSD-Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, Chronic Pain conditions, Fibromyalgia etc.
Chronic Pain Support Group A community of patients, family members and friends dedicated to dealing with Chronic Pain, together.
CNY Fibromyalgia Support Group
Support and discussion monthly. For those that have Fibromyalgia, CFS or Lupus, all welcomed. This group is not always serious but a fun group with great tips.
Daily Strength – Support Community People sharing their advice, treatment experiences, and support.
EDSAUS – Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome in Australia We are the primary Australian support and awareness group for people with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and their loved ones. Many people who have EDS are also diagnosed with FM, CFS or both. All information on EDSAUS is public.
The Environmental Illness Resource The Environmental Illness Resource is an information resource and interactive community site for people suffering from a range of chronic multi-system illnesses (e.g. ME/CFS/Fibro) which are poorly understood and for which there is currently very limited healthcare available.
 Fibromyalgia Support Group
A community of patients, family members and friends dedicated to dealing with Fibromyalgia, together.
Fibro Family United Support Group of NJ
My main goal is to create a support group in Somerset/Middlesex County, New Jersey. My mission is to support others that suffer from Fibro as much as I do. To offer understanding, guidance and support. To build a foundation for more people to become aware of Fibro! We are a Fibro Family and we are United! Together we will BEAT this dreadful illness!
Fibro Mates Support Group
A community of patients, family members and friends dedicated to dealing with Fibromyalgia in the Family, together.
Fibro Pals
Website includes Fibromyalgia support group finder for the UK, information on FMS, interesting and funny videos, details of groups, when and where they meet and a fibro forum, chat room and gallery for members of the groups who join.
Fibromyalgia and CFS
With over 2500 members, this group has an amazing amount of resources to help the newly diagnosed to understand what is happening to them. This is a non-religious, non-political, worldwide support group.
Fibromyalgia Coalition International
Group meets 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month alternating between speakers and Bonding and Sharing Hope meetings.
Fibromyalgia & Lumps Support Group
A community of patients, family members and friends dedicated to dealing with Fibromyalgia & Lumps, together.
Fibromyalgia Assoc. UK
We have over 100 local support groups and help lines throughout the UK, Ireland and the Channel Isles who are there to help you on a local basis.
 Fibro Splashes – For Those Who Live with Fibromyalgia
Fibro Splash is an email discussion group, in a Christian environment, where encouragement, tips, joys and sorrows are shared from one’s experience with fibromyalgia. We welcome you and are eager to get to know you.
Fibromyalgia Support Group
A community of patients, family members and friends dedicated to dealing with Fibromyalgia, together.
Fibromyalgia Support & Understanding
Providing a positive and informative support group to serve the community. Providing information on our disease with the latest news. I am available to the members 24/7 offering a shoulder to lean on when the times are bad; a hug to know that someone cares; a ear to listen when we just need to cry out our frustrations. Discounted services offered to our group members from a Yoga instructor, message therapist, and Chiropractor services.
Fibromyalgia Teens Support Group
A community of patients, family members and friends dedicated to dealing with Fibromyalgia Teens, together.
Friends Because We Have Fibro and/or CFS/ME!
Support group for those who have Fibromyalgia and/or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Great support and wonderful information!
Friends International
FMS-CFS Friends International is a friendly cyber-community for people with chronic pain, FMS, CFS, ME and/or back pain.
Friends With Fibromyalgia & CFS
Exchange of information such as remedies and techniques for coping with Fibromyalgia & CFS, or simply to talk about how your day is going or simply to ask your fellow fibromites for advice. My goal is to make this group a fun place to come where you will not be judged.
We launched our online support newsgroup, GUAIGROUP in September, 2002. Since then, more than 2000 people have signed on and received help and support from our community. The group was established to help those wishing to reverse their fibromyalgia using R. Paul St. Amand M.D.’s guaifenesin protocol…and friends and family are welcome to join, too.
healKick is a social network for young adult patients 40-&-under with neuro-immune illnesses such as: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Sarcoidosis, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Mold-Related Illness.
ME/CFS Forums
Part of the forum is concerned with research and news, and is open to reading by the public. The other part of the forum is for support and sharing and is available only to members. We have members from all over the world.
 Men with Fibro Online Support Group
A community of patients, family members and friends dedicated to dealing with Men with Fibro, together.
National Fibromyalgia Assoc.
The National Fibromyalgia Association organization’s mission is to develop and execute programs dedicated to improving the quality of life for people affected by fibromyalgia.
Open Arms
Fibromyalgia and C.F.S. Support site. We are a small group of People who all deal with the same illness, pain, fatigue, and misunderstanding.
Young Adult Patients with ME CFS, Chronic Lyme, Fibromyalgia etc The owner is a 27-yr young man with ME/CFS and chronic lyme for the last 5 years. He recently created an online group that aims to provide a medical and social support for 40-and-under young adult patients with neuro immune disease (ME, fibromyalgia, chronic lyme, atypical MS, MCS, and mold illness.)
ProHealth Inc. Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome news, information and support.
Reaching Out Supporting those suffering from Fibromyalgia & CFS/ME
STEPS Care for Carers This is a private chat group for Carers only. The Carers share ideas and post questions to get advice from other Carers. As administrator, Steps Care for Carers also posts any information that we feel will be useful to Carers from funding opportunities to respite and everything in between. Acceptance to the group is through request and verification of your caring role.
SOFA: South Okanagan FM-ME Association Non Profit Organization with Programs and Services for those with the FM-ME/CFS and their family, community, medical community.
Foggy’s “invisible illness” Support Group Dedicated to providing support, raising awareness and promoting positivity!!
The ME Assoc. Our ME Connect volunteers provide information and practical advice & support.
TMJ Worldwide An open forum where you can discuss any issues surrounding the Tempero Mandibular Joint (TMJ) and the related health issues. This page is a collection of personal journeys and thoughts and in no way has an ‘alignment’ towards any one particular type of treatment. TMJ Worldwide’s ‘voice’ is one of the ‘sufferer’ and their personal account and experiences, it does not reflect on TMJ Worldwide specifically.