• Welcome to Phoenix Rising!

    Created in 2008, Phoenix Rising is the largest and oldest forum dedicated to furthering the understanding of, and finding treatments for, complex chronic illnesses such as chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), fibromyalgia, long COVID, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS), and allied diseases.

    To become a member, simply click the Register button at the top right.

Getting Started

Getting Started

Welcome to the Phoenix Rising Forums! - the largest ME/CFS forum and the largest database of articles and posts about ME/CFS on the web. Whether you're a patient, a carer, a physician, a researcher, or simply interested in finding out more about ME/CFS, we hope you'll receive a warm welcome from our community and find what you are looking for here.

This page offers new members some simple tips on how to get started as you find your way around the forums, and some ideas on how best to introduce yourself to the community.

1. Read the Forum Rules

The first thing we ask all new members to do is to read and understand the Forum Rules. By joining the forums you agree to abide by these rules, which allow us to maintain a supportive community and a respectful tone of discussion. New members who are accustomed to more relaxed Forum Rules elsewhere do occasionally find themselves breaching our rules without intending to offend, so it's important that you understand the rules in order to avoid this. It's also important to understand how and when to report posts to the moderators so that you know how to let us know of any problems you may encounter.

2. Learn how to use the Forum features

Hopefully you will find that the XenForo software we use to run the forums is very easy to use, but our User Manual will guide you through the features. It's a good idea to have a look at the Account Settings, and learn how to start private Conversations with other members.

3. Introduce Yourself

New members are required to introduce themselves in the Introduce Yourself forum.

4. Look at the latest posts

Another good place to get started and see what's happening on the forums is the New Posts page. That will show you all the latest posts.

5. Sign up for the Phoenix Rising newsletter

Phoenix Rising also has a website which you can access from the Home tab, with regular articles about ME/CFS issues. You can sign up there to receive our email newsletter (see the top right of the home page).

6. Find out more about Phoenix Rising

To find out more about Phoenix Rising, see About Phoenix Rising and learn about our history, projects, and current staff.

If you find Phoenix Rising useful, please remember that we are a registered non-profit funded by your donations, and we are staffed by volunteers who give generously of their time to help keep Phoenix Rising running. If you're would like to help us continue to provide the website, blogs, forums, and all the other exciting projects that we're developing, please consider donating or volunteering - we promise we'll make the most of whatever you are able to offer!

7. Any Questions?

Finally, if you have any questions - just ask! If you have a problem using the forums and you can't find the answer in the User Manual, you can post your question in the Technical Support Forum. If you have a question about symptoms, try posting in the Symptoms Forum, or for a question about a treatment, post in one of the Treatment Forums. Whatever your question, there's a good chance that somebody on the forums has the answer to hand, and our members are always happy to help point you in the right direction. If your question is confidential, you can always start a Conversation with the Moderation Team and we'll do our best to help.
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