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I am new to the forum but have been reading info from Celiac.com for quite some time and it has really helped me. I have been gluten-free for 2 years now and also have MS. Getting diagnosed with Celiac was one of the best things that has ever happened to me since now I have my life back and continue to feel better all the time...unless I have made errors and that is where this forum comes in. I need to continue learning so I will not accidentally make an error...especially at the wrong time. We all know about that.

Now, for the tech question. Is there an easy place to search for a topic, especially in depth? I must have missed this on the site. I have limited time, as most do, and cannot simply read thru everything. So, any tips would be appreciated. I made a few posts...but am not sure where to check my posts to see who answered without going thru the different forums and searching for my post. There has to be a way to mark my posts to save time.

Sorry for my ignorance and I appreciate everyone's help in advance.

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There are lots of ways to use this forum, but here are a couple which might be of use to you. In the upper righthand corner of the page once you have logged on you will find a box with your user name. Click on the box and it will give you a pulldown menu. Click on My Profile, and in the box that comes up, besides a lot of interesting information, you will see in the line across the top of the box, several clickable buttons. By clicking on Topics you can find the latest topics you have started; by clicking on Posts you can find the latest posts you have made. Down the lefthand side of this page you will find My Content. Click on this and you willl find every thread in which you have made a post (for the last 12 months I believe).

Another way to identify threads that you are posting in is to click (on the index page) on View New Content. This will bring up all posts made by all posters in the last 24 hours (or since you last logged on). There are various colours in the boxes next to these posts and some (if you look closely enough) will have a diagonal bar through the lower righthand corner which, on closer examination is revealed to be a pencil, meaning that that is a athread which you have made a post in.

If you want to find all posts made in the last 24 hours, go to the forum index page and the line across the bottom has a button, Today's Active Content, which willl give you all posts made in the last 24 hours regardless of whether you have logged on or not. There are other ways of following threads on the forum, but as a moderator I do not use them. Someone else may explain them for you.

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Thank you! I will check out your suggestions.

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In addition to Shroomie's suggestions, a quick way to search the forum is --can you see up in the right hand corner, under the CELIAC.COM BLUE Banner and your profile, there is a

SEARCH FORUM VIA GOOGLE.

Type in the topic you are looking for and related threads will appear in a new screen.

Hope this helps!

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