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September 23

How to Survive Pre-Surgery Anxiety

Hi all, I'm having a surgery to remove stage 4 endometriosis in 1.5 weeks and the amount of anxiety I feel is so overpowering. How do I manage it? [more inside]
posted by Kombucha3452 at 11:52 AM - 5 answers

September 22

When is it time to see a physician for anxiety?

Difficulty Level: Canadian with no family doctor. For my entire life, I guess, I've really struggled with anxiety (probably depression), excessive worry, low-self esteem, and so on and so forth. I have had a rough year and my situation right now is really not... ideal. I am seeing a therapist, but I am having soo much anxiety. Is it honestly time to see a doctor for some sort of medication? How do I proceed without a family doctor? [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise at 8:13 PM - 10 answers

Do you know this paper on weirdnesses in families with schizophrenia?

My partner once ran across an article in which a woman studied families that have several members with schizophrenia. She found that each home had some weirdness. The example she remembers is silverware kept under the sink so it would be extra clean. She doesn't remember the name of the article or the author, and an old psychologist told her about it, so she believes this is rather old research. Can anybody point to this article?
posted by madcaptenor at 7:38 PM - 1 answers

Please help my stomach!

Need advice on coping with my reflux/gastrointestinal issues which have been going on way too long. I'm getting really frustrated - details below. [more inside]
posted by plasticpalacealice at 2:26 PM - 14 answers

September 21

How to relax in my cubicle at work

I've had a long and kinda-stressful week at work and it's not quite over. What can I do to feel super-relaxed and calm when I'm in a cube farm? (That is, in addition to the large quantities of herbal tea I already consume.) [more inside]
posted by capricorn at 6:54 PM - 22 answers

September 20

With depression, what gets you through the lowest days?

I have bipolar disorder and take mood stabilisers which helps with the mood swings, but sometimes out of nowhere my mood will totally plummet. There doesn't need to be any external cause although things like changes in sleep patterns can trigger it. Nothing that I usually enjoy (like cinema or music) makes me happy, the only thing that brings me comfort is overeating with takeaways and lying in bed all day trying to sleep it away, and my personal hygiene and self-care goes out the window. Obviously these are not good coping strategies. Thankfully I don't have issues with self-harm or self-medicating, but these episodes cause me a lot of emotional pain and I think my coping mechanisms make them last longer than they need to. I can't take anti-depressants with my illness because they can trigger a manic episode. What gets you through times like these, if you have this issue? At the moment I just have to ride them out but it gets exhausting.
posted by AuroraSky at 1:02 PM - 26 answers

Best remedies to avoid getting sick?

Mr. Circle and I leave in 3 days for the month-long European vacation of our dreams. I woke up this morning feeling like crap. Congested and exhausted. I blew it off as allergies and took some Flonase, but I'm feeling worse. What is my best defense to keep from getting sick, besides going home and going back to bed? [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday at 9:11 AM - 30 answers

September 19

Why do I lose my voice so often?

Every time one of my kids passes on a cold to me(and that happens multiple times during Autumn/Winter/Spring) I lose my voice. Why? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom at 2:08 PM - 8 answers

Why am I not losing weight on Wellbutrin and Topamax?

I've gained 20 pounds over time because of antidepressants I've taken, and that has made me more depressed. As a result, my doctor changed some of my medications to Wellbutrin and Topamax. [more inside]
posted by Four-Eyed Girl at 10:25 AM - 19 answers

Workout advice for a noob

I've just started exercising for the first time in my life and I could use some guidance around what kinds of workouts would be best for me as a 40-something fat guy with zero gym experience. I have a Planet Fitness membership, realistic (I think) goals and expectations, and (so far) a strong will to make this work, but I'd like to know what I can and should do to maximize the return on my efforts. [more inside]
posted by Banky_Edwards at 10:15 AM - 22 answers

Why Do Wounds Itch as they Heal?

It seems like especially small wounds (like a scrape) can drive me bonkers with itching as they heal. I'm curious to know why wounds itch as they heal?
posted by summerstorm at 8:39 AM - 5 answers

September 18

Bikin' bike bike! Is it worth it to overhaul my 1981 Schwinn?

I have a 1981 Schwinn LeTour of which I am extremely fond, Susan. I would like to start using my bike again. Is it worth it to pay for an overhaul of a 36 year old bike? [more inside]
posted by dubhemerak3000 at 12:11 PM - 22 answers

Nursing - Why Is Baby Snoozing at the Tap?

Little REH is a beautiful 5 week old boy. Breastfeeding is going pretty well, but there have been variations...regressions? [more inside]
posted by Reasonably Everything Happens at 10:45 AM - 20 answers

How do you shoe?

How often do you (or should you) replace sneakers for cross training? [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 7:08 AM - 3 answers

September 17

Recommend a urologist that more doctor than mechanic.

I would like a recommendation for a urologist in the Boston area that: 1) Can do a vasectomy. 2) Can intelligently explain the risks of various complications and what they would do to mitigate them. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:22 PM - 3 answers

September 16

Find me an exercise I actually want to do!

I'm a natural layabout who needs to find a (preferably core-strengthening, preferably cheap) exercise I like enough to become a habit. [more inside]
posted by kingdead at 8:33 PM - 20 answers

Should I delay my optometrist appointment?

I have an optometrist appointment today (in about 2 hours) to get a new prescription for my glasses. I was up really late last night working on my computer and didn't get much sleep. My eyes are so tired now they actually feel tired, which hardly ever happens to me. Will my eyes being so tired corrupt or negatively influence the results of the testing? Or maybe it'll make my prescription even more accurate? Or have no effect at all? [more inside]
posted by bleep at 10:22 AM - 3 answers

September 15

Urethral Stricture is in the picture

I was recently diagnosed with a urethral stricture. The doctor made it seem like no big deal, but googling (I know, I know) has me a little freaked out. If you have any knowledge about this diagnosis or know of US-based medical centers that have particularly good Urology departments please share! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:23 PM - 4 answers

Numbness in calf and foot, lower back pain

Suddenly, running --> intense left calf and foot pain and numbness, and sex --> lower back pain in an otherwise healthy young woman. YANAD, but I've been to the doctor twice already. Do I need to go again? [more inside]
posted by metacognition at 11:09 AM - 9 answers

How to support a friend through a major weight loss program?

A friend has struggled with her weight for many years and lately had some serious health consequences. A few years ago, she lost ~150 pounds through strict dieting and exercise, and still would have another ~100 before reaching a "normal" BMI. She has since gained that weight back and then some, and enrolled in a long-term, medically supervised program to manage it. She has shared this with me, and I know she is enthusiastic but daunted. I'd like to be supportive, so what can I do to help? What should I not do? [more inside]
posted by stillmoving at 9:08 AM - 12 answers

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