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November 27

When did the Moon become oval instead of round?

This evening, as I was making my way home, I looked up through my glasses and noticed that the Moon was not round, but oval in shape. However, when I squinted (which brings things into focus), the Moon became round. Now I don't know if my eyes have gotten much worse in the last two years, or if the prescription I was given was wrong. [more inside]
posted by tenderly at 10:15 PM - 2 answers

Short-term anxiety busters?

I know that this question has been asked a gajillion times, but I'm super-anxious right now, am not sure why, and could use some help. I have my fair share of life stressors going on, but I'm usually able to deal; since yesterday, however, it's like my mind decided to flick an internal switch and proclaim "you are hereby anxious!" What can I do in the next few hours so that this anxiety doesn't keep me up tonight? Keeping it at bay tomorrow as well would be a big plus. [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers at 3:11 PM - 21 answers

First consultation with a fertility specialist - what to expect?

The Mister and I are having our first consultation with a fertility specialist next week. What should we expect to have to talk about or do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:21 AM - 9 answers

November 26

Retina surgery recovery

I had a detached retina on October 30 and then surgery on Halloween. The doctor put a gas bubble in my eye and said I had to be positioned face down all the time so the bubble would float up and hold my retina in place. Do you know what the percentage of gas remaining needs to be so you can stop with the positioning? [more inside]
posted by artychoke at 1:09 PM - 5 answers

Best training app for runner who needs to take it slooooooooow?

So, I want to get back into regular running after a gap of a couple years. But I have mild atrial fibrillation, which means I'm pretty intolerant of high-intensity exercise and can't push myself hard while building up fitness. Help me find a training app that will let me go at my own pace. [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island at 5:04 AM - 6 answers

November 25

Rehabilitating feet from high heel use?

I used to walk in heels, run in heels, practically sleep in heels, and its finally caught up to me. Help? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 at 11:06 AM - 14 answers

Being productive and creative with brain fog

Hi everyone, I've found a few posts about brain fog, but more about being diagnosed, rather than coping with it. I am taking steps to cure it, but need to be functional till I sort it out. What can I try? [more inside]
posted by Dorothea_in_Rome at 10:17 AM - 8 answers

Question for eyeball or wound care enthusiasts. Pink inner bit.

This question is moderately gross (not for those averse to eye related things [I know y'all are out there!]): [more inside]
posted by unicornologist at 10:02 AM - 4 answers

November 24

Inner ear/fungal infection/Candida diet

I have a chronic inner ear fungal infection which was diagnosed 10 years ago and have a couple questions about diet. [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri at 6:18 PM - 7 answers

Why should I drink less--really?

First of all: I don't think this is a capital-p Problem with alcohol. I just like it--specifically wine--a lot, and I have some vague sense that I should cut down or stop. Much of this has to do with the fact that my partner is a recovering alcoholic and doesn't drink at all, so I have some guilt with my dinnertime glass even as he says he doesn't mind. I know, intellectually, that alcohol is bad, mmkay, but that knowledge does nothing for my decision-making. [more inside]
posted by witchen at 12:16 PM - 30 answers

November 23

Injury Prevention for injury-prone 33 year old guy

I enjoy playing sports regularly (once or twice a day) and I end up getting injured often, (rolled ankle, straight calf, tight hamstring, over-use injuries too) and I'd like recommendations on injury prevention. Specific exercises, books, DVDs, principles, equipment, anything that can keep me in the field with less injuries. [more inside]
posted by kikithekat at 9:16 AM - 10 answers

Living with an acutely bruised or broken tailbone

Need advice on sitting, walking, resting, and sleeping with this pain over the next few weeks; ideas around what to expect over the next bit; ideas on preventing long-term pain. Have you got any of that? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:33 AM - 9 answers

November 22

Strategy for being bedridden from back muscle spasms

Help! I have been stuck immobile for 9 hours due to lower back spasms. I anticipate another day of the same tomorrow except without husband at my beck and call. What can we do to best prepare me? [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity at 7:12 PM - 15 answers

How do I floss? Using gosh darn yarn!?

I’ve developed either an allergy or a sensitivity to even unwaxed, unflavored dental floss. What can I use other than floss to floss? [more inside]
posted by pickles_have_souls at 4:48 PM - 18 answers

Weight lifting/strength training and rock climbing - how to combine?

And . . . long distance biking as well! Couldn't fit that in the question title. I'd like to pursue all of these over the course of the next year but am not sure how compatible they are. Any pointers? [more inside]
posted by knownfossils at 3:16 PM - 9 answers

Seeking physical therapist in south Austin

Need a recommendation for a physical therapist in south Austin following minor injuries. [more inside]
posted by immlass at 10:30 AM - 2 answers

Am I too fat to have a baby?

Ladies who've done this successfully, and ones who've had complications, please tell me all about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:44 AM - 31 answers

November 21

Are painkillers appropriate for stomach pains caused by gastroenteritis?

By a stroke of crappy (pun intended) luck, I'm suffering from gastroenteritis for the second time in under a year. I'm taking Vicodin to manage the pain of stomach cramps. I'm going into the second day of taking them and I'm wondering if there's a reason that I shouldn't, or if maybe I don't have gastroenteritis. Money is super tight, so I'm hoping to avoid the doctor. TMI details about symptoms under the cut. [more inside]
posted by the thorn bushes have roses at 5:19 PM - 18 answers

Convince me it's not appendicitis please?

For the last 48-72 hours I've had this mild nagging pain in my lower right below my gut. It's also been on the left a bit. My right shoulder has been in quite a bit of pain but, I put that down to my job. I took some aleve for the shoulder and it's got me backed up a bit (constipated). Also my stools have been rather hard for a week or two. My father also has ibs and I hear it's hereditary. The pain lasts for less than 1 second before it is gone. Other possible causes might be my new recumbent bike, pore posture, falling down the stairs a week ago etc. I also work a job pushing shopping carts and bending down to put water cases under peoples carts so I may have just pulled a muscle doing that. Am I being totally paranoid thinking this might be appendicitis? Or would it have escalated by now?
posted by mamamia88 at 12:40 PM - 19 answers

Graphs for the ignorant

I've been tracking my mood over the past seven weeks, giving it a score out of ten, along with some other information (e.g. amount of exercise, alcohol consumption, prescription drug usage). I want to find a way to put all this data into graph form. [more inside]
posted by tworedshoes at 12:02 AM - 5 answers

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