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February 24

Help me describe my ailments!

YNMD, I know-- just want some help with how I describe things to a doctor. I've been feeling a number of small discomforts continuously for the last two months. In combination, they are debilitating at times. Doctor said there is nothing wrong, and I wonder if I need to refine my descriptions. [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree at 8:32 PM - 12 answers

What a Pain in the... Ear

I've been experiencing hearing loss in my right ear since December 20, 2016. It has been 2 months and some change since my hearing has been normal. Both ear drums are perforated, it feels like it needs to "pop," but that is not an option because of the holes. Has this happened to anyone else? Any suggestions from this community on what to do? Only looking for anecdotal advice or experiences, no medical advice necessary. [more inside]
posted by Jewel98 at 8:05 PM - 7 answers

February 23

What kind of herbs, though?

My potential new therapist says she works with an herbalist. What is an herbalist, and is this a red flag? [more inside]
posted by colorblock sock at 10:47 PM - 25 answers

Optimise my exercise

I could use some help please in figuring out whether my workout routine is good enough. I mostly work out on the weekends and don't do much during the week. Am I in danger from being a "weekend warrior"? I want to lose fat and gain muscle and flexibility. [more inside]
posted by hazyjane at 11:30 AM - 10 answers

February 22

I'm going to go blind? What?

This week my ophthalmologist told me that I have a cataract in my left eye, and she asked me point-blank whether I wanted to be scheduled for surgery ASAP. I've deferred on the surgery for a year. I'm fifty years old. What am I in for, short-term and long-term? [more inside]
posted by Subaru drwxrwxrwx at 5:35 PM - 26 answers

Just don't lick the flagpoles!

My kids' school has outdoor recess guidelines that I would like to challenge. The kids are kept indoors in weather that I think is perfectly appropriate for outdoor play. A twist is that I think they and other schools may be basing their guidelines on a nonexistent medical association? [more inside]
posted by palliser at 4:04 PM - 19 answers

how to find a therapist in Chevy Chase or Bethesda, MD

Greetings, How do I go about finding a therapist in Chevy Chase or Bethesda, MD? I am looking for someone for uses CBT? Thank you!
posted by TRUELOTUS at 8:22 AM - 3 answers

February 21

How much Throat Coat can I safely drink?

I have had a sore throat for a few days, and I'm drinking around 24 oz of strong Throat Coat tea every day. I'd like to drink even more, but I don't want to damage my health. [more inside]
posted by witchen at 1:26 PM - 12 answers

Need help finding the guilty ingredient in a body wash.

My little girl tried Trader Joe's Formula No. 3 "All For One, One For All" shampoo/conditioner/body wash last night. Almost immediately, her skin started itching. Can you help me narrow down the suspect ingredients? [more inside]
posted by moira at 9:14 AM - 16 answers

February 20

Just cough it up!

Need ideas for supportive treatment for a chest cold/congestion. I am seemingly physically unable to just "cough it up," and this is limiting my job abilities! Sorry for grossness below the fold. [more inside]
posted by raspberrE at 4:14 PM - 22 answers

Disclosing past hpv infection

Do you expect a sex partner to disclose a many years' past hpv infection to you? [more inside]
posted by backtonature007 at 3:47 PM - 14 answers

Why do I clog the toilet?

Apparently I have an issue with frequently clogging toilets (more than other people, maybe?). Is it my toilet paper habits? Is it my bowel movements? Help me figure this out. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:00 PM - 25 answers

Simple ovarian cyst

I got a vaginal ultrasound today and I was told my left ovary has a fluid filled cyst that is 6 cm. He said not to worry because they are very common and that it might spontaneously go away on its own. We just have to repeat the vaginal ultrasound in 4-6 weeks to see what it did. Did you have these chats before and did they go away? Mine is a simple type with fluid. Was told it could be from a follicle
posted by barexamfreak at 2:40 PM - 13 answers

Side-sleeper switching to back-sleeping temporarily

Due to surgery, I need to sleep on my back (and elevated at first) for 2 months. I almost never sleep on my back, and I want to make sure I don't end up on my side without knowing. [more inside]
posted by trillian at 2:20 PM - 9 answers

February 18

Cardio workout videos

I need to start exercising more. My go-to is to walk my dog on the hills in my neighborhood, which gets my heart rate up (and my dog loves it too!). Unfortunately, it's been mega-rainy recently, so I need some alternatives that won't aggravate my chronic neck injury. [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 1:06 PM - 2 answers

Should I trust my nutritionist's advice- more carbs?

I saw a nutritionist (registered dietician) yesterday. I have prediabetes (5.7) and she told me to add cereal to my morning yogurt and eat carbs at dinner. This is along with a balanced diet with fruit, veggies and proteins. Should I trust her advice? It seems that I should be limiting my carbs not adding them if I'm trying to keep my blood sugar steady and lose weight.
posted by starlybri at 12:03 PM - 21 answers

Coping with a long-term illness

My husband will be in the hospital for a long time. I have a small baby. I'm having trouble coping with how to build a life around this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:00 AM - 18 answers

Weight gain after quitting marijuana

I was a long-time chronic pot smoker. I have a rather slow metabolism and have worked hard to lose weight. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:53 AM - 2 answers

February 17

Bam, bam, bam, get your mammogram: huge boobs edition

My mom had breast cancer. I have big knockers. I'm worried about getting a mammogram. Please help! [more inside]
posted by Pearl928 at 6:09 PM - 28 answers

Tracking med doses for Android

I have pain meds that I'm forgetting to take every day or struggle to remember when it has been 4-6 hours later for my next dose or remembering even if it feels like I don't need that second dose I should check in at least to see if it is getting worse. I've tried a variety of apps from the Google Play store but can't find a pill reminder that fits my weird needs. [more inside]
posted by kanata at 4:22 PM - 7 answers

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