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September 29

Suggestions for (temporarily) deferring immediate physical grieving?

I need some quick potential solutions for compartmentalizing grief, at least for a little while. More beanplating in the extended. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:29 AM - 1 answers

September 28

Waking up with a headache: why does this happen so often?

I get more than my share of headaches; I'm kind of prone to them. I get headaches maybe two or three times a week on average, and I've identified various headache triggers. And there is one clear tendency in my headaches: I'm much more likely to get them in the early morning (and wake up with them) than I am to get one at any other time of day. Why could this be? [more inside]
posted by Get-Go at 8:54 PM - 12 answers

Are there tricks to combating lonliness- on your own?

Lonliness is one of the worst feelings I've ever encountered... yet it seems inevitable. The obvious answer is to just hang around more people- but this isn't always so easy. [more inside]
posted by olivetree at 5:42 PM - 16 answers

Can't Seem to Wake Up

I can't seem to get up in the morning. It's affecting my ability to get to my job. [more inside]
posted by aclevername at 2:10 PM - 24 answers

Tips for Keeping a Jaundiced Eye on Encroaching Depression?

I have a history of depression but am fine for long stretches. How do I manage the swamping of depression that still happens from time to time? [more inside]
posted by Ink-stained wretch at 1:38 PM - 7 answers

Tell me about this depiction of Spinal Meningitis in a Stephen King book

In the book and movie Pet Sematary, Stephen King gave a description of Spinal Meningitis that involved deformity (bent back, “face pulled down until it was like a mask”, “hands were like birds’ feet”) and excruciating, long-term pain. Per Web MD and many other sources, Spinal Meningitis can cause many long term effects (mental impairment, hearing loss, loss of limbs due to gangrene) but nothing like King described. And especially nothing like the body seen in the film. Is this at all a realistic depiction of this disease?
posted by bodgy at 11:30 AM - 7 answers

September 27

stretches for lower back pain after running?

I'm a fledging runner, a little over halfway through the C25K program. Now that the runs are getting more strenuous, I'm beginning to notice some nagging lower back pain after runs (also some annoying heartburn, but I think I can fix that on my own). I've been generally very lazy about stretching before runs (read: I don't stretch before runs), but surely there must be a good targeted stretch I can do to help my back. Please tell me what that stretch is! [more inside]
posted by cakelite at 2:14 PM - 11 answers

Weird feeling eating chocolate?

I've started getting this weird hot/puckery/irritated feeling eating chocolate. Allergy testing results suggest it's not an allergy, though. What else could it be? [more inside]
posted by en forme de poire at 11:36 AM - 18 answers

Why can't people start IVs in my veins and can I help them somehow?

This is the third time I've gone to get a contrast IV for either an MRI or CT scan and the tech was unable to start the IV. What, if anything, can I do to fix this? [more inside]
posted by xyzzy at 11:12 AM - 22 answers

Running on a track vs running indoors?

I've started Couch to 5K to get myself in a bit better cardio shape and try to fit into my clothes better. This involves a half hour of exercise, 3 times a week. Unfortunately, due to my schedule, my husband's work schedule and having little kids, I can only get outside and go to a proper track to run MAAAYBE once a week on Saturdays. The other days my solution is to run back and forth in my apartment. Am I kidding myself on these days that I'm actually getting enough exercise to accomplish my goals? [more inside]
posted by Liesl at 8:26 AM - 47 answers

Help me help my mom hike the AT

Hiking a tiny part of the Appalachian Trail is on my mom's bucket list. I want to make it happen for her when she visits Georgia this October. Is there a place in GA or just over the border into NC where we can: 1. park fairly easily near the Appalachian Trail? 2. hike a portion of trail (like a mile in and back) that is somewhat level, or at least not steep? 3. Anything else I need to know? I'm a casual day-hiker only. [more inside]
posted by banjonaut at 7:46 AM - 6 answers

5:2 Diet with a Thyroid Condition?

Why am I GAINING?! [more inside]
posted by ChickenBear at 4:28 AM - 15 answers

September 26

Second Guessing my Gender Identity

I'm 27 years old, designated male at birth. I recently recalled a bunch of gender dysphoria from when I was in middle school/high school, and I'm trying to work out if it matters, and what exactly I am. A part of me worries that it might just be a rational response to toxic masculinity rather than anything to do with me myself. [more inside]
posted by MuppetNavy at 8:12 AM - 18 answers

Do you reckon I drink too much?

I've had a boozy summer and I'm wondering whether I'm over doing it? [more inside]
posted by blokefromipanema at 6:51 AM - 35 answers

September 25

Creative ways to practice assertiveness

I'm looking for ways to practice assertiveness that I can incorporate into daily life. I've noticed that in certain situations, especially with men, I don't say anything even when I'm uncomfortable, because I have a deeply ingrained fear that they will become violent if challenged. I want to get better about this. I can't really ask men to start saying and doing inappropriate things to me until I say something, but I can work on assertiveness in other ways. A while back I read about a guy whose fear of rejection was interfering in his life, so he made it a point to get rejected every day until the fear became less intense. [more inside]
posted by bunderful at 7:59 PM - 12 answers

Depression Crisis

What is going to happen when I use these 'expired' meds? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:29 AM - 10 answers

September 23

Tips for bite sized self care during and around work travel?

I'm a busy consultant (woman) who's started traveling a lot for work, and need to get better at taking care of myself despite being over-planned on these trips. I'm already doing what I can, but I'd love your tips and tricks, road warriors. [more inside]
posted by nadise at 10:33 PM - 25 answers

Terminal Brain Cancer When You're Down and Out

My roommate's partner, who is a close friend of mine, has stage III terminal brain cancer. He has been symptom free for almost a year but he has recently been showing signs of the cancer advancing, including seizures. He is terrified of dealing with the system of getting treatment, and has been turned down for disability even though he is unable to work because of the cancer. How can we help? [more inside]
posted by ananci at 10:28 PM - 10 answers

Itch attacks are taking over. Help me figure this out!

Please help me figure out what's causing incessant itching and how to control it. [more inside]
posted by sucre at 12:41 PM - 11 answers

Buproprion and diazepam? Two great tastes that taste great together?

Has anyone here combined a regimen of buproprion and diazepam to treat depression and anxiety? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 6:22 AM - 17 answers

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