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September 2

Run-commuting! Is it possible for me?
Would love to run instead of taking the bus to the train station for a thousand reasons, but the logistics of it are making me sweat! Most posts/websites on this topic deal with a simpler commute than what I have. Mine involves several legs (and my own legs would like to run whenever possible!). Could you help me, Mefites? [more inside]
posted by Pieprz at 12:40 PM - 3 answers
Orthodontia-filter: Minding the gap, and mending the gap?
Would like some AskMe advice on fixing my front tooth gap (midline diastema), especially from folks who have done or know people who have done a similar fix. I am 98% pro-orthodontics, but am undecided between traditional braces and invisalign, and then a small part of me is wondering if I'll have regrets about fixing it at all. [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita at 10:05 AM - 5 answers

Help Me With Doctor Anxiety Concerning Prescriptions
Can anyone give me some advice on how to approach my doctor about wanting a prescription? I feel like a "drug seeker". [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 at 7:51 AM - 10 answers

Is this all there is to Wellbutrin?
I've been taking Wellbutrin for depression for about 5 months now. It helps, but not as much as I hoped. Is this a common experience? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:48 AM - 21 answers

September 1

Well, that is a mighty big book you have there--
I have a new doctor. He has many copies of this book in his office (waiting room, examination rooms): The Urantia Book. I really did not think much of it, the doctor has a pretty good reputation (where I live that means jack). Should I be concerned? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:13 PM - 15 answers

Very sharp, searing pain in lower leg above ankle
Hi! I am in a lot of pain. You are not my doctor, but I was wondering if anyone has felt similar symptoms. This morning when I woke up, it seemed as if a very large spider was biting a very specific spot on my lower right leg, sort of below the calf but above the ankle, and in the front (pic of location of pain here). In terms of pain, it is 10/10. The pain lasts for 5-10 seconds, then fades away. Throughout the day, it has returned. [more inside]
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 10:24 AM - 16 answers

August 31

Did I have short-term appendicitis?
A strange incident happened several years ago, that I think was appendicitis but can't be sure. [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 9:45 PM - 16 answers

Who else makes bikes like the Specialized AWOL?
I'm really into this bike. I'm looking for a bike that works for touring and also for cyclocross. I understand the geometry isn't ideal for cyclocross racing per se, but I feel like this sort of geo is the best middle ground I've seen. My issue is I'm not super into supporting Specialized. I don't like some of their business decisions and I'm more into supporting smaller, American made companies. So, any recommendations?
posted by matt_od at 10:50 AM - 16 answers

People threw stale urine on my roof, should I worry about my health?
They threw two gallons of saved up, putrid urine on the front of my house, getting half a gallon on my roof and some under the eaves. Police were called. I cleaned the best I could. The smell was nightmarish. This was in the spring. We are now into the fall and the smell returns when it rains. I've had three sinus infections since this happened, after not having a sinus infection for years. Could this be related? Is old urine soaked into my roof dangerous to my health?
posted by myselfasme at 9:14 AM - 13 answers

August 30

Need help with blisters asap!
I'm working at PAX Prime all weekend (a big gaming convention) and I severely blistered the bottoms of my big toes while dancing at an after-party tonight. I still need to work 8-hour shifts tomorrow and Monday on my feet the entire time! What can I do tonight and in the morning to result in the least pain possible? I have Nike Free sneakers that I'll likely be wearing the next two days. Thanks!
posted by skycrashesdown at 11:40 PM - 15 answers

How should I be taking care of my skin?
What is the ideal skincare regimen for an adult male? [more inside]
posted by Cucurbit at 10:21 PM - 16 answers

lithium and pain meds
Some months back, I started taking lithium. When I went on it, my doctor warned me that I would have to stop taking ibuprofen and switch to tylenol instead when in need of a pain killer. Fine, I thought. Unfortunately, the switch has not been ideal for me. [more inside]
posted by tan_coul at 7:39 PM - 11 answers

Help me be less angry all the time
For the past couple of months, I have been angry (or at least irritable) almost all the time. Though I know many factors can cause this, I am fairly certain that my own anger is linked to trauma / PTSD. I have had plenty of bloodwork done and thoroughly discussed my meds (lithium, Zoloft, clonazepam, trazodone) with my doctor and pharmacist, so those factors can be ruled out. I am seeking your help for ways to lessen the anger or get breaks from it. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe at 2:38 PM - 20 answers

August 29

My breathing is better. But OMG! My feet are swollen!
I moved to Seattle a few weeks ago, since then I've had difficulties with swollen feet and ankles. It's a little worrying. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by patheral at 8:20 PM - 14 answers

Fix my ashy feet?
Along with ashy elbows and knees, I appear to have inherited my mother's ashy, hobbity feet. They are tough, dry, and often flakey or cracked at the heels. What products or routines can I try to make my feet softer and more attractive? [more inside]
posted by TwoStride at 5:41 PM - 29 answers

New eyeglasses help - Act 2
This is a follow-up to a question I asked two weeks ago. There's still no resolution - replacement eyeglasses are just as bad. [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude at 3:07 PM - 16 answers

Epidural steroids for herniated lumbar disc + sciatica?
YANMD, yes. The more I investigate this, the more I can't seem to get a straight answer. [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 3:03 PM - 20 answers

Topamax prescribed specifically as a weight loss aid?
Recently, I was my PCP and inquired about appetite suppressants. (I had taken adipex many years ago, which was great) and she informed me that she did not prescribe Adipex due to the possible cardiac side effects - but that she was prescribing Topamax as a weight loss aid due to the side effect of the medication being loss of appetite. She said it works quite well for a large majority of her patients, but not everyone. Has anyone here been prescribed Topamax specifically for this reason? If so, how well did it work and would you recommend it?
posted by Sara_NOT_Sarah at 1:05 PM - 22 answers

Should I seek a different therapist?
I'm going through the worst depression I've ever had, and I've started seeing a therapist (along with meds), but a few things she has said irk me. When do you look for someone else? Juicy details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:28 AM - 23 answers

August 28

The dream: An alarm clock that helps me sleep
Can anyone, preferably someone who's struggled with insomnia, recommend an alarm clock? Some details inside. [more inside]
posted by Milau at 5:50 PM - 9 answers

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