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August 16

What do you do while you're in medical limbo?

About 6 weeks ago I started feeling inexplicably tired and dizzy, then gradually started having other symptoms. I've only missed a few days of work in total but it's draining my ability to do much else, and I don't know what's wrong with me. I've got another doctor's appointment in a few days but I think they're probably going to send me for more tests which could take a while. What do I do in the meantime? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:49 AM - 7 answers

August 15

Any experiences with the Centers for Vulvovaginal Disorders?

My friend is considering visiting one of the Centers for Vulvovaginal Disorders to address her long-term, unresolved issues with (what appears to be) yeast. She's been to multiple generalists and specialists with no luck. Has anyone tried them? How was it?
posted by unknowncommand at 6:17 PM - 0 answers

Please help me live with bedbugs

I live in a building that has ongoing bedbug infestations. I need coping tips for living with them for the next few years. Difficulty level: single, 30's, and actively dating. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:50 PM - 19 answers

How does one do "aqua therapy"

I have postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and chronic fatigue. My doctor has prescribed 10-15 minutes of aqua therapy 2x, to be gradually increased as it becomes more tolerable for me. YANMD, but do I need a physical therapist, or is this something that I can do on my own? [more inside]
posted by brook horse at 9:01 AM - 8 answers

August 14

Seattle toddler opthalmologist?

My 1-year-old has one eye larger than the other, and his primary care provider recommended getting it checked out. But all the pediatrician eye doctors we came across either (a) only see older children, (b) only deal with complex conditions or surgeries, or (c) are optometrists. Any recommendations for a Seattle opthalmologist who works with toddlers and can help with our issue?
posted by splitpeasoup at 10:18 PM - 3 answers

Ferritin up, but the fatigue remains

I had a severe iron deficiency, diagnosed in June. My numbers have improved a lot but I'm still.... really, really struggling, in more ways that one, and my doctor has no idea what to do. [more inside]
posted by Amy93 at 6:47 PM - 25 answers

Blood tests to sort out reason for fatigue

I have been dealing with symptoms of extreme fatigue for about a month now, sleeping 10+ hours a night and still desperate to take naps during the day. I am so drowsy sometimes that I feel it might be unsafe for me to drive and do other necessary functions during the day. [more inside]
posted by massofintuition at 2:28 PM - 15 answers

Marketplace Health Insurance Got Cancelled - How do I get it back?

My marketplace got cancelled. I was late on payment. Eventually paid but payment got sent to an old account, my account got cancelled. I'm appealing but not hoping for much. In meantime, I'm trying to buy a health insurance plan through private market but I keep being told I can only enroll through the marketplace. (which won't allow me back in - Huh?) [more inside]
posted by caveatz at 9:51 AM - 3 answers

Parenting as an abuse survivor

Please recommend books for adult parents who survived abuse themselves as children. Any "must-read" books for abuse survivors in general are welcome too. [more inside]
posted by puppet du sock at 7:12 AM - 5 answers

August 13

Help me reset my sleep schedule... quickly.

I have a trip coming up (flying out midnight Tuesday), and I'd like there to be as little misery on the sleep end as possible. Unfortunately, I've severely offset my sleep schedule over the last few months. AskMe, please help me reset this schedule quickly! [more inside]
posted by isauteikisa at 9:50 PM - 10 answers

Do most blind people keep their eyes open or closed?

I saw a video of Andrea Bocelli, and it looked like his eyes were closed the whole time. But a blind lady in my building keeps hers open (she is 100% blind, I know because I have had conversations with her about it). So what's the deciding factor ... I assume it's more of a natural/physical thing than a learned behavior? Does it have to do with blind-since-birth vs. once-sighted-now-blind? What are the factors behind this that I don't know about? No hidden agenda here, I am truly just curious.
posted by mccxxiii at 8:57 PM - 6 answers

August 12

Is there a cure for sleeptalking?

Is there a cure for sleeptalking?
posted by pompomtom at 7:20 AM - 5 answers

August 11

Dental Phobia: National Sterilization Scandals Edition

I am Asian and live in an Asian country which just experienced two sterilization-related scandals in a row due to medical negligence. I have a dental appointment booked for Tuesday and I am terrified to go. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:01 PM - 4 answers

Help me find the perfect dentist etc. in Kennewick/Richland, WA.

I'm so excited, I have a new teaching position in Kennewick, WA! However, the sad part is I have to leave behind my favorite health care and personal care people behind. [more inside]
posted by OkTwigs at 10:23 PM - 0 answers

Recommendations for Jeet Kune Do training in Portland OR?

I'm interested in taking Jeet Kune Do classes and would love to get recommendations in Portland, preferably at a place that won't try to rope me into long-term contracts because my schedule is usually random/busy. Also, I'm not married to JKD and open to other styles as well. Thanks!
posted by colorproof at 1:44 PM - 0 answers

Creating a continuum of care for a stroke survivor

My dad had a major stroke 2 1/2 years ago. He continues to have ongoing health problems. None of his doctors talk to each other or me/my family. How can we fix this? [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount at 7:51 AM - 8 answers

August 10

How do I overcome trauma / PTSD / depression / learning-disabilities?

I have a childhood history of sexual abuse (non-family member) and psychological, emotional, and physical abuse and domestic violence (from family). I need to move on. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by erattacorrige at 10:04 AM - 15 answers

Stroke neurorehabilitation units in the UK

Does anyone have any direct or indirect experience with the following neurorehabilitation units: Royal Leamington Spa Rehabilitation Hospital, Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, Northwick Park Regional Rehabilitation Unit, Colman Hospital, and National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery? [more inside]
posted by unhappyprofessor at 5:00 AM - 1 answers

I have no willpower! (can't stop eating junk food)

I'm trying to eat more healthfully for all the reasons people often do (improved health and energy, weight loss, etc). Each day I start out eating well but by mid-afternoon my lack of willpower has reared its ugly head and the day is shot. Help! [more inside]
posted by whitelily at 2:38 AM - 46 answers

August 9

Please recommend a wrist health tracker to replace dying Fitbit Surge

Since I bought it 14 months ago my Fitbit Surge has continuously decayed (fragile wrist band, slow syncing, refusal to sync, poor sleep tracking). I expected better for $250, so I am looking to buy a new fitness/health tracker of better quality (you can try and convince me my Fitbit experience was a fluke). Details after the break. [more inside]
posted by forthright at 7:45 PM - 20 answers

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