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July 11

Is this food poisoning, stomach flu, or something else?
None Of You Is My Doctor, but before I spend money and time at Urgent Care, I'd like to ask those of you who have experienced this kind of thing if what I am going through right now is something you just have to wait out, or if I need to go see someone. (Warning: discussion of vomiting and other bodily functions inside.) [more inside]
posted by tzikeh at 7:35 AM - 21 answers
I want to quit using porn.
(NSFW) I'm a man in my mid-20s. I'm concerned about my longtime porn habit's effects on me, so I'd like to quit using it. What's the best way to do that? How can I then determine and mitigate its effects on me? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:06 AM - 12 answers

Good free online resources for mental health professionals...
where you can test/improve your own knowledge/skills gaps? I read a lot of books and go through this whole convoluted process of underlining/going back etc... but I honestly feel like I remember/really take in so little. I have a bit of time and want to refesh/enhance my knowledge/skills/confidence. [more inside]
posted by tanktop at 4:28 AM - 2 answers

July 10

Training for consecutive distance runs
I’m looking for advice on training and meal plans for two half-marathons then a marathon with minimal breaks in-between. [more inside]
posted by Pink Frost at 5:20 PM - 6 answers

Helping a teen keep weight loss momentum going...
Help me support my teen daughter with her health efforts... [more inside]
posted by pearlybob at 1:40 PM - 26 answers

How can I be a good advocate for my partner in a medical setting?
My partner and I have a strong suspicion that he may have ADHD. We're based in the UK and are struggling within the NHS system to get him a diagnosis. He has another medical appointment today and wants me to come in with him. How can I be a good advocate for him (in six hours' time) in what feels like a somewhat broken system? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by terretu at 2:03 AM - 10 answers

July 9

Swelling with no other symptoms - how worried should I be?
My knee is swollen on the top of the knee cap. It's been this way for about a week. I feel no pain, no warmness, no limit to my range of motion, and I don't remember getting hurt. When I press around and feel my knee, again there is no pain, and I also don't feel any bumps or any real structural differences compared to my other knee. There is definitely some thickening (fluid or whatever causes swelling) at the top of the knee cap, about 2.5 inches in diameter, but that's like the only symptom. [more inside]
posted by AppleTurnover at 11:01 PM - 5 answers

Is systemic bacterial overgrowth a thing?
In the past I was diagnosed with bacterial overgrowth of the gut and was treated with pretty intense antibiotics, but the symptoms came back. I was subsequently diagnosed with IBS. I've also suffered from recurrent yeast infections. I ALSO suffer from chronic joint pain (with arthritis in my hands, feet, and ankles) and fatigue. I've started taking a low dose of immunosuppresants (on top of plaquenil), but I'm worried that if I do have bacterial overgrowth, my immune system may be less able to defend against it because my gut symptoms have gotten worse. Ah! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:15 AM - 14 answers

Baby on it's way/health insurance problem
My pregnant wife and I are leaving our job at the end of the summer (not our choice) with no new job lined up. We will need to get our own health insurance when we leave the job. We don't really live anywhere now, and we aren't sure where we will have the baby yet, maybe NH, or NY, or RI, or ME, or the VI. Is there an insurance plan that offers us coverage in multiple places? PPO, HMO, walk me through this. This is our first time buying insurance. [more inside]
posted by karst at 8:50 AM - 6 answers

It's not what I eat, but rather how I eat it.
I've just returned from an awesome, super-fun vacation during which I didn't give as much thought to the food I ate. I noticed that while the specific foods I ate were less "healthy," my eating patterns were far healthier, almost as if being less concerned about how "healthy" something was granted me a freedom that translated into a better sense of wellbeing. This trip provided me a window into "how things could be" with respect to eating patterns. I would like to take what I can from that to improve my habits. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit at 6:40 AM - 7 answers

Is Adderall legal in Israel?
I am traveling from US to Israel this week, and I am having trouble finding out if Adderall is legal there. Can I bring my meds to Israel? Can I fill a prescription there? Thanks! My google search was fruitless.
posted by anonymous at 5:15 AM - 8 answers

July 8

Biking numbness
I get numbness in my right hand after biking 5 to 10 miles. Now what? [more inside]
posted by latkes at 7:44 PM - 22 answers

Is the bladder sling worth it?
Have you had the bladder sling surgery? It sounds risky. Would you reccommend it? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal at 6:30 PM - 5 answers

The miasma of melasma
Several months ago I started developing melisma (darkening of the skin on my upper lip). As I am a female who does not necessarily wish to be doing a Charlie Chaplin impersonation at all times, what, if anything, can be done about this? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig at 7:11 AM - 17 answers

Ankle injury; help me come up with a taxing cross-training program.
I was recently diagnosed with a tibial stress fracture. I'd like to keep up my aerobic fitness during the 6-8 weeks the doctor said I wouldn't be able to run, but everything I have tried (cycling, aqua running) is not giving me a workout even remotely comparable to that of my running sessions. Please come up with some neato workouts I could try which don't stress the ankle, so I can run strong post-rehab. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 at 7:05 AM - 17 answers

July 7

Optimizing hormones for weight loss?
How can you, naturally or otherwise, optimize female hormones to help regain the metabolism and hormonal profile of someone in their teens or 20s? (And is this even possible or desirable?) [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 6:33 PM - 14 answers

What a drag it is being anxious
I've finally (I think) figured out that the dreadful speedy feeling I get every day when I wake up (and then off and on throughout the day) has a label: Anxiety. What now? [more inside]
posted by sockermom at 6:26 PM - 29 answers

My wife is pregnant and feels like crap.
My wife is six weeks pregnant and feels terrible. She is experiencing nausea, lack of appetite, reduced energy and general queasiness almost all the time. She has about an hour each day when she feels normal. Smells are particularly upsetting for her. We understand that these are common experiences for women in their first trimester, but that’s not making it any easier for her to tolerate. We’ve read that many of these symptoms go away in the second trimester, but that’s about 6 weeks away and my wife is wondering how she’s going to survive (and go to work) until then. She’s miserable. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:25 PM - 36 answers

That's interesting underwear you've got there
I have a diaper fetish, and I've been wearing them 24/7 for the past 8 months. Tomorrow is my annual physical. I'm sure that doctors see patients in diapers all the time, but typically for incontinence issues. Naturally the diapers won't have been used before going in (I typically don't use them in public anyway), but is this crossing a professional line? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:09 PM - 39 answers

Maybe I've been pointing too much
YANAD (or maybe you are), but yesterday morning I woke up with the tip of my right index finger feeling numb. It was localised just to this area and appears to have normal bloodflow (i.e. it's not pale or white, so isn't just a digit feeling a bit cold). Fast forward 24 hours and it is still numb, albeit today it is a bit tingly/pins and needles in the area when using that finger. It causes no pain and is more so just annoying as I am right handed and work on a computer all day, so after a day and a half it's a bit irritating. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by sunshine arakhan at 3:54 PM - 12 answers

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