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June 25

Do you also stop eating in the summer?

My town is having a heat wave and I've noticed that I am struggling to get enough calories during the day. I have no appetite until night and then I feel vomitty because I haven't eaten all day. I don't know if this is an illness coming on or a continuation of the illnesses I already have. Or, is this a common thing that people who are used to heat waves experience. It is triggering some ED thinking and I am seeking help trying to find ways to put food in when nothing but liquid sounds appealing as well as just curious if this normal for the human body to do. [more inside]
posted by kanata at 10:05 AM - 3 answers

Surprising Things You Enjoy

I just put on a pot of green beans, which I will be eating soon with some potatoes and olive oil on pasta. This will be breakfast. As it turns out, I much prefer non-breakfast food for breakfast. It only recently occurred to me that there's no actual requirement to eat oatmeal (or whatever) in the morning hours. I did not expect to find fun in eating pasta in the morning but I do. In what unexpected areas, no matter how small, have you discovered some amount of pleasure or joy? [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna at 9:36 AM - 7 answers

Please help me with simple Instant Pot recipes to support bodybuilding

Here's the layout: I recently purchased an Instant Pot. I made a few things with it so far and they came out edible. I'm about to start a fitness program intended for bulking up (i.e., building muscle). To achieve my goals, I'll need a stock of meals with a strong protein bias. See inside for minor constraints and a plea for mercy. [more inside]
posted by trevor_case at 4:54 AM - 6 answers

June 24

When does a rash warrant a trip to the doctor?

Yesterday, I finished a three week course of prednisone, prescribed by my neurologist to rule out rebound headaches. About a week ago, I developed a rash on my chest that I thought was heat rash, because that happens to me and I was outside on a hot day. But it's gotten worse. [more inside]
posted by Ruki at 8:21 PM - 5 answers

I feel like a weeble

I have been undergoing a series of stressful times one after the other, and I need to figure out what kind of extreme self-care I can do to keep my recurring depression/anxiety at bay. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 12:34 PM - 12 answers

June 23

Tips for getting un-intimidated by bouldering

I'm joining a bouldering gym, primarily because it is the closest place to my house offering a range of fitness classes. But, since it is a bouldering gym after all, I would like to try bouldering! Looking for any tips that can help me get off to a better start than my first time. [more inside]
posted by Owl of Athena at 12:56 PM - 13 answers

Foot fungus hell

I've been dealing with foot and toenail fungus for years and it is not getting any better. Topical solutions work temporarily but not completely. Two of my toenails have fallen off and my feet look disgusting. My right foot especially is constantly peeling and flaky on the bottom. I have no health insurance. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:05 AM - 13 answers

June 22

Is this a metal allergy?

I've had several piercings that seemed like they were just non stop infected, but now the same symptoms in holes I know were totally healed is making me wonder if maybe metal allergy has more to do with it than infection after all? [more inside]
posted by Wanderwhale at 1:36 AM - 14 answers

June 21

How to I advocate for myself when getting blood draws?

I'm what they call a "hard stick," and I've read the previous questions with tips for blood draws. I always drink tons of water, for instance. But there's a problem in getting the blood-drawing folks to take me seriously when I tell them I'm a hard stick. How can I be a kind, polite person, but still advocate for myself? [more inside]
posted by FencingGal at 4:56 AM - 31 answers

June 20

Least Invasive Forms of Birth Control

I would like to minimize my risk of getting pregnant as much as possible without having anything placed into my body, and without taking synthetic hormones. What has worked for you? [more inside]
posted by Avosunspin at 4:09 PM - 20 answers

I am not a bottle of soda

I am not a bottle of soda... so why does the back of my neck fizz? In the last few months I've started feeling/hearing a fizzing at the base of my skull where it meets my neck. Now it happens maybe a few times a week. Google has revealed nothing. Why am I suddenly carbonated?
posted by bizarrenacle at 4:04 PM - 5 answers

Extremely basic weight/strength training for IBS?

Taking a big step in my physical/mental health and wanting to start a weight training regimen . . . and I know nothing about it. Hope me? [more inside]
posted by chainsofreedom at 7:17 AM - 5 answers

June 19

Useful, trustworthy online resources for adjusting to (pre)diabetes?

I've made some progress, major diet changes, but I still have many questions. I'm sure most have been answered, but I have not had the best luck finding those answers. My searches seem polluted with chaff and many sites I have found are either not terribly useful rehashes of the obvious or they just reek of quackery. Forums, food databases, recipes, all would be welcome. Just hoping you can act as peer reviewers here and recommend the best evidence based resources you've found. Thanks much.
posted by anonymous at 11:16 PM - 6 answers

ID these marks on my daughter

Can you help us ID these hives/bites/skin marks we found on my daughter? [more inside]
posted by stevis23 at 6:42 PM - 8 answers

Zika transmission via mosquito- pregnancy edition

So, I'm 5 months pregnant and my husband and MIL had to travel to a Zika transmission zone/country recently. I have questions about mosquitoes transmission. [more inside]
posted by PorcineWithMe at 2:27 PM - 7 answers

How do you deal when you're tired all the time?

I'm a medical student doing my required clinical rotations. Like all of my classmates, I'm absolutely exhausted at the end of the afternoon. But somehow, I need to pull it together to study in the evenings. People who have had to work through situations like this, how do you do it? How do you make your brain work when you're tired all the time? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 11:44 AM - 23 answers

June 18

Need a new PCP in NYC

I have health insurance and I'm looking for good, attentive primary care physician references in NYC, preferably female - but either gender is fine, in Manhattan or Brooklyn. If you don't want to put the name in the thread, I'd appreciate a PM. Some details about my current doctor, and me, inside. Thanks!! [more inside]
posted by whatdoyouthink? at 9:59 PM - 9 answers

One Dry Spell Is Bad Enough

Single woman, in the midst of perimenopause, but not on HRT, wants to amp up her sex life and so is seeking an in-the-moment solution for...dryness. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:01 AM - 12 answers

June 17

In emotional crisis--can I see someone in person near Oakland, CA today?

I'm currently experiencing an intense emotional crisis; I'm not in physical danger. I can pay--is there any way I can definitely get at least an hour with a licensed mental health professional today near Oakland, CA? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 at 10:00 AM - 4 answers

Is this normal?!

About a week every month I feel like I'm hit by a bus and that bus is driving forward and backward repeatedly. I'm otherwise in excellent health. I am beginning to wonder if I shouldn't spend 25% of my days preoccupied with discomfort, but then again I've done it my whole adult life. What do you think? [more inside]
posted by redwaterman at 7:50 AM - 20 answers

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