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July 30

Indigestion for months

A few months ago I was in a situation (detail within) where I had to eat a lot of heavy food (lots of meat etc) regularly for about a month. I developed GI symptoms that I choked up to indigestion. I've since resumed my normal healthy diet and lifestyle, but I continue to have stomach troubles. YANMD, I know, but any thoughts on what I could do? [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree at 12:32 AM - 12 answers

July 29

90s flashback - Do you remember the name of the shampoo in a carton?

I have fond memories from the 90s of using a shampoo that came in a recyclable carton (milk carton-style), but I can't remember the detail that will help me locate it. It may have been cruelty-free or it may have carried an environmental message? I remember that it smelled a little sweet and the shampoo was similar to conditioner in consistency. The package may have been purple and green... Grasping at straws. Anyone remember? [more inside]
posted by meindee at 6:43 PM - 0 answers

Got a PPD tattoo - now what?

My husband and I are honeymooning on Gran Canaria and, in a silly mood, got henna tattoos from a stall on the oceanside. Back at the hotel, I googled for tips on henna tattoo care and discovered that the vendor used "black henna" containing PPD, which can cause severe skin reactions and further health problems. [more inside]
posted by Skybly at 4:26 PM - 14 answers

Why can't I sleep between 22:00 and 01:00?

No matter how tired I am I find it impossible to sleep between about ten at night and one in the morning. If I feel sleepy all evening come ten I'll get wakeful and won't be able to rest until about one. If I have fallen asleep earlier in the evening I will inevitably wake up about ten. Why is this and what can I do about it?
posted by roolya_boolya at 12:05 PM - 13 answers

RSI Recovery 2.0?

I have RSI symptoms in just one finger. I've recovered from RSI before, but I'm not sure how to proceed now. I'm looking for names of diagnosticians, and general tips from anyone who has had similar finger problems, either from computer use, or some similarly repetitive motion. I'm in NYC. Wall of text within. [more inside]
posted by Violet Blue at 11:51 AM - 1 answers

Can I compress this dosage schedule?

I need to take six pills on the first day. But, I only got the prescription early this afternoon. Can I compress the dosage schedule? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 11:29 AM - 12 answers

Alcohol problems, in a closed community

I am drinking more than I want to be drinking. I don't know that it meets the criteria for a "problem" ... except that I can't seem to cut down. I live in a closed, orderly community where I don't have control over the availability of alcohol, or access to an AA meeting. I need help with a) some strategies to cut down or cut off my drinking and b) online support. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:57 AM - 26 answers

July 27

Relaxation Techniques for an Eating Disordered Gal

I am battling an eating disorder and need some strategies to calm down, relieve anxiety and clear my brain before and after meals. [more inside]
posted by mmmleaf at 3:23 PM - 13 answers

Literal pain in the butt

My dad is experiencing pain in one side of his buttock. It is worse in the morning after waking up and is relieved by vigorous walking. What could it be? [more inside]
posted by 7life at 11:13 AM - 14 answers

You have allergies. You wear contacts. You use allergy eyedrops.

What allergy eyedrops do you use? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit at 10:38 AM - 15 answers

July 26

And the ugly duckling turned out to be ugly for a reason

When I was younger, I somehow got the message that having acne, thin hair, tendency to gain weight, being emotional-- constituted some sort of moral failing. I spent years feeling like I had to apologize for my ugly existence. Now I'm learning that those aspects of my appearance were symptoms, not reflections of the fact that I was an all-around inferior person who didn't take good care of herself. I thought I'd be glad to get a diagnosis, but instead I'm upset and not sure where to go from here. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit at 11:13 PM - 13 answers

Help me bike commute in Boston without pain!

I have a three mile commute to work. On public transportation it takes 45-60 minutes. On a bike it’s under 20, but I don’t ride every day because biking hurts. Please help me get pointed in the right direction for cycling comfort! [more inside]
posted by mamutmamut at 8:30 PM - 19 answers

Is there a cure for summertime itching?

It's a summer thing. The instant I get into bed, turn out the light, and descend into sleep, I feel like something's crawling on the hair of my arms, my legs, and my head. I turn on the light and there's nothing there. Usually it's not something I need to scratch. If I just tamp on it, it goes away. [more inside]
posted by holdenjordahl at 11:36 AM - 20 answers

July 25

How to get rid of this bronchitis for good?

I'm a non smoking female in my 30s. Developed serious allergies over the past 3 years. Found out I'm allergic to any mold and dust. Was going for the shots until I found out I can't take them if I have chest congestion. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing at 9:35 PM - 12 answers

What can I expect from my first visit to a mental health support group?

My therapist has suggested I try out visiting a local bipolar support group, and I'm curious, but I'm also very nervous. There's a meting this Monday and I'm considering going, but I can't decide. I suspect that knowing what kinds of things I might be able to expect would help with anxiety around the unknown. [more inside]
posted by terretu at 2:00 PM - 2 answers

wellbutrin worries

I am in the process of starting medication for major depression. I just quit Prozac after a few months (with MD's approval) because it was actually making me much more depressed. Wellbutrin is the doctor's next suggestion and I just started on it but I have a question. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:05 AM - 30 answers

How can I sleep through the night?

I've always had off and on issues with sleeping straight through the night, but the last few months I've fallen into a consistent pattern: go to sleep between 10-11pm, wake up completely awake around 3am then struggle for the next ~1 hour to fall back asleep. Every. Single. Night. [more inside]
posted by the foreground at 5:41 AM - 29 answers

July 24

Help me come out to my psychiatrist!

I have an upcoming appointment with my psychiatrist at the end of the month. I want to tell her that I'm transgendered and want to start HRT. I have a general outline of the things I want to say, but I want to make sure I'm not missing anything significant. Snowflakes: Bipolar II, broke up with my partner about three-four months back. Insurance via N. California Kaiser. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:56 PM - 10 answers

Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome

Podiatrist is 90% sure I have this, as my symptoms are a textbook case. I'm a little nervous about the testing and the treatment options sound like either stretching (does this actually work?) or surgery. I'm looking to hear what others' experiences with this have been. [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday at 5:59 PM - 5 answers

Vyvanse - adderal equivilent dosages?

What is the Adderall XR equivalent of 20 mg Vyvanse? More below. [more inside]
posted by rudd135 at 4:23 PM - 1 answers

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