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August 27

How do I get all my health/medical records from hospitals and doctors

I'll try to keep this brief. I will likely be moving to Southern-Europe and will need to form new relationships with new doctors. Now, what from what I've been advised - they told me they want everything since I have multiple issues (PTSD from war, Anxiety over loud bangs/sounds, fireworks, Phobia of small places..) had a couple of MRIs after my car being rear-ended as well. So is it as simple (I like in Mass) as emailing/calling them and asking me to send me all my records? I don't even know what records holds. Is it what things they diagnosed me with, blood results, my medication, my MRI results. Stuff like that? Does it cost anything? Any help is extremely appreciated. Thank you all!
posted by bostonhill at 9:54 PM - 4 answers

Tennis headaches

My husband has been getting headaches after playing tennis, and we have not been able to figure out what is causing them or how to prevent them. Advice very much appreciated! Full details "below the fold." [more inside]
posted by prefpara at 2:06 PM - 14 answers

Helping adult family with mental health

Interested in hearing from 1) adults who have suffered from mental health issues for most/major part of their lives (depression/schizophrenia in particular) and were persuaded* by family to seek help (aka go to a psychiatrist). 2) family of the adult who was suffering from mental health issues and recognised that something was off/not quite right/blatantly bizarre/had classic symptoms of mental health issues (isolation, hygiene, job loss, distorted thinking and more). Additional twist- the adult in question can't stand immediate family and is convinced they are "toxic". [more inside]
posted by xm at 5:29 AM - 11 answers

ISO Alice in Louisville

My dear friend is battling a serious illness in Louisville, KY. She has two very young children. Hopefully she will be recovered in 3 months. I live far away. I would like to temporarily hire Alice from the Brady Bunch to help her and her husband manage their household chores and help them take care of their children. Barring that, looking for ways to support a young mom from a distance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:23 AM - 4 answers

August 26

Ever been on Pristiq? What's it like?

I'm about to start Pristiq, an SNRI antidepressant, as part of my treatment plan for depression/anxiety/ADHD. I've been on antidepressants before, but would like to hear what people's experiences have been with this one. [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The at 7:39 AM - 7 answers

August 25

Migraine prevention

The past two major events at my job have triggered serious (what-I-believe-to-be) migraines for me. These are events where I am required to work for long periods of time in extremely loud/stressful conditions. Both times I woke up the next morning with blinding pain, nausea, vertigo, etc. YANMD but 1. could some medical thing prevent this from happening (i.e., should I see my doctor and get a prescription of some kind) and/or 2. is there something else I can do to prevent it from happening? [more inside]
posted by pupstocks at 10:10 PM - 28 answers

Questions for experts on domestic violence.

I'm moderating a panel next month featuring researchers on areas related to domestic violence and working with survivors in a health care context. I've been asked to come up with questions for the panelists to prepare to answer. What should I ask them? What would you like to know, or what do you think is the most important problem in this area? [more inside]
posted by msrrn at 8:50 PM - 11 answers

How do you decide to leave a therapist and go about leaving?

I see a therapist twice weekly following a serious history, but I'm getting frustrated with the way things are going. I've tried talking about it with him, but that hasn't helped. I think it might be time to go, but I don't know the best way to handle things. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:17 AM - 14 answers

How well does CBT work for assertiveness issues?

I have come to realize that I have issues with assertiveness and am looking into therapy. How would I look into this? Would CBT be a good fit? [more inside]
posted by manderin at 7:01 AM - 5 answers

Should I try to conceive next week?

That's the question, but complicated by a two-week long trip to Asia coming up and Zika. [more inside]
posted by neematoad at 6:43 AM - 14 answers

August 24

What worked or didn't work for you in a DBT Skills Group?

I am in training to facilitate DBT Skills Groups. Could anyone with any experience (leading or participating) share anything you found particularly helpful or particularly frustrating? Or share any tips or insight that might help a new leader? [more inside]
posted by lazuli at 6:45 PM - 12 answers

What is an effective therapy for foot arthritis/bad feet?

I have bad feet, but an even worst time trying to find a doctor to help me. My last doctor never read my chart before seeing me (~10 times), so he gave me a lot of cortisone shots. The new doctor is shooting lasers at my feet. I don't know how to evaluate anyone. [more inside]
posted by armacy at 6:30 PM - 4 answers

Help me find a health & weight-loss coach online

I am a woman in my late 30s and I have quite a bit of weight to lose. I am ready to really make a commitment to some changes, but as an extremely busy professional and new mother I don't feel like I can do this alone. I am looking for an online health/weight-loss coach who will help me make incremental changes and stick to them over the course of a year to lose about 50 pounds. I'm willing to pay generously for this. Where should I look? How do I find this? [more inside]
posted by quincequince at 10:38 AM - 8 answers

I'm no fun anymore

Basically what it says on the tin. After a long, hard, stupid year (that isn't even over yet) full of cancer (other peoples') and unemployment (mine) and general global misery, I am no fun anymore. What are some ways you have gotten your fun, your chill, your resilience, or your humor back after hard times? Open to all manner of things but it does have to be relatively inexpensive. [more inside]
posted by We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese at 9:37 AM - 39 answers

Do I get surgery here or in the US?

I'm in a very tough spot. Trying to figure out where to get an urgent surgery, while figuring out insurance coverage. [more inside]
posted by pando11 at 12:53 AM - 24 answers

August 23

I can pee clearly now, the pain is gone

How did you get over recurring UTIs? What has helped you? [more inside]
posted by artistic verisimilitude at 9:05 AM - 30 answers

Suggestions for Coping after major surgery: meds, etc

I'll be having major surgery next month. The doctors say I will be on opioid painkillers for 2-4 weeks. I'm worried they will give me digestive problems, as I have a sensitive stomach. My other issue is staying in shape while recovering. It has taken me a year to get to my current fitness level. Doctor says no workouts besides walking and physical therapy for 1-2 months. I'm very concerned I will lose the muscle I have worked hard for, and gain fat. Any advice on either issue?
posted by CancerSucks at 1:33 AM - 14 answers

August 22

Can I Eat This: Quasi-Legal Amphetamines Edition

So my spouse bought us some Sudafed on Saturday, the real stuff that you have to turn over your driver's license for. Then we forgot it in the car and it spent all day in the glovebox. [more inside]
posted by Scattercat at 5:02 PM - 10 answers

I'm still broken. What can I do?

A few years ago I asked a question about my completely destroyed life and the advice on the green was to attend to my physical problems first. Unfortunately that has not gone well. My brain is more broken than ever. I'm not sure what to do next. [more inside]
posted by xyzzy at 12:59 PM - 22 answers

How best to track medical expenses and medical records? (Redux)

I'm trying to get a mystery illness diagnosed and need a way to keep all the labs organized so I can show each new doctor. [more inside]
posted by unannihilated at 9:55 AM - 2 answers

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