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Based on answers to a previous question, I went and got my thyroid tested. Something's not right, but my primary care doctor isn't being very collaborative/problem-solvey and just blankly referred to me an endo, whose next appointment isn't for more than eight weeks. If you have results like mine, what did it mean for you? I'd like to get prepared and walk into the endo appointment knowing what I'm talking about. [more inside]
I just joined a fancy gym. Think luxury. They have 100ish classes a week. Towels and toiletries available for free in the locker room. Free lockers. Tons of all kinds of machines. How do I make the most of it? I've signed up for 5 personal training sessions. What else should I do? I'm looking for tips about what to do, how to make choices, and anything that would make gym-going more habit forming for me.
I'm losing weight through calorie restriction, walking 2 miles a day, and indoor cycling for 20 minutes at a time. I'm also doing beginner bodyweight/light dumbbell training for overall muscle tone. I'm consistently at a sub-15 pace walking, and I want to start C25K next week, but I want to do squats too. Can people in general do a C25K program and a 0-100 squats program at the same time? If you've done this, do you have any advice?
Over the past month or so I've been getting these seemingly random stabbing pains in a few different areas of my body. It happens the same every time. What could be causing them? [more inside]
What can I do to cultivate a feeling of physical safety and security (not practical safety tips so much as strategies for emotional self-reassurance?) [more inside]
I’ve had fall allergies for years, and I usually take allergy medicine until first frost. Spring allergies are a new thing for me the past few years. Claritin (or generic equivalent) works well for me… but how do I know when to stop taking it? I don’t really want to just try stopping and see what happens, because if it turns out that allergy season is not over for me, it takes about 4 days for Claritin to fully kick in.
I'd like to start exercising on my lunch break. Right now, I usually eat my lunch and then go for about a 20-to-30-minute walk around a nearby park. That's all well and good, but I'd like to do a bit more with my time. How can I make it as frictionless an experience as possible so I actually go? [more inside]
What are some tips and advice you can share on how to manage anxiety? Lately it has become so immobilising that I am unable to function properly throughout the day. I am (obviously) having a hard time talking about it with family and friends, though I feel MeFi is a safe space for me to ask. [more inside]
I've been taking sertraline (zoloft) for about a week for generalized anxiety disorder. I am less anxious and sleeping better. However, I am really having trouble focusing at my desk job. I am feeling a little restless, not jittery. I am still on a half dose (25) of my target dose (50). Does increasing the dose or simply more time on the medication improve concentration at all? The irony is that I am concentrating better, in the sense that I'm not ruminating or dwelling. The downside is that I'm not as motivated to accomplish work tasks.
I haven't been sleeping so well recently and am having a hard time being productive during the day, what helps? [more inside]
I try to latch exercise into my day so that it seamlessly fits in. I'm looking for more ways to do this. Examples include: working close enough to home so walking is easier. [more inside]
My left earlobe has had a state of troubles lately. It's been wrecked by an allergic reaction, then a fungal infection, and now my earring back has embedded itself into the lower piercing on my lobe. What can I do until the doctor can see me? [more inside]
About 3.5 years ago, I fell down a flight of stairs and knocked out two of my teeth. (0/10 do not recommend.) The dentist reimplanted the avulsed teeth, but they were out of my mouth for over an hour and we knew this would not be a permanent solution. Sure enough, it looks like the time is coming for me to consider other options... [more inside]
Is it possible for my husband to go on Medicare in order to have weight loss surgery covered? [more inside]
Is something causing tinnitus like ringing in two of my 4 family members? [more inside]
I am trying to rebuild my self-confidence and am seeking inspiration and stories from others who made a comeback after a long period of low self-confidence/self-esteem. [more inside]
Wife is pregnant and has multiple gall stones. Should we still travel to Ponta Delgado? [more inside]
I had a wisdom tooth removed today. They mentioned the risk of dry socket, and said to not: smoke (not worries), drink from a straw (easy enough), not eat seeded food that might get caught in teeth (also pretty easy), or spit - not spitting seems very, very hard, especially with my regular brushing and mouthwash routine. Does anyone have any advice for making sure my mouth heals optimally in the next week?
Off and on I hear people talking about "concierge" medical service. Can anyone who has this tell me the pluses and minuses? Rough cost? Or even a specific recommendation in the Seattle (or Eastside) area?
I get triggered in my kid's parent sessions that support my kid's therapy. The therapist is annoyed. Am I doing it wrong? [more inside]