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March 1

Sex Anxiety Ruining Dating

How do I - healthy 20-something male - have a normal dating life when my libido seems to wax and wane? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:47 PM - 18 answers

Can you recommend a really good physical therapist in NYC?

I'm having some ongoing low back pain and sciatica. Miserable! I'd like to find a really good physical therapist in NYC, ideally someone who's really up on pain science (I've been reading about the pain neuromatrix and brain maps) -- and NOT someone who's just going to cart out a bunch of textbook exercises, especially while they're attending to three other clients! Maybe Feldenkrais will be of help. I'm going to take a class next weekend. But if anyone can recommend a really good, smart PT, please do! Thanks.
posted by swheatie at 3:07 PM - 5 answers

What causes me to wake up feeling muscular pain all over my body?

Hi! I really hope someone has had a similar condition and can help me. For about a year now, I wake up every morning with intense body pain and very low energy, as if my body had been tensed up all night long. I can sleep a solid 8, 9, 10 hours and still feel the same. I used to suffer from insomnia but not anymore. I can now fall asleep within minutes of reading. The muscle pain is similar to what you get when you have a flu. The situation does not improve during the day. [more inside]
posted by alexalexalex at 2:25 PM - 22 answers

Travel problems! Stitches and Credit Cards?

I'm in Vietnam, soon to be India, and I have a medical problem and a credit card problem. (1.) How to treat stitches in my leg from an injury I got 17 days ago? YANMD, but you speak English. (2.) Credit card: My card is lost, where in Northern India should I get the replacement sent? [more inside]
posted by Elysum at 9:17 AM - 21 answers

how to wash my hair without getting any water in my ear

I got my eardrum repaired last week. The doctor said I have to be careful for the next two months to not get any water in my ear canal. So how do I keep my hair clean? [more inside]
posted by colfax at 8:12 AM - 20 answers

How do I engage my calves more when cycling?

After 8 months of cycling 14 miles a day to work and back (I have always been a recreational cyclist) my thighs have stripped off fat I didn't even know was there and built muscle well. But how can I get my calves to do the same? I use SPD's so there is some static engagement, but short of consciously pressing and releasing the pedal will every stroke, how do I engage my calves?
posted by Gabriel ricci at 6:36 AM - 11 answers

miscarriage number two. so now what?

This was me. It took months to heal then then a few more to get pregnant again. We knew we were pregnant for basically three days before I realized something was wrong. I feel dismissed and I need to be able to advocate for myself better. I am so full of rage. So- people who have experience more than one miscarriage- what do I need to know? What should I be asking? And hey, if you have any nice success stories of babies after more than one loss, that'll be great. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:04 AM - 40 answers

February 28

Recommendations for a bone marrow transplant hospital?

A family member has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and their doctor has advised they pursue a bone marrow transplant. The doctor is able to arrange this through a regional hospital but I was asked to help research other possible hospitals where they could have this done. Do you have any specific recommendations for hospitals or facilities that do a large number of these or are uniquely qualified/specialized? Patient is based in the northeast US, please assume no insurance/cost/travel barriers at this point.
posted by brbmaroon at 1:30 PM - 11 answers

Need an eye doctor in Manhattan/Brooklyn who deals with post-LASIK

I need the best eye doctor in Manhattan/Brooklyn for help with multiple post-LASIK complications. [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice at 10:27 AM - 3 answers

February 27

How can my father regain his mobility?

My father, 57 years old, recently had C3 C4 spinal surgery to correct spinal stenosis. As I understand it, there was a narrowing of his spinal cord which prevented spinal fluid and motorneurons from moving freely so before the surgery, he was experiencing loss of feeling in his hand, had an uneven gate, began to have trouble moving his legs and fingers, especially after periods of rest. He was told that some patients regain almost all of their previous ability, but that most experience an end to the decline and regain some percentage of their prior ability. [more inside]
posted by sb3 at 4:50 PM - 4 answers

Ever gotten your teeth cleaned... on drugs?

I desperately, desperately needed to go to the dentist, and when I went this morning I was scheduled for 1) a deep cleaning and 2) 5 cavity fillings. For the cleaning I'm told I can get a topical anesthetic and have it done in one appointment, or get an injection and have it done in two. I'd like to limit it to one appointment, as I'm already on the hook for two more for the cavities, so I was thinking: would it be a terrible idea to take a random painkiller (say, a norco or an oxy) that I have lying around before I go? I'm usually a tough guy about stuff like this, but after several years without going to the dentist, just the regular cleaning hurt like hell.
posted by anonymous at 10:24 AM - 21 answers

February 26

How do I sleep through a loud noise every night?

I hear a loud noise every night at the same time and wake up. I'm afraid that I'm conditioning my body to think it's normal to wake up in the middle of the night -- help! [more inside]
posted by lxs at 5:17 AM - 17 answers

February 25

Help me make my workout sound better, please!

What songs sound like That's Not My Name by the Ting Tings and I Don't Care (I Love It) by Iconopop? [more inside]
posted by just_ducky at 7:22 PM - 26 answers

Sucks to your ass-mar (and your ass-piration?)

My 16 month old has had a winter full of back to back respiratory infections of increasing severity. She has an asthma diagnosis but after a recent terrifying episode and prolonged hospitalization, the pulmonologist is really concerned about aspiration. I'm in the process of scheduling a swallow study. Obviously YANMPediatrician, but please tell me about your experiences with children with severe asthma, or chronic respiratory infections, or aspiration. I'm currently scared shitless, so positive stories and reassurance are especially welcome. [more inside]
posted by telepanda at 12:58 PM - 13 answers

Overwhelmed and drowning

I am a disaster, I've always been a disaster. I want to not be a disaster any more--please help me make a plan to get better. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:52 AM - 18 answers

How long until allergy shots really become worth it?

I've been getting allergy shots for three years. Sometimes I feel as if they have made a minor impact, but most of the time I think it is an inconvenience with very little benefit. Please help me decide if I should continue. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by 8dot3 at 9:23 AM - 9 answers

Low cost dental options in NYC

Combination of genes and lack of fluoridated water when I was growing up made my oral health a perpetual issue. My attempts to get a handle on the situation, resulted in dental bills I have been unable to afford. Now that I am covered by insurance (both Cigna and Delta Dental plans) I am wondering if anyone can recommend low cost options for dental work (I will need a lot of it). I am looking at dental schools, and other subsidized opportunities to get this started. Thus, I would appreciate any specific recommendations for NYC area (all boroughs). Thanks in advance.
posted by mooselini at 6:59 AM - 4 answers

How can I quantify these fitness scores?

Hey math/fitness nerds. I'm working on a pet project. I'm trying to quantify general fitness levels across a population based on a few different scores. I have the tests, but need help setting up the values of each score. [more inside]
posted by Telf at 2:42 AM - 5 answers

February 24

How to stop this downward spiral?

I am sick of feeling miserable. [more inside]
posted by jenh526 at 6:21 PM - 24 answers

I have an owie.

I banged my poor little toe into the corner of the coffee table two weeks ago. I seem to have either sprained or broken it. It doesn't seem to be getting better, in fact it's hurt worse than ever the last couple days. [more inside]
posted by backwards compatible at 3:21 PM - 19 answers

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