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October 11

Is marijuana use something a surgeon needs to know about?

(Asking for a friend). A friend smokes weed a couple of times a year. They just smoked (for the first time in a year or two) yesterday, and are going in for a hernia surgery in three days. The hospital intake paperwork asks whether they use illegal drugs. The privacy statement specifically retains the right to share information with the police. So they'd rather not admit to the marijuana unless it's actually medically relevant. Is it possible that a couple of joints could have lasting effects four days later that a surgeon would need to know about?
posted by anonymous at 9:15 PM - 18 answers

My glasses make me feel unreal / are provoking feelings of derealization

I've worn glasses for the last ten years, and ever since I've got them, I've experienced what I can only describe as minor feelings of derealization. Everything always seems.... a little strange with them on - it's as if the world is not quite there, and everything is slightly unreal. How can I stop this? [more inside]
posted by inner_frustration at 2:48 PM - 17 answers

NYC obgyn and endocrinologist recs, please?

I just switched insurance and am looking for new doctors. Can you recommend an obgyn and/or an endocrinologist (in NYC) who you love? [more inside]
posted by 168 at 5:09 AM - 4 answers

What do you do in your smaller moments?

I have trouble resting in my no-obligation-smaller-moments, and I want to know what you do in your free moments throughout the day to build energy rather than deplete it. [more inside]
posted by uncannyslacks at 4:46 AM - 22 answers

October 10

Dealing with Anxiety

Techniques to help when getting caught up in feelings of doom? [more inside]
posted by sprezzy at 8:57 PM - 11 answers

Crafting the perfect juice shots

After juice shots from a shop kept me going on a recent vacation, I'm interested in learning more and making my own. I have no interest in buying a juicer; I'm looking for things I can make with pre-made juices, oils, supplements, etc. A few more details inside. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe at 4:16 PM - 2 answers

Medical billing shenanigans. What recourse do I have, if any?

I was billed for a surgical procedure that my doctor never performed. When I complained and asked for a refund, they instead raised the price of a different procedure listed on the same bill, so that my total bill still came to the same amount. What recourse do I have? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 8:05 AM - 17 answers

October 9

Wisdom teeth partially left in (or my molars are very sharp)

I had my wisdom teeth out 15 years ago and I've always thought my back molars felt sharp or like there was some jagged tooth behind my molars. I perpetually forget to do my dentist about it but aren't sure if they would see left over wisdom teeth bits in an x-ray or visual exam. [more inside]
posted by toomanycurls at 11:25 PM - 5 answers

This merry-go-round sure is fun but I'd like to get off now.

Well, I have a few really awesome problems that I would completely recommend to anyone. I would suggest you try any of, or especially the full combination of, the following:
  • Chronic illness
  • No social network
  • Mental illness
  • Geographic dislocation
  • My question: how do I build a decent life? Or start in that direction, in a stable way that won't fall apart in a light breeze. Again. [more inside]
    posted by bizarrenacle at 11:32 AM - 8 answers

    This past Father's day was (literally) erased from my memory. How? Why?

    I was talking with my dad today and he told me he enjoyed our going out to eat on father's day at a restaurant I have no recollection going to with him (ever). He described the meal in detail to the point where I'm sure he's not making it up, but what he was saying didn't even jog my memory - it's like the day didn't happen. I'm in my early thirties so I'm very worried about this. Has anyone had anything like this happen to them, and how did it turn out? [more inside]
    posted by Thanquol180 at 8:38 AM - 31 answers

    Waking up raring to go

    This school year my kids both have to start school early, so we all have to be up at 6:30am. We're not morning people, and the kids especially walk out the door tired and cranky. How can we start our day feeling positive, upbeat, and energised? Tips please! I'm thinking music choices, activities, or other things you might do to start your day right. [more inside]
    posted by tracicle at 6:02 AM - 19 answers

    To sleep with wires or not.

    REM sleep behavior disorder. I've discussed it with my GP, psychologist and neurologist and we're fairly convinced I have it. Thrown myself out of bed twice in the last year, giving me a lovely new scar on my neck. Too many episodes of thrashing and kicking. Many, many episodes of talking. The last objectively confirmed by family while we were recently on holiday and thus in closer sleeping arrangements. [more inside]
    posted by anonymous at 2:06 AM - 5 answers

    October 8

    Need a reputable and affordable dentist in Atlanta

    We need a third opinion and have maxed out the dental insurance. Anyone have a dentist who knows their stuff and is t expensive? Details inside. [more inside]
    posted by LizBoBiz at 7:54 PM - 2 answers

    October 7

    Hi, can you tell me nice things about Halcion and hydroxyzine?

    I'm getting oral conscious sedation (not IV sedation) tomorrow for wisdom tooth removal and am feeling nervous about it. I don't like feeling high or out of control, and it doesn't seem these drugs do that, but what else do they do? Specific questions in the [more inside] [more inside]
    posted by c'mon sea legs at 4:32 PM - 13 answers

    What happens at HIV+ diagnosis where there's no link to a case manager?

    For a project at work, I'd like to know more about what happens at HIV+ diagnosis in settings where the patient isn't connected with a case manager (or peer navigator, linkage coordinator, or similar). E.g., at ER's, public health clinics, and any other diagnosis settings where connection to a case manager or similar isn't routine, what happens? Can you fill me in, or suggest how I can find out? [more inside]
    posted by daisyace at 11:04 AM - 5 answers

    Game-ify my health

    I am looking for a health/fitness app to use to encourage some needed lifestyle changes. I want it to be fun, set challenges, track food, and be competitive among a small group of friends. [more inside]
    posted by FirstMateKate at 7:24 AM - 2 answers

    October 6

    I feel like I'm getting nowhere on this treadmill issue!

    Please recommend a treadmill! We want to get one for our basement space. Durable and non-flimsy-feeling is our first-priority. This is more important than features. We understand that they're expensive and are preparing to accept that. Other requirement: It has to work with a regular domestic 120V power outlet, not a commercial one.
    posted by ignignokt at 6:48 PM - 22 answers

    health insurance question

    My husband lost his health insurance and I can't add him to mine. Can you give us any advice on how best to proceed? [more inside]
    posted by prefpara at 2:31 PM - 11 answers

    October 5

    Is this a food allergy? If not, what is it?

    A few years ago, while I was writing about drinks, I started experiencing some … symptoms within an hour or so of getting home. As a courtesy I will describe them after the jump. [more inside]
    posted by fedward at 6:58 PM - 15 answers

    Should I get contacts after wearing eyeglasses for 20 years?

    I've been wearing eyeglasses for the past 20 years or so, and I'm tired of them. However, I'm on the fence about getting contacts – any tips or thoughts would be appreciated. [more inside]
    posted by dubious_dude at 1:35 PM - 43 answers

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