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September 14

Accommodations after hip replacement surgery
I have just had a total hip replacement (one week ago) and am recovering beautifully. I am female. I am supposed to use a toilet with a raised seat and have installed one in my primary toilet at home. I am theoretically allowed to go to a restaurant, but if they don't have a "handicapped" toilet (with a raised seat), what should I do? Can I only go to a restaurant that has this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:20 AM - 4 answers

September 13

What's the deal with my heart rhythm?
Every now and then I realise that my heart rhythm has gone wonky. I don't feel ill with it, it's just... different. What's going on, and should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 4:39 PM - 16 answers

Joining an Accutane Class Action
How can I make a claim for damages due to Accutane? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:24 PM - 5 answers

How can I use genetic data for a real health issue?
I have been suffering from health problems with cumulated in a diagnosis of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Except most doctors I've seen don't think that's what I have, and frankly neither do I. As a long shot, I ordered a 23andme DNA test and ran it through Promethease. How can I use this data to further my quest for a proper diagnosis? Is that even possible? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] at 11:23 AM - 9 answers

Pain Management Contract Question
Hi all, I had my first appointment with a pain management doctor last week that did not go well. I am curious about the legality of the contract that I was required to sign in order to receive care. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:36 AM - 20 answers

What else can I do to prevent getting pink eye again?
I've gotten pink eye twice in two months. Other than regular hand washing and refraining from touching my eyes, what can I do to prevent myself from getting it again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:59 AM - 15 answers

September 12

Help me find my mojo again
I've been signed off with stress, and am struggling to find any motivation to do things, even fun stuff that I used to enjoy. I'm looking for advice and suggestions to help me get out of this rut and back to my my old self. [more inside]
posted by Ranting Prophet of DOOM! at 6:42 AM - 14 answers

September 11

Can you translate this running-speak for me?
A colleague who is a very serious runner and would like to get into training people as a side gig has offered free coaching to me and a couple of others from work, in order to build up some experience, which is awesome. We've done a few runs so far, and I'm enjoying it. But there's a couple of tips he's given me on improving my form which I don't understand, and I'm hoping you can help me interpret them. [more inside]
posted by lollusc at 11:51 PM - 17 answers

reputable canadian pharmacies, 2014?
i need to find a good canadian pharmacy. there have been a couple questions in the past, but far enough ago to ask if there's things have changed. the prices i've seen for my medication are pretty varied, so i'm interested in a few recommendations if possible.
posted by crankyrogalsky at 2:01 PM - 11 answers

But what exactly do my knees need?
I've read a lot of AskMes on what people wish they had done in their 20s/30s/40s etc., and one oft-repeated bit of advice is "OMG, take care of your knees NOW!!" But what exactly does that mean? [more inside]
posted by megancita at 9:35 AM - 18 answers

How can I feel alive at 6am?
What can I do that will best ensure I feel awake and ready to get up when the alarm goes off? [more inside]
posted by meese at 8:12 AM - 34 answers

September 10

Auto immune testing for person with extensive family history
YANMD. I've had all kinds of weird undiagnosable stuff going on. I'm 29 female. There is a history of auto immune disorders (asthma, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, gall bladder removals, rheumatoid arthritis, other miscellaneous stuff) on the maternal side of my family(mother and grandmother). [more inside]
posted by AlexiaSky at 6:43 PM - 12 answers

How well have you responded to antibiotics when you have bronchitis?
I have this problem: every time I'm stressed and the temperature changes, I start to get sick. Not really sick - just a sore throat and chest pain and a general feeling of being unwell. But then I get really sick - the sore throat disappears, I get feverish, I'm exhausted and I cough up tons of nasty mucus, and I am basically not functional at all. [more inside]
posted by thelivingsea at 5:15 PM - 23 answers

Looking for a Rockstar Endrocrinologist in NYC (Manhattan or Brooklyn)
Hello all - I'm not new to the thyroid game (I've was diagnosed when I was a pre-teen) but after years of VERY steady thyroid numbers (and a feeling pretty decent) I now need to find an endocrinologist in NYC - preferable in Brooklyn or Manhattan (downtown would be great, but I'll go fairly far for a good doc.) [more inside]
posted by carmenghia at 1:23 PM - 1 answers

Referral to a Pediatric Dentist
Our dental insurance only covers a pediatric dentist if it comes by way of a referral from another dentist. Our current dental office, which we actually like quite a bit normally, says that they won't provide a referral for my daughter, as "things seem to be going okay here without the referral." My wife has tried to have this conversation with their office twice now. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix at 10:26 AM - 11 answers

I need healthy ways to improve mood and concentration.
Lately I notice that I've been slipping into some unhealthy vices.... [more inside]
posted by Cybria at 9:35 AM - 8 answers

September 9

Why do I have chronic vaginal itch? IKYANMD
I have had off and on vaginal itch for 2 years. I am a virgin in my mid twenties and have seen OBGYN many times, I don't have any disease or infection that they could find with urine tests, and from swabbing my vagina. The doctor yesterday said it's probably a skin problem, they just recommended me a 0.5% hydrocortizone cream, which from my understanding only treats the symptoms, and should only be used for a short time. I mostly wear skirts to keep the area dry, and I wear cotton underwear. I shower regularly, and my job is sitting in an office, and I live in a warm city. During my menstruation the itching usually gets more intense. What other things can I try? I just came from seeing a 4th OBGYN who also prescribed me a hydrocortizone cream. Thanks.
posted by anonymous at 11:19 PM - 40 answers

How do I find a chiropractor without the "woo" - ?
I like how I feel after a chiropractic adjustment, but I am deeply tired of the offices I have gone into where the whole place is like a wellness cult. How do I find a chiropractor in Chicago that's gonna make me feel better without all the woo? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque at 7:56 PM - 15 answers

ISO ENT doctor in Baltimore
I am looking for an ENT doctor (Ear, Nose, and Throat doc; otolaryngologist) in Baltimore, preferably one who is a participating provider in United Healthcare (and more specifically, The Empire Plan for New York State Employees). [more inside]
posted by merejane at 7:29 AM - 3 answers

Health insurance coverage for holistic stroke recovery?
I'm seeking recommendations for a PPO health plan that would cover an out-of-network MD, an MRI, and many sessions of acupuncture. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:12 AM - 5 answers

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