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October 9

How do I choose a toothpaste?

I was at the store looking at the dozens (scores, even?) of toothpaste options, all with various formulations and claims, and it occurred to me that I know nothing about how much of it actually works and what I should be using. What's real, what's not, and how do I know which of the multifarious brands and models to choose?
posted by Pope Guilty at 1:14 PM - 31 answers

October 8

Diagnose my knee!

Short version - it hurts to put weight on my bent knee. The pain is at the front, roughly in the region of kneecap. There has been some tenderness just below the knee cap but that's not always present (currently isn't) so could be coincidence. [more inside]
posted by missmagenta at 2:21 AM - 5 answers

October 7

Why don't I like eating?

I want to eat more but I feel like I have to force myself to eat most of the time. It feels like a chore. I've been keeping track of my calories and I get lucky if I even make it to 1200 calories a day. [more inside]
posted by sheepishchiffon at 7:05 PM - 22 answers

What person can I pay to find my sister a therapist who takes medicaid?

So my sister is very poor in NYC and had a mental breakdown. One of the reasons is that the therapist she was going to stopped taking her insurance. And she can't find one. So she just keeps getting worse. I tried for a bit but I'm out of my depth here. I need a pro. Who can I hire to be a middleman for her and find someone that takes her insurance, that prescribes her medication and will accept her as a client? Are there agents for this sort of thing? I WILL throw money at it.
posted by rileyray3000 at 9:00 AM - 13 answers

October 6

Where did this Facebook ad go?

I'm trying to go back to an ad for an 8-week fitness program I just saw on Facebook this morning. I'm in NYC so I assume the ad was NYC-specific. Unfortunately, I didn't save the ad, and it's not in my Activity Log (because I didn't like, react to, or comment on it). So what I want to know is if there's either some way to go back to the ad, which I saw on the iPhone app, or if anyone can independently find the ad from my description (inside). [more inside]
posted by jejune at 8:55 AM - 6 answers

October 5

Vitamin Recommendation

I am looking for vitamin recommendations. Specifically, I want to take DHA. I am also interested in Vitamin D and multivitamin (iron is fine). [more inside]
posted by Kalmya at 6:03 PM - 7 answers

Wellbutrin and constipation: has anything worked for you?

Wellbutrin and constipation: has anything worked for you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:35 PM - 13 answers

Wisdom teeth removal pain

My husband is scheduled to have his wisdom teeth removed next month, and he is super super super anxious about the pain. For people who have been through this, could you please let us know how painful it actually was for you? [more inside]
posted by barnoley at 9:41 AM - 76 answers

How do YOU meditate?

I am trying to start a meditation practice, and I'm curious both about how people meditate (how often, how long, guided or silent) and also about how/whether people incorporate the lessons(?) of meditation into their daily lives. [more inside]
posted by cider at 6:48 AM - 25 answers

October 4

Freezer left open, breastmilk partially thawed. Safe?

The freezer was left not-quite closed and my breastmilk that was in there is all partially thawed. Each bag is large chunk of ice surrounded by liquid. I would say about 2/3 - 3/4 ice surrounded by 1/4-1/3 liquid. Can I just close the freezer door and pretend this never happened and use the milk as I would have before?
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 9:23 PM - 15 answers

Stomach pain with antibiotics

After taking a mega-dose of Amoxicillin prior to a teeth cleaning, I’m having severe stomach pains. How can I get some relief? [more inside]
posted by bluloo at 3:02 PM - 11 answers

Templates for printing pages to track elderly parent's health?

My mother is already writing notes about her daily health actions. I'd like to improve the notes and add more information. Are there ready-made templates somewhere for printing and putting in a 3-ring binder? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie at 12:13 PM - 2 answers

Running newbie to Mo Farah by the London Marathon Date!!

So I jokingly enter the ballot every year for the London marathon and then breathe a sigh of relief in October when I get the rejection email. Well the inevitable has happened and I got a place this year. This is filling me with dread, but I really want to do it and finish. Looking for some advice / help. [more inside]
posted by lloyder at 5:05 AM - 11 answers

October 3

12 or fewer hours of daylight & everything is terrible!

I feel like I know all the stuff I should be doing, but what are your mental hacks for combating seasonal affective disorder in the moment? I'm already sick of being irritable and ready to crawl in bed by 8:30PM and it's only the first week of October. What do you tell yourself to feel less down about axial tilt? [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself at 9:40 PM - 23 answers

Therapist recommendations on Kaiser in DC

I'd like to give therapy another shot. The challenge is that, while I'm generally happy with my Kaiser Permanente coverage in DC, my previous experience trying to get therapy through them wasn't great. [more inside]
posted by jameaterblues at 8:28 PM - 0 answers

Is there anything I can do while waiting for a psych referral?

So my doctor suspects I'm bipolar. Unfortunately even an "urgent" consultation with a psychiatrist is expected to take several weeks, at minimum. I'm at a bit of a loss as to whether there's anything I can do to obtain quicker treatment, and whether there are any other possible medical causes for my symptoms that I should try to advocate for my doctor to test for. [more inside]
posted by ersatzhuman at 6:18 PM - 6 answers

Loving my rowing machine - what's it doing to my hips?

I bought a Waterrower. I really like it. I'd like to keep my hips and thighs from getting much bigger, and ideally reduce them a bit. But will rowing do that? Or might it actually increase my hip size? I'm currently rowing around 10 minutes a day, and wondering if I should increase resistance, or just time, or try something different. I'm 40 and female. [more inside]
posted by Socksmith at 12:51 PM - 3 answers

Kaiser Permanente - how does it work?

For the first time at work, we'll have an option to choose Kaiser as our health insurance carrier. There are a few points I'm not clear about and wondering if the green can help me out. I am in Eastside of Seattle in Washington State if it makes a difference. [more inside]
posted by 7life at 10:46 AM - 30 answers

October 2

Please don't die. How to talk to someone about a medical choice?

How can a family talk to someone about a getting a medical procedure that they say they don't want and manage their feelings about it? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 9:03 AM - 13 answers

Yes yes no

I'm a man. Orgasms hurt. Can they not? (NSFW & graphic, obviously.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:36 AM - 9 answers

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