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August 10

How do I overcome trauma / PTSD / depression / learning-disabilities?

I have a childhood history of sexual abuse (non-family member) and psychological, emotional, and physical abuse and domestic violence (from family). I need to move on. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by erattacorrige at 10:04 AM - 15 answers

Stroke neurorehabilitation units in the UK

Does anyone have any direct or indirect experience with the following neurorehabilitation units: Royal Leamington Spa Rehabilitation Hospital, Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, Northwick Park Regional Rehabilitation Unit, Colman Hospital, and National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery? [more inside]
posted by unhappyprofessor at 5:00 AM - 1 answers

I have no willpower! (can't stop eating junk food)

I'm trying to eat more healthfully for all the reasons people often do (improved health and energy, weight loss, etc). Each day I start out eating well but by mid-afternoon my lack of willpower has reared its ugly head and the day is shot. Help! [more inside]
posted by whitelily at 2:38 AM - 46 answers

August 9

Please recommend a wrist health tracker to replace dying Fitbit Surge

Since I bought it 14 months ago my Fitbit Surge has continuously decayed (fragile wrist band, slow syncing, refusal to sync, poor sleep tracking). I expected better for $250, so I am looking to buy a new fitness/health tracker of better quality (you can try and convince me my Fitbit experience was a fluke). Details after the break. [more inside]
posted by forthright at 7:45 PM - 20 answers

Could fatigue cause this? Short term memory problems

Asking for a friend who will be seeing the doctor but would like to come up with questions to ask. Can you have an episode of short term memory loss due to fatigue? If not, what would cause it? [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 12:11 PM - 19 answers

Best way to get Health Insurance for International Student on an F1 Visa

Hi all, what's the best way to get Health Insurance for International Student on an F1 Visa? Private? Would she qualify for ACA? ANything else I'm not thinking of? NJ If it matters.
posted by pyro979 at 10:13 AM - 9 answers

Pros and cons of therapist not covered by insurance!

I am a graduate student and money is tight. I have been working with an amazing therapist who is outside of my insurance's network. I am trying to decide whether or not to pay out of pocket to continue with her. Perspectives, experiences, any number of cents welcomed! [more inside]
posted by redwaterman at 10:01 AM - 9 answers

August 8

What kind of therapist should I look for?

Inspired by a similar question that was posted earlier today. I have social/behavioral and sensory issues I want to work on with a professional who has clinical training. Might be autism, not diagnosed. What type of professional should I look for? [more inside]
posted by robot cat at 6:19 PM - 6 answers

A Can of Worms

Do the majority of people in developed countries carry internal parasites? If so, where do they acquire them from? And if they do, are they all 100 percent bad for human health? Sources, other than Google or New Age health books, would be highly appreciated. YANM expert, I am aware. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by Crystal Fox at 6:08 PM - 10 answers

Do I really need to take a whole hypnobirthing class?

I really want to try hypnobirthing, but am not sure if I must take a whole course (either in person or self-study like Hypnobabies) OR if I can get the same benefits by simply reading a book or listening to a couple of good CDs over and over again? I assume a good book or full course is about providing exercises and drills that force me to practice something (although what I'm supposed to practice I'm not sure), whereas the CD may not?
posted by KatNips at 4:14 PM - 7 answers

Is the Vicodin/Norco of today different than what it was 10 years ago?

Has the "default" narcotics prescription changed in the last decade? I haven't required strong pain meds in a while, and my current experience is much different than it was in 2007-ish. [more inside]
posted by sideshow at 12:05 PM - 12 answers

this is seriously destroying my life

I've been suffering from chronic exhaustion for several months and at this point it's jeopardizing my career and my schooling. The doctors I have seen are basically doing this: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Please help me. [more inside]
posted by thereemix at 10:43 AM - 34 answers

Adjusting to progressive lenses

Progressive lenses are making me dizzy and nauseous and miserable. How do I make them work for me? [more inside]
posted by gerstle at 9:47 AM - 22 answers

Arachnaphobia Zoo Cure - preparing for hypnotherapy

Dear mefites, in the coming months I will be attending this event at Edinburgh Zoo to help with my terrible arachnophobia (note the page doesn't contain any photos of spiders). The afternoon consists of some information on spiders, hypnotherapy sessions, and then a chance to work with some spiders in a controlled environment. I am kind of cynical about the hypnotherapy aspect, but I am really committed to getting over my phobia. Any advice on how to prepare? [more inside]
posted by sedimentary_deer at 9:01 AM - 4 answers

How to Choose a Technique, "Shop" for a Therapist?

Seeking new therapist after 15 years. Hoping answers to this might be meta-useful: (a) Does a listing exist, understandable to patients, of different therapeutic techniques? (b) How can you intelligently shop for a technique or therapist or life coach? (c) What metrics help you judge if it's working? After the fold, I describe some of my history/issues - (d) recommendations as to specific techniques or Chicago-based therapists would be useful. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:01 AM - 5 answers

Find my perfect exercise routine: 30 minutes and done.

I’m looking for a routine I can do in the evenings when I feel particularly energetic or when I’ve decided not to walk in (raining) or the gym is full (tiny gym, huge office). [more inside]
posted by She Kisses Wyverns at 4:42 AM - 15 answers

We want to stretch, but not necessarily sweat.

Looking for recommendations for yoga videos that are 15-20 minutes long and are relatively easy to do (rather than intense and difficult). [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 4:13 AM - 11 answers

August 7

How long should it take to get cough variant asthma controlled?

YANMAllergist Filter: I was diagnosed with asthma for the first time this winter (I am in my late 30s). I've been seeing a specialist (an allergist at an asthma and allergy practice) since December and despite taking ALL THE MEDICINES, my symptoms are a lot better but I can't seem to get WELL. Fellow adult-onset asthmatics, how long should it take to find a regimen that controls my asthma, and when should I consider seeing a pulmonologist instead of or in addition to my allergist? Many more snowflake details behind the cut. [more inside]
posted by oblique red at 5:20 PM - 12 answers

August 6

You are not my doctor. Um, who should be?

I'm a mid 40's white male, US, probably somewhere on the autism spectrum. Six years ago, after a progressive neurological collapse, I was eventually diagnosed with paired idiopathic vitamin B12 and D deficiencies. Continuing medical care has been essentially non-existent, often because there seems to be no one who understands the disorder. I would like to talk to someone with understanding of how recovery progresses and my particular case... who would that even be? Snowflakes are thataway... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:56 PM - 7 answers

How do I semi-urgent-care doctor?

I have a minor health issue (details below the fold, but think "minor infection" not "unknown major ailment."). I have insurance and should should see a doctor about it, but for various reasons, I'm not quite sure how. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:56 PM - 15 answers

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