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October 19

Frequent blood draws

How to get through an extended period of frequent blood draws? [more inside]
posted by travelwithcats at 11:21 AM - 13 answers

October 18

Help: Opportunity for major physical change

On November 6 I will have my left knee replaced. Six weeks later, if all is going well, the right one will follow. My brain is spinning with possibilities for my future: lose weight! be healthier! drop some medications! shop for clothes in regular stores! go hiking with my husband! But wait! There's more! [more inside]
posted by harrietthespy at 7:19 PM - 8 answers

How do I shop for dental services (NYC)?

How do I determine whether the costs on my dental predetermination form are reasonable and/or shop around for a better deal? [more inside]
posted by yonglin at 1:36 PM - 4 answers

How to tackle ACL reconstruction so I can go back to Judo and BJJ?

Whoot, 1st question on MetaFilter. I tore an ACL, and I'm looking at reconstruction so I can go back to my two favorite things, Judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. My question: Any professionals with insight? Any protips or questions I should ask? Any thing I should be cautious or wary about? (More detail under the fold if that's helpful.) [more inside]
posted by aaxelrod at 6:18 AM - 8 answers

Ow ow ow my throat. Will a GP do anything? (UK)

In London for a couple weeks. New & painful sore throat. Does anyone routinely test for bacterial strep here? [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself at 2:06 AM - 9 answers

October 17

Steroids will be the death of me....and my weekend

Hi, I'm a 20 year old college student (female). I'm at home on bed rest this weekend because I had a bad reaction to steroids (prednisone) for an allergic reaction. (kind of ironic right?) I'm feeling lethargic, dizzy and nauseous. Basically I'm miserable and wish I was in the hospital. What should I do so I can recover quickly to start going back to school Monday... and not be bored out of my mind? Should I literally stay in bed? I don't mind but it loses it's novelty after a while. [more inside]
posted by starlybri at 7:54 PM - 5 answers

Paging Oliver Sacks. This was awful.

My partner had a significant mental health event in the past that nobody (neurologists or psych people) have been able to explain. It's never reappeared and there was no history beforehand, but it's a significant source of worry for both of us. Blizzard within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:00 PM - 34 answers

Surely someone can relate!

Where are the best online support groups for spouses of people with alzheimer's disease? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:56 PM - 3 answers

My eye! My eye!

I had an eye exam by an optometrist at a boutique (non-chain) eye glass shop. This store is known for it's unique selection, and I selected an Oakley frame - with lenses ground by Oakley, and an everyday pair with the lenses ground by their usual lab. Unfortunately, my vision is a little bluury in my left eye with both pairs of glasses, and I feel nauseated when I wear them. I've only been able to wear either pair for a max of 20 minutes before I have to remove them due to the nausea and unsettled feeling. [more inside]
posted by raising_arizona at 12:53 PM - 8 answers

a health insurance gap. a cobra loophole.

I am going to have a health insurance gap between October 31 and December 23rd. That is a time period less than 60 days, and I hear there is a COBRA loophole, and I would like advice about it. [more inside]
posted by millipede at 8:15 AM - 15 answers

Does a local pharmacy keep stock of all drugs, all the time?

If I get a prescription from a doctor and take it to a pharmacy, they seem to be able to fulfill it there and then. How? Do they keep a stock of all drugs on hand? Seems unlikely but I have yet to visit one and they didn't have the stock. How does it work?
posted by MarvinJ at 4:59 AM - 28 answers

October 16

New relationship and starting Lexapro

Effects on libido, dosage, other factors [more inside]
posted by mermily at 8:07 PM - 12 answers

When shrimp attack ...me

I was making jambalaya about two weeks ago, and while shelling shrimp I poked myself with a carapace. The wound is not getting better. YANAD/YANMD [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate at 9:40 AM - 13 answers

Any tips/methods for breaking out of negative thought spirals?

I have some pretty serious anxiety issues and depression. These have been tremendously exacerbated by some rather overwhelming recent events. I'm seeing professionals for help, but I am getting stuck, for many hours a day, on these thought loops where I imagine in vivid detail the worst case scenario for whatever is bothering me. If I don't have anything to latch onto at the moment, I just feel constant general physical anxiousness. Are there any methods that have worked for you to break out of a similar cycle/pattern? Not looking for medical advice, but for anecdotal advice. [more inside]
posted by polywomp at 9:07 AM - 21 answers

October 15

Help with a Norwegian Hospital Bill

An American friend became ill while in Norway last year while on vacation, and had to spend a day in hospital. The hospital now wants >$5,000, despite the bill supposedly being paid by insurance in January (the American insurance company is supposed to have covered it all except for a nominal copayment). They keep on sending him letters from Norway. What should he do? [more inside]
posted by troytroy at 4:03 PM - 8 answers

And what do YOU think?

Looking for best practices for getting a second opinion/shopping around for specialty clinics. [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty at 3:30 PM - 5 answers

Osteoporosis, elevated calcium in urine, is a 2nd opinion in order?

I have on-going osteoporosis and a recent test showed I also have elevated calcium in my urine. My doctor didn't inform me about the calcium result or make any recommendations for further testing or treatment. Should I find a new doctor based on this, and if so, what specialty? [more inside]
posted by miaou at 7:56 AM - 12 answers

October 14

Sudden Bad Breath/Sour Taste in Mouth

About a year ago, I suddenly developed a sour taste in my mouth. What is the most likely cause? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:05 PM - 6 answers

Is it true that below 70 LDL, cholesterol deposits recede?

A friend just had a stent put in due to 100% congestion in one blood vessel (50% congestion remains in another). He's on highest Lipitor dose (80mg), which has brought LDL down to 90. Cardiologist wants to keep him on high Lipitor plus sign him up for a trial of Alirocumab (an experimental monoclonal antibody which lowers cholesterol). The goal is an LDL of 70, because doctor says at that point the body starts a reverse process of removing cholesterol, thereby reducing the congestion. I can't find any confirmation of this anywhere. Can anyone help verify or clarify?
posted by Quisp Lover at 8:44 AM - 8 answers

October 13

My assault casts a long shadow over my medical record...

My history of sexual assault is in my medical record. My electronic medical record. This is driving me nuts and becoming a mental roadblock for me when I seek further healthcare. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit at 9:40 PM - 41 answers

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