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April 25

Help me gain weight in a healthy, sustainable way

I have a lot of problems trying to maintain or gain weight. I know, many people wish they had my problem, but it's been a longstanding issue. I've always felt like I was too skinny. I'm 6' and I've never been over 147 lb in my life. I'm currently 140. I know I should get more calories in, but I rarely have enough of an appetite to eat enough healthy food to gain in any real noticeable way. I'm not sure if I should be taking something extra like protein powder. I've also started running, so I've started to see a bit of weight loss there that I'd like to avoid. I think I should be closer to 150-155, but I don't know how to get there without eating crap or gaining it all in my gut. Suggestions? Oh and I'm in my 40s if that means anything.
posted by theNonsuch at 12:57 PM - 25 answers

Being drunk minus the dumb behavior

I've decided that I definitely want to get on anti-anxiety medication as I just can't go out into public without experiencing some degree of anxiety which brings on a slew of unpleasant symptoms (cottonmouth, dizziness, headaches, light-headedness, etc.). I'd like to have anti-anxiety drug recommendations that make one feel kind of like they've had three or so beers minus the whole lacking inhibition thing. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart at 12:44 PM - 16 answers

Dentist in DC for a custom night guard

My DC dentist has informed me that, one of these days, my nighttime gnashing will rid my mouth of any hint of tooth. They suggested that I get a night guard. Where in the area should I get a custom one for less than the $700 they quoted me? [more inside]
posted by cichlid ceilidh at 12:14 PM - 12 answers

YANMD: Always foggy, but my mornings rival London

I wake up every single morning feeling like absolute garbage, mentally. I have considerable brain fog, struggle to move, and everything I do feels like a Sisyphean quest. When I take an almost-exactly 2 hour nap, almost exactly 2-3 hours after waking, I don't exactly feel normal, but things definitely feel lighter. I feel more rested, anyway. What could this be, and what can I do? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 at 9:39 AM - 21 answers

Bedtime Rituals

I've been having some sleep problems and recently saw a specialist. Among other things, he recommended creating a nightly bedtime ritual that takes about 30 minutes or so and helps me wind down. I would be appreciative if you would share your own most calming routines, best practices, good suggestions for getting into the right mental space for sleep? [more inside]
posted by Miko at 9:10 AM - 37 answers

April 24

breast cancer care package

A friend has been diagnosed with breast cancer. I'd like to send some care packages as she goes through treatment, but need some suggestions on what would actually be helpful / things she can use [more inside]
posted by raw sugar at 6:31 PM - 21 answers

Zika before pregnancy?

Is there any evidence on the effects of Zika infection before pregnancy? We might be traveling to Brazil, and we don't have plans for kids in the next year or so, but are still concerned. [more inside]
posted by molla at 1:05 PM - 3 answers

Weatherproof my exercise routine!

My thousandth exercise question: My exercise routine needs some tweaking. Please advise. I need options for exercise at home on days that it's too hot to go out, and given certain other restrictions. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 4:42 AM - 12 answers

April 23

How to adjust rollator brake lock position

I have a drive dual rollator and am able to adjust the hand brakes which work just fine when I'm walking but they don't brake at all in the lock position and I haven't been able to find how to fix this on line. I need to have the rollator locked to hold on to getting out of a chair. Any suggestions?
posted by mcbeitz at 5:00 PM - 4 answers

April 22

Neck Spasm Treatment

YANMD, but what sort of doctor should I seek out for this neck spasm that seems to be a recurring issue? [more inside]
posted by argylesockpet at 7:18 AM - 10 answers

Water-resistant sunscreen for running

What sunscreen/sunblock do you wear while running or doing something similarly sweaty outdoors? Is it great, and something you'd like to recommend? Ideally available in Ireland or the UK. [more inside]
posted by carbide at 6:16 AM - 8 answers

April 21

It's a real pain in the...

Let us suppose that you have injured yourself. Perhaps you've (presumptively) torn your rotator cuff by falling out of bed. Let us further suppose that the area in which you live has a major prescription drug abuse problem, and it takes an act of God to get a prescription for opioid painkillers. Cortisone shot was two weeks ago. Tylenol and Advil point and laugh at your pain, but that's about it. How do you manage your pain? Medication, meditation, woo or not. YANAD. Gimme your best pain hacks.
posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess at 6:55 PM - 27 answers

MYOPIC BRETHREN please help me swim

How do you, my fellow glasses/contacts wearers, handle swimming in pools? [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin at 2:11 PM - 50 answers

Couch to Backpacker program?

Is there a hiking equivalent of the Couch to 5K? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 11:37 AM - 15 answers

Kosher for Passover Vitamins and Supplements - Help

So me and mine are in need of taking various supplements and vitamins to keep us in somewhat good shape, my beloved has a few medical conditions for which she needs a variety of homeopathic and allopathic items. I need to know where to find an updated list to make sure there's no chametz. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 9:51 AM - 6 answers

Did Jello compromise my endoscopy today

I am having an upper GI endoscopy this afternoon at 3 pm (scope down the esophagus to the stomach/small intestine). To prepare for it I was told to have only clear liquids this morning including water, tea, clear juice, jello, etc. and to stop all liquids and ingest nothing by mouth at 11AM (4 hours prior to the procedure). At about 8:15/8:30 this morning I had 1 cup of cherry jello for breakfast. I'm reading now that anything red should be avoided during endoscopy prep. Medical MeFi'ers: Since the jello was over *6 hours* prior to the procedure and was afterward washed down with copious amounts of plain water, clear juice, and clear tea will it be okay; or does the "red" linger in the stomach and cause problems with the imaging?
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy at 9:10 AM - 8 answers

April 20

How to deal with anxiety about actual health problems?

I've got a new health condition of some kind to add to my pile of years-long preexisting conditions. Bloodwork and unwanted weight loss seem to point to a particular condition, but we're not 100% sure yet. It's probably not something that will kill me anytime soon, and in a majority of cases doesn't even cause any painful symptoms. So why am I wigging out about it? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 9:01 AM - 9 answers

Best prenatal vitamin?

I'm planning on getting pregnant in the next few months, and I know the folic acid in prenatal vitamins is actually most useful for preventing birth defects if you take it in the weeks before getting knocked up. So, I find myself in the market for prenatal vitamins, but I'm finding it hard to do any research at all about what brands are better or worse. I turn to the hive mind. Obsessive over-thinkers and over-researchers of metafilter: what is the best brand or type of prenatals? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:18 AM - 27 answers

trichloroacetic acid?!

I visited a gynecologist who told me I have HPV and wants to remove small warts with trichloroacetic acid. Does anyone have experience with this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:15 AM - 6 answers

April 18

Advice for dealing with painful sex (penetration)

I'm in my mid-late thirties, a woman dating men, and penetrative sex has always been painful or uncomfortable to varying degrees. What are some ways I can deal with this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:52 PM - 17 answers

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