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May 15

Possible causes for sudden anxiety and tremors?

So I wake up last Monday and notice my hand shaking. On top of that, seemingly out of nowhere, I'm more anxious about even the smallest things. I'm always anxious but this is different, it feels different at least, and the tremors are new... I guess the question is what could so suddenly (or at least without me realizing it) cause the shakes? It's been a week, I'm kind of desperate for a solution here.
posted by dr handsome at 10:35 AM - 13 answers

May 14

How do I gain more control over my hormones?

I am looking for clear, concise information on how the connection between hormones and one's emotions affects weight. [more inside]
posted by Crystal Fox at 12:24 PM - 4 answers

Yes, another poop question...

Read a recent article that some folks are taking upward of 200 Imodium for the high it can give. This can cause a person's heart to stop. So let's consider in a situation where a person does take this many, survives and actually cares about their pooping long before they could poop again? I know people who stop popping for days after a dose. Would there be anything they could do counteract the anti-poop effect? [more inside]
posted by MandaSayGrr at 8:40 AM - 4 answers

May 13

Magnesium malate/malic acid and photosensitivity

I'm supposed to start taking supplemental magnesium malate soon- could this form of magnesium {compounded with malic acid} cause issues with sun exposure? I'm asking because I know that malic acid, as an alpha hydroxy acid, is known to provoke reactions to sun exposure when applied topically and, since summer is almost here, it got me wondering whether that could be the case once taken orally as well. Any help {and sources you can find} is highly appreciated, thanks a lot!
posted by opalshards at 11:36 AM - 4 answers

How can I track my health problem and potential lifestyle triggers?

I have a recurring health problem. I would like to find an easy way to keep a daily health diary (logging food, sleep, exercise etc) which will let me visually see a month or two of data on a graph, to sleuth out symptom triggers. I have tried some iOS apps (Flaredown/Symple) but haven't found one I liked. I am open to non iOS options (Android/web/paper). Do you have a health log that you like? [more inside]
posted by sockkitude at 2:28 AM - 11 answers

May 12

What kind of therapy should I get look for?

Seeking advice on what type of therapy help to get. Because when I'm attacked in social or work situations, I'm left feeling very internally agitated and anxious. How can I overcome this? I don't expect immediate results, but as though I've made some sort of internal progress by recognizing this problem and don't know where to go from here. I have an example of a type of attack and other details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:04 PM - 5 answers

Threat Level RED for pale green incident

I recently got a call from a colleague who was upset over what turned out to be a misunderstanding. We talked and cleared it up, but I noticed a physiological response on my part to the stress and hurt/anger in his voice. My heart rate went up, my voice got hoarser, my hands were shaking. Several minutes later my heart rate was still elevated, my palms were damp and trembling, and I still felt generally discomfited. [more inside]
posted by bunderful at 8:29 AM - 11 answers

Foot massage accessory.

I'm looking for a foot massage device that will allow me to massage my ladies feet while she reclines on a couch. [more inside]
posted by BillyAnne at 8:23 AM - 5 answers

What is this ringing...dinging...wooing sound in my ear...?

I had surgery on my ear 8 months ago, now I have a chorus playing in my ear that sounds like the wind when it blows over the mouth of a bottle... [more inside]
posted by Whatifyoufly at 7:23 AM - 4 answers

May 11

Is fasting going to murder me?

I'm going to do a 10 day water fast. I don't think this will murder me, for several reasons. Also I will probably quit after one day, so that's a big one. Is there anything in particular I should know or prepare for? Or prepare to consume ( vitamins?) to stave off <thing>. Have you done something similar before? What was your experience?
posted by so fucking future at 9:12 PM - 15 answers

5 out of 5 drs say even special snowflakes should have colonoscopies

… please help me make mine as uneventful as possible. I have read threads here and other sites, and due to the Unknown Narrator issue am having difficulty deciding aspects of how I’d like to follow through with this procedure. [more inside]
posted by dancing leaves at 6:02 PM - 25 answers

What to say?

This is copy and paste from a blog I have. I'm wrestling with a therapy problem that recently popped up. Please ignore the scattered shape of the post, I was trying to get things out. [more inside]
posted by kathrynm at 5:24 PM - 8 answers

Replacing food as comfort/reward

What can I do/use to lift my mood instead of food? Criteria:
  • quick,
  • healthy,
  • cheap,
  • doesn't take much space,
  • doesn't take long,
  • doesn't depend on others,
  • is, erm, decent (no privacy in a small appartment),
  • not physically intense (I'm quite out of shape),
  • can be done while interrupted every 5 seconds by a toddler or quiet enough not to wake up a sleeping toddler on the other side of paper-thin walls.
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posted by gakiko at 3:08 PM - 28 answers

Gentle yoga for those who beat up their bodies 12 hours a day

I've spent the last decade running for fitness and working on my feet and I can finally feel it catching up to me. I started a new job and now I work 12 hour shifts and I am so sore. I've been wanting to start a yoga routine but I can barely touch my shins, let alone my toes. I've tried videos before but, for example, I can't do downward dog and I'm not sure how to best attempt it given my limited flexibility. Does anyone know of a youtube video that is a guided yoga routine for inflexible people?
posted by pintapicasso at 7:06 AM - 16 answers

May 10

Downward facing blogs

I'm looking for well written yoga blogs that cover any or all aspects of yoga, physical, mental, spiritual etc. I want informed and interesting coverage. Googling is almost impossible because the top links are just SEO rubbish so I'm turning to the discerning minds of Mefi for some curated yoga goodness!
posted by roolya_boolya at 2:22 PM - 5 answers

How to determine common LASTING side effects of medications (for HIV)?

I want to compare different medications’ long-term tolerability. The Patient Information for each medication lists its side effects. But many side effects go away after a few days or a few weeks on the medication. I want to know what side effects commonly/very commonly persist after that adjustment period. The particular medications I want to know about are for HIV, and are listed inside. [more inside]
posted by daisyace at 12:46 PM - 8 answers

Recommend a book about dealing with disability

I'm looking for a book, preferably written by mental health professional about dealing with the psychological aspects of long-term injury or disability. I'm not looking for something that deals with head trauma/brain injuries – that's what I'm finding a lot of. in particular, how do people that used to be high performers athletically deal with the challenges it brings to their lives in many aspects: from social interaction, mobility, lifestyle changes etc. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:40 AM - 6 answers

May 9

Should I consider health insurance via the ACA?

I'm making a career move, destination TBD. How strongly should I weigh employer-provided health insurance? [more inside]
posted by ramenopres at 9:27 PM - 9 answers

Diagnosis of Hyperplasia with AtypiA. Need Advice

In early March I was diagnosed with Hyperplasia with AtypiA. It's now May, and I still don't have any more information than I did then. [more inside]
posted by SoftSummerBreeze at 8:12 AM - 3 answers

May 8

Mixed depressions, I got a broken piece, can I return it?

Constant mixed agitated depressions with fluctuations in energy, mood over weeks. I'm on medication, see a psychiatrist and yet it doesn't feel right. We've been changing meds because the depressions won't go away. And now I feel like I'm so broken and defective that even the meds that used to work won't work anymore. It sucks. Why isn't there a return policy on the brains? [more inside]
posted by greta_01 at 7:54 PM - 7 answers

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