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September 23

Buproprion and diazepam? Two great tastes that taste great together?

Has anyone here combined a regimen of buproprion and diazepam to treat depression and anxiety? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 6:22 AM - 17 answers

orthotics or better?

Doctors agree: My feet are the flattest. An arch collapsed in one foot but not the other. Highly recommended, expensive insoles are good for the first 1,000 feet but don't make any difference thereafter. I wear a splint at night and losing weight. Aside from amputation, what should I be investing in or spending my time doing?
posted by parmanparman at 6:16 AM - 13 answers

September 22

Got mono, weird pain when swallowing, any advice?

I've got mono, yay. Instead of the traditional sore throat, I've got a weird issue when swallowing - the top-back of my throat (the bit that connects the nose to the throat?) flares in SHARP pain whenever I swallow. Anyone else experience this when they had mono? Any suggestions for relief?
posted by isauteikisa at 10:08 AM - 12 answers

7 Keto DHEA, anyone have any experience? Mine is awesome so far!

Anyone have any experience (short or long term) with the supplement 7 Keto DHEA? I just took it for the first time and had such an exciting, amazing day, wanted to see if others had similar reactions etc. [more inside]
posted by HonestAsian at 3:04 AM - 10 answers

September 21

Must... Force Down Food

I'm never hungry after long runs. What gives? [more inside]
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper at 11:27 PM - 12 answers

Looking for health record keeping tools

Is there something like LinkedIn but for health? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 9:52 AM - 2 answers

What's wrong with my knees?

My knees showed up yellow on the airport scan today. I swear I'm not smuggling anything. What gives? [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood at 9:26 AM - 16 answers

What's the story re maltodextrin?

As I understand things, stevia extract may be the least harmful way to add additional sweetener to food and I've been using the liquid extract in iced tea and on berries for the past few months. On a whim I picked up the powdered version to try in baking and noticed that the package contains maltodextrin (for bulk, I assume) and stevia extract—still 0 calories. However, a quick google returns info about bodybuilders using maltodextrin as a source of quick energy and that it contains 4 calories/gram, like all carbohydrates. They can't both be right. [more inside]
posted by she's not there at 9:23 AM - 11 answers

In What Scenarios Are Pregnancy Test Mandatory?

Is anyone familiar with practices/policies/laws/cases surrounding mandating a pregnancy test either in the medical environment or in other cases? I am interested in anecdotes, personal opinions, as well as pointers to articles or other resources. [more inside]
posted by theefixedstars at 9:01 AM - 49 answers

Looking for non-military metaphors for living with cancer

I have multiple myeloma (bone marrow cancer) and though I want to do everything possible to regain my health, I'm not a fan of the military metaphors people use. Several studies have found that people who use military metaphors have more trouble with making changes that might prolong their lives. Can the hive mind come up with better ideas? [more inside]
posted by FencingGal at 7:51 AM - 14 answers

September 20

Post Stem-cell transplant patient + mold - how dangerous?

My Mom just had a stem cell transplant for acute myeloid leukemia and is staying at my Grandparent's house. Our basement recently flooded and we've been ransacked with mildew/mold. The doc previously said that mold is a big no-no for patients taking post-transplant patients taking immunosuppressants - plus no way I trust myself to take care of cleaning mold thoroughly. My mom says she can't spend that much and would like to buy a HEPA air purifier instead to fix the problem - I don't think this is enough. What do we do? [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers at 2:09 PM - 13 answers

Shoes for Planar Fasciitis

For the first time in my life I have Planar Fasciitis so I need to figure out how I can get rid of it AND what shoes/slippers to wear indoors? [more inside]
posted by metajim at 11:56 AM - 33 answers

Computer programmers: How do you sleep at night?

If I don't get a programming problem solved before bedtime, my brain keeps waking me up, trying to solve it. This makes me very tired. Others who have dealt with this: How do you shut your brain up for sleepy time? [more inside]
posted by clawsoon at 6:47 AM - 23 answers

September 19

Is psychiatric rehabilitation worthwhile?

I have a chance to add psych rehab to my mental health treatment, at no cost. Seems like a no brainer, but I'm not entirely sure it would be worth it for me. [more inside]
posted by Archipelago at 12:49 PM - 4 answers

Athlete's foot - when is it time to see a doctor?

I've had athlete's foot for 5-6 months now, but I didn't recognize and start treating it until more recently. I've tried multiple treatments for the last several weeks, and while some symptoms have improved, the infection seems like it's still spreading. How long can athlete's foot take to heal when a treatment is actually working? When should I conclude that my OTC treatments are not working and it's time to see a doctor? [more inside]
posted by st elmo's fire at 5:50 AM - 18 answers

September 18

Help me find compression stockings to wear while flying

The last couple of times I've flown I've experienced ankle swelling. I'm flying again in two weeks and would like to try compression socks. What brand/features should I look for? What brand has worked for you? I already know that I need to get up and walk during the flight, try to keep from crossing my legs, etc-- this question is simply about recommendations for compression socks/stockings to wear during long flights. Thanks, fellow MeFi travelers!
posted by bookmammal at 7:34 PM - 14 answers

ADHD meds - stop or continue?

I've been on and off ADHD meds since I was first diagnosed about 5 years ago. Most recently I tried Adderall XR; previously I've tried Concerta, Vyvanse, and Straterra (one at a time). Straterra is awful - made me drowsy during the day and kept me from sleeping at night. The other drugs all help me focus, but they also make me feel frazzled and exhausted if I take them continuously - so I have to take a drug holiday on the weekend. [more inside]
posted by bunderful at 6:21 PM - 19 answers

YANMD.... but do I really need to go to one?

A couple of months ago I took up running. I've been pacing myself, working on proper form and using the couch 2 5k app. I haven't been having much trouble at all after the initial shin splints and leg cramps. That is until Wednesday, when my first race was Friday. [more inside]
posted by Quincy at 4:52 PM - 17 answers

My Colds Are Worse Than Your Colds

Why do I get such severe colds and is there anything I can do to relieve my symptoms when I get one? [more inside]
posted by toby_ann at 2:37 PM - 21 answers

When the words “stupid” & “slow” are thrown at you...

I’m a 30 year old man who was bullied to a certain degree back in middle-school. I came to the states as a 4th grader. I went to a Catholic school, and was the only new kid in class. At the time, English was not my primary language and dreaded reading out in class due to my thick accent. I was laughed at, and called “stupid” or “slow” from time to time. Those two words have continued to haunt me from time to time up until now. [more inside]
posted by tnar23 at 8:55 AM - 24 answers

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