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April 20

How do I hide these bald spots?

I am finding coin-sized bald spots on my scalp, possibly from alopecia areata. I have long, dark hair and at least one spot on the top of my crown is noticeable no matter where I part my hair. How do I hide this? Also, is it possible any of this is related to the birth of my first child but NOT simply postpartum hair loss? [more inside]
posted by Hwaet at 12:31 PM - 7 answers

Ovarian cyst

Anyone here had a simple ovarian cyst of 5-6 cm? What happened to it? Did it shrink down? If not after how much monitoring did they remove it and how was the surgery? I have my 2 month follow up ultrasound on Tuesday for my 57 mm one Thanks
posted by barexamfreak at 5:31 AM - 13 answers

April 19

Colds, steam and sensitive skin.

I caught a cold and have been fairly miserable for the past couple of weeks. To soothe my irritated throat from what is is likely post nasal drip, the doctor who visited me today suggested I inhale steam plus a combination of essential oils twice a day- problem is, my skin is quite sensitive and always comes out dehydrated from a hot shower, so I'm wondering whether this much steam may do more harm than good to my face. Is there any way to use steam on sensitive skin without damaging it? [more inside]
posted by opalshards at 5:56 PM - 13 answers

Looking for a personal-training app or email

My routine at the gym has been stagnating. I went to an intro bootcamp class this morning and it was ridiculously fun, mainly because I didn't have to think about it or plan it; I don't, however, want to spend the $150/mo they charge to continue with that. I've been happy in the past to do internet searches to put together routines of my own, but I don't have the time now. Is there an app or email system that would give me a 20- to 30-minute routine with the following? [more inside]
posted by lazuli at 1:27 PM - 9 answers

April 18

Have all therapists heard of "Pure O" OCD?

After hearing it described on a podcast and doing a lot of googling, I'm 99.9% sure that I have "pure obsessional" OCD. I'm currently seeing a therapist for anxiety, and I want to tell them about the OCD too – but they're a "mental health counselor" at a low-cost clinic. Is it possible they wouldn't have heard about this OCD variant? [more inside]
posted by cookiedough at 6:56 PM - 7 answers

Where to buy Feldenkrais mat?

I would like to purchase a Feldenkrais mat either online or in NYC in the near future. [more inside]
posted by Waiting for Pierce Inverarity at 4:58 PM - 2 answers

Intermittent fasting diet is making me sleepy but unable to sleep!

I've been doing a 5:2 intermittent fasting diet and mostly it's pretty easy and is having results but on nights where I'm fasting I have a hard time sleeping. [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 9:45 AM - 15 answers

April 17

Silence, not sheep.

I've become the lightest sleeper ever. Please help me with a white noise solution that is portable for traveling. Sleepy snowflakes to follow. [more inside]
posted by floweredfish at 7:26 PM - 17 answers

Pro Running Android App Without Subscription

I'm looking for a running app for Android that does not require a monthly/yearly subscription for advanced features. [more inside]
posted by backwards guitar at 5:32 PM - 3 answers

Do diseases pass to humans from milk or meat consumption?

So I guess a virus in milk is linked to breast cancer? This has me wondering about other links between human diseases and milk or meat consumption. If you know about prions, about the link between Parkinson's Disease and milk, or about any similar topics, could you please enlighten me? I'd been trying to get myself to eat more yogurt (for the calcium and the probiotics), but now I'm thinking maybe that's the wrong direction to be taking my diet. Are there good sources that explain the latest thinking on this?
posted by slidell at 1:54 PM - 21 answers

Seeking info re: Opioid Detox and Rehab in NY area

I'm doing some research about opioid detox and treatment for a family of my acquaintance and would like info and opinions regarding the following: [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 8:09 AM - 2 answers

Muse Headset worth having?

Having seen the EEG-esque Muse Headband mentioned on here I am really curious. How real a thing is it? Is it my best option? [more inside]
posted by Iteki at 5:05 AM - 5 answers

April 16

Medicaid in Washington navigation by proxy

A close friend of mine needs help navigating Washington Apple Care and neither of us really even know where to start. [more inside]
posted by zinful at 11:43 AM - 5 answers

Experiences of recovery from osteitis pubis?

Dear hivemind, I was wondering if anyone has stories to share of recovery from osteitis pubis - and bonus points for any stories of recovering from long-term injury and returning to previous activity that you may have had to give up as a result of said injury. [more inside]
posted by coffee_monster at 8:25 AM - 1 answers

Tell me about finger tip prosthetics.

I have recently had a very silly accident with unfortunately serious consequences. I have lost the tip of my right thumb. I have lost from the base of the nail upwards-- I still have a working joint with full mobility and it seems like it will heal well with good feeling in the new tip. I am looking into prosthetics both for vanity and to lengthen the thumb for things like holding a pen, and I have some questions. [more inside]
posted by frumiousb at 1:47 AM - 5 answers

April 15

I need to get psychological help but I'm afraid of not having job

I have come to the realization that I experienced a traumatic childhood, and the patterns of learned behaviors I used then are the ones that are wrecking havoc on my life now. I am young, educated, and bright (on the outside), but my life, health, relationships, work are spiraling to a low. I am afraid to lose my job and health insurance, but my anxiety and severe stress issues are getting in the way if not addressed! I need practical advice about what resources are available for treatment, what my rights are as an employee, what are my options if unemployed. Or maybe just a slap on the face. [more inside]
posted by lacedcoffee at 11:38 AM - 33 answers

What kind of doctor should I see?

What kind of doc should I see for this issue? I have a lump on my back, on my shoulderblade. [more inside]
posted by WowLookStars at 8:55 AM - 12 answers

April 14

Lower-cost therapy options in DC

Does anyone know of any lower-cost psychotherapy options in DC? Or any good therapists in the area who accept any form of insurance? [more inside]
posted by armadillo1224 at 12:43 PM - 3 answers

Finding a general practice doctor with mental health experience

I'm happy with my psychiatrist, but I need to find a GP that has a better than average grasp on mental health issues, possible medication interactions, etc. How can I find a general or family practice doctor with adult mental health experience, particularly anxiety and depression? So far search results are cluttered with specialists. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:15 AM - 3 answers

April 13

"Inhale, notice your breathing and... erm....."

Where can I find well-written guided meditation scripts? [more inside]
posted by Crookshanks_Meow at 10:12 AM - 3 answers

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