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December 21

Help a hacking amateur singer out?

I'm singing in the chorus of Handel's Messiah tomorrow at Carnegie Hall, and as luck would have it, I seem to have caught a whale of a cold, which by now has more or less calmed down to just a pretty bad cough. I'd rather not collapse in the middle of the Hallelujah Chorus (or any other choruses, come to think of it). Any advice for dealing with a pretty bad cough in the short term when you can't just take to your bed? [more inside]
posted by holborne at 10:41 AM - 7 answers

December 20

Strep throat in the wrong country

I am almost positive I have strep throat. I'm in the US for the holidays but I live in Canada and all my health insurance is based there. What are the easiest, cheapest options now? [more inside]
posted by raeka at 10:03 PM - 8 answers

December 19

How to handle a toothache for four days?

I have a fairly painful toothache due to an exposed nerve that started a couple days ago. Unfortunately, I couldn't get in to see a dentist until next Tuesday, but the pain is definitely getting worse. I'm probably going to go to the campus clinic tomorrow to see if I can get some painkillers (and maybe antibiotics if they decide I need them), but are there any other ideas out there for dealing with tooth pain? I'm not a huge fan of taking opiates for longer than I need to (drowsiness, addictive potential, acetaminophen side effects, etc.), and I've found that the oral numbing gel is ineffective.
posted by PlasticSupernova at 6:40 PM - 14 answers

Optometrist recommendation for Portland, OR?

I've been putting this off for too long, so it's time to see an optometrist. Ideally in the inner east side, or around Portland State. Thanks!
posted by middlethird at 3:03 PM - 8 answers

Combatting Type II Diabetes

In July I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. Since then I've made significant changes to my lifestyle. I'm wondering what to expect on my next doctor visit. [more inside]
posted by slogger at 12:18 PM - 15 answers

Online psychological resources for sexual issues

SFW version : I have no problem getting 'it' up, but I have a problem reaching climax. My basic research says it's likely psychological. So I'm looking to you guys for recommendations. The version inside is NSFW. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:53 AM - 10 answers

I want to run my legs, not run a fever!

I think I might have the flu. My first half marathon is 4 weeks from tomorrow. Can I still run it? How can I get on the mend fast, and back to training ASAP? [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 4:15 AM - 10 answers

December 18

Will the mold kill me?

I thoroughly cleaned my water bottle just now and wiped black stuff from the sides of the inside. I assume it's mold, and I think it's probably been there for a while (days? weeks?) already. I drink at least 1 L of water from it daily. Will I suffer any effects? [more inside]
posted by rebooter at 10:37 AM - 11 answers

But I'm worth it NOW!

I'm having trouble finding system for rewarding weight loss that doesn't mess with my head. This is possibly a question about goal-setting, too. [more inside]
posted by Guess What at 8:28 AM - 22 answers

Hand controls for aging drivers?

An older relative has been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy in his legs. It isn't debilitating, but it is causing problems with driving, as some days he can't feel the pedals well enough to control the car safely. Would hand controls help him stay independent? [more inside]
posted by procrastination at 7:47 AM - 2 answers

December 17

Long-term effects of bismuth subsalicylate (a.k.a. Pepto Bismol)?

I'm looking for scientific articles on the topic. I understand that the mechanism of action is not well understood but I'm curious about the existence of any long-term effects. [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday at 8:20 PM - 4 answers

Learning to smile?

I got my front teeth fixed a year ago. 34 combined years of teeth not growing in, braces, terrible falling bridges, and bad dentists had taken their toll before I managed to find a dentist who could do a good job. I do smile and did smile before but it was often self-counscious; nice kid, shame about the teeth. [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 2:42 PM - 8 answers

How do you maintain or build mental discilpline?

How do you keep yourself from growing mentally flabby, falling into lazy thinking, defaulting to mindless entertainment, devolving into a decreasing attention span and ability to focus?
posted by roaring beast at 10:08 AM - 22 answers

Repairing Circadian Rhythm With Little Daylight

Because of recent trauma and a manic episode that lasted several weeks, I seem to still be without a circadian rhythm. I am familiar with the most common suggestions, such as getting daylight, putting yourself on a sleeping/waking/eating schedule, and exercise. These have mixed benefit to me for reasons I'll explain below. I'm looking for tweaks to make those things work better and am also seeking other ways to reset biorhythms because this is astonishingly disruptive and makes all other order impossible. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe at 8:19 AM - 17 answers

IUD and infection

New IUD and possible infection is depressing me. Probably TMI. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:58 AM - 14 answers

No family doctor; needs an obgyn check up

Where in Toronto can I get my girly parts checked out, if I don't have a family doctor? I have OHIP and have access to the university health centers, although I kinda want to have the check up soon. I've been kind of negligent and haven't gone for a check up in years. I'm 30.
posted by anonymous at 5:57 AM - 7 answers

December 16

Help me lose five pounds when my lifestyle is already fairly healthy!

I want to lose five pounds. I don't have a specific deadline for this weight loss, but perhaps losing the weight over, say, two months would make me happy. The issue is that tips like "kick the soda habit!" and "cut out bread!" might not work for me, because I already have pretty healthy lifestyle habits! [more inside]
posted by fernweh at 9:12 PM - 25 answers

Not depressed, just food obsessed

After decades on antidepressants, I titrated off of them several months ago with my doctor's approval. I feel great except for one thing: I am ravenous and inordinately interested in all things related to food. [more inside]
posted by summer sock at 5:50 PM - 9 answers

books about cerebral palsy

I'm looking for recommendations of books and resources on cerebral palsy. [more inside]
posted by gerstle at 10:35 AM - 11 answers

December 15

What is wrong with my throat?!

I have a doctor appt tomorrow but just wanted to ask if this sounds serious enough to merit worry or if it's no big deal. I have a sore throat on the left side of my throat only, and the lymph node in my neck is swollen on that side as well. In fact the whole left side of my neck hurts... [more inside]
posted by Librarypt at 1:24 PM - 26 answers

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