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January 9

Hip, hurt and hobbled

After appropriately training for a couple of months, I ran a 4-miler on September 16th this past year. After hobbling across the finish line, and somehow making it back to my car and home, I was unable to put any weight on my right leg, and after X-rays and MRIs discovered that I had a stress fracture on the compression side of my femoral neck. I was able to spare myself surgery, and did everything on the appropriate timeline, but I am still not done. [more inside]
posted by Quincy at 10:12 AM - 6 answers

January 8

Foot specialist in PNW

I have a foot problem that has so far stumped four foot specialists. The leading theory at this point is degeneration of the cartilage of the big toe joint, as my MRI shows a chunk of missing cartilage there. This has been going on for a year now and I need to get serious about fixing it. I'm willing to travel anywhere in the PNW, but Seattle is easiest, and am interested in exploring the possibility of treating it with stem cell/PRP. Where should I go?
posted by HotToddy at 1:50 PM - 2 answers

Molar Implant: One graft or two? Autologous plasma or no?

Ms. Wrench (~50F) needs a dental implant to replace a broken molar. We have two estimates: one with lots of plasma culturing and two graft sessions (at extraction and at implantation); and one with one graft at implantation (I think; it's one graft, but not sure of the timing). [more inside]
posted by spacewrench at 8:51 AM - 4 answers

January 7

Can I safely use my dog's chlorhexidine shampoo?

I have a scalp infection that I've had for years. My dogs have also had frequent skin infections during the same time. The shampoos that doctors have told me to use for my scalp infection are OTC stuff, and they don't seem to work all that great. The dog's shampoo that the vet prescribed seems to help them, though. Can I safely use my dog's chlorhexidine 4% + PS shampoo? [more inside]
posted by 23skidoo at 5:24 PM - 16 answers

Need help sorting out my mental health treatment

Very confused right now. [more inside]
posted by winterportage at 12:05 PM - 9 answers

Do I need a new GI dr?

I have IBS-D, and I'm having some doubts about the quality of care I've been getting. YANMD but you can tell me if you think mine is doing a good job. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe at 9:25 AM - 6 answers

U.S. Healthcare 101 / Remedial edition

Despite being a lifelong American, I still don't really understand our healthcare system. Can you give me some info - treat me like I'm 5 years old. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:33 AM - 14 answers

January 6

Genital herpes . . . Whaaa?

I just recently learned that I have had genital herpes for 25 years. Color me stunned. What are the chances, after 20+ years of unprotected sex with my monogamous partner, that they have not contracted the virus from me? My partner has never had anything remotely related to a herpes sore on their genitals or other part of their body. At this point are they likely an asymptomatic carrier? Is the viral load so low during non-outbreak periods that they could have avoided the infection altogether? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:13 PM - 9 answers

caregiver tips after a back surgery?

My partner will be having back surgery next week and I'm looking for tips on how best to support him and prepare for the surgery and extended recovery. [more inside]
posted by snowymorninblues at 8:06 AM - 11 answers

Putting my life together after depression

Hello, I'm 28, male, have been diagnosed with depression for a few years now, been taking meds, have very few friends, no job, haven't worked in about a year, never had a real full-time job. I feel like I'm throwing my life away and I don't know how to be happy/productive/human again. Please advise? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:09 AM - 17 answers

save my relationship with beans

Has anyone successfully prevented a food intolerance from worsening? Or reintroduced a food that their body had previously started rejecting? Digestion chat abounds within! [more inside]
posted by terretu at 2:36 AM - 18 answers

January 5

gluteusmedius tendon operation

i have a problem with the gluteusmedius tendon. it has had soreness for more than a year due to an impact injury and has been diagnosed as a tear. the surgeon has recommended operating. he said it is a fairly standard operation with about 3 months recovery. my question is, has anyone had this surgery, and if so, can you give me any tips? such as length of recovery, how long off your feet, how successful was the operation. [more inside]
posted by edtut at 11:56 PM - 3 answers

Zombie blood in 28 Days Later doesn't count

I was joking with a friend about how we should postpone our blood pact because he has a cold, and we realized neither of us really knows if that even makes medical sense. Could you realistically pass on a cold via an ill-timed super-swearsies? Are there any surprising or lesser known "totally can!" or "totally can't!" illnesses in that category? Interesting underlying blood mechanisms?
posted by cortex at 6:23 PM - 10 answers

Pimp my diet

I have to completely change my diet because my triglycerides are sky-high. I also need to lose weight, work around gastroparesis, and spend as little money as possible. Hope me? [more inside]
posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess at 6:22 PM - 10 answers

How to read statistics accurately

I know the risk of SIDS is quite low. I can't figure out just how low given that some of the factors are preventable. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 4:01 PM - 8 answers

K, ok?

Do you get enough potassium in your diet? Do you even think about it? [more inside]
posted by flourpot at 7:04 AM - 23 answers

January 4

Pregnant in New York: foreign, partly insured, need prenatal care help

My unmarried partner and I are pregnant for the first time, while on a six-month working trip to NYC (four months left). We found out on the weekend and in order to be (partly) covered by our insurance for prenatal care, we need to provide a LOT of information to the insurance company: chosen providers, required tests, costs, etc. We don’t have a clue where to start with this: not just because this is our first pregnancy, but also because the American health care system is so foreign to us. We need help on how to start choosing a temporary care provider and… well… everything else! Can you help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:53 AM - 9 answers

How do I research assisted living for a disabled adult on Medicaid?

Where do I start in finding a dog-friendly facility that takes Medicaid, for a non-senior disabled adult who needs to move to an assisted living facility? My sister is in her mid-40s, physically disabled, and now mostly bedridden. An important caveat for this search is that she is ADAMANT that her medium-sized dog must come with her. [more inside]
posted by Jennifer S. at 9:20 AM - 9 answers

January 3

How can I best deal with vision loss in one eye due to "floaters"?

I have "floaters" in my left eye which are affecting my vision more and more over time. My job consists 90% of staring at a computer screen or driving. Both of which make my left eye mess up my vision. What things can I do to accommodate this as I stare at screens or drive? [more inside]
posted by ITravelMontana at 7:05 PM - 18 answers

[massage therapists] I need analysis of my body mechanics...

I have a bit over 2 years experience in massage therapy, but my sacroiliac area is chronically bugging me. I've found lots of advice to use good body mechanix, but most of the "experts" talk a good game but then don't seem to walk the walk when I watch their videos. The consensus seems to be:
    • work "under" your sternum
    • keep your "4 points" --front delts and front of hips-- pointing same direction
    • get leverage from hips/thighs, not shoulders/arms
I have a powered height adjustable table, and I think I take good advantage of it. [more inside]
posted by disnchntd at 4:59 PM - 3 answers

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