Approximately two weeks ago (I think) I was out in the woods and was possibly bitten by something on the knuckle of my ring finger. The next day the spot ached in the joint, but no other symptoms. Over the last few days, though, the pain has returned and worsened, and now it appears to be getting puffy. Should I go see a medical professional about this? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig
on Apr 2, 2014 -
I'm looking for a concierge medical practice. People in this question
, as well as on Yelp and other review sites, have raved
about One Medical. Unfortunately, the nearest One Medical is in Berkeley and no way am I going to drive that far to see my doctor. I'd like suggestions on a good concierge doctor or medical practice in Central Contra Costa County. [more inside]
posted by Rosie M. Banks
on Feb 19, 2014 -
I am in Washington DC, not feeling well and would like to see a doctor. The problem: I don't have a doctor. How do I go about getting one? [more inside]
posted by capricorn
on Jan 27, 2014 -
I recently went to a functional medicine doctor. The administrative staff has been negligent. She misdiagnosed me and recommended unnecessary testing. Not to mention the cost! I don't think I should go back, but should I write a letter? Details behind the cut. [more inside]
posted by munyeca
on Jan 24, 2014 -
I don't really trust that I'm getting a good eye exam from my optometrist (chain store) and felt the same about the previous two (local practice and another chain store.) Given that I'm not a doctor myself, how do I find/get a better eye exam or gain a reasonable confidence I'm getting a good exam in my current situation?
posted by michaelh
on Jan 2, 2014 -
I just started seeing a rheumatologist for my ankylosing spondylitis. She suggested a long term NSAID rather than just taking ibuprofen as I had been doing. She prescribed two options: diclofenac, which I tried, and Indomethacin, which I have not yet tried. I have questions about the new drug before I start it but my rheumatologist won't be able to respond for about a month. Should I see my family doctor or a pharmacist with questions about the new meds? Are either likely to be really familiar with a random medication?
posted by Naib
on Dec 5, 2013 -
How do I ask my new doctor for tranquilizers without seeming like a crazy drug addict? [more inside]
posted by mittens
on Oct 30, 2013 -
I'm anemic and have PCOS, and have been feeling increasingly crappy. I have been taking over the counter iron that includes zinc, vitamin c, and B vitamins (FabIron) for over a year; clearly, it is not enough. I have a doctor's appointment first thing tomorrow morning.
What else should I ask my doctor, or ask her to do? [more inside]
posted by jrobin276
on Oct 12, 2013 -
YANMD. You may not even be a doctor. I was out on a 10 mile run this morning; at the end of the run, I realized that I had blood dripping down both my legs, stemming from a mole on my inner left thigh. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen
on Sep 27, 2013 -
I was among the unfortunate many who was not able to attend to Doctor Who panel at SDCC 2013 and thus did not have the pleasure of viewing the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Trailer; I know Steven Moffat made it abundantly clear that he did not
want to see anyone leaking the trailer, so I'm not really expecting to see any pirated versions.
I guess the question I'm trying to ask is: When will the BBC allow the trailer to be public?
posted by rmttws
on Aug 6, 2013 -
Maybe ten years ago at a Green Festival in SF my mom and I saw a documentary about a small town doctor, probably in upstate New York or some other part of New England, who gave safe abortions to women even though they were illegal, starting in at least the 1950s. My mom thinks the title was "Thank You, Doctor ------", but can't remember the name. This is bugging her, as she actually had an abortion with him back then. He saved hundreds of lives, but of course when I google search I end up with lots of anti-abortion propaganda. Can someone more skilled with searching help us out? It was a very small production. Thanks!
posted by sumiami
on Jul 31, 2013 -
Just called a friend with a severed tendon to see how his visit to the doctor went and he was still in the exam room. He said he had to get off the phone because there was a sign saying "no cell phones in exam room." I'm wondering why the sign is there. He was alone at the time, waiting for the doctor to return. Is the rule due to an equipment issue, or is it because of doctors being annoyed by rude patients talking on cell phones while the doctor is examining them, or something else?
posted by mediareport
on May 31, 2013 -
*It* hurts at the end. I already seen two different doctors (GPs) twice each, but don't feel like I am getting answer I need. I'm looking for suggestions for what I should ask/tell my doctor in a couple days. YANMD, etc. Details follow. [more inside]
posted by princeoftheair
on Apr 3, 2013 -
Short version: Outpatient facility acknowledges they owe me money but has not paid up. Their eternal answer is "The check will go out Thursday. We know it was supposed to go out last Thursday but it will go out this Thursday. Promise!" It's been over a month now, and I've called several times a week. How do I get my money back? More details inside if you want them. [more inside]
posted by rednikki
on Feb 26, 2013 -
How do I start getting treatment for my mental health problems, specifically, in Austin, TX? [more inside]
posted by hrj
on Feb 8, 2013 -
Am I wrong about how primary care vs. specialists works or is my doctor's offfice badly managed? [more inside]
posted by Jahaza
on Oct 23, 2012 -
My "ovaries are polycystic, but this is not a significant pathological process" -what? [more inside]
posted by jrobin276
on Oct 17, 2012 -
Obese and diabetic is no way to go through life son, so I want/need/have to exercise. Problem: Most entities (exercise programs, gyms, trainers) want a doctor's note from me to prove I won't drop fucking dead while attempting to exercise. I want to get a note (one singular note) from my doctor that will allow me to participate in as many different exercise programs as possible.
What should the note say? [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets
on Sep 27, 2012 -
My colorectal surgeon has only done a proctoscopy and says the blood in my stool is coming from my hemorrhoids. He wants to treat with sclerotherapy, but I don't want that kind of intervention and still have a weird feeling in my descending colon. What's the medical best practice in a case like this? [more inside]
posted by rhombus
on Jul 24, 2012 -
How do i talk to my doctor about switching my prescription from Vicodin(hydrocodone)/Tramadol to oxycodone? [more inside]
posted by isopropyl
on Jun 8, 2012 -
So, I think I might be depressed, but I'm not sure, and I'm worried my doctor will think I'm just whining about nothing. [more inside]
posted by puppetofsocks
on May 8, 2012 -
I've been experiencing sore knees after running and I think it's time for me to seek some professional help. Where should I go for help? I was going to make an appointment with my primary care doctor, but I'm afraid he's not going to be able to help me much. Should I go straight to a physical therapist or a sports doctor or orthopedist? I just want to be able to run without pain again. [more inside]
posted by mbidi
on May 3, 2012 -
At a physical checkup I met a med-school student who was touring around with the doctor learning to diagnose, etc. She seemed sweet. Would it be weird to call the office and ask her to lunch?
posted by uncannyslacks
on May 1, 2012 -
My 12-year-old wants to get her ears pierced, and I'm wondering about the pros and cons of having it done at a doctor's office versus at the mall. Any advice or experiences from the hive mind comparing these two options would be much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by plantbot
on Mar 24, 2012 -
I am looking for a Throat and vocal specialist in the Metro Detroit area. [more inside]
posted by eve28
on Feb 2, 2012 -
So I've been watching 1970's Doctor Who on the BBC iPlayer. The Tom Baker section lists stories available on the iPlayer as 1,2,3,4,5,9,10,12,13,14 (this is nothing to do with any other story numbering). Is there a trick to getting the missing numbers (6,7,8,11), or did they just err? And does anyone know if there is more classic Who likely to be added in the future?
posted by jjderooy
on Feb 2, 2012 -
I have self-diagnosed the lump on the inside of my left wrist as a ganglion cyst. My GP's on a vacation for two weeks. This isn't urgent, is it? I can wait till he gets back, right guys? [more inside]
posted by sively
on Jan 23, 2012 -
Chicagomom/dad filter: looking for an awesome pediatrician for our brand new guy. Got one you love, that you're willing to share? [more inside]
posted by esmerelda_jenkins
on Nov 2, 2011 -
Are there any ENFPs (Myers-Briggs Type) medical doctors out there with advice on how to get through all of the mundane, logical coursework that prerequisites and medical school classes entail? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88
on Aug 16, 2011 -
How can I get a quick appointment with a medical specialist?
I have gastroparesis
and it has recently gotten bad - I am significantly underweight and I am continuing to lose weight because I am not able to take in enough calories. I have gone to a couple of generalist gastroenterologists before but they didn't help me at all. I found some gastroparesis specialists a couple hours away from me, but the next available appointment isn't until the summer. I have done some research and haven't found any other nearby doctors with this specialty. Does anyone know of a strategy I can use to get an earlier appointment? [more inside]
posted by hijol
on Apr 10, 2011 -
Is there a general consensus in the medical world regarding whether it is better or not to use fever reducing medications (aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, etc.) for medium-grade fevers? [more inside]
posted by Bugbread
on Mar 8, 2011 -
I am looking for a good orthopedic surgeon who specializes in knee injuries in NYC, specifically in Manhattan. Who fixed you up and got you running again?
posted by newpotato
on Jan 3, 2011 -
I know you are NMD, but can you help me find a good one? I have a venous malformation that I've had for years, and have tried various treatments without much success, so I need a new doc. Any suggestions for a really good vascular doctor in NYC?
posted by bobafet
on Nov 29, 2010 -
I have a painful swelling at my tailbone that I think is a pilonidal cyst. I'm traveling and can't see my doctor until next week. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by bartleby
on Nov 18, 2010 -
Which doctor should I go to if I think I have an infection in my mouth: a dentist or a physician? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco
on Nov 17, 2010 -
CBS News Radio, ~30 years ago. A medical doctor did a regular column. What was his name? [more inside]
posted by Goofyy
on Nov 11, 2010 -
So. Background: I'm in great shape. Eat well. Drink lightly. Work out at the gym a couple times a week and do martial arts. I'm also in my late twenties.
Last few days I've had a tight feeling in the front of my chest, like a dull, centralized ache. I suppose it could be muscle pain, I did change my workout routine recently. But I've also found myself really short on breath intermittently. (It's hard to describe, kind of a fluttery, panic attack, 'can't catch your breath,' 'butterfly in my heart' feeling.) Coincidence? Could be.
So the question is, should I be running off to see a doctor?
I know they say to consult a doctor about ANY chest pain, but who likes to see doctors, and why would my heart be ailing anyway? I'm inclined to pass it off as nothing, but...
posted by Stagger Lee
on Nov 2, 2010 -
A friend is looking for a fat-friendly general practitioner in Austin, TX. (Someone who subscribes to the idea of health at every size
would be ideal — though really it doesn't matter how they label themself, as long as they're generally sensitive about body-image/weight/food issues. We've seen this fat friendly health professionals
list, but the one GP listed in Austin is apparently no longer practicing here.) Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone
on Aug 27, 2010 -
What degree in the UK will allow me to call myself a medical doctor? Can I add a Dr. to my name if I do an MBBS or equivalent, or do I need to complete a specialization? [more inside]
posted by hariya
on Aug 17, 2010 -
Please hope me. Can anyone personally recommend a good primary care doctor in Manhattan? Must be female, sorry this is non-negotiable. [more inside]
posted by eatdonuts
on Aug 11, 2010 -
My husband recently had an appointment with a new doctor, primarily to discuss issues of mild depression and a mystery nodule in his inguinal region. Depression is not chronic or severe, and husband has never sought treatment for it before, but doctor (a) prescribed Effexor + Xanax right off the bat; (b) did not discuss "discontinuation syndrome" or other potential side effects; (c) did not look at the nodule at all. What would you do? [more inside]
posted by SomeTrickPony
on Aug 11, 2010 -