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Gassed Up

To preface: I'm acutely aware that I'm an idiot for not immediately calling the fire department, but I came home to discover that the gas was on. Should I be heading to the hospital? [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Sep 30, 2015 - 10 answers

Eliminating ants during pregnancy

Our house is being invaded by serious quantities of ants, probably Argentine ants. Because I'm pregnant, I'm not sure what to do about it. Because we have renters, we can't just manage them and put up with it. [more inside]
posted by slidell on Sep 28, 2015 - 31 answers

Low Carb Vegan Meal Ideas

My recent blood work came back with a high fasting blood sugar. I need to cut out as many carbs and sugars as possible. A low GI diet that does not include animal products is the goal. This is a long-term thing, not a temporary diet [more inside]
posted by Avosunspin on Sep 26, 2015 - 15 answers

Is there a red state MeFi-alike?

So I have an elderly relative who is struggling with profound hearing and speech difficulties, and I'm looking for an online community for him. MetaFilter would strike him as too liberal, too young, and somewhat too outré. He's not ignorant or unsophisticated, but his views are conservative and his interest in modern culture is, well, limited. Can anyone point me toward a U.S.-based site with an active group of thoughtful, high-quality commenters and a generally conservative slant on history, politics, and current events? [more inside]
posted by timeo danaos on Sep 24, 2015 - 13 answers

Looks like I did it again: Codependency recovery

I have been recovering from codependency personalty disorder and it's going EXTREMELY well, but I think I've fallen into another relationship with a codependent. I am at the point where I am over it and want to focus on myself once and for all. How do I just freaking STOP?! [more inside]
posted by Young Kullervo on Sep 23, 2015 - 14 answers

Are there any foods I might be lacking that could help with my sleep?

I am in my mid twenties, eat pretty healthily and exercise regularly, but I wonder if there's any food(s) that I don't include in my diet that could help with my sleep. (There's a bit to write on my diet, so I have written that on the extended page.) [more inside]
posted by sockpim on Sep 22, 2015 - 16 answers

Playing the waiting game

I am in the process of being diagnosed with a disease, possibly a very rare disease that will possibly require surgery yet cannot be cured. This is scaring the holy crap out of my and the doctors are giving minimal information about what, exactly, is going on. I'm looking for advice on whether to contact my GP to try and get clarification and also ways to calm down. [more inside]
posted by Amy93 on Sep 19, 2015 - 9 answers

Grain Free Cat Food for Urinary/Bladder Health

A year ago I asked this question about grain free cat food and have been feeding Bunny Cat Blue Buffalo Freedom dry food since then. Now she has bladder crystals and the vet wants me to change her diet. :( Help! [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Sep 18, 2015 - 24 answers

Looking for some inspiration... living and looking healthy.

Hello, MeFi! I was at a class reunion last weekend where some photos were uploaded to Facebook. Urgh. I look horrible. I am not aging gracefully. I am shocked at how much I've changed in just a couple of years and am saddened that I'm now looking "my age" - late 40s. What are some of the things you do to keep yourself looking and feeling great? [more inside]
posted by funfunfun on Sep 18, 2015 - 26 answers

Paging Dr. House ...

Minor medical concern is making me more of a hypochondriac than usual. I already made an appointment with a doctor but if you could help me mellow out until then, I'd really appreciate it. [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Sep 17, 2015 - 6 answers

Doctor, please cut my toenails!

Looking for a podiatrist in the Washington, DC area (preferably Maryland and NW DC) who can give a male relative a pedicure in a medical setting and without embarrassment. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Sep 12, 2015 - 6 answers

Two questions about my bones

In the past three years I have had two fairly major bone breaks. Neither has healed (bone parts have not fused back together). Is it likely I have some condition which prevents this? What symptoms should I look for? Does this question need to be resolved before I have surgery to plate this last bone back together? [more inside]
posted by Cardinal Fang! on Sep 11, 2015 - 12 answers

Advice on Moving and Starting a New Job After Knee Surgery

I’m recovering from knee surgery and using crutches, and I need to move across the country and start a new job on Saturday. Any tips, tricks, or advice, that might make this process easier? [more inside]
posted by crocodiletsunami on Sep 10, 2015 - 5 answers

Diabetes, Metformin and related issues

Help me decide if I need to revisit the doctor and increase my metformin dosage. YANMD and all disclaimers apply [more inside]
posted by theobserver on Sep 10, 2015 - 9 answers

Dealing with the first white/gray hairs... trichotillomania edition.

Tips for dealing with the first white/gray hairs... hair pulling trigger warning. [more inside]
posted by ArgyleMarionette on Sep 8, 2015 - 6 answers

Book Recommendations for Relaxation /Mental Health Breakdown

A very good friend of mine has been committed to the hospital for some form of mental illness. We are looking for light reading for her while in the hospital. [more inside]
posted by fyrebelley on Sep 6, 2015 - 13 answers

A full-time job + part-time job that is 40 miles away = burnout???

I currently work for a mental health insurance company as an administrative assistant for the past 10 months. I have unfortunately found out that working in a cubicle for 8 hours a day is not optimal for me. [more inside]
posted by tnar23 on Sep 3, 2015 - 13 answers

Help me decide on a possible (medical) career

I am a floundering college graduate with a degree in English trying to figure out what to do with my life. I always thought medicine was fascinating and recently decided hey, why not try to get a job in that field? But I'm not sure. And I'm torn on what to do next. [more inside]
posted by Amy93 on Sep 1, 2015 - 9 answers

Lump in breast; what do?

I have a lump in my breast and I need to know what to expect when I go to the doctor. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 28, 2015 - 12 answers

shoulder separation: surgery vs. doing nothing, or is there third way?

Asking for a friend: he fell off a motorscooter while riding it and fell on his left side. The main injury was "AC separation" [a type of shoulder separation -- damage to the acromioclavicular joint -- which is _not_ the same thing as shoulder _dislocation_], type 3;means that surgery is optional but worth considering. Is there some other choices beside surgery, or doing nothing? [more inside]
posted by Oli D. on Aug 28, 2015 - 4 answers

Espresso vs Coffee - Why does my stomach handle Espresso and not Coffee?

Happy Friday MeFi, I was wondering if someone could shine some light onto why my stomach freaks out when I have regular coffee (Dunks, Starbucks, Keurig) but doesn't scream when I have Espresso? I can't quite wrap my heard around it, although I suspect it may have something to do with acidic content from instant-coffee, but whenever I try to have coffee from Dunkin Donuts or from one of those little Keurig cups, my stomach feels like it is being stabbed to death. It usually follows with a very painful stomach-ache for the next 30-45 minutes and then it goes away. However, if I use my work's espresso machine, it doesn't hurt my stomach at all. What gives? This is probably not related, but I have similar issues when I drink beer but no issues when I drink Vodka or Tequilla. Thanks for all your responses.
posted by bostonhill on Aug 28, 2015 - 12 answers

Returning equipment to Apria for refund

My doctor prescribed a CPAP earlier this year, and my insurance at the time covered a rental for three months, at which the unit would be "mine". The three months ended in May, and I happened to change jobs at that time. [more inside]
posted by NYC-BB on Aug 25, 2015 - 6 answers

Need help w/information overload -- losing weight

I really need to lose 20 pounds, and I'm psyching myself out before I even start. Help. [more inside]
posted by trillian on Aug 23, 2015 - 24 answers

Are there any good no-fee HSA providers?

I'm in Washington State with a Premera Blue Cross HSA HDHP. I'm maybe, finally, in a position to start funding an actual health savings account, not just pay my household's premiums (~$400/mo for two people) and treat my insurance as a lame catastrophic plan. I'm having trouble finding a good account provider, though, and would like some recommendations. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 21, 2015 - 4 answers

Why am I so itchy!

Over the last week, I have developed a really itchy rash on my elbows, upper arms (underside), and back of calves. Any ideas what could be causing it? [more inside]
posted by antipode12 on Aug 18, 2015 - 11 answers

Is birth control messing with my health?

I’ve had a ton of health issues that so far have no cause. I’m wondering if birth control is contributing and what to do about it. I’m terrified of going no-birth control. [more inside]
posted by Crystalinne on Aug 17, 2015 - 21 answers

What does non-disordered eating look like (and think like)?

What does non-disordered eating look like (and think like)? If you consider yourself to have no hangups about eating, and you are a healthy weight, what is your eating decision process like? [more inside]
posted by misoramen on Aug 17, 2015 - 40 answers

Please help me hold it all together! (medical corsetry advice needed)

I need help finding a light-duty corset to wear every day under both work and casual clothes with the goal of changing how I feel (I have POTS), rather than how I look. Simple but well made and well fitting is what I’m looking for. More details inside… [more inside]
posted by rafaella gabriela sarsaparilla on Aug 15, 2015 - 16 answers

Should I stay with my emotionally unstable boyfriend?

My boyfriend lies, has anxiety and is unstable emotionally, should I stick it out to help him get better or leave him behind for good? [more inside]
posted by Lolly on Aug 10, 2015 - 31 answers

How is this healthcare billing scam being run?

For a month now I have been involved in a Kafkaesque nightmare with a local hospital billing department. I am convinced that they have a thief in their employ but I cannot figure out how to convince them of this or to positively make my case. [more inside]
posted by Bringer Tom on Aug 9, 2015 - 22 answers

How to stop sitting cross-legged?

I like to sit cross-legged or with one leg tucked up under me. This is not doing my knees any favors. How to break the habit? [more inside]
posted by 2 cats in the yard on Aug 9, 2015 - 14 answers

Pretty sure I need a doctor, no idea which one.

I have a bunch of stuff going on, some of it is anxiety related, but it's manifesting in, to be short about it, me being fat, and as per usual, medical interactions are not positive and I don't even know what sort of doctor to try to find, much less talk to. Predictably, more inside. Predictably, wall of text, also. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2015 - 18 answers

what do I do now

I was blindsided by a termination from my job last week. In some respects it was a relief because my manager was extremely unpleasant and working around her mood swings was spiraling me into major depression and other health issues. However, I am now stuck with a 7 month job on my employment record (which obviously looks suspect), a litany of the aforementioned health issues, and no idea how to actually recover from this. I need help. Wall of text below (sorry). [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Aug 7, 2015 - 19 answers

Regurgitation of food

For the past few months, I've been steadily spitting up food after I eat. If it acts up it tends to keep happening for hours after I have last eaten. There was one time before I started GERD medication that I woke up in the morning with half-digested food in my mouth. Ack! I've had an EGD done, and he said it was normal, though he also said that he dilated my esophagus to 18mm, which is considered a normal width. I was on omeprazole and recently switched to lansoprazole, which isn't working as well. I'm getting heart burn now, too. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by Amy93 on Aug 5, 2015 - 25 answers

Catholic hospital towns

If you have female reproductive organs, would you have any hesitation moving to a town where the only hospital is Catholic? [more inside]
posted by kutsushita nyanko on Aug 3, 2015 - 29 answers

Anyone have experience with health care sharing ministries?

Are any of you familiar with or had experience with any health care sharing ministries? We are considering joining one of the plans because of sky-rocketing insurance costs. I'm not necessarily looking for your opinion on the morality part of the plan, which I know several posters will disagree with. I'm looking for actual experience with the plans. Are they reliable?
posted by davenportmom on Aug 1, 2015 - 9 answers

Difference in facial appearance b/w healthy and unhealthy weight loss?

People who have low body fat due to anorexia, disease, etc., look visibly unhealthy. People such as body builders and actors who have low body fat look healthy. I guess I can understand that "little amount of fat over large amount of muscle" looks healthy while "little amount of fat over little amount of muscle" looks unhealthy, but since people generally don't lift weights with their faces, necks, etc., it would seem that their faces would look the same, but that's not the case. What causes the unhealthiness of anorexic/disease/etc. weight-loss to be apparent in the face and neck?
posted by Bugbread on Jul 30, 2015 - 11 answers

Got a PPD tattoo - now what?

My husband and I are honeymooning on Gran Canaria and, in a silly mood, got henna tattoos from a stall on the oceanside. Back at the hotel, I googled for tips on henna tattoo care and discovered that the vendor used "black henna" containing PPD, which can cause severe skin reactions and further health problems. [more inside]
posted by Skybly on Jul 29, 2015 - 16 answers

Why aren't gun stores held liable?

This may sound simplistic, but how do gun stores and/or manufacturers avoid liability when there's a mass shooting? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Jul 27, 2015 - 8 answers

Podcast with interviews of people who were struggling, now are successfu

I'm looking for podcasts featuring interviews of people who, for a time in their life, were really struggling - terrible luck, financial disaster, serious illness - who were able to pull it all together and become comfortably successful. [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux on Jul 20, 2015 - 11 answers

Blood Work and Booster Vaccine in the Same Visit?

Can I get my blood drawn and get a booster Td shot in the same doctor's visit? [more inside]
posted by Avosunspin on Jul 20, 2015 - 5 answers

What To Expect When You're Totally Neurotic

I'm in my first trimester of pregnancy (Week 7) and making myself miserable worrying about all the ways I might be injuring the baby. How can I return to a more balanced state of mind about this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 20, 2015 - 23 answers

Are noise-cancelling headphones damaging my hearing?

According to my understanding of how noise-cancelling headphones work, the headphones detect low-frequency ambient noise levels near my ears, and emit a frequency which cancels out the ambient noise, so that instead I hear silence in place of the noise. Although I can't hear these noise-cancelling frequencies, I'm wondering whether they might be having a cumulative negative effect on my hearing. Is it only audible frequencies that have the potential to harm? Or can prolonged exposure to inaudible frequencies have a detrimental physical effect?
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Jul 19, 2015 - 9 answers

Beer is proof that God loves hepatologists and wants them to be billing

What would the most nutritionally useful beer have in it and what would the process be for making it? [more inside]
posted by michaelh on Jul 19, 2015 - 14 answers

Hospitals in northern Virginia DC metro area with best reputations?

My mother recently had a wretched time at Reston hospital. She doesn't want to go back there, nor do the rest of us. We'd like to have a plan about a better hospital to go to the next time there is an emergency. We've looked at Yelp, etc., but would like some more filtered insight into our options in the area.
posted by anonymous on Jul 16, 2015 - 14 answers

What to expect when...your mom has been involuntarily committed.

My 62-year-old mom with "pseudodementia" was taken to the hospital last night after a psychotic episode, and now she's in the neuro wing of the hospital under involuntary commitment...what should I expect to happen, and what could be wrong with her? [more inside]
posted by straycatinthewildwest on Jul 15, 2015 - 13 answers

Psychiatric crisis resources in Jacksonville, FL?

I'm in a crisis (I'm hospitalized right now) and I need psychiatric help and help affording treatment. How can I get these kinds of help in Jacksonville FL? Can you recommend a low-cost counselor, or a program to help me get affordable medical coverage? I'm an adult in my late twenties but am financially dependent on my father, and programs have rejected me because of his income. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 15, 2015 - 5 answers

I miss feeling, in general

I feel extremely apathetic and flat. I'm being worked up for some endocrine issue. I know it makes sense to make a diagnosis before initiating treatment, but I don't know how much longer I can stand feeling so apathetic. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 12, 2015 - 8 answers

Doctors are for the sick. So how does a healthy person find one?

Tell me about finding a doctor for the first time, like I’m 18 (even though I’m in my mid-30s). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 10, 2015 - 20 answers

Recommend a therapist in Nashville?

Can anyone recommend a wise/insightful therapist in Nashville? This would be for chronic depression, not debilitating but definitely restricting quality of life. The situation from which it arises cannot be changed, and the best comment I got from making the rounds several years ago was "but do they respect you"? (no; then "well, how can I help?"). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 10, 2015 - 2 answers

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