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Help Me With Doctor Anxiety Concerning Prescriptions

Can anyone give me some advice on how to approach my doctor about wanting a prescription? I feel like a "drug seeker". [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 on Sep 2, 2014 - 10 answers

Turning off the outrage

How do I deal with my constant sense of outrage at things happening in the world? It's starting to take a toll on my health and stress levels. [more inside]
posted by naju on Sep 1, 2014 - 28 answers

Worried about low estrogen -- what might this mean?

My estrogen level is low and I'm worried. Bunch of details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 27, 2014 - 5 answers

Having heart palpitations, should I be worried?

Having prolonged heart palpitations, yes I will see a doctor but what tests should I ask for? I've tried to stay off of Google because it's going to convince me I'm dying of heart failure, but how common is this? Should I be concerned? [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte on Aug 26, 2014 - 27 answers

What could be causing my running funk?

YANMD. I am seeing a doctor, but don't have an appointment for a follow up until Wednesday. I can't figure out why I'm feeling so ill. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Aug 24, 2014 - 15 answers

Sit-Stand Desk

I'd like to get a sit-stand desk for my work and I need some advice and suggestions. [more inside]
posted by chirico on Aug 22, 2014 - 16 answers

Advice on getting a Benefit Exception from our healthcare insurer?

Husband needs open heart surgery. Our preferred surgeon is not on our healthcare plan. We're going to request a benefit exception. We are in Washington state. We are on an individual plan, not with an employer. I called the insurer and requested a case worker. Any suggestions on my approach? Feeling overwhelmed already. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 20, 2014 - 1 answer

Painful knee joint: what is going on?

I have had a knee problem for two/three years now. If I sit with my right knee bent for a long period of time the joint starts to hurt, not much at first, but the pain can become quite uncomfortable after a while. If I fully extend my leg my knee joint clicks, just like when you crack your knuckles, and the pain goes away. What is up with my knee? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Aug 20, 2014 - 6 answers

CannaCare Boston?

YANMD. I have an appointment at CannaCare in South Boston to be evaluated for medical marijuana. What to expect? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 19, 2014 - 12 answers

Tell me about your mother...

First appointment with a psychiatrist tomorrow morning. Soooo... what's that like? Snowflakes inside... [more inside]
posted by antimony_hayes on Aug 18, 2014 - 20 answers

How to navigate the New York State Health Insurance Exchange? (the ACA)

I am in Manhattan, New York City, and I have to change my health insurance. Can you help me with the Exchange thing? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Aug 17, 2014 - 4 answers

Blood Type - What Blood Group am I in.

My blood type is "A. RH Positive" . I need to fill out a form that has the options A+, O+, B+, AB+, A-, O-, B-, AB- . Which one do I select. I looked on Wikipedia, but wow, blood is a complex subject. Appreciate your help.
posted by happy_sausage on Aug 16, 2014 - 3 answers

I want to get stoked on vitamins and nutrients.

What are your favorite healthy plant-inclusive dinners that you actually get excited to shop for, cook, and eat? I'm looking less for "I put onions in my sauteed spinach" or "I cook lentils into a flavorless gruel," and more for something like "I roast chicken with garbanzos and cherry tomatoes, then serve it with a smokey yogurt sauce." [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Aug 13, 2014 - 41 answers

Infections in Education...

Okay, that is a bit of a tongue-in-cheek title... I just started doing tech support work in a public school. I know about hand washing and using sanitizer but anyone have any thoughts about additional vaccinations beyond TDP and the annual flu shot? [more inside]
posted by sandpine on Aug 12, 2014 - 11 answers

My 30 yr.old friend's mom has stage 4 cancer, how to be there for her?

Hey All! How can I support my friend? I have only know her for 6 months. It is awkward, do I say something and check-in on her mom or not? What is the most supportive thing to do?
posted by TRUELOTUS on Aug 11, 2014 - 14 answers

Anti-inflammatory diet: do's and don'ts?

I'd like to make adjustments to my diet in an effort to overcome my chronic joint inflammation and poor circulation. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Aug 9, 2014 - 18 answers

Provigil vs. Adderall for ADD

I take Adderall for ADD, but am growing dissatisfied with it due to what feels like increasing tolerance and dependence, as well as a couple of secondary reasons. I want to talk to my doctor about switching to Provigil, and would like to hear from anybody who has any advice or experience to relate regarding the pros and cons of the two medications. Details within. [more inside]
posted by Cashmere Sock Handjob on Aug 7, 2014 - 10 answers

What legal herb/dietary supplement has improved your life dramatically?

I'm a complete noob when it comes to herbs and dietary supplements, but I know that there are a nearly infinite number of herbs from all over the world (Chinese herbs, etc) for all sorts of ailments from hair loss to high cholesterol to focus and energy. Any experiences with something specific that worked with dramatic positive results?
posted by dep on Aug 4, 2014 - 28 answers

What is going on with my mom's liver? Her fatigue seems to be worsening.

Hi all-- IANAD/YANMD/YANAD, etc., but I'm hoping I can get more insight/advice on the state of my mom's health and liver. I've been trying to make sense of a liver-related issue that has been affecting my mom (60 yr. old) for a month. Following worsening symptoms at the beginning of July (fatigue, physical exhaustion, muscle weakness and soreness, lack of appetite), she went to the ER. [more inside]
posted by chloe.gelsomino on Aug 2, 2014 - 12 answers

Psychiatry department needs slogan for T-shirts

My university Psychiatry department is getting custom T-shirts, help me come up with a good slogan or logo. [more inside]
posted by arrmatie on Aug 1, 2014 - 34 answers

Is an MA in Transpersonal Psychology worth the cost?

How can my friend increase her earnings in the alternative health field? [more inside]
posted by release the hardwoods! on Jul 31, 2014 - 8 answers

Help me reprogram the self-punishing part of my brain

At the end of a project, regardless of how the rest of the world feels about it, I am almost always sad and angry at myself about how it went. Sometimes I imagine myself being punished for imperfections, e.g. by being attacked and beaten to death with pipes because of bugs in submitted code. Other times I project this unhappiness and anger onto other people, e.g. imagining that colleagues are disappointed in me, until they actually say outright that they are pleased with how something went. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2014 - 18 answers

"Asian" Flush Syndrome without flushing (or "Asian" lineage)?

I went to a gastroenterologist recently who tentatively diagnosed me with Acetaldehyde Dehydrogenase Deficiency (which causes the so-called "asian" flush). I am caucasian with some Russian descent, and I do not get flushed when I drink. Are there any precedents for non-asian, non-flushing sufferers of this enzyme deficiency? Should I get a second opinion? [more inside]
posted by qzar on Jul 28, 2014 - 27 answers

Trying to make a change in my life, but I don't know where to start?

I am in a weird phase of my life where I want to change some things. I have always been a rather antisocial person and for the first time ever I am dying to get out and be social. I am also wondering where I will end up and what my goals in life truly are. I also want to get healthier, eat better, be more productive. Truth is, I don't know where to start? [more inside]
posted by Chelsaroo650 on Jul 24, 2014 - 9 answers

Healthcare for visitors in Toronto?

My cousin is visiting from the US and her joints are hurting a lot. Since she is a visitor she has no OHIP or health insurance here. For someone who is medically uninsured, I need more information on (1) x-ray centers and (2) medical labs (for blood work) in the Toronto-Mississauga area. Also, I would appreciate your advice on any (3) good, inexpensive health insurance plans you know about. If you can help me with any of these it would be a great help.
posted by cyrusw8 on Jul 23, 2014 - 11 answers

Looking for elder care LA/BOS/NYC?

My 87 year old mom is currently at the Psych ward in Fall River, RI. Her mental health has been deteriorating recently and we are looking into places that she might be comfortable at if and when she is no longer able to be at home in Wellfleet, Cape Cod with 24 hour care. [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Jul 21, 2014 - 6 answers

Needed: One Pair Of Big Girl Pants ASAP

I am one of those adults who had to emotionally take care of myself throughout my life due to mediocre parenting. Mom and Dad weren't hugely abusive, but they didn't seem to give a fuck about my brother and I. I'm coming out of a month where I went off my meds and I think I had a hypomanic episode followed by a giant crash. While I am now back on my meds and working with my therapist and pdoc, I am craving someone in my life who would take care of me emotionally. Someone who would understand where I was coming from and why I feel the way I do. The thing is, I do live in reality and know that's not possible for the immediate foreseeable future, if ever. What can I do to self-soothe and give myself that pampered feeling? How do I find someone who gets me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2014 - 13 answers

Ouchfilter: broke a bone in my hand near my wrist

Scientifically I'm not sure what is going on but the doctor said I most likely broke a bone in my hand and I have am MRI in a couple days. (The x ray was inconclusive but he is 90 percent sure)I've got pain meds and am trudging along. I'm tring to adjust to my new one hand lifestyle as it is in a cast. [more inside]
posted by AlexiaSky on Jul 21, 2014 - 8 answers

Shhhhhh. My colon is resting.

I ended up in the ER on Thursday night with horrible stomach pain, lower left quadrant. After being scanned inside and out and subjected to other personal indignities I won't describe in detail (promise), I was diagnosed with acute diverticulitis. What happens now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 20, 2014 - 15 answers

Best exercising regimen for a chronically-lazy person?

My cousin is an early-thirties chronic sloth. Although he does go out on occasion and he walks from time to time, to say that he is not an exercise person is the understatement of the year. Any ideas on how to get him started on an exercise regiment that doesn't involve people or mornings and is relatively easy to do? [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Jul 19, 2014 - 31 answers

MedicFilter: what are guidelines for car travel after a concussion?

I suffered a concussion 10 days ago and am still feeling some symptoms. Tomorrow I am supposed to be in a car for four or more hours in total. Is this safe? What are the guidelines for being an automobile passenger post-concussion? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 19, 2014 - 7 answers

Your snack ideas, please!

With the help of a dietitian, I've been doing quite well in my effort to eat healthier and lose some weight. However, I need some more snack ideas before I get too bored of what I've got! [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Jul 17, 2014 - 17 answers

Avoiding postpartum mental illness?

What can I do to minimize my risk of postpartum mental illness? If I can't completely prevent it, I'd at least like to catch and treat it as early as possible. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Jul 17, 2014 - 23 answers

Should I have switched to Medicaid or will I just receive more credits?

My income has changed but I don't want to switch to Medicaid. Will I just receive health tax credits on next year's tax return? [more inside]
posted by 1001 questions on Jul 15, 2014 - 9 answers

Is there a correlation between bl pr/puls rt and cardio exercise?

Had a good cardio exercise routine for four years. Blood pressure and pulse rate were healthy and constant. Stop the cardio routine and change to power lifting with occasional walking. Two years into the new (cardio free) exercise routine, blood pressure and pulse are the same. Health is good, diet constant, stress constant...all variables the same over the six year period.
posted by larry_darrell on Jul 14, 2014 - 1 answer

Good free online resources for mental health professionals...

where you can test/improve your own knowledge/skills gaps? I read a lot of books and go through this whole convoluted process of underlining/going back etc... but I honestly feel like I remember/really take in so little. I have a bit of time and want to refesh/enhance my knowledge/skills/confidence. [more inside]
posted by tanktop on Jul 11, 2014 - 2 answers

Helping a teen keep weight loss momentum going...

Help me support my teen daughter with her health efforts... [more inside]
posted by pearlybob on Jul 10, 2014 - 27 answers

Transitioning to a Vegan Diet

I recently read Finding Ultra by Rich Roll and was interested in make some changes similar to him in that I would like to go vegetarian or possibly Vegan. I purchased a few books, and was wondering how others have done with transitioning to a vegan diet? I'm hoping that eating more healthy will get me out of this rut that I am in. For those of you have gone vegan, did you learn to cook several meals before you made the change, or did you do something different? [more inside]
posted by nidora on Jul 7, 2014 - 14 answers

Help me chose a managed care plane for medicaid

I received an acceptance letter for medicaid, and they want me to chose a managed care plan (MCP) in my region. There are 5 choices, how do I know the difference and which one is right for me? Which one is best? [more inside]
posted by kikithekat on Jul 4, 2014 - 11 answers

Training for an unpopular profession

Thinking about what I would like to go back to school for and the thing that I find myself most passionate about is women's health. Specifically I would like to perform abortions in a safe manner for as many women as possible. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 4, 2014 - 10 answers

Would you go to a location tailored towards relaxation if it existed?

There are spas and massage parlors, and some gyms offer yoga, but the focus on those seems to be physical relaxation (resting the nerves/staying flexible). The focus is more mental relaxation, for example via aromatherapy, meditation, and breathing techniques. Thanks for sharing your feedback. [more inside]
posted by nodebunny on Jul 3, 2014 - 6 answers

NYC Doctor Rec

I need a new doctor in Brooklyn or Manhattan. Can you recommend one? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Jul 3, 2014 - 7 answers

Severe Health Anxiety. Is it possible to ever overcome this?

I feel like I've tried everything and am at my wits end. [more inside]
posted by noella on Jul 2, 2014 - 20 answers

Is this healthy, and if not, how can I make it healthier?

Fruit juice is confusing. How do I figure out what's healthy versus what's not, and what about natural sugar? Even though the juices I'm using don't have sugar added, there's natural sugar, right? Are 3 pints of fruit juice and carbonated water each night, spread out between 7pm and midnight, bad for me? [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 on Jul 1, 2014 - 57 answers

Will health insurance still pay for my baby's doc band if we stop early?

The provider of my baby's flat head fixing helmet submitted an insurance claim but it has not yet processed. If we quit treatment, will the provider tell the health insurance company? Will we have to pay the full amount out of pocket? [more inside]
posted by echo0720 on Jun 26, 2014 - 12 answers

Help me change my (already healthy) diet - for better joint health

I eat pretty well, but I eat mostly the same stuff every day. Recently, my joints have started cracking a bit, and I'm wondering if mixing up my diet would help bring different nutrients to the body's hard workin' part. I'm 40, male, physically active, and am usually pursuing some kind of bodywork or therapy like Active Release Technique to keep everything cooperating. I have pretty good nutrition, but I want to mix it up. I'm open to supplements, too, but lean towards evidence-based suggestions that won't break the bank. [more inside]
posted by 4midori on Jun 26, 2014 - 4 answers

Help me island my life

I will admit up front that this is a vague, cerebral kind of question. I'm not sure how to make it less so at this point, so if you can wade through, I'd really appreciate it. Wall-o-text ahoy. [more inside]
posted by msbadcrumble on Jun 24, 2014 - 14 answers

Scary or normal? The eternal question

For the past few months, I've found it very hard to run. Slowing down (a lot) helped the problem out but it still pops up occasionally. Lately I've been wondering if it's my heart. And yes, I want you to listen to a long recitation of my symptoms and problems. [more inside]
posted by Lizlemondrop on Jun 23, 2014 - 13 answers

Advice about a poor body image and low self-esteem

As I am now in a relationship and have some money, I have been looking at taking mixed martial arts classes and/or kickboxing classes, but I feel compelled to take these classes regardless of whether nor not I like them. [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Jun 22, 2014 - 48 answers

sent home from the ER with a life-threatening condition. now what?

I had a health scare and a physician in an emergency room misdiagnosed me. What should I do? (a question especially for the md's here) [more inside]
posted by krautland on Jun 21, 2014 - 19 answers

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