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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 - 3 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 - 15 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 - 24 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 - 28 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

I'm Desperate - What to do when not seeing any progress in counseling?

I have been dealing with depression for the past 5 years of my life. It got really bad 6 months ago, to the point where I feel immobilized and suffocated by it. I have seen counselors but am not making any progress. I know there have been numerous threads like this one but I am desperate now and don't know where else to go. [more inside]
posted by NowYouKnow on Jul 9, 2015 - 25 answers

Is it dementia?

My dad has been acting emotionally erratic and saying and doing inappropriate things in the last year. We lost my mom to ALS about 1.5 years ago, and he is understandably depressed. He's repeating stories or anecdotes two or three times in the same conversation. He's using very inappropriate language and subjects around my two young daughters. He also has been doing things like speaking loudly during quiet graduation and funeral services and having disproportionate emotional outbursts. Is this depression, or could it be dementia or Alzheimer's? [more inside]
posted by percor on Jul 6, 2015 - 21 answers

How do I get an evaluation for things like ADD?

I'm an American woman in my mid 30s. I think I might have ADD or something like it, but I don't understand what the procedure is for being evaluated (/diagnosed, if there's something to diagnose). Where do I start? Far too many details follow, sorry. [more inside]
posted by kutsushita nyanko on Jul 5, 2015 - 13 answers

Silencing my inner Waldorf and Statler

I really want to be one of those people who don't complain for an x amount of time just as a challenge . Id pick a month. [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Jul 2, 2015 - 7 answers

Adjusting to life on the outside

... the hospital. On the 16th I left my house to go to work and got a surprise phone call from my doctor to go to the ER based on some test results. Now that I've been trapped in a tiny room, sleep deprived, monitored, scrutinized and terrified for 2 weeks, how can I adjust to Normal life again? [more inside]
posted by lilnublet on Jul 1, 2015 - 20 answers

What are these amazing 67 vaccines?

I was chatting with someone who was anti-vaccine the other day in relation to the new California law, and she was telling me that there were now 67 vaccines that children had to take. I think she was trying to scare me, but actually I thought that sounded amazing! What are these 67 vaccines - and how can I get them for me and mine? [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Jun 30, 2015 - 14 answers

parents hated my boyfriend, but love my sister's boyfriend

My parents didn't accept my boyfriend for about six of the seven years that we've been dating due to his physical disability. Now my younger sister has a new boyfriend whom my parents wholly and happily accept, and as childish as this is, this is bringing up all sorts of unpleasant feelings. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 29, 2015 - 9 answers

What's going on? How can we best enjoy sex?

We've been in a relationship for some time - I am 24 and she is 28 - but we only recently started having sex regularly because we used to live a distance from each other until we (finally!) moved in together. Both of us have physical challenges that seem to be making sex less enjoyable. [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Jun 29, 2015 - 14 answers

Worries about our relationship in face of shitty cancer diagnosis

Please help me sort out my feelings about my relationship with my boyfriend, my relationship with his cancer, and how the two might be interplaying. [more inside]
posted by starstarstar on Jun 29, 2015 - 17 answers

Genetic testing for Pick's Disease

Two part question. First - my family strongly suspects my father has late-stage Pick's Disease, which is a form of fronto-temporal dementia. It can't be truly diagnosed until an autopsy though. He's post-65. He has most of the symptoms. So I have two very related questions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 27, 2015 - 5 answers

Insurance deductible and being broke

I have $475 left on my deductible. I already received bills this year for $841 dollars that I've haven't yet paid on. Do I have to pay all $841 or will I start getting coinsurance after I pay $475. [more inside]
posted by motioncityshakespeare on Jun 14, 2015 - 14 answers

Total Knee Replacement: Please Help Me Plan for Surgery and Recovery

YANMD/Visiting Nurse/Physical Therapist/etc., but I've got a lot of questions and more than a smidgen of anxiety about next month's total knee replacement surgery and recovery. Love to hear advice and suggestions from folks who've been through this as patients, family, friends, medical providers, ... I live alone with no local family, so need suggestions on group calendaring, scheduling, to do lists, errands, etc. for my friends helping me out. Inside: questions about recommended ways to co-ordinate and schedule help, what to wear, products to get, and plans to make, plus snowflakes. [more inside]
posted by LeftMyHeartInSanFrancisco on Jun 11, 2015 - 11 answers

Experiences with Quitting Smoking and Depression

Looking for any info, either research or personal stories, about how and why quitting smoking can cause depression in some people. [more inside]
posted by neeta on Jun 10, 2015 - 11 answers

Lymph node is driving me insane.

I have an enlarged lymph node in my neck and I can't decide if I should be worried or not. YANMD. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by sarahgrace on Jun 7, 2015 - 10 answers

Hope for the hopeless

I'm in the worst rut of my life and I am hoping it will help to put some of the gory details out there and ask for advice/encouragement/anecdata from impartial and hopefully wise strangers. I know there must be some way to fix my problems, but at this point it's a matter of finding that way and believing it is possible. [more inside]
posted by dissolvedgirl22 on Jun 7, 2015 - 25 answers

Portland resources for one with low income and serious illness

Someone I know, who has practically no savings and no home, has just been informed that his biopsy was diagnosed to be melanoma at an alarming stage. Could you please point me to any cancer/low-income/housing resources in Portland, OR? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 3, 2015 - 13 answers

Nail Care 101

My nails have never been pretty, but I want them to be. What could I do over the next 30 days to make them even a little improved so that they don't look bad when I dress up for Comic Con? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Jun 2, 2015 - 27 answers

Exercise spread out over the day - studies?

How does the body respond to small amounts of body-weight exercise spread out over the day compared to a half hour block? Especially looking for evidence, studies, and cites. [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jun 2, 2015 - 2 answers

Why does yogurt make me stinky?

I love yogurt. Sadly, it is clearly linked to awful body odor. What's going on and how can I go back to enjoying my homemade granola for breakfast? [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on May 30, 2015 - 7 answers

Wanted: The Diogenes (Fitness) Club

Please help me select a new fitness activity that will push me to greatness without pushing me over the edge. Difficulty level: awkward solitude-loving INTJ. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on May 26, 2015 - 19 answers

Burgled on Tuesday. Still can't leave the house.

I was burgled on Tuesday while I was away all day. There is a high likelihood one of my neighbors was involved, and it is a certainty that other neighbors saw what was happening and did nothing about it. I've filed the police report, called the credit agencies, I'm checking Craigslist. But psychologically I am a mess--mainly, I can't convince myself to leave the house and get on with my life. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on May 21, 2015 - 20 answers

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