Why am I GAINING?! [more inside]
Is there something like LinkedIn but for health? [more inside]
Is there any reputable evidence that going to bed on a full stomach is bad for you, healthwise? [more inside]
Hello metafilter, A few months back, I had a break-up with a friend. At the time, I believed we were very close, and I turned to her because I was very sick, needed help, and couldn't find it anywhere else. Instead of offering help or sympathy, she instead sent me a "go away till you're better" letter two days later. It's broken my heart, and I can't seem to move past it. [more inside]
Who at a hospital is responsible for compliance to medical "norms"? What happens if a doctor starts prescribing things that fall outside of medicine or his/her expertise? [more inside]
My friend Jenna (alias), a 62-year old woman, very smart and capable, lost her cashier job of 30-some years about a year ago. She's freaking out and has asked me for help. Now I'm freaking out! [more inside]
A week ago I suddenly became ill, apparently with some sort of virus. Symptoms included sore throat, general feeling of being dazed, inability to concentrate, queasiness of stomach (did not vomit, but almost did), lack of appetite, and sinus congestion. I went to the doctor, who gave me some meds to combat the symptoms. However, the fatigue has not gone away and may even be getting worse. Should I go back to the doctor, or should I just suck it up and try to push through my responsibilities, delaying a doctor's appointment until perhaps if the fatigue continues for another week? [more inside]
I'm looking to expand my knowledge about the latest research and breakthroughs in the areas of health, medicine, nutrition and fitness. What are some good resources to peruse? [more inside]
How often do you really need to get teeth x-rayed? How can I stop the dentist from talking down to me about this when I don't want them? [more inside]
After having yet another conversation with a person who helpfully informed me that I should quit my antidepressants and eat kale, I'm curious about this study that 'proves' that anti depressants are no better than placebos. [more inside]
I'm looking for recommendations for a TENS unit, and the last question from AskMe is from '05. My PT recommended it to reduce inflammation and get fluid moving in my legs. I'm not sure where to start. They range in price from $20 to $80 and I have no idea how to evaluate the specs or what to look for. I'd like to make an informed choice. Any recommendations for specific brands or units are welcome, as are any tips for choosing one. TIA!
Hi everyone! I'm working for an outdoor adventure company that is coming into a school system for 2 hour blocks per grade (typically 30 min stations) while they do professional development and we work with the students on "enrichment". [more inside]
Has anyone had this or know of someone who has and how they have dealt with it? Are there any home-remedies or anything like that, that have helped treat it or reduce the swelling/pain? (More details in extended explanation.) [more inside]
Within this year got two diagnoses of bipolar and depression while still on my mother's insurance. She recently lost her job. Could it be because of this? Also how will this affect her in looking for another job and insurance? Is there any to hide this or fix it by getting these diagnoses removed?
I'm taking a bunch of pain meds right now. [more inside]
Hello. Thank you in advance for your help. I have had Kaiser insurance for many years for me and my son. I have been on auto-pay and I guess my auto pay expired and I never re signed up for auto pay so my insurance was canceled. Totally my fault, I get it. I suspect they sent me a million letters but I tend to throw mail away in a haste and probably thought it was junk or just a THIS IS NOT A BILL statement thing. But now what? [more inside]
I'm looking for evidence-based information about the health effects of coffee. [more inside]
I'll try to keep this brief. I will likely be moving to Southern-Europe and will need to form new relationships with new doctors. Now, what from what I've been advised - they told me they want everything since I have multiple issues (PTSD from war, Anxiety over loud bangs/sounds, fireworks, Phobia of small places..) had a couple of MRIs after my car being rear-ended as well. So is it as simple (I like in Mass) as emailing/calling them and asking me to send me all my records? I don't even know what records holds. Is it what things they diagnosed me with, blood results, my medication, my MRI results. Stuff like that? Does it cost anything? Any help is extremely appreciated. Thank you all!
Interested in hearing from 1) adults who have suffered from mental health issues for most/major part of their lives (depression/schizophrenia in particular) and were persuaded* by family to seek help (aka go to a psychiatrist). 2) family of the adult who was suffering from mental health issues and recognised that something was off/not quite right/blatantly bizarre/had classic symptoms of mental health issues (isolation, hygiene, job loss, distorted thinking and more). Additional twist- the adult in question can't stand immediate family and is convinced they are "toxic". [more inside]
My dear friend is battling a serious illness in Louisville, KY. She has two very young children. Hopefully she will be recovered in 3 months. I live far away. I would like to temporarily hire Alice from the Brady Bunch to help her and her husband manage their household chores and help them take care of their children. Barring that, looking for ways to support a young mom from a distance. [more inside]
I'm going to be flying a lot over the next year, as much as a few times per week. These will almost all be long flights, both cross-country flights in the US and overseas trips. What are your best tips to feel good and not get sick? [more inside]
I am a woman in my late 30s and I have quite a bit of weight to lose. I am ready to really make a commitment to some changes, but as an extremely busy professional and new mother I don't feel like I can do this alone. I am looking for an online health/weight-loss coach who will help me make incremental changes and stick to them over the course of a year to lose about 50 pounds. I'm willing to pay generously for this. Where should I look? How do I find this? [more inside]
I'll be having major surgery next month. The doctors say I will be on opioid painkillers for 2-4 weeks. I'm worried they will give me digestive problems, as I have a sensitive stomach. My other issue is staying in shape while recovering. It has taken me a year to get to my current fitness level. Doctor says no workouts besides walking and physical therapy for 1-2 months. I'm very concerned I will lose the muscle I have worked hard for, and gain fat. Any advice on either issue?
I need a job where I can make $1000 a month after taxes. The catch? I have serious health problems and limited skills. Much more info inside. [more inside]
I started out as Emma. But I've turned into Miss Bates. [more inside]
I'm moving to a nice but rather old apartment complex soon. There are lead and asbestos addenda in my lease (that I haven't signed yet). What, if anything, should I be careful about while living in this apartment? Should I be worried about the piping? If so, what do I do? [more inside]
People of MeFi, I need some advice. Recently – the last week or so I've really noticed and started tracking it, but probably longer than that overall – I've noticed that my blood pressure and bpm have been acting a bit crazy. [more inside]
Hi, Fitness Mefites! I am looking for exercises classes in NYC to get back into the swing of more intense exercise. Personal recommendations appreciated! Special considerations inside... [more inside]
My Lady Friend has a rash on her leg above the top of her foot. Does anyone have any idea what this could be. No pain and no itching either She hasn't been exposed to poison ivy. Thanks in advance for any help
YANMD. In fact, I went to my doctor on Friday because I'd been experiencing some shortness of breath with exertion, but no pain. The shortness of breath resolves within five minutes of stopping activity. I'm 57 and obese. Over the past year, I've lost 30 pounds and gotten my blood pressure from high to normal through diet and exercise (this morning: 116/68). I've also been experiencing tremendous emotional stress for about six months. I've had a chronic cough ever since I had a severe upper respiratory infection in January. [more inside]
How can I find an inpatient schizophrenia program that will treat my brother like a human being? [more inside]
I'm seeing a physiotherapist as part of a treatment plan for chronic pain. Recent events have made me wonder whether I should try and find a new practitioner. But maybe I'm overreacting? [more inside]
YANMD, but: I have some sort of reflux-ish disorder, probably either GERD or LPR. Had it for years. I'm also an avid beer drinker. Recently, I've been reading about the link between alcohol and head/neck cancers and it's freaking me out a little. Advice? [more inside]
I miss the days when I could actually find people's personal blogs online. Does anybody do that anymore? I am interested in people who document their life, experiences and thoughts -- preferably recent blogs that are still being updated, but any blogs with a decent archive would be fine, too -- and I do not mind dark stuff (quite the opposite). [more inside]
Surgery? Fungal cream & athlete's foot? Cough drops? What are the easiest ways to trick the body to heal itself? And in which domains is the placebo near-impossible? Thanks in advance!
I had surgery for compartment syndrome about six months ago. My question is for folks who are athletic and have had experience with the ART (or with an H-Wave machine): What were your personal experiences, and how long did your results last? YANMD, YANMC, etc. [more inside]
Purchased a house knowing the supply line from the water main was lead. Options are purchasing a cooler for potable water, buying a whole house filter and replacing the hot water tank, or replacing the supply line and HWT. Assuming that the third option is beyond our means at the moment and the first option is a stopgap, please recommend a whole house water filtration system available in Canada that is durable, practical, and won't need to be replaced in three years because 'they don't make those kinds of filters anymore' or similar nonsense.
I have never fasted or done paleo. But I want to try both for awhile as I start a new health regimen. Can you give me some pointers? [more inside]
Looking for a for-reals healthy muffin recipe. Does such a thing exist? So, without stevia, sugar, syrup, honey, white flour... (I just don't care for stevia.) Maybe involving apples, blueberries, banana, carrot, etc. I'll take any baked goods recos that you'd consider low carb! Thanks! [more inside]
Does anyone know of any North American Psychologists or Psychiatrists doing any work on how patients are treated differently, dependent on gender? [more inside]
I know this might seem strange, but here goes: Over the past few months, I've noticed a few people tend to cough around me, but I have no idea why. [more inside]
Does anyone on MeFi have experience with the Z-Health system? I've used the Goog, there are only a few reviews around the web, and nothing recent. [more inside]
A few years ago, I had One Of Those relationships, and ended up with an irrational distaste for health smoothies/shakes, among other baggage I am mostly successfully recovering from. Anyone have any approaches to convincing myself to like a thing that reminds me of a really dark place in my life, because it's good for me? [more inside]
Is there a kind of physical therapist who can help me work through some general posture and muscle imbalance problems, and teach me exercises to avoid re-aggravating an old injury? How would I find one? [more inside]
I need that mind-clearing, get-away-from-your-everyday byproduct of travel. But when I open up a trip planning site, I just get tired. I don't want to sightsee, I don't want to hike, I don't want to party. So what else can I do that I'm not thinking of? [more inside]
My husband and I currently spend the majority of our time together wrangling our two year old. We have been getting in an 'adult time' frame of mind about twice a month by smoking weed from a hookah. It's awesome. However, I'm concerned about the health effects. Looking for an alternative that preserves the relaxing ritual feel. Snowflakes below [more inside]
Within six months of starting a prescription known for its tendency to induce weight gain, I gained over 50 pounds. I went from a size 0/2 to a size 12/14, just under 110 pounds to just over 160. I don't recognize myself in the mirror and feel like my body isn't even mine anymore, but I know losing this weight is going to be incredibly difficult. Can you help me find a way forward from here? [more inside]
How do I learn how to set aside people's comments and assumptions about me -- brush off the unimportant interactions, but defend myself when necessary? [more inside]
My period is very late. I’m not pregnant, I will be seeing my doctor but not until the 12th, what should I do now? What should I ask them? Ugh! [more inside]
Please tell me all the secrets to successfully feeding my dogs a raw diet! What mix of meats do you use? What percentage of organ meats? What add ins like yogurt, veggies, and eggs? What disasters and successes you have had. Finally, has it made a difference in your dogs health?