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physically disabled and unable to afford legacy health insurance

My mother is physically disabled and unable to afford legacy health insurance. We need to reduce costs some how but don't know where to turn. [more inside]
posted by Highest_Of_Fives on Aug 25, 2012 - 12 answers

Eww-lbow

So... over the course of the day my elbow has gone weird looking - it's red and swollen and sort of squooshy feeling. The skin feels warm to the touch and it is tender. Doctor Google tells me it's probably Bursitis. So... I should probably go get it checked out. But is it a rush to the docs tonight thing or a wait to tomorrow thing?
posted by Artw on Aug 23, 2012 - 21 answers

How do I protect my possibly developmentally-challenged brother in law who is intent on getting married to someone we barely know?

I need help in guiding my brother-in-law, who may be developmentally challenged, with some important life decisions. I am pretty much his only family contact, am at a bit of a loss, and not quite sure where to start; (slightly lengthy) details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 23, 2012 - 12 answers

Could well water cause kidney stones?

Could my kidney stone have been caused by the copious minerals precipitating out of my well water? [more inside]
posted by waldo on Aug 22, 2012 - 9 answers

Is there anything I can do to help my ill friend?

My friend is ill with a condition that might be psychosomatic. She doesn't believe or trust her doctors, and she is continually diagnosing herself with new illnesses. What's the best way I can be supportive? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 22, 2012 - 22 answers

Should I voluntarily provide information from my doctor to my employer?

My employer wants all employees to provide lab results in order to receive a deduction in insurance premiums. OK, or a little too Big Brother-ish? [more inside]
posted by bookmammal on Aug 20, 2012 - 22 answers

Newly diagnosed with hypothyroidism, and overwhelmed with how much I don't know. Bonus: help me find a doctor in Washington, DC who I can trust?

Newly diagnosed with hypothyroidism, and overwhelmed with how much I don't know. Bonus: help me find a doctor in Washington, DC who I can trust? [more inside]
posted by picapica on Aug 17, 2012 - 25 answers

What should I ask my doctor to test for?

Chronic fatigue + thinning hair, what should I ask the doctor to test for? [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte on Aug 17, 2012 - 23 answers

What sort of technologies can help / support the animal health pharmaceuticals business? I am not talking about general enterprise technologies such as ERP or SharePoint.

What sort of technologies can help / support the Animal Health pharmaceuticals business? I am not talking about general enterprise technologies such as ERP or SharePoint. I am looking for technologies that can specifically help the Animal health business. For example a technology platform that helps vets gain information about diseases. Any suggestions or thoughts? Any tech that can maybe assist with solving a problem currently faced by Animal Health pharmaceutical business.
posted by r2d2 on Aug 13, 2012 - 2 answers

Goodbye, sweetie pie

Has anyone successfully given up refined sugar (long term)? What were the benefits you noticed? [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 on Aug 13, 2012 - 35 answers

"In Sickness and Health" might not have been said but was always implied

He's sick and relying on me. I can't always be perfect in my responses or my inner most thoughts. Now what? [more inside]
posted by MCMikeNamara on Aug 12, 2012 - 31 answers

Best way to track migraine data?

My doctor suggested I keep a written diary to try to find migraine triggers. I'd like to improve on the concept and make it digital, trackable, and graphable. What would be the best method to use? [more inside]
posted by Uncle Glendinning on Aug 11, 2012 - 11 answers

Dog hair everywhere! Except on my dog :-(

Yesterday, I picked up my 18-month-old pit bull-type mix Chance after three weeks of boarding. His coat is in bad shape in he is shedding unimaginable amounts of hair. What's the best approach to get him healthy again? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Aug 10, 2012 - 14 answers

Am I eligible for health insurance?

Do you guys think I will be approved or denied health insurance based on the following factors? [more inside]
posted by Yunani on Aug 9, 2012 - 16 answers

Updated keyboard tray advice?

Keyboard trays for ergonomic joy and wrist, arm and neck bliss: any new suggestions? [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita on Aug 6, 2012 - 4 answers

What is this painful bump on my lip?

Fungal lip infection, cold sore/fever blister, something else?? [more inside]
posted by hellameangirl on Aug 5, 2012 - 28 answers

How to have a healthy lifestyle in my relationship?

How can I create a healthy lifestyle in my relationship? Also, how can I support my boyfriend’s weight loss? Is this possible? We are in our mid-to-late-twenties, he is a few years older than I am. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 2, 2012 - 23 answers

So, what do YOU fry your porkchops in?

What is the healthiest cooking oil ? [more inside]
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies on Aug 2, 2012 - 39 answers

How much would you pay to keep me from making more babies?

Is there a website I could use to find anonymous donors to help pay for my vasectomy? [more inside]
posted by tacodave on Aug 1, 2012 - 23 answers

What happens to my blood samples?

Due to my condition and the medications I take, I have very regular full blood workups. I asked the phlebotomist yesterday how the samples are disposed of after testing is complete. She said they might be held for as long as two years, but wasn't certain. Which surprised me. I'm curious, what happens to all my blood samples? I'm in Australia as I'm sure there's liable to be country-specific variations.
posted by michswiss on Jul 31, 2012 - 7 answers

If reputable scientists were to prescribe a healthy lifestyle, what would they include?

What are the most significant lifestyle changes I can make to improve my chances of maintaining a high quality-of-life throughout (a hopefully long) life? [more inside]
posted by dynamiiiite on Jul 31, 2012 - 27 answers

Guts: FIFO?

Intestinal systems: FIFO? [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish on Jul 30, 2012 - 6 answers

Mystery Years of Silence

I apparently stopped talking from just before I was one till I was about four. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jul 29, 2012 - 23 answers

What kind of doctor can help diagnose my issue with fatigue and pain?

What kind of doctor can help diagnose my issue with fatigue and pain? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2012 - 10 answers

What should I be looking for if I want to wear a cup everyday?

I'm thinking about wearing a cup everyday. I figure if I can do it without it being noticeable, why shouldn't I? The thing is, I don't know anything about them. [more inside]
posted by vash on Jul 26, 2012 - 33 answers

Online forums/support specific to health care professionals/students with major mental health diagnoses/problems?

Are there online forums/communities for support for medical professionals/students with serious mental health diagnoses? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 26, 2012 - 2 answers

Good mental/emotional specialists in Seattle?

Looking for a relatable, compassionate, pill-free mental/emotional/marital health specialist in Seattle, for a spouse who hates doctors. Any recommendations (or advice in general)? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 25, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me build a workout plan around Olympic lifts and free weights for burning fat, building muscle...

Working out: Help me build a workout plan around Olympic lifts and free weights for burning fat, building muscle... [more inside]
posted by MMALR on Jul 25, 2012 - 9 answers

Could my birkenstocks be {causing,exacerbating} my lower-back pain?

Could my birkenstocks be {causing,exacerbating} my lower-back pain? [more inside]
posted by neilkod on Jul 23, 2012 - 10 answers

Where can I find cheaper skincare products?

I'm looking for more affordable skin care alternatives to Rhonda Allison. [more inside]
posted by matt_od on Jul 21, 2012 - 6 answers

Medical Loss Ratio (and I am at loss)

What am I supposed to do with Medical Loss Ratio notice from the insurer? [more inside]
posted by zaxour on Jul 21, 2012 - 12 answers

Tracking exercise minutes

I'm looking for a simple iPhone app: I want to start exercising for 30 mins./day most days of the week, but I may not always get in the 30 mins. at once. (Apparently, it doesn't matter.) I want an app that tracks my daily minutes of exercise (e.g., 10 mins. here, 10 mins. there) and tells me how much more I have at that moment till I get to my 30-minute daily target. It'd also be nice if it told me my weekly minutes up to that point. I track my food in another app, so I don't need it to track calories.
posted by trillian on Jul 21, 2012 - 4 answers

Botox injections and neutropenia

Are there risks in having botox injections for a neutropenia sufferer? A relation of mine is determined to have botox injections to get rid of wrinkles, however, they suffer badly from cyclic neutropenia which means that their immune system is often weak and have white blood cell issues and consequently they get infections frequently. I am aware that botox is botulinum toxin and I have kept trying to persuade her to see her doctor before having botox injections, to check whether they are safe for her in light of neutropenia. She is desperate to go ahead with this and it is hard to persuade her to get medical advice on this. From a layman's perspective, I am concerned that this may be dangerous for her. Does anybody with medical knowledge, perhaps haematology, know if this botox is safe for neutropenia sufferers? Many thanks!
posted by conrad101 on Jul 20, 2012 - 1 answer

Aubergine Allergy?

Is it possible to randomly develop an allergy to eggplant / aubergine in one's late 30's? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jul 19, 2012 - 18 answers

Chicken thighs, you are so tasty, but I will regret this later!

Why does (dark) chicken meat sometimes (but not always) make me feel ill? Slightly TMI descriptions inside. [more inside]
posted by wholebroad on Jul 19, 2012 - 7 answers

If I tried really hard to get healthy, how successful will I be?

Let's say I'm a 5'5", 230lb female. Let's say tomorrow, I start eating very healthy and working out 4-5 times a week. How much can I expect to lose and what physical changes can I expect to see by the end of the year? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 19, 2012 - 55 answers

Does this thing ever turn off? Help me get a better attitude about sleeping

I need more sleep and I have the means. But I don't seem to want to, you know, actually sleep. What gives? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Jul 17, 2012 - 38 answers

Caffeine/alcohol cleanse.

Does a short break from alcohol/caffeine/whatever accomplish anything? [more inside]
posted by Precision on Jul 16, 2012 - 20 answers

Help me deal with negative patterns of thinking.

Help me learn how to control my own mind. How do I stop thinking about things that I shouldn't be thinking about? [more inside]
posted by tokaidanshi on Jul 15, 2012 - 23 answers

Sleep apnea is causing me to fall asleep at work. HELP!

I'm pretty sure I have sleep apnea and it's affecting me at at work. [more inside]
posted by stedman15 on Jul 14, 2012 - 12 answers

Are reconditioned factory buildings safe (health-wise) to live in?

Are there health risks in living in an apartment inside a reconditioned factory building in Hoboken, New Jersey? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on Jul 9, 2012 - 8 answers

Eating healthily on holiday

I am looking for some tips on how to eat healthy while going on holiday. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Jul 9, 2012 - 12 answers

Best resources for breathing and pranayama?

What are the best resources to learn breathing and pranayama? More details inside [more inside]
posted by raghuram on Jul 8, 2012 - 3 answers

What's this red line on my thumb?

What's this red line on my thumb? (Picture inside, not gross) [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Jul 5, 2012 - 13 answers

Turning off the hunger

How can I turn off my hunger when I'm getting good nutrition and my stomach isn't empty? [more inside]
posted by lemoncakeisalie on Jul 5, 2012 - 44 answers

My left foot.

YANAD/YANMD. My foot is bothering me - is it something that I should be concerned about? [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Jul 5, 2012 - 12 answers

Surgical Saltiness

Why does everything taste mega-salty after my surgery? [more inside]
posted by Jayed on Jul 4, 2012 - 9 answers

Is This Situation Reversible?

Is there help or hope for my situation? Post- manic episode: insomnia, various medication trials, zombie brain state. [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 on Jul 4, 2012 - 9 answers

How much water should I be drinking, really?

Help me figure out the eight glasses of water a day thing. Should it really be eight glasses? How to time them optimally? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Jul 3, 2012 - 26 answers

Hit Me With Your Best Shots!

How do I decide how best to have my dogs vaccinated? And what vaccinations are really necessary? And possibly going against my vet’s wishes. Detailed snowflake inside. [more inside]
posted by Quincy on Jun 29, 2012 - 21 answers

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