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What's causing the muscle cramps

Why am I getting muscle cramps in the strangest of places? [more inside]
posted by anonpeon on Dec 29, 2005 - 14 answers

Itchy Red Bumps -- what's eating me?

What's eating me? Much, much, [more inside]
posted by daver on Dec 23, 2005 - 41 answers

Is eating cheese made from unpasteurised milk dangerous?

Is eating cheese made from unpasteurised milk dangerous? If so, to whom? [more inside]
posted by unSane on Dec 22, 2005 - 15 answers

Grownup skincare regimen?

I'm ready to put away the Sea Breeze. Help me choose a grownup skin care regimen that works. [more inside]
posted by aebaxter on Dec 16, 2005 - 33 answers

why do colds like the cold

I have a question about colds. Why do folks get them when the weather gets colder? Don't germs and viruses and what not typically thrive in the heat? Do other illnesses thrive when it gets cold?
posted by zeoslap on Dec 14, 2005 - 21 answers

How much of a loser should I be?

How much should I weigh? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Dec 13, 2005 - 19 answers

Why the sudden breathing problems?

Why would I, an asthmatic man, all the sudden start having abnormal breathing issues? (Note: I am not using Ask MeFi as a substitute for a doctor's opinion) [more inside]
posted by Anoxs on Dec 13, 2005 - 25 answers

Why do I get sick so often?

I've been sick a lot in the last two years. And not just cold sick, I've had pneumonia and bronchitis at least 4 times a year. It seems to be triggered by physical work. [more inside]
posted by joaniemcchicken on Dec 12, 2005 - 18 answers

Incontinence Filter

Incontinence filter: My father, while more or less OK, has some health problems that have affected him mentally and physically. My Mom and I can deal with this, but what's difficult is that he's got some control issues with his bodily functions - it's very hard for him to travel, and sometimes even to go out to dinner. We need to find a solution. [more inside]
posted by aladfar on Dec 12, 2005 - 12 answers

What are these bumps on the inside of my lips?

I have lots of little bumps of varying sizes on the inside of my lips. Maybe "lips" isn't the 100% correct term -- but they're scattered throughout the area between my lips (where lipstick goes) and my gums. Both top and bottom of my mouth. What are they? The larger ones appear whitish (they aren't raised bumps -- they're under my pink mouth flesh). Is it cancer? How long do I have, Doc? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 8, 2005 - 29 answers

I got the job! Now, what?

So, I was just offered a job. It's a 12 month contract that will be going perm in the next year. So, first order of business is to find health insurance. Help me find the best option for me. [more inside]
posted by fletchmuy on Dec 8, 2005 - 5 answers

Does "I have a high tolerance for pain" actually mean the opposite?

When you say you have a high tolerance for pain, don't you really mean to say "I love to complain about how much I hurt"? Or: is this really a case of the more you say it the less you mean it? [more inside]
posted by quacky on Dec 7, 2005 - 39 answers

Toothpaste quandary

What toothpaste is the best for the health of my teeth and gums? [more inside]
posted by riffola on Dec 7, 2005 - 42 answers

Your best sickness prevention methods:

Let's hear your method for preventing colds and other sicknesses! [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Dec 5, 2005 - 66 answers

Benefits of red wine?

I think most of us have heard that 1-2 glasses of red wine a day is healthy for you. Is there any reason that one bottle, once a week would have a negative affect? [more inside]
posted by dflemingdotorg on Dec 4, 2005 - 17 answers

Lord have MRSE (or MRSA)!

How to cope with unpleasant and not fully explainable longterm medical issues? [more inside]
posted by plinth on Dec 1, 2005 - 10 answers

"Hmm, that's very interesting...or not."

How do you get a doctor's attention? [more inside]
posted by booksandlibretti on Nov 29, 2005 - 45 answers

Why don't they pay for blood donations?

Why don't they pay for blood donations? [more inside]
posted by toastchee on Nov 29, 2005 - 13 answers

I am a golden god!

LSD in pop culture? [more inside]
posted by weaponsgradecarp on Nov 29, 2005 - 33 answers

Weight training, veins, bodyfat, and more

Why do some people have veins that pop out of their biceps and shoulders, while others who work out don't? [more inside]
posted by dead_ on Nov 29, 2005 - 17 answers

How often should a girl wash her hair?

How often should a girl wash her hair? [more inside]
posted by pracowity on Nov 26, 2005 - 22 answers

when to change a toothbrush?

how often should i change my toothbrush?
posted by brandz on Nov 24, 2005 - 33 answers

Hum

My mother went to the emergency hospital last year and was billed a hefty amount. She was covered with health insurance from her company (Destiny) and the hospital was "in-network". The insurance company paid the hospital fee (which was the larger amount) but only paid about half the physician fee because the physician was "out-of-network". My mother asked whether or not the physician was in-network or out-of-network when she was in the hospital and the nurse just told her not to worry about it. My questions are, 'How can a hospital be in-network and fully covered but assign her an out-of-network physician which won't be fully covered under the insurance?' and 'Is there anything she can do about this? I don't think it's fair she has to pay for something she didn't have a choice in'.
posted by lpctstr; on Nov 23, 2005 - 10 answers

How can I stop sweating at night?

How do I cope with night sweats? [more inside]
posted by talitha_kumi on Nov 23, 2005 - 15 answers

The Evil Eye

Weird eye twitch driving me crazy. Help me before I kill again. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Nov 22, 2005 - 30 answers

How do I exercise at home?

Exercising at home, in a small apartment? Suggestions/tips? [more inside]
posted by huskerdont on Nov 22, 2005 - 25 answers

Martial arts for fatties?

Can seriously overweight people do martial arts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2005 - 22 answers

Help me smack Aunt Flo down!

[Girl Filter] Hey Ladies, I've got a few questions about that oh so lovely monthly visitor... [more inside]
posted by nadawi on Nov 21, 2005 - 35 answers

Eating issues... sigh.

Help! I've been suffering from a mild form of bulimia for four years and really need to stop. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2005 - 9 answers

health insurance for nonprofit

Health insurance options for employees of small nonprofits. Any special programs that offer this? [more inside]
posted by jare2003 on Nov 16, 2005 - 8 answers

The Common Involuntary Shudder

Many years ago someone told me the recognised term for the kind of involuntary shudder that commonly affects people at rest. You know the kind that spontaneously rocks you, just for a moment, like you are shaking off the ghoulies, like the cliche says 'someone was walking on your grave'? I have since lost this word to time, and searching the internet has brought only partial results. Does anyone know it?
posted by 0bvious on Nov 15, 2005 - 31 answers

How can I improve my sleep with drugs?

My sleep schedule is very hectic. While I almost always have to get up early, I frequently have to stay up very late to complete projects or have at least a few hours to spend with friends. I try and use the weekends to catch up on sleep, and I have many tricks to haul myself out of bed in the mornings but I was wondering if anyone might know a relatively safe combination of drugs that would not only help me quickly fall asleep but also wake up quickly if I haven't gotten my "full" 8 hours of sleep? [more inside]
posted by chason on Nov 14, 2005 - 19 answers

benefit cut

My employer has decided to stop paying any dependent health insurance coverage. How do I respond? [more inside]
posted by anadem on Nov 14, 2005 - 13 answers

As a man, is there any way I can use my health insurance to pay for birth control pills?

I'm about to start my first salaried job, and will therefore have health insurance. My girlfriend has none. We'd like a method of birth control that's safer and more effective than condoms, but neither of us can afford birth control pills out of pocket. As a man, is there any way I can use my health insurance to pay for birth control pills? If not, what are my other options? [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit on Nov 13, 2005 - 26 answers

Medical care in Hong Kong

Please help me determine the name and location of the best Western-style hospital in Hong Kong. I'm also looking for any other tips you can offer to someone seeking medical care there. [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Nov 13, 2005 - 4 answers

addiction/compulsion question

are there any socially-accepted addictions anymore?
posted by brandz on Nov 11, 2005 - 58 answers

MBH Syndrome

Male Blotchy Forehead Syndrome: what is it? [more inside]
posted by TiredStarling on Nov 10, 2005 - 11 answers

How can I find health coverage for my family?

I was laid off. COBRA is running out. How do I best acquire new health care coverage for my family when my wife is in much needed therapy and taking expensive medication? [more inside]
posted by jasonlatshaw on Nov 10, 2005 - 13 answers

No health insurance, future problems?

Going without insurance for a period of time. What happens if disaster strikes? [more inside]
posted by gtr on Nov 8, 2005 - 17 answers

Potassium doses

Why do supplements with potassium often contain relatively low amounts of potassium? A common per-capsule dosage is 99mg, which is only 3% of the USRDA. Multi-minerals often contain impressive doses of other mins, but not of K.
posted by O Blitiri on Nov 4, 2005 - 12 answers

How can I keep from starving?

I forget to eat. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by 235w103 on Nov 4, 2005 - 21 answers

Why do I have so much mucous when I run?

Major Mucous: Whenever I do aerobic activity for more than 10 minutes or eat cold foods, I have tons of mucuous, and cough to the point that I have to stop exercising. [more inside]
posted by creeront on Nov 3, 2005 - 9 answers

My left foot

My feet hurt! [more inside]
posted by kensanway on Nov 3, 2005 - 22 answers

Please help me cope with a forthcoming hysterectomy.

I'm shortly scheduled to have a hysterectomy. It's not going to be abdominal, so I don't have to worry about taking care of sutures, but I want to know how I should prepare: what physical comforts I should have on hand, dietary staples, recovery strategies, and resources and guides I should consult prior to this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2005 - 19 answers

Impact of a sick person in a health care plan.

In a small company's health care plan (HMO), if a person has a lot of expensive claims, does it push up the cost of the plan? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2005 - 6 answers

How to get rid of facial cysts

How can I get rid of facial cysts caused by blocked pores? Doctors claim it's moderate acne and prescribe everything under the sun, but nothing helps. Has anyone succeeded in treating them? Has anyone used cortisone shots, or sought hydroenema treatments to flush bacteria buildup from the body?
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2005 - 9 answers

Fatten us up and slim us down

Piggyback filter: I need help with two things. First, getting healthy, tasty food on the table for two people in under half hour. Second, finding a personal trainer. [more inside]
posted by LittleMissCranky on Nov 2, 2005 - 25 answers

Help me better understand COBRA and HIPAA

COBRA/HIPAA: Help me understand how these health insurance laws might apply in several employer-leaving or life-changing events. [more inside]
posted by weston on Oct 27, 2005 - 7 answers

bad kitty

Last week my wife put one of those toilet cleaning puck things - 2 discs, one blue and one white (a type of chlorine bleach, I think) in the toilet tank. Apparently one of us or our houseguest left the toilet open and one of our two cats - the stupid one - drank a quantity of the water, even though he had a big bowl of fresh water by his food (yes, we're now being very careful to leave it closed). My questions: 1) did he drink it because it tasted good, the way some animals will eat antifreeze, and 2) is he gonna be OK? He's acting a little odd - staring at his own shadow and attacking invisible things, growling at nothing, but then again he's kind of brain-damaged anyway (flea anemia as a feral kitten). He's 9 yrs old and otherwise in good health.
posted by luriete on Oct 25, 2005 - 15 answers

What's up with Weight Watchers?

DietFilter: Weight Watchers - cult or miracle solution? Has anyone used Weight Watchers? Successfully? Unsuccessfully? Online or with meetings? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 22, 2005 - 32 answers

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