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Accepting bipolar

How do you get used to yourself as bipolar (II)? Trying to understand my lows and mixed highs better, but find myself slipping into despair. [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Apr 28, 2013 - 11 answers

Can germs travel from cheek to mouth?

I am trying to get sick less often. I notice that I touch my face frequently - itchy nose, eye allergies etc. I am going to stop doing that. However, do I also need to stop touching my face entirely? I like resting my chin on my hands. What if my cheek is itchy? From research on google, you're supposed to stop touching your face. Can germs actually travel from cheek to mouth, etc? Is this advice just to stop touching mucus membranes? By germs I mean common bacteria and viruses. Thank you!
posted by puertosurf on Apr 26, 2013 - 10 answers

SCUM Manifesto

I do not think of myself as a dirty person, but when I'm in the shower and I scrape my nails over my neck/chest/back area, a grayish scum collects under my fingernails. What is this disgusting medley, and what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 on Apr 22, 2013 - 19 answers

How high can a fever get before seeking care?

Feeling ill yesterday and today, with a fever, slight cough, stuffed nose, sore joints. Taking dayquil and nyquil, and keeping track of my temperature every few hours. What temperature means "go to the hospital?" What other symptoms re: the cough and nose might man go to the hospital? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Apr 22, 2013 - 28 answers

Where to buy shoes for my 75 year old father?

My father just had double bypass surgery and is recovering. As part of his recovery he needs to walk - where can I take him to get some decent walking shoes in the Raleigh/Cary, NC area? Cost is no object, however I was thinking of going to REI first. A few less than fun facts - he's overweight and has bad circulation in his feet at this stage of the game if that impacts things.
posted by Farce_First on Apr 19, 2013 - 15 answers

Do I really need to see the pediatric neurosurgeon?

YANMD, but perhaps you're more free to speak honestly than my doctor. My baby had a simple skull fracture. We have a regular checkup scheduled for a month after the incident, but the pediatric neurosugeon wants to see the baby at around the same time. Would that really offer any additional information? [more inside]
posted by Mr.Know-it-some on Apr 18, 2013 - 20 answers

How can I inspire my partner to be a healthy, fit person with me?

I want to be a healthy, fit person, and I want my partner to want that, too. What's the selling point? How can I convince my SO to make this change with me and notice how our generally very sedentary life is sucking the life out of our relationship? Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 16, 2013 - 31 answers

Diet interventions, type 2, kidneys are only at 30 %, kidney Donor Help

Hey All, So a close family member has type 2 diabetes and now his kidneys are only functioning at 30%. Do you know of any diet interventions he can take that might help him avoid dialysis ? I am not sure if Dr. Neal Barnard's program can still help him at this point. He is in Columbus, Ohio. Any doctors or specialist, as well, in the area to refer him too would be much appreciated also. Right now, doctors are telling him that in 2 years he will have to go on dialysis. In addition, my boss' friend found a kidney donor on craig's list. Any ideas how to find him a donor as well with social media, websites, etc, if it comes to the route. thank you
posted by TRUELOTUS on Apr 16, 2013 - 18 answers

How to Properly Sleep Through the Night For Once

I have been waking up at the exact same time in the middle of the night for the past month or so, and it's majorly disrupting my ability to be a functional human being. [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Apr 14, 2013 - 19 answers

Help me break on through to the other side of chronic fatigue

I’m a man, pushing 50, and I was diagnosed back in the mid-90s with fibromyalgia syndrome/chronic fatigue syndrome. No medication I tried over the next few years helped with either aspect. After years of practice, I’m dealing okay with the fibro pain, but the chronic fatigue is hitting like the metaphorical ton of bricks. [more inside]
posted by bryon on Apr 12, 2013 - 19 answers

3-year old has footache

my son is almost 4 year old now. at night while sleeping he frequently wakes up complaining about foot ache. the pain usually centers around the forefoot area. however, during the day he never has any foot pains. asked his pediatrician about it a couple of months ago. but once he was told that my son never had the same issue during the day, he just told us that there is no need to worry. yesterday he had another "episode" and was actually crying pretty bad about the pain. shall we be concerned? what shall we do now that even his doctor doesn't think it's a problem. thank you for any advice...
posted by kingfish on Apr 12, 2013 - 30 answers

Healthy eating on a long train ride

There will be a 12-14 hour train ride tomorrow, during daylight hours in America, for two adults. What should we pack to take with us to eat that is small and healthy?No cooler will be taken. We can visit a grocery store today. There is no local Trader Joe's.
posted by sock, the puppet on Apr 10, 2013 - 25 answers

What are these benign lifelong hand dots?

Explain my stigmata for me. [more inside]
posted by fishmasta on Apr 10, 2013 - 9 answers

Book recommendation for cycling nutrition

Book recommendation for cycling nutrition: looking for something that details on and off the bike nutrition and cites studies and the physiology of what's happening when you ride/train. Something that seriously discusses supplementation, but steers clear of the hard stuff. I am an avid, but amateur, cyclist that wants something readable but not totally dumbed down.
posted by blueplasticfish on Apr 8, 2013 - 5 answers

Low carb until dinner to lose weight?

I live with a group of friends and we all take it in turns to cook dinner one day of the night, which usually consists of lasagne, pasta, rice etc. I am wondering if I could lose weight if I ate low carb for breakfast and lunch, and then ate dinner that is prepared by my housemates? [more inside]
posted by lovisa91 on Apr 8, 2013 - 14 answers

Why am I dehydrated?

The last few years it seems I've had to drink more water to stay hydrated; I drink, on average, 3.5 liters a day (0.92 gallons), more if I exercise, and still I'll wake up with a mild headache and mild nausea from dehydration about two days a week. [more inside]
posted by martinrebas on Apr 7, 2013 - 18 answers

Restless Leg Syndrome: Yeah it's real

Help me figure out what to do about my rapidly degrading case of restless leg syndrome. [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Apr 6, 2013 - 30 answers

How do I lose weight in specific areas of my body?

I'm having more trouble than I thought I would in getting rid of these love handles and my usual methodology is proving ineffective. [more inside]
posted by wolfdreams01 on Apr 4, 2013 - 25 answers

How does one appeal a health insurance denial?

A specific health care claim was denied by my insurance as not medically necessary. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on Apr 3, 2013 - 7 answers

Help me find the Rolls Royce of health insurance in the SF Bay Area.

I'm talking the absolute BEST, at any price. [more inside]
posted by tealcake on Apr 2, 2013 - 17 answers

Therapeutic Faith.

Do you have faith in your therapist's sense of certainty? [more inside]
posted by mild deer on Mar 31, 2013 - 21 answers

Health insurance subsidy?

My wife and I are both graduate students living on about $30k a year in southeastern Pennsylvania. We're about to turn 26 and will be losing our health insurance coverage through our parents. Does the state of Pennsylvania or the government offer any sort of subsidies or vouchers to help us purchase our own insurance? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Mar 30, 2013 - 13 answers

What is this mental health term that I'm trying to recall?

A while ago I read a two-word term relating to mental health that I can't remember and it's driving me crazy. [more inside]
posted by side effect on Mar 29, 2013 - 6 answers

WHEY does nobody use powder for any savory dishes?

Does anybody use whey protein powder to cook anything savory, especially any dinner dishes? I realize this is a longshot question, but web searches haven't turned up much of anything. And again, I'm looking specifically for any successful recipes that use the whey protein powder, rather than fresh whey. Thank you, o hypothetical kitchen wizards!
posted by DeWalt_Russ on Mar 29, 2013 - 11 answers

Change of career: Going into the health care administration field ??

I might need to go back to work and I am thinking about a career change. I have held business analysts/planner positions in retail but while I enjoy the actual work, i don't enjoy the purpose/ field. Working retail is starting to feel a bit pointless, trying to sell more stuff to people all the time. I am interested in taking my skills to a different field. Maybe a similar job but with a different goal. Namely healthcare administration could be what I am looking for. I'd would want to work for patient advocacy groups or in the government (ie: not trying to make an extra buck to private insurance). But to do that I figure I need to understand how the private system works too. [more inside]
posted by kirikara on Mar 27, 2013 - 7 answers

Insurance options for the recently unemployed in Tokyo?

I'm an American living in working in Tokyo, but am planning on moving to the states in a few months. I will leave my current job in a month that is providing insurance and take a month or two off to get my affairs in order. What are my options for insurance after I resign? [more inside]
posted by princeoftheair on Mar 24, 2013 - 6 answers

Living with transplanted organs and immunosuppressant drugs

So what's it like to be the recipient of an organ transplant and having to deal with immunosuppressant drugs? How does your life change? How often do you have to take your drugs? What are the weird details of daily life that outsiders don't know about? Are there any insurance hassles? I have a fair idea of what it's like to be diabetic because of coworkers who have this condition but I don't know anything about the life of organ transplant recipients and I'd like to know more. Any help you could provide would be deeply appreciated.
posted by jason's_planet on Mar 23, 2013 - 15 answers

A brief history of Maternal and Child Health in the International arena?

I am looking for a succinct synapses of the history of international Maternal and Child Health (MCH) initiatives since it first became an issue until the present which would be, I think, the Millennium Development Goals? Or is there something more recent? It would, ideally, be an article that outlines that background rather than a complete book that explains it all in detail. Can you help?
posted by lil' ears on Mar 22, 2013 - 4 answers

I'm only 27. How can I keep my hair from thinning out?

I'm a 27 year old male. I've noticed my hair has been thinning out and receding my hairline over the last year. Is there anything I can do to keep it sticking around for a while longer? I didn't expect to be witnessing this before I'm 30. Can a doctor help?
posted by decrescendo on Mar 18, 2013 - 36 answers

Health (and maybe legal) concerns living with rotten smell?

A little over a week ago, right before everyone left for Spring Break, the fridge in my girlfriend's dorm apartment died and got quickly replaced the same day. Everyone just came back yesterday to the smell of rotten food (lots of meat, especially) because the new fridge had broken shortly after the new one was installed. ResLife replaced the fridge again, but everyone's everything reeks of the smell it was drenched in for the week. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Angulimala on Mar 18, 2013 - 14 answers

Is it a floor wax or a dessert topping?

Is pityriasis rosea viral or autoimmune? Yes, I've googled and found the results unilluminating - hoping for an answer from someone with more direct experience.
posted by plinth on Mar 16, 2013 - 6 answers

Another US health insurance question

How are things looking over the next few years as far as health insurance costs in the US? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic on Mar 15, 2013 - 7 answers

If nothing else it feels good...

There is a steam room at my gym and I am considering putting it to use. Please tell me as much as you can because I have no fregging clue what I am supposed to be using it for or what I am supposed to do while I steam. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Mar 14, 2013 - 27 answers

Interesting Periodicals, Sites for Mental Health Professionals

Clinical social workers, mental health counselors, and other mental health professionals: can you tell me of blogs, magazines, or other resources that help you keep abreast of the field in an interesting way? [more inside]
posted by Hennimore on Mar 13, 2013 - 2 answers

Ouch.

I am an American traveling in Spain and have to go to the ER. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by sockorama on Mar 13, 2013 - 29 answers

Bro's guardian has revoked consent; how do I speak to caregivers?

My very mentally ill brother may be in a dangerous situation. It appears that his guardian has revoked the consent my brother gave so that I can talk to his caregivers. What the hell can I do now. [more inside]
posted by angrycat on Mar 12, 2013 - 13 answers

Unusual things people do to stay/get healthy?

I'm going into the health field and curious about cultural/ethnic health practices that are off the beaten path. For example, can anyone tell me the "what", "how", and "why" of cupping and coining? What other cultural/religious/traditional practices can you share? [more inside]
posted by mschief on Mar 10, 2013 - 33 answers

How to get over the fact that I just had a breakdown?

Two days ago I had some sort of emotional/mental breakdown. I got help in the immediate sense, but I'm not sure how to process and get over it. [more inside]
posted by trogdole on Mar 1, 2013 - 26 answers

Endocrinologist in DC area to treat subclinical hypothyroidism?

After asking this question, I am looking for a new doctor within an hour or so of the DC area who is willing to treat hypothyroidism with medications that aren't T4-only, and treat based on symptoms. [more inside]
posted by picapica on Feb 28, 2013 - 9 answers

Sequential Eating, Metabolism, and Digestion

I was researching sequential eating and would like some advice, here are my thoughts and questions: It seems that it takes (on average) 2-4 hours for foods or beverages to leave the stomach. I was wanting to eat/drink something specific every two hours. I have 8 hours to sleep every night, and I like to eat right before sleep as well. This leaves me with 16 hours in a wakened state. Or, 9 segments of eating/drinking. (I drink water right when I wake up) On the basis of sequential eating, what are some useful tips/advice I could keep in consideration while putting together snacks of 1-3 things? It's looking like 4 meals a day, 5 drinks a day, alternating every two hours. OR, what I would rather prefer, is eating 9 meals a day (fruit in the morning with my water), and drinking 6oz of water every hour on the dot. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
posted by JamesBlakeAV on Feb 27, 2013 - 4 answers

WORMS IN COKE: So gross I can barely look at the photo.

My Mom drank a can of coke. She discovered after drinking there was a mass of live worms in the can. She probably ingested some of these alive. I AM VERY CONCERNED. Photo below. [more inside]
posted by instead of three wishes on Feb 26, 2013 - 33 answers

Question regarding coming off of anti-depressants

What was your experience coming off of anti-depressants? When you were on them, did you experience blunting of feelings and emotions and when you were tapering or went off cold turkey, did you feel a return to your former self/return of your personality? [more inside]
posted by BlueMartini7 on Feb 25, 2013 - 14 answers

Fill me up, buttercup

I am starting a new corporate job in the city next week after working in a casual semi-rural office for the past 2 years, where I could make toast for breakfast whenever I felt like it. I can't eat within the first hour of waking up so am looking for some great breakfast smoothies/drinks I can make that I can drink on the train to work that will actually fill me up until lunch time. [more inside]
posted by sunshine arakhan on Feb 25, 2013 - 13 answers

Website for good focused daily workout routines

Need a website or book that has daily workout routines. What I'd like is one that has a time for cardio and then a daily focus on arms, legs, or core, etc. Sort of like you'd get from a trainer but something you can do at home. We have an elliptical, awesome weight bench, and other assorted exercise equipment. Suggestions? (Woman, btw). I'd love it if it somehow tied into the BodyMedia Fit or Spark People, but it doesn't have to.
posted by Raichle on Feb 25, 2013 - 4 answers

Why do old people have a hump in their back?

Can someone explain why old age or bone loss causes older people to have a hump in their upper back or neck? I think its called dowager’s hump.
posted by john123357 on Feb 21, 2013 - 16 answers

How do I prevent shingles?

How do I prevent shingles? [more inside]
posted by Hawk V on Feb 17, 2013 - 7 answers

Time Travel With An Insulin Pump

My wife, who has had an insulin pump for almost 18 years, has somehow never traveled more than one time zone with it. Next week she has 5 day business trip to the West Coast, and we live on the East Coast. Any diabetic MeFi's have experience crossing 3 time zones with a pump? [more inside]
posted by COD on Feb 17, 2013 - 7 answers

Gender, sexuality, and mental health.

Gender, sexuality, and mental health. Help me design a workshop? [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Feb 17, 2013 - 12 answers

Medical term for a feeling you get when you are stoned or have a fever?

Maybe you've felt this before. You are either running a fever or you are stoned on pain meds or cannabis. You're seated or lying down. You feel long, as if the distance from your head to your hands is maybe ten meters. Meanwhile you are anchored and somewhat paralyzed because it takes so long for signals to travel that vast distance of the nervous system. I'm searching for a medical term for this. Any ideas? Am I just asking what the medical term for "stoned" is? I am tracking symptoms for a doctors visit. Thank you. Dude.
posted by No Shmoobles on Feb 15, 2013 - 4 answers

[Personality filter] She is driving me crazy!!!

Help me figure out what is going on with this person and feel some empathy. [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 on Feb 12, 2013 - 19 answers

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