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A stomach bug from being cold?

Can being cold (as in the opposite of hot) cause stomach flu symptoms, as Eastern folklore claims? If not, why am I suddenly suffering from it? [more inside]
posted by serelliya on Jul 19, 2016 - 13 answers

Not Lyme... Not Mono... Apparently not meningitis...

16 year old son. He had an ear infection with antibiotics... he had an upper respiratory infection with antibiotics. Now strange symptoms... more after the jump... [more inside]
posted by brownrd on Jul 18, 2016 - 19 answers

What to ask a consultant about Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis

A family member has been diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. He has an appointment to see a second consultant for confirmation of the diagnosis, and wants to use this as an opportunity to find out as much helpful information as possible. We understand that there is currently no effective treatment for Primary Progressive MS. What should he ask the consultant in order to get the most out of this appointment? We are in the UK. Many thanks.
posted by paduasoy on Jul 8, 2016 - 4 answers

Surviving pain, physical and psychological

I'm in a shitty life situation I have no control over and cannot escape. I am also dealing with the flare up (obviously stress related) of a chronic illness. I wake up crying from stress, can barely keep food down, and shuffle through each day trying to get to go back to bed and be unconscious for a while. I don't know how to cope with this pain. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 1, 2016 - 12 answers

I want to make my wife feel better somehow

My wife's fairly down right now. How can I perk her up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 10, 2016 - 22 answers

unhive me

After 20 something years of never getting hives, I've now had three temporary attacks of hives in the past three or four months. Could you help me work out what is going on? Many details inside. [more inside]
posted by kinddieserzeit on May 1, 2016 - 9 answers

Health care proxy has been invoked. What power does this give me?

My elderly and mentally ill aunt appointed me as her health care proxy and it has been invoked. I'm specifically interested in what rights I now have in regards to her living situation. [more inside]
posted by Sal and Richard on Apr 25, 2016 - 4 answers

Should I bother trying to find a submissive partner while I'm poor?

Should I bother trying to find a submissive partner while I'm poor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2016 - 8 answers

Hope Calibration

I'm a glass half empty to avoid disappointment type girl. How do I evaluate/survive hopeful news? [more inside]
posted by skrozidile on Mar 1, 2016 - 5 answers

Mom is mentally ill. And dying.

My mother is mentally ill. I went "no contact" seven years ago to protect myself and those in my life. I have received word that she is dying of terminal cancer. How can I know more about her condition so that I can see her at the end, but not until the end? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 29, 2016 - 41 answers

What medical treatment might unintentionally disprove paternity?

Fictional scenario: Jim has a life threatening illness. There is a possible (perhaps experimental) treatment - or a diagnostic tool or whatever - which would involve his adult children (donating tissue or an organ?). Jim refuses it, because he is worried that his children would as a result find out that he is not their biological father. What could the medical McGuffin in this story be? [more inside]
posted by sively on Feb 22, 2016 - 21 answers

Preserving the stability I've worked so hard to achieve

After being diagnosed with bipolar II, my partner and I accidentally built my coping strategies around my total emotional reliance on him. Now that I have my career on track and have moved into what was to be "our home," I feel my stability at risk as it truly sinks in that he is exiting the relationship, but wants to remain as friends and a support system. How can I process this grief without compromising my stability? [more inside]
posted by asmith30 on Feb 17, 2016 - 19 answers

Supporting a seriously ill loved one without being intrusive or grim

My favorite cousin is in a pretty serious health battle. She's vitally important to me, to my wife, and to my kid (her godson). We've always seen her at least monthly and called her every week or so. But now she's going through the fight of her life and she's not even always telling us when she's been hospitalized or is otherwise struggling. We want to find a way to step up our support for her without being intrusive or making any grim assumptions about her prognosis. How do we do that? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 4, 2016 - 12 answers

How much do I tip for valet parking at a hospital?

Basically what it says on the tin. What I can find on Google is all about how much to tip for FREE valet parking at a hospital in the US. But the hospital we're going to has paid valet parking, not free. How much do we tip? [more inside]
posted by kythuen on Jan 18, 2016 - 8 answers

How do I care for someone with cancer?

My SO has a large tumour we're expecting to learn is cancer. Chances of it being benign are small. Assuming surgery/chemo - how do I care for him, both physically and emotionally? We also have a 1yr old - how might he be impacted? What can I do to prepare for treatment? How can I prepare our home? I have never dealt with a major illness before. Thank you
posted by scuza on Jan 15, 2016 - 6 answers

How do self-employed people manage sickness with their workload?

I've worked for myself (consultant; home office) for the last two years and I'm still trying to figure out how to deal with illness. If I don't work, I don't get paid, but if I don't take a break, I won't get better. I struggle to figure out what is "coddling myself" and what is restorative rest -- and how to ease back into the routine when I'm on the mend but not at 100%. If you're self-employed, what do you do when you're sick? [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Jan 5, 2016 - 15 answers

Recovering emotionally from an ill child in the hospital

My 15 month old was seriously ill and admitted to the hospital through the ER. I am having trouble breathing through the anxiety and fear. Do you have any experience/advice beyond or in addition to therapy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 5, 2016 - 14 answers

YANMD what could be going on here?

I have health insurance and a doctor but it’s been almost a year without figuring out the problem. I am not sure what else to do at this point. Long description of symptoms and tests below. I have been having intermittent episodes of lightheadedness. That is I feel weak and like I need to sit down (It’s not dizziness, the room is not spinning). It comes sometimes with nausea and seems to be aggravated by other things that make me feel ill - being too warm and being in stuffy spaces definitely can bring it on, being sleep deprived. It sometimes is accompanied by a pang around my stomach on the left. It makes me feel hot and ill and tired. [more inside]
posted by puppetspuppetspuppets on Dec 8, 2015 - 18 answers

Should I take this job? I'm feeling very conflicted.

I'm 23, currently living at home with my mum close to London. I've got a good degree but in a subject I'm no longer interested in pursuing. I've just been offered a QA job in Bristol which I originally applied for in September. They really liked me in the interview stage, but I was turned down because they found someone more experience. Today I received an email from them with a job offer, I'm really torn whether I should take the job or not because there's a lot of pros and cons. [more inside]
posted by fallingleaves on Nov 30, 2015 - 11 answers

Characters who incidentally have an illness or disability?

Can anybody give me some examples of characters in film, television, or literature who incidentally have an illness or disability (i.e., their illness or disability does not somehow become a central plot device)? [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Nov 17, 2015 - 69 answers

Freezer meals for moderately disabled and very busy family

I'm going to be cooking and freezing large quantities of meals for two family members (same household) who are undergoing medical difficulties. Suggestions needed! [more inside]
posted by cooker girl on Nov 14, 2015 - 22 answers

I know, I know, it's cereus

Is there somehow less of a problem with Bacillus cereus in Japanese rice? I often see remarks like this one about not refrigerating onigiri, and about leaving rice in the rice cooker for hours if not days and continuing to eat it. The worst food poisoning I have ever had was from B. cereus, so I am hypersensitive to rice preparation and storage. [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Nov 2, 2015 - 17 answers

When do you know it's time to take a sick day?

I'm taking my first sick day in a long time, after my boss told me to go home from a meeting because I had actually lost my voice. I'm not good at knowing when feeling crappy merits taking a sick day and when it merits just sucking it up and hauling yourself in to work, especially if you have meetings planned or are supposed to be teaching a group. How do you decide that the level of sick you're feeling is sick enough to require calling in?
posted by sciatrix on Oct 28, 2015 - 43 answers

Forgot to take celexa for 2 days - what can I now?

I'm on 20mg day of citalopram/celexa for generalised anxiety. I stupidly forgot to take it over the weekend. Have found it and taken today's dose but can already feel withdrawal anxiety amping up. Is there anything I can do to make this less painful until it gets back into my system? I work from home so suffer from loneliness and lack of distractions, though I have meetings with a nice colleague tomorrow. I also have a legal appointment on Thursday that is making me very anxious.
posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2015 - 5 answers

Uncertainty of Death (Perspective of a Friend)

My good friend is in the hospital across the country. She is my age (mid-20s) and has a ton of potential. Because of school and money I only have one chance to fly out, so I won't be visiting her (she is also heavily sedated anyways). There is an at least 50% chance she will die of this (though that is an older number and it has likely gotten worse since then). I'm looking for quotes, poems, prayers, or stories not for her, but for her friends, to help deal with this uncertainty and stress. [more inside]
posted by obviousresistance on Oct 15, 2015 - 12 answers

Supporting boyfriend through mom's (terminal?) illness and the holidays

I've been dating a great guy for a few months now. About a month in he told me that his mom was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor 8 months before we met. His mom has done radiation and was seeming to get better in the last few months. He was making plans for me to meet his family for the first time on Thanksgiving. He just found out his mother has taken a turn for the worse (she's having difficulty walking), and I'd like to know: 1) how I can support him and 2) how to navigate meeting his family during this difficult time. [more inside]
posted by lafemma on Sep 29, 2015 - 11 answers

Mysterious dog injury/illness

My dog's medical history has our vet stumped. Very low platelet count, lethargy, bad limping on one hind leg - two similar but not identical incidents 6 months apart. Maybe you can help? [more inside]
posted by cloverthistle on Sep 27, 2015 - 13 answers

Why do I always get sick before I travel on vacation?

I'm due to fly overseas on vacation next week for the first time in five years. There is a bunch of stress surrounding it: I have to finish a bunch of work before leaving, it's the first time I'm vacationing internationally since my divorce nearly three years ago, etc. And, since yesterday, I've been getting post-nasal drip, sore throat, chills, etc. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 10, 2015 - 5 answers

What was your Crohn's onset like?

I have been wondering if I have Crohn's disease. I want to get evaluated by a doctor, but I would like to hear about your experiences of onset and diagnosis to see if I'm on the right track with this. [more inside]
posted by lilpinksockpuppet on Sep 5, 2015 - 12 answers

Resources for sick senior mom in Portland

My mom got sick to the point she was hospitalized for two days, pretty much vomiting up her stomach lining. Now she's home, she's lost her discharge instructions, and has a significant loss of balance so she tottering up and down flights up stairs with extreme risk, almost collapsing in the store when she goes to get groceries. She needs a visiting nurse service, something. [more inside]
posted by angrycat on Aug 30, 2015 - 10 answers

Hey illness, please give me my partner back

Need help handling growing apart from your partner when chronic illness has eliminated everything you had in common. If the relationship is deteriorating, when and how should you keep it alive? [more inside]
posted by internet of pillows on Aug 17, 2015 - 31 answers

How to DTMFA....when they are disabled

How to end a relationship with a partner who is physically dependent on you? How to deal with the guilt? [more inside]
posted by yawper on Jul 31, 2015 - 20 answers

Mourning the loss of a loved one as you knew them?

My dad had a massive stroke in January. He has made remarkable strides, but he will likely never be the same as he was. How do I learn not to be sad about this? [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount on Jul 8, 2015 - 22 answers

I ate cheesecake and now I'm sick.

Generally I can have cheese and yogurt in small amounts but not milk and cream, and I've had cheesecake in the recent past even after I became lactose intolerant to the aforementioned. I still feel terrible after 24 hrs. Do I have to seek medical attention? [more inside]
posted by one teak forest on Jul 5, 2015 - 17 answers

Tall driver, sick driver, green driver: what car should we buy?

After ten years it's time to retire my Ford F150 King Cab pickup. I'd like to buy something more environmentally kind. Complications: sharing this vehicle between myself and my 6'2" (still growing?) teen driver. AND need to accommodate my chronic illness. Energy(and time) nearly sapped. What should I testdrive? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by theplotchickens on Jul 2, 2015 - 9 answers

Suggestions for gentle exercises after period of bed rest

I need advice about very gentle exercises and reconditioning after a long period of bed rest. I have a heart condition and have been very inactive for years. Recently my heart problem got somewhat better. Now I can do very light exercises. But even very gentle exercise can be a problem for me. I need advice about reconditioning safely. Also I would like suggestions for websites, books or other resources for people recovering after long periods of bed rest who are severely deconditioned. [more inside]
posted by Cinnamon Bear on Jun 30, 2015 - 15 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

Eccentric and Recluse Poets and Authors?

Greetings. I'm wondering if there are any notable or smaller scale poets and writers that were mainly hermits or eccentric? I'm not picky with the genre, country, or era. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on Jun 11, 2015 - 24 answers

What to do about a nasty email sent to the wrong person?

My mentally ill mother likes to send me super mean emails every once in a while, which I don't usually reply to. I just discovered today that she has accidentally been sending emails to a random person with a similar email address to mine. I'm not sure what, if anything, I should do about it. [more inside]
posted by thelaze on May 20, 2015 - 27 answers

Struggling to cope with ill grandparent

One of my grandparents who I love dearly has had multiple lingering illness for the past few years. The nurse is soon recommending hospice care. It is so difficult to know that my grandparent has been suffering and largely bed-ridden for the past years. I live a few hours away and visit every few months. My husband is very supportive but I still feel sad about it often. I guess this isn't much of a question, but I am looking for ways to help process what is occurring. Thanks in advance.
posted by seesom on Apr 21, 2015 - 6 answers

My mom is lonely and alone. Can I offer healthy support with boundaries?

I recently posted my current situation here. I'm still struggling with a longstanding issue: My mom's undiagnosed (notwithstanding a brief stint on anti-depressants 15 years ago following her divorce) possible depression. About once or twice a year I find myself with her while she sobs uncontrollably and talks about how lonely and alone she feels as she ages. These are all valid feelings and fears, but everytime I bring up seeing a counsellor to help her get her life back on track, giver her tools to cope, filter out the negative energy in her life (such as her codependent relationship with her 29 y/o son), she refuses to admit there is a problem. [more inside]
posted by stumblingthroughitall on Mar 31, 2015 - 12 answers

I need perspective on the dread I feel about how short life is.

Can you set me straight about the urge I get to control my husband's eating and exercise habits? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on Mar 30, 2015 - 31 answers

Good At-Home Jobs for the Disabled

Hi, I struggle with chronic illness and disability and have one very part-time job that I split my time between attending in person and working from home. I need to bring in some more money, however, though I'm not expecting anything grand income wise. Ideally I'm looking for jobs that have enough work available that you can sign in or pick up an hour or two or three of work without the obligation of sticking to meeting a set schedule each week. It's hard because my illness is so unpredictable. Any ideas would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Goldfinch on Mar 20, 2015 - 6 answers

How to handle health questions semi-objectively

My family had unusual ideas about health, illness and contagion, and now I have confused instincts about when to go to the doctor, and when to worry about giving someone my nasty cold. Do you know some resources or rules of thumb that might help? [more inside]
posted by feets on Mar 15, 2015 - 15 answers

not lose my job + pregnancy

I understand women have been doing this for hundreds of thousands of years, but I'm "delicate". How to not lose my job while feeling this ill? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 10, 2015 - 17 answers

Anxiety and Memory Loss? Foods that help memory loss for vegans?

I seem to have acute anxiety lately, which is causing a cognition deficit for me. My memory is quite poor and lax these days - I'm not certain if it is due to my vegan diet, or my ongoing intensive anxiety? Are there any tips on how to improve my memory and stabilize my anxiety? [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on Mar 10, 2015 - 17 answers

Dating someone with mental illness

I recently started seeing someone that disclosed that he has a serious mental illness that needs a lot of medication to keep somewhat under control. I got freaked out and after giving it a few weeks of thought, broke it off. Did I over react? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 27, 2015 - 35 answers

Hypochondriacal and Neurotic Thinking = missed Work. Your Tips Wanted!

I was physically ill as a child, in the hospital more than school, and through young adult years as well. Mom was/is classic hypochondriac. As an adult for the last 20 years and in my early 40s, I have let it hurt my work record and advancement. [more inside]
posted by chicaboom on Feb 24, 2015 - 10 answers

How can I relieve a sinus headache/infection that just won't quit?

I had a minor cold about a week ago that has turned into a sinus infection (I think). The cold was pretty bad for a couple days, but then I was completely fine for 4 days. I'm having some nasal congestion, and swollen lymph nodes, but the worst problem is that I am getting this nasty headache whenever I'm on my feet/trying to do anything. No tiredness, no fever, no aches or chills. I've been getting these awful headaches for 3 or 4 days. I'm off work until Tuesday, but I'm worried that this won't be resolved by then, and am looking for any ideas to stop/lessen these headaches. [more inside]
posted by Orrorin on Feb 15, 2015 - 25 answers

Let me know if there's anything I can do to help... no really!

What can I do to help my co-worker who's dealing with family illness? My co-worker's mom was diagnosed with brain and lung cancer several months ago and going through treatment with a poor prognosis, and then this week her dad had a seizure. My co-worker is now in the situation of having to be the sole care-taker (both physically and emotionally) of two very ill parents. I'd like to do something to help -- any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by purplevelvet on Feb 6, 2015 - 23 answers

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