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What is this bump on my shoulder?

I just noticed this inexplicable bump. It's right where my collarbone meets my shoulder. No pain, no itching, no redness, no bite mark. What the heck is it? No "How to Get Ahead in Advertising" jokes, please.
posted by crazylegs on Jul 31, 2015 - 34 answers

Resources for transgender name and pronoun usage in a medical setting

I have the opportunity to help a local medical clinic address their policies and procedures for working with transgender patients, specifically the use of proper names and pronouns. This work may extend into other areas related to treatment of trans patients as I might end up serving on their board. Can you provide some resources and links to help? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Jul 30, 2015 - 12 answers

How to get rid of this bronchitis for good?

I'm a non smoking female in my 30s. Developed serious allergies over the past 3 years. Found out I'm allergic to any mold and dust. Was going for the shots until I found out I can't take them if I have chest congestion. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Jul 25, 2015 - 12 answers

How can I turn my mind off from these pervasive thoughts?

I recently suffered a near catastrophic medical experience and am having emotional difficulties dealing with the aftermath. I had been ignoring symptoms for days and only went to hospital because my spouse and kids were leaving town for a few days and figured what the heck, go to the ER, it would be a pain for them to come back abruptly. At the hospital, I had emergency surgery that was unnecessarily risky (I'm an experienced medical professional, so please, assume I know what I'm talking about) in that it could have led to an intraoperative complication that would have left my 5-year survival at less than 25%. I also would have been in the same boat if I chose to ignore my symptoms. In the end, surgery was successful and what was thought malignant turned out to be benign. I have some lifelong medical follow-up to pursue, but for all intents and purposes I'm OK know. So what's my question? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2015 - 26 answers

what (medical?) device(s?) was this man wearing?

Saw a man on the subway with gauze wrapped around his head from which a bundle of wires emerged and ran to a pouch strapped to his chest. He also had a pouch strapped to the front and another to the back of his waist. What was this equipment? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Jul 11, 2015 - 5 answers

Question about an MRI and Cost and Second Opinions

I'm having an MRI on my knee late Monday afternoon to see if I might need surgery on a possible cartilage problem. The cost will be a financial hardship, and I have a question about how to discuss that. Also, I got multiple opinions from doctors, and I have a question about how to handle that. [more inside]
posted by crocodiletsunami on Jun 28, 2015 - 8 answers

fearful cat help

Can you help me figure out how to care for our extremely fearful cat? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jun 22, 2015 - 15 answers

Can you explain my urination problem?

i have the urge to urinate 15-20 times in just a few hours. Can you help explain my problem? [more inside]
posted by Four-Eyed Girl on Jun 18, 2015 - 30 answers

My podiatrist is being sued for malpractice. Should I still go to him?

Should I trust this podiatrist even though he's being sued for malpractice? Also, do you have any advice for somebody with Morton’s Neuroma? [more inside]
posted by apostate street preacher on Jun 16, 2015 - 21 answers

Insurance deductible and being broke

I have $475 left on my deductible. I already received bills this year for $841 dollars that I've haven't yet paid on. Do I have to pay all $841 or will I start getting coinsurance after I pay $475. [more inside]
posted by motioncityshakespeare on Jun 14, 2015 - 14 answers

How to Force a Doctor to Fix a Billing Mistake

Two months ago I went to a new doctor for my yearly physical at the recommendation of a friend. I've talked with my insurance provider before and they said that an annual physical is covered and should cost me approximately nothing. So I was surprised when I later got a bill for several hundred dollars. The root of the problem seems to be that the doctor classified everything as diagnostic rather than preventative. My insurance has said they can't do anything unless he contacts them and changes the classification. I have called and emailed the doctor's office multiple times to clear up the issue, but they have done nothing and I am still getting bill reminders for several hundred dollars. What additional action can I take, legal or otherwise, to force this doctor to fix his mistake?
posted by C'est la D.C. on Jun 7, 2015 - 10 answers

Should I still use my former supervisor as a job reference?

I left this medical supply company last November due to multiple employees leaving, declining accounts, and the inability to be consistently compliant with Medicare standards. My previous supervisor was laid off, and he ended up working for a university medical center that is ranked top 10 in the U.S. While I was working at the medical supply company, we would keep in touch and he encouraged me to look for a better gig. [more inside]
posted by tnar23 on May 17, 2015 - 6 answers

Chronic Compartment Syndrome treatment in Portland Oregon?

Looking for a physician in Portland, OR area to diagnose and treat chronic exertional compartment syndrome. [more inside]
posted by elmay on May 13, 2015 - 3 answers

Annual physical checkup: what if one wants to opt out for privacy

A similar question to this one, w/ a different country context. How does one officially "refuse" their annual physical if the checkup and data sharing appears more mandatory than voluntary? [more inside]
posted by macbookair on May 10, 2015 - 3 answers

How to record sounds inside the body?

What professional medical equipment, techniques and possibilities exist to record sounds inside the body? [more inside]
posted by gmm on Apr 14, 2015 - 9 answers

Anything to hide my Scoliosis??

I'm a healthy 30 something year old who has had scoliosis all her life but didnt show until I started developing. As a performer I have to keep in shape and look extremely camera ready. Please help. [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Apr 5, 2015 - 5 answers

In need of an urgent procedure - resources for Patients' Rights?

She's uninsured and pretty weak, but told she needs the operation in 30 days or her life is at risk. How do we get a hospital to take her on? [more inside]
posted by oneaday on Mar 22, 2015 - 15 answers

This million-dollar workup is probably all for nothing

Earlier this week somebody found me passed out on the floor. From there, I got dragged in to see the doctor, who ran some tests (all negative so far). That's not the problem. The problem is: I feel ashamed and guilty, like I'm making this all up, despite that the objective facts are that I fainted, my blood pressure was found to be 50/40 (after fluids), and that I have a history of syncope. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Mar 18, 2015 - 22 answers

SOAP-y Tears

Residency filter: I did not Match into a residency program today. Any words of wisdom, advice, or success stories? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 17, 2015 - 8 answers

How to talk to a hard nose about finances

So I'm sorting through my bills from my recent hospitalization, and found one for $700+ from Visiting Nurses Association (this is a valid bill). The hard nose I spoke to on the phone said 90 days or 15 percent off if I pay by Friday. [more inside]
posted by intrepid_simpleton on Mar 9, 2015 - 6 answers

I guess I could give Soylent a try

My jaw is wired shut for the next 3-4 weeks. I would like to not die of starvation and/or boredom. Give me all your best liquid diet recipes/hacks [more inside]
posted by kagredon on Mar 8, 2015 - 29 answers

Can you please help me identify this drawing?

I'd love to know more about this drawing. It seems to be an original ink drawing, but I can't identify it or find out more about the artist. [more inside]
posted by the webmistress on Feb 21, 2015 - 7 answers

Is it ethical for a psychiatrist to keep a diagnosis from a patient?

My young adult cousin is mentally ill. The exact diagnosis is unclear, but it's some combination of schizophrenia/psychosis, likely with some OCD & depression mixed in. I'm wondering if it's ethical that his psychiatrist hasn't told him his diagnosis and whether this suggests that the treatment he is receiving is subpar. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 20, 2015 - 14 answers

Medical expenses deduction question

I went up to my deductible in my health insurance plan - So I had a $4,500 total bill. However, I'm on a repayment plan with the hospital. If I have was billed this amount during 2014, but am still repaying it, is this amount considered "out of pocket expenses"? If I only include the portion that I paid under the repayment plan, I don't qualify for the deduction (yet I'm still paying the big silly amount so it feels like I should.)
posted by mermily on Feb 5, 2015 - 4 answers

YANMD - running with stitches in leg

I had three external (and six dissolving) stitches put in my leg when a mole was removed on 12/31. Can I run/walk a 10k this Saturday? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jan 6, 2015 - 13 answers

Bleeding following abdominal surgery: how bad is this?

Husband had an emergency gallbladder operation a week ago. He was staying put and feeling less and less pain, until this weekend he went outside, up and down a bunch of stairs, and lifted some heavy stuff. He started bleeding from either the belly button or the incision (they are very close) yesterday, it happened again last night, and is happening again this morning. How serious is this and what could this mean? [more inside]
posted by corb on Dec 29, 2014 - 14 answers

Cost of Physical Exams

I recently went for a general physical exam with a new doctor and got back a $900 bill. Is this normal? What can I do? Are there consumer rights I should be aware of? [more inside]
posted by pockimidget on Dec 28, 2014 - 22 answers

What are the most lucrative healthcare jobs?

I am thinking of changing careers completely from finance to healthcare. I’m trying to get an understanding of where the jobs are, and which ones pay well. [more inside]
posted by yawper on Dec 8, 2014 - 7 answers

Sending funds to Brazil, is there a good way I have missed?

My son is caught up in a medical crisis in Brazil and needs funds sent. What is the best bank to bank option or is there a way other than Moneygram services? Not to crowd this post with details but if anyone wants more details or to assist in our funding please MeFi mail me.
posted by Freedomboy on Nov 24, 2014 - 13 answers

Medical provider used same tool in my ears and nostrils

I had a physical exam yesterday during which an assistant (not the doctor, but I'm unsure of this person's credentials) stuck a tool inside my ears to look around (the tool very solidly contacted my ear canal), and then immediately after without sanitizing it or using a different tip, placed the tool in each of my nostrils (and again, the tool touched the inside of my nostrils). [more inside]
posted by mysterious_stranger on Nov 21, 2014 - 15 answers

Need clinical work experience in San Bernardino, winter break

My connection for clinical work/experience during winter break has suddenly dropped me. I now have a 2k+ ticket to San Bernardino, California and am anxious and scared as to how I should proceed. Help! [more inside]
posted by pink tape red light purple hammer on Nov 19, 2014 - 7 answers

Ongoing medical bills, no insurance, and location complications.

Young couple living out their dream came to an abrupt halt in October. He was diagnosed with a particularly aggressive form of melanoma. They had not signed up for Affordable health care insurance, since they were planning on traveling and working around the country. And hey, they are young and healthy, right?? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2014 - 11 answers

FMLA in Massachusetts?

I am an employee in Boston, MA who is strongly considering taking a medical leave of absence. Please help me to understand my rights. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2014 - 7 answers

Continuing education requirements for PTA in Virginia

A family member is a physical therapist assistant in Virginia. They just completed a one or two-year massage therapy course at a local college (I forget the details). They want to know if the course meets their continuing education requirements. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Oct 30, 2014 - 0 answers

naming ebola patients

Why/how are US patients who have contracted ebola virus disease identified by name to the newsmedia? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Oct 23, 2014 - 9 answers

What can my daughter do to relieve her itchy scalp?

My 10 year old has developed and itchy scalp. Her scalp looks normal, there's no rash, no flaking, just a constant itch that has gotten so bad that it's now disrupting her sleep. [more inside]
posted by tangyraspberry on Oct 23, 2014 - 21 answers

And what do YOU think?

Looking for best practices for getting a second opinion/shopping around for specialty clinics. [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty on Oct 15, 2014 - 5 answers

Heathen medical missions

I am an atheist, and a nurse, and I would like to possibly participate in a medical mission, but all my options seem to be religious in nature. [more inside]
posted by doogan nash on Sep 26, 2014 - 15 answers

What anesthetic was I given?

A couple of years ago, I received general anesthesia for a quick surgical procedure. Before losing consciousness, I was aware of a feeling of liberation. What was the drug given to me? [more inside]
posted by vivekspace on Sep 24, 2014 - 13 answers

Ultracompact PC recommendation for behavioral research lab?

I work in a behavioral research lab. We use computers to record behavior from research equipment. Some of these computers are flaking out, and I'd like to get recommendations for replacing them with ultracompact PCs instead of the full-sized desktops we have been using. [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs on Sep 16, 2014 - 10 answers

How to cover an uninsured friend in Toronto?

How can we cover my recently-hospitalized, uninsured friend in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2014 - 10 answers

Medical Coding: In over my head?

I've been taking the American Assoc. of Professional ( Coders' CPC-H certification course in medical coding for facilites. To be perfectly honest, I did this on a whim (I spent all of two days researching "start-from-scratch" career paths, thinking that was the only way to go for someone in my position). I liked the idea of a decent salary after taking a six-month long course and doing a year or so of internships. It seemed to be my key to validation as a productive adult. I'm a quarter of the way into the course, though, and I feel like I'm in way, way over my head. I paid over $2000 for the course and related materials/exams. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Sep 7, 2014 - 17 answers

Did I have short-term appendicitis?

A strange incident happened several years ago, that I think was appendicitis but can't be sure. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Aug 31, 2014 - 16 answers

Caught in Limbo With Injury - Worker's Comp or Not?

Caught in Limbo With Injury - Worker's Comp or Not? [more inside]
posted by LaurenIpsum on Aug 27, 2014 - 7 answers

How to find the "best" doctor?

Let's say you wanted to find the very best ovarian cancer specialist in the US. How would you go about doing that? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Aug 25, 2014 - 20 answers

Shoulder arthroscopy after care tips/suggestions

Mr Bun Surnt is under going a shoulder arthroscopy procedure. After intense googling, we know what to expect. However, do you have suggestions, hints, tips for prepping for his after care? I'll have to go back to work the following day so I'm looking at suggestions on how to make his recovery better/easier/entertaining while I'm gone? [more inside]
posted by Bun Surnt on Aug 17, 2014 - 5 answers

Compact medical supplies

For reasons too bizarre to go into, to get into a particular country a friend of mine needs to turn up at customs with 12 pounds of medical supplies. She's trying to minimize the volume and cost while at the same time making sure the supplies will be useful in a third world country. From a size/weight/cost standpoint batteries are the best we've been able to come up with, but we're not sure they'll be acceptable. Any suggestions for things that are definitely medical supplies and fit the bill would be very welcome.
posted by Tell Me No Lies on Aug 14, 2014 - 13 answers

Oversupply

How can I get rid of a small stock of unused and unopened medical supplies? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Aug 11, 2014 - 12 answers

No medical insurance in NYC

I haven't been to a doctor in a few years, and I don't have insurance now and won't have it for 8 months or longer. I was wondering how much would it cost to go to a doctor with no insurance and what choices do I have in the NYC area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2014 - 8 answers

Maybe I've been pointing too much

YANAD (or maybe you are), but yesterday morning I woke up with the tip of my right index finger feeling numb. It was localised just to this area and appears to have normal bloodflow (i.e. it's not pale or white, so isn't just a digit feeling a bit cold). Fast forward 24 hours and it is still numb, albeit today it is a bit tingly/pins and needles in the area when using that finger. It causes no pain and is more so just annoying as I am right handed and work on a computer all day, so after a day and a half it's a bit irritating. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by sunshine arakhan on Jul 7, 2014 - 12 answers

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