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Prescription for nursing student: information BID per headphones

Can you recommend accurate, technical, and entertaining (audio) sources of medical/ physiology/ pathophysiology/ pathology knowledge? [more inside]
posted by snorkmaiden on Oct 3, 2016 - 3 answers

I like chalky, foul-tasting horse pills as much as the next person . . .

i.e., not very much! I've been taking Mucinex DM Maximum Strength (Caugh Supressant / Expectorant) from time to time, and they work, but those pills are heinous pills! Can anybody recommend another brand that's easier to swallow?
posted by bluesky78987 on Oct 2, 2016 - 10 answers

Paging Dr Woo...

Who at a hospital is responsible for compliance to medical "norms"? What happens if a doctor starts prescribing things that fall outside of medicine or his/her expertise? [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Sep 18, 2016 - 9 answers

Should I go back to the doctor over being fatigued?

A week ago I suddenly became ill, apparently with some sort of virus. Symptoms included sore throat, general feeling of being dazed, inability to concentrate, queasiness of stomach (did not vomit, but almost did), lack of appetite, and sinus congestion. I went to the doctor, who gave me some meds to combat the symptoms. However, the fatigue has not gone away and may even be getting worse. Should I go back to the doctor, or should I just suck it up and try to push through my responsibilities, delaying a doctor's appointment until perhaps if the fatigue continues for another week? [more inside]
posted by fignewton on Sep 15, 2016 - 14 answers

Prove it! Evidence based health blogs.

I'm looking to expand my knowledge about the latest research and breakthroughs in the areas of health, medicine, nutrition and fitness. What are some good resources to peruse? [more inside]
posted by rippersid on Sep 15, 2016 - 14 answers

Anti depressants no better than placebos?

After having yet another conversation with a person who helpfully informed me that I should quit my antidepressants and eat kale, I'm curious about this study that 'proves' that anti depressants are no better than placebos. [more inside]
posted by mattholomew on Sep 9, 2016 - 28 answers

Choose your own adventure, medical fellowship style

I am finally almost done with residency, yay! I am planning to do a fellowship in a subspecialty of my (nonsurgical) field. For family reasons I will almost certainly be doing it at my current institution. Said institution has had only 1 fellow in the current (newly accredited) version of fellowship and that was a couple years ago, and in the interim there has been faculty turnover and also changes in funding sources, so there is not a good precedent for how my time will be structured. So, academic medicine types: any suggestions on how I should propose to fill my time, so that it is not filled for me in less than optimal ways? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by ellebeejay on Sep 8, 2016 - 7 answers

Does medicine always taste bad in Germany?

I'm from the UK. I bought some over-the-counter cold medication in Germany recently. It tasted really bad, much worse than any UK meds I have had. Is this a cultural thing e.g " if it tastes bad, it's good for you"? [more inside]
posted by Jakey on Sep 1, 2016 - 10 answers

What is an effective therapy for foot arthritis/bad feet?

I have bad feet, but an even worst time trying to find a doctor to help me. My last doctor never read my chart before seeing me (~10 times), so he gave me a lot of cortisone shots. The new doctor is shooting lasers at my feet. I don't know how to evaluate anyone. [more inside]
posted by armacy on Aug 24, 2016 - 4 answers

Do I get surgery here or in the US?

I'm in a very tough spot. Trying to figure out where to get an urgent surgery, while figuring out insurance coverage. [more inside]
posted by pando11 on Aug 24, 2016 - 25 answers

Good psychiatric hospital in Florida?

How can I find an inpatient schizophrenia program that will treat my brother like a human being? [more inside]
posted by grokfest on Jul 29, 2016 - 6 answers

Which treatments or illnesses are most susceptible to placebo?

Surgery? Fungal cream & athlete's foot? Cough drops? What are the easiest ways to trick the body to heal itself? And in which domains is the placebo near-impossible? Thanks in advance!
posted by mrmanvir on Jul 26, 2016 - 7 answers

Which specialist should I be trying to see for my vision issues?

For the past two weeks, I have had a blurry spot in my left eye. Whenever I look up and to the left, it looks like there's an after-image there, as if I've been staring into a light or the sun. When it first started, there was a pressure verging on pain behind my left eye, and what felt like a muscle strain every time I moved my eyeball quickly, like when I was driving and needed to check my blindspot. The pain has gone away. On the advice of an Urgent Care doctor a few days ago, I got a CT scan, which was negative. Various doctors checked my peripheral vision when I was in the ER waiting for the scan, and they told me my vision was normal. My vision is not normal, though, because I do not normally have a blurry after-image spot in my left eye. What do I need to do to pursue this? [more inside]
posted by lazuli on Jul 10, 2016 - 23 answers

My therapist just mentioned God. Should I dump her?

At our last session my therapist alluded to God in an entirely benign way but it still leaves me wondering whether I -- as an irreligious gay man -- should start shopping elsewhere. [more inside]
posted by lecorbeau on May 11, 2016 - 68 answers

Insurance is billed for procedures I didn't receive

I think my doctor is billing my insurance company for procedures that I did not undergo. Should I do anything about this? [more inside]
posted by Jacen Solo on Apr 6, 2016 - 18 answers

What should I expect from an appointment re: high platelet count?

YANMD. One of those workplace blood screen things came back with a high platelet count, which apparently has many terrifying possible causes. I am going to my GP to ask about it on Monday, but given my many negative experiences with doctors ever believing anything, I'd like to know what I should expect from her. If you've had this, it would be super helpful to know what response you got. [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles on Apr 2, 2016 - 6 answers

How long are Brintellix (vortioxetine) side effects likely to last?

I started Brintellix (vortioxetine) 5 days ago and am wondering how long the side effects are likely to last? [more inside]
posted by Year of meteors on Mar 8, 2016 - 5 answers

Finding an active online medical marijuana active strain discussion

I use marijuana to treat many debilitating issues and several diseases and I was wondering if there is a forum or something that is ACTIVE on a regular basis where people can share which strains helped which symptoms for them or post/respond to questions about related stuff. Is there one?
posted by anonymous on Mar 7, 2016 - 6 answers

My cat grooms obsessively

I have a 9 y/o neutered indoor-only shorthair male cat. Last spring, I noticed he was grooming a lot more than usual and took him to the vet. Ten months and four vets later, no progress has been made. YANMV. More inside. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Mar 3, 2016 - 13 answers

Need a site that focuses on diagnosis of really difficult cases.

I am writing this while at the Mayo clinic trying to find a diagnosis for my father who is very ill. After 2-3 misdiagnosis all from extremely reputable and knowledgeable doctors my family is nearing the end of our rope. I feel like we need a bulletin board or way of posting to a site where you can get informative off-the-cuff opinions from health detectives like the New York Times Diagnosis section. Another example is this DIY geneticist who found her gene mutation by seeing a photo of an Olympic medalist, link to Pro Publica story here which is fascinating. Is there anywhere to post a medical story and perhaps get some interesting new leads? With immense love and thanks, ejourdan
posted by ejourdan on Feb 16, 2016 - 6 answers

Doctor's Visit frequency for long term SSRI medication prescriptions

How often am I required to see my doctor so that he can write me another script (with refills) for paroxetine? I've been taking it for about ten years and anticipate needing it for another ten years but I believe I need to see him every year. Is that a law, or is it at his discretion?
posted by qsysopr on Jan 27, 2016 - 7 answers

Help with Hashimoto's, etc in East Bay

My SO, who has been diagnosed with Hashimoto's, is seeking a new primary care physician or endocrinologist, preferably in the Alameda/Oakland/Berkeley area. [more inside]
posted by Bucket o' Heads on Jan 20, 2016 - 4 answers

How to screen doctors for aged relative who is a "difficult" patient

My experience so far has been that with the exception of the neurologist doctors have been unable to not take personally the patient's prickly+ personality despite having been informed of alz diagnosis. This extends to staff such as lab techs etc. What to do? Why is this the case? [more inside]
posted by Pembquist on Jan 19, 2016 - 6 answers

Did I break a rib?

As I was recently reminded, a few years ago I thought I broke a rib, went to the Dr. , was prescribed medicine, and got an X-Ray, in that order. I never heard the results of the X-ray, so never officially confirmed that the rib was actually broken. Do you think it was? [more inside]
posted by catatethebird on Jan 8, 2016 - 13 answers

Name's bond, hydrogen bond

I'm looking for entertaining, science-review podcasts to prepare for the MCAT! [more inside]
posted by allymusiqua on Jan 8, 2016 - 0 answers

Cancer After-care

My dear cousin is in Durango, Mexico and is recovering from breast cancer. She's had some standard treatment, but she has questions. [more inside]
posted by kamikazegopher on Jan 4, 2016 - 4 answers

OTC pain killer that won't cause constipation?

I had a killer headache today and broke down and took 400 mg of ibuprofen and it seems to work. But, it also has the side effect of making it pretty likely for me not to go number 2 tomorrow. I pretty much swore the stuff off but, keep it in my medicine cabinet for stuff that is worse than the constipation. I would obviously prefer something that doesn't do that. Acetimophen is nowhere near as good. Any other options I can get without a prescription?
posted by mamamia88 on Dec 30, 2015 - 29 answers

ISO good book on prostate health

An elderly relative is struggling with a sudden onset of enlarged prostate symptoms. We found him a good urologist. Currently he is wearing a catheter and taking medicine to shrink the prostate. He is terrified of possible surgery and other complications in this future. My relative does not use the internet. He's intelligent and a great reader. To know the facts helps him feel more in control. I'm seeking a book on prostate health and treatment. [more inside]
posted by valannc on Dec 22, 2015 - 4 answers

Should I go to med school?

Almost thirty, post-major career change, and other details inside [more inside]
posted by queens86 on Dec 8, 2015 - 9 answers


You-Are-Not-My-Sleep-Medicine-Specialist-filter: how can I best control my snoring, both in the short- and long-term? What was previously a "cute" little rasp has evolved into a cacophony that necessitates separate bedrooms, and we are desperate. More under the fold. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Dec 2, 2015 - 18 answers

Ethical And Religious Doctrines Agreement -Catholic Health Care Provider

As part of some merger among hospitals, my wife, a primary care physician, is now being asked to sign an agreement to follow the Ethical and Religious Directives of Catholic Health Care Services as a condition for her continued employment. The directives conflict with her own conscience and medical judgement. Is this legal? Does she have any recourse, if she chooses not to sign? [more inside]
posted by newdaddy on Nov 16, 2015 - 12 answers

Working as a medical writer/editor. Difficulty level: No undergrad

I want to explore a career as a medical writer/editor. I've worked in the healthcare field for 18 years and I feel I have a lot of things going for me, however I don't have the undergraduate degree that most employers list as required. More details below the jump. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 28, 2015 - 6 answers

Paging Dr. House ...

Minor medical concern is making me more of a hypochondriac than usual. I already made an appointment with a doctor but if you could help me mellow out until then, I'd really appreciate it. [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Sep 17, 2015 - 6 answers

Help me decide on a possible (medical) career

I am a floundering college graduate with a degree in English trying to figure out what to do with my life. I always thought medicine was fascinating and recently decided hey, why not try to get a job in that field? But I'm not sure. And I'm torn on what to do next. [more inside]
posted by Amy93 on Sep 1, 2015 - 9 answers

Radical approaches in healing - your experience wanted.

Imagine, if you will, that you have a vexing, life-altering, deeply troubling health chronic problem. It's not degenerative, it's not fatal, it's just f*cking up the most important part of your life. You are on a quest to heal, convinced that you cannot have the life you want until you get the problem under control. [more inside]
posted by falcon42 on Aug 28, 2015 - 14 answers

How do I find the best medical malpractice lawyer in NYC?

I need to find a medical malpractice lawyer in NYC. How do I find the best one? [more inside]
posted by Sloop John B on Aug 27, 2015 - 3 answers

Do antidepressants give you a false illusion of life?

I am on lexapro and wellbutrin. They have worked out well. Lexapro in making me relaxed and not sweat the small stuff, and wellbutrin gives me a kick of energy and happiness. But...is this real? [more inside]
posted by marciainabox on Aug 24, 2015 - 30 answers

I could make up new ones, but I think that's illegal

My doctor lost my medical records. How do I proceed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 22, 2015 - 10 answers

YANMD: When to get concerned about rotator cuff and elbow joint pain

I'm a manual wheelchair user. It's getting more common that I have rotator cuff pain (or what I imagine is from my rotator cuff) and elbow joint pain after long bouts of wheeling. The pain is not life-altering and goes away after a day or so. It doesn't bother me but for the fact that I realize that this is a sign of things to come. Can you help me decide whether to pursue therapy/doctor intervention? [more inside]
posted by angrycat on Aug 8, 2015 - 13 answers

It's got to get bad before it gets good

How do you make yourself keep taking medication with unpleasant side effects? [more inside]
posted by Year of meteors on Jul 20, 2015 - 16 answers

Doctors are for the sick. So how does a healthy person find one?

Tell me about finding a doctor for the first time, like I’m 18 (even though I’m in my mid-30s). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 10, 2015 - 20 answers

Dark brown blotch randomly appeared on my daughter's finger, pic inside

This past weekend a dark brown blotch appeared on my daughter's finger. It kind of looks like someone took a brown marker and just dabbed it quickly. My daughter wouldn't let us touch it at first and she kind of acted like it hurt but wouldn't confirm or deny it hurting. There is no difference in texture to the skin - it's not a scab. It's just discoloration. [more inside]
posted by ascetic on Jul 6, 2015 - 13 answers

science and art are pretty much the same thing in my eyes

Career-advise me! Fellow mefites who enjoy both the humanities and the sciences: which did you pick for your career, and why? Or: were you able to somehow combine the two? Bonus points if you have experience with the medical field. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Jun 19, 2015 - 8 answers

California - MFT Psychology License + LAc Acupuncture license = ?

Dear Ask MeFi, I'm a Californian student thinking about possible career paths. If I were to complete licensure in Psychology, as well as in Acupuncture (MFT and LAc here in CA), would I legally be able to practice both modalities with my patients? Thank you, Confused Apprentice Practitioner (CAP) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 19, 2015 - 3 answers

Liver-friendly OTC pain medicine?

Are there any effective, over-the-counter pain medicines that are appropriate for someone with liver/pancreas damage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 11, 2015 - 14 answers

Dear DR, it's confidential!

Parents keeping stuff from their doctor. I'm snitching. How do I address the letter? [more inside]
posted by mdrew on May 31, 2015 - 22 answers

What kind of heart defect killed Joe Strummer?

Clash-frontman Joe Strummer died on December 22, 2002 of a cardiac arrest. The Coroner (Michael Rose) issued a report saying he died of an undiagnosed congenital heart condition. I'd like to know which condition specifically. [more inside]
posted by cacofonie on Apr 22, 2015 - 4 answers

How to give myself a remedial science education

So I was recently faced with a serious health care decision, and the people advising me strongly disagreed with each other, which made me realize something: I don't know enough science to make well-reasoned decisions for myself and my family. Help me figure out a DIY way to make up the gaps. [more inside]
posted by feets on Mar 24, 2015 - 15 answers

Responsibilities of an unlicensed doctor

In the United States what are the responsibilities of a doctor who's in the US but is registered in another country (i.e. not licensed in the US)? [more inside]
posted by anadem on Mar 22, 2015 - 11 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

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