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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

Un-ZZZZZ Me

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

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

Can a psychotherapist practice holistic therapies?

Dear AskMeFi, If I were to become a licensed psychotherapist (MFT, LMHC, LPCC; not a PsyD clinical psychologist), would it be within my legal scope of practice to help my patients using holistic traditional Eastern Asian therapies such as meditation, bodywork and body therapies, medicinal herbs, lifestyle guidance, etc? How about if I were to get a second credential or license? Rather... how *could* I make it legal, if there is a way to do so? Practice different modalities on different days? Lots of waivers? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 1, 2015 - 21 answers

a GMO a day keeps the doctor confused.

I'm a medical student and a few of my patients have come in with questions about the safety of GMO / transgenic foods. I have no background in food sciences, and it's been difficult to figure out the current state of research. A lot of what's easily accessible out there seems less than rigorous and highly editorial in one direction or the other. What are some well-respected, well-designed studies and/or books on the subject that I could start with?
posted by saturday_morning on Jan 18, 2015 - 14 answers

Zoloft: does it get worse before it gets better?

Zoloft: does it get worse before it gets better? YANMD. [more inside]
posted by joeyjoejoejr on Jan 14, 2015 - 14 answers

Generic Drugs -- prescription for a specific manufacturer?

I am currently taking five drugs for which the prescription is "dispense as written." [more inside]
posted by michellew on Jan 8, 2015 - 10 answers

Paris, 1877. Who was the Professor?

I'm in the midst of a research project, and my subject (a first-year medical student in Paris in 1877) mentions taking "...Prof. Frény’s course at the Museum, where I got the honor to be received by him in his laboratory." The student was also taking classes at the Sorbonne at the time. Help me figure out who Prof. Frény was, and which museum is referenced. (And yes, I've already tried Google...) Merci beaucoup!
posted by judith on Dec 25, 2014 - 3 answers

Anatomical structures, medical conditions, etc. named after women?

Can you help me find pieces of medical terminology named after women, or female medical eponyms? I'm talking about anatomical structures, diseases, conditions, collections of symptoms - hell, even proteins or genes would work! Wikipedia has a list of human anatomical parts named after people, but none of the people listed appear to be female. [more inside]
posted by lizzicide on Dec 14, 2014 - 6 answers

Internships for the weary

I'll keep this one uber-short: I'm 25 years old, and 1.5 years out of college. I finished with a transcript and GPA not reflective of my abilities because I was, and still am, suffering from an anhedonic depression and what could possibly be a shade of BPD. I know I need structure and routine if I'm ever to get out of this rut. I've done a course in medical coding and found it wasn't for me. I want to go back and continue down the same path that lit a fire in my belly coming out of high school: obtaining a professional degree in either clinical psychology or neuroscience and making a concrete difference in people's lives. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Nov 14, 2014 - 11 answers

Why isn't Mucosolvan (Ambroxol) sold in US pharmacies?

Ambroxol is an over-the-counter medicine used to thin mucus secretions, similar to the commonly sold guaifenesin. I've been able to buy it in Europe (usually under the brand name Mucosolvan) for a long time now. They even make a kids' formula! But why isn't it sold in the US? [more inside]
posted by JoeZydeco on Nov 14, 2014 - 6 answers

Best SSRI for hot flashes with fewest side effects?

Paroxetine has recently been FDA-approved for the treatment of hot flashes, but other SSRIs have been used for this purpose for years now. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Nov 13, 2014 - 1 answer

What is the cheapest way to get a prescription written for Lamotrigine?

I need to get a prescription for Lamotrigine. I have been on this drug for years, but my refills are about to run out. I need to find the cheapest way to go about this. I'm in the US and I have not met the deductible on my insurance. I can't go back to the last prescriber because I owe them money I don't have. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Nov 5, 2014 - 12 answers

Hunger as a side effect of medication

Is there anything that is known to suppress hunger when it's a side effect of taking medication? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Nov 3, 2014 - 19 answers

Non-homeopathic, safe, effective teething relief?

We're looking for some proven, effective relief for our 4-month-old's gums as her teeth come in. It seems like it's impossible to find something that is both medically legitimate and doesn't contain benzocaine. We're open to herbal remedies if they're supported by more than anecdote, but we are not interested in homeopathy for our child. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Oct 12, 2014 - 28 answers

Anxiety vs. Head Trauma vs. "Something Else"

It's been 2 years since a minor head trauma (book fell on head, no concussion). My partner occasionally complains of headaches and/or dizziness. When she has talked to doctors about this she is either told to lose weight or given an anti-anxiety pill. How do I help my partner find and communicate with a primary care Dr. who will not be dismissive of her symptoms? [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Sep 8, 2014 - 27 answers

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