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Mother nature is a witch

My period knocked me out for the third time this year. I need help coping with this, help preventing it if possible, and help looking for possible causes. (And how do I explain this at work?) Possible TMI. [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Nov 30, 2015 - 20 answers

Neck/shoulder pain: what might this be?

One side of my neck/shoulder have been sore, off and on (increasingly, "on") for the past week or two. It's not getting better. [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Nov 29, 2015 - 12 answers

Strategy for being bedridden from back muscle spasms

Help! I have been stuck immobile for 9 hours due to lower back spasms. I anticipate another day of the same tomorrow except without husband at my beck and call. What can we do to best prepare me? [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity on Nov 22, 2015 - 15 answers

Not a funny bone, but a funny....muscle?

What is the reason that a leg massage would give me uncontrollable fits of laughter? [more inside]
posted by atlantica on Nov 17, 2015 - 7 answers

Pain from a muscle of the medial thigh

I have long term pain arising somewhere in the inner thigh that happens only when the leg is raised with the knee bent. Straight leg lifts are pain free. I need to know which muscles are involved so as to take appropriate action to heal. Any advice most welcome.
posted by nickji on Nov 15, 2015 - 3 answers

More medical woes

The short version: I have an undiagnosed disorder that is getting worse. I am now at the point where I cannot walk and am in excruciating pain most of the time. I don't know where to turn next. [more inside]
posted by xyzzy on Nov 9, 2015 - 14 answers

Why do I have screaming arm pain?

I've got recurrent excruciating pain in my arms that feels a lot like muscle fatigue after a good work out (acidosis) but isn't triggered by exercise. Please help me figure out why. [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver on Oct 23, 2015 - 9 answers

Shoulder joint/muscle pain getting worse over time

Three days ago, I woke up with a tremendous pain in my shoulder. I had slept on my arm kind of funny and assumed that was the cause of it. I've been sort of babying it ever since, but every day it seems to be getting worse. [more inside]
posted by 256 on Oct 21, 2015 - 16 answers

What am I doing wrong? Gym, weight lifting, stiffness.

It seems like I gained strength and flexibility at the gym while also gaining knee pain, hip pain, tight thigh muscles and incredible morning stiffness. What have I been doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Oct 20, 2015 - 24 answers

Is this pain normal? Joint edition

I'm in my early 40s, female, weigh more than I should, walk regularly. Every once in a while (walking across the room or on a walk through the neighborhood), I will take a step and get a sharp pain in a joint that makes me gasp. On subsequent steps the joint will feel completely fine. [more inside]
posted by cecic on Oct 17, 2015 - 8 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

Ouch and ouch.

I'm a woman and I have occasional pain in the area of my lower left back and what might be my left ovary and reproductive areas in general. I haven't gone to my doctor about it because the symptoms seem kind of vague, but darnit, it hurts. What information should I give her? (And do you have any ideas about what's going on?) [more inside]
posted by kutsushita nyanko on Sep 20, 2015 - 16 answers

Let's overthink my gallbladder!!

I am pretty certain I am having gallbladder attacks and probably need my gallbladder removed. However, my symptoms don't sound like textbook gallbladder disease. Have you had unusual gallbladder or other gastro issues? Can you help me analyze this and tell me if this is all in my head somehow? What's throwing me off is that these "episodes" happen 5 hours after I eat, which seems like too much time has passed for it to be gallbladder. I'm going to the doctor next week, so if you can help me think of questions to ask please do so! [more inside]
posted by MultiFaceted on Sep 17, 2015 - 10 answers

Eyebone hurts

Trying to ID an unusual pain in a part of my right eye socket. [more inside]
posted by LonnieK on Sep 16, 2015 - 7 answers

Can anyone share some successful sciatica recovery stories with me?

Did you ever have acute sciatica which stopped you from standing, sitting, sleeping, walking, basically, doing anything? Do you not have that anymore? If so, please TELL ME YOUR STORY. Desperate and enquiring minds want to know how to cut through the BS of a million conflicting opinions. [more inside]
posted by LongDrive on Sep 11, 2015 - 20 answers

Post-gallbladder surgery pain -- YANMD

I had the laproscopic gallbladder surgery on July 22 (everyone's experiences I read here prior were very helpful). I felt great and was off the prescription pain meds in five days, the OTC in ten. I went back to work--carefully--Aug 2 with the doctor's blessings and an admonition of no lifting over 20 pounds til Sept 2. [more inside]
posted by intrepid_simpleton on Sep 7, 2015 - 12 answers

Is it worth the expense to visit a sports medicine clinic?

I've had some pain associated with running, and I'm wondering if it is worth the expense (time and money-wise) to visit a sports medicine clinic to resolve the problem. [more inside]
posted by stinker on Aug 24, 2015 - 10 answers

Abdominal pain

Need some suggestions about possible diagnoses for abdominal and back pain symptoms in an elderly woman. [more inside]
posted by jenh526 on Aug 21, 2015 - 3 answers

Is the dreaded foam roller my only hope?

My trainer believes that if I diligently ice and use the foam roller, my chronic calf-ankle-foot problems will be resolved. I believe him, but god it hurts so much. I'm a 37 year old woman, breast cancer survivor... [more inside]
posted by operalass on Aug 13, 2015 - 31 answers

Shingles. Not the roof kind.

A close relative has a bad case of shingles. Not a mild case like the ones described in previous asks. Despite taking antiviral drugs immediately after diagnosis, 8 weeks later relative is still in daily excruciating pain. The rash is no longer blistery, but the skin is still pink and tender and not ready for lidocaine patches. Is there any hope? [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Aug 12, 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

Interphalangeal joint problem on middle finger

If I feel the top side on my intermediate phalage on my middle finger, there is small bulge just below the interphalangeal joint that is painful if pushed on. It's possible to aggravate this by pushing on the under side of that intermediate phalage, presumably that's how I've notice the pain normally. Any idea of what's going on? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges on Aug 8, 2015 - 4 answers

Once summoned, how do I make Beetlejuice go away?

mrs. mmascolino had a dermatologist apply Cantharidin* to a very stubborn wart that she has right above her heel. The doctor suggested that it would hurt for 4 hours or so and to take some Acetaminophen. She is on her third round of drugs and it is 11+ hours since her dermatologist appointment and foot is still in a decent amount of pain. Is there anything we can do (ice, heat, etc.) that would help in the short term but wouldn't prevent the treatment from working? [more inside]
posted by mmascolino on Aug 3, 2015 - 11 answers

In need of love, compassion, and a slap to the face.

Allow me self-indulge, and give me some advice if you'd like. I'm rebuilding myself after a full-blown existential crisis, and I'm still having a very difficult time adjusting to my life as is, and trying to take steps moving forward. [more inside]
posted by omgkinky on Aug 3, 2015 - 16 answers

Are sinuses really to blame for this tooth pain?

I received a root canal 5 years ago and the tooth has been hurting/sensitive for weeks. Two dentists say it's sinus related, but it definitely feels like the tooth (x-ray inside). [more inside]
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo on Aug 2, 2015 - 17 answers

How long does a thrombosed hemorrhoid hurt?

How long does a thrombosed hemorrhoid hurt? [more inside]
posted by afton on Jul 31, 2015 - 8 answers

Garrrr...zzz... Pain makes me sleepy

Whenever I get low nagging pain (toothache, for example) it always triggers tiredness. What is this? Is it normal? [more inside]
posted by Muppet Pastor on Jul 22, 2015 - 7 answers

Help me forgive myself...

How can I let myself off the hook and move on from past mistakes / pain? [more inside]
posted by bookgirl18 on Jul 18, 2015 - 9 answers

Does persistent back pain/tightness ever get "cured"?

I have had a persistently tight "knot" in my upper-right back for at least five years now, with the pain level varying over time. I've tried stretching, chiropractors, foam rollers/lacrosse balls, and massage off and on throughout the years. No permanent improvement. Will this ever get fixed, or will it be with me forever? Stories of hope would be much appreciated, and details + feelings of helplessness after the break. [more inside]
posted by Jacen Solo on Jul 2, 2015 - 37 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

What can a friend do to get adequate pain meds for a short term injury?

A friend has a very painful foot injury and needs enough painkillers to sleep and work. The doctor will not provide any. This is interfering with employment, not to mention with getting better. What can we do? [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Jun 9, 2015 - 25 answers

Given these snowflakes, is my partner smoking too much?

I found out last night that my partner has been smoking pot about five nights a week, but in such small quantities that they did not think it worthwhile to mention, since I knew about and was not bothered by periodic smoking in general. I am not really drawn to drugs or alcohol, so I have no idea if this is an appropriate amount or not. Details within! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 29, 2015 - 26 answers

Acupuncture for foot pain

Have you had any success treating foot pain with acupuncture? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by chimpsonfilm on May 29, 2015 - 11 answers

Why does my stupid body hurt so much?

After years of mysterious pains in my side, treatment for colon cancer in 2014 and a colonoscopy yesterday, last night I ended up in the ER howling in agony for hours. My doctors aren't really sure what happened. YAobviouslyNMD, but I'm hoping the smarties of Ask Metafilter can offer some ideas about what the hell is going on with my stupid goddamned body. [more inside]
posted by Ursula Hitler on May 14, 2015 - 24 answers

Doctor recommended medical marijuana today.

I have a chronic pain condition and have failed all standard treatments. Today, my doctor closed the door and straight out recommended that I seek out marijuana. I live in a state where it's not legal and have no clue how to find marijuana. Help? [more inside]
posted by 5_buck_sock_pup on May 14, 2015 - 24 answers

I have a searing pain six weeks after open surgery inguinal hernia

I had a hernia in the left of my groin, which was operated on about six weeks ago. It was open surgery, where a 2-3 inch cut was made and then a mesh piece inserted. It was getting better until the last 2 days when bending over is now excruciatingly painful (feels like someone is stabbing a knife into my groin) and I don't know what it is. Does anyone know what it could be or have had a similar experience? [more inside]
posted by sockpim on May 11, 2015 - 6 answers

Dog with back disease... how to cope?

I found out two days ago that my 6-year-old dog has something called IVDD, which is Intervertebral Disc Disease. I am hoping to get advice on how to live and help him live a happy life given this diagnosis. I welcome anecdotes, science, warm wishes, advice... [more inside]
posted by hippychick on May 5, 2015 - 13 answers

Really severe pain in hips/back: What sort of doctor?

My 41 year-old sister has been experiencing intense pain for the past five weeks. She has seen a number of doctors, with no clear diagnosis and no reduction in pain. My question is, exactly which kind of doctor should she see, and are there any particular questions she should ask. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2015 - 13 answers

How did you come to terms with your chronic pain?

If you've dealt with chronic pain of any kind, how did you come to terms with your condition? [more inside]
posted by mynameisluka on Apr 28, 2015 - 20 answers

New lips every day

Within an hour of waking up every day, my lips swell and start drying up. In a couple hours I can peel off a layer of skin, including a bit above the top lip. It's painful, unattractive and annoying. [more inside]
posted by bendy on Apr 26, 2015 - 27 answers

Insoles for minor ball-of-foot pain?

I've been having some minor pain (about 1-2 on a scale of 10, and it comes and goes) along the ball of my right foot for the past few months, and I've gotten to the point where I don't think it's going to go away on its own without a change somewhere. [more inside]
posted by Aleyn on Apr 8, 2015 - 10 answers

Why is my 8-year-old cat suddenly defensive to touch near her flanks?

My 8-year-old cat is defensive when touched on the flanks on both sides. This is out of character for her and I interpret it as pain. Is this familiar to anyone? [more inside]
posted by tel3path on Apr 1, 2015 - 8 answers

help with physical therapy expectations

Currently having Physical Therapy for hip anteversion/knock knees and general postural issues; what kind of pain is it 'normal' and beneficial in the long run to feel? Only muscular or is it okay for PT to provoke the outside of knee pain that I want to fix as well? [more inside]
posted by opalshards on Mar 26, 2015 - 9 answers

Should you stay or should you go: Lead Pain edition

We bought an antique sideboard for our kitchen a few months ago. It is perfect in form and function. It is very distressed looking and at first we loved it, but now I want to refinish it. Turns out, it was painted with lead paint at some point. Should it stay or should we sell it? [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas on Mar 25, 2015 - 21 answers

Side effects & efficacy of gabapentin

Whilst I wait for an MRI and a follow-up visit with my orthopedic doc, said doctor prescribed Gabapentin for nerve pain. First day on this drug has left me zombie-like and drowsy. I know YANMD, but, fellow mefites who've taken this drug: Will this get better? [more inside]
posted by jrchaplin on Mar 21, 2015 - 11 answers

Sciatic nerve pain: Any advice?

YANMD; I am seeing my doctor about this, but I'd be grateful for any wisdom from the hivemind. For a long time, I've been fairly physically active without suffering any significant problems or injuries. I'm 38 and have been going to the gym about 3 times a week since my 20s, and I go hillwalking regularly. In January of this year, I started to experience pain and stiffness in my lower back. I went to my doctor, who referred me to a physiotherapist. After a couple of sessions with the physio, the stiffness went and I got a good range of movement back, but I started to experience much sharper pain in my right thigh, of the classic sciatic nerve variety. [more inside]
posted by meronym on Mar 20, 2015 - 24 answers

Really weird doctor experience today. Would love insights.

This is a probably a minor doctor issue, but I'm having a hard time figuring out if I should make a complaint or not. Mostly, I don't want to make a complaint if it would not be taken seriously. Content within. [more inside]
posted by angrycat on Mar 16, 2015 - 16 answers

What's going on with my knee and how can I make it stop?

My knee keeps doing this mysterious dislocating thing which is really quite unpleasant. I would like to figure out why this is happening and how to make it stop. Details inside! [more inside]
posted by sarahgrace on Mar 8, 2015 - 7 answers

Pain in proximal tendon area of vastus medialis

I have moderately severe pain in the proximal tendon area of my vastus medialis for about seven months. It manifests when I raise my leg in bent or straight position. Does anyone have suggestions for physio-therapeutic exercises or any other treatment? Thanks.
posted by nickji on Mar 6, 2015 - 1 answer

Ever gotten your teeth cleaned... on drugs?

I desperately, desperately needed to go to the dentist, and when I went this morning I was scheduled for 1) a deep cleaning and 2) 5 cavity fillings. For the cleaning I'm told I can get a topical anesthetic and have it done in one appointment, or get an injection and have it done in two. I'd like to limit it to one appointment, as I'm already on the hook for two more for the cavities, so I was thinking: would it be a terrible idea to take a random painkiller (say, a norco or an oxy) that I have lying around before I go? I'm usually a tough guy about stuff like this, but after several years without going to the dentist, just the regular cleaning hurt like hell.
posted by anonymous on Feb 27, 2015 - 21 answers

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