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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 - 24 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

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

10 Weeks Suffering with Pelvic Pain

You are not my doctor, but if anyone could possibly shed any light on what I've been dealing with for the past 2+ months it would be greatly appreciated. I'm a 38-year-old male and my symptoms appear to be urological in nature, but I'm not certain as to the root cause. I've visited three urologists, a chiropractor and a physiotherapist, but to no avail. [more inside]
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo on Feb 10, 2015 - 6 answers

What can I do (or not do) for a friend with headaches?

Sufferers of headaches - what do you like/dislike when you're in the thick of it? A friend of mine has recurring headaches of unknown cause. They are on medication so the pain is manageable, but they live alone and often have to go to work (9-5 office job) in the middle of an episode. They live far away so I can't offer to pick up groceries for them or anything like that, but I can and do IM them words of comfort. What else am I missing?
posted by fix on Jan 26, 2015 - 17 answers

Struggling with myself, my feelings, and how to do life

I'm doing everything they say to heal and move on, to get your life together. I try to be as social as I can with good friends who understand the situation and am focusing as much energy into work and school. I'm afraid of burnout though and how to unravel these emotions when I'm lying awake at night and questioning if I did the right thing? [more inside]
posted by lunastellasol on Jan 6, 2015 - 7 answers

What conditions cause stiffness between shoulder blades after meals?

I get stiffness and pain between my shoulder blades. This frequently occurs after meals, but it doesn't happen all of the time. I wonder if I might have some food sensitivity or other condition. What might cause this and what is it? Rheumatic and autoimmune diseases run in my family. Could that be related?
posted by mintchip on Jan 1, 2015 - 12 answers

What is this weird stretching sensation I feel on my Quad & Knee?

I have no idea what this is. It happens primarily when I sit cross-legged for more than 10 minutes at a time. (easy cross-legged position; no fancy lotus poses or anything) Only happens on my right leg no matter which leg I have in front of the other. [more inside]
posted by rancher on Dec 26, 2014 - 3 answers

What to do if I've used up my pepto allowance for the day - stomach ache

I have some kind of stomach bug and so far pepto has been keeping it at bay but I'm nearing the maximum daily dose (every half hour up to 8 times in 24 hours). The nausea/stomach pain seems to still be creeping back each time after the half hour and I don't know what to do after my last dose. What do I do after my 8th dose if it comes back? Is it harmful to take any more? Is there an alternate medication I can switch over to?
posted by mxmm on Dec 26, 2014 - 7 answers

How to handle a toothache for four days?

I have a fairly painful toothache due to an exposed nerve that started a couple days ago. Unfortunately, I couldn't get in to see a dentist until next Tuesday, but the pain is definitely getting worse. I'm probably going to go to the campus clinic tomorrow to see if I can get some painkillers (and maybe antibiotics if they decide I need them), but are there any other ideas out there for dealing with tooth pain? I'm not a huge fan of taking opiates for longer than I need to (drowsiness, addictive potential, acetaminophen side effects, etc.), and I've found that the oral numbing gel is ineffective.
posted by PlasticSupernova on Dec 19, 2014 - 14 answers

What's the Best Knee Brace for me?

Lots of options out there. Anyone with similar symptoms want to respond? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser on Dec 4, 2014 - 1 answer

Ideas for how to deal with long term knee pain and inflammation?

I've had a year of knee pain and I'm looking for any ideas or advice about what I can try myself or bring up with my doctors to fix it. [more inside]
posted by crocodiletsunami on Dec 4, 2014 - 16 answers

Gum Receding Between Two Teeth, What To Do?

The gum between two of my back teeth has been painfully inflamed since Friday, and in attempting to address it today I discovered that there's a rather sizable divot between the teeth that I can see when I use floss to push the infected gum down. I'm too young to have receding gums. My dentist is on vacation until my appointment with him next Thursday. What can/should I do in the interim? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Dec 1, 2014 - 15 answers

Meralgia Paresthetica — Give me your experiences.

Earlier this year I was diagnosed with meralgia paresthetica in my left leg. I am currently having a flare-up. Please give me your experiences, tell me what causes your flare-ups, tell me what helps you. [more inside]
posted by Brittanie on Nov 14, 2014 - 3 answers

Agonizing Root Canal Re-treatment Pain

In horrible pain after root canal re-treatment today. What could be the cause? [more inside]
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo on Nov 10, 2014 - 13 answers

Have you had a ganglion impar nerve block for pelvic/rectal pain?

Did it help you? For how long? What was the procedure like and any recovery? Did you have unwanted side effects? What original condition was it ordered to treat? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Oct 22, 2014 - 0 answers

Ow ow ow my throat. Will a GP do anything? (UK)

In London for a couple weeks. New & painful sore throat. Does anyone routinely test for bacterial strep here? [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Oct 18, 2014 - 9 answers

I feel like I cannot function without Tylenol. How can I stop this?

I have persistent headaches, backaches, depression, and anxiety. I take Tylenol to alleviate both physical and emotional pain, but now it has become so habitual that I can't stop. I'm scared of what I'm doing to my health at this point and need advice on how to stop, and other alternatives I can take to relax enough to be able to function throughout my day. [more inside]
posted by summertimesadness1988 on Oct 12, 2014 - 22 answers

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