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Just got the dreaded Autism diagnosis, where to start?

My two and half old son got diagnosed with autism yesterday. I am obviously freaking out. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2014 - 21 answers

How can I be a good advocate for my partner in a medical setting?

My partner and I have a strong suspicion that he may have ADHD. We're based in the UK and are struggling within the NHS system to get him a diagnosis. He has another medical appointment today and wants me to come in with him. How can I be a good advocate for him (in six hours' time) in what feels like a somewhat broken system? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by terretu on Jul 10, 2014 - 10 answers

How best to track medical expenses and medical records?

Can you give some advice on how to document/archive medical expenses and medical records? My wife and I are particularly meticulous filers, but I don't think we've found our best practices for the medical stuff. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jun 24, 2014 - 5 answers

Why is it so difficult to get a nerve pain diagnosis in Vancouver, BC?

Asking for a distressed friend, Vancouver BC. Call her Laura. She's suffering from a long term chronic nerve pain issue which has recently gotten worse (the past year). She doesn't want a diagnosis from the community. What she needs is advice on how to get a diagnosis from a relevant doctor so that she can qualify for some kind of disability assistance. [more inside]
posted by philip-random on Jan 16, 2014 - 8 answers

Am I actually an Aspie?

I'm a 45 year-old adult who has just been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. At least, my counselor and my ex- both believe I have it. I don't believe I can be an Aspie because I am *phenomenally bad* with *both* computers *and* math (details on request). Are there Aspies like me?
posted by dr. zoom on Nov 14, 2013 - 31 answers

Why is there so much controversy surrounding the DSM-V?

Please point me to some resources (interviews, news articles, opinion pieces, etc...) so I can better understand why the DSM-V has generated so much controversy, and what the major points of contention are. The more gristly it is for my milling, the better.
posted by tybeet on Oct 28, 2013 - 7 answers

Am I on the spectrum? Does it matter if I am?

I recently spent a while babysitting for a pre-teen girl with Asperger's. I found her behavior to be eerily reminiscent of myself at that age, with the key difference being that I have never had an Asperger's diagnosis. I *do* have a diagnosis of chronic anxiety and ADHD. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 27, 2013 - 8 answers

What are the ramifications of an Asperger's diagnosis?

So, a few professionals have informed me that they’re pretty sure I have Asperger's. Everyone agrees (including me) that I’m high-functioning. But apparently everyone also agrees that a positive diagnosis is very likely. Should I get the official diagnosis? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 18, 2013 - 17 answers

Need to find a infectious/parasitic disease specialist in NYC

My good friend has been searching for an outstanding infectious/parasitic disease specialist in NYC. She has looked online, but it seems every doc has good and bad reference. [more inside]
posted by Vibrissae on May 3, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me fix my brain

Help! I think I might have ADD. Does that sound right, Internet? I know you're not doctors and can't diagnose me over the Internet. Can you help me find a place to get tested (and treated if appropriate) in Cambridge, MA? [more inside]
posted by sock clock on Apr 26, 2013 - 7 answers

Med mystery #436: what does the following pattern of symptoms suggest?

What started as an overuse injury has bloomed into a shape-shifting pain octopus, over two and a bit years. I’m not sure which pains mean what, or what to emphasize with my rheumatologist. (Maybe this is about me and maybe it isn’t, but I’ll say it’s me for the purposes of this hypothetical question, and nobody’s my doctor, either.) [more inside]
posted by nelljie on Apr 23, 2013 - 7 answers

Possibly HIV Positive -- Now What

I may have HIV and I don't know what to do about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 28, 2013 - 51 answers

Too smart for ADD?

I think, but I'm not convinced that I might have ADD. When I talked to a psychologist about getting tested, he told me that because I do very well in college, there is very little likelihood that he or any other psychologist would diagnose me with ADD. [more inside]
posted by raeka on Dec 13, 2012 - 25 answers

My cat may have been misdiagnosed. Time to find a new vet?

Back in July, my 11 year old cat was tentatively diagnosed with possible early renal failure. This past Saturday, however, she had another round of bloodwork and urinalysis...the results of which indicated her kidneys are probably fine! Needless to say, I'm very happy about this. But the more I think about it, the more it seems like the clinic folks jumped to conclusions way too quickly based on too little information. Am I off-base here, or is it perhaps really time to explore other local veterinary options? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Nov 27, 2012 - 9 answers

um .. uh .. ok?

Can a psychiatrist, not a psychologist, give an ADHD diagnosis? My health insurance people really tried to steer me towards a psychologist and not a psychiatrist. Why might they do that? The cynic in me says it's cheaper for them and less likely to lead to a diagnosis.
posted by cupcake1337 on Aug 27, 2012 - 20 answers

Is it better to be officially autistic rather than openly strange?

Is it useful for me, as someone in my late forties, to seek a diagnosis as a high-ish functioning autistic (which, after some research, I'm fairly sure I am) in order to have a clear identity rather than being "that creepy old man". Which isn't terribly good for my self-esteem among other things. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 22, 2012 - 14 answers

Car-filter: What's this noise?

Diagnose-weird-noise-in-car-filter: What's making this noise? [more inside]
posted by Scottie_Bob on Aug 9, 2012 - 9 answers

How do I get out of this low GPA mess?

End of junior year in college, biology major, low GPA, just feel miserable. Is there any hope left for me? [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on May 17, 2012 - 38 answers

PITA!

What kind of doctor do I need to see about this errmm.... thing... on my butt? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 15, 2012 - 15 answers

What does it mean to be diagnosed with emphysema?

My father has been diagnosed with emphysema. Despite a bunch of online reading, I have no idea what this really means for him, or my mother, his lifestyle, prognosis or any of that stuff. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop on May 15, 2012 - 5 answers

My daughter is being diagnosed for autism and I need help dealing with this.

I've recently discovered that my daughter is, at least in some form, autistic. I'm having a little trouble coping with this revelation and I'm feeling a bit lost about how to go forward. [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon on Apr 23, 2012 - 32 answers

Looking for online resources for people who's family members have been diagnosed with AIDS.

Looking for online resources for people who's family members have been diagnosed with AIDS. (Preferably in Spanish) [more inside]
posted by hasna on Apr 1, 2012 - 8 answers

Figuring out a cause of death 30 years post-mortem.

How can I find out what killed my father? [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte on Dec 27, 2011 - 8 answers

Need help diagnosing a monitor issue

I have a monitor problem. Or maybe a motherboard problem. Or maybe both. Or maybe neither. But there is a problem with my computer, and I need some help diagnosing it. [more inside]
posted by Shohn on Nov 26, 2011 - 4 answers

Feelings of depression after diagnosis.

Depressed/angry after diagnosis of a entirely treatable condition that will improve my quality of life. I don't know why or what to do next. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Nov 16, 2011 - 12 answers

What are some ways that foods diagnose health issues in non-obvious ways?

Apparently, 10-14% of the population get red/pink urine after eating beets and this effect is an indicator for potential iron metabolism issues. What are some other ways in which foods can diagnose health issues in non-obvious ways?
posted by unmodern on Nov 6, 2011 - 15 answers

Crohn's! Now what?

So it's been definitively confirmed that I have Crohn's disease. What are the best resources for information on the web in terms of "official" sites and blogs by others with the disease? [more inside]
posted by stefnet on Oct 21, 2011 - 16 answers

When is it SPD and when is it a toddler being a toddler?

How do you know your toddler may have SPD vs a toddler being a toddler? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper on Aug 19, 2011 - 30 answers

Please help me advocate for myself medically.

Please help me bolster my courage and come up with a plan. I am losing hope after being told once again that it's "all in my head" and to go to a psychiatrist. [more inside]
posted by sunnichka on Aug 18, 2011 - 22 answers

Feeling less negative about someone being positive...

A good friend of mine was recently diagnosed with HIV. Help me stop feeling super sad about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 5, 2011 - 20 answers

Salt and Cats - Is Koshered Chicken Making My Cat Sick?

Been giving my cat Kashered chicken - raw or cooked for a while now. Even though the salt is washed out thoroughly no doubt something is left and that doesn't sound like something a cat would be needing in their body. Now she's sick with a yet undiagnosed disease. Thoughts are creeping in that maybe the salt in the kashered chicken caused it. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Jun 16, 2011 - 13 answers

If I knew Dr. House, I'd ask him

(medfilter) asking for my girlfriend who's beginning to think she's crazy after the 2nd emergency room visit in less than a year where she's been told there's nothing wrong. Her primary complaint is stabbing pain on her right side, right at her ribcage. Sometimes radiating into her chest. Pain can go from annoying (most of the time) to debilitating. She states that she's had some kind of pain there for most of her adult life. I know you are not her doc but I'm hoping that the symptoms might ring a bell to someone. [more inside]
posted by screamingnotlaughing on May 31, 2011 - 28 answers

The scourge of housemaid's knee

When a cancer diagnosis hits close to home, how do you avoid hypochondria yourself? [more inside]
posted by zadcat on May 23, 2011 - 6 answers

not getting the help I need?

Feeling frustrated and confused after dangling ADD diagnosis. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 15, 2011 - 9 answers

Why is my finger so lumpy?

Please help with any diagnostic insight you might have (or insight as to how to get a better diagnosis), as well as alternatives to treatments that I am intolerant to trying [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity on May 5, 2011 - 8 answers

To Diagnose Autism, or Not to Diagnose Autism...

Is it necessary to have my 3-year old son diagnosed for Autism Spectrum Disorder by a neuropsychologist if we're already certain he has high-functioning autism? [more inside]
posted by Detuned Radio on Apr 11, 2011 - 26 answers

What weird, undiagnosable health malady am I suffering from?

You’re not a doctor, and you’re not my doctor, but I’ve seen a dozen of them to mostly no avail. Maybe you can help. Something strange is going on that no one can diagnose. [more inside]
posted by HonorShadow on Apr 10, 2011 - 47 answers

And there are no blood tests for this, I take it...

My therapist now thinks I've got ADHD. Everyone agrees I'm bipolar. I'm self-diagnosed with medical students' disease. How do I sort this out now that I know she's biased? [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on Mar 1, 2011 - 22 answers

Filter my diagnosis!

Is it possible for your cholesterol levels to be transiently elevated, and if not, what should I do about mine? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Nov 3, 2010 - 15 answers

How do I deal with my depression?

I'm feeling pretty terrible and I'm genuinely unsure what to do about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2010 - 18 answers

How do the rich & famous get their most difficult medical conditions treated?

How do the rich & famous get their most difficult medical conditions treated? [more inside]
posted by wireless on Jul 23, 2010 - 23 answers

Would you terminate an 11-week pregnancy where the embryo has a serious genetic but somewhat correctable defect?

Would you terminate an 11-week pregnancy where the embryo has a serious genetic but somewhat correctable defect? We are trying to decide which route to take for our next pregnancy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 25, 2010 - 48 answers

Do I have bugs? How can I tell? What should I do?

Something is biting me. I think it might be bedbugs. But last time I thought I had bedbugs it turned out to be something else entirely. So, how can I figure out for sure what it is? What precautions should I take? And, perhaps more importantly, how do I notify my roommates in a timely fashion without unnecessarily freaking them out if it turns out to be a non-problem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 6, 2010 - 9 answers

Diagnosis by meds

Is there a general term for a medical diagnosis "you have disease X" mainly because you responded to treatment T? [more inside]
posted by gregoreo on May 2, 2010 - 17 answers

find a diagnosis

Help me find a mental health condition to slam the sycophants I work with. [more inside]
posted by larry_darrell on Apr 21, 2010 - 21 answers

How to distinguish between ADHD and anxiety disorder?

How to distinguish between ADHD and anxiety disorder, given that they (a) are frequently co-morbid and (b) have overlapping symptoms? [more inside]
posted by limon on Apr 14, 2010 - 13 answers

I keep hoping I'll wake up

I just found out this morning that my 60-year-old father has early-onset Alzheimer's. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by subbes on Mar 3, 2010 - 24 answers

"So you think you may have Tourettes..."

How does one go about being diagnosed with Tourettes Syndrome? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 28, 2010 - 6 answers

Scared of Living?

I'm not sure what to call this but there's something off with me and I don't know what it is. I've always had a hard time with my social relationships. [more inside]
posted by Garden on Feb 14, 2010 - 37 answers

Where to turn for more diagnosis/treatment when local referrals fail?

A friend of mine has had, since childhood, a set of medical symptoms that defy diagnosis. She recently finished another round of appointments with specialists in our area to no real effect and much frustration. She's asked me to help her figure out where she might turn for additional diagnosis and care (ie, ways to locate/contact best-in-class specialists/etc, not non-traditional medicine). I'm pretty healthy and have never had this kind of interaction with doctors, so I'm at a bit of a loss. [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Jan 29, 2010 - 18 answers

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