Hi, MeFi. I've had a medical condition for the past month which involves numbness in my hands and face, headaches, fatigue, emotional distress, and other unpleasant symptoms. I know YANMD, and I am in fact already seeing a doctor and will soon be seeing a neurologist. I'm sorry about the wall of text, but if any of this sounds familiar, please let me know -- it would really help when talking to my doctors! [more inside]
Can anybody identify this disease? My college friend, who evidently had it, recently passed away as a result. I never asked her exactly what was wrong for fear of being insensitive, but now I would like some closure. Description of observable symptoms inside... [more inside]
Why do my potatoes have stigmata? [more inside]
I have had a mild case of Vitiligo manifest on my face for many years now. I know nothing about make-up. Give me your professional advice on what I need to buy/do to cover up my spottiness with maximum effectiveness. [more inside]
Can I eat peaches from a tree that has some sort of leaf curl blight? [more inside]
After seeing my mother suffer from myriad health problems due to her depression and obesity, I am freaking out that my destiny is written in my genes. Please help figure out how to change the things I can and accept the things I cannot. I also welcome stories/advice from children of unhealthy people who learned from their parents' mistakes. [more inside]
My health, both physical and mental has been on a roller coaster over the past 3 months. I have undergone many tests and the doctors have said, quantitatively, I am the picture of health; therefore the very real physical symptoms I am experiencing must be due to anxiety. I am open to that possibility, but need more convincing... [more inside]
I am terrified of all manner of bugs, rodents, and other creepy tiny things. I just found mouse droppings in my kitchen. What are the steps I should take right away that my panic is keeping me from thinking of? What steps are totally delusional and unnecessary? [more inside]
A friend of mine went to fill a prescription for doxycycline for Lyme Disease. The pharmacist refused to give it to her unless she had a pregnancy test. Is this legal in New York State? If not what can be done about it?
Help! My potted curry leaf tree has suddenly had its leaves start shriveling and turning brown. What's wrong with it, and how can I save my plant? [more inside]
Is it unsanitary to do yoga on the bathroom floor? [more inside]
Bitten by bedbugs at a hostel, worried about disease. Most answers here say that they're not vectors. How come they're not, what's the mechanism? How can I ease my mind?
What can I do about my tetras' chronic fin rot? [more inside]
Sick parakeets, low budgets, help! [more inside]
Any idea what is causing my dog to chew her back feet, all of a sudden? [more inside]
Are my nails going to fall off? [more inside]
Alright, so it's cold/flu/etc season and my roommate brought home a package of Emergen-c. He welcomed me to it, so I figured what the heck, I'll take a look at it. Then I noticed it says you can take it post-workout, which spiked my interest because I'm a self-described 'gym bum.' [more inside]
Can you help narrow down what sort(s) of doctor(s) to see and what to investigate, given these symptoms? All symptoms have cropped up within the last two years. Before that, I felt healthy most of the time. Primary care doc has been little help, and most of the specialists seem to focus only on the symptoms within their own areas of expertise. [more inside]
Small bowel malabsorption question. CT Scan shows something nobody expects, but can't really explain. Doctor says not to worry, but... [more inside]
Life with (and without) Huntington's. [more inside]
Where can I find a "visual guide to potato diseases" poster? [more inside]
Bloating, sweet taste in mouth, and various odd sensations - what could it be? [more inside]
Balsa Tree leaf discoloration: what's the problem, what's the solution [more inside]
How much money is wasted on duplicate AIDS and cancer research and how do scientists avoid such duplication? [more inside]
[Tomato Help] Baby tomato plants are turning bronze or yellow on the leaves. What is it? Pest or disease? Visual here. [more inside]
Please help me diagnose this annoying plant killing problem in my garden! [more inside]
I’m about to undergo some pretty major role changes in my life, and I’m not sure I have the tools and tricks to deal with those changes. I need strategies / diversions / projects that will help me become a better caregiver for my little sister, who is faced with a dire medical prognosis, while at the same time trying to retain my own identity in this crisis. Folks who have become caregivers to loved ones at the expense of other important things in their life, this question is for you. [more inside]
I've had a plantar wart on the ball of my foot for years. I have not taken steps to keep from spreading it. Is this something I should do? [more inside]
I am looking for information/anecdotal experience about the possibility of spreading infectious mononucleosis (i.e. Mono or Glandular Fever) through other sexual contact. I know the virus is transmitted through saliva, but could general close contact or other bodily fluids spread it as well? In addition, is it true that once one has shown symptoms of mono before, they still have the virus but are unlikely to have symptoms again (like chicken pox)? [more inside]
Indian health concerns: typhoid fever and dengue fever. Yes, you are not my doc. [more inside]
Epidemiology-and-Germ-Theory-Filter: are bacteria, viruses, fungi, etc. that cause common conditions (such as warts, conjunctivitis, and ringworm, for instance) pretty much everywhere (already)? [more inside]
I'm compiling a set of 30-40 photographs related to any and all aspects of disease for a high school visual literacy project. The students are high school juniors who are struggling with literacy and writing. I'd love your suggestions for compelling, diverse, and striking images and sites that have collections of same. [more inside]
My dog just attacked a large rodent-like creature, should I be worried? [more inside]
What is written here? It's Thai. [more inside]
How far does -- or should -- a medical professional's ethical responsibility go when it comes to the health and well-being of strangers (i.e. people one might see on the street, or in line at the supermarket)? [more inside]
After a week of what was diagnosed as some form of Viral Syndrome Meningitis, I just found a big target-shaped rash on the back of my leg. Looks just like the pictures. This started on Sunday of Labor Day weekend after camping. Now that I'm pretty sure it's Lyme Disease what should I ask for and do first? I'm about 10 days into the infection. [more inside]
I understand the danger parvovirus poses to puppies, but what are the odds of a puppy contracting the disease in the US (specifically Alameda County, California)? [more inside]
What are the locations of known plague pits in London, and are any maps available showing them?
What does a paleopathologist actually do? I'm not looking for technical terms, but rather "a day in the life of." Is there another term for this specialty that can lead to more information about the profession?
I have psoriasis and wonder what treatments work if you or someone you know also has it and what your experience has been. [more inside]
I'm considering enlisting but was unsure how a gluten intolerance would play into it all. I'm interested in the navy but any info would be great.
I have to move clean out my mother's house in another state. She just moved into assisted living for Alzheimer's Disease last weekend. It will be an emotional week where I will need a lot of support. My brother has been in an on again off again relationship with a woman for the past five years. He was off for the past six months or so and moved in to help take care of Mom, but now they are back together and spending all their time together. SHe is annoying, crazy, doesn't work and last year punched an 87 year old family friend in the face. Anyway, my partner/girlfriend has said she will only go down and help me and my brother clean out the house if she has the right to never see my brother's girlfriend. Meaning I rent her a car and she leaves anytime this woman comes around. I think that this is going to cause a lot of drama, but I completely understand where she is coming from. I really need her there, but I am really afraid that WW3 will break out and I will be in more hot water. ANy ideas?
A lot of the Black Walnut trees in the area are dying. I can't quite figure out why. Common trait, most lost a lot of bark just before they died or just after. Some locals blamed a wet spring last year but I'm looking for something more specific. At least 10 trees last year, most over 10 years old, many older, have died within our little village of less than a city block. Central Pennsylvania. Any ideas?
On the TV show the Wire, they talk about "the bug". What disease are they referring to?
You have Crohn's disease. You live in (or near) Oakland, CA. You're on Blue Cross. You have an awesome GI doctor. Who is he/she? [more inside]
Ever heard of a disease where you grow thorns that vibrate when cut off? [more inside]
What are some in the field jobs that involve studying the environment seeking medical advances? A friend asked me the following question, and I looked around and was stumped by it. A couple basic things came to my attention, like tracking the spread of different illnesses in developing countries and passing out vaccines, but I hope I'm missing something. "What branch of biology encompasses the outdoor study of plants, animals, environments, and whatever else in order to find medical advancements? You see in movies people hunting in the amazon for weird plants in order to cure diseases. Is this a real profession? Could I really go to Africa to study a plague because the genetic information found within it could lead to a cure for cancer?"
How can I avoid getting the flu? I have gotten spooked by a couple coworkers who got SICK from the flu, which they caught from their kids, and I am very intent on avoiding the same fate (trouble coming out of both ends). Short of covering myself in saranwrap and lysol, and then hiding in an ICBM silo, what do you suggest? [more inside]
Could my roommate really have whooping cough? Because I'm skeptical. [more inside]
What risk does a cat take in not eating people food? [more inside]