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Doctors/Scientists/Researchers Whose Work Involved Their Own Condition?

I am wondering which doctors, scientists, and researchers out there have done work on conditions they had been diagnosed with or were suffering from. I know Kay Redfield Jamison is a good example for her work with bipolar disorder, and Elyn Saks with her work on schizophrenia is also technically in this category, but can you think of any others? They don't have to be super famous, only famous enough that a Google search might bring up more information on them and their discoveries. Both my examples were from Psychology/Psychiatry, but examples from any medical subfield are welcome. [more inside]
posted by sevenofspades on Oct 2, 2016 - 28 answers

Paging Dr Woo...

Who at a hospital is responsible for compliance to medical "norms"? What happens if a doctor starts prescribing things that fall outside of medicine or his/her expertise? [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Sep 18, 2016 - 9 answers

Certificate of health for the chronically misdiagnosed

I am considering going back to the programme in Japan that I quit three years ago. They need a certificate from a doctor/therapist assuring them I am fit to go back. Things are complicated. [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Aug 30, 2016 - 16 answers

How do I get all my health/medical records from hospitals and doctors

I'll try to keep this brief. I will likely be moving to Southern-Europe and will need to form new relationships with new doctors. Now, what from what I've been advised - they told me they want everything since I have multiple issues (PTSD from war, Anxiety over loud bangs/sounds, fireworks, Phobia of small places..) had a couple of MRIs after my car being rear-ended as well. So is it as simple (I like in Mass) as emailing/calling them and asking me to send me all my records? I don't even know what records holds. Is it what things they diagnosed me with, blood results, my medication, my MRI results. Stuff like that? Does it cost anything? Any help is extremely appreciated. Thank you all!
posted by bostonhill on Aug 27, 2016 - 6 answers

What is an effective therapy for foot arthritis/bad feet?

I have bad feet, but an even worst time trying to find a doctor to help me. My last doctor never read my chart before seeing me (~10 times), so he gave me a lot of cortisone shots. The new doctor is shooting lasers at my feet. I don't know how to evaluate anyone. [more inside]
posted by armacy on Aug 24, 2016 - 4 answers

Is my screwy blood pressure/heartrate worrying?

People of MeFi, I need some advice. Recently – the last week or so I've really noticed and started tracking it, but probably longer than that overall – I've noticed that my blood pressure and bpm have been acting a bit crazy. [more inside]
posted by BlueNorther on Aug 16, 2016 - 15 answers

How do you get good medical care?

Need ideas, experiences and resources re questions to ask at a first appointment, steps to take before even making that appointment, being a good self-advocate, managing anxiety, and setting reasonable expectations. [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock on Jul 13, 2016 - 8 answers

Which specialist should I be trying to see for my vision issues?

For the past two weeks, I have had a blurry spot in my left eye. Whenever I look up and to the left, it looks like there's an after-image there, as if I've been staring into a light or the sun. When it first started, there was a pressure verging on pain behind my left eye, and what felt like a muscle strain every time I moved my eyeball quickly, like when I was driving and needed to check my blindspot. The pain has gone away. On the advice of an Urgent Care doctor a few days ago, I got a CT scan, which was negative. Various doctors checked my peripheral vision when I was in the ER waiting for the scan, and they told me my vision was normal. My vision is not normal, though, because I do not normally have a blurry after-image spot in my left eye. What do I need to do to pursue this? [more inside]
posted by lazuli on Jul 10, 2016 - 23 answers

The doctor will (not) see you now

I met a guy in November who lives a mile away but works more than half the time on the East Coast. When I'm with him, it's great. He's great. But he's also a top surgeon in a demanding specialty at an understaffed hospital AND he's disorganized and bad at making plans. When he's out East, he's working 16 hours (often more), exhausted, and there's a 2-hour time difference. I get sweet texts and an occasional phone call. When he's "home," he's consulting, flying off to speak at conferences, and trying to see his college-aged children. [more inside]
posted by SockPuppetOfShame on Jun 26, 2016 - 30 answers

Where's my period? Should I get a second opinion?

I'm in my mid twenties and healthy, except for the fact that I haven't had a period for over a year and a half. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2016 - 17 answers

Why do physicians in New Hampshire make more than in its neighbors?

Looking at this recent report, New Hampshire ranks second-highest for physician salary. Yet other Northeastern/New England states dominate the lowest-salary states. Certainly New Hampshire is more rural overall than, say, Rhode Island, but compared to "low-salary" Vermont?
posted by Seeking Direction on May 31, 2016 - 10 answers

Auditing myself

How do I review, audit, question, and negotiate this stack of medical bills? Employer-based insurance that is a PPO. It's decent. But the hospital's billing department, not so much... Lots and lots of individual bills. Most valid, but some may not be. [more inside]
posted by heigh-hothederryo on May 29, 2016 - 2 answers

Who will give me the medicine drug?

I have crazy complicated medical stuff going on; started in August, went straight downhill. My most recent observation on the subject is that I've devolved from a rebellion into full scale anarchy. I've remarked frequently that I need Dr. House and his team to figure all this crap out. Where's the real-life Dr. House et al? If money were no object, if the doctors and travel and all of it was taken care of, where do I go? Preference given closer to central Kentucky, but start with who's the best. [more inside]
posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess on Apr 2, 2016 - 16 answers

Chronic pain, unsympathetic job, still need to work. What can be done?

Asking for a friend filter: Friend is in their 20s. Just got halfway decent health insurance. Working at a retail store since summer of last year, job involves a lot of physical labor along with sales desk. They've been commended for good work a few times and have been told they've been doing well enough to be a keyholder soon, which would involve more hours and a raise, Recently got a merit raise. They've had chronic pain for a while, and circumstances are... [more inside]
posted by ShawnStruck on Mar 16, 2016 - 7 answers

Walk me through the process of dealing with my health/fertility issues?

I don't get my period and I need to change that. [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Mar 11, 2016 - 30 answers

Had an awful neurologist appt,, now what?

I recently saw a neurologist for my chronic cough, which has been diagnosed as neurogenic by a cough specialist. The appt was one of the worst medical experiences I've had. While I don't know if he did anything illegal, I'd like to report him somewhere. I'm also wondering if there's a way to get out of paying him. More inside. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Feb 6, 2016 - 26 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

Hypothyroid or hypochondriac?

Please help me figure out if I'm being a hypochondriac or if there is something physically wrong with me, and how to find out. [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Jan 17, 2016 - 15 answers

Help finding hope

I have had yet another doctor tell me my failing body is because I'm crazy. How do I do what my friends and even psych nurse say and keep hope alive that some day I'll find proper pain management and how do I stop taking it so personally? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Jan 14, 2016 - 24 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

YANMD what could be going on here?

I have health insurance and a doctor but it’s been almost a year without figuring out the problem. I am not sure what else to do at this point. Long description of symptoms and tests below. I have been having intermittent episodes of lightheadedness. That is I feel weak and like I need to sit down (It’s not dizziness, the room is not spinning). It comes sometimes with nausea and seems to be aggravated by other things that make me feel ill - being too warm and being in stuffy spaces definitely can bring it on, being sleep deprived. It sometimes is accompanied by a pang around my stomach on the left. It makes me feel hot and ill and tired. [more inside]
posted by puppetspuppetspuppets on Dec 8, 2015 - 18 answers

Best course of action when you have no Primary Care Physician?

I need to know where to begin -- I fear I may have a serious health concern but have no PCP/GP as I've only recently started taking responsibility for my health. [more inside]
posted by nohaybanda on Dec 8, 2015 - 15 answers

Silent reflux, in my head, or both?

I've posted about my adventures in health before. I have a clusterfuck of reflux symptoms but most tests--not all--are coming back normal. I met with a surgeon today, after my most recent test came back normal, and he said there was nothing they could do. I'm at a loss and wondering if any of it could be psychological. More inside. [more inside]
posted by Amy93 on Nov 10, 2015 - 14 answers

Doctors & politics

Is it moral for me to choose my doctor based on political views? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Nov 6, 2015 - 26 answers

Severe GERD or something more?

I may need GERD surgery, but my symptoms are unusual, and I don't know what to do. More inside. [more inside]
posted by Amy93 on Oct 3, 2015 - 7 answers

The Young Doctors

The doctors in NHS hospitals all seem so young. Where are the older doctors? [more inside]
posted by popcassady on Oct 2, 2015 - 4 answers

MRI/Spine finding, now what doctor do I talk to?

I am so utterly confused over what to do with my most recent medical news. I had an MRI about a week and a half ago. The results came back to indicate I had a thoracic disc issue. I need to talk to someone about what this means and don't know who. The doctors and assistants are moving along to get me pain relief, but no one is actually telling me what I should expect with the findings and who I even talk to. I feel really lost in the system. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Sep 9, 2015 - 8 answers

Pretty sure I need a doctor, no idea which one.

I have a bunch of stuff going on, some of it is anxiety related, but it's manifesting in, to be short about it, me being fat, and as per usual, medical interactions are not positive and I don't even know what sort of doctor to try to find, much less talk to. Predictably, more inside. Predictably, wall of text, also. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2015 - 18 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

What kind of doctor should I see?

I have osteoarthritis in my low back. I've seen a physiatrist who specializes in the spine, and I like him, but he's not very communicative. I would like to see someone else, but I'm not sure who. [more inside]
posted by gigondas on Jun 23, 2015 - 1 answer

My podiatrist is being sued for malpractice. Should I still go to him?

Should I trust this podiatrist even though he's being sued for malpractice? Also, do you have any advice for somebody with Morton’s Neuroma? [more inside]
posted by apostate street preacher on Jun 16, 2015 - 21 answers

What's the protocol when it comes to speaking to your doctor by phone?

I feel generally disempowered when I'm around doctors so i need help knowing what's expected and appropriate. [more inside]
posted by swheatie on May 28, 2015 - 11 answers

What should we be doing about edema?

My wife is having problems with what we believe to be non-emergency fluid retention (edema?) What should we be doing, and what type of doctor do we need? [more inside]
posted by Jacen on May 24, 2015 - 8 answers

need to find a therapist (?) who specializes in BDD & eating disorders

looking for recommendations for a therapist or specialist in LA area who can help treat my extreme obsession with appearance. I know I am suffering with a type of eating disorder and I think a form of OCD or body dysmorphic disorder, too. it's ruining my life. I am sick of this pathetic problem. there are actual sick people in the world and I'm worried about such trivial things and I can't help it. I want to stop thinking like this and am ready to get help. more inside. [more inside]
posted by twoforty5am on Apr 13, 2015 - 9 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

OB/GYN in Brooklyn/Manhattan for a nervous patient

My husband and I are trying to get pregnant. After some really traumatic experiences, I would really rather not take a shot in the dark to find a good OB/GYN. We have an insurance that's pretty widely accepted. Anyone have any recommendations in Brooklyn or Manhattan? I need a regular GYN and also a OB for the future (hopefully) so together would be great but if you've got a great one that just does one or the other, send them right over. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 13, 2015 - 16 answers

Looking for directory of Baltimore, MD private licensed OB/GYNS.

For work I’m trying to find a consolidated directory of all all privately owned licensed OB/GYNS in Baltimore MD. All I need is their practice name, physician name, practice address, phone number, and email if it’s included. I’d prefer to avoid going through pages and pages of Google or YellowPages search results if at all possible. I don’t work for an insurance company, so I don’t have access to this info. Many thanks.
posted by monichacha on Feb 2, 2015 - 1 answer

Cost of Physical Exams

I recently went for a general physical exam with a new doctor and got back a $900 bill. Is this normal? What can I do? Are there consumer rights I should be aware of? [more inside]
posted by pockimidget on Dec 28, 2014 - 22 answers

Christmas Present: Books for Mom edition

Every year I load up my Mom's Kindle library for Christmas. This year I'm finding a lot of stuff on the non-fiction end but very little fiction that is up her alley. Her fave books: Neal Stephenson's "The Baroque Cycle" and Gillian Bradshaw's "The Sand-Reckoner." Got a rec? Expanded explanation of her taste inside! [more inside]
posted by rednikki on Dec 5, 2014 - 13 answers

Ideas for support and how to find an answer

My health keeps getting worse and I feel stuck. Looking for next steps and support ideas to get myself through this after all the tests keep coming back “negative.” I'm out of ideas and at the end of my rope and I'd like to know how to approach doctors and therapists. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2014 - 15 answers

I have health insurance. Now what?

Asking for a friend: Please help a complete (and mostly healthy) newbie figure out how to navigate the US healthcare system in CA. Explaining like you would to a five-year-old would be great. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Oct 8, 2014 - 16 answers

Looking for a Rockstar Endrocrinologist in NYC (Manhattan or Brooklyn)

Hello all - I'm not new to the thyroid game (I've was diagnosed when I was a pre-teen) but after years of VERY steady thyroid numbers (and a feeling pretty decent) I now need to find an endocrinologist in NYC - preferable in Brooklyn or Manhattan (downtown would be great, but I'll go fairly far for a good doc.) [more inside]
posted by carmenghia on Sep 10, 2014 - 1 answer

Should My 92 Year Old Father Get A Different Doctor?

My 92 year old father went for his annual physical in May and I have had concerns with the quality of care he has received both during the physical and in several followups. However, I don't know if I should encourage him to go to a different doctor (there aren't many locally who are accepting new patients, and I don't know their quality, but we could try). Details after the jump. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 23, 2014 - 5 answers

It's Always Sunny in L.A. (Dermatologist needed and more LA questions!)

So we moved to Los Angeles four days ago (in what I think is Mid-Wilshire-- the closest landmarks are the tar pits and the Grove) and while I've been eagerly reading past archives of LA lifehacks and tips, I could use some further advice. [more inside]
posted by jetlagaddict on Jul 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Would you pay an extra $1K/yr to be able to choose your own doctors?

How much is it worth to you to have (relative) freedom of choice? Enrolling in health insurance and I'm debating between an HMO and a PPO (both under Blue Shield of CA). The difference in cost is roughly $1,000. I'm a 26 year old female but I'm not exactly "healthy". I have mysterious, debilitating, chronic joint pain all over (undiagnosed as of yet), a couple car accident-related injuries that flare up every now and then, and I need to get a pap smear every 3 months due to a recent scare. So acupuncturists, chiropractors, internists, rheumatologists, and gynecologists must all be within easy reach for me. [more inside]
posted by doctordrey on Jun 19, 2014 - 23 answers

Help me help my very pregnant sister through a tough situation! (DC/MD)

My sister is 33 weeks pregnant. She's miserable and what's worse, she's recently moved from Florida (where her husband was completing school) back home to Maryland. As such, she's lost her doctor. She's pretty much a mess, and I am hoping to figure out a way to help her. Particulars inside... [more inside]
posted by carmenghia on May 24, 2014 - 13 answers

Anyone else experience similar chronic illness symptoms?

Note: I am the patient. Describing the symptoms is pretty difficult task but I will try to do my best. The patient has not felt normal since sometime in October of 2013. The best way to describe it is a feeling as if patient is about to get sick. That feeling as if a sickness is coming on but never really comes on. This feeling is often strongest at night and continues throughout the day and will be gone by night. This toxic/sick feeling that radiates throughout the body seems to come and go at times. [more inside]
posted by kvoorhees on May 20, 2014 - 48 answers

I don't want it, I just need it.

Please help me mitigate/cope with my feelings about doctors/insurance and have the best visit with a general practitioner that I can after 10 years of being uninsured. This way lies snowflakes. [more inside]
posted by koucha on Apr 28, 2014 - 39 answers

stress free NYC psychiatrist recommendations

Looking for a recommendation for a decent psychiatrist or psychopharmacologists in NYC. [more inside]
posted by rmm on Mar 28, 2014 - 2 answers

Essential Medical Books

I've been tasked with putting together a medical library for my small disability law firm. Doctors, what are five essential medical books that we should look at obtaining regarding general medical practice? [more inside]
posted by Dignan on Feb 28, 2014 - 7 answers

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