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anecdotes and advice for elevated anti-cardiolipin antibodies?

mrs oigocosas had this measured at "26" a decade ago and is being retested due to odd ankle swelling. if it has gone up, what might this engender? down? thank you for your advice o sage mefi community!
posted by oigocosas on Jun 7, 2014 - 1 answer

Book recommendations about sickness and, more importantly, healing?

Give me some ideas similar to Robin Robert's story! [more inside]
posted by shrimpsmalls on May 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Pay out of pocket for preventative care?

Colon Cancer scare in my family. My health insurance won't cover a colonoscopy because I'm too young and have no symptoms. Should I shell out the $1000 - $3000 this could cost me to get checked? Gratuitous YANMD. [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Apr 25, 2014 - 26 answers

Migrating to Medicine from Computer Science

I did my Bachelors (in Computer Science) in India and Masters in Computer Science in USA. I now intend to migrate to medical field and aspire to do a PhD or an MD in psychiatry or any other branch of study in medicine. Can anyone tell me if there are any premier institutes in India or abroad that might have my credentials as an eligibility criterion for an admission? Thanks in advance! [more inside]
posted by godugu on Apr 21, 2014 - 8 answers

My girlfriend's insurance ended, how to get psych meds?

My girlfriend just recently found out that she was dropped from her insurance. She signed up for an ACA plan, but coverage doesn't begin until the first day of May. This is a problem, because she's on several psychiatric medications that are either pivotal in allowing her to function, have terrible withdrawal symptoms, or both. [more inside]
posted by Two Stranger on Apr 15, 2014 - 23 answers

Reliable information about pregnancy

I am looking for sources of reliable, science-based information about food / exercise / medication / etc during pregnancy. [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Mar 10, 2014 - 13 answers

What is a reputable online pharmacy that ships to Australia?

What is a reputable online pharmacy that ships to Australia? I want to try a medicine (Nuvigil) that isn't available here, but is legal to import. Will talk to my Dr about suitability, of course.
posted by The locked room sockpuppet on Feb 1, 2014 - 3 answers

Looking for first hand experience with art or music therapy

I'm trying to decide whether to pursue a career in music and/or art therapy. (I know they're quite different) Does anyone have an experience they can share from either the patient or practitioner standpoint? [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Jan 29, 2014 - 9 answers

The air at the Dead Sea

It's my understanding that the atmosphere at the Dead Sea has a higher concentration of oxygen than the sea level norm because of the extremely low elevation (roughly a quarter mile below sea level). My question is: what does it feel like to breathe this air? Is it refreshing? Does it feel thicker than air at sea level? Are there any objective medical findings associated with long-term exposure to oxygen at this concentration? Many thanks in advance.
posted by jason's_planet on Jan 4, 2014 - 20 answers

I might finally come to be worth something to society! Maybe...?

Hi Mefites. I'll be starting an online medical coding and billing course in January ( given by the AAPC), after graduating from a relatively well respected state school with a psychology BA in May and finding out far too late in the game that it would leave me with nil in terms of job prospects. After building up quite a bit of credit card debt and deciding that man cannot live on Hulu and Facebook alone, as I've been doing for six months, I decided to look into opportunities that required relatively little training to get started with, and happened upon medical billing, something that seems to fit me quite well. I'm tempering my enthusiasm however, because no amount of Googling seems to give me a clear sense of my path once the course is over. Help? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Dec 8, 2013 - 4 answers

What could I do if I leave pre-med?

What other options are there besides pre-med? [more inside]
posted by JYuanZ on Oct 27, 2013 - 20 answers

Some questions about adderall.

I recently started on adderall for ADD-type issues, and I've got some questions about the effects it's having. I intend to bring them up with my psychiatrist when I see him next, but that won't be for a few weeks and I think it would still be valuable to get some outside perspective, especially from people with first-hand experience. A lot of this has to do with sexuality. Questions and details within. A bit long-winded. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Oct 11, 2013 - 14 answers

In your opinion what are the most interesting topics in medicine today?

My original proposed topic for a publication I'm writing in was about printing organs and bone marrow but it may be rejected because someone else proposed the same idea. I'm currently brainstorming ideas before tomorrow. Currently I'm thinking of writing of genetically engineered humans. Any other ideas?
posted by JYuanZ on Sep 17, 2013 - 16 answers

Foreign tongue depressors

Let's say you have medical condition ABC that can be treated with XYZ and you live in the United States. How does one become a medical tourist, defined by going outside the country for XYZ? It seems unlikely your doctor will acquiesce to sending you out of the country to get treatment with another doctor. How does the process begin, where patients can connect with the right doctors and facilities to arrange treatment? How do people evaluate the quality of treatment and follow-up care? Are there medial tourism "groups" that specialize in particular health issues? If you did this, what was your experience like and what recommendations would you have for issues or "gotchas" to look out for? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Aug 5, 2013 - 8 answers

How high can a fever get before seeking care?

Feeling ill yesterday and today, with a fever, slight cough, stuffed nose, sore joints. Taking dayquil and nyquil, and keeping track of my temperature every few hours. What temperature means "go to the hospital?" What other symptoms re: the cough and nose might man go to the hospital? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Apr 22, 2013 - 28 answers

Living with transplanted organs and immunosuppressant drugs

So what's it like to be the recipient of an organ transplant and having to deal with immunosuppressant drugs? How does your life change? How often do you have to take your drugs? What are the weird details of daily life that outsiders don't know about? Are there any insurance hassles? I have a fair idea of what it's like to be diabetic because of coworkers who have this condition but I don't know anything about the life of organ transplant recipients and I'd like to know more. Any help you could provide would be deeply appreciated.
posted by jason's_planet on Mar 23, 2013 - 15 answers

Another US health insurance question

How are things looking over the next few years as far as health insurance costs in the US? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic on Mar 15, 2013 - 7 answers

Unusual things people do to stay/get healthy?

I'm going into the health field and curious about cultural/ethnic health practices that are off the beaten path. For example, can anyone tell me the "what", "how", and "why" of cupping and coining? What other cultural/religious/traditional practices can you share? [more inside]
posted by mschief on Mar 10, 2013 - 33 answers

Could/should I find the man whose psychosis was directed at me?

About a decade ago I started University in the UK. Towards the end of my first year a friend I made began to become paranoid. His behaviour towards me was particularly troubling, and eventually rumours circulated that he had been institutionalised. I have always wondered what happened to him, and if he is OK. My concerns linger these many years later, but tracking him down online has achieved nothing. Is there any way I can find out if everything turned out alright for him, preferably without causing too many ripples? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 11, 2013 - 12 answers

Is there anything I can do to make my period more predictable?

I have always had a very irregular menstrual cycle. I am interested in learning about any natural ways to make it more regular. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Jan 22, 2013 - 22 answers

Do they not teach looking and listening in med school?

Is it worth my time/energy to complain to my hospital about negative interactions with a Dr. 18 months ago? I had complained several times previously to the Dr's office with no response, but new information has come to light that makes me even more irritated, since I found a document they gave me that misstates my height by 10 inches (4'11" instead of 5'9"), putting my BMI at 32, which explains why she lectured me on being fat. [more inside]
posted by MonsieurBon on Dec 13, 2012 - 20 answers

Tea Tree Filter

Should tea tree oil in bath water sting like crazy? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Nov 28, 2012 - 15 answers

Best probiotic pills?

Best probiotic pills? [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite on Oct 25, 2012 - 9 answers

What should I be looking for if I want to wear a cup everyday?

I'm thinking about wearing a cup everyday. I figure if I can do it without it being noticeable, why shouldn't I? The thing is, I don't know anything about them. [more inside]
posted by vash on Jul 26, 2012 - 33 answers

Botox injections and neutropenia

Are there risks in having botox injections for a neutropenia sufferer? A relation of mine is determined to have botox injections to get rid of wrinkles, however, they suffer badly from cyclic neutropenia which means that their immune system is often weak and have white blood cell issues and consequently they get infections frequently. I am aware that botox is botulinum toxin and I have kept trying to persuade her to see her doctor before having botox injections, to check whether they are safe for her in light of neutropenia. She is desperate to go ahead with this and it is hard to persuade her to get medical advice on this. From a layman's perspective, I am concerned that this may be dangerous for her. Does anybody with medical knowledge, perhaps haematology, know if this botox is safe for neutropenia sufferers? Many thanks!
posted by conrad101 on Jul 20, 2012 - 1 answer

Can you catch a cold by sharing a spoon?

How likely am I to catch an upper-respiratory illness through strictly oral/gastrointestinal means (like sharing utensils, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jun 18, 2012 - 2 answers

Why am I immune to all medication?

I have been almost immune to most medications for as long as I've been taking them, particularly pain medications, anesthesia, anxiety medications, benzodiapines, and psychotropic drugs (this one is iffy because sometimes they don't work on people anyway). I feel literally nothing even on high doses. Wtf? [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume on Jun 2, 2012 - 21 answers

Why can't duloxetine (cymbalta) be prescribed to me? Is there some kind of restriction in the UK.

Why can't duloxetine (cymbalta) be prescribed to me? Is there some kind of restriction in the UK. [more inside]
posted by conrad101 on May 17, 2012 - 7 answers

Disease classification

Is there a way that the medical field classifies diseases based on how preventative they are by an individual's actions? For instance obesity related diseases are very preventable but genetic diseases are not very preventable.
posted by bucksox on Jan 11, 2012 - 8 answers

Ethics of treating the many for the benefit of the few?

Where can I find interesting papers, discussions, blog posts, etc. about the disparity between benefits to personal health and population health when it comes to medical interventions and the ethical implications therein? [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte on Nov 22, 2011 - 2 answers

Is there a natural substitute for the benzodiazepines?

Is there a natural substitute for the benzodiazepines? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Nov 3, 2011 - 27 answers

I've been sick forever

I'm sick. I'm not getting better. It is ruining my life and relationships. [more inside]
posted by windbox on Oct 23, 2011 - 36 answers

Recovering from viral gastroenteritis

Some questions about recovering from viral gastroenteritis... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 18, 2011 - 9 answers

Female EMT in Seattle?

I'm looking for information about becoming an EMT and eventually a paramedic in the greater Seattle area. I'm a female and do not want to (or think I could) become a fire fighter. [more inside]
posted by wansac on Aug 13, 2011 - 5 answers

How do foreign visitors find a local doctor in the USA?

I'm going to be visiting New Orleans with my kids. We try to go every year and this trip we'll be staying around a month. I'd like to have a regular doctor or medical practice so that I don't need to visit a hospital emergency room for something minor. We have travel insurance, and most of our party will be US citizens.
posted by Joe in Australia on Jun 9, 2011 - 3 answers

Is cinnamon a miracle cure?

Has anybody seen credible evidence that cinnamon capsules are a weight loss miracle? [more inside]
posted by ~Sushma~ on May 28, 2011 - 19 answers

DEXA scans in DC?

Can anyone recommend a particular clinic in the DC area where I can get a DEXA scan for bone density & body-fat measuring? [more inside]
posted by jacob on Jan 3, 2011 - 1 answer

What can people do to reduce the risk of stroke?

What can people do to reduce the risk of stroke? [more inside]
posted by philipy on Dec 21, 2010 - 13 answers

Would you like sprinkles with that?

What was this mysterious medication I took as a child? [more inside]
posted by katyggls on Dec 18, 2010 - 20 answers

I want to eat Christmas dinner!

Finally got a diagnosis, and after weeks of waiting for new insurance to come through, I got the meds. My only problem? I feel worse on the meds than I did before. Help me survive the holidays! (Maybe TMI!) [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Dec 18, 2010 - 14 answers

The lowdown on Emergen-c

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]
posted by ascetic on Dec 14, 2010 - 21 answers

DIY Health Insurance - Can it be done?

What's stopping people in the U.S. from forming health care co-ops? [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess on Nov 21, 2010 - 19 answers

who could possibly be against comparing effectiveness?

Evidence-based medicine/comparative effectiveness skeptics? [more inside]
posted by Ralston McTodd on Nov 17, 2010 - 16 answers

Being vaccinated for Hep B twice?

Is it possible for a Hepatitis B vaccine to be ineffective? Are there any risks to being vaccinated twice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2010 - 9 answers

Birthplace of the blues, not cutting-edge healthcare

Looking for integrative medical/alternative health care providers in the Mississippi Delta; Jackson, MS; or Memphis, TN. If that's not possible, I'd like to find conventional providers who work on women's health issues and are caring, nice, and open-minded. [more inside]
posted by hansbrough on Sep 23, 2010 - 5 answers

What kind of doctor do I need to see?

You are not a doctor, but you can hopefully help me determine which kind I need to go to. [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Sep 17, 2010 - 16 answers

i can givez medicine?

Where can I donate unopened medicine in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by chicainthecity on Sep 9, 2010 - 6 answers

Bloated and weird taste in my mouth - what could be wrong?

Bloating, sweet taste in mouth, and various odd sensations - what could it be? [more inside]
posted by consilience on Jul 30, 2010 - 17 answers

How do I get my insulin filled in a foreign country?

Oh, hive mind. I am very soon going to go join my boyfriend in Macau, China for an indefinite amount of time. I am an insulin-dependent diabetic. I am quitting my job and therefore, losing my insurance... is this going to cause problems? [more inside]
posted by the_royal_we on Jul 2, 2010 - 24 answers

What the hell is going on with me

Followup to an earlier health-related question. Kind of long; more under the cut. [more inside]
posted by Merzbau on May 11, 2010 - 10 answers

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