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Those with Postcholecystectomy Syndrome - Coping, Eating, Vitamins, Etc?

I'm likely to have my gallbladder removed in upcoming months, and I have a few questions for those who ended up with a temporary or longer-lasting intolerance to fatty foods. (And I wonder if any of you ever had it improve your digestion -- excluding the no-doubt wonderful absence of attacks?) [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on May 7, 2014 - 18 answers

Activated charcoal, anyone? YANAD/YANMD

Today I had the glorious experience of removing a ton of stainage from my teeth with activated charcoal. However, after obtaining a huge bottle I am left curious - what else is it good for? [more inside]
posted by rideunicorns on May 7, 2014 - 17 answers

I've tried everything to become a more patient person. Now what?

I'm not a patient person. In fact I'm quite impatient. Little things set me off: from my dogs barking or losing connection to the Internet. Traffic. Stupid things. I've tried everything. [more inside]
posted by dep on Apr 29, 2014 - 24 answers

Will I die from carcinogenic cedar/mold dust?

Last year I replaced the cedar decking from my deck and kept the old decking, thinking it might serve for a fencing project. Now I want to use some of it to build gates for said fencing project, but first want to clean it up and make it pretty. It's mildewy and such, but nothing that a good coarse grain sandpaper won't fix. However, I'm worried that the dust created by such a project might be especially nasty. Am I taking my life into my hands power sanding 40 or 50 boards? What kinds of reasonable precautions should I take? Renting a powered full face mask is probably beyond my budget...
posted by carterk on Apr 28, 2014 - 5 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

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

Fat-Free/Low-Fat Suggestions for Post-Gallbladder Removal Recovery?

I think my gallbladder’s coming out in the months to come. I seek guidance about fat-free/low-fat foods that would be safe to eat afterwards -- any advice appreciated, but I would find non-cooking options (frozen foods/delivery/restaurant) particularly useful. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Apr 17, 2014 - 11 answers

My mother has Schizophrenia, how can I help her?

For the last few years my mother has had symptoms of schizophrenia. She believes that an organization is following her, harassing her and screwing job opportunities. She is taken things to a extreme level and has called cops accusing individuals, family members, and others who don't even know her. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by The1andonly on Apr 15, 2014 - 10 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

Persistant Nausea and eating(YANMD)

I'm going on two months of frequent nausea. Sometimes I throw up, most times I don't. Otherwise I generally feel fine (no fatigue, headaches, other pain aside from my possible endometriosis, sniffles, fever or anything else). I've been to my GP. [more inside]
posted by AlexiaSky on Apr 14, 2014 - 24 answers

All hot and bothered, food edtion

After eating, I get hot. Uncomfortably hot. I need to have lots of cold water on hand, especially after large meals. And having a fan nearby is helpful too. I feel like I'm gross and sticky just because I had a sandwich. Googling hasn't turned up much for me. What is this? [more inside]
posted by colin_l on Apr 10, 2014 - 8 answers

I just have my suspicions, is all

I'm looking for a relatively fine-grained source of health and environmental data for Contra Costa County, CA. County-by-county is no good, and even city-by-city isn't that great. I'd like to see it by block if possible (zip code would be useful). Anything that fine-grained would be fine: cancer rates, mortality rates, air quality, etc. [more inside]
posted by wintersweet on Apr 10, 2014 - 8 answers

Can I get better insurance than employer offers?

My husband's new job only offers one plan: a high deductible plan with $5,000 and $10,000 deductibles. We both have chronic illnesses with lots of medications and several doctors. We cannot afford to pay out of pocket for everything. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by threeturtles on Apr 7, 2014 - 19 answers

Why do my sinuses always close up at night?

The older I get, the worse my sinus issues. Throughout the day, my nasal passages are mostly okay, but it never fails: I get into bed at night, close my eyes, and ten minutes later I can't breathe. While I'm working my way through various remedies (drugs, doctors, homebrewed quackery, et cetera), I'd just like to know WHY this invariably happens? What's going on up inside my head?
posted by jackypaper on Apr 3, 2014 - 24 answers

How do I know if I'm covered?

I am a trans woman. Recently, I received a job offer from a private higher education institution in New York City. I would really like to accept the job, but repeated conversations with the individual who recruited me—who has been asking questions on my behalf to the institution's Human Resources department—have left me unsure whether or not their health insurance will cover trans-related care. How do I get this information? Can I get this information? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 3, 2014 - 21 answers

Have I ruined my metabolism? If so, how would I get it back?

I have recently entered a fairly strict diet and workout regimen. I feel like it is healthy, but am worried about the damage I may have done to my body and metabolism. Help me decide on my next steps. [more inside]
posted by Shadax on Apr 2, 2014 - 24 answers

How can I ensure that I poo daily?

I don't always poo every day, but I would like to. What should I be eating? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Apr 1, 2014 - 58 answers

Best timer app for "reps" -- Android

I am doing physical therapy exercises at home and need to time reps -- like 10 seconds to hold a stretch, then relax for 5 seconds, repeat 10 times. Another stretch: hold for 30 seconds, relax for 5 seconds, repeat 10 times. What's the best Android app for this? (by "best" I am including simple. I don't need a complicated app for weightlifters that's going to confuse me with all kinds of other information) Cheap = Best
posted by DMelanogaster on Mar 29, 2014 - 5 answers

How do I get fit while I get sick?

I want to get fit because it would help my health long-term, but exercising more than a gentle walk makes me sick short-term, so I am stuck. I have specific restrictions on what I can do because of stroke risks, and expect to continue to frequently fall ill. I would like new ideas and especially advice from others with chronic illnesses that fluctuate on how they handle exercise. [more inside]
posted by viggorlijah on Mar 29, 2014 - 22 answers

Support for activists?

What are the websites (if any) that seek to collaborate online discussion and activism into coherent steps for individuals as well as assistance collaborating on projects or areas of activism? [more inside]
posted by xarnop on Mar 17, 2014 - 2 answers

I have idiopathic peripheral pain, and my doctors don't know why

First, YANMD and I know this. Over the last two years, I've lost count of how many doctors and specialists I've seen to try to figure out why I have a weird chronic pain in my arms and legs. They're completely stumped, so I thought I'd query the hive-mind to see if any of you fine folk have either had or heard of a similar condition. Medical details inside. [more inside]
posted by bjork24 on Mar 16, 2014 - 31 answers

Vitamin names

How did vitamins get their names? Like, why is retinol "vitamin A," ascorbic acid "Vitamin C," etc.? Do the letters have any significance?
posted by DoctorFedora on Mar 14, 2014 - 1 answer

Is there another name for complex developmental/behavioural conditions?

Is CDBC used outside of BC or is there another term for complex developmental and behavioural conditions? [more inside]
posted by acoutu on Mar 13, 2014 - 12 answers

I'm on warm milk and laxatives. Cherry-flavored antacids.

I've had health issues my entire life. I'm approaching my mid twenties and it's time to accept the fact that I'll likely never be 100% healthy. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Mar 11, 2014 - 21 answers

How to increase absorption of magnesium?

Is my birth control hindering magnesium absorption? [more inside]
posted by queens86 on Mar 11, 2014 - 10 answers

Health insurance question

What is the difference between "Allowed Amount" and "Co-pay" on an Explanation of Benefits? [more inside]
posted by fozzie_bear on Mar 10, 2014 - 5 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

How to not freak out while waiting to see a doctor?

I have had some weird blood test results lately. My doctor is not sure what it's from, but said that worst case scenario would be leukemia. She wants me to see a hematologist but the soonest available appointment is till over a week away. I have always suffered from pretty severe hypochondria/health-anxiety/whatever, and the fact that my doctor mentioned the L word, and the uncertainty and waiting, not to mention the absolute worst timing, is killing me. I can barely work or sleep. [more inside]
posted by polywomp on Mar 7, 2014 - 13 answers

Throat of Steel

Whenever I get the slightest bit sick, I always feel it first in my throat. Having an itchy throat where it hurts to swallow is no fun, and this extended winter we've been having has been no help! I treat it with plenty of water, honey lemon ginger tea, and cough drops, of course, but I'm wondering whether there's anything I can do preemptively to keep my throat from being less vulnerable. If you used to have a tender, wimpy throat that now weathers stress and rapid changes in temperature like a champ, I'd love to hear what you changed (be it food, vitamins, habits, or something else entirely)!
posted by estlin on Mar 3, 2014 - 17 answers

Song lyrics re-enforce like a mantra?

I've been looking to no avail for research into the content of song lyrics re-enforcing ideas like a mantra in the mind. Does anyone know of any research into this? We learn by repetition so one would imagine the brain isn't selective. Brand re-enforcement advertising works this way so lyrical content should too?
posted by debord on Feb 26, 2014 - 2 answers

Why have I been getting sick so easily since moving to San Francisco?

I moved to San Francisco 7-8 months ago. Ever since then I have found myself getting sick unusually easily. The illnesses I get tend to have the same set of symptoms: heightened temperature/fever, lack of energy, sniffles, sneezing and this kind of warm sick feeling in my body. They tend to be made worse by stress and are often triggered by working hard on things. (Which is really unfortunate because I want to be working a lot harder on my projects than I am right now!) If you've got any wild guess as to what might be going on, please share it! [more inside]
posted by astrofinch on Feb 22, 2014 - 31 answers

Relationship between contemplation and mindfulness

What is the relationship between contemplation and mindfulness? [more inside]
posted by jpritcha on Feb 22, 2014 - 14 answers

Where do I find real people with quirky yet destructive obsessions?

I'm working on a project at work about "unique or unexpected obsessions" related to technology, competition, health and fitness, animals, hunting, gaming or anything that is non-sexual or substance-related. I'm especially interested in how these so-called obsessions/addictions have impacted the subjects' relationships, careers, finances, etc. Where do I find people with weird yet intense obsessions that affect their everyday lives? I feel like I could use some inspiration, so any feedback would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
posted by Lillitatiana on Feb 19, 2014 - 33 answers

Health insurance hand wringing

Could a specialist on the other side of the country still be considered in-network? [more inside]
posted by mermily on Feb 16, 2014 - 17 answers

How can I workout and stay in shape under very specific conditions?

I want to exercise intensely but have neither free weights nor a good place to workout. [more inside]
posted by lxs on Feb 13, 2014 - 16 answers

Does this "magic" pill really work?

There is no shortage of diets for people who want to lose weight quickly: Atkins, the "Zone" diet, the Vegan diet, the Weight-Watchers diet, the Mediterranean diet, ... But there are countless articles and experts which seem to refute the "evidence" put forth by the creators of such diets. Question is, do you know whether the latest diet advertised by Dr. Oz (the " Garcinia Cambogia" extract-based diet) is safe / do you have any information on it? [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Feb 13, 2014 - 11 answers

Why do I have a high alcohol (etc.) tolerance?

I'm pretty tolerant to any substances I've tried; alcohol, cannabis, and prescription medication always needed higher than average doses on me to procure any effects. I also sober up pretty fast. Just out of curiosity, what does this mean? Does my body do something well? Do I just have a healthy liver? [more inside]
posted by ahtlast93 on Feb 9, 2014 - 12 answers

Seeking an OB/GYN or RE recommendation in greater Seattle area

I'm looking for an OB/GYN or RE in the greater Seattle area after experiencing 3 early miscarriages in the last 10 months. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 7, 2014 - 2 answers

How can I start waking up early?

I’m a 25 year old woman, and have had this issue since high school: I just can never go to bed or wake up early! I feel like it's getting in the way of a normal and productive life. [more inside]
posted by summertimesadness1988 on Feb 5, 2014 - 28 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

You are what you eat...

What is my daily food intake missing? Critiques please! [more inside]
posted by Caskeum on Jan 31, 2014 - 16 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

Dating with PTSD - And Tell Me Cutting Off This "Friend" Was Right

I've got PTSD and am socially isolated in graduate school. I met a hot guy, and had to friend-dump him because he's in a long distance relationship. Tell me I did this right! [more inside]
posted by cheberet on Jan 28, 2014 - 21 answers

What's a good knee wrap for warmth and support? (patella tendon)

Asking for a friend: What's a good knee wrap for warmth and support? I've been treated for patella tendonosis. I'm a middle-aged man in Seattle. It doesn't get very cold here, but even below 50 degrees, my knee starts to ache. Looking for a way to keep the knee joint nice and warm, and extra support for the tendon. Thinking of buying this knee wrap. Anyone have first hand (first knee?) experience? You are not my doctor. You are not my physical therapist. My dog will be happier if I can take her for longer walks.
posted by valannc on Jan 27, 2014 - 4 answers

is long-term care insurance reliable?

I have been paying $100/mo. for several years now for long-term care insurance with a carrier that is as good a bet as any in the market. But that is a big hit in my budget, and will be even bigger when I retire in a couple of years. It's kind of early in the overall history of this kind of insurance to be drawing conclusions from gathered data, but worst case, it could be just another corporate sleight-of-hand deal for sucking money out of the paycheck-to-paycheck crowd. I can not rely on family as an alternative strategy; I am in fairly good health so far. Should I consider this an essential expense?
posted by mmiddle on Jan 27, 2014 - 18 answers

What do I ask/tell my new doctor about my mental health?

I don't know what help I need anymore, or even if I need help. I have a lifelong history of depression and the past two and half years, I've experienced more life stressors than normal. The original reasons I made the appointment was to a. get a new script for my anti-anxiety medication (which is also meant to help my depression), especially as I accidentally abruptly ceased it over 5 days ago, and b. a referral to a new psychiatrist to prescribe ADHD medication. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Jan 27, 2014 - 2 answers

What does my body do with the water I drink?

What happens to the drinking water I swallow? All I know is that it goes down my throat to my stomach, and then my body does its thing. Can you go into greater detail for me? For example: What positive effects does the water I drink have on my mouth, my throat, my stomach and other parts of my body? How does the stomach process the water? Where does the water go after my stomach? How does what's in the water get from my stomach to the necessary parts of my body? What's in water that my body needs? What parts of my body benefit the most from the water I drink? Feel free to answer other relevant questions that I've overlooked.
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Jan 24, 2014 - 9 answers

Shopping for a Gym. What do I look for?

After a year of half-assed solo weight lifting. I've decided to take the green's advice and tie my fitness to a specific activity. I'm thinking of joining a rock climbing/crossfit gym in my area. I've never been a member of a gym before (except during college), and I don't really know what to look out for and pay attention to while checking it out during the free trial. [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Jan 21, 2014 - 9 answers

How to hot yoga

I'm interested in trying a hot yoga class, but historically I've been one of those people that occasionally passes out from heat/humidity. Can (or should) I do this? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Jan 20, 2014 - 27 answers

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