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What is wrong with my ear?!

My ear, just my right ear, has been feeling full/ stuffy/ like it needs to pop for approximately three months now, and only the most extraordinary effort of willpower has kept me from clawing off one side of my head. The current best-guess diagnosis is TMJ issues, but no one knows, and my TMJ issues have been historically stubbornly persistent. Tedious explanation follows: [more inside]
posted by Alex Haist on Apr 11, 2016 - 15 answers

Lager Man vs. Mr. IPA

Is it healthier over the long-term to drink fewer strong beers or a few more weaker beers per sitting? Specifications inside. [more inside]
posted by the foreground on Apr 9, 2016 - 5 answers

Person in fragile health needs recommendations!

Asking for a friend: What are some gentle activities and general advice for a substantially overweight fortyish man in weak health who needs to turn things around? He has not received good support from doctors and his job does not permit him to take time off during clinic hours in any case. See inside! [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Apr 6, 2016 - 19 answers

How To Convince Parents Not to Bring Their Sick Kids

I'm a music teacher and I also have severe upper respiratory allergies. I try everything I can to work on them however, I feel some parents are not holding their end of the bargain. They tend to bring their seemingly healthy child into a lesson when they're actually sick. I keep getting ill as a result and as a professional singer, I can't afford to get sick. I want to make a notice detailing what is sick before their child runs into a lesson. How should I address this issue? [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Apr 5, 2016 - 26 answers

What are the best web exercise resources

Where should I go to find out what exercises I should do to tone and build muscle? I am getting conflicting information. [more inside]
posted by emmatrotsky on Apr 2, 2016 - 4 answers

Any good, scientifically-accurate media on retrograde amnesia?

Open to fiction and nonfiction; books, documentaries, podcast episodes, news articles, etc. Nothing that puts me to sleep, please. Would prefer newer works informed by the latest science and works that are more personal, emotional, and detailed, rather than removed, dry, and general. Also, while I realize anterograde amnesia is much more common, I'm really only interested in retrograde amnesia. What caused the RA does not matter.
posted by iamfantastikate on Apr 2, 2016 - 2 answers

Why do I have crap lungs?

Inspired by this post - I have breathing problems when exercising that I don't think are asthma. Has anyone else ever had an issue like this and if so, what is it called and how do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Apr 1, 2016 - 7 answers

OK to exercise on an empty stomach?

I have never been able to eat in the mornings. 5 days a week I do an hour of some form of exercise on an empty stomach and do not eat until a few hours afterwards. Is this unhealthy? Should I be forcing myself to eat before and/or after working out, and if so, what should I eat? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Mar 31, 2016 - 25 answers

Possible causes of my outbreak of aphthous ulcers

(standard YANMD) I've had on and off aphthous ulcers my entire life since I was very young, they are not something new to me. But for the past 2-3 months, I've had them continuously. As soon as one starts to fade, a new one shows up. This is new, and it's driving me insane. I cannot think of what's caused this change, and I'd appreciate help brainstorming what I could investigate. [more inside]
posted by Cozybee on Mar 30, 2016 - 24 answers

Health Insurance

How do I get my spouse on Premera health insurance and drop Apple Health [more inside]
posted by stepup on Mar 28, 2016 - 1 answer

Is it OK to take a break from my education?

Mental health issues are derailing my education. I feel extreme pressure to stay in school. Logic is telling me I should take a break but I have no idea what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 28, 2016 - 17 answers

How to run pain free

Since 2013, when I had hip arthroscopy, anytime I run I get a calf cramp. This is is either temporary that basically stops when Im done running, to basically a calf strain that will last weeks. I love doing triathlons and can overtrain the swimming and cycling to build endurance and such, but I'd love to be able to run pain free again. [more inside]
posted by bigbadbehr on Mar 25, 2016 - 6 answers

Help me get more sleep

I've had insomnia for years. Decades. I've talked to doctors, tried prescription meds, tried over the counter meds, changed my diet, changed my exercise, worked on sleep hygiene, and had a sleep study. I still need more sleep. [more inside]
posted by instamatic on Mar 19, 2016 - 34 answers

Who can translate my MRI brain scan?

Hi, I had an MRI brain scan a couple of months ago because I was feeling some odd sensations in the right side of my brain and became concerned. My doctor ordered an MRI and so I went and got the results. The problem is that there was no real followup discussion about it other than the findings were "nonspecific". Should I be concerned? What kind of doctor can interpret the results for me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 18, 2016 - 12 answers

Missing hunger!

Help a small girl out by suggesting ways to stimulate her appetite. [more inside]
posted by opalshards on Mar 17, 2016 - 15 answers

What happens when you quit exercising, or 'detrain'?

I have been a daily exerciser (30-90 minutes on average, mixed cardio/strength/yoga) for a decade. I'm currently recovering from a month-long exercise rut/detraining - in other words, very little exercise due to a number of issues I'm already working to overcome - and am now curious: other than the infamous muscle loss and fat gain, what other major physiological changes start to take place after a few weeks without regular exercise? [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Mar 16, 2016 - 12 answers

Need my Knee

I know, YANAD, but I'm wondering if this knee thing is worth a doctor visit, or if a brace is enough -- and suggestions on what brace to use. [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown on Mar 14, 2016 - 5 answers

New Zealand Salary Deductions

In the UK an employee's salary is subject to deductions – national insurance, income tax at varying brackets etc. How does this compare to New Zealand? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 on Mar 12, 2016 - 13 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

Will a slight allergy to "superfood" powders get better?

I've been adding this superfood powder to smoothies lately for breakfast and would like to continue to, but I seem to have a little bit of an allergy to something in it, perhaps grass pollen? My question is, is this inherently dangerous if it's only been a bit of a passing irritant, or will it actually improve with consistent repeated exposure (like with allergy shots)? [more inside]
posted by Raichle on Mar 11, 2016 - 24 answers

Elder care for an aunt with schizophrenia. Help me stay sane!

Elder care for an aunt with schizophrenia. Help me stay sane! [more inside]
posted by Sal and Richard on Mar 6, 2016 - 5 answers

Orthostatic Hypotension's Got Me Down

My ability to get out of bed and get ready for work is inhibited by frequent dizzy spells. Almost every time I stand I have to sit again or lean against a wall until it passes, and sitting on my bed often turns into lying down/sleeping again. Dizzy spells happen at all times of day but less frequently and usually less severe. Looking for suggestions to reduce the frequency or severity of my morning episodes. [more inside]
posted by good lorneing on Mar 4, 2016 - 22 answers

Traveling to Managua for work, any tips and/or advice?

I got stuck with a work trip to Nicaragua, and have to admit that I'm a little concerned about the safety aspect among other things. Any tips or advice to stay safe and not worry so much? [more inside]
posted by photo guy on Feb 27, 2016 - 8 answers

What can we do to help my (nearly) mother in law with her hospital stay?

My partner's mother (can I call my long term partner's mother my mother in law if we're not married?) has to be in hospital for several weeks for a stem cell transplant, confined to one room. We're obviously raiding our bookshelves for her and will visit as much as possible, but what else can we do to help her along? More details below. Input from mefites who have undergone or know people who have undergone similar treatment would be much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Dext on Feb 26, 2016 - 15 answers

What blood tests should I get for low libido, lethargy and brain fog?

A few years back, I noticed a real dip in energy and libido with additional feelings of brain fog and depression/anxiety. What blood tests are worth checking? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Feb 26, 2016 - 22 answers

What's the skinny on spliffs?

A friend of mine, who is someone I might potentially want to date, rolls and smokes a spliff every day before going to bed (and occasionally up to 3 or so on special occasions). I don't know anyone else who smokes this way, and I'd like to learn more about the effects of this kind of smoking, both because I have been joining in when I am with my friend, and because I want to know what I'm getting into if I try to date this person. Specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 23, 2016 - 18 answers

Vitamins and supplements worth taking?

Which vitamins and supplements, if any, are worth actually taking on a regular basis? No snow-flaky details here, just a regular, out-of-shape, delivery food-eating, occasional exerciser who sits in an office all day. [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty on Feb 18, 2016 - 25 answers

Need a site that focuses on diagnosis of really difficult cases.

I am writing this while at the Mayo clinic trying to find a diagnosis for my father who is very ill. After 2-3 misdiagnosis all from extremely reputable and knowledgeable doctors my family is nearing the end of our rope. I feel like we need a bulletin board or way of posting to a site where you can get informative off-the-cuff opinions from health detectives like the New York Times Diagnosis section. Another example is this DIY geneticist who found her gene mutation by seeing a photo of an Olympic medalist, link to Pro Publica story here which is fascinating. Is there anywhere to post a medical story and perhaps get some interesting new leads? With immense love and thanks, ejourdan
posted by ejourdan on Feb 16, 2016 - 6 answers

Ideas for reducing health insurance costs in the UK

My elderly parents health insurance costs have now become unaffordable. Are there any ways of reducing this cost without significantly reducing the coverage currently offered to them? [more inside]
posted by fernbritton on Feb 7, 2016 - 13 answers

What to expect when you're . . . a gal getting up there.

I'm looking for anecdata about, basically, the different things that start going wrong in your body at different ages. So that they aren't COMPLETE surprises to me when they show up. Examples might be: "Dad started to develop incontinance at age 79" and "my nose hairs turned grey and started to need extra trimming at age 63". [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 6, 2016 - 80 answers

What are your favorite health innovation podcasts?

I've enjoyed Tim Ferriss, Bulletproof Radio, Extreme Health Podcast and ReWild Yourself with Daniel Vitalis. What are some other good podcasts that address innovative/cutting edge health & science stuff? A little woo is OK.
posted by falcon42 on Feb 4, 2016 - 6 answers

How dangerous is the Porter Ranch methane leak to someone with asthma

If someone with asthma will be driving through the region, specifically: southbound on I-5, then east on I-10, how dangerous is the Porter Ranch methane leak to that person? I can't find any good information on exactly how widespread the methane is and in what concentrations it is on the I-5.
posted by MarioM on Jan 29, 2016 - 4 answers

Maintaining An Out-Of-State Health Insurance Policy

I used to live in CT, where health insurance is cheap and great. A couple of years ago, I moved to NY (state, not city), where coverage is expensive and lousy. So I've maintained my old CT policy (Anthem), using a home address that's actually a mail drop. Am I living dangerously? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Jan 29, 2016 - 13 answers

Useful Guidance for An Unexpected Loss

I emailed my therapist for an appointment, and it bounced. When I googled her to see if contact info changed, the first link was her obit (Nov 2015). My therapist died. I just found out, and I am pretty wrecked. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser on Jan 28, 2016 - 11 answers

Menopause: Not with a bang but with a whimper?

I know, you're not my doctor. But is this what menopause / perimenopause looks like, or something else? [more inside]
posted by my left sock on Jan 27, 2016 - 12 answers

Did I hurt my penis by using a cock ring?

I have an odd feeling in the head of my penis. Should I be worried or is it no big deal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 26, 2016 - 4 answers

My Fitness Frenemy

I have started and quit My Fitness Pal so many times, but this time I am determined to make it work for me. Please help me use it without so much aggravation! Questions inside... [more inside]
posted by carlypennylane on Jan 24, 2016 - 13 answers

Anecdotal Feedback on ACA Exchange Health Insurance

Thinking of dropping spouses' employee-sponsored health insurance for an exchange plan due to high monthly premium cost. For people who have switched, were you happy in doing so? Were there issues to be aware of in switching? [more inside]
posted by Gingercat on Jan 23, 2016 - 10 answers

NY Medicaid woes

When I turned 26 a few weeks ago, I was summarily dropped from the health insurance my mother gets through her job ( I was eligible to stay until 26 b/c of a disability). Now, I'm facing a nightmarish bureaucracy trying to get enrolled in managed care before the 31st. Help me shovel some snowflakes out of my way so I can actually do this right. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jan 19, 2016 - 10 answers

How likely am I to be given an exemption to the ACA penalty?

I did not have health insurance for the last 8 months of last year. How likely am I to be granted an exemption to the penalty I'd normally face when it comes time to file my taxes? [more inside]
posted by Venadium on Jan 19, 2016 - 6 answers

Birth debrief- helpful?

I'm looking for experiences with birth debriefs and whether people found them particularly helpful. [more inside]
posted by threetwentytwo on Jan 13, 2016 - 10 answers

Should I ditch my bike commute and walk instead?

I'm trying to look at my commute in terms of best fitness bang for the buck. Biking gets me there faster, but it probably delivers zilch fitness-wise. Help me look at this differently. [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on Jan 8, 2016 - 13 answers

"Why am I so fat?"

I am what is apparently referred to as "skinny fat", meaning I carry most of my fat on my belly and have a high waist-to-hip ratio. I guess this is unhealthy (in addition to generally being unattractive). [more inside]
posted by a strong female character on Jan 7, 2016 - 39 answers

Upgrade my bean bowl and noodle soup! (No sugar and salt edition)

I've been trying a no sugar/complex carbohydrates diet by dumping vegetables and canned salmon together with beans in a bowl, or dumping vegetables and canned salmon together with shirataki noodles in a bowl and then pouring in hot water. This gets old, fast. What are some ways to simply upgrade the taste of my meals, without added sugar, simple carbohydrates, or too much added salt? [more inside]
posted by facehugger on Jan 5, 2016 - 21 answers

Can you help me explain diabetes to a cranky old guy?

Family member (FM), mid-seventies, healthy (some mild arthritis), stubborn. Talked into getting blood work and doctor exam because of family history of kidney problems. Kidneys are great, everything is great, except his blood sugar levels. Doctor says "diabetic," FM very resistant to diagnosis, doctor unable to explain in a way he can understand. I'm the one he talks to most freely, so ... how do I explain this when I don't understand it very well myself? Seeking explanations, and sources if possible. [more inside]
posted by kestralwing on Jan 4, 2016 - 21 answers

Cancer After-care

My dear cousin is in Durango, Mexico and is recovering from breast cancer. She's had some standard treatment, but she has questions. [more inside]
posted by kamikazegopher on Jan 4, 2016 - 4 answers

Um. So, Do Normal People Get Pimples on Their Scalp?

I pretty much always have at least one hair follicle on my head that's all plugged up with dead skin or full of backed up sebum or just generally gross and disgusting. I know this because I have trichotillomania. How can I keep my scalp healthier (and therefore keep my compulsions under check)? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Jan 4, 2016 - 27 answers

Feelings of inferiority are messing with my mental health. What to do?

Some years ago a psychologist conned me into taking an IQ test. If that weren't bad enough, my test subscores ended up being, for the most part, horrible—nearly bad enough to put me into a percentile in which the 'intellectually impaired' are a part of. Though deep down inside I'm not convinced I'm the dolt I am on paper, these results have really fucked with my head and have made me spend much time questioning my intelligence. Really, all these results have done for me is lower my confidence and cause me a great deal of depression and anxiety that sometimes gets so out of hand that it leaves me feeling suicidal. And this I very well knew could happen. And I knew that receiving less-than-stellar results was highly possible due at least in part to my anxious nature which makes it hard for me to focus when around others. And I knew this would ruin me; and ruin me it has. Now the question is: can the damage be undone? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 3, 2016 - 40 answers

Six months of health coach + Power of Habit = superwoman?

My Christmas present to myself is six months of a health coach who is also a registered dietitian. I recently fell in love with The Power of Habit. I would like suggestions on how to maximize the next six months to build healthy habits that will net real health and fitness changes now and stick with me over the years. [more inside]
posted by instamatic on Dec 30, 2015 - 4 answers

Suicidal Nephew Possibly Moving In - No Job, No GED, No Car

My 18-year-old nephew tried to commit suicide two months ago, right before his birthday. At that time, and a couple times a couple years ago, my husband and I offered to let him come live with us. His mom wouldn't let him before he turned 18, and, after his suicide attempt, he chose to continue living with his mom. His mom just quit her job to move out of state, and the consensus has been that he'll come live with me and my husband. I've been open to it, until this past week or so. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 29, 2015 - 87 answers

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