I went to a gastroenterologist recently who tentatively diagnosed me with Acetaldehyde Dehydrogenase Deficiency (which causes the so-called "asian" flush). I am caucasian with some Russian descent, and I do not get flushed when I drink. Are there any precedents for non-asian, non-flushing sufferers of this enzyme deficiency? Should I get a second opinion? [more inside]
I am in a weird phase of my life where I want to change some things. I have always been a rather antisocial person and for the first time ever I am dying to get out and be social. I am also wondering where I will end up and what my goals in life truly are. I also want to get healthier, eat better, be more productive. Truth is, I don't know where to start? [more inside]
My cousin is visiting from the US and her joints are hurting a lot. Since she is a visitor she has no OHIP or health insurance here. For someone who is medically uninsured, I need more information on (1) x-ray centers and (2) medical labs (for blood work) in the Toronto-Mississauga area. Also, I would appreciate your advice on any (3) good, inexpensive health insurance plans you know about. If you can help me with any of these it would be a great help.
My 87 year old mom is currently at the Psych ward in Fall River, RI. Her mental health has been deteriorating recently and we are looking into places that she might be comfortable at if and when she is no longer able to be at home in Wellfleet, Cape Cod with 24 hour care. [more inside]
I am one of those adults who had to emotionally take care of myself throughout my life due to mediocre parenting. Mom and Dad weren't hugely abusive, but they didn't seem to give a fuck about my brother and I. I'm coming out of a month where I went off my meds and I think I had a hypomanic episode followed by a giant crash. While I am now back on my meds and working with my therapist and pdoc, I am craving someone in my life who would take care of me emotionally. Someone who would understand where I was coming from and why I feel the way I do. The thing is, I do live in reality and know that's not possible for the immediate foreseeable future, if ever. What can I do to self-soothe and give myself that pampered feeling? How do I find someone who gets me? [more inside]
Scientifically I'm not sure what is going on but the doctor said I most likely broke a bone in my hand and I have am MRI in a couple days. (The x ray was inconclusive but he is 90 percent sure)I've got pain meds and am trudging along. I'm tring to adjust to my new one hand lifestyle as it is in a cast. [more inside]
I ended up in the ER on Thursday night with horrible stomach pain, lower left quadrant. After being scanned inside and out and subjected to other personal indignities I won't describe in detail (promise), I was diagnosed with acute diverticulitis. What happens now? [more inside]
My cousin is an early-thirties chronic sloth. Although he does go out on occasion and he walks from time to time, to say that he is not an exercise person is the understatement of the year. Any ideas on how to get him started on an exercise regiment that doesn't involve people or mornings and is relatively easy to do? [more inside]
I suffered a concussion 10 days ago and am still feeling some symptoms. Tomorrow I am supposed to be in a car for four or more hours in total. Is this safe? What are the guidelines for being an automobile passenger post-concussion? [more inside]
With the help of a dietitian, I've been doing quite well in my effort to eat healthier and lose some weight. However, I need some more snack ideas before I get too bored of what I've got! [more inside]
What can I do to minimize my risk of postpartum mental illness? If I can't completely prevent it, I'd at least like to catch and treat it as early as possible. [more inside]
My income has changed but I don't want to switch to Medicaid. Will I just receive health tax credits on next year's tax return? [more inside]
Had a good cardio exercise routine for four years. Blood pressure and pulse rate were healthy and constant. Stop the cardio routine and change to power lifting with occasional walking. Two years into the new (cardio free) exercise routine, blood pressure and pulse are the same. Health is good, diet constant, stress constant...all variables the same over the six year period.
where you can test/improve your own knowledge/skills gaps? I read a lot of books and go through this whole convoluted process of underlining/going back etc... but I honestly feel like I remember/really take in so little. I have a bit of time and want to refesh/enhance my knowledge/skills/confidence. [more inside]
Help me support my teen daughter with her health efforts... [more inside]
I recently read Finding Ultra by Rich Roll and was interested in make some changes similar to him in that I would like to go vegetarian or possibly Vegan. I purchased a few books, and was wondering how others have done with transitioning to a vegan diet? I'm hoping that eating more healthy will get me out of this rut that I am in. For those of you have gone vegan, did you learn to cook several meals before you made the change, or did you do something different? [more inside]
I received an acceptance letter for medicaid, and they want me to chose a managed care plan (MCP) in my region. There are 5 choices, how do I know the difference and which one is right for me? Which one is best? [more inside]
Thinking about what I would like to go back to school for and the thing that I find myself most passionate about is women's health. Specifically I would like to perform abortions in a safe manner for as many women as possible. [more inside]
There are spas and massage parlors, and some gyms offer yoga, but the focus on those seems to be physical relaxation (resting the nerves/staying flexible). The focus is more mental relaxation, for example via aromatherapy, meditation, and breathing techniques. Thanks for sharing your feedback. [more inside]
I need a new doctor in Brooklyn or Manhattan. Can you recommend one? [more inside]
I feel like I've tried everything and am at my wits end. [more inside]
Fruit juice is confusing. How do I figure out what's healthy versus what's not, and what about natural sugar? Even though the juices I'm using don't have sugar added, there's natural sugar, right? Are 3 pints of fruit juice and carbonated water each night, spread out between 7pm and midnight, bad for me? [more inside]
The provider of my baby's flat head fixing helmet submitted an insurance claim but it has not yet processed. If we quit treatment, will the provider tell the health insurance company? Will we have to pay the full amount out of pocket? [more inside]
I eat pretty well, but I eat mostly the same stuff every day. Recently, my joints have started cracking a bit, and I'm wondering if mixing up my diet would help bring different nutrients to the body's hard workin' part. I'm 40, male, physically active, and am usually pursuing some kind of bodywork or therapy like Active Release Technique to keep everything cooperating. I have pretty good nutrition, but I want to mix it up. I'm open to supplements, too, but lean towards evidence-based suggestions that won't break the bank. [more inside]
I will admit up front that this is a vague, cerebral kind of question. I'm not sure how to make it less so at this point, so if you can wade through, I'd really appreciate it. Wall-o-text ahoy. [more inside]
For the past few months, I've found it very hard to run. Slowing down (a lot) helped the problem out but it still pops up occasionally. Lately I've been wondering if it's my heart. And yes, I want you to listen to a long recitation of my symptoms and problems. [more inside]
As I am now in a relationship and have some money, I have been looking at taking mixed martial arts classes and/or kickboxing classes, but I feel compelled to take these classes regardless of whether nor not I like them. [more inside]
I had a health scare and a physician in an emergency room misdiagnosed me. What should I do? (a question especially for the md's here) [more inside]
How to get those health care dollars? [more inside]
There must be a simple way thru a desktop widget or chrome extension to display the step count (and perhaps other daily data) from my fitbit on my windows 7 desktop or my Google Chrome browser toolbar, but I can't seem to find it. Does anybody know how to do this? thank you so much!
Long Story not soo Short. Spouse had long history of sinus infections - always causing time off from work - lots of antibiotics prescribed. This past early spring Dr convinced spouse to have sinus surgery and that spouse would be back to normal in like two weeks. After surgery recovery did not go well and in addition to add'l sinus infections that needed more antibiotics spouse was also treated a couple of times with prednisone (nasal sprays, etc.). Things really never really improved - after a few weeks started experiencing shortness of breath and chest tightness. This was not at all present before surgery. Battery of tests have been performed - everything from lung clot to asthma to now cardiomyopathy have been tossed around. And lots of tests have been performed with lots of specialists. It has now been three months and we are no closer to finding out root cause. [more inside]
Is there any nutritional value in unripe berries, such as raspberries or blackberries? Is there any negative health consequences for consuming any unripe berries? [more inside]
I am doing research on health disparities, and health equity. I would like to find out when the following terms were first used in the US, or in what fields/disciplines: Health Disparities, Health Inequities, Health Inequalities. I would also like to find references to historical works which talk about these concepts, although not using the exact phrases. The earliest mention of health disparities I have found thus far, with a reference librarian, is 1991 Whitehead. Although I know the term has been employed prior to this date. I also know that W.E.B DuBois has written about about health differences experienced by blacks in Philadelphia as compared to whites. And Engels has written about inequalities due to SES. However, I would like more sources, and the reference librarian and I are stumped. At this point, we are not finding what I am looking for in articles and therefore the reference librarian suggested I started looking in books, we are just not sure where to start. Thanks Hivemind! Any creative ideas to find this information are much appreciated!
My partner, who I love dearly, has Adult ADD, which means, among many symptoms, he gets "stuck" at work and has trouble transitioning out of work projects. If he is particularly engaged in work this means he does not come home until 10 p.m. or later. Sometimes he pulls all-nighters at the office. Spouses of ADD partners, how do you create your own routine in the midst of disarray? I don't want to assume he will fail -- i.e. not expect him home until after 11 p.m. -- but frequently that is what he does. It feels cold-hearted to assume I will be spending the evening alone, but if I am to make my own healthy habits, it seems I must make them solo. How do I create healthy habits in the midst of uncertainty? I want to encourage him to come home and spend time with me, but I'm aware that counting on him to be home and participate in shared activities sets me up to fail. Help me, hivemind (and any stories of thriving with an ADD spouse would be much, much appreciated!!). [more inside]
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!
I've heard that consuming products that have been smoked can increase cancer risk. I've recently started to regularly drink several cups a day of Lapsang Souchong, a smoked tea. I am an ex-smoker so I am concerned that my risk for certain cancers is already elevated. I am having difficulty finding information on if there are any potential cancer risks from drinking this tea and if so, if they are significant enough that I should consider cutting back the amount I am drinking.
I'm looking for examples of small lifestyle changes that will gradually help me to be healthier. [more inside]
I have been with my partner for over 5 years and know his family fairly well. A little over a year ago his brother's one year old daughter was diagnosed with cancer. His daughter, whom I consider as a niece even though my partner and I are not married, has now been battling cancer for over a year. It appears to be quite aggressive. When my sister-in-law calls to give me updates about their daughter's condition (or vice-versa), what can I say to be supportive and express that I care? More details inside. [more inside]
Looking for advice on finding a suitable therapist for some issues I'm having and just for a long term self improvement. I have been putting it off, but finally am at a space where I'm ready to find a good long term therapist. About a year ago I met with a therapist a few times but we didn't "click" plus I couldn't afford it at the time. Things I want to work on: [more inside]
On Saturday while kayaking in the bay, I experienced shortness of breath for about ten minutes, which then went away. The last time I’d experienced this feeling was nearly 20 years ago when I was 12, when I last had asthma. [more inside]
Where can I buy scrubs that fit me? I'm a tall, skinny guy (6' 1", 31" waist) and would like to buy several sets of scrubs in neutral colors. Suggestions of online sources, chain stores or local places (currently in the DC area) are all welcome.
I'm concerned about going in pregnant to my regular health provider without an understanding of what I might be up against if it turns out I might need an abortion. [more inside]
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]
I'm struggling with my routine as I am new to work life, details inside. [more inside]
Last week, after 5 months of unemployment and desperation I managed to get a minimum wage temp job through an agency. On my first day I was incredibly excited to have finally found a job, but quickly realised that I hate it. It's a data entry position, inputting handwritten inventory data into a database. Basically the job is incredibly tedious, there is no variety, I'm doing exactly the same repetitive task for 7.5 hours a day. I'm basically working by myself in an office with other people and can't really talk to anyone because it distracts me. I can't really leave to take a break because the office door is locked and someone has to let me in every time. They are nice to me though and tell me to take regular breaks but there is nowhere to go. [more inside]
I need to get more fit. Part of it has to be done by controlling my intake. I've had success in the distant past with gum. But now I'm worried about the non-sugar sweeteners that most use - sorbitol and xylitol. Should I be? [more inside]
I want to help a good friend who is far away and has some weird health problems. [more inside]
Buzzfeed published an extremely detailed "clean eating" plan the other day. Say what you will about so-called "clean eating", I don't really buy the idea of "detox" anyway. What I really liked was the level of detail included. I'd like to eat healthier and less processed food, but I need a lot of guidance. Most diet plans are general and include a few recipes here and there, but this plan was totally next level. Help me find similar plans. [more inside]
a series of issues giving me lots of annoying pains making me feel awful...Help me feel better [more inside]
Give me some ideas similar to Robin Robert's story! [more inside]