My favorite cousin is in a pretty serious health battle. She's vitally important to me, to my wife, and to my kid (her godson). We've always seen her at least monthly and called her every week or so. But now she's going through the fight of her life and she's not even always telling us when she's been hospitalized or is otherwise struggling. We want to find a way to step up our support for her without being intrusive or making any grim assumptions about her prognosis. How do we do that? [more inside]
Is there somehow less of a problem with Bacillus cereus in Japanese rice? I often see remarks like this one about not refrigerating onigiri, and about leaving rice in the rice cooker for hours if not days and continuing to eat it. The worst food poisoning I have ever had was from B. cereus, so I am hypersensitive to rice preparation and storage. [more inside]
It looks like I'll be discharged from my week-long stay in the hospital tomorrow. (Fingers crossed, knock on wood.) I've been treated for double pneumonia, chronic migraine, trigeminal neuralgia breakthrough pain, and severe constipation. This is the longest I've ever been hospitalized. I'm weak as a day old kitten. Still having pain from the migraine and TN. Still having difficulty pooping. Still short of breath. But they say I'm better enough to go home. Give me your best hacks, skills, and advice for transitioning home and having an easy recovery. [more inside]
Why do sriracha and harissa disagree with my digestive system, when many other spicy foods that also contain chiles and garlic do not? [more inside]
When I start to feel a cold coming on, the last thing I want to do is spend time and energy trying to figure out the best treatment approach. I am seeking a guide that will help me identify and self-treat common/mild illnesses (both attacking the root cause and alleviating symptoms) as well as indicate when it would be wise to see a doctor. I would prefer a printout rather than an interactive tool like WebMD.
A little over two weeks ago, I came down with what I suspect was norovirus. While the nausea and worst of it is long past, I still feel crappy. Some icky details inside. [more inside]
I know YANMD, but I am wondering if anyone has been told to cease using a space heater due to chronic pharyngitis or similar illnesses? [more inside]
What great art have you seen that addresses illness/healing/fertility loss? [more inside]
How can I stop a dry cough after cough syrup, cough drops, and various teas haven't helped? [more inside]
I really, really can't get sick right now. [more inside]
What did you do without removing your tonsils that helped reduce the frequency of your bouts of tonsillitis? [more inside]
How do you cure a hypochondriac? [more inside]
In what medical circumstances might someone with a terminal cancer diagnosis not appear obviously sick?
In what medical circumstances might someone with a terminal cancer diagnosis not appear obviously sick? [more inside]
I've had diarrhea and constant vomiting since last night. I can't even keep down water. What should I do to keep from getting dehydrated? [more inside]
I have bad luck with doctors and/or diseases. How do I regain trust in the medical profession? To what extent should I do so? [more inside]
Can a minor change in sleep schedule (as opposed to a reduction in sleep hours) make you sick? Or is her body just reacting badly to an increase in exercise? [more inside]
How do I expose my 2 1/2 year old son to people who have handicaps, or chronic illnesses like CP or MS? [more inside]
Why do I vomit so frequently? Is this out of the ordinary? [more inside]
I catch colds with alarming frequency- five or six times a year. If I make any sort of contact with somebody else who is sick, I can expect to have what they have within a day or two. I'm 21, HIV negative (recently tested and long abstinent), a vegetarian with a healthy diet, I excercise frequently and I take vitamins. I'm also currently taking Lexapro for depression. My question is twofold: first, what's wrong with me? Doctors insist that I'm fine. Second, what can I do to keep from getting sick so often in the future?
If you're sick with a common ailment (sore throat, flu, cold, barfing, etc), is it expected that you might sleep more? Does sleeping more really help your body to recover?
I've been sick with what I think of as a Short-Term Generic Debilitating Illness. What do you call it? And how do you beat it? [mi]
I've got the Toxic Death Flu. [more inside] [more inside]