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Just flu are you?

YANMDoctor. What are the chances that this recent illness was actually the flu? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jan 11, 2013 - 11 answers

Is my space heater making me sick or am I just unlucky this year?

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]
posted by Young Kullervo on Jan 2, 2013 - 13 answers

She doesn't want help, but I want to help her.

How to convince someone who may be schizophrenic to seek help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 24, 2012 - 9 answers

What to expect, and how to deal?

My mother was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in May this year. We've just been told she now has 6 months to live. Help me with what to expect. [more inside]
posted by sunshine arakhan on Dec 10, 2012 - 22 answers

As an adult, how do you decide when you're sick enough to go see a doctor?

As an adult, how do you decide when you're sick enough that you should go see a doctor? [more inside]
posted by colfax on Dec 6, 2012 - 29 answers

How do I help my wife who is bed ridden with stomach flu?

My wife has stomach flu. What can I do for her? [more inside]
posted by alshain on Nov 18, 2012 - 32 answers

Mind or body? What's up with these symptoms?

YANMD, but what could be causing these bizarre health issues in a previously (fairly) healthy twenty-year-old female? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by sarahgrace on Nov 15, 2012 - 28 answers

He already ate it

So almost two weeks ago, we picked up a box of chocolate kisses from a market in Germany. They are delicious egg white and sugar treats covered in chocolate. [more inside]
posted by monkey!knife!fight! on Nov 9, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me deal with my ADD/disorganization/goal setting problems.

I am unemployed. My disorganization, lack of goals and mental illness (ADD first and foremost) is taking a toll on my job hunt, and life in general. Fellow ADD'ers, what do you do to cope/deal? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2012 - 14 answers

Spouse with chronic illness - support for me.

I'm trying to find some kind of online support, such as a forum, for people whose SOs have chronic health problems. When googling for this, all I find are forums for people who are caretakers of their ill SOs. My husband can take care of himself for the most part, but his illness has a significant impact on our marriage. I'm trying to find others in similar situations. Any ideas? Many thanks in advance.
posted by michellenoel on Oct 31, 2012 - 15 answers

I'm looking for blogs where people suffering from illnesses share their experience.

Where can I find personal blogs from people suffering from illnesses? [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Oct 11, 2012 - 11 answers

How can I help my friend?

My friend is in a very bad way. She's had a painful breakup, and she has a long-term chronic illness that's tough to deal with. She's housebound, isolated, very unhappy and says she's thinking of suicide. What, if anything, can I do to help? [more inside]
posted by Catseye on Sep 27, 2012 - 8 answers

I need more information about advocating for myself in the American Health Care system

So this was me commenting a bit ago about how some views toward health care actually damage the lives of real people. And now I need advice, because the situation has grown so far out of my control and I think I’ll go out of my mind with worry. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Sep 26, 2012 - 52 answers

Travel Tips Needed

Travel for Dummies filter. I am in my early fifties and have rarely travelled. I'd love to do more of it, but have a few health/financial challenges. Can you give me your tips for how you make travelling as easy and rewarding as possible? Bonus points for suggesting possible low-cost destinations or ideas. [more inside]
posted by purplesludge on Sep 21, 2012 - 14 answers

What art have you seen that addresses illness, healing, or fertility?

What great art have you seen that addresses illness/healing/fertility loss? [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Sep 18, 2012 - 7 answers

New House Dizziness

I've recently moved into a new freshly renovated house. It has been over a week and I have been feeling spaced out, fuzzy with a slight inability to focus. Does anyone know what might be the cause of this? [more inside]
posted by ashaw on Sep 11, 2012 - 13 answers

What to do about a freeloading brother and an enabling mother?

What to do about a mentally unstable brother who's taking advantage of my elderly mother? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 27, 2012 - 8 answers

Is there anything I can do to help my ill friend?

My friend is ill with a condition that might be psychosomatic. She doesn't believe or trust her doctors, and she is continually diagnosing herself with new illnesses. What's the best way I can be supportive? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 22, 2012 - 22 answers

Family Ties

Relative robbed our grandma who has Alzheimer's... took $10,000 worth of gold belonging to me. Not the first time. What to do? [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish on Aug 15, 2012 - 21 answers

Is my hamster sick?

My dwarf hamster has dirty back and bottom, I immediately thought it was a case of wet tail having heard of the disease before but she shows no other signs of this or any other illness. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by wwax on Aug 14, 2012 - 7 answers

"In Sickness and Health" might not have been said but was always implied

He's sick and relying on me. I can't always be perfect in my responses or my inner most thoughts. Now what? [more inside]
posted by MCMikeNamara on Aug 12, 2012 - 31 answers

Online forums/support specific to health care professionals/students with major mental health diagnoses/problems?

Are there online forums/communities for support for medical professionals/students with serious mental health diagnoses? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 26, 2012 - 2 answers

Cheap Quirky Neighborhood in Los Angeles

I am looking to transplant to Los Angeles to take care of my mother who recently got very sick. I need to find an apartment for the two of us, but I have one constraint and one hope: 1) money problems are going to be a very big deal, so keeping rent cheap is a must, and it needs to be wheelchair-friendly. 2) I would like to be in some kind of artsy, young neighborhood, just so I can stay sane and keep this up for as long as possible. My mother is extremely abusive, and I would like to try to live an actual life as much as possible. I am still young, and a fun neighborhood would change the picture significantly. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 23, 2012 - 20 answers

sick of being sick, how to keep my chin up?

I'm sick and depressed and I don't know how to stop it [more inside]
posted by lifethatihavenotlivedyet on Jul 20, 2012 - 5 answers

Chicken thighs, you are so tasty, but I will regret this later!

Why does (dark) chicken meat sometimes (but not always) make me feel ill? Slightly TMI descriptions inside. [more inside]
posted by wholebroad on Jul 19, 2012 - 7 answers

Groups devoted to legalizing assisted suicide?

What is the leading nonprofit organization(s) devoted to promoting legalization of assisted suicide in US states? [more inside]
posted by amro on Jun 21, 2012 - 2 answers

How do I stop a cough when cough medicine doesn't work?

How can I stop a dry cough after cough syrup, cough drops, and various teas haven't helped? [more inside]
posted by mxmm on Jun 19, 2012 - 39 answers

Elderly grandparents and young children

How do I best manage a visit to my elderly/dying grandparents with my young children? [more inside]
posted by Lulu's Pink Converse on Jun 13, 2012 - 12 answers

Is "yes, but..." okay?

What are the rules of social engagement for people with unpredictable health issues? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2012 - 21 answers

Suddenly Charged with Caring for Parents in an Accident who Probably Are Driving Me Insane.

I'm suddenly caregiver for my mid-70's parents after a serious car accident, and I'm completely lost, and while I'm sympathetic, I want them the heck out of my house as soon as possible. [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Jun 7, 2012 - 22 answers

How do I get through the day with two autoimmune diseases?

Within the last month, I've been diagnosed with two autoimmune disorders. I'm tired, everything hurts, and my life is pure insanity right now. What are your hacks for getting what you need when life simply isn't giving them to you? What about from the ones you love? [more inside]
posted by your mom's a sock puppet on Jun 1, 2012 - 27 answers

A diet of Sudafed and Emergen-C?

I really, really can't get sick right now. [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on May 29, 2012 - 25 answers

Worried about my little sisters

I'm worried that my little sisters may be in an abusive situation, but don't know what's really going on or where I should go from here. [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Apr 26, 2012 - 18 answers

Numerous questions about Huntington's Disease

Multiple questions about Huntington's Disease... I'm researching a story that has a pregnant woman with Huntington's Disease. I've watched a bunch of videos on Youtube and read various sites but have not found answers to specific questions I have. [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Apr 24, 2012 - 12 answers

Help with a health question for an India traveler

India Travel Filter: Does my favorite girl have a mild case of Meningitis? Shes in northern India and has a mild rash, headaches, and some dizziness. [more inside]
posted by specialk420 on Apr 13, 2012 - 12 answers

Thou Shalt Lay Off

I need to word a kind and compassionate email (or phone call) to my mother. Can you help me do this? [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras on Apr 13, 2012 - 13 answers

How can I help myself when I don't deserve help?

How do I help myself when I feel like I don't deserve it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 11, 2012 - 17 answers

What is it like to have/witness the decline of/lose a dearly loved grandparent?

What is it like to have/witness the decline of/lose a dearly loved grandparent? [more inside]
posted by peppermintfreddo on Apr 10, 2012 - 19 answers

Research recommondations for syphilis and prostitution in 19th-century Vienna

Research-filter: Looking for reading recommendations on two topics: 1) syphilis in the 19th (and very early 20th) century, particularly tabes dorsalis, and 2) prostitution in Vienna during the same time period. (More broadly: the experience of serious and/or terminal illness during the same period; bonus points for information about women, particularly the emotional trauma of chronic pain, losing one’s beauty/youth/sexuality, etc.) [more inside]
posted by scody on Apr 9, 2012 - 17 answers

Tupac cares, if don't nobody else care

Staying positive when it seems like everything has gone wrong - snowflakes within [more inside]
posted by lifethatihavenotlivedyet on Apr 4, 2012 - 15 answers

How to support my partner in a time of fear?

[family support question] my partner's mom is sick. multiple autoimmune conditions, potentially cancer now. how can i best support my partner (on multiple levels)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 27, 2012 - 6 answers

cruelty

Is there anything illegal about being verbally abusive in a triggering way to someone with mental illness? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 25, 2012 - 14 answers

Oh boundaries boundaries boundaries

Relationship filter: New guy. His former flame. Her very bad medical condition. Wondering how to control my anxieties. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2012 - 17 answers

Good WFH jobs for someone with CFS-like health condition?

Good WFH jobs for someone with a health condition similar to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? [more inside]
posted by mungopark on Mar 5, 2012 - 3 answers

How can I best support my in-laws given very different communication styles?

Looking for some advice as to how to handle an impending death in the family I married into and with whom I am very close. While I come from a family that talks about everything, my husband comes from a family that talks about most things, but not at all about health issues and death. I would like to be able to support them in the days and weeks ahead but I have no idea how to navigate within their framework. [more inside]
posted by mireille on Mar 3, 2012 - 6 answers

Five-year-old on third day of vomiting and belly pain -- stomach virus?

Five-year-old on his third day of vomiting with stomach flu? [more inside]
posted by palliser on Feb 22, 2012 - 30 answers

Celebrity culture and tragedy.

In the wake of Whitney Houston's death, I find myself thinking about the grotesque confluence of celebrity, addiction, mental illness and (frequently but not necessarily) death. I'd like to understand it better. Who has explored this thoughtfully, whether in essay, book, film, television, whatever?
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas on Feb 12, 2012 - 17 answers

How do I relearn how to focus? How do I relearn how to learn?

How do I get back into the swing of programming and coding regularly when I can't concentrate and can't find the motivation? Long, continuing illness has made me out of practice and lacking in energy and concentration. [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux on Jan 28, 2012 - 13 answers

Argh help me deflect questions about my health at work

I used my health as an excuse for something being late. This was a mistake. The door has opened to a question about the status of my health from someone who is my superior, but *not* my manager. How can I deflect their question? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 23, 2012 - 11 answers

How to help/contact a long distance friend with mental illness?

I have a dear old friend who lives on the other side of the country. He has a history of moderate paranoia/schizophrenia, and he was incarcerated for about a year as the result of an episode of illness. He's disconnected his phone, and I'm trying to figure out how to get in contact with him. [more inside]
posted by mikeand1 on Jan 17, 2012 - 18 answers

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