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Attack of the cold feet

I feel a bit stupid asking this, but this has been bugging me for a while: is there some illness that can affect women if they get cold feet? This sounds like an old wives tale, however my wife and mother-in-law get very animated about this, particularly with regard to our 8 year old daughter. Unfortunately I have never managed to get much more detail other than a vague mention of kidneys. My google-fu fails me with regard to even the mention of this as a myth, however I am willing to accept that there is some sort of feminine genitourinary complaint that men are not widely aware of. I would just be happier if I knew exactly what it was. [more inside]
posted by teselecta on Oct 11, 2011 - 19 answers

 

How do cohabiters deal with sharing of illness?

A new part of being in a relationship: sharing illnesses. Having some mental (as well as practical) difficulties with this. Special snowflake details below. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2011 - 29 answers

Tea and sympathy?

Help me be more empathetic/sympathetic. [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 on Sep 23, 2011 - 13 answers

Not quite le gripe?

Potential medical emergency filter - I need help translating the symptoms for dyssentery into French ASAP. (gross Medical TMI warning) [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Sep 15, 2011 - 11 answers

Should I tell my friend to get checked for a congenital disease?

Should I tell my friend to get checked for a congenital disease? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 3, 2011 - 20 answers

fear of the unknown

I'm 21, I might have MS, and the fear is making me go crazy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 2, 2011 - 24 answers

Is SMMU a SCAM?

Is SMMU a SCAM? [more inside]
posted by ~Sushma~ on Aug 30, 2011 - 15 answers

How can I stop being jealous of my sick friend?

My friend is sick. Really, truly ill. How can I support her while constantly dealing with my broken-brained issues regarding body image? [more inside]
posted by kataclysm on Aug 23, 2011 - 21 answers

Should I see a doctor?

Antibiotics filter: A few months ago, I took Clindomycin for a tooth infection. One of the potential side effects is Clostridium difficil, a type of colitis. Now I am sick and worried that it might be connected to the Clindomycin. Should I be worried and go to the doctor? Gross symptoms inside. [more inside]
posted by Equiprimordial on Aug 22, 2011 - 13 answers

"Life Alert" medical alarm necklace that doesn't call 911 without explicit permission??

Is there a "Life Alert" type medical alarm that doesn't call 911 without permission? My sick relative is terrified of being taken to the hospital against his will. [more inside]
posted by ROTFL on Jul 10, 2011 - 18 answers

Dating someone who has an illness

Dating someone who has an illness [more inside]
posted by dt2010 on Jun 19, 2011 - 10 answers

Dating with an invisible chronic illness

I divorced a couple of years ago. One of the contributing factors was that I came down with fibromyalgia.I've come to terms with it and live a pretty good life now within my limitatons. I'd like to be in a relationship and so I've put my profile online. [more inside]
posted by Jandoe on Jun 18, 2011 - 32 answers

Amazing dystopian animation needed. Thanks !

Dystopian short scifi animation film seen in the last year, about a man who is the last living member of dirty, trashy spaceship / plane that seems to have been abandonned a long time ago, and finds out that he is infected by the virus that killed his entire team. Then.. [more inside]
posted by Jireel on May 28, 2011 - 5 answers

Is it Oops I Crapped My Pants in here, or is that just me?

Is there such a thing as heat-induced diarrhea, is it a cause for alarm, and is there anything I can do to thwart it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 12, 2011 - 12 answers

Supporting a friend who may lose a pet

How to support and comfort a friend through the illness/loss of their pets? What helped you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 5, 2011 - 19 answers

ankylosing spondylitis information?

YANHD, but a male friend of a friend has just been diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis. She's done some research, but hasn't been able to find an answer to whether or not the disease will progress and get worse no matter what. Any stories, suggestions, links?
posted by needlegrrl on May 4, 2011 - 8 answers

BDSM and chronic pain

Pain you choose + pain you don't choose. Who is writing (either on the web or in print) about intersections of BDSM and chronic pain/illness? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 14, 2011 - 6 answers

My boyfriend just started chemo and I'm more than slightly terrified.

My boyfriend just started chemo and I'm more than slightly terrified. How do I deal with my fear and support him? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 4, 2011 - 14 answers

What is wrong with my cat's whiz factory?

Cat filter: My cat has idiopathic cystitis and I would love some advice on how to help her feel better. [more inside]
posted by apricot on Mar 2, 2011 - 11 answers

Poorly misinformed character

Name book and character, where character associates being ill with being interesting. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Feb 25, 2011 - 24 answers

Dispelling Brain Fog

How do you quickly dispel post-illness brain fog? [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues on Feb 14, 2011 - 12 answers

Can a (possibly stray) cat make my dog sick?

Can a (possibly stray) cat make my dog sick? [more inside]
posted by geeky on Feb 4, 2011 - 8 answers

What do I need to know about leaving my job on disability in the US?

What do I need to know about leaving my job on disability in the US? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 1, 2011 - 8 answers

One of those, "but you don't look sick" situations.

How do I explain to people the aftermath of what is probably due to mono? People (family, cute girls) keep brushing off my physical symptoms when I try to concisely explain that, even though I'm infinitely better than I was a couple months ago, my energy fuel tank still empties suddenly and unpredictably, and then I feel awful, freezing, aching, dizzy, and extremely sick until I sleep it off? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Feb 1, 2011 - 15 answers

Mystery illness is none of my business

What is an illness that is non-fatal, but would keep someone out of work for a year, and that they might be embarrassed about? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jan 31, 2011 - 41 answers

What am I now?

I recently became a homemaker without kids, and I'm feeling weird about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 28, 2011 - 50 answers

My Mind Is A Hot Mess, That Means It's Time For Grad School!

Bipolar, doing better, wanting to get an MBA... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2011 - 6 answers

Stop the Madness: Winter Illness Edition

How can my partner and I keep from getting each other sick over and over again? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Jan 5, 2011 - 14 answers

What to expect when diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and not getting treatment

My wife's grandmother has pancreatic cancer and is not getting treated. What can she (the grandmother) expect? [more inside]
posted by meta_eli on Jan 1, 2011 - 15 answers

Is outing panic disorder academic suicide?

Is outing panic disorder academic suicide? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 12, 2010 - 27 answers

Reign of blows.

Help me alleviate a noxious family dynamic. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Dec 11, 2010 - 31 answers

Quit my job, no new one, bad circumstances

I just quit my (bad) job and have no new job to go to. I know I need to be proactively seeking work but I'm suffering from confidence problems and bad personal circumstances and finding it difficult. Any tips or similar stories? [more inside]
posted by Franny26 on Dec 8, 2010 - 14 answers

Activities for a sick toddler needed

I need ideas for helping a toddler through four to six months of chemotherapy. [more inside]
posted by Rumple on Nov 22, 2010 - 41 answers

My father has just suffered a minor stroke, help me to confort him

My father has just suffered a minor stroke (a cerebrovascular accident) which caused him partial blindness on one eye. This is the first significant health related incident he ever had. His self-image was one of being a healthy person, so this event is causing him a lot of stress, in fact I believe he is in shock. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 19, 2010 - 8 answers

Is this an omen?

Wedding filter: An acquaintance and her husband recently sampled their anniversary cake (the one that spends the year after the wedding in the freezer). The groom got violently ill from the cake. Is there any mythology surrounding this tradition that will allow this possible omen to be interpreted correctly?
posted by Galen on Nov 8, 2010 - 30 answers

How do I cheer up my MIL? And how do I prepare my son for the worst?

My mother-in-law's lung and lymph cancer is spreading. Outlook is not good. I would love some ideas to cheer her up or show solidarity. I would also like resources for when the inevitable comes and I have to explain to my three-year-old why he won't ever see his grandmother again. [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Nov 4, 2010 - 10 answers

My dog just died and I need some answers (lengthy).

My dog just died and I need some answers. She was a 6 month old female stray. About 5 days ago, she became listless and weak - wanting to sleep whenever she could. In addition she felt quite feverish and she suffered from labored breathing - making a wheezing sound with each breath. [more inside]
posted by oxidizer on Oct 19, 2010 - 18 answers

Don't need no medicines

I thought I could get health insurance through my school. I can't. They don't offer it because they assume everyone has it through work or their parents. I can't afford COBRA. How do I shop for the best insurance for myself? What kind of insurance can I expect? How do I know which plans are useless? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 4, 2010 - 9 answers

How to help dementia and paranoia

My mother is suffering from dementia and interaction with her is becoming very difficult. Suggestions or advice please? [more inside]
posted by LastOfHisKind on Oct 3, 2010 - 17 answers

So many options . . .

I live and work in midtown Manhattan and was walking home from work today when I was stopped by a woman. I'd guess she was somewhere between 50 and 70 - yes, I'm terrible at estimating age. She was dressed well and conservatively. She told me I reminded her of someone she used to know, that she lived nearby, and wondered if I'd like to get lunch or dinner with her sometime later during the week. [more inside]
posted by slide on Sep 17, 2010 - 42 answers

Do health odds favor adoption?

My partner and I would like to raise a child. We both have hereditary illnesses in our families (diabetes, cancer, heart disease), and this is one reason we lean towards adoption. But it recently occurred to me (duh) adopted kids can have hereditary illnesses too. So is adoption really better odds in the disease gene pool? Ignoring other factors for a moment, if our only consideration for deciding to adopt or not was the likelihood of our child having (or less significantly, carrying genes for) hereditary illnesses, how bad would our genes need to be before adoption is clearly the better option? Are there specific types of adoption (e.g. international vs. American) that greatly improve the odds?
posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2010 - 21 answers

What is wrong with my husband?

Is my husband mentally ill, or just an asshole? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 23, 2010 - 38 answers

How can you support yourself when you can't work full-time?

How do you make money and support yourself with a debilitating illness? [more inside]
posted by AmitinLA on Aug 16, 2010 - 5 answers

My sinuses are broken.

Sinus congestion is making me very unhappy. What works for you? [more inside]
posted by littleflowers on Aug 13, 2010 - 25 answers

No more hospital bed

How to get a sex life back after illness? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 3, 2010 - 12 answers

How can I figure out if my uncle is really sick?

My uncle has cancer...allegedly, and our family members are rallying together to help him. How can I give without feeling like a sucker? [more inside]
posted by stedman15 on Jul 19, 2010 - 11 answers

Help me support my friend.

Searching for support groups in New York City, for young-ish adults who are coping with a sick parent. [more inside]
posted by blackcatcuriouser on Jul 14, 2010 - 1 answer

Dogs came home sick from kennel; now what?

Our dogs came home from the kennel with gastric issues - that's a deal-breaker, right? [more inside]
posted by SashaPT on Jul 11, 2010 - 19 answers

Sick or just and old fart?

Is my cat sick or just old? [more inside]
posted by MasterShake on Jul 5, 2010 - 16 answers

Learning how to trust your immune system

How do you cure a hypochondriac? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 23, 2010 - 14 answers

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