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Who Whacked Cheeseburger Brown?

Appropriate steps to take in light of a credible death threat? [more inside]
posted by CheeseburgerBrown on Jan 9, 2008 - 25 answers

Victorian illness

What is the 19th Century illness that disfigures Esther Summerson of Dicken's Bleak House? [more inside]
posted by oneirodynia on Jan 6, 2008 - 9 answers

Shouldn't I be all better now?

I puked my guts out on New Year's on my way back to my car. I had nothing alcoholic to drink. I ate at Wendy's before the party. All day yesterday and this morning I still feel like I've got a lead brick in my stomach. How should I treat this at home? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Jan 2, 2008 - 23 answers

Did people really use ice packs?

In older films, ill people are sometimes shown with an ice pack on their head. Presumably to bring down a fever? Did people really do this back then, or is the ice pack merely a comedic signifier?
posted by R. Mutt on Dec 18, 2007 - 18 answers

Where to go in getting help with non-epileptic seizures.

Looking for resources on non-epileptic seizures. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 17, 2007 - 11 answers

They see dead people...

I recently read on a website somewhere, one person's account of an elderly relative dying. [more inside]
posted by Rabulah on Dec 11, 2007 - 3 answers

Why would a germ want to make me sick?

Why do bacteria and viruses make us sick? [more inside]
posted by serazin on Nov 10, 2007 - 30 answers

How can I help a friend who will be undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment for the next few months?

My friend's wife is recovering from breast cancer. They removed the tumor a couple weeks ago, and they found no sign that the cancer had spread to the lymph system. She's expected to make a full recovery. But in order to kill any remaining cancer cells, for the next 2 months she'll be undergoing chemotherapy, and then 1 month of radiation therapy afterwards. What can I do to make life easier and/or lift the spirits of her and her husband? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Oct 25, 2007 - 28 answers

I Want Him to be Sedated

Still crazy after all these years filter - what can be done about my dad? (long post following) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2007 - 14 answers

Sick in a foreign country

My stepfather is currently hospitalized in France, where he had a series of transient ischemic attacks this weekend while on vacation with my mother and sister. They were scheduled to fly home next week, though chances are high that will get postponed at least a few days on doctor's orders. I'm trying to be as much help as I can from an ocean away. What practical aspects of being hospitalized in a foreign country should I be thinking of / helping with? [more inside]
posted by Stacey on Oct 14, 2007 - 15 answers

Why is my son's teammate bald?

[Nosyfilter] What illness/condition would cause a little boy to lose his hair? [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling on Oct 13, 2007 - 20 answers

My cat is too freaked out to eat. What do I do?

My adopted cat is freaked out about her new home, and getting more freaked out with each passing day. Now I'm afraid she's so freaked out she's not even emerging to eat or drink. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Aug 15, 2007 - 20 answers

Can an air filter weaken your immune system?

Can an air filter weaken your immune system? [more inside]
posted by mwang1028 on Jul 29, 2007 - 7 answers

Keeping patients in the dark in Japan?

I'd like more information about the practice of not informing patients of the extent of their illness in Japan. [more inside]
posted by Espy Gillespie on Jul 13, 2007 - 18 answers

What to do when the doctors shrug their shoulders?

Diagnosis Filter: Looking for opinions of what might be wrong with my mom. (more inside - long) [more inside]
posted by Oriole Adams on Jul 12, 2007 - 12 answers

Diagnose a lifelong illness

Want to help diagnose my lifelong illness? [more inside]
posted by deeper red on Jul 3, 2007 - 13 answers

Should I submit by psychiatrist bills to my employer?

It's time to submit my out-of-pocket medical expenses to my employer for reimbursement under the pre-tax medical account program. All my receipts are for psychotherapy, psychotropic medication, and other indicia of mental illness. Is it professionally "safe" for my employer to have this stuff? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 26, 2007 - 15 answers

Experience with canine distemper?

Sadfilter: Does anyone have experience with canine distemper? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican on Jun 24, 2007 - 10 answers

Who to see and how to explain a strange turn in health?

In recent months, I think I have experienced a significant decline in my health and I am not sure what to do. I have been exhausted hardly able to stand up straight, my tremors have become excessive, my legs even shake now and sometimes I worry about falling over, more and more I forget the simplest of words (e.g., "shirt"), and I feel befuddled and slow. I have seen a neurologist . . . [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 4, 2007 - 14 answers

Can we avert disaster? (mental-illness-legal-issues filter)

My adult brother with various mental health issues (living at home with my parents in the Chicago area – near north suburbs) keeps going off and doing self-destructive...and illegal stuff. It’s getting worse, and it can’t go on. We’re clueless and scared. Help us, HiveMind! So much [more inside]
posted by shelbaroo on May 26, 2007 - 16 answers

IBS help, PLEASE!

What's the best way to deal with a terrible disease called IBS? ( Irritable bowel syndrome) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 18, 2007 - 31 answers

Help me be a supportive friend when I don't feel the love in return

I have a friend who's husband is going in for heart surgery tomorrow. He is a young guy, about 30 years old, He is an extremely athletic outdoorsy type of person, (helicopter skiing, mountain biking, workouts at least 3x a week) He is also one of those guys that don't want any one to visit or call and hates medication, hospitals, doctors. So this is not going to be fun for him, or for his wife. I wanted to know in the hives opinion what I can do to support, say, give during all of this. [more inside]
posted by brinkzilla on Apr 30, 2007 - 12 answers

Too many meds? Or something worse?

Traveling health filter: I'm asking this for a friend who is working way...way...wayyyyyy out in the mountain regions of Pakistan with no access to proper health care at the moment. Definitely not for the squeamish... [more inside]
posted by lil' ears on Apr 23, 2007 - 6 answers

How should people find out about my breast cancer?

What should my coworkers tell people who ask where I am when I'm home recuperating after surgery? [more inside]
posted by kendrak on Apr 2, 2007 - 25 answers

Sick since Nov. How do I get the doctor to pay attention?

I've been sick since November. My doctor seems less than concerned. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Biblio on Mar 21, 2007 - 44 answers

How to help a friend with mental health problems

How can I help a friend with mental illness? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 20, 2007 - 16 answers

What could be causing my eyeballs to spasm uncontrollably?

What can cause random eyeball spasms when brain abnormalities and eye disorders have been ruled out? [more inside]
posted by christie on Mar 8, 2007 - 14 answers

How to soothe a man in the twilight of his life, with literature?

What is a good book to buy for a bright, elderly man who: a.) has probably read everything, and, b.) is experiencing some level of despair due to his rapidly deteriorating body (he has motor neuron disease)? [more inside]
posted by mjao on Mar 8, 2007 - 31 answers

How to make a child comfortable around those that are different from them

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]
posted by MrMulan on Mar 2, 2007 - 32 answers

Palliatives for the common cold?

An elementary question: I've got a cold. What remed(ies) should I take to feel better? [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Feb 20, 2007 - 41 answers

Sick kitty needs nose to work again.

Tips for getting a sick pussycat on a feeding tube to eat by mouth again (and a cautionary tale)? [more inside]
posted by Scram on Jan 26, 2007 - 34 answers

Dog with mysterious pain -- what should I expect?

Dog in sudden, mysterious pain. Going to see the vet as soon as possible, but want to be as prepared as I can be. [more inside]
posted by treepour on Jan 25, 2007 - 13 answers

Mental health and family

Adult sibling with mental health problems living with parent. How to help from afar? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 9, 2007 - 7 answers

My refrigerator runneth over

EtiquetteFilter: I had surgery last week and my lovely, sweet friends have signed up to bring a home cooked meal each night until the 29th of December. How do I get them to stop? [more inside]
posted by LoriFLA on Dec 20, 2006 - 34 answers

Sick widdle puddy tat.

What the heck was wrong with my mom’s cat? [more inside]
posted by weirdoactor on Dec 8, 2006 - 7 answers

Plus, I can't giggle like a schoolgirl either

I think I may have seriously screwed up my voice. How do you know the difference between a temporary weird voice and long term damage? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Dec 7, 2006 - 10 answers

What is this documentary?

What is this documentary?: High flying advertising executive tragically becomes a homeless due to mental illness. [more inside]
posted by rocco on Nov 25, 2006 - 6 answers

Any help for constipated cat?

Mom's older Siamese cat has unusual ailment for over 1yr. Anal opening spasms shut causing backup necessitating repeat deostipations by vet. Any other suggested treatments? [more inside]
posted by swiffa on Oct 10, 2006 - 8 answers

Paranoia!!!!!

help me with my paranoia! as its making me terribly unhappy. [more inside]
posted by angelmouse3003 on Oct 10, 2006 - 18 answers

How to cheer up my BF?

How do I cheer up my SO? He just found out that his dad is in hospital following a hemmorhage. [more inside]
posted by barrakuda on Oct 6, 2006 - 10 answers

"Obnoxious" isn’t quite it either

Is there a word to describe a person who repeatedly becomes convinced that someone else is sick with various obscure ailments, based on flimsy or imagined evidence? [more inside]
posted by jessicapierce on Sep 26, 2006 - 13 answers

Can I work out when I'm sick?

Can I still work out when I've got a cold? How much exercise is too much when you're sick?
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Sep 18, 2006 - 9 answers

What can I do while I recover from surgery?

Do you have ideas for things I can do while recovering from surgery and confined to bed for 10 days? [more inside]
posted by muse on Sep 11, 2006 - 32 answers

How can I stop my concerns about declining health?

How can I stop my concerns about declining health? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 29, 2006 - 4 answers

Anxiety over medical condition?

I've had a lifelong heart issue that's really never been a problem, but I find myself as I head towards my 30s growing more and more concerned with it and it's come to cause daily anxieties over imminent and horrible death, etc. Sometimes the anxiety is mild and sometimes it is of the stomach-churning, dark visions variety. I see a cardiologist on a regular basis and get good reports and generally feel as though I am in good hands, but I still cannot stop this mounting anxiety and fear of calamity and it's starting to hinder my ability to enjoy life. I am wondering if anyone has similar experiences and perhaps tips on how to combat this kind of anxiety. I do suffer from anxiety in general - who doesn't? - but I feel that this issue has become a focal point.
posted by anonymous on Aug 10, 2006 - 12 answers

Terminal illness and credit card debt

Suppose you have a terminal illness, and only have a few months to live. What's to keep you from running up huge credit card bills. Can the creditors make the next of kin pay up?
posted by jpoulos on Jul 17, 2006 - 31 answers

Available treatment facilities for mental illness

MentalHealthFilter: To try and sum up a fairly long and complicated issue: My brother, 23, is diagnosed as bipolar. It's been an uphill battle ever since he was admitted to the psych hospital at 11/12 years old. Although his diagnosis and medications have switched many times, nothing seems to work. [more inside]
posted by unsigned on Jul 10, 2006 - 5 answers

Why does my cough get worse at night?

Why do I only cough at night? [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Jul 8, 2006 - 14 answers

TB? To test or not?

Do I need to get a TB test? [more inside]
posted by MrC on Jun 28, 2006 - 16 answers

How to determine health risks of living at a particular address

How can I tell how dangerous pollution in a specific area is to my health? [more inside]
posted by jewzilla on Jun 22, 2006 - 5 answers

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