I am fairly certain I have an inguinal hernia. How do I get back into intense exercise while avoiding injury? [more inside]
posted by wastelands
on Mar 19, 2009 -
American injured in Japan filter. I'm currently staying in Harajuku with 4 other Americans. One of my friends twisted her foot/ankle pretty badly walking home last night, and now it hurts to put any weight on it. She has traveler's insurance. We're looking for suggestions on how best to proceed with getting treatment / diagnosis (we've been looking at international hospitals online, specifically St. Luke's
); information on what to expect; and suggestions for macguyvering maneuverability for the rest of the trip. All help welcome. Domo Arigato Gozaimasu!
posted by adamkempa
on Mar 1, 2009 -
I have an ongoing fear of slamming my own leg in my own car door when getting into the car. [more inside]
posted by bchaplin
on Feb 9, 2009 -
How can a homeless person who has been injured (stabbed, for instance) expect to be treated at a U.S. city hospital with no money or health insurance? Surely they wouldn't let him bleed to death? And if they do turn him away, what are his options?
posted by Sully
on Feb 1, 2009 -
I need to find a shoulder wrap like this one from Therma Wrap
or this one from ActiveWrap
so that I can securely ice my shoulder. I'm in Toronto and would rather not pay an additional $33 for shipping from the States. Cheaper is better ($69.95 for ActiveWrap?!), but if all else fails, I could try to sew something. My dodgy left shoulder and I would greatly appreciate any solid leads on Toronto suppliers.
posted by maudlin
on Dec 29, 2008 -
How much damage would a mousetrap do to a person's finger? (This is for a play I'm writing.) [more inside]
posted by HeroZero
on Nov 16, 2008 -
Thanks to a douchebag contractor that dumped a cubic yard of broken cinder blocks in the bike lane, we're back to the eternal question: Is it better to leave a large but shallow scrape injury open to the air or cover it? Or is there some other thing I should be doing? [more inside]
posted by Inspector.Gadget
on Oct 5, 2008 -
Personal injury filter: I broke my leg very badly--clean break of both tibia and fibula--while visiting my brother's apartment building in Brooklyn NY. I required surgery and a 5-day hospital stay. I will require months of PT and further ortho visits. I don't know yet if I'll lose any time from work beyond the week I was in the hospital, because my job is understanding and will let me work from home for at least a while. I cannot drive for at least a month, so I'm dependent on the kindness of my friends to bring me things, and as I live in a 3-story walkup (in Baltimore), I won't be going anywhere for a while. My question is about whether I should try to have the apartment building owner(s) contribute money toward what I expect to be quite a high amount. I'm not looking for damages--just for whatever my insurance won't cover. [more inside]
posted by ImproviseOrDie
on Sep 28, 2008 -
HR/YANML filter: One of my assistants had an on-the-job injury today, and at the hosptial, they failed to give her the pee test drug screening that our company requires. She's concerned that they may use that as basis for claiming that she refused the test, and therefore will be on her own for the expense. I don't feel like this is the case, but I wanted someone with a more informed answer to help me reassure her.
So, do they have the burden of proof if they claim she refused? How long after the event can they require it?
posted by Morydd
on Sep 2, 2008 -
Have I truly dislocated my shoulder? If not, is there anything special I should do? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt
on Aug 21, 2008 -
I started running 2 - 3 weeks ago and I run around 3 miles every second day. So for the past week, I've had this sort of "pain" or somekind of uncomfortable feeling above my knee. The "pain" is not in the knee itself, but maybe in muscle above it? When I'm laying in bed or sitting it feels the same way. It doesn't hurt, but its just a little bit uncomfortable. Its kinda like a feeling of someone is squeezing a muscle just above my knee.
Should I be worried and go to a doctor or is this normal, when you havnt done any exercise for 8 years and just started? I'm 22 and male btw.
posted by madcow20
on Aug 13, 2008 -
SexFilter: Boyfriend with bum knee wants to get back on top, figuratively and/or literally. What can we do to help him get his mojo back? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 7, 2008 -
I overtrained. A week later, my heel is still tingly and uncomfortable. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by 0xFCAF
on Aug 5, 2008 -
I can walk, I can bike, I can't run more than a mile without my knee locking up. [more inside]
posted by tmcw
on Aug 2, 2008 -
What are some activities to do with an injured friend who needs to get out of the house? [more inside]
posted by handabear
on Jun 30, 2008 -
How long after injury to wait before seeing an orthopedic surgeon? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by zackola
on Jun 4, 2008 -
Should I seek additional physical therapy for my mysteriously injured knee, and how can I continue to work out in spite of it? [more inside]
posted by Who_Am_I
on May 22, 2008 -
2.5 years postop for a badly fractured non-dominant elbow (long since fully rehabbed, which I even finished early), I am doing more physical activity. It's sore, which I expected, but not in the way in which I figured. Tips? [more inside]
posted by Madamina
on May 18, 2008 -
A friend has a serious back injury and I want to help him negotiate the maze of advice he will face. [more inside]
posted by mecran01
on May 16, 2008 -
Disclaimer: I know you aren't my doctor, and I've made an appointment with a doctor for next week, but I'd like to make sure that I'm ok not going to an emergency room (I can't afford to if it's not necessary, which I don't think it is). Also, warning: slightly gruesome/gross if you are squeamish. [more inside]
posted by btkuhn
on Apr 14, 2008 -
Intense lower back pain on the left side. It's also painful down the side of my left leg. After being stiff and mostly inactive this winter I was doing some deep knee beds and intense hamstring stretches, now I'm in a huge amount of pain. My health insurance has a hefty deductible and am hoping to avoid the doctor's office. Any ideas on what to do to relieve the pain?
posted by huxley
on Apr 14, 2008 -
Can martial arts practice really help one overcome the instinct to break a fall by putting out one's hand? And if so, what form of martial arts teaches this most effectively? [more inside]
posted by Kat Allison
on Apr 9, 2008 -
Two-year old caught his thumb in a door. After two hours, the child no longer complained of pain, was using thumb fine. No swelling, cuts, or outward signs of trauma. However, the thumb "clicks" and locks in a straight position if the child extends his thumb. Is this a permanent injury? What damage was sustained? What should we ask the doctor when we visit? [more inside]
posted by Pastabagel
on Apr 9, 2008 -
About three snips into giving me a haircut yesterday, the stylist sliced right into a mole on my ear. Bloody hell! No, really. HELP! [more inside]
posted by 2oh1
on Mar 19, 2008 -
My doc thinks I have a herniated disc at c5-6, and wants to operate does anyone have experience with this injury and if so, could you tell me a bit about it. [more inside]
posted by bernsno
on Feb 19, 2008 -
I have some wrist pain from my wrist being twisted, which by all signs appears to be a sprain rather than anything more serious. I'm trying to make sure I don't need to visit an ER (other major factor is that I have no insurance and I don't know what would happen financially after an ER visit).
posted by sparrows
on Feb 8, 2008 -
Can someone share their experience with firing a pistol grip shotgun
? I've been seeing a lot of these recently and I can't believe that your wrist would ever be the same after pulling the trigger.
Now I'm kinda curious, but I thought I'd ask before I tried it...
posted by tkolar
on Dec 24, 2007 -