How does a ruptured disk benefit from an epidural? [more inside]
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!
I have an ongoing fear of slamming my own leg in my own car door when getting into the car. [more inside]
I need ideas and inspirational stories on finding a new way to make a living. [more inside]
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?
How do I know when it's time to see a new orthopaedic surgeon? [more inside]
What did I do to my calves, and is it ok to do it again this evening? [more inside]
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.
What muscle did I pull in my arm? [more inside]
How much damage would a mousetrap do to a person's finger? (This is for a play I'm writing.) [more inside]
Advice for sudden back problem? [more inside]
Injury claims lawyer recommendation in Toronto? [more inside]
Need Halloween costume suggestions that incorporate my crutches. [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
Is it normal that I get injured so easily? [more inside]
Have I truly dislocated my shoulder? If not, is there anything special I should do? [more inside]
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.
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]
I overtrained. A week later, my heel is still tingly and uncomfortable. What's going on? [more inside]
I can walk, I can bike, I can't run more than a mile without my knee locking up. [more inside]
What have I hurt in my shoulder/arm, and what should I do about it? [more inside]
Drumming on Rock Band is killing my wrists. What should I do? [more inside]
What are some activities to do with an injured friend who needs to get out of the house? [more inside]
Is my knee screwed or just screwing with me? [more inside]
What's wrong with my wrist? [more inside]
Help! I am a barista and my elbow hurts! What should I do? [more inside]
Any tips for faster ways to recover from a twisted ankle/bruised foot? [more inside]
How long after injury to wait before seeing an orthopedic surgeon? Details inside. [more inside]
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]
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]
A friend has a serious back injury and I want to help him negotiate the maze of advice he will face. [more inside]
joggers with knee problem - do you recommend a knee support? [more inside]
Resources for exercises for my feet, arches, ankles, and lower legs? [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
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]
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]
what kind of doc shall I see about a knee injury and how does the UK med system work? [more inside]
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]
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). [more inside]
Pop goes the calf muscle! [more inside]
How long will I be in excruciating pain? [more inside]
Are there any good bare-bones cardio workouts I can do while staying off an injured foot? [more inside]
Are those IT band straps for running worth a damn? [more inside]
Has anyone out there had to rehab severed extensor tendons in your thumb and/ or index finger? [more inside]
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...
Because of an injury, I carry my laptop in one of those roller backpacks. I've heard that tiny vibrations (such as construction in the next office building) can be very damaging to computers. So does the vibration from the rolling on pavement potentially damage my laptop? [more inside]