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Designing CNC-cut plywood joinery

I have basically unlimited access to machines with CNC routing capabilities, but I'm not any good at design and layout. So I need some guidance. [more inside]
posted by Harald74 on Sep 16, 2016 - 9 answers

How Do I Keep My Wrists Happy?

I am embarking on a new career that is totally dependent on my wrists (and arms, shoulders, and fingers), and I'm interested in taking any steps I can reasonably take to maintain wrist health! Do you have any advice/experience in wrist issues? [more inside]
posted by carlypennylane on May 31, 2016 - 13 answers

Painful calf/shin/knees and ankles - one leg at a time!

I have pain in my right leg in my lower calf and ankle. It feels both like a pain in my muscles as well as a joint pain in my ankle. [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen on Apr 14, 2016 - 7 answers

Hypermobility and joint pain

I've never gone to a doctor for anything like this before. Please walk me through the steps. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 9, 2016 - 7 answers

Exercise making me feel worse?

It seems like though I exercise regularly, I'm just getting stiffer/weaker, rather than stronger. [more inside]
posted by easter queen on Feb 1, 2016 - 18 answers

Can’t use my hands and bored out of my brain.

Due to a medical issue (I am undergoing treatment) I’m suffering a lot of pain in my joints - especially my hands, and especially bad after intricate repetitive things like typing (my partner is writing this up for me). Unfortunately this rules out a lot of things I like to do and I need some more options to fill in the day. [more inside]
posted by origamibanana on Jan 14, 2016 - 20 answers

How to stop sitting cross-legged?

I like to sit cross-legged or with one leg tucked up under me. This is not doing my knees any favors. How to break the habit? [more inside]
posted by 2 cats in the yard on Aug 9, 2015 - 14 answers

How to avoid re-injuring my knee and hip

I'm starting an exercise routine that will consist of alternating walking & running, and I'm looking for advice on how to avoid re-injuring some joints that have been problematic in the past. [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on Jun 4, 2015 - 4 answers

What might be causing these joint/ankle problems?

It is really unbelievably easy for me to sprain my ankles. It can literally happen when I’m walking from my bedroom to my kitchen, or even just while standing. My other joints aren’t so great, either. Any ideas for what might cause this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2015 - 14 answers

Wrist Assessment

My wrist is bothering me, and I can't figure out why or what to do. [more inside]
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper on Oct 2, 2014 - 8 answers

But what exactly do my knees need?

I've read a lot of AskMes on what people wish they had done in their 20s/30s/40s etc., and one oft-repeated bit of advice is "OMG, take care of your knees NOW!!" But what exactly does that mean? [more inside]
posted by megancita on Sep 11, 2014 - 18 answers

Help me change my (already healthy) diet - for better joint health

I eat pretty well, but I eat mostly the same stuff every day. Recently, my joints have started cracking a bit, and I'm wondering if mixing up my diet would help bring different nutrients to the body's hard workin' part. I'm 40, male, physically active, and am usually pursuing some kind of bodywork or therapy like Active Release Technique to keep everything cooperating. I have pretty good nutrition, but I want to mix it up. I'm open to supplements, too, but lean towards evidence-based suggestions that won't break the bank. [more inside]
posted by 4midori on Jun 26, 2014 - 4 answers

a spikely joint

I've been having knee pain recently resulting from physical activity. Will it get better with time, or do I have to choose between accepting it and taking a long break? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Jun 23, 2014 - 7 answers

What's the best way to prevent sports injuries?

Changing play style, preventative exercises, diet, etc? [more inside]
posted by randomnity on Dec 12, 2013 - 10 answers

Why do my joints look bruised?

For the past several days, the skin above the proximal interphalangeal joints of the second and fourth fingers of my left hand has been discolored. Why? There is no soreness. I can't remember doing anything unusual. Here's a picture.
posted by gray17 on Jul 27, 2013 - 8 answers

Why do my thumbs hurt?

Over the past four or five months I've had pain and stiffness in my thumbs. It started in my right thumb (I'm right handed) and then I noticed it in my left as well. It now seems to be worse in my left - my left thumb hurts a bit more than my right and I can't bend it quite as far. What is likely to be causing this? [more inside]
posted by badmoonrising on Jul 1, 2013 - 13 answers

The Couch to 5K of Flexibility Training

Can you recommend a "Couch to 5K"-type plan for flexibility training? [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Jun 30, 2013 - 6 answers

How in the heck can I wash my neck... if my shoulder keeps popping?

I've always used my non-dominant hand to wash the middle of my back (or apply baby powder or sun lotion there, etc.), by sort of reaching up high from below and then rolling my hand around my thumb (pressed on my back) until the palm faces the skin. This seems to have been working fine for several decades (and I've been secretly pleased to be able to reach my "blind spot" that way). However, in the last few months I find that my shoulder pops as I'm doing this maneuver, and now I wonder if it's doing something bad. Since this is something I guess I do once or twice per day, I want to be sure I'm not setting myself up for a shoulder problem after a couple more decades of popping. Thoughts? tl;dr Is popping a joint bad in itself, and/or should I stop an action that causes a (nonpainful) shoulder pop a couple times per day?
posted by acm on May 23, 2013 - 9 answers

Is there a healing power in the sun?

I live in northern New York where we have short hot summers of about 2 to 3 months and long cold winters. I have a variety of health problems, including joint problems, and hormone problems including low testosterone and higher than normal estrogen (I am a male) . I have noticed that in the summertime If I sit outside for one to two hours every day to absorb the sun I feel healthier, my joints hurt less, my hormones seem better, and I have more energy. Also if I have a cut or a twisted ankle It seems to heal faster then in the winter. Assuming that it was the vitamin D from the sun that was causing this , I took vitamin D pills every day in the winter. However, I did not experience any of the benefits that I experienced with regular sunshine exposure. This leads me to believe there is something else, some sort of other healing power in the sun that either science is not aware of yet or that I am simply not aware of. Is this possible?
posted by john123357 on Feb 5, 2013 - 23 answers

Ow, my perfectly-fine knees!

Non-injury causes of knee pain? [more inside]
posted by kagredon on Sep 19, 2012 - 15 answers

How should I care for my knee injury until I can get to the doctor?

I've been experiencing moderate to severe pain in my knees for awhile. My doctor referred me to a sports medicine doctor and I have an appointment at the end of the month, but what can I do until then to minimize pain and lessen further damage? Ice? Stretch? Strengthening exercises? Resting is only an option up to a certain point. [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Apr 2, 2012 - 15 answers

How to increase friction in metal ball+plates joints?

Chemists, Engineers, Tinkerers, and Adhesion experts of MeFi: Is there some sticky substance I can put in these metal ball+plates joints that will do the opposite of lubricating them -- increasing the friction between the surfaces? This is for a slightly nicer (chrome) version of this lamp that I just got (new in box) at a flea market. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Jan 7, 2012 - 16 answers

How do I trust my knees more?

I'm 31, and not overweight, but I don't trust my knees anymore. Is there anyway to restore that trust? [more inside]
posted by malhouse on Oct 16, 2011 - 21 answers

My joints POP loudly

Pop qoes my joints - why? [more inside]
posted by dukes909 on Aug 30, 2011 - 3 answers

What's causing my joint pain?

Help me work out the cause of joint pain over the last two weeks. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Aug 16, 2011 - 12 answers

What's a good book about joints for the layman?

What's a good, reasonably priced book that will tell a mechanically-minded layman how the joints of the human body work, and how they fail (especially in arthritis)? [more inside]
posted by Koray on Jun 22, 2011 - 2 answers

Give it another decade and I'll be perpetual popcorn

How do I stop my joints from popping? [more inside]
posted by lover on Jan 19, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me be a good runner despite my weirdo body type

Are you a tall, female, pear shaped runner? I really want to start running but my body type seems problematic. How can I make it work? [more inside]
posted by lblair on Nov 4, 2010 - 27 answers

Why do my joints ache at night?

Every evening, a couple of hours before I usually go to bed, the joints in my feet, legs, and knuckles seem to stiffen up and need to be stretched and cracked constantly. What's going on, and how do I prevent it? [more inside]
posted by Think_Long on Oct 6, 2010 - 10 answers

Help me compose a questionnaire for my doctor

[medical advice filter] Yes, I know, you are not my doctor, but please give me some ideas about what I need to ask the person who IS my doctor, based on my symptoms. Apologies in advance for the length and special snowflake details. [more inside]
posted by gakiko on Jun 9, 2010 - 18 answers

God, please let my PVC-to-ABS issue be minor.

ABS, PVC, a six-inch drain and me -- am I as frakked as it appears I am? [more inside]
posted by liquado on Apr 26, 2010 - 12 answers

kitty won't stand up for treats - problem?

Are most cats willing to stand up on their back legs for treats they love, if they're also willing to "sit up"? If this one doesn't, is that grounds to worry about his joints? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Apr 25, 2010 - 28 answers

Do joint relief medicines work?

I've had a pained knee for many years. A combination of flat feet and running in bad sneakers destroyed a lot of the cartilage, and now it hurts to run, kneel, etc. Cold weather brings the pain, especially. I've been through various types of physical therapy and tried various running books (ChiRunning) and shoes (from Grid Stabils to FiveFingers), but it never makes the pain go away completely. Recently, a well intentioned relative brought me Joint Relief Formula which purports to help your joints with Omega 3 and "Iceland Collagen GHA". I can't find any unbiased reviews on the web, nor any explanations why Omega 3 or the Collagen would help in my case. Has anyone used this stuff? Or can you link to medical studies showing their efficacy (or lack thereof)? I have access to most medical journals.
posted by zonem on Sep 21, 2009 - 7 answers

Could doing power yoga 2 - 4 times a week for 1.5 hours be hurting my joints?

Could doing power yoga 2 - 4 times a week for 1.5 hours be hurting my joints? [more inside]
posted by whoaali on May 26, 2009 - 11 answers

Tips for running?

Tips for running? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Jun 22, 2008 - 22 answers

Am I the only one with these strange body quirks?

I'd had two quirks for as long as I can remember: my neck is extremely sensitive to touch, and I get an aching pain in my joints (knees, wrist, finger joints) when it's cold/damp. Does anyone else get the same thing? [more inside]
posted by jasminerain on Feb 11, 2008 - 7 answers

Why is McEnroe stopping me from picking up iron?

DamnTennisElbowFilter... Ok, I have tennis elbow in my left elbow. Got a cortisone shot (ouch!) about 3 months ago, but it's back...just let my elbow pain, there is... [more inside]
posted by keep it tight on Jan 21, 2008 - 6 answers

Joint pain: what can I do to make it better?

What is this joint pain, and what can I do to alleviate it? [more inside]
posted by man on the run on Aug 25, 2007 - 10 answers


My neck cracking habit is killing me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 20, 2006 - 24 answers

Desire to exercise + bad joints = ?

Desire to exercise + bad joints = ? . Should I try to find some kind of trainer or sports therapist? Should I look into some kind of machine (I'm considering rowing or eliptical), and if so what do I look for in quality machines? Should I just go to a gym for a few months, try some things on my own and see what feels good? [more inside]
posted by namespan on Jan 7, 2006 - 28 answers

An arthritic at age 30??

I'd like a little help diagnosing joint pain in my fingers. [more inside]
posted by mragreeable on Sep 22, 2005 - 17 answers

Is joint cracking harmful?

Every freaking joint in my body cracks, and I have a (pseudo-) neurotic need to do so on a daily basis. With the knuckles, it's just habit; with the neck and back, I genuinely feel very stiff unless I do so. Am I damaging my body in some way? Most of the advice I've heard on this issue has been from people with an agenda (i.e., they are annoyed by it) so I don't trust them.

Previously noted here, but didn't see the answer to my specific question.
posted by norm on Dec 16, 2004 - 41 answers

Popping Noise in Joints

Rotating my wrists, my thumbs, ... in certain ways elicits a soft cracking noise; imagine a more subdued version of cracking one's knuckles. While this isn't painful or particularly uncomfortable now, I'm concerned for the long-term. Any recommendations? I saw a doctor a year or so ago and he essentially just shrugged and said, you'll live. It hasn't gotten worse, but I'm worried that the condition will grow to be painful. Has anyone else experienced anything like this and, if so, what steps can be taken to remedy this?
posted by Raze2k on Mar 1, 2004 - 20 answers

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