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my thumb is hurting and the doc said nothing was wrong. what do I do?

my right thumb has been hurting on and off for years. it's at the basilar joint. I have gotten xrays and I was checked for rheumatism (which has occurred in my family) but was cleared. eventually, the doc gave up, stating some things just couldn't be explained. this is not good enough for me. [more inside]
posted by krautland on Oct 20, 2013 - 15 answers

Mom went to hospital with difficulty moving legs, was berated by doctor

Hello everyone, my mom was taken to a hospital by ambulance a few mornings ago when she couldn't move her legs and get out of bed. This stems from a previous issue with nerve damage and spinal problems which she's had surgery for before. She met the same doctor from her previous surgery, whom she couldn't pay, and was berated and threatened by him. [more inside]
posted by FireballForever on Oct 17, 2013 - 16 answers

What does Atul Gawande read?

What comes next after popular medical non-fiction? [more inside]
posted by telegraph on Oct 13, 2013 - 18 answers

Seeking Recommendations for Reliable Automatic (or Human) Transcription

I am a medical writer working on a large project. Part of this project will involve posting videos of physicians along with a transcript of whatever the speaker is saying. The topic tends to be fairly technical - the physicians will be using Technical Medical Terms that could confuse the average layperson. Length of the videos varies from three to twenty minutes. [more inside]
posted by Schadenfreudian on Oct 9, 2013 - 6 answers

Recommended color printer for mid-fidelity medical imaging?

What is the best color printer for the following use case: photos up to 5x7 of patients pre/post operation. The images will not be used for diagnosis so there is no requirement for ultra-high-quality, but the images must still be decent. Must be Mac compatible. We cannot use a professional lab as the images will be confidential. Not sure what kind of spend is required here but I'd be surprised if there wasn't something suitable under $500.
posted by hoverboards don't work on water on Oct 3, 2013 - 2 answers

Why did this weird sensation happen?

This is maybe the most awkward question I've ever asked - but I can ask the green where I could not ask the CT technician who probably could have answered it for me tonight. [more inside]
posted by deliciae on Sep 24, 2013 - 10 answers

Health Insurance thru Freelancer's Union

Does anyone have any experience with purchasing health insurance through the Freelancer's Union? Any feedback on the process and level of satisfaction with coverage would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Sep 3, 2013 - 13 answers

How much will the surgical practice get for doing a procedure?

Negotiating self pay medical bill. I want to have an idea of how much the surgical practice/surgeon would have been paid if the patient had had insurance. How much will they get if they hire a collection agency? Do they get a percentage or just sell the debit for a fixed price? The patient is being billed 1850.00 self pay for the procedure. The procedure was at a major Boston hospital and the patient is being billed self pay due to a temporary lapse in subsidized insurance. The hospital has already written off the bill. The billing date was sometime around the end of March 2013. The patient has been told by the billing organization that represents the surgeon that they have to deal directly with the surgeon or their practice.
posted by flummox on Aug 27, 2013 - 4 answers

Are medical negotiators legit?

Are sites like this legit? Basically, they promise to negotiate your medical bills; if they save you money, they take a percentage of it (often 35% of your total savings). If they're unable to help you save, they don't charge anything. I have a super-high deductible insurance plan, and have long known that most bills can be lowered by me calling the billing department and asking. I've had bills lowered any where from 1-40%, with the knowledge that the remaining amount generally must be paid in full relatively quickly. Has anyone used a site to negotiate for them, and if so, did you feel like their negotiating was better than what you could have done on your own? Note: This is hypothetical, as I do not currently have any large medical bills looming. Assume that I do have the resources to pay a large bill in full if it saves a hefty percentage in the long run.
posted by csox on Aug 25, 2013 - 6 answers

Medical anthropology and history: what to read next?

I'm about to finish The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. Before that, I read Nancy Scheper-Hughes' Death Without Weeping. What's next? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Aug 22, 2013 - 8 answers

Can't live like this...

If social media and crowdsourcing is good for anything, I figure it's to find some sort of answer to questions like these. Here goes nothing... I'm a 23 year old with cerebral palsy and while I'm very much a special snowflake in that I've been gifted with normal function as far as most of my life is concerned-most importantly in terms of intellect- there's one part of my CP that's made my life smaller and more miserable than any wheelchair could. It's affected my relationships with and opportunities for friends, dates and jobs, and for a richer life in general. Help me find a way out. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Aug 21, 2013 - 24 answers

Translation from medical latin....

This phrase: "dilaceratio cruris sin Vulcera centusel. multipl." appears on a German birth certificate from the 1940s. Am I right to guess that it means something like "multiple wounds in the leg without ulcers"? If so, what are "ulcers" in this context? Infections?
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy on Aug 19, 2013 - 1 answer

Massive knee-jerk reaction. Literally!

What does it mean when the doctor hits your knee with the rubber mallet and you kick like a Rockette? [more inside]
posted by hellameangirl on Aug 15, 2013 - 9 answers

Allied Health for a less-than-perfect specimen

So I'm a 23 year old recent college grad with a psychology degree and a long face. Why? No job, a shitty, inconsistent transcript to show for the last six years of my life ( barely eeking out a 3.0 because of significant and unrelenting problems with fatigue and depression, now somewhat under control), no work experience... oh, and I have cerebral palsy. All this helped build a brick wall almost impossible to see over, much less climb. This morning though, I managed to get bright-eyed and bushy tailed for all of five seconds after reading a Business Insider article that listed medical sonography as one of the best jobs available to those without a college degree. ( I've come to consider my degree a throwaway ( it's from a state school, it's in psychology, which makes me a decidedly un-special snowflake, and, like I said, the grades aren't frame worthy). Everything about medical sonography- the pay, the type of work, job growth and time-to-completion of the program is attractive. Trouble is, I leave much to be desired in terms of the physicality needed ( lifting, transporting patients, etc). What else can I do that offers all or many of these same benefits and is cripple friendly? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Aug 10, 2013 - 10 answers

Can a urgent care clinic ban you?

I was at urgent care for a ear problem and the doctor only spent less than 2 minutes with me, didnt even look at the other ear, gave me a prescription and left. The nurse came in and wanted me to sign a form saying I was "satisfied with my treatment and had all my questions answered" I told the nurse I had more questions for the doctor before I would sign it. She said the doctor was not going to answer any more questions and I overheard him saying to call the police, I was amazed as I was being very polite. So I left, as I was leaving he said I was banned from the clinic. Can they do that?
posted by john123357 on Aug 10, 2013 - 36 answers

I swallowed a plastic fork tine. HELP.

I was at Panera and accidentally chewed and swallowed a plastic fork tine, approximately an inch in length. It may have broken off while I was using it to break and pick up a crouton, and I didn't notice what I'd chewed until I looked down at the fork. That was 8 hours ago. [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Aug 9, 2013 - 16 answers

1.5T vs 3T MRI of the brain. What's the difference?

What are the pros/cons of using a 1.5 Tesla MRI machine vs. 3.0 Tesla MRI machine for imaging the brain, from both the patient's perspective and imaging perspective? [more inside]
posted by OTA on Aug 8, 2013 - 8 answers

Need to define this Victorian cause of death: "phithisis eutenca"!

I am entering causes of death into a database. On one of the death certificates from 1901 it lists "phithisis eutenca". Any ideas on what this could be? Google was no good to me. ???
posted by Tchad on Aug 6, 2013 - 6 answers

Is there any better/cheaper health insurance I can get?

I am fed up/freaked out about the cost of my health insurance... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 6, 2013 - 10 answers

Foreign tongue depressors

Let's say you have medical condition ABC that can be treated with XYZ and you live in the United States. How does one become a medical tourist, defined by going outside the country for XYZ? It seems unlikely your doctor will acquiesce to sending you out of the country to get treatment with another doctor. How does the process begin, where patients can connect with the right doctors and facilities to arrange treatment? How do people evaluate the quality of treatment and follow-up care? Are there medial tourism "groups" that specialize in particular health issues? If you did this, what was your experience like and what recommendations would you have for issues or "gotchas" to look out for? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Aug 5, 2013 - 8 answers

Which doctor should I see for my scoliosis?

I have a slight curvature in my spine however, it seriously put my whole body out of alignment. I discovered my body was misaligned upon looking in a reverse mirrored image of myself when trying on a bathing suit as a 15 year old. I'm much older now, but since the problem was never treated, my skeletal structure is the same, if not worse. This presents a problem in my field of work as a performer. I'm a busty woman with slender hips and because of my bust, its more pronounced. A view of my left side from a third degree angle looks amazing. Looks feminine and tall. However, the view from the right on a third degree angle looks boyish and collapsed. I see pictures of myself performing and it makes me cringe when angles of my right side are taken. My structure look deformed and I feel is limiting my opportunities to go further in my industry. I'm having a hard time deciding which doctor to see since I don't have health insurance. I would really love to correct this problem but I don't know where to start. Please help!
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Aug 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Recovery expectations from angiogram for 70-year-old?

My mom is in great health and decent shape for a 70-year-old and just completed 3 weeks of travel where she showed great endurance. Then she came back and "flunked" a stress-test :( [more inside]
posted by Anwan on Aug 2, 2013 - 11 answers

medical tourism? what's it all about?

I'm interested in exploring medical tourism for a few procedures (some significant dental work, breast reduction, hair removal), but I don't know where to start. Please help me learn more about this trend. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 31, 2013 - 8 answers

Why Is Fax So Prevalent In the US Medical Profession?

Looking for The Magical Technology Adoption... [more inside]
posted by nj_subgenius on Jul 30, 2013 - 27 answers

Can/should we use trip insurance as our primary medical insurance?

In 6 weeks' time, my husband and I are quitting our jobs to go on a 2-3 month road trip around the USA before moving to Europe. I have some questions about travel/trip/health insurance for folks who may have done this or something similar. Is it sensible or possible to use travel insurance as our primary health insurance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Who's my sperm donor?

Help me find my biological father: artificial insemination in the 1980s edition! [more inside]
posted by kthxbi on Jul 19, 2013 - 5 answers

What's the skinny on medical marijuana in AZ?

I moved to Arizona a while back and get prescription for medical marijuana. I am unfamiliar with the process as I moved from a state without medical marijuana. I've read the FAQs on the AZDHS website and I know that any doctor is available to prescribe this to me. However- how do you go about finding a doctor when there are so many to choose from? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 16, 2013 - 6 answers

Pitting Medela against Medela in the breast pump faceoff

OK, similar questions have been asked here but I'm looking for a very specific answer. My insurance covers two kinds of Medela breast pumps (which friends tell me are the best): The Pump In Style Advanced (at a cost to me of $89), and the Freestyle ($159). It also covers the Medela Advanced Personal Double Breast Pump, about which I know nothing including the cost to me. I've read mixed things about the two pumps: That the Freestyle is great, or that people have experienced reduced flow after using it; and that the Pump in Style is great, but that it's very inconvenient. If you're among the lucky ladies who've had personal experience with these pumps, can you tell me what you think? This is our first kid and I think I'd really benefit from your advice. Thanks!
posted by supercoollady on Jul 16, 2013 - 16 answers

How are job prospects in the medical radiation sciences?

How are job prospects in the medical radiation sciences (in North America in general, and Canada specifically?) [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey on Jul 5, 2013 - 1 answer

But how can I consent to what I haven't even read?

Was my experience with a new medical office as egregiously wrong as I think it was? If so, how do I report what happened? [more inside]
posted by ActionPopulated on Jul 3, 2013 - 22 answers

I can haz prescription?

My new job doesnt give me health insurance until September 1st. My Celexa runs out in...two weeks. The pills are easy...they are one of the 4$ generic prescriptions at WalMart. But how on earth do I get a prescription to tide me over?! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 3, 2013 - 15 answers

Where can my wife go to be given injections in the Houston area?

My wife will be traveling in a couple of weeks to Houston, and will also be on a series of injections for IVF at the same time. Unfortunately she is unable to do the injection herself (physically and mentally) so will need someone to administer the shots. [more inside]
posted by KirTakat on Jun 27, 2013 - 14 answers

Short-Term Help for Anxiety

So, I suffer from occasional anxiety. I usually manage this by doing things like visualization, breathing exercises, and taking Lavela lavender supplements. However, I am staring down the barrel of a scary medical situation and freaking out. My question pertains to getting some extra help via a doctor. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 20, 2013 - 8 answers

Where can I buy retail medical equipment by the piece?

I'm going for a boat trip and might end up in some pretty remote areas. I'm putting a medical kit together. There's some more hospital style stuff I'd like to get (IV catheters/dressings/saline bags), but I only need a few of each. Is there anywhere I can buy these items by the piece? (I'm an RN, for the record) [more inside]
posted by sully75 on Jun 14, 2013 - 5 answers

Heavy heart.

You are not my doctor, but you might know what kind of doctor I need to find or what kinds of questions to ask. Please help me piece together a plan so I can get some health issues sorted out. [more inside]
posted by gursky on Jun 9, 2013 - 15 answers

How much does HR know about an employee's medical treatments?

In a few months I'm going to be having an elective surgery to fix an ongoing medical issue that I'm a bit sensitive about. The HR person at my ~100 person sized company is pleasant but she seems to be careless when discussing private info on the phone. What does she know about any medical treatment I get? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by averageamateur on Jun 8, 2013 - 11 answers

Why does my uterus hate me?

How common is light bleeding a few days after your period ends? Should I be concerned? TMI below the fold. [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte on Jun 6, 2013 - 16 answers

Help me understand Darth Vader Cat

My kitty, Shoggoth, just had to have six teeth extracted due to FORLs, including one of these fangs. I'm curious about whether any Mefites who know about vet stuff can explain some of the mechanics of this to me. [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jun 5, 2013 - 8 answers

Should I become a phlebotomist as a path to PA school?

I'm 27 and would like to become a physician's assistant (PA), but don't have any background in medicine, a prerequisite for nearly every PA program. Should I go through a phlebotomy program? Are there phlebotomy jobs out there? Would this be a good way to get working hours as a medical professional? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 3, 2013 - 9 answers

Should I switch doctors because his assistant makes me uncomfortable?

I like my specialist doctor. However, he has an assistant/nurse who makes me feel uncomfortable, although nothing she has done is explicitly unprofessional - I just find her creepy and unnerving. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by ladybird on May 26, 2013 - 13 answers

I need medical care and I'm too ashamed to go to the doctor.

I need to go to the doctor, but intense shame is keeping me from seeking help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 18, 2013 - 46 answers

Scumbag brain.

My son's father suffered a ruptured aneurysm last week. He's not getting better and I want to be as supportive as possible to him and his family. How do I do that like a normal person? [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame on May 12, 2013 - 15 answers

I don't want to be alarmist, but I also don't want to be stupid.

Suppose you've noticed a growing red skin blemish on your arm that's irregular, raised, and a little flaky towards the center. At what point do you start to worry it's skin cancer and go see a doctor? [more inside]
posted by meese on May 11, 2013 - 33 answers

From GALILEOS to ImageJ

Recently I had some dental work done which included a CT scan of my teeths. I want to create little rotating 3D images from the output but I've come across some problems. [more inside]
posted by komara on May 7, 2013 - 7 answers

Helping heal the psychological trauma... of trauma

I'm a career Firefighter/Paramedic. Recently, I've been thinking more about the long-term psychological trauma that results from a serious injury/illness, and how my actions during emergencies may help or hinder patients' healing. Help me help my patients. [more inside]
posted by itstheclamsname on May 2, 2013 - 13 answers

What is this lump on the roof of my mouth?

There is a soft lump toward the front of the roof of my mouth. It is not a blister. It is not a canker sore. It might be a result of an infection where I had a root canal 6 months ago. Naturally, I think it's awful and life-ending. [more inside]
posted by kimberussell on Apr 13, 2013 - 17 answers

Supporting my girlfriend through medical transition

My girlfriend is about to start a series of medical-related procedures as part of her gender transition (M2F). What can I, as a cis(ish) woman, do to be a good support to her? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Apr 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Experiences with Atlas Orthogonal treatments?

A new doctor has recommended Atlas Orthogonal treatment to realign my atlas (C1) bone. Anyone willing to share their experiences with this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 7, 2013 - 6 answers

Find the snowflake a Public Health job

How should my friend search for a job? African-born U.S. citizen, 10 years of nursing experience in the U.S. (fully certified), Public Health masters degree, experience with research, Experience with refugees, sex workers, AIDs, and basic research
posted by jander03 on Apr 2, 2013 - 11 answers

So frustrated. Page Dr. House.

Left side (arm and leg) numbness, weakness, pain and weird temperature changes. Clean MRI and no abnormalities in any other test. Primary care sent me to ER, ER did test, found nothing said it was "probably a migraine" (with no headache and no aura?!), and sent me home. What is going on? Hope me please. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Mar 29, 2013 - 23 answers

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