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I want to be poked, proded, and flush with cash

What health stuff should I get done while I have dual insurance? [more inside]
posted by jenlovesponies on Jan 24, 2011 - 11 answers

Back pain and swollen lump at base of spine

My gf has a swollen puffy lump about 2.5" wide on the base of her spine, no discoloration or pain, it just appeared at the same time she got a sudden sharp stabbing pain in her right lower back - are these 2 things related, if so, can anyone tell us what it means? Obviously we need to talk to the doctors, but she's been working with them for years and no one can tell us anything yet - we thought someone else might have some ideas? [more inside]
posted by absolutshrk on Jan 21, 2011 - 12 answers

TB or not TB? That's my question.

My wife and I had injections for a TB test on Monday morning (we're adopting our second child and had to get the test). We had to come in Wednesday morning at 9:45 to see if the injection caused any problems. The NP told us everything was fine and we were TB negative. It's several days later now - Thursday evening - and I'm fine, but my wife has enormous bumps/hives right at the injection site on her arm. I'm assuming the TB test shot is some kind of totally inert drug so you can't actually get sick from it. Why would a disease that we were supposedly negative for cause hives? Is she allergic to something else? Help! Should we just go to the DR now? The hives are pretty weird. Neither of us has any food allergies of any kinds.
posted by luriete on Jan 20, 2011 - 22 answers

Medical Professionals: would answering "yes" to marijuana use on a medical questionnaire affect my friend's chances of being selected for DBS surgery?

Medical Professionals: would answering "yes" to marijuana use on a medical questionnaire affect my friend's chances of being selected for DBS surgery? [more inside]
posted by spakto on Jan 20, 2011 - 16 answers

Bring out the gimp.

Bicycle accident, sprained or otherwise damaged knee, no insurance - where to go in the East Bay for help? [more inside]
posted by anotherkate on Jan 16, 2011 - 9 answers

Help me pick out medical alert jewelry!

What do I need to include in a medical alert bracelet/necklace/etc., and is there a best brand? I know there are some that have built-in communications systems and additional information available, but I am not clear what is a necessity for me. More info inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2011 - 8 answers

Have changes been made in the last year or so that make getting health insurance any easier?

Have changes been made in the last year or so that make getting health insurance any easier? [more inside]
posted by neilkod on Jan 7, 2011 - 8 answers

Really? You got drunk at a play?

Mrs. thsmchnekllsfascists was involved in a pretty bad wreck this evening. Who pays the bills? [more inside]
posted by thsmchnekllsfascists on Jan 4, 2011 - 20 answers

Hospital Transfer Help

How to get a hospital transfer approved and done *fast*? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Dec 22, 2010 - 13 answers

I bleed Dexron

Transmission fluid on cut, will I die? [more inside]
posted by LarrenD on Dec 3, 2010 - 16 answers

What are the numbers on website use for poor medical patients?

A medical organization that serves 1) the elderly and 2) economically disadvantaged people in general would like me to justify, using demographics data, the cost of a new website. [more inside]
posted by circular on Dec 1, 2010 - 6 answers

What do you wish that someone had told you soon after you were diagnosed with fibromyalgia?

You have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia by a general practitioner, rheumatologist or equivalent. What do you wish that someone had told you soon after you were diagnosed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2010 - 10 answers

Tips for Surviving Hospital Call Shifts?

How do you survive 30 hour call shifts on a busy general internal medicine ward? [more inside]
posted by narcissus_and_ambrosia on Nov 16, 2010 - 15 answers

Medical Ethics of Self-Referrals

Medical Ethics question regarding physician at hospital referring patient to physician's own private practice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 15, 2010 - 9 answers

ow. ow alot.

Relief for cervical ulnar nerve compression? [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on Nov 13, 2010 - 9 answers

Tell me about your work as an interpreter.

Have you ever worked as an interpreter, had experience working closely with interpreters, or used one yourself? I'm pondering quitting my boring, but unstressful part-time job to work as a Spanish medical interpreter, and am looking for inside stories of what the job may really be like. [more inside]
posted by wansac on Nov 12, 2010 - 8 answers

Nip future cancer in the bud

Is there such a thing as a generic cancer screening? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 on Nov 10, 2010 - 13 answers

Setting the Herbal Supplement vs Prescription Drugs Straight

Need some advanced advice on herbal supplements for both energy and rest for a semi-healthy person, but on prescription drugs too. [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth on Nov 7, 2010 - 19 answers

Individually packaged OTC Meds in Canada?

Is there some (legal?) reason why I can't seem to find individually-packaged OTC medications in Canada (eg. acetaminophen, ibuprofen, aspirin...)? What are some alternative ways to package small amounts of meds for a backpacking first aid kit? [more inside]
posted by Diplodocus on Nov 5, 2010 - 14 answers

Why does my pee smell like Cheerios?

Why does my pee smell like Cheerios? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2010 - 32 answers

Butterflies in my teeth?

What the hell is wrong with me? Nerve damage? Anxiety? [InsertVitamin] deficiency? Butterflies in my teeth? [more inside]
posted by doublehappy on Oct 31, 2010 - 18 answers

Are pre-existing conditions an automatic 'no' for private, individual health insurance?

I'm going to be unemployed soon, and have been looking for independent health insurance as an alternative to COBRA. I'm worried about denial of coverage due to pre-existing conditions, and had questions about how likely this could be. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 29, 2010 - 14 answers

My head is being a jerk

The left side of my head hurts. It feels like a headache when I nod my head or have jerky vertical movements. It's been feeling like this for a few months. I'm not sure what's going on. I'm a singer, so I sing with my whole body which includes my head. So, is there a doctor in the house?
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Oct 27, 2010 - 11 answers

Careers that require a two-year degree?

Mid-career job switcher. Unhappy with my current job and looking to make a switch into something more stable - probably in the medical field. Ideally, I'd like a job that requires an Associates Degree (two year program) rather than a Bachelor's Degree (four year program). A one-year certificate program is even better. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by Muffy on Oct 27, 2010 - 12 answers

How much is company medical insurance?

How much is the average employee contribution to a company medical plan? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe on Oct 20, 2010 - 20 answers

California law regarding same-sex domestic partners.

Are employers in California required to offer registered same-sex domestic partner health benefits if they offer benefits to married partners? [more inside]
posted by nohat on Oct 19, 2010 - 8 answers

What is the meaning of the medical colloquialism "low blood"?

What is the meaning of the medical colloquialism "low blood"?
posted by feathermeat on Oct 6, 2010 - 11 answers

Electronic Medical Record Interoperability

Anyone have experience with MedInformatix? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 28, 2010 - 2 answers

Database of medical procedure price lists?

Does there exist anywhere a database of medical procedure price lists to facilitate comparison shopping / competition? One of my local clinics offers a price list on their website, albeit incomplete. I was wondering if anyone had taken the time to pull together a number of these. If not, someone should....perhaps a job for Google.
posted by grammalvsu on Sep 15, 2010 - 7 answers

Help me appeal unreasonable out-of-network charges

How do I effectively deal with medical charges due to emergency surgery having been done by an out-of-network surgeon? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn on Sep 15, 2010 - 16 answers

House says it's not Lupus, but I disagree.

I have many of the symptoms of Lupus, and my mother has the genetic defects that cause a number of autoimmune diseases including Celiac and Lupus. How do I go to my doctor and insist I get tested without her laughing me out of the office or convincing me otherwise that I don't have lupus? Also, I might be crazy. Obviously, YANA/MD [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 14, 2010 - 21 answers

How can I get out of a bogus medical bill?

My dental insurer made a mistake and I am stuck with the $3,200 bill. How can I get out of it? [more inside]
posted by tmason on Sep 13, 2010 - 30 answers

50,000,000 Diabetics Can't Be Wrong

I need to go to the dentist. But, I have a phobia of injections. Not going isn't really an option, so what can I do? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Sep 12, 2010 - 45 answers

Should I Worry About Mom's Medical Problem

My mother has had blood in her urine (without pain) for the past 5 days. She's doing all the right things (doctor, kidney function test, next doctor on Monday) but everyone seems to be minimizing the situation. Help me face whatever's coming. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 21, 2010 - 11 answers

Help me understand how the Internal Medicine medical boards are scored.

My little brother is re-taking the internal medicine medical boards and I'm trying to get a better understanding of how much he needs to increase his score. [more inside]
posted by petestein1 on Aug 17, 2010 - 1 answer

What are the side effects of general anesthetic?

Are the common side effects of general anesthetics REALLY that common? What if I eat toast beforehand? [more inside]
posted by foxy on Aug 12, 2010 - 40 answers

Ow my brain

What information should be included in my headache journal? [more inside]
posted by brainmouse on Aug 9, 2010 - 18 answers

How do I best deal with this without affecting my credit?

I just received a statement from a medical facility stating I owe them a couple hundred bucks plus $100+ in interest. Date of service is supposedly 10/06. I am in California. This is the first bill I have received, and I have lived at this address for over 4 years. [more inside]
posted by 6:1 on Aug 8, 2010 - 5 answers

An Injury Sooner Forgotten

What could be the physiology involved in mild headaches weeks after head injury? [more inside]
posted by Mertonian on Aug 4, 2010 - 7 answers

Natural healing of herniated disc

How long did it take you to heal naturally from a herniated disc? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Aug 3, 2010 - 14 answers

Health insurance reform

Aetna recently contacted my parents saying that because they provide less than 50% of my financial support, I am no longer eligible to be a dependent on the family health insurance plan. However, the new legislation passed by Congress seems to say that I can stay on the plan until I am 26. Can anyone clear up this confusion? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Aug 2, 2010 - 16 answers

Hospital bill over a year later? Really?

Just received a $1400 hospital bill for a ER visit I made OVER 14 MONTHS AGO. How is this okay, and what do I say to plead with them? [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Jul 31, 2010 - 21 answers

Fear in the doctor's office

How do I deal with the fear of a painful medical test that I'm having in two weeks? The pain will be intense but short in duration, under 5 minutes. It's a simple procedure, done in the doctor's office, and afterwards I'll be able to do my normal activities and probably won't have any lingering sensations or discomfort. And yet, I'm having trouble summoning up the courage to go through with this, to the point where I'm becoming paralyzed with the fear. I would appreciate suggestions or anecdotes about how you overcame medical fear to do something you knew you had to do. [more inside]
posted by daikon on Jul 29, 2010 - 48 answers

yes, it's all true! we manage our allergies...

My wife went to the pharmacy to purchase Zyrtec-D and the pharmacy called the police. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 22, 2010 - 52 answers

Trying to look through my dog's new eyes on the world.

My dog had a stroke. Her head is now tilted to one side and one of her eyes is sort of bulgy. I'm trying to understand what the world is like for her now. How does the world look after a stroke to the stroke victim? [more inside]
posted by vizsla on Jul 21, 2010 - 10 answers

Normal life on dialysis

My brother has kidney failure and has been on dialysis for about a year. What are the probabilities on being able to live independently/normally, and how to go about it? [more inside]
posted by Fen on Jul 19, 2010 - 11 answers

Why do I have to have two MRI's?

I need an MRI of both my lower back and my left knee. The lady in scheduling told me I will have to be in the MRI for 40 minutes for my back, and then I'll come out and then have to go right back in for another 40 minutes for my knee. This doesn't seem right. Why can't I stay in the MRI machine for 40 minutes and then have my back and knee imaged at the same time? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Jul 14, 2010 - 9 answers

Oral BC hack, to predict my sensitivity to Mirena?

If I've never tried hormonal birth control, is it illogical to have my first try be a Mirena IUD? [more inside]
posted by sparrows on Jul 14, 2010 - 40 answers

Books on the history of medicine

Books on the history of medicine - looking for recommendations [more inside]
posted by fire&wings on Jul 3, 2010 - 14 answers

I want to hide my hands.

YANMDermatologist: What's up with these mini-blisters, it's annoying and making me self-conscious. Wall of late night text-babble inside. [more inside]
posted by Heretical on Jul 1, 2010 - 19 answers

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