I'd like some guidelines on how to be reasonably cautious with my child's health when I can't tell if the nurses are overreacting or not. [more inside]
How can I negotiate with a collection agency? My insurance (unknown to me) refused to pay something, I have a bill, I can afford to pay 2/3 but am unsure how to negotiate this. [more inside]
Cut my finger three days ago. Still can't feel the tip? [more inside]
I’m an editorial assistant at a scientific publishing company, but I really want to be a science writer. How do I make it happen? [more inside]
My wife's PAP just came back showing "atypical glandular cells of undetermined significance". We are both concerned, and I'm having a hard time finding any useful information about what this is likely to mean in terms of prognosis, treatment, etc... So far, everything I've found has been either too superficial to be helpful or too dense to understand. Can anyone point us to some fairly in-depth information that won't overwhelm us with medical-speak? At this point, we're both scared, and any information at all would be very much appreciated. Thanks.
Urinary symptoms of an older (54 years) male: are they universal? I get to sleep about 6 hours / night, but am otherwise okay. What have your experiences been with this? [more inside]
I have written a medical research paper and want to submit it to a law or criminal justice journal for publication. Is this possible? If so, where do I start? [more inside]
Is there a general consensus in the medical world regarding whether it is better or not to use fever reducing medications (aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, etc.) for medium-grade fevers? [more inside]
Pls. help us be better prepared to advocate for my dad's medical care. [more inside]
Are there any websites/services out there where I can enter health/medical data about myself (height, weight, short medical history, etc) and statistical information from the general population would come up? (ie 30% of the people with your BMI and ethnicity have XYZ disease)
How do I go about seeing a therapist, gynecologist, dietitian, dermatologist, or even a personal doctor in the UK? [more inside]
I married into a family with the following medical history: the mother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in her 50s, her daughter was diagnosed with an vestibular schwannoma in her 40s, and her grandson from another daughter was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome and epilepsy when he was 7. These are seemingly separate issues except that while educating myself on them I kept bumping into connections with the myelin sheath. Turns out that each of these conditions are, or thought to be linked to this same group of cells which cover nerves. I casually mentioned this to a neurologist and was quickly dismissed as crazy, but isn't it possible if not likely that there's an as-yet undiscovered genetic link connecting all of these conditions? Has anyone ever studied such a connection?
I am interested in online programs to become a medical coder. Trying to search for one is turning up hundreds. [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good medical alert system? [more inside]
Can you recommend a great orthopedist in or around San Francisco? [more inside]
I know…YANMD, YANML. My daughter was born with an odd head shape and no fontanel. At three months our GP set up an appointment with a paediatric specialist. His diagnosis was, “that's just the way she was positioned in utero.” He did not schedule a follow up. [more inside]
I need help with my boogers, please. [more inside]
I just got health insurance for the first time in my adult life (thanks a bunch America), through my spouse's company. It seems like fairly robust insurance, and I would love to finally get treatment for my debilitating anxiety and possible ADHD. But I am so fearful of having these things on my medical record and possibly causing future insurance problems, that I am hesitant to make any appointments. Am I justified in these concerns? Are there things I can do to mitigate the repercussions? [more inside]
What is an illness that is non-fatal, but would keep someone out of work for a year, and that they might be embarrassed about? [more inside]
My relatives need some advice - a sick nephew in Tajikistan does not have access to trustworthy medical diagnosis. [more inside]
I took an early distribution on my 401(k) when I quit my job early this year. After doing some reading on the subject, I found my medical for the year is above the 7.5% threshold. Does this mean my early withdrawal penalty doesn't apply? You are not my accountant inside! [more inside]
What health stuff should I get done while I have dual insurance? [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
Bicycle accident, sprained or otherwise damaged knee, no insurance - where to go in the East Bay for help? [more inside]
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]
Have changes been made in the last year or so that make getting health insurance any easier? [more inside]
Mrs. thsmchnekllsfascists was involved in a pretty bad wreck this evening. Who pays the bills? [more inside]
How to get a hospital transfer approved and done *fast*? [more inside]
Transmission fluid on cut, will I die? [more inside]
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]
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]
How do you survive 30 hour call shifts on a busy general internal medicine ward? [more inside]
Medical Ethics question regarding physician at hospital referring patient to physician's own private practice. [more inside]
Relief for cervical ulnar nerve compression? [more inside]
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]
Is there such a thing as a generic cancer screening? [more inside]
Need some advanced advice on herbal supplements for both energy and rest for a semi-healthy person, but on prescription drugs too. [more inside]
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]
Why does my pee smell like Cheerios? [more inside]
What the hell is wrong with me? Nerve damage? Anxiety? [InsertVitamin] deficiency? Butterflies in my teeth? [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
How much is the average employee contribution to a company medical plan? [more inside]
Are employers in California required to offer registered same-sex domestic partner health benefits if they offer benefits to married partners? [more inside]
What is the meaning of the medical colloquialism "low blood"?
Anyone have experience with MedInformatix? [more inside]
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.