YANMD, but I need to consult the hive mind about some very worrying symptoms I've been having. I've been to a few doctors and so far, Scotland Yard Is Baffled. [more inside]
What's the bare minimum in equipment necessary for a blood transfusion? [more inside]
A friend of mine has had, since childhood, a set of medical symptoms that defy diagnosis. She recently finished another round of appointments with specialists in our area to no real effect and much frustration. She's asked me to help her figure out where she might turn for additional diagnosis and care (ie, ways to locate/contact best-in-class specialists/etc, not non-traditional medicine). I'm pretty healthy and have never had this kind of interaction with doctors, so I'm at a bit of a loss. [more inside]
What are the rules for Dr Phil's 'medicine game'? [more inside]
So I was told by the doc that I have a SEVERE mold allergy…now what? [more inside]
All advice for giving my cat his oral medicine has failed, and I have 19 more days of suffering. Help! [more inside]
What do you use when you have to work with a cold? [more inside]
Can I take my benzos in transit through KL international airport? I will be catching a connecting flight through Malaysia and want to know whether I will be able to bring prescription drugs safely. [more inside]
Are there any public advocacy groups in Australia to help people with debilitating illnesses get new medical products and procedures added to Medicare?
Help me find a Dr. House in (or near) Los Angeles for my father. [more inside]
What approaches have worked for you to reduce the size of a medical bill after services have been rendered? [more inside]
Terrible cough, too late to leave the house in search of remedies -- can I take this expired (expired April 2009) prescription Tussionex cough syrup or is there a better solution in my house? [more inside]
Where can I find level-headed, researched, sound information on "cold lasers" or "low-level lasers" as medical treatments? [more inside]
Told my doctor I smoked pot, now I just got a disconcerting letter from my insurance company. [more inside]
I'm compiling a set of 30-40 photographs related to any and all aspects of disease for a high school visual literacy project. The students are high school juniors who are struggling with literacy and writing. I'd love your suggestions for compelling, diverse, and striking images and sites that have collections of same. [more inside]
I have a multi-day Scrabble tournament soon and a brand-new cold. Help! [more inside]
New-York-Filter: How big is the Spanish speaking community around Columbia University Medical Center? How many of their patients are Spanish speakers? [more inside]
What is special about a square surgical knot? It seems like the regular kind of knot I use to tie my shoes, just using a very specific hand technique. Is there any advantage to this knot tying technique?
I'm expecting a baby in a few months and have questions about medicating infants and toddlers. I always thought you give babies motrin when they're teething really badly, baby allegra when they have sinus infections, etc. However, all my friends seem to either be dead-set against baby Motrin or use it very, very sparingly. What's the cause for alarm? [more inside]
Hey Hive Mind - Mind Helping Me Understand Medicine Dosage? [more inside]
What are the most useful iPhone apps for a newly qualified doctor? [more inside]
Alternative medicines for a young kid - am I making too much of it? [more inside]
What is the most important scientific question of our time? [more inside]
What is the name of this heart condition, and is it genetic? The main artery supplying blood to the heart isn't developed properly in utero, resulting in major surgery and/or death of the baby post birth. [more inside]
I messed up my eye - please help me figure out doctor stuff. [more inside]
Anti-depressants: do they eventually stop working? [more inside]
A question about automated drug discovery [more inside]
What are your experiences with St. John's wort? In particular, have you ever taken it at the same time as ADHD medications like Ritalin/Focalin (methylphenidate), Adderall (amphetamine) etc? [more inside]
I am a 40 year old man that died of a skull fracture in August, 1920. [more inside]
I started feeling stuffy tomorrow, and today I have an awful cold. Tomorrow, I don't have the time to put up with a cold. Is there medication that actually works well enough to help me get through the day? How do I know if I'm contagious? [more inside]
I may have accidentally injected testosterone into a vein. Do I need to go to the ER or can I wait until my endocrinologist's office is open tomorrow? [more inside]
Recommend an excellent, comprehensive book on the history of antibiotics? [more inside]
I've been reading a lot of conflicting information about the U.S. health care reform bill (HR 3200) and its potential impact on different groups of Americans. I tried to read the bill, but it's over a thousand pages and is written in mind-numbing legalese. Is there a place online where I can find comprehensive, non-partisan, easily understandable information about the bill?
Why shouldn't I use Q-tips? Or an ear pick? [more inside]
What are examples of medical conditions that were once thought (mistakenly) to be caused by psychological factors?
It's my nephew's birthday this weekend. He is going to University in September to study Medicine (in the UK). Are there any essential medical text books I could get him to help with his studies?
Health Mystery Solved. I have been given a diagnosis of avascular necrosis. My general practitioner relayed these results to me after she saw my MRI results. On Friday I meet with an orthopedic surgeon. Please help me prepare. [more inside]
Grad-school, med school, residency match, geography...help? [more inside]
My current doctor seems poorly organized and has misdiagnosed me one time too many. I know there are MeFites in the Olympia area; does anyone have a doctor they love?
Did Dr. Rufus W. Hooker survive WWII? I read his 1943 memoir, Ship's Doctor, and it's driving me crazy. [more inside]
I have homocystinuria, which means that I should get as little methionine in my protein as possible. The doctors recommend I take a special methionine-free protein powder, but the insurance won't pay for it. What is the step-by-step for making them come around? [more inside]
I've lost nearly 90 LBS, but I feel like poo constantly. I've had increasing foot problems, and just generally tired, and sick all the time. Have any of you gone through a dramatic weight loss and felt horrible, or developed problems that didn't exist before the weight loss? [more inside]
Where can I get a prescription pill analyzed for chemical contents? [more inside]
DocFilter: For those of you who are physicians and have family life, how have you achieved balance between work and family? [more inside]
What should I do with my leftover meds? [more inside]
Do Bananas constipate or do they do the opposite? My daughter needs to eat foods that make stool soft. Some people have told me to feed her bananas and others say to stay away from them. Which is the truth? My daughter is five years old. [more inside]
I am on 75mg a day of Amitriptyline for migraines. Has anyone had any luck not gaining weight on Elavil/Amitriptyline? I have been on it for a couple months and am having a much harder time than I thought not gaining weight. Did any particular strategies work for you? Did the effect kind of wane as you got used to the medicine? Thanks!
I just had an MRI and MRA in response to these issues, and the radiologist's report should be relayed to me in a day or two. I've already had one normal CT scan. I received a copy of all the images from this scan - should I look at them? [more inside]
What is this pain in my hip, how can I make it go away, and should I make a doctor's appointment yet? [more inside]
Why did this doctor prescribe Penicilin vk 500 for me when the description says it's not for fighting a cold or flu and yet that's CLEARLY what I have? [more inside]