What are examples of medical conditions that were once thought (mistakenly) to be caused by
posted by mirileh
on Aug 10, 2009 -
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?
posted by kenchie
on Aug 6, 2009 -
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?
posted by dacoit
on Jul 30, 2009 -
Did Dr. Rufus W. Hooker survive WWII? I read his 1943 memoir, Ship's Doctor
, and it's driving me crazy. [more inside]
posted by Netzapper
on Jul 29, 2009 -
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]
posted by Jacen Solo
on Jul 28, 2009 -
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]
posted by JonnyRotten
on Jul 14, 2009 -
DocFilter: For those of you who are physicians and have family life, how have you achieved balance between work and family? [more inside]
posted by sciencemandan
on Jul 10, 2009 -
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]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh
on Jun 15, 2009 -
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!
posted by gibbsjd77
on Jun 2, 2009 -
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]
posted by elektrotechnicus
on May 29, 2009 -
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]
posted by booknerd
on May 25, 2009 -
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]
posted by anonymous
on May 24, 2009 -
My feet are in pain. What kind of doctor should I go to? I've heard that podiatry is sort of a dubious branch of medicine. [more inside]
posted by Sloop John B
on May 19, 2009 -
Woke up Tuesday morning with a killer sore throat, swollen lymph nodes making it painful to swallow and a low-grade fever. A doc visit this afternoon confirmed I've got some sorta creeping crud and I was given a prescription of antibiotics, (Amoxicillin tablets 875mg). Can someone describe in detail what exactly happens when I take the stuff, maybe in a timeline format? How does it wipe out the baddies exactly (i.e. what mechanisms does it use to kill off the bugs?) [more inside]
posted by captnkurt
on May 13, 2009 -
I'm looking for a clever way to bring 2 tablespoons of liquid medicine around with me in my pocket on weekends, without lugging around an entire bottle. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on May 6, 2009 -
There was a series of articles by doctors (or possibly, a doctor) in a mainstream US magazine, each about a patient who had a weird ailment, usually incorrectly diagnosed at first. What was it?
posted by musofire
on May 3, 2009 -
Where can I find references and referrals for a good Orthopedic / Sports Medicine Surgeon [more inside]
posted by mi6op
on May 2, 2009 -
Does anyone know of a handy reference of emergency medicine questions and statements in different languages? [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte
on Apr 14, 2009 -
I'm very interested in studying the human body and mind, particularly illness and disease. However, being a doctor isn't for me. What else is out there? [more inside]
posted by biochemist
on Apr 13, 2009 -
I teach chess to kids once a week. Yesterday one little girl, 10 years old, told me that she wouldn't be able to come to class anymore because she would be "going to the stroke clinic" 3 times a week, which conflicted with my chess class. Why would a healthy-looking 10 year old girl be going to a stroke clinic? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Apr 9, 2009 -
Tell me all about your favorite intelligent professional or casual medical blogs/articles somewhat in the vein of Atul Gawande. [more inside]
posted by nursegracer
on Mar 24, 2009 -
Navel-gazing via literature: Tell me (arts-inclined new physician in an introspective mood) about novels or other literary works that deal with changes in personal identity, the processes which shape who we become, and the conflicts which arise along the way. [more inside]
posted by TheLittlestRobot
on Mar 23, 2009 -
Could I possibly have Serotonin Syndrome even though I've been off anti-depressants for two or three years? And whether I have it or not, what's the best way to get a doctor to hold my hand while I try the recomended treatment for it; an antihistamine called Cyproheptadine (brand name Periactin) that blocks Serotonin receptors? [more inside]
posted by Clay201
on Mar 10, 2009 -
At 8 am this morning my five year old son was fine. At noon he had a temperature of 40.4 C (104.7 F). By 4:30 his temp was normal again. This is the fourth time in the last two weeks he's had a high fever (over 39) that lasts for only a few hours . What's up? [more inside]
posted by winston
on Mar 9, 2009 -
How can my wife, a Japanese doctor, practice in the US without re-doing her residency? [more inside]
posted by zachawry
on Mar 7, 2009 -
What are some in the field jobs that involve studying the environment seeking medical advances? A friend asked me the following question, and I looked around and was stumped by it. A couple basic things came to my attention, like tracking the spread of different illnesses in developing countries and passing out vaccines, but I hope I'm missing something.
"What branch of biology encompasses the outdoor study of plants, animals, environments, and whatever else in order to find medical advancements?
You see in movies people hunting in the amazon for weird plants in order to cure diseases. Is this a real profession?
Could I really go to Africa to study a plague because the genetic information found within it could lead to a cure for cancer?"
posted by Tres
on Feb 24, 2009 -
If you recently made the switch from a CFC-propelled asthma inhaler to a non-CFC-propelled inhaler
, how has it been? I've seen news reports that the spray is softer so you may not feel like you've gotten the full dose, and the inhalers have to be cleaned more often, and was curious to hear from people who've actually made the transition as I wait for my seasonal allergic asthma to kick in any day now. Any hints for making the adjustment smoother?
posted by mediareport
on Feb 24, 2009 -
New career path (Med school) in sights, past the deadline to apply/register for (Fall '09) undergrad programs that offer classes necessary for MCATs, any way to get into universities this late in the game? [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole
on Feb 19, 2009 -
I will be returning briefly to the US after 6 months abroad and I would like to partake in some of that wonderful US healthcare before I head back abroad. I have a couple of questions. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp
on Feb 18, 2009 -
I might be going to Vancouver, BC tomorrow. I would like to purchase some Tylenol with codeine pills (222s) while there, but I am not sure how it all works. Help! [more inside]
posted by karizma
on Feb 15, 2009 -
My friend has mononucleosis. He shared a drink with a friend of mine who had mono several years ago. I later shared a fork with this latter friend.
Is there a chance that I was exposed? Could my friend have been carrying the disease even if she can't contract again?
I'm freaking out a little. In a couple weeks I'm going to start an intensive program that's 12 hours in the classroom a day for about a month, and the absolute last thing I need is to come down with mono. Ahh!
posted by howgenerica
on Feb 2, 2009 -
Australian (and U.S.) Mental Health/Legal Filter. Can you just go and talk your GP into having someone put through a psychiatric evaluation? [more inside]
posted by metalheart
on Feb 1, 2009 -
I'm pretty sure I have thyroid issues. I see the doctor in three weeks. What can I do until then and how do I know whether I need to see someone sooner? [more inside]
posted by tkolstee
on Jan 21, 2009 -
What are some good resources for a new defense lawyer looking to learn a little about medicine?
My firm often defends companies in personal injury lawsuits, and I have been reviewing a lot of medical records lately. I have no background in medicine, and I want to gain a better understanding of the injuries I'm reading about - (mostly musculoskeletal injuries, often involving the back, knees, shoulders, etc.) and the surgeries done to correct them.
I'm looking for web resources, books, anything!
posted by eliina
on Jan 14, 2009 -