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medical conditions that used to be attributed to emotional problems?

What are examples of medical conditions that were once thought (mistakenly) to be caused by psychological factors?
posted by mirileh on Aug 10, 2009 - 32 answers

Essential medical textbooks?

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 - 19 answers

Bo Knows . . .

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]
posted by anonymous on Aug 5, 2009 - 5 answers

Grad-school, relationships, and geography... can all three work?

Grad-school, med school, residency match, geography...help? [more inside]
posted by DeucesHigh on Aug 2, 2009 - 12 answers

Can anyone recommend a good primary care physician in Olympia, WA?

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 - 1 answer

How'd it end?

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 - 5 answers

How can I make my insurance pay for homocystinuria protein powder?

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 - 2 answers

I thought I was supposed to feel better as I lose weight!

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 - 47 answers

Where can I get my generic prescription pill analyzed for contents?

Where can I get a prescription pill analyzed for chemical contents? [more inside]
posted by jnnla on Jul 14, 2009 - 13 answers

Maintaining Balance as a Physician

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 - 9 answers

Anyone want free drugs?

What should I do with my leftover meds? [more inside]
posted by ValkoSipuliSuola on Jul 9, 2009 - 19 answers

Do Bananas constipate??

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 - 25 answers

How to lose weight on Amitriptyline

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 - 6 answers

It's what's inside that counts.

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 - 10 answers

What is this pain and what should I do about it, if anything?

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 - 10 answers

Was I prescribed the wrong medicine for a cold?

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 - 15 answers

Attention chemists and nurses.

What chemical did I inject into myself, and will I be okay? [more inside]
posted by lostburner on May 21, 2009 - 14 answers

Should I go to podiatrist?

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 - 17 answers

Medical butchery

Need no or low cost reconstructive surgery for friend who had a radical vulvectomy [more inside]
posted by ~Sushma~ on May 18, 2009 - 16 answers

Is it okay to take Effexor without its capsule?

Is there any particular reason that Effexor comes in gelatin capsules? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2009 - 10 answers

Pre-med Requirements After B.A.

How can I complete pre-medical requirements after having earned my B.A.? [more inside]
posted by mahoganyslide on May 15, 2009 - 3 answers

Why doesn't the rug match the drapes?

Why do some people's hair on their head and pubic hair not match in color? [more inside]
posted by reenum on May 14, 2009 - 30 answers

How do antibiotics work?

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 - 8 answers

Looking for a way to keep 2 spoonfuls of medicine in my pocket.

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 - 40 answers

Weird Ailments - Magazine Series?

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 - 11 answers

Need Help finding a good orthopedic doctor.

Where can I find references and referrals for a good Orthopedic / Sports Medicine Surgeon [more inside]
posted by mi6op on May 2, 2009 - 6 answers

Who dies in a flu pandemic?

In a flu pandemic what determines who dies? [more inside]
posted by tr45vbyt on Apr 27, 2009 - 14 answers

Emergency medicine FAQ in multiple languages.

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 - 4 answers

Is there a career out there for someone who wants to go to medical school but doesn't want to practice medicine?

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 - 22 answers

Why would a healthy-looking 10 year old girl be going to a stroke clinic?

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 - 16 answers

Fields most affected by genomics?

What field(s) of medicine is/are most likely to benefit from new genetic technology? [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte on Apr 1, 2009 - 2 answers

In search of medical blogs/articles

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 - 17 answers

Identity, as reflected in fiction

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 - 17 answers

What herbs or vitamins or food makes more blood flow to the brain?

What herbs or vitamins or food will make more blood flow into my brain? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Mar 18, 2009 - 20 answers

Serotonin Syndrome after quitting antidepressants?

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 - 15 answers

5-year old with repeated high fevers lasting only a few hours each (4 times in 2 weeks)

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 - 9 answers

Can a foreign medical graduate practice in the States in any way without doing residency?

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 - 7 answers

Gastrocolitis, Valbuminitus and Lumpuckaroo

Ever heard of a disease where you grow thorns that vibrate when cut off? [more inside]
posted by eccnineten on Mar 4, 2009 - 6 answers

How do I avoid a fight between my doctors?

How do I handle my doctors' disagreement about what medication I should be taking? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 25, 2009 - 9 answers

What branch of biology studies the environment to advance medicine?

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 - 11 answers

How is your non-CFC asthma inhaler working out for you?

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 - 11 answers

Danielsanjay Gupta

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 - 8 answers

Best Way to Get Healthcare While Back in the US

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 - 13 answers

How do I get the happy pills?

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 - 20 answers

Indirect Mononucleosis Transmission?

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 - 5 answers

I say he's crazy; therefore, he must go through an evaluation.

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 - 14 answers

Thyroid advice badly needed

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 - 11 answers

Defense lawyer needs to decipher operative reports.

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 - 6 answers

Apparently I have scalp psoriasis. What should I do now?

Apparently I have scalp psoriasis. What should I do now? [more inside]
posted by Sloop John B on Jan 13, 2009 - 15 answers

So I'm like a kitty kat?

What is a 'feline esophagus'? [more inside]
posted by mattholomew on Jan 8, 2009 - 4 answers

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