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Advice re: my father's swift decrease in mobility - arthritis & Synvisc

My father (age 79) has gone from keeping a cane in the car for occasional use to steady himself (through 2012) to being in terrible pain and needing a walker around the house (the latter after a Synvisc injection to the knee 2 weeks ago, knee swelling, and falling - again - at home alone). So far he hasn't broken anything in his falls, but I live 90 minutes away from him and he lives alone. He's accustomed to being quite active and has often been mistaken for a man 10-15 years his junior. [more inside]
posted by pammeke on Mar 4, 2013 - 10 answers

 

Pain in the...

I recently lost a significant amount of weight, and am smaller than I've been in about 20 years. As a result, of what I assume is a combination of weight loss and aging, I have little padding on my butt. As a result, my sacrum and tail bone hurt whenever I sit on anything somewhat hard for any length of time - like - 10 minutes! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 1, 2013 - 22 answers

Tell me how to plan for a potential Tendinitis treatment

I believe I am getting Tendinitis in my right wrist. Despite my best efforts (Ergonomic everything, mousing with the left hand, exercises every hour) it has slowly gotten worse over the past year. I want to go talk to a specialist about it, but I am very anxious about what treatment will entail. Can you please tell me what your experience has been with getting tendinitis treated? What were the costs, how many visits did it take, what kind of treatments did you receive? [more inside]
posted by rebent on Mar 1, 2013 - 16 answers

How did you let go and forgive after a loss and a breakup?

Death of a parent and a breakup- how to disentangle the two, get a virtual lobotomy regarding the breakup, and for heavens sake just fucking move on regarding the breakup. [more inside]
posted by xm on Feb 27, 2013 - 20 answers

Why do old people have a hump in their back?

Can someone explain why old age or bone loss causes older people to have a hump in their upper back or neck? I think its called dowager’s hump.
posted by john123357 on Feb 21, 2013 - 16 answers

North Londoners - tell me your back/neck pain witchdoctors

I've had recurring severe pain in my upper back and neck for the last four years. I don't know what to do next. Several years ago my brother saw a physiotherapist-type dude (other side of the country sadly or I'd be beating his door down) who cured his crippling shoulder pain. Do you know of someone in North London who can do this for me? [more inside]
posted by greenish on Feb 20, 2013 - 1 answer

Building a house to accommodate pain and disability

Everything I do, all day, every day, hurts. The more I do things that are painful, the more the pain snowballs. We're going to build a house that we hope will help reduce the accumulation of pain, and maybe even let me recover a little. Help me make sure I'm covering all the bases in house design accommodations. [more inside]
posted by galadriel on Feb 13, 2013 - 35 answers

YANMD, but am I being ridiculous?

YANMD: I have pain in my left shoulder blade, I can feel a muscle "knot", and I'm convinced I have cancer. [more inside]
posted by sarahgrace on Feb 11, 2013 - 30 answers

Is there a healing power in the sun?

I live in northern New York where we have short hot summers of about 2 to 3 months and long cold winters. I have a variety of health problems, including joint problems, and hormone problems including low testosterone and higher than normal estrogen (I am a male) . I have noticed that in the summertime If I sit outside for one to two hours every day to absorb the sun I feel healthier, my joints hurt less, my hormones seem better, and I have more energy. Also if I have a cut or a twisted ankle It seems to heal faster then in the winter. Assuming that it was the vitamin D from the sun that was causing this , I took vitamin D pills every day in the winter. However, I did not experience any of the benefits that I experienced with regular sunshine exposure. This leads me to believe there is something else, some sort of other healing power in the sun that either science is not aware of yet or that I am simply not aware of. Is this possible?
posted by john123357 on Feb 5, 2013 - 23 answers

Help me find the right shoes to fix my foot pain

I've hod ongoing pain for months in my right foot, and after seeing a doctor and getting x-rays and and MRI done, the best advice he had for me was to buy new shoes and hope the pain eventually goes away. My question is, what sort of shoes am I looking for? I spend about an hour each day walking between classes, work, and my car—aside from that, I'm not terribly active. I'm also on somewhat of a budget, but if I need to pay $100 to not have to limp around, I'll gladly pay.
posted by reductiondesign on Jan 30, 2013 - 20 answers

What is this perpetual bruise-like pain on my shin?

This is an issue that I've been aware of for years, but have never investigated it with a doctor because it usually only hurts when I put pressure in one particular spot. (Hey, doc, it hurts when I do this...) The spot is 3-5 inches above my ankle, along the very edge of my shin bone on the inside of my left leg. It's very tender, hurts quite a bit if that one spot is knocked or if I push on it. There's no bruise visible on the skin. [more inside]
posted by Trespassers William on Jan 26, 2013 - 16 answers

Insoles for Dressy Ballet Flats

I own, and love, Naturalizer Maude flats for working as a bank teller, where I stand at least half the day and constantly hop off and on my stool. When they're new, the comfort insole is perfect for my feet. However, after a year of use, I've squashed any cushioning they have and they're killing me. What insoles will fit into a dressy ballet flat that does not have removable insoles? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Jan 18, 2013 - 13 answers

Philosophical Texts on Pain and Suffering

Which philosophers have written cogently on the quantifying of suffering? I don't mean the value of suffering, like Nietzsche and the will to power or Kierkegaard and the path to understanding or extreme utilitarianist like Pearce, arguing for the eradication of suffering. I mean texts which consider the problems of how to value and quantifies degrees of suffering. Thanks!
posted by crush-onastick on Jan 15, 2013 - 13 answers

Soothe my back, stop the clicking

I'm a mid-30s female, and I am finding my back is becoming less and flexible over the years while my core and upper body are getting weaker. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel on Jan 14, 2013 - 20 answers

Aching pain after root canal

I had root canals redone (by an endodontist) and crowns placed on two of my upper teeth (by my dentist) that are side by side early last year. All was well until yesterday morning, when I woke up with a dull throbbing aching pain on where those teeth are, but especially on the one tooth. It doesn't seem to be sensitive to hot and cold, but chewing on that side hurts. I already have an appointment with my dentist, but would appreciate it if anybody who knows can give me the worst, best, and most likely scenario of what I am facing so I can prepare myself. Thank you so much. Anecdotes if you experienced something similar are also appreciated.
posted by skjønn on Jan 9, 2013 - 11 answers

What do you put on vulvar abrasions to help them heal?

Embarrassing Injury Filter: I managed to scrape my vulva on a rough surface today. Now I have these little paper cut type abrasions on the very softest parts but I can't really see them and I don't know what to put on them so they heal up properly. Can I put Neosporin on them? I'm worried that if I'm not careful any ointment I use will spawn a YI or something. :( My gyno won't be open till after the New Year otherwise I'd call and ask her.
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Dec 25, 2012 - 17 answers

How do you transform your pain through art

Do you express your pain through art? How do you do it? [more inside]
posted by carolinaherrera on Dec 19, 2012 - 9 answers

Can you help with this pain in my neck?

I'm having serious neck and shoulder pain due to some combination of a bone spur in my cervical spine, a herniated disc and/or flexor joint arthritis. I have doctors. I'm getting physical therapy. Anyone have suggestions for dealing with the pain in the meantime? [more inside]
posted by driley on Dec 17, 2012 - 6 answers

Mystery metatarsals.

For the past few months, when I wake up in the morning (or get up in the middle of the night), I experience pain between/around my 4th and 5th metatarsals when I put any weight on that foot--more on the side and top than the sole (it is not plantar fasciitis). Within 5-10 minutes, it stops and doesn't hurt at all for the rest of the day. My GP, orthopedist and physical therapist are stumped. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Dec 13, 2012 - 6 answers

I'll take "Diseases I May Have" for $200, Alex

You are not my doctor. But you will probably spend more time thinking about what is wrong with me. What is wrong with me, anyway? I have an appointment January 4, should I go sooner. [more inside]
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet on Dec 12, 2012 - 16 answers

Waffling.

How do I deal with not knowing if my relationship is over or not? If it is, how do I heal from losing the love of my life? [more inside]
posted by Pericardium on Dec 11, 2012 - 14 answers

How do you hack your period?

Women of metafilter, how do you look after yourself before and during your period? What are your hints and tips for coping with menstruation and it's attendant effects? How do you organise your life to handle cramps, mood swings, fatigue etc.? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 7, 2012 - 57 answers

Seattle gynecologist recommendations?

Can anyone recommend a gynecologist in the Seattle area who's good at figuring out what's causing odd symptoms? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2012 - 0 answers

There's something missing in my house.

My partner has temporarily moved out due to financial difficulty. Does the pain ever end? [more inside]
posted by Pericardium on Dec 1, 2012 - 31 answers

Tea Tree Filter

Should tea tree oil in bath water sting like crazy? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Nov 28, 2012 - 15 answers

Back pain between shoulder blades

I am a 47 year old female & have a office job where I sit at a computer all day. I started having back pain in my middle back right between my shoulder blades after lifting some boxes down from a high shelf about a month ago. I have always noticed my lower back is curved, if I stand up against a wall I can not press my lower back against it. When I exercise doing pilates I really have to concentrate on keeping my lower back pressed down and not arching. I bought a lumbar back support cushion for my office chair so I can sit back and have support in my lower back. What kind of exercises could I do to help with this constant ache in my back?
posted by just asking on Nov 28, 2012 - 15 answers

Fix my fingers

Sharp pain in my right ring and pinky fingers when I bend them. I need to do a lot of typing. YANMD, but can you help me get through the weekend? [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote on Nov 22, 2012 - 7 answers

Mind or body? What's up with these symptoms?

YANMD, but what could be causing these bizarre health issues in a previously (fairly) healthy twenty-year-old female? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by sarahgrace on Nov 15, 2012 - 28 answers

My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Ouchy Left Hand

What's up with my left hand? I play guitar right handed and have been working out hard and regularly. After 20+ years - no problems. Then I started getting pain in the back of my left hand a few weeks ago and... [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser on Nov 14, 2012 - 10 answers

Should my friend go to the hospital? Symptoms inside...

YANMFD... I have a friend who, on Thursday, experienced sharp pains in his left side--he described the location as, "About an inch inside, directly aligned with my underarm". He felt it about 15 times over the course of the day and said it was "sharp and sudden" and caused him to wince and bend over. The next day, he woke up and there was blood in his right eye--not bloodshot, but blood, like a pool. It went away over the course of the day. He insists these things are not related and won't go to the doctor. As a result, I'm worried. Could these things be connected and what could they be? He's 44. [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Nov 10, 2012 - 19 answers

Shooting pain in a muscle that quickly goes away

What's this shooting pain in my lower leg? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on Nov 4, 2012 - 13 answers

Hip, Hip, Hoo-arrrgggghhh

I've suddenly developed a weird hip pain issue that it's hard for me to even articulate well enough in order to explain to my doctor without sounding like a weirdo. Have you ever had anything like this? [more inside]
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit on Nov 1, 2012 - 7 answers

How High the Arthritis?

My sober, drug addict husband was prescribed a cream for his painful arthritis. We always have a sobriety plan in place when he has to take strong pain medicines for legit reasons. Do we have to do the same thing for this cream? Also, what is in this medicine? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 25, 2012 - 12 answers

Soothing a clotted leg?

I have a very sore leg from inflammation in surface veins. Went to the doctor last week, and they weren't alarmed but didn't have much to suggest for palliation, either. Do you have any experience soothing superficial thrombophlebitis? [more inside]
posted by theatro on Oct 25, 2012 - 3 answers

Doc, it hurts when I do this...

You know the joke about the man who shows his hyper-extended arm to his doctor, says "doc, it hurts when i do this," and the doc says, "well then don't do that!"? I am now that joke. Help me not be. [more inside]
posted by ubiquity on Oct 25, 2012 - 14 answers

Do I need to see a doc for plantar fasciitis treatment?

I know I have plantar fasciitis. I'm stretching and working to decrease my inflammation. Do I need to see a doc? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on Oct 18, 2012 - 25 answers

I got what I wanted but the doctor is a quack and I don't trust him. Help?

The doctor I just saw is a quack. I knew he would be, but I set up an appointment anyway. I've been dealing with fatigue and chronic pain, and regular doctors haven't had an answer. So I set up an appointment with a doctor that practices "functional medicine" as a last ditch effort. How do I reconcile what this doctor told me with what I know about real medicine and the load of bullshit I was just fed? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Oct 14, 2012 - 31 answers

Advances in Lobster Neuroscience

Lobster neuroscience: What new findings about pain and nociception in crustaceans have been made since 2004? [more inside]
posted by ecmendenhall on Oct 13, 2012 - 3 answers

Tendin' the Tendon

Frustrating physical ailment filter. Help me find temporary relief. [more inside]
posted by outlandishmarxist on Oct 8, 2012 - 8 answers

What could be wrong with my hip/leg?

YANMD, I know, but my doctor hasn't been very helpful, so I figured I'd try asking the hivemind. [more inside]
posted by Sakura3210 on Oct 1, 2012 - 25 answers

Help me get rid of this pimple

I have a painful pimple on my inner labia. How long is this going to take to go away? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 20, 2012 - 21 answers

"It's all in your head." "I don't think it is." "Well you would say that."

I'm dealing with chronic pain and fatigue; after several specialists were unable to find the cause, I was referred to a pain clinic. I had an evaluation with a psychiatrist today, and at the end I asked him about his findings. Among other things, he said there was evidence of Somatization Disorder. But I don't think that is it; I think the pain has a physical cause. But if I do have Somatization Disorder, I would think that anyway. How do I determine if that is the problem or not, and if not, how do I make sure my doctors don't dwell on it. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Sep 19, 2012 - 11 answers

Ow, my perfectly-fine knees!

Non-injury causes of knee pain? [more inside]
posted by kagredon on Sep 19, 2012 - 15 answers

The tortoise wins this one

Is there any overcoming Achilles tendonitis? [more inside]
posted by bookgirl18 on Sep 19, 2012 - 14 answers

How do animals and humans survive extreme physical pain and physical assault?

How do animals and humans survive extreme physical pain and physical assault? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on Sep 18, 2012 - 16 answers

can nerve blocks cause hand tremors?

can nerve blocks cause hand tremors? [more inside]
posted by unlucky.lisp on Sep 16, 2012 - 7 answers

Chicken versus egg versus back pain

Back pain and swallowing difficulty - is the shoulder pain causing the swallowing situation or the other way around? Your experience wanted as I wait for my doctor visit. [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Aug 31, 2012 - 10 answers

My tongue feels burned and hurts whenever I swallow, what would help it heal?

What will help me heal a tongue "burned" by an old Cold-Eeze lozenge? [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse on Aug 26, 2012 - 5 answers

Throat pain

I have a pain in my upper chest, presumably in my esophagus. How urgent a medical condition is this, and which doctor should I see? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on Aug 26, 2012 - 8 answers

Eww-lbow

So... over the course of the day my elbow has gone weird looking - it's red and swollen and sort of squooshy feeling. The skin feels warm to the touch and it is tender. Doctor Google tells me it's probably Bursitis. So... I should probably go get it checked out. But is it a rush to the docs tonight thing or a wait to tomorrow thing?
posted by Artw on Aug 23, 2012 - 21 answers

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