How do I make air travel less painful after surgery? [more inside]
Tell me you favorite bitter, angry songs. [more inside]
How can I put off worrying about my health enough to enjoy the holidays? Also, what should I ask my second-opinion doctor? (A couple icky details inside) [more inside]
Can you help me cope with my utterly terrible back and leg pain? I'm at my wits end, so I'm looking for any and all suggestions - physical or mental. [more inside]
An aquaintance of mine works for a defense contractor company as has a fairly high security clearance. They also have a serious drinking problem and have admitted that they are an alcoholic. However, they are afraid to go for treatment because they are concerned that they will lose their security clearance as a result. [more inside]
IT Band problems: Tried the foam roller, deep tissue massage, building the muscle and stretches (all to no avail). What are other remedies? [more inside]
I use my smartphone a lot and my hands/thumbs are getting sore. I know how to stave off pain from typing and hunching over my computer, but those techniques don't work for this. Can you recommend stretches or massage techniques? [more inside]
Why do I get a sharp pain in my tongue asI drift off to sleep? [more inside]
I have eczema all over my dominant hand, which is making some day to day tasks difficult. What are some ways of getting around this? [more inside]
What is this confounding pain in my testicles? [more inside]
I have sensitive skin that dries out easily. Which types of soaps, washcloths, etc. should I use to help treat my skin better?
I have sensitive skin that dries out easily. Which types of soaps, washcloths, etc. should I use to help treat my skin better? [more inside]
This is getting ridiculous. All I want is relief and a normal neck/upper back again . Brace yourselves for a long story and my thanks in advance for any help :( [more inside]
It's cold outside! Help me find some wintertime shoes [or inserts], that aren't crocs. All sorts of feet problems and style nitpickiness inside. [more inside]
I thought a chiropractor was supposed to make me feel better, but now I feel sick. What's happening? [more inside]
A rear molar (#30 for you dental fans) had a chip missing but was otherwise asymptomatic but my dentist recommended a gold crown before the tooth broke and caused greater problems. I followed his advise and while wearing the temporary crown I noticed a new, distinct and very painful sensitivity to cold. He dismissed it as a fluke and installed the permanent crown, but the sensitivity remains and now I can't eat anything frozen without agony. He x-rayed the tooth and found no structural issues, nor did he find any leaks in the seating. He claims that the problem is just routine cold sensitivity and advised aggressive fluoride, but with no prior problem isn't it more likely that he screwed up something and, if so, what?
Bulging veins and pain. Am I dying? And if not, what is going on? [more inside]
I'm tired of feeling so "issue-y" about relationships. Please help me stop. [more inside]
Anything I can do to help my shoulder heal from a bad sprain? [more inside]
I had a wisdom tooth extracted. Ten days later I still can't open my mouth more than an inch or two without experiencing pain. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
Why does my neck hurt when I jog? [more inside]
I've been playing electric bass guitar in bands continuously for about 25 years or so. The last 20 years I've been using a pick exclusively, and for most of that time, while playing, I've suffered bad pain in my picking hand - specifically around the base of my thumb and in between the thumb and index finger. It's kind of like a cramp that comes on about 5 minutes after I start playing, and can in extreme isntances result in me not being able to hold onto the pick. The pain subsides after I stop playing, but it's a serious hinderance to playing well! I'm in a punk band, so lots of speed picking. I've tried hand and arm exercises, stretching, upping my potassium intake (bananas and coconut water), repositioning the bass, and taking Ibuprofin before playing and none of it seems to work reliably. Is this something I am just have to live with?
Which of my muscles is hurting and what can I do about it? [more inside]
For a week now I've had this pressure/pulsing discomfort in my neck around my carotid area. It's not my throat; it is definitely related to my pulse somehow. The doctor I saw doesn't know what's wrong; who should I see/what should I do now? (snowflake details inside) [more inside]
My 85 year old diabetic mother-in-law has been having what she describes as throbbing pain in her foot for several months now. Could this be plantar fascitis or neuropathy? [more inside]
Help! I think twisted my back out of alignment again after a chiropractic adjustment and they're closed for the weekend!
Help! I think twisted my back out of alignment again after a chiropractic adjustment and they're closed for the weekend! Also, any advice about constant lower back pain? [more inside]
Should it hurt this much two days after having two teeth pulled? [more inside]
Help me be more empathetic/sympathetic. [more inside]
Yesterday, as I was bending over to plug something in, I sneezed really hard and popped about 4 vertebrae all at once right in the middle of my back. Right in the spot where I carry all my tension. It felt absolutely amazing and a little dangerous. Is it possible to safely and regularly replicate that release of tension on my own, say once a day? How?
Medical Question: Persistent pain in the upper left abdomen and side. Is this an urgent care situation? [more inside]
Please help me find boots/shoes with sufficient arch and ankle support! [more inside]
What did I do to my poor face? [more inside]
Sore legs for over 2 weeks...(follow-up to previous question) [more inside]
I am male. When I jump down from a fence, why is there a sharp pain in my rectum? [more inside]
Sore neck, shoulder and arm from slouching in front of my computer. Any tips on making myself feel better? [more inside]
Maybe once or twice a year for as long as I can remember, I've had a short-lived sharp pain at a certain spot in my ribs. It doesn't seem to be related to anything else going on with my body, once it stops I'm not sore, and I have no idea what it is or why it happens. Is this a thing people are familiar with? [more inside]
Help me prevent long term low pack pain/sprains with activities more fun than typical stretching and exercise. [more inside]
What could potentially be the cause of a sharp lower abdominal pain during intercourse...AND walking down the street? [more inside]
Help me survive my upcoming gynecological exam. Special, nsfw snowflake details after the jump. [more inside]
Sudden neck pain and tummy troubles. Am I okay? [more inside]
Help me work out the cause of joint pain over the last two weeks. [more inside]
Knee problem filter: I have just started noticing a slight problem with my left knee. It feels like a dull pain in the joint and is worse when i walk and move my leg up and down. I do a lot of spinning, elliptical and walking. I am 26 years old and female. -Is this serious? Should I see a doctor? -Is there anything I could do to make it worse? Types of activities I should avoid? -Any home care remedies that would help? Thanks! I appreciate your help!
I never thought I'd be asking Metafilter a medical question, but after baffling two doctors, I figure it's worth a shot. Anyone ever had/heard of attacks of joint pain affecting all joints on one side of the body only? [more inside]
What did I do to my foot? I have been working very physically and in bare feet no less but... my foot started to hurt several house after I was done with work and there wasn't a specific incident to cause the pain. My foot just started to radiate pain, seemingly out of no where. [more inside]
Do I force myself to feel the pain or do I let a callous grow? [more inside]
If you've tried Alexander technique or acupuncture for neck or back pain, did they work? [more inside]
I recently started getting UTIs and bladder inflammation after every weekend I go to see my boyfriend and have sex with him. I need some guidance so I know what kinds of questions to ask my doctor, 'cause I am damn tired of needing to pee in pain every 10 goddamn seconds. [more inside]
My lips are chapped. But not just, "oh, that's annoying" chapped. They're covered in red patches and the skin keeps peeling off. Nothing I try works. Halp! [more inside]
I get inner elbow pain from playing racquetball or rock climbing. What's going on and how do I fix it? [more inside]
Mid 30s and healthy. Who should I see for recently appearing hip pain? Orthopedist, physical therapist, rolfing, other? [more inside]
I'm a 25 year old guy and quite tall (6'6). I often sit down for much of the workday. I also bike and walk everywhere (I don't drive). In recent weeks I've been experiencing some back pain. This evening, upon leaving work, I began experiencing the worst sustained back pain I've ever felt. Hard to bend over, painful to walk, or do much of anything. It has been hurting for 3 hours now. I'm going to call the doc tomorrow, but does anyone know of a good mattress to buy for such an ailment? (Mine is awful, sags in the middle, etc.) Or anything else I can do?