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and when you're only 23 it's not attractive to complain about your sore back

I have pain in my neck/shoulder. It's partially from computer use but becomes most intense when I draw. I need advice on better ergonomic setups as well as safe exercises I could do to strengthen those muscles, or anything else I might do to reduce this sort of pain. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Mar 27, 2011 - 16 answers

Crippling, baffling upper-back pain

Hey, for the third time in the last ten years or so the same part of my upper back has decided to cause me a spectacular amount of pain and discomfort for the last five days or so. The pain is all on the right side of my upper back, going up my neck to the base of my skull, accompanied with numbness in my shoulder and all down my right tricep, sometimes all the way down to my fingers. Along with the pain I'm nauseous half the time, possibly as a result of the pain itself. Sleeping, working and doing anything at all beyond moaning is really difficult, and the application of heat and cold has only helped temporarily. Last time I just took over-the-counter back meds for a week until I could get off the couch, and then a bit later went to a chiropractor who identified a problem in my upper spine and assured me he could fix it if I came around every week for the next 20 years and signed over my paycheque. This time I'm going to go to a proper doctor, but can anyone take a guess at what may be wrong and what sort of doctor I should try to see? Thanks!
posted by Antexit on Mar 24, 2011 - 10 answers

Are any of these three options more likely than Nuvaring to suppress periods?

Continuous Nuvaring is not working for period suppression. Of Depo-Provera, Mirena, and continuous Ortho Evra (only those three options), is any significantly MORE likely than Nuvaring to completely or mostly suppress periods? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 22, 2011 - 22 answers

Is this knee pain worth going to a doctor for?

My knee hurts. Is this just a normal aging thing, or should I see a doctor? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Mar 19, 2011 - 23 answers

BDSM and chronic pain

Pain you choose + pain you don't choose. Who is writing (either on the web or in print) about intersections of BDSM and chronic pain/illness? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 14, 2011 - 6 answers

I get sore when I DON'T run! Why?

Weird calf pain when I *stop* running for a few days. Why does this happen? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by pyrom on Mar 7, 2011 - 8 answers

Pain Clinic First Timer

Pain Clinic: First Timer, what to expect... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 3, 2011 - 5 answers

This brain freeze ... it occurs in your brain?

What do you call brain freeze when it doesn't occur in your brain? (Or any other pain that doesn't occur where you'd expect.) [more inside]
posted by iguanapolitico on Mar 2, 2011 - 14 answers

What kind of massage should I ask for?

What kind of massage do I want to ask for? [more inside]
posted by Blue Jello Elf on Feb 28, 2011 - 10 answers

Agony in the recovery room.

Yesterday I woke up from an operation in terrible agony. Is this normal (details inside), and if not what should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 28, 2011 - 33 answers

is my husband an idiot or am I a worrywart?

Please talk to me about dealing with the symptoms of trapped wind (gas). My husband is really suffering and I'm bewildered. [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri on Feb 27, 2011 - 33 answers

How do I keep from messing up my neck & shoulders in my sleep?

How do I keep from messing up my neck & shoulders in my sleep? [more inside]
posted by Caravantea on Feb 27, 2011 - 21 answers

Pinto Toe

Without a podiatrist, how do I fix my big toe? I do not think it is a hangnail, and it looks normal to the eye. But I could bump it on a down pillow and it will be so painful I want to chop it off. And it's a delayed pain. [more inside]
posted by cashman on Feb 25, 2011 - 19 answers

Lower abdominal pain. What to do?

Lower abdominal pain and tenderness. What do do? [more inside]
posted by rollbiz on Feb 24, 2011 - 24 answers

Exercise: how do I push myself without damaging myself?

I strain a muscle too frequently when I exercise. How am I supposed to get stronger? [more inside]
posted by jessicapierce on Feb 23, 2011 - 24 answers

How can I make the pain due to bruxism stop?

I've been grinding my teeth for a while now. I have a fancy mouth guard, yet I still have constant jaw pain and headaches. Anyone have any advice on how I can make this stop? [more inside]
posted by carmel on Feb 17, 2011 - 19 answers

Therapeutic, non-recreational cannabis

I need to know more about therapeutic use for marijuana, specifically for menstrual pain and vulvodynia. Snow flurries inside! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 13, 2011 - 25 answers

Incapacity insurance claim denied due to lack of objective proof of chronic pain

About to have an incapacity insurance claim denied due to lack of objective proof of chronic pain in the UK. What are our options? [more inside]
posted by richb on Feb 2, 2011 - 4 answers

Yarrrrr, my spine be curved, and so be my chair?

I switched jobs about a month ago, and since then, my back has been killing me. Help me be more comfortable. [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Jan 21, 2011 - 15 answers

Back pain and swollen lump at base of spine

My gf has a swollen puffy lump about 2.5" wide on the base of her spine, no discoloration or pain, it just appeared at the same time she got a sudden sharp stabbing pain in her right lower back - are these 2 things related, if so, can anyone tell us what it means? Obviously we need to talk to the doctors, but she's been working with them for years and no one can tell us anything yet - we thought someone else might have some ideas? [more inside]
posted by absolutshrk on Jan 21, 2011 - 12 answers

In need of stylish, portable walking support

I am suffering from a medical condition that causes severe muscle pain and weakness. I think that a walking stick for occasional might help, but I want something that looks cool and that I can fold up and put in a bag when not in use. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 20, 2011 - 11 answers

Making childbirth easier

What is the term for the ritual in which men simultaneously enact childbirth in order to take away some of the pain their wives are undergoing? [more inside]
posted by tavegyl on Jan 19, 2011 - 3 answers

Very painful corn on inside of little toe ..help

Broke my foot 2 years ago - seems like the gait has been altered and now my shoes don't fit as well and pressure started being put on my baby toe right on the inside between that toe and the adjacent one and a small corn has developed making every step excruciating. So I went to get one of those silicone inserts and it's helping somewhat. Also got new shoes. But now what? Will the corn disappear by itself? Is there anything that's not hyper-toxic that I can use on it to hasten the healing? I can't afford to go to a podiatrist right now - so anything that is suggested has to take this into consideration.
posted by watercarrier on Jan 6, 2011 - 6 answers

Deeply tired of having cold sores

I've had cold sores on my lips for more than two months, even on antivirals. Please help me get rid of them. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 6, 2011 - 30 answers

Making money on one's back without going into sex work?

What jobs or projects can someone do while either laying down or kneeling 95% of the time? [more inside]
posted by rosa on Jan 3, 2011 - 18 answers

My neck, my back... (they both hurt, not THAT song)

Help me end my intense back and neck pain and figure out the best way to go about doing it! [more inside]
posted by darkgroove on Jan 3, 2011 - 10 answers

I am looking for the best information about hip flexibility.

I am looking for a web site or book that someone here can recommend detailing ALL major stretches for the hips and lower body that also shows anatomical diagrams of exactly what is being stretched by the stretches. I have seen some good stuff on the net, but i am looking for a complete list with anatomical diagrams. If it is only hips, thats OK too. Thank You. [more inside]
posted by StUdIoGeEk on Dec 28, 2010 - 5 answers

This is why sometimes I wish I were born a man

What do you do for awful period cramps? TMI warning [more inside]
posted by queens86 on Dec 18, 2010 - 34 answers

Can a walk-in clinic help with my shoulder pain?

I have what I think is probably acute bursitis, and/or shoulder impingement syndrome and the pain has become almost unbearable. Should I go to the walk-in clinic? [more inside]
posted by a.steele on Dec 18, 2010 - 11 answers

Just a bad case of the vapors?

My body seems to overreact horribly to minor problems. Am I crazy or is this a documented condition? All the doctors I've seen have shrugged and asked if I was under a lot of stress. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 18, 2010 - 10 answers

Ow. Hospital?

Is this pain really a UTI? Should I go to the ER? [more inside]
posted by lriG rorriM on Dec 16, 2010 - 29 answers

I've got the peptic ulcer blues and I don't know the cure

What can I do to ease peptic ulcer pain? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Dec 9, 2010 - 10 answers

Don't touch me there!

YANMD or my physical therapist either, but maybe you know enough about the failure modes of the human skeletomuscular system to suggest possible reasons for the excruciating pain I feel when someone puts pressure on the base of my spine? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Dec 3, 2010 - 10 answers

Encourage my 1-month-old baby to "suckle softer"

Is there anything we can do to help encourage my 1-month-old baby to "suckle softer"? [more inside]
posted by swafo on Dec 3, 2010 - 21 answers

What is the strongest, non "controlled substance" painkiller available?

YANMD. What is the strongest, non "controlled substance" painkiller available? [more inside]
posted by hasna on Dec 2, 2010 - 20 answers

How do I lose weight, when I am supposed to severely limit my walking and standing?

How do I lose weight, when I am supposed to severely limit my walking and standing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 1, 2010 - 48 answers

How can I stop coughing, or make it not hurt to do so?

How can I stop coughing, or make it not hurt to do so? [more inside]
posted by gally99 on Nov 29, 2010 - 16 answers

Why does everything hurt so much?

Why does prolonged physical exertion put me in a state of intolerable pain? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 26, 2010 - 18 answers

"Alternative" gift for an "alternative" girlfriend, any ideas?

"Alternative" gift for an "alternative" girlfriend, any ideas? [more inside]
posted by - on Nov 26, 2010 - 18 answers

What is my random wrist pain from?

What could be causing the popping in my wrist? YANMD, etc. etc. [more inside]
posted by kro on Nov 22, 2010 - 7 answers

Step = ow!

What can I do for my lower back pain while I'm traveling in a foreign country? [more inside]
posted by ManyNinjas on Nov 22, 2010 - 7 answers

I have terrible neck pain. What now?

Deeply painful neck pain. Advice? [more inside]
posted by omoikkiri on Nov 21, 2010 - 8 answers

How do I move on? Am I ready?

Exactly one week ago I broke up with my boyfriend who I loved because I felt like things were unhealthy and he wasn't treating me right. Even though my brain tells me I did the 'right' thing, my heart and body are suffering. How do I reconcile what I know with how I feel? [more inside]
posted by lblair on Nov 19, 2010 - 42 answers

ow. ow alot.

Relief for cervical ulnar nerve compression? [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on Nov 13, 2010 - 9 answers

Why do I have this pain in my heel?

YANMD filter: Why does my heel burn/pull when I stretch it? [more inside]
posted by kookywon on Nov 10, 2010 - 5 answers

pain in the side

Vague pain in side, yes, you are not my doctor, I should see my doctor, so what is this pain anyway? [more inside]
posted by fifilaru on Nov 10, 2010 - 14 answers

Preventative maintenence for my way to work... Stop my toe from breaking!

This is the second time my big toe has broken with no trauma. How do I prevent this from happening again? [more inside]
posted by cathoo on Nov 5, 2010 - 10 answers

YANMD advice for the uninsured please

Dull achey pain somewhere just below my chest for over 24 hours. No insurance, YANMD, what could it be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 4, 2010 - 12 answers

Trying to finally get over distrust of women--Stood up.

I am tremendously distrustful of women. My therapist has encouraged me to try again. I got stood up. I'm not sure what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2010 - 33 answers

Butterflies in my teeth?

What the hell is wrong with me? Nerve damage? Anxiety? [InsertVitamin] deficiency? Butterflies in my teeth? [more inside]
posted by doublehappy on Oct 31, 2010 - 18 answers

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