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Did I have short-term appendicitis?

A strange incident happened several years ago, that I think was appendicitis but can't be sure. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Aug 31, 2014 - 16 answers

Sriracha + Harissa: A Spicy Mystery

Why do sriracha and harissa disagree with my digestive system, when many other spicy foods that also contain chiles and garlic do not? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Aug 20, 2014 - 21 answers

Infections in Education...

Okay, that is a bit of a tongue-in-cheek title... I just started doing tech support work in a public school. I know about hand washing and using sanitizer but anyone have any thoughts about additional vaccinations beyond TDP and the annual flu shot? [more inside]
posted by sandpine on Aug 12, 2014 - 11 answers

Should I stay or should I go?

So here's the thing. My dad just got diagnosed with ALS-- Lou Gehrig's Disease, That Thing That Stephen Hawking Has, you know the drill-- and I have a moral dilemma. [more inside]
posted by dogheart on Jul 16, 2014 - 30 answers

Allergic reaction to metal (esp titanium) surgically inserted plate?

I have a titanium plate that was used to fix a radial fracture about a year and a half ago. I've been experiencing symptoms that include episodes of extreme fatigue, as well as sore throat and general sick feeling for the past 6 months or so. Before that I would experience this sick feeling minimally starting shortly after the plate was surgically implanted in my arm. The plate is now useless and can be removed, I was wondering if anyone had ever experienced a similar reaction? All my other blood/urine test show that I should be in perfect health. Thanks for any help! Desperately trying to get to the bottom of this mystery!
posted by kvoorhees on May 28, 2014 - 10 answers

Why have I been getting sick so easily since moving to San Francisco?

I moved to San Francisco 7-8 months ago. Ever since then I have found myself getting sick unusually easily. The illnesses I get tend to have the same set of symptoms: heightened temperature/fever, lack of energy, sniffles, sneezing and this kind of warm sick feeling in my body. They tend to be made worse by stress and are often triggered by working hard on things. (Which is really unfortunate because I want to be working a lot harder on my projects than I am right now!) If you've got any wild guess as to what might be going on, please share it! [more inside]
posted by astrofinch on Feb 22, 2014 - 31 answers

Creative ways to share love in the ICU

My friends just had the worst week of their lives and they are now separated from their 3yo son by a hospital and over a thousand miles. What are some ways he can show them love while they're apart? [more inside]
posted by ovenmitt on Feb 16, 2014 - 13 answers

Simple scientific guide for identifying and treating common illnesses?

When I start to feel a cold coming on, the last thing I want to do is spend time and energy trying to figure out the best treatment approach. I am seeking a guide that will help me identify and self-treat common/mild illnesses (both attacking the root cause and alleviating symptoms) as well as indicate when it would be wise to see a doctor. I would prefer a printout rather than an interactive tool like WebMD.
posted by gray17 on Feb 14, 2014 - 6 answers

How do I get through a tough pregnancy without losing my mind?

I am 15 weeks pregnant with awful, constant 'morning' sickness. I'm doing what I can to manage it (including taking medication) but it looks like it's going to be around for a while. So what I'm looking for is suggestions on how to deal with the psychological impact it's having on me, and the limitations it's putting on my life, because the thought of another week/month/trimester of being this ill is really getting me down. [more inside]
posted by Catseye on Sep 8, 2013 - 32 answers

Living with transplanted organs and immunosuppressant drugs

So what's it like to be the recipient of an organ transplant and having to deal with immunosuppressant drugs? How does your life change? How often do you have to take your drugs? What are the weird details of daily life that outsiders don't know about? Are there any insurance hassles? I have a fair idea of what it's like to be diabetic because of coworkers who have this condition but I don't know anything about the life of organ transplant recipients and I'd like to know more. Any help you could provide would be deeply appreciated.
posted by jason's_planet on Mar 23, 2013 - 15 answers

Quit my job, sha na na na na na?

I'm a grad student (in the humanities) getting over mono. Should I quit my job? [more inside]
posted by naturalog on Mar 21, 2013 - 12 answers

Why do I still feel like crap 2 weeks later?

A little over two weeks ago, I came down with what I suspect was norovirus. While the nausea and worst of it is long past, I still feel crappy. Some icky details inside. [more inside]
posted by jrchaplin on Mar 4, 2013 - 14 answers

What can I do about a sick person who insists on coming to work?

My clearly ill coworker refuses to go home. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 15, 2013 - 58 answers

Is my space heater making me sick or am I just unlucky this year?

I know YANMD, but I am wondering if anyone has been told to cease using a space heater due to chronic pharyngitis or similar illnesses? [more inside]
posted by Young Kullervo on Jan 2, 2013 - 13 answers

Mystery Puking

My daughter throws up after she showers. (And a few other times, too.) It's been going on for nine days. What could be causing my kid's mystery vomiting, and what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Dec 12, 2012 - 43 answers

What art have you seen that addresses illness, healing, or fertility?

What great art have you seen that addresses illness/healing/fertility loss? [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Sep 18, 2012 - 7 answers

Diarrhea, uh-uh. Diarrhea, uh-uh!

Managed to get some form of sickness in Istanbul. Am I okay now, or should I still go see a doctor? [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 on Jul 25, 2012 - 9 answers

I invited strep throat to dinner, but he just won't eat!

Seems likely I have strep throat. I went to the doctor and they did rapid testing but it came back negative, now they're making a culture to make sure. This will take two days, but since I have all the symptoms of strep (and lack many of tonsillitis), I'd be willing to guess I have strep throat. They haven't put me on antibiotics yet, so it looks like I'm staying sick for a while. What can I eat to keep myself healthy and happy until I know more? [more inside]
posted by Strass on Jul 10, 2012 - 21 answers

How do I stop a cough when cough medicine doesn't work?

How can I stop a dry cough after cough syrup, cough drops, and various teas haven't helped? [more inside]
posted by mxmm on Jun 19, 2012 - 39 answers

Help me stop gaslighting myself.

Help me stop gaslighting myself. I need to take better care of myself physically and emotionally, because invalidating my own problems is going nowhere. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 29, 2012 - 16 answers

A diet of Sudafed and Emergen-C?

I really, really can't get sick right now. [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on May 29, 2012 - 25 answers

In search of a malady...

Writing a story... What is a malady or health issue that is 1) hereditary, 2) difficult to diagnose in an unborn child, 3) makes life particularly difficult (mentally or physically) for someone who has it? [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Mar 16, 2012 - 31 answers

When there's snow on the ground, I think they call your 'spring allergies' by it's latin term: "the Flu"

I'm a supervisor, and one of my staff was out sick all last week with the flu. This week she is back, but coughing, hacking and sneezing loudly. When asked about it, she stated that she had allergies. I don't want her to infect the office, but am not sure how to pursue the conversation with her. Help? [more inside]
posted by It's a Parasox on Feb 22, 2012 - 31 answers

Being supportive at home and from a distance

My sweet boyfriend's dearest friend has been diagnosed with Hodgikn's Lymphoma. Last time we saw him he was complaining about a lump in this throat, and saying they didn't know what it was but not to worry, he was probably just getting over an infection. Typical blase doctors, oh yeah forgot to mention, he is five years into a ten year prison sentence for some youthful foolishness. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Jan 13, 2012 - 11 answers

Before I go under the knife, maybe I could go under the salt water gargles?

What did you do without removing your tonsils that helped reduce the frequency of your bouts of tonsillitis? [more inside]
posted by telegraph on Jan 3, 2012 - 16 answers

I've been sick forever

I'm sick. I'm not getting better. It is ruining my life and relationships. [more inside]
posted by windbox on Oct 23, 2011 - 36 answers

My mom...my mom.

How do I deal with my mother's lack of interest/active sabotaging of her own health? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2011 - 11 answers

I keep almost-getting colds. Or is it something else?

I've been getting that coming-down-with-a-cold feeling a lot lately, but it hasn't turned into a cold. Is my immune system super effective against cold viruses, or is there some other explanation? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Apr 1, 2011 - 13 answers

flu during finals blues

Is it appropriate to ask for an extension on a final exam due to flu? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Dec 16, 2010 - 28 answers

What is this sickness called?

What is this sickness called? When I get tired and fatigue accumulates over time, I get sick. I have been stressed out a little bit and haven't been sleeping enough for a past week, so I'm sick as I'm posting this... I get a headache, my all body aches, especially lower back and pelvic area, but from head to toe. If it's severe, I would get a diarrhea or throw up. Even if it's warm, I get a chill and sometimes cold sweat. My face feels hot but in fact I don't have a fever. This lasts for about a day, and next day when I wake up I'm okay except I feel a little shaky. I've had this for about 6 times. I just don't know what this is called. [more inside]
posted by dustoff on Oct 9, 2010 - 23 answers

Learning how to trust your immune system

How do you cure a hypochondriac? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 23, 2010 - 14 answers

AC and Sickness

Going from hot apartment to air conditioned home to hot apartment... Will I get sicker? [more inside]
posted by daninnj on Jun 4, 2010 - 5 answers

In what medical circumstances might someone with a terminal cancer diagnosis not appear obviously sick?

In what medical circumstances might someone with a terminal cancer diagnosis not appear obviously sick? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Apr 18, 2010 - 21 answers

Follow this ONE SIMPLE RULE and repair your immune system!

What is the FIRST thing I should do to repair my battered immune system after a prolonged period of abuse? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Feb 10, 2010 - 53 answers

Doctor's Note?

California Employment Law: If an employee is sick, can an employer mandate that the employee provide a doctor's note in order to take time off to get well? [more inside]
posted by lekvar on Sep 18, 2009 - 13 answers

Ddifferences between colds in adults and children

Are there differences in the symptoms of a common cold with age? Are cold symptoms worse in adults than children? [more inside]
posted by graventy on Aug 28, 2009 - 7 answers

Yet another medical question on the internet

Swollen lymph nodes, general ickiness... you are not my doctor, but do I really need to see one? [more inside]
posted by banjo_and_the_pork on Jun 14, 2009 - 9 answers

He is literally making me sick.

How to stop from getting physically ill from post-breakup stress? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal on May 20, 2009 - 19 answers

Symptomatic

YANMD: After two days lying in bed, the fever has stopped, I no longer have chills, and I think I can get up and walk around. But now I have searing pain in the back of my throat - much worse than it was before. What's going on?
posted by puckish on Apr 15, 2009 - 16 answers

4 am Abdominal Pain: How Serious?

YouAreNotMyDoctorFilter: Last night I was rudely awakened in the very early morning by an intense abdominal pain. I managed to make it to my computer, only to freak myself out about all the possibilities it could be. How serious does this seem, and is it reasonable to just keep a watchful eye on it? [more inside]
posted by ThyroidBob on Apr 5, 2009 - 25 answers

How can I not get the flu?

How can I avoid getting the flu? I have gotten spooked by a couple coworkers who got SICK from the flu, which they caught from their kids, and I am very intent on avoiding the same fate (trouble coming out of both ends). Short of covering myself in saranwrap and lysol, and then hiding in an ICBM silo, what do you suggest? [more inside]
posted by allen8219 on Feb 23, 2009 - 21 answers

What now?

My kitten has been diagnosed as leukemia positive. What should I expect? [more inside]
posted by ialwayscryatendings on Nov 7, 2008 - 10 answers

How do I keep from getting dehydrated when I'm constantly vomiting and diarrhea-ing?

I've had diarrhea and constant vomiting since last night. I can't even keep down water. What should I do to keep from getting dehydrated? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta on Nov 5, 2008 - 41 answers

Tequila as cold remedy?

My girlfriend has a cold. Multiple people today have told her to take a shot of tequila before bed as a remedy. [more inside]
posted by buriednexttoyou on Oct 22, 2008 - 24 answers

How common is it for people to just not turn up for work without calling in sick?

How common is it for people to just not turn up for work without calling in sick? [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM on Sep 30, 2008 - 21 answers

My tummy hurts, fix it.

Why am I constantly nauseous? [more inside]
posted by elisabethjw on Jul 31, 2008 - 18 answers

Arrggghhh I Be Feelin Funny

Medication for Sea Sickness? (Just in case) [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon on Jul 22, 2008 - 22 answers

This Was Spinal Tap

Retro-diagnosis filter: Can the hive mind figure out what disease sent my mom to the hospital in the early 1960s and still affects her to this day? [more inside]
posted by Oriole Adams on Jul 18, 2008 - 8 answers

My young friends wife (27) is in a coma. How do I offer support?

My friend from childhood - who I haven't really kept up with much even though we live in the same neighborhood - woke up one morning to discover his wife of less than 3 years was unconscious. She is in a coma and it's not clear if she'll ever wake up. They have one kid. How do I offer my support? [more inside]
posted by seatofmypants on Jun 22, 2008 - 20 answers

STD aren't the only "bugs" I fear catching

I fear that my OCD will interfere with my sex life. [more inside]
posted by sixcolors on Jun 18, 2008 - 18 answers

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