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Immature pot head or actual illness?

I am really good friends with a woman who has schizophrenia. I am having a hard time understanding traits she has and whether or not they are her illness or just her quirks. And if I should help her with the things she wants help with? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Jan 9, 2014 - 14 answers

Managing missed dose of Effexor?

Does anyone have any strategies or OTC medications for dealing with the day after missing a dose of Effexor? [more inside]
posted by en forme de poire on Oct 7, 2013 - 11 answers

The spirit is willing. The flesh is about to puke.

I'm not nervous for my upcoming trip. So how do I get my body to calm down about it? [more inside]
posted by koucha on Aug 6, 2013 - 13 answers

Can I catch a quarter of a cold?

Occasionally I feel like I've got extremely mild cold symptoms that go away after a day or two. A very mild sore throat and a slightly stuffy nose, for example. What's going on? Am I catching a normal common cold rhinovirus and my immune system is just fighting it very effectively? Or am I catching a specific mild, almost asymptomatic variety of rhinovirus or some other virus? Or are these just normal non-specific symptoms that are unrelated to a cold? (Asking out of curiosity, not concern).
posted by dontjumplarry on Jun 16, 2013 - 17 answers

How do I stop being irrationally paranoid about getting sick?

I leave for a much much much needed vacation tomorrow that I've been looking forward to for the past two months. As more and more people around me (family, friends, coworkers) have been getting sick during this nasty flu season, I have been super paranoid about getting the flu myself just in time to spoil my vacation. I started feeling really achy and fatigued last night, but maybe it has more to do with other things? [more inside]
posted by windbox on Jan 31, 2013 - 14 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

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

What did the doctor think I had?

What is a doctor looking for if he palpates the kidney area and asks if it is painful? [more inside]
posted by smilingtiger on May 10, 2012 - 7 answers

Numbness in hands and face, headaches, fatigue: what is this?

Hi, MeFi. I've had a medical condition for the past month which involves numbness in my hands and face, headaches, fatigue, emotional distress, and other unpleasant symptoms. I know YANMD, and I am in fact already seeing a doctor and will soon be seeing a neurologist. I'm sorry about the wall of text, but if any of this sounds familiar, please let me know -- it would really help when talking to my doctors! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 14, 2011 - 14 answers

Birth Control

Can you tell me about your experiences with Depo-Provera? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Dec 5, 2011 - 28 answers

Aggravating a cold - possible?

Can drafts, wetness (shower, cold tiles, etc.) aggravate a cold? [more inside]
posted by victors on Nov 11, 2011 - 2 answers

Shake That Booty?

Why am I almost always trembling, shaking, or shivering? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Nov 5, 2011 - 11 answers

What to do about symptoms of a pending heart attack?

What to do if someone has symptoms of a pending heart attack but can't go to a doctor until later/tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by aielen on Sep 17, 2011 - 34 answers

Orpaxel, Xelapor, Rapoxle, Opralex!

I'm weaning off Lexapro under my doctor's supervision. Because I'm not going to keep bugging my doctor about this (she's on vacation anyway), I figured it'd hit up for guys for some withdrawal symptom advice. I've been having some fun ones, and I want to make sure everything is fine. I'd also like to find out what might help me feel a little bit better. [more inside]
posted by your mom's a sock puppet on Jun 11, 2011 - 10 answers

Belly pain extravaganza!

Crohn's and Endometriosis: Questions to ask my OBGYN... [more inside]
posted by ForeverDcember on Jun 7, 2011 - 4 answers

Dementia

Is it possible for dementia or Alzheimer's symptoms to come and go? [more inside]
posted by Scoops on Apr 8, 2011 - 16 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

How do you spell relief?

Cold-hacks: I have a stuffy nose and cough (from post-nasal drip). I'll do absolutely anything, but I need to hide the symptoms for a few hours during a crucial appointment tonight. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by bradly on Jan 25, 2011 - 28 answers

"Mr Burns, you have every disease there is!" "So I can't get worse, I'm invincible!"

Can you help narrow down what sort(s) of doctor(s) to see and what to investigate, given these symptoms? All symptoms have cropped up within the last two years. Before that, I felt healthy most of the time. Primary care doc has been little help, and most of the specialists seem to focus only on the symptoms within their own areas of expertise. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2010 - 28 answers

Cluster@#$%

Tell me about your cluster headaches and what you do to cope with them.
posted by mandymanwasregistered on Sep 20, 2010 - 8 answers

I forget. a lot. I don't know why. please help me.

I forget. a lot. I don't know why. please help me. [more inside]
posted by krautland on Aug 25, 2010 - 21 answers

Help me compose a questionnaire for my doctor

[medical advice filter] Yes, I know, you are not my doctor, but please give me some ideas about what I need to ask the person who IS my doctor, based on my symptoms. Apologies in advance for the length and special snowflake details. [more inside]
posted by gakiko on Jun 9, 2010 - 18 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

Healthy side healthy, cold side cold.

Whenever I catch a cold, I get symptoms in only one side of my face. Why? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Apr 16, 2010 - 10 answers

Describe Your Writer's Block

What does your writer's block feel like? [more inside]
posted by lore on Mar 24, 2010 - 17 answers

Lowering the bar on the definition of "healthy"

Why haven't I fully recovered from bronchitis, six months later? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Jan 6, 2010 - 17 answers

Can a cold cause confusion?

Can allergies or a cold cause confusion? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 6, 2009 - 11 answers

Mystery illness??

Never-sick person + sickness = hell. [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Oct 17, 2009 - 45 answers

multiple wierd symptoms.

you are not a/my doctor. EMT's, ER doc and my Dr haven't a clue. Have made appointments with a vast array of specialists. Body temp of 94 and other strange details inside [more inside]
posted by misspat on Apr 12, 2009 - 10 answers

Shingles lite?

So I have all the symptoms of shingles, just...less so. Rash above my left eye, intensely freakishly itchy moving into pins and needles and stabbing pain in my left temple. Also swollen lymph nodes, et cetera et cetera. But I'm told shingles is excruciating, and this is more highly obnoxious. Could it still be shingles, or is that impossible? (FWIW, I've seen a doctor, and she was on the fence too)
posted by sarahkeebs on Mar 17, 2009 - 17 answers

My apartment is suffocating me

It seems that I may have asthma and all my symptoms started after I moved into my apartment. Can anyone tell me the things I should look for to trouble shoot the problems causing my cough? [more inside]
posted by Unred on Jan 18, 2009 - 14 answers

Help Me Identify These Symptoms

I need help identifying these symptoms my dog displayed today. We were walking outside, and all of the sudden she started acting disoriented (like she couldn't see). I stopped and looked at her, and her eyes were darting quickly back and forth. These were the only two symptoms; there was no head tilt or anything else. [more inside]
posted by Delfena on Dec 14, 2008 - 13 answers

Seek Immediate Medical Attention

Is there a common sense guide to symptoms requiring immediate medical attention? [more inside]
posted by waraw on Sep 7, 2008 - 22 answers

If it's not my thyroid, what else might it be?

I am looking for suggestions as to what medical problems may look like, act like, and walk like thyroid problems, but aren't. Specifically hypothyroidism. [more inside]
posted by starbaby on Jun 3, 2008 - 33 answers

I'm not fat and lazy, it's metabolic?

MedicalSymptomsFilter: Hypothyroidism or something else? [more inside]
posted by LunaticFringe on Apr 18, 2008 - 15 answers

What the hell did my cat puke up?

Does this sound familiar: cat vomiting pinkish-red fluid after receiving rabies, and/or FVCVP vaccines? (Vet office is aware, don't panic). [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Sep 26, 2007 - 2 answers

What does having multiple colds without symptoms except fatigue mean?

What does having multiple colds without symptoms except fatigue mean? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape on May 13, 2007 - 8 answers

Depressive Compulsive?!?!?!?!Then please help

Is there such a thing as DEPPRESIVE COMPULSIVE? Is it something real? Chemical? What and why can't I stop feeling sad, depressed, inadequate? [more inside]
posted by eve28 on Mar 24, 2007 - 13 answers

How do I quickly relieve stress while in a tense situation?

How do I quickly relieve stress while in a tense situation? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Feb 18, 2007 - 21 answers

Is there a Dr. House in the house?

After a long battle with mysterious chronic health symptoms, I'd like a "medical detective" to help me get to the bottom of what might be ailing me. But, what kind of doctor do I need? (If you are squeamish, move along...nothing to see here.) [more inside]
posted by jeanmari on Aug 27, 2006 - 20 answers

Are these symptoms normal during recovery?

Is brain pressure a normal symptom during the months of recovery after a head injury? [more inside]
posted by bleary on Aug 10, 2006 - 16 answers

Now that I've quit smoking...

I guess this is something of a follow-up to my last question: I haven't had a cigarette in about 7 days. Nor have I ingested nicotine from any other source. [more inside]
posted by Jon-o on Oct 25, 2005 - 21 answers

Where to lookup symtoms of illness?

What is the best place to lookup up symptoms of illness? I have a friend that needs to try to figure out what is wrong and doctors aren't helping.
posted by captainzero on Oct 10, 2005 - 11 answers

How can I tell if my stove is slowly leaking gas?

GasLeakFilter:
This evening, I installed the 1963 Kenmore Griddletop I'd purchased a few weeks ago into my kitchen. At the re-sell shop where it was purchased, I was shownthat all the burners worked, that there were no leaks (some sort of geiger counter). At any rate, I suddenly have a weird sort of sore throat, and I'm wondering if the damn thing isn't leaking. So: first, how do I determine if it's leaking, and two, what are the signs of low-level natural gas poisoning?
(I *did* shut off the gas valve and have range hood fan going, just in case)
posted by notsnot on Dec 13, 2004 - 14 answers

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