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Help this hypochondriac prepare for doctor visit

Maybe more obsessive-over-thinker than hypochondriac. Woke up with an unexpectedly hoarse voice and bit of a sore throat. After eating today, I went to spit up some phlegm, and it *hurt*, and a fair amount of blood came up with the phlegm. All the non-gross stuff is behind the cut. [more inside]
posted by colin_l on Aug 10, 2014 - 7 answers

Parotid gland weirdness

I've had what I thought was an enlarged lymph node in my neck for ~2 years, and am finally getting medical attention for it. I recently had a CT scan, and today the doctor's office called to request an additional biopsy w/ ultrasound. Biopsy and follow-up appts. aren't until the end of the month. I know that YANMD and TINMA, but could the hivemind help me to better understand what's going on so that I can be a more informed patient? [more inside]
posted by cardinality on Aug 5, 2014 - 6 answers

So, I'm allergic to NM, will it be the same in WA?

My allergist says I'm allergic to a lot of stuff that grows around this area (like, highly allergic). The altitude isn't helping. I've had a chronic sinus infection since soon after I moved to NM, and no amount of medication has made it go away. It's been a two year battle and I really want to breathe normally again. Now, I know YANMD, but I have a couple of questions about allergies... [more inside]
posted by patheral on Jun 25, 2014 - 17 answers

YANMDermatologist, but...

I had a mole removed and biopsied last week. It came back negative but the dermatologist recommended a surgical excision to remove "the rest of it." I am leaving the U.S. indefinitely... tomorrow. What are my options? Could I reasonably expect to be able to have this procedure done overseas? [more inside]
posted by ista on Jun 8, 2014 - 7 answers

Activated charcoal, anyone? YANAD/YANMD

Today I had the glorious experience of removing a ton of stainage from my teeth with activated charcoal. However, after obtaining a huge bottle I am left curious - what else is it good for? [more inside]
posted by rideunicorns on May 7, 2014 - 17 answers

There's something wrong with my eyes. Help?

I have been having increasing problems with my vision over the past few years. I've seen an ophthalmologist, a retina specialist, and had some tests done, but they haven't found anything. Do you have any suggestions for how to proceed? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Apr 16, 2014 - 17 answers

YANMD - Urinary Tract Infection?

Hi - late 40s male here - YANMD - here are my symptoms: [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein on Mar 13, 2014 - 11 answers

Ow my foot ow ow

YANMD but do you have any idea what's making my foot hurt? [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo on Mar 12, 2014 - 12 answers

Post-lithotripsy pain in the legs, several days after procedure?

Have you ever had a lithotripsy? I got one (torso) on Monday for kidney stones, and while things seemed fine for the 48 hours following the procedure, starting yesterday afternoon I've been experiencing intense, radiating pain in my upper legs and hips. Enough that I can't sleep, even with hydromorphone painkillers. I've left a detailed message at the urologist's, but while I wait to hear back, I'm wondering if this is something in the realm of "normal" or "super weird" or even "Emergency room stat". This is Quebec, so I'm not incredibly optimistic about the doctor getting back to me promptly, either. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Mar 6, 2014 - 11 answers

My very first food poisoning question

So, I ate some truly delicious Ethiopian food (lentils, cabbage and potato, collard greens, and okra, plus the bread) I got as takeout from a local place on Friday evening. About 8 hours later I awoke feeling dreadful. I threw up four times over the next 8 hours or so, and I am one of those people who virtually never vomits. I also felt really sick, with a major stomach ache. I have been feeling gradually better since, and am back at work today, but still feel trembly, nauseated and kinda green around the edges. And no bowel movements to date. When am I going to feel like myself again? Do I have to call my doctor?
posted by bearwife on Jan 27, 2014 - 22 answers

YANMD but please help me identify this mark on my skin (Pics included)

I woke up with two marks on the inside on my arm three days ago, which I originally thought was a bruise. The marks haven't faded or changed colours, and now I am wondering if it's some kind of burn? They aren't raised at all. I don't remember hurting my arm (it doesn't hurt when I touch them) and I haven't changed my soap or anything. I do have eczema but my rash doesn't look anything like this. Here are a couple of photos - one, two. They are slightly browner than they appear.
posted by tegna56 on Jan 4, 2014 - 13 answers

Do I need a flu shot?

According to the CDC, the answer is yes. But wait, there's more inside! [more inside]
posted by lollymccatburglar on Nov 19, 2013 - 73 answers

Help identify my skin issues, please? Picture included.

I've been getting open sores on my chest area that start as pimples for about five years. A few days ago, I got an especially bad one. Dermatologist says it's a "staph abscess", but I'm not so confident. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 23, 2013 - 14 answers

YANMD: Can reactions to insect bites get progressively worse?

Whenever I get insect bites, they swell up a lot - more so than they seem to for most people. It seems to me that over the past few years, the reactions are getting progressively worse. Is this actually possible? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Jun 4, 2013 - 11 answers

Nervous blood pressure

YANMD. My husband gets very nervous at the doctor, and as a result, even for a routine check up, has very high blood pressure every time the doctor takes it. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on May 30, 2013 - 33 answers

Gave blood, have bruise, problem?

YANMD. Gave blood two weeks ago. Hurt more than usual on the stick (but not terribly). I've never had any issue at all before, but this time within a few days I had a pretty good bruise. For several days it was pretty tender. The tenderness has very very slowly reduced, but it's still a bit tender. And I have a bruise the length and half the width of my hand (purple, yellow, green). I don't think the bruise has gotten bigger since the first few days, but I don't think it's been getting smaller either and it doesn't really seem to be getting lighter, though it's hard to tell. 1. Is this a problem? 2. How long before I have a normal looking arm again? 3. Is there anything I should be doing?
posted by pdq on Apr 9, 2013 - 19 answers

Why is suck

Always hungry, except when I eat meat - then I want to throw up. What is wrong with me? [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Nov 26, 2012 - 15 answers

I keep saying things without meaning to!

What is wrong with me? YANMD but freaking out. [more inside]
posted by Trexsock on Oct 13, 2012 - 22 answers

Help me understand what fool thing I did

What horrible injury have I done myself? Not-immediately-threatening bike accident injury question. [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Sep 13, 2012 - 9 answers

Possible pairing of prozac and paxil?

(YANMD filter) Would (according to your personal/second-hand experience) taking paxil (10 mg a day for 2 days, leftover from a previous prescription) over the weekend until I can get back to the doctor to refill my routine long-ish term 20 mg a day prozac prescription: [more inside]
posted by runincircles on Aug 24, 2012 - 12 answers

Aubergine Allergy?

Is it possible to randomly develop an allergy to eggplant / aubergine in one's late 30's? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jul 19, 2012 - 18 answers

YANMD skin condition help

YANMD, but can you identify this skin...condition? (Pictures included) [more inside]
posted by tegna56 on Sep 26, 2011 - 15 answers

Weirdest motion sickness ever, or something to worry about?

Something very weird is going on. I either have the weirdest case of motion sickness ever, or something so strange I can't puzzle it out is happening. [more inside]
posted by strixus on Sep 8, 2011 - 30 answers

What bit me?

A tiny, tiny insect in the grass bit me and made my finger swell up. I'm getting better now, but wondering what it could have been. [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Jun 19, 2011 - 12 answers

what should I ask my doctor?

What should I use my Doctor's Appointment to talk about? It seems like all my problems have gotten better between when I scheduled it (three weeks ago) and today. The appointment is on Monday. Look inside to see some of my ailments and tell me if you think I should bring any/all of them up to my Doctor. Note: if I can't come up with a good reason, I'll cancel the appointment because I only am allowed a few a year by my "insurance" :$ [more inside]
posted by rebent on Jun 11, 2011 - 12 answers

Oh god don't say scabies *scratchscratchscratch*

The undead spirits of some scabies have haunted my arm for years. What to do? [more inside]
posted by Golfhaus on May 10, 2011 - 7 answers

Seeing a doctor about this headache might be a bigger headache than this headache

Chronic tension headache showed up two weeks ago and hasn't left; is it doctor time when seeing a doctor is a pain in the ass? [more inside]
posted by nerdfish on May 9, 2011 - 7 answers

ow..my knees!

I know you are not my doctor, but maybe you can tell me if I should see a doctor for some knee things. [more inside]
posted by nile_red on May 5, 2011 - 14 answers

Is it liver failure, or is it a pulled muscle?

I'm trying to figure out whether there's any possibility the pain in my right side is something dangerous, or whether it's likely a pulled muscle in my rib cage. [more inside]
posted by faustessa on Oct 27, 2010 - 23 answers

They told me this would happen...

YANMD-filter: I've been stupid. I realized today that by inconsistently taking my SSRI I have unwittingly caused SSRI withdrawal syndrome. Now what? [more inside]
posted by ms.v. on Jun 24, 2010 - 14 answers

Un-dent my daughter's face?

My daughter's cheek bruise has turned into a dent/dimple. What's going on? Is it permanent? How to get her face back to normal? [more inside]
posted by Alt F4 on Jun 17, 2010 - 10 answers

Looking for some ideas: What might be causing this pain?

You are not my doctor, you are not my husband's doctor, but at the same time, what might be wrong with my husband? He developed severe stomach pain (directly where his stomach is) which came on suddenly. It lasted somewhere close to six hours. Now it has changed to more generalized, gastrointestinal pain.... [more inside]
posted by strixus on Jun 12, 2010 - 29 answers

What the hell is going on with me

Followup to an earlier health-related question. Kind of long; more under the cut. [more inside]
posted by Merzbau on May 11, 2010 - 10 answers

Kids, I can feel the spring coming up in my finger.

I fractured my right index finger about 9 months ago when a table-saw kicked a small square of plywood at high velocity into the end of the 'metacarpal' near the first joint. I taped it up and after about six weeks it felt basically normal. It is straight and I have full mobility however, with the coming of spring, it has started to ache, sometimes distractlingly so... so what's going on?
posted by ennui.bz on May 5, 2010 - 10 answers

What might be behind my right arm and leg feeling numb?

YANMD (and I am going to see one): Numbness in right arm and leg? No shooting pains, and I can use them both, but there's a general feeling of limbs falling asleep. [more inside]
posted by cadge on Jan 5, 2010 - 13 answers

How should I respond to a delusional email from my mother who is suffering from paranoia?

How should I respond to a delusional email from my mother who is suffering from paranoia? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 12, 2009 - 23 answers

Bo Knows . . .

Health Mystery Solved. I have been given a diagnosis of avascular necrosis. My general practitioner relayed these results to me after she saw my MRI results. On Friday I meet with an orthopedic surgeon. Please help me prepare. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 5, 2009 - 5 answers

After a stroke, what do we need to know?

About 4 weeks ago, my father had a stroke. He's more or less recovered now and is finally going to see a neurologist for his follow-up. What questions should he ask? [more inside]
posted by wabbittwax on Aug 4, 2009 - 7 answers

"One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small..."

I'm beginning to feel like I am taking too many pills. Should I be?....I know YANMD/YANAD. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 4, 2009 - 10 answers

Why am I peeing like this?

YANMD: Liver, Diabetes, or too much Caffeine? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 17, 2009 - 16 answers

Post-hysterectomy recovery

I'm going under the knife for a full abdominal hysterectomy (due to massive fibroids) in a month. What will my recovery be like? [more inside]
posted by cereselle on Apr 21, 2009 - 31 answers

What's Making My Mother Paranoid

My mother has become increasingly paranoid recently. How can I help her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2009 - 8 answers

My hand hurts - help

My hand hurts, and I don't know why? You are not my doctor, but maybe this sounds familiar to someone and I can avoid sounding like a complete moron to the doctor... [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul on Apr 5, 2009 - 8 answers

Groin/Hip Strain/Sprain

YANMD: Self-diagnosed high-groin sprain. Chronic for more than six weeks, further aggravated when I tripped in the airport today. It seems that the negative stress of catching myself completely tweaked it. 39yo Caucasian male [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2008 - 5 answers

This scarlet fever isn't making my toys Real.

YANMD: What other illnesses could be mistaken for scarlet fever? Bonus question: If you've had scarlatina, what was it like? [more inside]
posted by bonobo on Sep 10, 2008 - 9 answers

What's going wrong on my right side?

YANMD-filter, with a bit of gross-internal-issues-filter: I've had a weird pain in my side for years. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by harperpitt on Jul 7, 2008 - 12 answers

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