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May 22

Which medical specialist(s) for chronic ankle, lower leg, foot pain

Help me identify the right kind specialist for my Dr to refer me to for chronic lower leg, foot and ankle pain that is most likely the result of muscle and tendon problems (definitely including but potentially not limited to the peroneal muscles and tendons) [more inside]
posted by jerome powell buys his sweatbands in bulk only at 6:33 PM - 16 answers

Should I investigate these blood test results further?

YANMD, but I am confused by my HBA1C blood test results that my doctor (on the NHS) apparently didn't consider worthy of comment. [more inside]
posted by unicorn chaser at 1:43 AM - 15 answers

May 21

YANMD but help me figure out why my kid is sick so often.

My five-year-old is sick for I think the 12th time since fall. Help me piece together what I am missing, if anything, to get her some relief from missing out on life/activity so much because she is constantly sick. YANMD but if any of this sounds familiar from your own parenting adventures and anything you did, tried, or advocated for that we are not. [more inside]
posted by openhearted at 4:14 PM - 33 answers

Stovetop insulin?

Once, as a kid at a parent's friend's house (mid eighties to early nineties), I recall someone warming up their insulin on the stovetop before injecting themselves. I recall the insulin being in a gold-ish-colored metallic cube that was placed directly on the burner element. Did I make this up? Was it insulin or something more spicy?
posted by some chick at 3:25 PM - 5 answers

Heavy Periods--Tranexamic Acid? Hysterectomy?

I have a question based on personal experience with heavy periods (NOT expecting medical advice, I know you are not my doctor, etc.) [more inside]
posted by bookworm4125 at 2:29 PM - 14 answers

Deciding whether to take Paxlovid

Just tested positive for Covid for the first time. I'm deciding about Paxlovid and want to know whether it decreases my risk for the particular concern I have. Also would like any other advice about how to come out of this fully healthy. [more inside]
posted by daisyace at 7:27 AM - 19 answers

May 20

How can I buy orthodontic wax with less packaging?

I'm getting orthodontics done now and I've been going through a TON of orthodontic wax since my fixed appliance was installed. Orthodontic wax typically comes in little plastic cases with 5 strips in each one Example on Amazon. I don't have a need for all these tiny cases and I doubt they can be properly recycled due to their small size. I want to find a way to buy orthodontic wax that comes in larger cases or uses more sustainable packaging. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by dokodomo at 7:11 PM - 8 answers

May 19

Recommendations for trimmers?

Looking for recommendations for a pubic hair trimmer. [more inside]
posted by cozenedindigo at 4:52 PM - 7 answers

May 18

Ways to calm down after an adrenaline response?

Are there physiological ways to relax after a fight-or-flight type experience? Details inside [more inside]
posted by throwitawayurthegarbageman at 3:36 PM - 22 answers

Shingles: what can I do to feel better?

I have shingles. It's all over the left side of my face, neck, ear, and I believe my scalp. I'm taking antivirals and gabapentin. The rash itself doesn't feel too bad, but my neck is killing me. It's just like if I threw it out. Feels muscular, like my head is too heavy for my neck. I'm spending all my time trying ways to support it to let it relax, but nothing helps. Also, so, so tired and lousy feeling. [more inside]
posted by primate moon at 12:19 PM - 17 answers

May 17

Best Menstrual Disc for PIV

Based on your experience, what's the best menstrual disc to use during PIV? [more inside]
posted by bookworm4125 at 1:51 PM - 4 answers

Sundowning Mom Terrified of Caretaking Dad

My 83-year-old mother, whose full-time caregiver is my father, has started experiencing hallucinations, paranoia, and delusions as a component of her dementia. We all understand this is common, and she is under medical care and following “sundowning” protocols. The issue is that when an episode comes on, her central focus is terror of her caregiver: my 84-year-old father and her husband of 60 years. I am looking for any suggestions to help them manage this stage of the disease and these episodes specifically. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:04 AM - 17 answers

Slipped disc, effective treatment vs liver strain

My partner has a back injury diagnosed (via MRI) as L5/S1. He's been prescribed pain meds, but he only takes them sporadically because he's worried about his liver. [more inside]
posted by toucan at 12:19 AM - 21 answers

May 16

Dishwasher detergent recommendations for the sensitive stomach

Recently switched from a lifetime of handwashing to using a dishwasher. But even with sani rinse option I’m convinced there’s still some residue that’s irritating my stomach. What detergent isn’t going to kill my precious bodily gut biome ? Cascade platinum pods are dead to me now. [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg at 12:08 PM - 14 answers

Avoiding Covid after exposure

I learned this morning that I had my closest known Covid exposure yet on Tuesday night. I'm testing negative and have no symptoms. What can I do now that might help my husband and me keep it that way? I'd love specifics on whether and how to do DIY saline gargles/rinses, a reliable source for Enovid if it's advisable, scientifically-sound supplements or vitamins that at least don't hurt, etc. [more inside]
posted by daisyace at 7:35 AM - 21 answers

New patient, ancient medicine.

I had my first session with a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner last week. Yay! What questions should I be asking her? [more inside]
posted by rabia.elizabeth at 4:21 AM - 9 answers

May 15

Acupuncture recommendation on the Upper East Side of Manhattan

Hi! I’m looking for recommendations for an acupuncturist on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Thank you!
posted by DavidNYC at 11:24 AM - 0 answers

Unhinged covid theories

I'd appreciate being pointed to some non-crazy looks at some specific crazy covid theories, or just some basic facts that are fairly robust. Details inside! [more inside]
posted by Number Used Once at 9:03 AM - 18 answers

May 13

Ain't No Ticks On Me (hopefully)

City kid here heading up to the Hudson Valley for Memorial Day, where I wanna frolic in the country. Gimme your best recs for tick repellant. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 11:37 AM - 23 answers

May 12

General anesthesia: Should I?

I’m scheduled for general anesthesia tomorrow and I made the mistake of looking up information on the web about it. I’m looking for help to decide whether to cancel it or not. [more inside]
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 11:38 AM - 16 answers

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