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February 23

Dental Tourism?

On two subsequent plane rides, I ended up talking with people who were bragging about how they went to Mexico and got a full set of dental implants. In both cases, the men said they paid 75% less than what they would've paid in the U.S. I don't remember where in the country they went, but it might've been Mexico City or a dental office in the outskirts. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 2:00 AM - 3 answers

February 22

After work anxiety

I have moderate anxiety related to work. I often get home and panic that I may have done something wrong. Sometimes my ocd sends me back to work to verify that I did not make a mistake and all is well. I would love to hear from someone who has also done this and how they learned to quit doing it. Thanks
posted by DieHipsterDie at 6:11 PM - 9 answers

Maintaining energy levels after adrenaline rush

I get adrenaline rushes at work when conducting interviews. Afterwards I am exhausted, but need to continue working. Is there any way to come-down after a rush and still have energy left to to work? [more inside]
posted by haunted by Leonard Cohen at 2:01 PM - 2 answers

How common are misdiagnoses in cancer pathology?

I was recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma on the basis of pathology results from a lymph node biopsy. There seem to be some doubtful or anomalous things about the findings. Is it reasonable or feasible to try to get the samples retested to exclude all doubt, and if so how do I go about it? YANMD etc. [more inside]
posted by zeri at 1:46 PM - 6 answers

Are low carb diets are easier or harder to follow than other diets?

Low carb diets have some true believers. These believers believe in the carbohydrate-insulin hypothesis. So far, studies have failed to support this hypothesis. Anecdotally, I've had success with low carb diets. My hypothesis is that low carb diets work not because the whole carbohydrate-insulin thing, but rather because low carb diets are more easily followed than an "everything in moderation" diet. Has this hypothesis been tested? Can this hypothesis be tested? [more inside]
posted by glenngulia at 12:40 PM - 10 answers

Do you have experience with Lewy body dementia?

A relative has recently been diagnosed with dementia with Lewy bodies (probably Lewy body dementia, but possibly with some Parkinson's dementia features). I've done a bit of reading about it, and it seems the course and prognosis can vary greatly, so I'm hoping to learn more about what to expect and how to help with future planning and supporting his spouse. [more inside]
posted by stillmoving at 12:05 PM - 6 answers

Scientists: Can you measure heart-health changes via urine?

Now that I'm in Europe I can watch shows like "Trust Me, I'm a Doctor." But I don't entirely trust this guy on TV. Is it actually possible to measure the health of your heart via a urine test, and is raw olive oil actually good for your heart? [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna at 10:30 AM - 4 answers

How do you shower more efficiently?

I want to learn to shower more efficiently - be just as clean, but take less time and water! Help me with your tips and tricks. [more inside]
posted by 168 at 4:33 AM - 28 answers

February 21

Avoiding the voice of Thin Doom

How do I learn to like and/or not care about the way I look as a fat woman? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:45 PM - 26 answers

February 20

Germs and the new baby

I'm not sure how cautious I should reasonably be about people visiting and holding my baby when she is born in June. I see people on reddit barring friends and family from visiting their new baby unless they get a TDAP shot. That seems extreme to me, but am I just out of touch? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 11:32 AM - 43 answers

Where can person with parkinson's live?

My mom has Parkinson’s and after a broken hip 2 years ago moved to assisted living facility where she has her own apartment (living room, bedroom, bathroom, mini fridge and microwave). Meals are provided restaurant style 3 times a day. She has levels of care so she can get help with bathroom, dressing, etc but she needs to request help (which she doesn't do). [more inside]
posted by ridogi at 8:53 AM - 20 answers

Therapy through insurance, therapist seems confused

I started mental health therapy through my insurance for the first time. I thought it would be great because yay, my health insurance covers it! But my therapist has just started accepting insurance, and seems confused, and it has been a month since she has filed a claim for our weekly meetings, and I'm really anxious that something will go wrong with billing and I'll have to pay out of pocket. Anyone do therapy through insurance? [more inside]
posted by buttonedup at 7:00 AM - 10 answers

Hearing voices - what to do?

In the last couple of years, I've started to hear "voices" occasionally - once or twice a week. I use the term loosely because the voices are generally indistinct, and when they are distinct, they always seem to be my name (perhaps I think too highly of myself). I'm afraid to go to a doctor about this because I think the fairly low impact to my life is outweighed by the non-trivial chance of being involuntarily treated. I have a good job, a good life, and a good family. I don't think I pose a threat to anyone. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:59 AM - 27 answers

February 19

Caffeine as a solution to depression?

Has anyone suffering from depression found caffeine to be somewhat of a solution? [more inside]
posted by HonestAsian at 7:34 PM - 22 answers

Italian medical marijuana shortage -- hope us!

My partner is suffering from a chronic condition, and as part of her pain management routine she takes medical marijuana. Apparently, Italy is having a huge shortage of the (now-legal) product, and we're not sure what to do next. [more inside]
posted by jpziller at 10:26 AM - 4 answers

Happy hour / depression med

Why does the medication label say do not drink alcoholic beverages when taking Wellbutrin? [more inside]
posted by velveeta underground at 9:50 AM - 22 answers

February 18

Why does my exhausted brain feel sunburned?

I have been keeping logs on periods of depression due to exhaustion over the last few years and noticed an accompanying symptom which makes me curious. I call it "brain scorch" because it feels like the top-front of the inside of my head is sunburned. A nap fixes this issue about 99% of the time (in most cases I found that bad sleep is the cause of my depression), but is there any literature on this accompanying "sunburned" sensation? I wondered if there are medical terms for it that would help me understand any deeper mechanisms. Thanks!
posted by circular at 8:57 PM - 9 answers

recovering and moving on from long-ago rape (trigger warning: sex, rape)

I'd like to hear suggestions about recovering and truly moving on from a rape that occured many years ago. If you, a male, and I were dating, what would you say if I told you about this before we had sex? I simply don't know how to answer the "are you a virgin" question without launching into an intimate story. [more inside]
posted by flyingfork at 5:48 PM - 17 answers

Should I be worried about bipolar disorder?

I'm studying bipolar disorder in my clinical psych program and getting a little bit of med student syndrome, except in a prospective "oh god what if this happens to me" kind of way. The problem is I have family history that places me at risk. Please either a) reassure me, or if I am actually at significant risk, b) tell me what I can do proactively to keep an eye on any developing symptoms. [more inside]
posted by brook horse at 3:02 PM - 11 answers

Insurance and laser/electro hair removal.

I need help finding hair removal clinics that offer direct ACA or WA insurance billing. [more inside]
posted by loquacious at 1:07 PM - 5 answers

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