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August 21

Home dialysis

Anyone have any experience with doing dialysis at home? [more inside]
posted by bleep at 12:02 PM - 5 answers

Massage therapy for multiple sclerosis from the therapist PoV

When I search online I find a lot about massage as an ameliorative treatment for multiple sclerosis from the patient point of view, but not much for a massage therapist who wants to touch up those specific skills. [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze at 6:18 AM - 2 answers

Lost health insurance, state screwed up the exchange

I had Medicaid through the state of Arkansas, and lost it because I got a job. They were supposed to then send my information to healthcare.gov so I could get a plan through there, and they didn't. I can't reapply for either until the exchange opens again in November. Help? [more inside]
posted by Gneisskate at 5:53 AM - 3 answers

August 20

How do you use your health insurance?

We [spouse + me] have family health insurance through work, with a very high deductible [several thousand dollars]. My understanding is that the yearly preventive exam [free] would become a paid medical expense if we were to tell the doctor something was wrong with us, or if something was found to be wrong, during the exam. [more inside]
posted by racersix6 at 8:13 PM - 11 answers

The plague that never ends

YANMD. For over two weeks now, I've been totally knocked down with some kind of crud. My doctors have done a ton of tests and I've done a course of antibiotics, so my doctor thinks this is viral. That theory makes sense to me, but I'm wondering how common it is for a virus to last this long? If you've experienced it, can you tell me more? [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe at 4:56 PM - 7 answers

Weird sleep issue with odors

Asking for a friend who doesn't have an account here: So a weird thing happened to me today. I was fast asleep only to suddenly wake and bolt up. I felt weird like I'm gunna puke. But the weird thing was a had this smell that was like stuck in my nose. I've never smelled anything like it. [more inside]
posted by nixxon at 4:14 PM - 11 answers

Sand in Pelvic as in Radiology Finding - Looking for Specific Name

Hi, so a while back did some imaging - I believe it was CT - and the radiologist report noted that there was a form of calculi or something akin to *sand* in the pelvic area. It is apparently a rather common finding and in most cases benign. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 2:47 AM - 4 answers

August 19

Fertility panic: Please help!

I'm 34, about to be 35, and I am really panicking about my ability to conceive and timelines. And also that I'm going to drive my boyfriend away with panic. Please help. [more inside]
posted by starstarstar at 9:50 AM - 33 answers

August 17

Tell me about your migraines (other than the obvious)

Help me gather some data: What symptoms do you experience before, during and after a migraine other than a headache? [more inside]
posted by soren_lorensen at 2:10 PM - 61 answers

Fibroids and fertility/pregnancy - experiences?

I've been diagnosed with a large submucosal fibroid which seem to negativity impact fertility. What are your experiences with fibroid and fertility or fibroid during pregnancy? [more inside]
posted by BeHereNow at 5:37 AM - 5 answers

YANMD: Blackout while sleeping?

Twice while sleeping tonight, I experienced an outage. It felt like the house lost electricity, but it was me not the house. I've never had a blackout, but maybe this is what happened? I didn't have any alcohol today, so a blackout seems unlikely. But I don't know how else to explain it. YANMD, but do you have any idea what this could be? [more inside]
posted by frizz at 2:56 AM - 12 answers

August 16

Low impact exercise, among other things

I love this routine from Les Mills and I really enjoy Fitness Marshall videos as well, because the only way to make me exercise is to make it as much like dance as possible, apparently. However, I do this at home and out of consideration for the downstairs neighbours, I tend to do all of it barefeet. Is that likely to be damaging to my (flat) feet/knees/some other body part that I haven't even considered? Am I just being paranoid and bouncing around in shoes wouldn't be as noisy as I think it would be or there are ways to mitigate the disturbance (nobody has complained...yet) Orrrrr, what sort of low impact exercises should I be looking at? Specific videos or folks I can follow on YT would be super helpful. That's pretty much it. Thank you so much!
posted by Nieshka at 11:27 AM - 6 answers

Winter Joy Strategy

Every winter, I get very very sad and flat. I suspect SAD is at play (I live in Ontario). Every summer, I find a great rhythm and think "this is the year! this year I won't give in to the winter blues". Reader, it never works. [more inside]
posted by lizifer at 7:22 AM - 12 answers

Brain fog on an antibiotic - has this ever happened to you?

So I'm taking a short course of a commonly prescribed antibiotic for an infected cut. I feel like I'm having a weird reaction to the antibiotic. [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 6:57 AM - 8 answers

Dealing with dust allergies

Just got diagnosed with dust allergies. Dust allergy veterans, please help me learn what I should be doing/buying/not doing etc to manage them. [more inside]
posted by Cozybee at 4:46 AM - 14 answers

August 15

Aspie menopause tips

I've used a lot of good strategies throughout my life to cope with the problems autism causes but I seem to have forgotten them in menopause. I'm withdrawing more from the world and avoiding work (casual flexible interesting autonomous job). I need a kickstart to get back to a productive healthy life. [more inside]
posted by b33j at 9:04 PM - 9 answers

A very American healthcare problem

I've had it with Medicaid. I need to see a doctor and a psychiatrist now, not months from now. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by shapes that haunt the dusk at 4:18 PM - 20 answers

Fear and anxiety, how to deal

For the past couple of months I’ve been experiencing near-constant anxiety and fear, not of anything in particular, just a strange uneasy feeling that blankets everything and makes me feel like I’m unsafe (even though I’m totally safe) or like something terrible is about to happen. I need some new coping mechanisms. [more inside]
posted by aaadddaaa at 1:24 PM - 20 answers

August 14

Dying in place

My uncle in-law was recently diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer and his quality of life is swiftly declining. He and his girlfriend are going to move into my house so that we can take care of him. Can you please help me get my logistical ducks in a row ? If you’ve been in this position what items have made things easier and what advice do you have ? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 9:49 AM - 15 answers

August 13

I want to get HIIT in New York City

I'm looking for HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workout classes on the Upper East Side in NYC. Thanks for your recommendations!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 8:35 AM - 4 answers

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