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November 24

That time of the year again: which health insurer should I get?

I am on the New York Essential Plan and need to choose a healthcare plan. I've done some research but could use some practical input. [more inside]
posted by thesockpuppet at 9:41 PM - 0 answers

I have a confusing COBRA healthcare question, and I'm overwhelmed.

I had a job end in September. I haven't done anything about health insurance. I need to figure out a few things - thank you. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:36 AM - 6 answers

Non-commercial food/excercise/weight tracker?

Is there a non-commercial food/exercise/weight tracker i.e. run by a university or other research institution rather than a corporation? [more inside]
posted by 2 cats in the yard at 6:59 AM - 2 answers

MDMA Therapy for PTSD - How Can I Get There?

I've been in this chasm of trauma since birth. I am dealing with so many issues that my life is on the line now. Health-wise it's bad. As bad as it could get. Emotionally, there's not much more I can do. Yet, there's that glimpse of light at the end of the horizon that maybe somewhere, someone, somehow would be able to offer me a life-line in the form of an excavation and healing of the psyche. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 2:15 AM - 11 answers

Putting the fun into functional fitness

What strength-building exercise/class can I do that I will not hate, and given my poor coordination and weakness? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 2:02 AM - 13 answers

November 21

Searching for the best resources for information on Autism

My newly 4 yr old grandson has been struggling with a variety of issues over the past couple of years. Now they're suspecting Autism might be yet another thing to add to the list. [more inside]
posted by SoftSummerBreeze at 11:10 AM - 13 answers

Non-US Disability/Handicapped Access

Can anyone suggest an information source for learning about disability/handicapped accessibility resources in other countries? Are public buildings/facilities set-up or required to have ease-of-access entry? I have family members that would like to travel but are concerned about a lack of access. In particular, they are mobility-impaired and use either a walker or scooter for most of their daily activities.
posted by sandpine at 9:01 AM - 4 answers

I Have Tendinitis In My knee. Are My Running Days Over? What Cardio Can

I ran for years. At one point my knee starting really hurting. I went to the doc and they told me that I had tendinitis. I would take a month off. The pain would stop. I'd run again and it would come back. Ibuprofen would help, but the pain would come back whenever I ran. I tried again recently, after years, same result. Is there anything that I can do to still go running outside? If not, what other forms of cardio can I do? Other info inside. [more inside]
posted by kbbbo at 8:12 AM - 14 answers

Help me use these new mental health diagnoses to find resources

Had severe, treatment-resistant depression for a long time. Recently, after a few suicide attempts, there are two new diagnoses on the horizon: my psychiatrist thinks I may have bipolar 2 rather than depression, my therapist agrees and is pretty sure I also have borderline personality disorder. I've got a basic, Tumblr-and-Wikipedia-level understanding of both of those. I know they're treatable and the stigma they carry is often unfair. I know DBT for borderline is A Thing. What else should I know about living with either of these diagnoses? What books or articles should I read? What resources should I make use of?
posted by nebulawindphone at 7:00 AM - 10 answers

Osteo, physio, or something else?

YANMD, but I slipped 3 discs in June, and have been in physio twice a week for most of the time since then, with two spinal epidurals in August and September. I feel like I should be better than I am by now, and would like advice on what other kind of treatment to look into. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA at 6:41 AM - 4 answers

November 20

Diatomaceous Earth & Young Kids

Fleas have sadly entered our world. I have diatomaceous earth coming today. I have little humans at home. I am nervous about how to use it safely, despite online research, as it is my first time using it. [more inside]
posted by anya32 at 11:16 AM - 6 answers

November 19

Ongoing iron deficiency cause?

I've had iron deficiency for many years (not anemia apparently - I have a normal red blood cell count, although they are small) and have lately been going through All Of The Tests to find out why, with no answers yet. Anything else I should be thinking about or asking my doctors about? [more inside]
posted by fleecy socks at 4:35 PM - 15 answers

Can I chance a hormonal IUD if hormonal BC pills didn't work for me?

I took hormonal birth control pills briefly a dozen years ago and stopped because they gave me migraines. Am I crazy to now consider a hormonal IUD? [more inside]
posted by anderjen at 11:34 AM - 13 answers

November 18

What's irritating the skin on my upper back?

Several years ago, the skin on my upper back (on and around the shoulderblades; not in the middle) started getting dry, flaky, bumpy, red, and mildly itchy. What might be causing this? Could it be my shampoo? Or a reaction to some other irritant? You are not my dermatologist. [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet at 2:59 PM - 14 answers

Why, stomach, why?

Sometimes if I walk after eating I become increasingly bloated and eventually throw up. This is obviously inconvenient and now happening more frequently. Anyone ever have this issue? [more inside]
posted by unannihilated at 1:05 PM - 30 answers

November 17

Health insurance in Mawlamyine

My mom took a teaching job in Mawlamyine, awesome! She needs health insurance, less awesome. How can I help her from across the globe? [more inside]
posted by carnivoregiraffe at 10:34 PM - 2 answers

Eye or brain, or both or neither?

Asking for a friend. Mystery halo seen in eye? [more inside]
posted by Armed Only With Hubris at 5:46 PM - 18 answers

Breaking the devil that is nail chewing

2 year old edition. Recently started chewing fingers and while no blood has been drawn, he is getting close. I know there is something we can paint on his nails, any brand recommendations or other tips and strategies we could try to get ahead of this before it becomes a lasting habit?
posted by MandaSayGrr at 5:32 PM - 9 answers

What to expect before and after urological surgery

I'm scheduled for surgery next month. I've never had any type of surgery before, so I'm totally in the dark in terms of what to expect, how to prepare, and what questions might be helpful to ask my doctor. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by nixxon at 3:17 PM - 8 answers

Is this a flu?

This may seem a bit silly but I've never had the flu before that I know of. Two nights ago around 8pm I felt a sudden very sore throat with some swelling and closed-throat feeling, plus significant muscle/joint pain. I took a sleeping pill and slept all night and most of the next day, by last night I felt 90% better and am back at work today. The weird part is the exact same thing happened three weeks ago. Is this what a flu is? Something else? I do tend to be a worrier.
posted by Cosine at 11:12 AM - 10 answers

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