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April 19

How to stop freaking out about medical symptoms before appointment?

I suddenly developed problems swallowing. I have an appointment with my primary care doctor next week. How do I shut up the endless worst-case scenarios running through my head? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:10 AM - 8 answers

Therapist recommendation in greater Portland, Maine?

Looking for a therapist in greater Portland. Probably CBT, but open to other modalities if folks have suggestions that aren't CBT. Primarily for working on negative thinking cycles and obsessing about past actions and interpersonal interactions. Think anxiety, but after the fact.
posted by anonymous at 7:10 AM - 1 answers

April 18

Exposure therapy = sadness???

A two-parter: is my experience unique, and how do I deal with it regardless? [more inside]
posted by chainsofreedom at 12:48 PM - 10 answers

Comparing Seattle Marketplace Health Plans

Trying to decide between: • AMbetter (coordinated care) • Kaiser permanente • Molina • Premera blue cross [more inside]
posted by Autumn Willow at 11:36 AM - 10 answers

Helping my lower GI tract get its groove back after illness

I spent Monday afternoon and evening purging in a way I didn't even know was possible due to a truly insidious GI bug. I'm technically "better" now but I think my microbiome got all jacked up or other body systems are still out of whack. YANMD, but can I do anything (evidence-based) to help me to feel human again? [more inside]
posted by soren_lorensen at 11:30 AM - 12 answers

April 17

Bad start to neuropsychological testing, how to proceed?

My partner has struggled with attention, memory, and executive functioning issues her whole life. She was diagnosed with depression and anxiety in her teens, and her doctors have always told her that her attention issues are because of her MDD/GAD and that it would get better as her mental health improved. 8 years later her mental health has improved significantly, but the attention and memory issues have not changed. She went to get evaluated for ADHD and had the intake interview last week and did not feel good about how it went. [more inside]
posted by undisclosed at 3:38 PM - 16 answers

Looking for a new direction in therapy

For the last two years, I've been seeing a therapist from the Gestalt school, now I feel I need something more. [more inside]
posted by jedrek at 8:39 AM - 2 answers

Is It Reasonable/Safe to Run, Part III: Ft. Lauderdale

Some time soon, I will be staying at a hotel near the port stuff (looks SE 17th, near Eisenhower) in Ft. Lauderdale and I want to run 8-10 miles, starting by 6am. [more inside]
posted by Pax at 8:02 AM - 6 answers

Is there a way to donate expensive medication?

I'm recovering and in remission after being diagnosed with leukemia late last year. I have a bunch of medication that has not expired and I'd like to donate it if possible. One of the medications is Granix which is a very expensive injection drug that treats neutropenia. It has to be stored in a temperature controlled environment (which I've done) and I would only be able to donate to someone nearby. Is there a way to do this? I've been told the granix shots are roughly $1200-$1600/ shot and it's criminal to throw them away when so many people lack insurance or full coverage. I also have several months supply of antibiotics and antifungals. So many people helped me during my illness and I'd like to give back if at all possible.
posted by anonymous at 1:27 AM - 8 answers

April 16

Help me help dad

My dad had a stroke 4 years ago and his mental and cognitive health have deteriorated significantly in the last year. He won't get help. Is there anything that I can do? [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount at 9:27 AM - 6 answers

surgery in another country

Does anyone have personal experience with having elective surgery in another country? There are a couple I have looked at including Thailand and India. Taking money and or insurance completely out of the equation, what are things to know and understand?
posted by jtexman1 at 9:23 AM - 5 answers

Periodontest Probing for Pockets - The Aftermath Question

So I have periodontal disease and Dr. was probing and probing and now everywhere that probe went measuring pockets in my gums, I am sore and hurting. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 7:59 AM - 14 answers

DID and race

Alters of people with disassociative identity disorder who are of a different race than the host/main person: how would that even work? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 2:47 AM - 10 answers

Is rapid weight gain on Abilify common?

I've been on Abilify since January, when I was about 150. It worked immediately, which was awesome. Now its efficacy has sort of plateaued... But I weigh 170 and counting. I feel a little like Tim Allen in The Santa Clause during his transformation into Santa. Psych says, eh, not a typical side effect. I say, mmm, sure Jan. Did you gain weight on Abilify, and if so, was it the kind that goes away, or the pernicious kind that sticks around?
posted by Hermione Granger at 12:14 AM - 10 answers

April 15

Good fix, replacement for Urbanears Medis?

The microphone on my earbuds is coming across to listeners as scratchy and quiet. How can I fix this? Or what would make an identical replacement to them (Urbanears Medis)? [more inside]
posted by mr_bovis at 5:54 PM - 1 answers

April 13

Care options for elderly parent in New York

My elderly, chronically ill mother is a dual US/Australian citizen living in New York City where she has no family, and due to current health is unable to fly to Australia where she has family. I don't live in the US, nor am I a citizen, so cannot spend an extended period there helping her. What are the options for her in the US (including NY and other states)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:15 PM - 4 answers

Can you recommend a personal trainer in NYC?

I'm a middle aged woman in Brooklyn looking for a fitness/personal trainer. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by swheatie at 11:12 AM - 2 answers

Sending checks to Canadian online pharmacies when buying from US?

Does anyone in the US have recent experience with buying drugs from Canadian online pharmacies? From what I can tell, they all require payment via check and the idea of sending a check to a business I have no experience with makes me nervous. [more inside]
posted by prism4tic at 10:11 AM - 2 answers

No, but *why* cervical checks before labor?

Medical professionals: What medical reason do doctors have for performing cervical checks in the weeks before labor? Let's say "they just want to know" isn't an acceptable answer unless there is a "because medical benefit X..." after it. This is a general question only- no medical advice wanted or needed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:01 AM - 27 answers

April 12

Like restless leg syndrome, but in shoulders. Now what?

Like it says in the title. The symptoms I experience mimic exactly those I have read about RLS, except this isn't in my legs. [more inside]
posted by Ink-stained wretch at 5:32 PM - 7 answers

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