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November 15

Women's multivitamin without biotin

Can you recommend a women's or prenatal vitamin that does not include biotin? Biotin makes me break out so I am trying to avoid it.
posted by jschu at 8:05 AM - 3 answers

November 14

Does anyone have experience with Genome Medical's Invitae testing?

I'm looking specifically for breast cancer testing, but any accounts will do. Here's a link to their site.
posted by dhruva at 5:38 PM - 2 answers

ISO a FODMAP Navigation App

I'm having some GI issues and my doctor suggested cutting out FODMAP foods, but it's not very intuitive to know what's ok and constantly scanning a printout to find the answer is tedious an error-prone. Please suggest iOS apps that can help me avoid FODMAP foods. [more inside]
posted by Cogito at 1:08 PM - 2 answers

Child Health Plus

Can someone explain Child Health Plus in NYC to me? [more inside]
posted by A god with hooves, a god with horns at 11:19 AM - 3 answers

There's no bun in this oven!

YANMD but my doctor also doesn't know, so why am I bloated all the time and what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by quadrant seasons at 10:25 AM - 10 answers

How long until you feel normal after quitting nicotine?

Before quitting three weeks ago, I smoked for about a year. During that time I also switched up my psychiatric meds a couple of times. I'm wondering how long I should give it before I attribute my weird state of mind (read: anxious, depressed, fatigued, etc.) to the psych med adjustments rather than coming off of nicotine. [more inside]
posted by baptismal at 9:29 AM - 10 answers

Two thumbs down

My thumbs have not been functional since last January, and doctors can’t find an explanation or effective treatment. What should I do next? [more inside]
posted by metasarah at 8:21 AM - 15 answers

November 13

How much is too much?

Curious what fellow Mifis are paying for their insulin?
posted by Freedomboy at 11:38 PM - 12 answers

Not being the smartest one creates self-hate

I would like to handle being bad at things (not perfect at them) better. I would like to not feel a sense of shame and worthlessness if someone is smarter than me. More below. [more inside]
posted by crunchy potato at 6:56 PM - 17 answers

Sudden Onset, Now Persistent Wrist Pain

What on earth could cause wrist pain that came on with no warning and now won't go away? [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 12:02 PM - 6 answers

ADHD in the UK

I've always had serious problems with executive functioning and I've wondered if I might have ADHD. I talked to my GP about it around ten years ago and she looked at me like I was crazy and told me that ADHD is only diagnosed in children with severe behavioural problems. [more inside]
posted by Chenko at 8:40 AM - 7 answers

Book of accounts of HRT?

I'm looking to read a book (if it exists!) that would be/contain accounts of how it felt to 'be on' Testosterone or Estrogen. Ideally there would be multiple such accounts, rather than just one perspective! I've read the odd article that interviews people mid-transition, and I find it so fascinating - is there anything like this at full book length?
posted by wattle at 8:09 AM - 5 answers

DIY tattoo risk

My young adult kid (18) is a getting a tattoo at the home of a tattoo artist in our town who evidently has done tattooing (stick and poke) on my kid's friend and others they know. I'm filled with worry. [more inside]
posted by nantucket at 7:37 AM - 27 answers

November 12

Life insurance...for war zones?

I don’t know anything about life insurance, and I know you’re not my insurance agent, but I have no idea where to start. [more inside]
posted by gucci mane at 4:46 PM - 11 answers


I can't get therapy. What's the next best option? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:40 PM - 12 answers

Switching from Kaiser to Anthem for mental health reasons

After a lifetime (literally) at Kaiser I'm considering switching to Anthem, primarily so I can start going to therapy (Kaiser is terrible for me in that regard). But, Kaiser in every other aspect is so dang easy. What should I consider before making the switch? [more inside]
posted by acidic at 12:33 PM - 11 answers

Exercising with uncooperative ankles

I'm suddenly having weird intermittent pain in my right ankle, toward the outside of the joint right where my ankle meets my foot. (This came on seemingly out of nowhere, but I'm very sure that it's related to a nasty sprain I got playing soccer about 9 months ago.) The earliest appointment I could get with my sports doctor isn't for another month. In the meantime, I am in desperate need of ideas for how to exercise with this limitation -- I'm starting to feel like I'm crawling out of my skin! [more inside]
posted by catoclock at 11:01 AM - 11 answers

I'm awkward and hate conflict

I have decided to discontinue seeing my therapist, for a couple of reasons. I'm having trouble figuring out exactly how to phrase this to him in a graceful way. Can anyone help me with a script? [more inside]
posted by thereemix at 9:41 AM - 7 answers

Ankles suck

My ankle hurts again. Last time I saw a doctor about it, they said it was a sprain or strain, but I have no memory of any specific injury whenever this happens. It occurs a few times a year and now it is my left, but usually it is my right ankle. What could this be? [more inside]
posted by soelo at 7:58 AM - 10 answers

November 11

Can I even lift bro?

I recently started working out with a personal trainer but she missed so many sessions I need to figure out how to move forward without her. I wanted to begin a starting strength program, but she expressed concerns that I wasn't ready for the most common beginner weightlifting programs. Should I begin a training program on my own or find a new personal trainer? Or something else? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:51 AM - 19 answers

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