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May 18

Ways to calm down after an adrenaline response?

Are there physiological ways to relax after a fight-or-flight type experience? Details inside [more inside]
posted by throwitawayurthegarbageman at 3:36 PM - 17 answers

Shingles: what can I do to feel better?

I have shingles. It's all over the left side of my face, neck, ear, and I believe my scalp. I'm taking antivirals and gabapentin. The rash itself doesn't feel too bad, but my neck is killing me. It's just like if I threw it out. Feels muscular, like my head is too heavy for my neck. I'm spending all my time trying ways to support it to let it relax, but nothing helps. Also, so, so tired and lousy feeling. [more inside]
posted by primate moon at 12:19 PM - 15 answers

May 17

Best Menstrual Disc for PIV

Based on your experience, what's the best menstrual disc to use during PIV? [more inside]
posted by bookworm4125 at 1:51 PM - 4 answers

Sundowning Mom Terrified of Caretaking Dad

My 83-year-old mother, whose full-time caregiver is my father, has started experiencing hallucinations, paranoia, and delusions as a component of her dementia. We all understand this is common, and she is under medical care and following “sundowning” protocols. The issue is that when an episode comes on, her central focus is terror of her caregiver: my 84-year-old father and her husband of 60 years. I am looking for any suggestions to help them manage this stage of the disease and these episodes specifically. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:04 AM - 17 answers

Slipped disc, effective treatment vs liver strain

My partner has a back injury diagnosed (via MRI) as L5/S1. He's been prescribed pain meds, but he only takes them sporadically because he's worried about his liver. [more inside]
posted by toucan at 12:19 AM - 21 answers

May 16

Dishwasher detergent recommendations for the sensitive stomach

Recently switched from a lifetime of handwashing to using a dishwasher. But even with sani rinse option I’m convinced there’s still some residue that’s irritating my stomach. What detergent isn’t going to kill my precious bodily gut biome ? Cascade platinum pods are dead to me now. [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg at 12:08 PM - 12 answers

Avoiding Covid after exposure

I learned this morning that I had my closest known Covid exposure yet on Tuesday night. I'm testing negative and have no symptoms. What can I do now that might help my husband and me keep it that way? I'd love specifics on whether and how to do DIY saline gargles/rinses, a reliable source for Enovid if it's advisable, scientifically-sound supplements or vitamins that at least don't hurt, etc. [more inside]
posted by daisyace at 7:35 AM - 20 answers

New patient, ancient medicine.

I had my first session with a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner last week. Yay! What questions should I be asking her? [more inside]
posted by rabia.elizabeth at 4:21 AM - 9 answers

May 15

Acupuncture recommendation on the Upper East Side of Manhattan

Hi! I’m looking for recommendations for an acupuncturist on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Thank you!
posted by DavidNYC at 11:24 AM - 0 answers

Unhinged covid theories

I'd appreciate being pointed to some non-crazy looks at some specific crazy covid theories, or just some basic facts that are fairly robust. Details inside! [more inside]
posted by Number Used Once at 9:03 AM - 18 answers

May 13

Ain't No Ticks On Me (hopefully)

City kid here heading up to the Hudson Valley for Memorial Day, where I wanna frolic in the country. Gimme your best recs for tick repellant. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 11:37 AM - 22 answers

May 12

General anesthesia: Should I?

I’m scheduled for general anesthesia tomorrow and I made the mistake of looking up information on the web about it. I’m looking for help to decide whether to cancel it or not. [more inside]
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 11:38 AM - 16 answers

May 11

Side effects of Trazadone and reasonable subsitutions

I'm not satisfied with the drug my doc's sub gave me. She is using it off-label, which I have no problem with. What are some alternatives? [more inside]
posted by intrepid_simpleton at 10:55 AM - 9 answers

May 10

Brief resource about sensory processing disorder?

I have a sensory processing disorder. I don’t have good aural and visual “filters”. Do you know of a good resource that I might give HR or possibly any others to briefly explain this disorder? I am thinking of one page or less. Ideally, the resource wouldn’t be focused on autism, but I am open.
posted by NotLost at 8:00 AM - 4 answers

May 9

Help me rip the mask off: Immunocompromised 2024

I need to rip the mask off: I need a quick peace of mind (or not) on Covid risk and apparently remedial Covid education 2024 edition [more inside]
posted by floweredfish at 4:27 PM - 35 answers

NHS vs CDC, why are the adult vaccination recs so different?

The CDC recommends adults have a tetanus booster every 10 years. The NHS doesn't think adults need a tetanus booster if they were fully vaccinated as kids. As an oldish person working on a farm at high risk of small dirty wounds, I got the NHS to give me a tetanus booster 10 years ago but they seemed bemused that I wanted it. Do any medical MeFites know why the recommendations are so different?
posted by Rhedyn at 10:02 AM - 15 answers

Conversations with kids about elder’s hospice

My spouse’s grandmother lives with us, and will be entering hospice care at home soon. She’s 100 years old and has end-stage COPD. We have two young kids, and I need to figure out how to talk to them about what we are all about to experience. [more inside]
posted by hovey at 9:05 AM - 15 answers

May 8

Achilles tendinosis - how have you healed from it

This is, I believe, my fourth round in a boot. I was ok until I forgot to get new runners, whomp whomp. Sick of it though. How has your AT healed? [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock at 9:28 PM - 3 answers

I love to swim, but sometimes swimming does not love me.

I taught myself how to swim freestyle about 15 years ago and have been swimming intermittently since then. I went from barely being able to swim 25 yards at the start, to swimming 2000 yards 4x a week at my peak. Last winter I injured my shoulder when I tried to scale up my training, and I've been having a hard time swimming since. I'm seeking advice on how to address the issues I'm dealing with now. [more inside]
posted by spacebologna at 11:35 AM - 16 answers

Should I try tirzepatide/semaglutide?

I'm one of those insufferable people who has always been "naturally thin" but since having my first child a few years ago, I am still 20-25 lbs over my normal weight and I've tried changing my diet and exercise level and it will not come off. I have also developed prediabetes, with an A1C of 5.8. [more inside]
posted by Forty-eight at 8:17 AM - 27 answers

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