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October 14

Can I fence with a medical port?

I may be up for some more intense treatment for my multiple myeloma (still collecting second opinions). In the past, I've gotten oral and subcutaneous therapy, but my doc wants to put me on something that requires frequent IVs. I have terrible veins, but I've always resisted getting a port because I thought I'd have to give up fencing. My oncologist says I might be able to fence. What say MeFites? [more inside]
posted by FencingGal at 6:46 AM - 15 answers

October 13

Is not-great therapy better than no therapy?

Had my first appointment with a new therapist recently and to be honest she wasn’t great. A couple of small red flags, but my biggest objection was that we weren’t a personality fit. I’m unsure whether to continue. [more inside]
posted by EatMyHat at 11:51 PM - 8 answers

How to find an MDMA therapist in New York

I wonder how one goes about finding a psychedelic therapist using MDMA in New York. Asking for a scared friend.
posted by DMelanogaster at 2:28 PM - 6 answers

October 12

Alternatives to my fitness pal?

I’ve been using MyFitness Pal for weight loss and have been happy with it. For reasons, I now need an alternative, ideally an app. Please give me your suggestions! [more inside]
posted by EatMyHat at 3:07 PM - 11 answers

Do I really have to eat oatmeal for a year?

How do you figure out what is triggering your migraines? I believe I have been having migraines for a couple of years, but its only recently that I've realised the things I THOUGHT were causing my headaches (noisy children, gin and tonics, an iphone, and stress) are not the main culprits. Or not the only ones anyway. [more inside]
posted by catspajammies at 1:34 PM - 26 answers

October 11

Rectocele surgery - how good or bad is it?

My GP has referred me to a surgeon to find out what can be done about my rectocele (and possibly cystocele). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:04 PM - 1 answers

Tests and conditions to consider for recurrent nausea/vomiting

My 60 year old mother is having nausea after almost every meal and 5-7 day bouts of vomiting every few months. She sees a new GI next week, but this hasn’t been taken seriously in the past. YANHD, but can you help me make a list of tests she should ask about and conditions they should try to rule out? [more inside]
posted by bananacabana at 9:05 AM - 10 answers

October 10

What the FUCK progesterone?!

These drugs were supposed to stop my period. Which I just got. It's been well over a decade since my TCOYF days and I just realised I have no idea what's going on or why. [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri at 1:54 PM - 12 answers

Help for Newbie to Gym Etiquette

For my son's birthday this year, my one sister gifted us with a membership to a pool club near us that specializes in disabled kids and families. It's really nice - lap pool, wade in pool with splash pad, an area for water basketball, and a lazy river with a 10 person jacuzzi whirlpool in the middle. They also have a basketball court, an open gym, a gathering room, and a tiny gym. [more inside]
posted by 80 Cats in a Dog Suit at 7:37 AM - 27 answers

Coping with disability

Being disabled doesn't fit my internal narrative as a high achieving, fitness oriented person. I am in therapy and we are addressing this, but I wanted to hear from others that transitioned from able bodied to disabled physically to see how you made that process happen on a mental level. [more inside]
posted by crunchy potato at 6:12 AM - 15 answers

October 8

Am I wrong to consider this orthodontist's billing practice unethical?

My dentist referred me to an orthodontist for consultation. The orthodontist's office said by email, "since you were referred, we will waive the consult fee." In the intake process, they took my insurance info, and then hit my insurance for $100. They said the "waiving" was of the co-pay, which was another $100. [more inside]
posted by Borborygmus at 8:49 AM - 10 answers

October 7

How can I spend down my HSA funds?

I have about $1K in my HSA fund and I need to use at least $500 of it by the end of the year. My family is generally healthy and we have pretty good insurance, so I haven't had to spend much on medical care. What else can I spend these funds on? I'd really like to not lose this money. It was tax-free, but still. Thanks!
posted by Fister Roboto at 7:27 PM - 22 answers

Books like "The Worry Cure"?

I've found "The Worry Cure" by Robert Leahy to be super useful and effective. Are there other books that provide concrete ways of how to deal with worrying/anxieties? [more inside]
posted by ellerhodes at 7:00 PM - 4 answers

What type of burn did I have?

I had a pretty nasty burn a few weeks ago from a brush with my motorcycle's tailpipe. It's healed now, but what degree was it? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore at 2:26 PM - 5 answers

How do I fire and replace my oncologist?

I know that theoretically I can change oncologists for any reason whatsoever, but the circumstances I'm in make it seem awkward and impossible. I could really use some help navigating this. [more inside]
posted by FencingGal at 9:05 AM - 17 answers

Long-term effects of temporary starvation

After competing on Survivor, more than one contestant has said something like "My digestion was messed up for a year afterwards." The contestants generally claim this was not caused by a parasite. What is the mechanism by which two or more weeks of restricted caloric intake (and/or generally rough conditions) can cause a year of digestive problems? Is there something they could have done before or after the period of starvation to prevent this? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog at 3:51 AM - 12 answers

October 6

Recovering from Heart Attack & changing habits -- when already depressed

I’m looking for recommendations on resources for someone (youngish) recovering from a heart attack. Books, blogs, videos, podcasts... whatever. NOT looking for cookbooks. I need resources that can help me think through some big mental roadblocks, and get through to some better practices for living. [more inside]
posted by armoir from antproof case at 5:30 PM - 10 answers

Ow, it hurts to sleep!

I have been having trouble finding a comfortable sleeping position. I keep waking up after taking a nap and after sleeping all night with a sore body, specifically with my neck, back and torso usually hurting. I have neck issues and fibromyalgia. I'm a side sleeper. I have a memory foam mattress that I've had for about six months. It hasn't given me any problems. Until a few weeks ago, I was okay using a buckwheat neck pillow on top of a flat pillow, but then I started getting body pain if I slept like that.Does anyone have ideas of things I can try to sleep better - like positioning of pillows and things like that? [more inside]
posted by starlybri at 6:55 AM - 11 answers

Tips for weaning my kid off thumbsucking for emotional regulation?

My son is turning five, and sucks his thumb when he is really stressed and upset as a way of regaining control of his emotions and calming down. We're trying to get him to break the habit; what are good alternatives to thumb sucking that he could use to regulate his emotions? [more inside]
posted by destrius at 6:44 AM - 34 answers

October 5

Occasional nausea during weight lifting?

I've been an on and off weight lifter for the past three years or so. As in, I go to my local Y and use their weight machines to build some muscle and stay active. But randomly I get nauseous enough that I need to stop my workout and I want to figure out why. [more inside]
posted by Twicketface at 10:35 AM - 14 answers

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