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March 16

What kinds of things to do you to lessen menstruation symptoms/PMS?

I'm curious if you have monthly go-tos that coincide with your cycle that seem to help lessen hormonal swings/PMS symptoms, etc.. I would love to have a list of things that I should *do* during parts of my cycle or at least try. So much... [more inside]
posted by amanda at 11:19 AM - 25 answers

March 15

Does SnoreAid work?

SnoreAid is a passive device that goes into your nostrils. I've tried the Breathe Right strips which did not work. Has anyone tried SnoreAid, and if so how effective is it? Is the explanation "While working in unison, the above-stated elements of our device will increase your air intake without letting such excess air escape. As a result, more air is taken in, than lost; thus, creating a positive air pressure build-up" just BS because breathing doesn’t work that way?
posted by Sophont at 6:08 PM - 10 answers

Medicare about to stop paying for my mom’s rehab. What do I do?

My mother is not cooperating with rehab after a fall. I don’t know what to do. Details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by fozzie_bear at 11:28 AM - 10 answers

unexplained tooth/gum discomfort for months.. any suggestions?

hey, guys/gals starting back in august 2018 i had started to get an unexplained gum pain behind my second upper (right side) molar, and also i had a cavity between my 1st and 2nd molar. i had the cavity filled which was causing pain at the time. but the discomfort behind my 2nd molar is always there. i had it checked to see if it was a wisdom tooth, but the xray revealed i did not have one. i have had this problem for 6 months now, i am not in agony, but pshchologically i am suffering. has anyone experienced anything like this? [more inside]
posted by xenonom1 at 7:42 AM - 9 answers

March 14

Very simple life-saving practices that are non-intuitive

What are examples of simple practices that are hugely beneficial yet either (A) were not discovered until relatively recently (like the last one or two centuries) (such as the Heimlich maneuver) or (B) are not practiced at high frequencies in some lower-income countries, contributing to ongoing mortality (such as hand washing with soap)? Thanks! :)
posted by mrmanvir at 5:44 PM - 40 answers

Mom is laid up in extended care hospital, doesn't have medicaid

My mom, who is on disability, suffered a fall towards the end of January. Now after multiple weeks of hospital stays and transfers she has been informed that she doesn't have medicaid by her hospital case worker. [more inside]
posted by FireballForever at 3:36 PM - 14 answers

Self-care on a sick day

I am on the tail end of a stomach virus courtesy of the toddler. Spouse has it. I'm also on an antibiotic for an unrelated infection that gives me an awful headache. I took off work today to avoid spreading the stomach bug. How can I make the most of the day? [more inside]
posted by crunchy potato at 5:33 AM - 11 answers

March 13

I exercise best on an empty stomach. How can I work out in the evenings?

When I work out before I've eaten breakfast, I feel great. But if I eat before a workout -- even a couple hours beforehand -- the food sloshes around in my stomach during my workout, making me feel clumsy and bloated. My schedule has changed and I need to start working out later in the day. If you are a slow digester/frequently get bloated after meals, how do you eat during the day before your evening workout? [more inside]
posted by rogerroger at 10:31 PM - 9 answers

March 12

My partner is reacting to my visit to rehab in unexpected ways

This is me. I've bit the bullet, been accepted and am willing to do the hard yards. But my partner keeps telling me it's going to be horrible (I know, right, I'm the one with social anxiety) and it might not work (well, yeah, I've failed every attempt to quit by myself in the past). I've asked him to try to be positive, because I need my own blind faith going in, or it can't work, and he doesn't understand how much he undermines my motivation every time he brings up a concern. We're at an impasse now, I won't discuss it with him anymore, but he's my closest friend, so I can't say "I had a nightmare about it last night" without him pointing out that it's going to be awful and might not work. Any suggestions?
posted by anonymous at 1:40 AM - 13 answers

March 11

What practice made you fear less?

I am an anxious person and have an avoidant coping style. I'm prone to being paralyzed by worry, even when the causes for it are insignificant. I know I'm not alone in this. Fellow worriers: which practice made it a little easier for you to stop worrying and face what has to be done? (Added difficulty: unhappily single person previously dependent on externalizing fears to deflate them.) [more inside]
posted by Desertshore at 2:49 PM - 11 answers

Is this schizophrenia?

Strange banging sounds at night, sound hypersensitivity. [more inside]
posted by porpoise at 2:09 PM - 17 answers

Is there a Feeling Good for DBT?

Some people have recommended that I check out Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. So I can dip my toe in, is there a widely-recommended self-help book that is for DBT what Feeling Good is for CBT?
posted by robot cat at 1:54 PM - 3 answers

Pivotal Response Therapy for non-autistic child?

This is a longshot, but does anyone have any experience of pivotal response therapy for a child with language delay (but not autism). [more inside]
posted by heavenknows at 5:23 AM - 6 answers

March 10

Trying to understand or cope with unexplained issues with vision / aura.

Around 6-8 months ago I started getting some strange issues with my vision (swirling colours / visual snow / flash bulb effects), and can't seem to get to the bottom of it. Would love to hear if anyone else has experienced this and what avenues to explore to get a more accurate diagnosis / and (hopefully) treatment or simply strategies to cope with this new reality. [more inside]
posted by LongDrive at 8:04 PM - 15 answers

How does one stop tensing muscles unconsciously

My tendency to tense and clench certain muscles is aggravating lower back and other skeleto-muscular issues I have. Do you have any tips for stopping this? More inside. [more inside]
posted by benbenson at 5:10 PM - 4 answers

March 9

Movies & TV series with particularly warm, nurturing family interactions

I'm working on changing my "preoccupied/anxious" attachment style to one of "earned secure attachment" using a process that relies on guided imagery and meditation. Having grown up in a very conflict-riven narcissistic family, I don't have a lot of good memories to riff off of in order to create a relationship and attachment to an "idealized parental figure." [more inside]
posted by Auden at 2:00 PM - 36 answers

Why did my legs lock up during a race?

Yesterday I ran a half marathon. All went well until maybe the final 5 kilometers or so, when my legs sort of locked up and walking became necessary. Why did this happen? Details inside... [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 1:24 PM - 8 answers

Any experiences with a hip bone graft?

Hi people in Metafilter! Does anyone here have experience with a hip bone graft? I had an accident and broke my wrist. The doctor needs some extra bone to repair my wrist and he said he would take it from the hip. [more inside]
posted by Fromthesouth at 5:21 AM - 3 answers

March 8

Personal recommendations for therapists in San Diego?

I need some help locating a therapist for my daughter in San Diego near SDSU or La Jolla... [more inside]
posted by docpops at 7:26 PM - 2 answers

Seattle or Portland gynecologic oncologist

I so do not want to be asking this. I need your recommendations for finding a really good gynecologic oncologist in Seattle or Portland (or Spokane, although I assume my options will be better in Seattle or Portland). And actually any other advice for coping or practical things or, I don’t know, I’m lost and scared. Where do I go online to ask questions about ovarian cancer that won’t needlessly terrify me?
posted by HotToddy at 3:56 PM - 12 answers

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