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October 5

Tired of being fatigued all the time

I've been feeling fatigued for the past two months. Not sleepy or lethargic, just physically heavy or "droopy"--like I'm wearing a lead suit and I just really really want to go lie down. It seems to get worse after moderate physical activity (or significantly worse after strenuous activity), until I've had a nap or been back to bed. I'm less tired after I've rested. I've been to the doctor but they haven't figured anything out yet. I'm hoping the internet might have some good suggestions for things to talk about with them or try before my next appointment. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:41 AM - 24 answers

October 4

How to rid myself of salty cravings?

I've been doing a super healthy clean eating plan for 8 weeks. I'm amazed at how easily my body adjusted to portion control, no processed food, no sugar outside of fruit, no additional salt, mostly plant-based choices, some fish and only a little chicken, whole grains, etc. I feel great and was incredulous at how quickly my legendarily massive sweet tooth seems to have completely disappeared. But I am still absolutely craving salty goodness. What gives? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 3:55 PM - 25 answers

PMS and nocturnal panic attacks.

I'm 39 and, as per a doctor, moving into peri-menopause. The last few days of my cycle, I'm getting pretty terrible middle-of-the-night panic attacks. Any advice on how to cope with this? [more inside]
posted by leftover_scrabble_rack at 10:01 AM - 12 answers

October 3

Help me electric toothbrush

I'm 48. Speak to me like I'm five. Why can't I figure out how to brush my teeth with an electric toothbrush without getting drool *everywhere* and getting the non-brush hard plastic bits grinding against other teeth and gums? [more inside]
posted by media_itoku at 9:15 AM - 31 answers

A Hairy(less) Situation

I have been diagnosed with frontal fibrosing alopecia. Wondering if anyone has had experience with Plaquenil or Propecia in treating this disease, or with the disease in particular. [more inside]
posted by ElleElle at 7:25 AM - 7 answers

October 2

Staying calm in chaos

I am seeking fresh ideas to stay calm in chaos. The chaos could be visual clutter at a friend's house or an overwhelming deluge of work tasks, bids for attention or decisions at work, or staying centered around children doing art and getting tiny bits of paper everywhere. More inside. [more inside]
posted by crunchy potato at 11:57 AM - 19 answers

Taking more noise out of life

Maybe six months ago, I stopped listening to NPR/music on my 30 minute commute and most other drives. I don't remember how I decided to do this, but it feels good, like I've turned down the static/ambient noise a tiny bit in my life. Since then, I've done a couple of comparable things, but am looking for other suggestions. [more inside]
posted by less of course at 10:29 AM - 33 answers

Help Me Improve My Low Budget Pescatarian Diet

I live on a low budget diet of brown rice, legumes, vegetables and cheap fruit supplemented with eggs, dairy and canned sardines. I would like to add more protein and improve things overall to improve my health and lose weight. [more inside]
posted by whitelotus at 8:26 AM - 37 answers

October 1

Losing molars, how to decide?

Dentist wants to pull my remaining two molars on the top left side. Both teeth have old root canals and crowns, though the teeth to me seem sturdy with no looseness. But, I did go in to get a cavity filled by the gums in one of the molars. I am a little freaked out, and writing this question at 2am as I cannot sleep. [more inside]
posted by Glinn at 11:05 PM - 7 answers

The next best thing to a dinner pill

What are some of the most "broadly" nutritious foods? By which I mean foods which contain significant levels of a wide range of nutrients. [more inside]
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 2:57 PM - 19 answers

Health insurance for two soon-to-be uninsured cancer patients...

My parents both have cancer. Mom just lost her job and, as such, her employer-provided insurance that covered her and my dad. They've got COBRA now but can't afford to keep paying the insane premiums for that. There are no ACA plans available that are accepted by their treatment providers and they don't qualify for our state's Medicaid. What do and holy god, does insurance in this country just suck or what... [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame at 10:18 AM - 13 answers

September 30

What does a stroke feel like?

You know when you hold your wrist super tight and let blood pool in your hand, how your hand feels all full of blood, stiff, and poundy? My head and neck feel like that. Full of pressure. Not painful, but noticeable and weird. How bad is this? [more inside]
posted by nouvelle-personne at 9:57 PM - 9 answers

At-home skin tag removal

Do you have personal experience with at-home skin tag removal? [more inside]
posted by cozenedindigo at 3:52 PM - 26 answers

Antidepressants and Decongestants

Fellow MeFites on SSRIs: what do you take for a cold? [more inside]
posted by vanitas at 10:33 AM - 14 answers

How to work with irrational fear/phobia regarding Psychedelics & THC?

Occasionally I harbour a fear that I will somehow get dosed with LSD/Psilocybin or accidentally consume a THC edible or the like. It's not an obsession or debilitating phobia that severely impacts my life, but rather a more annoying ongoing anxiety symptom that I'm looking to manage better. What's the best approach I could take in therapy to help work through this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:23 AM - 6 answers

September 29

Replacement for Chloraseptic relief strips

These are the dissolving strips that numbed your throat, but they’re discontinued. They used benzocaine and menthol. I loved them. Does your country have some similar kind of dissolving strip for throat pain?
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 9:07 PM - 3 answers

September 28

Radical there hope?

My husband is just 49 and 2 days ago underwent a prostatectomy after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. [more inside]
posted by TestamentToGrace at 10:44 PM - 10 answers


Bunion-wise, I'm in the delightful stage between not anywhere near bad enough for surgery and never isn't a problem. I'm looking for ways to 1) stop it getting worse (KTape? Spacer thingies? What?) and 2) stop it hurting all the time (Voltaren? Magical shoes? I don't even know. NSAIDs don't seem to touch it.)
posted by HotToddy at 10:45 AM - 7 answers

It rubs the lotion on its skin...

I would like to incorporate some light massage into sexy times with my partner. What kind of lotion or oil should I use? I want something that doesn’t taste bad and won’t stain our sheets. And/or some easy, uncomplicated way of protecting our bed. [more inside]
posted by sock puppy at 9:00 AM - 12 answers

I don't know what mental health treatment to engage in next.

I have C-PTSD; I have tried a number of treatments, and nothing has really been working. Things are feeling more dead-endy than normal, and I don't know how to proceed or what treatments to seek. At this level of care it seems like I'm expected to 'choose your own adventure' through treatment. This is confusing and decision paralysis is a serious thing for me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:23 AM - 12 answers

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