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February 18

Why have my tears started to hurt my eyes?

Because of [gestures broadly at everything] I cry basically every day, and lately I've been finding that it causes severe eye discomfort, almost as though I've gotten chlorine in my eyes. Is this even a thing, or have I just lost my mind even more than previously? [more inside]
posted by We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese at 1:03 PM - 14 answers

February 17

options for poorly timed mental health crisis

Details: *good insurance *Boston, MA area *Adult with severe depression/anxiety, and (new) suicidal thoughts *No addiction issues, no history of violence, no psychosis *Has regular therapist but my psychiatrist is out of state (I used to see him in my home state not where I am now, in school) [more inside]
posted by CancerSucks at 9:52 PM - 6 answers

Did you improve your circulation with exercise?

I am curious if anyone has experience trying to improve their circulation through cardio, and, because I am miserable and impatient, how long did it take? How intensely did you have to exercise to make a difference? [more inside]
posted by chocotaco at 6:47 PM - 19 answers

Neurotic question about NSAIDs, covid vaccine

Nothing I can do about it now, but the basic question is: how long is tylenol in your system to an extent that it might interfere with the 2nd dose of the Moderna vaccine. YANMD but maybe you have reassuring words. [more inside]
posted by less of course at 5:39 PM - 7 answers

Non Sweaty, bite sized exercises to do throughout day?

I would really want to spend the 1-2 minutes between meetings during the day to do exercises that will have a positive impact on my overall health. Want to do these 2-3 times a day, but don't want to break a sweat. I work from home. Ideally with a program/progression to follow. What do/would you do?
posted by sandmanwv at 3:11 PM - 18 answers

How fancy of an office chair do I really need?

I've managed to go until now with cheap non-adjustable furniture, but aching shoulders and occasional upper/mid back twinges make me think it's finally time to invest in a proper office chair. Research into this has quickly gotten me overwhelmed. [more inside]
posted by coffeecat at 2:15 PM - 28 answers

vulnerable - should I have home support visits or wait until vaccination

I am vulnerable due to bipolar disorder and am very isolated, living alone and no events to go to except online. I'm trying to decide whether to use support worker time to have them help me tidy my home, or to go for walks and chats until I have been vaccinated. More below the fold. [more inside]
posted by AuroraSky at 10:33 AM - 9 answers

Nonbinary-friendly OBGYN recommendations in Washington DC?

Can anyone recommend a good OBGYN in Washington DC who has experience working with nonbinary patients? [more inside]
posted by capricorn at 10:03 AM - 6 answers

Transgender Medical Care Laws in Minnesota

Asking for a friend: if you have an underage teenager who is transgender, with divorced parents with medicolegal joint custody, and one supports the teen's gender identity and the other doesn't, can that teen access gender health services in Minnesota? [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad at 7:49 AM - 4 answers

What supplements (and what amounts) should I be taking with Vitamin D?

It seems like Vitamin D is a link to overall better health, and with work from home and winter, I've been getting 0 sunlight. I'm taking 250 mcg (10K IU) / Day of vitamin D. Someone mentioned taking vitamin K or magnesium with it. What's your reco? [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle at 7:23 AM - 14 answers

How to get serious pressure in a massage

My upper back and shoulders muscles are basically one big knot of tension and as a results I get headaches that make it hard to work. The only thing that helps is a massage with *very* strong pressure. Like calling it a massage is inaccurate – what I need is for someone to put their weight into pressing into my muscles hard and repeatedly. The problem? I've gone for two massages and I just can't get the masseuse to use enough pressure. [more inside]
posted by abecedarium radiolarium at 1:40 AM - 22 answers

February 16

When to rest your voice?

Someone who reports to me interprets for other members of our staff. Sometimes these other staff members complain about the interpreter's need for breaks between calls, or during long-haul blocks of calls (2-4 hours). Breaks (5 minutes max, mainly rest and water) seem reasonable to me; how do we make them seem reasonable to other staff? [more inside]
posted by Fish, fish, are you doing your duty? at 3:59 PM - 29 answers

MeFi moms: How did you manage dentistry for your kids

Looking for advice and compassion from other moms in terms of researching dental providers. [more inside]
posted by lagreen at 12:49 AM - 19 answers

February 15

I would like to be less fat

I'm 300 lbs, 50 years old, female, arthritic knees, short of breath from 30 years of smoking, kinda agoraphobic. I did quit smoking 7 months ago, and that's a start. How do I get from here to a better place, fitness-wise? Diet-wise? I don't mind throwing money at this, but would prefer not to buy a treadmill or similar (I live on the second floor). What can a complete beginner with my challenges do? Thanks for any suggestions or success stories! [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks at 3:16 PM - 48 answers

What's the best online group fitness program?

What online daily group fitness program should I join? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by catesbie at 11:01 AM - 3 answers

February 12

Best Widgets and Apps for Garmin Running Watches

Tell me about the Garmin widgets, applications, and activity downloads that have changed your life. Or you like a lot. I am wedded to the Garmin ecosystem for exercise over the last 15 years. Now a proud owner of a Fenix 6X Pro, I have lots of storage and love the new compact widget screen. Hit me with your favourites and why you like them. Watch faces too, if you have found something special
posted by Flashduck at 6:31 PM - 2 answers

Best posture for exercise bikes

Does it really matter if you sit upright or lean forward in the spin-cycle position?
posted by jojo and the benjamins at 4:57 PM - 2 answers

How to deal with unbearable teeth pain now vs unbearable dentist pain

I have another urgent problem that I don't know how to solve. I developed a bad tooth ache which is probably another cavity as I am prone to them. This thing hurts like a 6 or 7 which is highly unusual for me. But if I go to the dentist they will stick novocaine with adrenalie into my gums and that will make me start crying so unstoppably that the dentist can't do their job. My dentist does sedation, but I am still paying off the last round of that and I can't afford another one right now. I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by bleep at 9:54 AM - 23 answers

How common is a second mammogram?

My very good friend got a mammogram and the clinic contacted her and asked her to schedule a second mammogram and an ultrasound. Is this common for people with fibrous breast tissue? Those are the exact terms used and the only information she has. I know you’re not her doctor. [more inside]
posted by areaperson at 8:23 AM - 23 answers

The grossest of the gross

My neighbor down the hall is coughing his brains out all day every day. Should I be concerned for him and for me? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 8:04 AM - 25 answers

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