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September 20

Excellent dentists in Alameda/Oakland/Berkeley?

Help! Went in for a root canal and dentist didn't put the crown back on bc the appointment went over time and the next patient was waiting. Had to reschedule. This was the final straw in years of bad bedside manner etc. Need to find someone great in Alameda, Oakland or Berkeley ASAP. Thanks!! [more inside]
posted by Text TK at 10:39 AM - 8 answers

September 19

How to stop breathing through my mouth, nighttime edition

Apparently I breathe through my mouth when I'm sleeping, and it's making it difficult for my wife to sleep. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by number9dream at 6:19 AM - 26 answers

Body-positive personal trainer or class in London

Inspired by this question, I too am seeking fat-positive exercise resources. In my case, in London (UK). [more inside]
posted by unicorn chaser at 6:00 AM - 3 answers

Covid-19 and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome

I have hEDS. For me, it's not too bad. I'm reading an article that (if I understand it) says the spike protein in covid (and the vaccines) damages collagen in a way that isn't an issue for most people but is for people with EDS. I have been getting all my shots. (I am also still masking fastidiously.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:41 AM - 16 answers

September 18

Body-positive personal trainer or class in San Francico

I am very out of shape and would like support building up endurance & strength via in-person personal training or classes -- with positive reinforcement and zero focus on losing weight. This could involve strength training, cardio, yoga, or something more creative (but not competitive). Can you recommend an instructor or class that's explicitly body-positive/HAES-friendly? I am not interested in suggestions for building my own routine at home, or apps/videos. [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone at 11:06 PM - 8 answers

Is BPC 157 legit or snake oil or jury's still out?

Someone recommended something called BPC 157 which is apparently a peptide, which doesn't mean a lot to me, for IBS. If you google it, it comes up as a solution for various unrelated things and comes up in the same search as colloidal silver, which I understand to be not only wholly ineffective but harmful, so I'm skepty. On the other hand there's an NHI article that says BPC 157 is at least harmless. Anyone know more about it?
posted by less-of-course at 4:04 PM - 5 answers

How do I figure out what actual medical providers are available to me?

Using PCP referral, health insurance search, and Zoc Doc search yields me different results. How can I actually find a provider/appointment without tearing my hair out? [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 1:58 PM - 10 answers

September 17

Who's a good optometrist near Seattle?

I'm looking for recommendations for an optometrist near Seattle. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Cogito at 5:00 PM - 8 answers

September 16

Pediatric EEG for seizures toddler

Looking for parent experiences for an outpatient EEG experience for a toddler- 3.5 year old. [more inside]
posted by barexamfreak at 9:01 AM - 3 answers

Scrolling is taking a toll on my hands/arms/elbows.

People who scroll a lot at the computer (think Pinterest, Reddit, etc.), how do you protect your hands/wrists/elbows? I'm using a standard computer (Mac), with a mouse and keyboard, adjustable keyboard tray. Most of my apps will allow "down arrow" scrolling, but even this is pretty repetitive and my various parts are starting to complain. What hacks do you have?
posted by bluesky78987 at 8:10 AM - 22 answers

How to think about/alter my relationship with Marijuana.

I have a severe illness and getting enough sleep is very important to preventing flares. After weaning off Xanax and Clonazepem, I use marijuana every night and sometimes multiple times during the night in order to sleep. I feel really weird about this. I'm not sure 1) if I should be feeling weird 2) How to safely make changes (if that is a good idea.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:54 AM - 22 answers

September 15

Great bodyscan meditations?

Looking for a longish (15+ minutes) guided bodyscan audio. I'd like one with a clear, calm voice and pauses built in for reflection. Don't want anything religious or woo, just someone guiding you through a scan of your body and its sensations. Ideally without a subscription, but happy to pay for a one-off. Do you have a favorite?
posted by jebs at 9:40 AM - 12 answers

The Lice are Coming!

I and my two young kids are supposed to have dinner at a friend's house this evening. They just told me that their young kids have lice... Do I go? [more inside]
posted by slide at 7:16 AM - 30 answers

September 14

Short stories to read to a person with Alzheimers

My friend has hardly any short term memory, but is intelligent and appreciates language. I'd like to get short story audiobooks that caretakers can play for her, and I'd like to get links to stories I can read to her when I visit. [more inside]
posted by theora55 at 7:13 PM - 21 answers

Biomechanics for poor spatial reasoning

I want to better understand some issues I'm having with musculoskeletal pain and nerve irritation, possibly involving hEDS. I believe better understanding of biomechanics would help my self management but my spatial reasoning is really bad, which makes it really difficult to conceptualize the anatomy. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by crunchy potato at 6:56 PM - 7 answers

Minimizing eye and physical fatigue from long hours of computer work

You have to work for long hours at the computer every day. How do you keep your eyes and body healthy? [more inside]
posted by whitelotus at 8:39 AM - 18 answers

Long covid, digestive style?

I have an unreliable gut to begin with, but a month ago I had what I thought was bronchitis and took a "z pack" and started getting....well I'll go ahead and put the specifics under the cut in case casual scrollers don't want to read about digestive stuff. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:00 AM - 13 answers

Oxygen compressor for pickup in Maryland?

Looong story short, my elderly mother ordered a prescription 5L oxygen compressor when hers stopped working. The company will not be shipping it out until "next week" despite the fact that she ordered by phone last Thursday and was verbally told 3-5 days. She is supposed to use it 12 hours per day, every day, and is really suffering without it. Can anyone suggest an immediate alternative to waiting? [more inside]
posted by Flock of Cynthiabirds at 3:48 AM - 9 answers

September 13

Why suddenly insanely hungry if I don't eat A LOT of food (esp. carbs)

Very recently I'm becoming extremely hungry constantly and very crash-prone. Also recently I started a new dose of lithium carbonate (900 --> 1050). Soon after, my hunger exploded. Usual amount of food at mealtime no longer filling me up. But after a week or so, either it got better or I had adjusted, because things returned to "normal" for about another week. However, now I'm in the third week post-dose-change and it's back with a vengeance. [more inside]
posted by jerome powell buys his sweatbands in bulk only at 6:19 PM - 4 answers

ChatFilter: How do I notebook? How do you notebook?

I want to be a person who writes things down in their notebook, but I have never developed good habits and practices for being the type of person who writes things down in a notebook. Please share your wisdom with me, dear notebook people! How do you do it? like how and when do you make the time? do you draw little quadrants for every meeting? Start each day with some set of journaling intentions in your mind? Some deeply learned wisdom about how and why writing stuff down helps you? My to do lists overwhelm me to the point even writing them down is hard. [more inside]
posted by bingbong at 4:30 PM - 22 answers

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