Top Medical Reddit IAmA's The latest Medical IAmA's collected from Reddit MedicalI'm Dr. Tim Shu, I make medical cannabis for animals. Pets can also benefit from cannabis, AMA! EDIT: Time to sign off! Thanks for all the great questions. Happy International Women's Day and I hope everyone has some great adventures lined up in your future. Hi my name is Hilaree Nelson O’Neill. For nearly two decades, I’ve been a professional ski mountaineer and alpine climber. My first ski expedition to a remote area in the Indian Himalaya ignited a passion for adventure that has taken me to some of the most remote corners of the globe. In all that time India, and more specifically an obscure peak by the name of Papsura, aka the Peak of Evil, remained one of my most beloved places. I recently was selected as one of National Geographic’s 2018 Adventurers of the Year for completing a climb and ski descent of that same Peak of Evil. I’ve been on upwards of 40 expeditions, and I was the first woman to climb two 8000 meter peaks in 24 hours, Everest and Lhotse.

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Tue, 13 Mar 2018 0:00:00 EDT
IamA man who once was blind, but now can see AMA! Hi, I'm u/driftingfornow.

As the title says, I once was blind, but now can see.

Slightly more than a year ago, I began to get pain in my right eye while visiting my future in-laws in Europe first the time during a Christmas dinner. By the end of the week, I had lost all of the sight in my left eye and began to have complications with partial paralysis that totally paralyzed my bladder and bowels into the 'off' mode. I lost thirty five pounds in a week, developed severe pain in my spine and my eyes, and nobody knew what was going on with me.

While figuring this mess out, the night after New Year's Day, I began seeing swimming colors in my right eye and feel some pain. Guessing what was about to happen, I made a post on Facebook addressing to my family stateside that I might be about to become blind and that if I did not reply the next day, to please route any questions through my at the time fiancee.

I was hospitalized in critical care (le departement de reanimation, haha) for four weeks, given a huge dose of cortico steroids, a lumbar puncture (spinal tap!), and finally an operation known as a plasmapheresis or plasma exchange after a series of MRI's confirmed total bilateral optic neuritis (the insulation around my optic nerves had lesions and when they inflamed, the insulation around the nerves, called the mylean sheath, let signal loss occur, is my understanding). The partial paralysis was Transverse myelitis, which is the same concept, but in the spine.

The plasma exchange involved installing a catheter port directly into my femoral artery. This was not fun.

I was diagnosed with a disease called NMO, a neurological autoimmune disorder that causes your own anti-bodies to falsely identify your own cells as invading bodies, which your antibodies then attack. NMO in particular classically targets the spine and the optic nerves, causing ON (optic neuritis) and TM (transverse myelitis).

Besides that, NMO has many other quirks, causing severe fatigue, brain fog, severe muscle spasms, muscle weakness, a breakdown of your body's ability to sense temperature (anything outside of a ten degree range of room temp for me feels burning or freezing, or most commonly, both), as well as nausea, intractable vomiting, and vertigo.

I was medically repatriated and spent three months recovering. My wife and I missed our scheduled wedding due to my illness and being across the ocean from where it was planned, but were married four days after returning to the United States in a small, private ceremony in our living room with the family and friends that were able to make it.

I still have significant physical issues day today but am getting by in life. It has been a big year of adjustment to my new normal.

A huge thanks to my wife as well, whose normal also got radically readjusted, and who has dealt with it fantastically. Her family was a bit worried about her marrying a guy from a different country who they met under very odd circumstances. They have mostly since come around. Anyways, my wife is my hero, and I could not do any of this without here.

I'm here listening to Elliot Smith records, hanging out with my cats, to answer your questions. AMA.

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  • On a side tangent, I have a very small Kickstarter for recording an album. Check it out or don't.

Kickstarter for albums of Eponymous Sparrow


Edit: I have to go to class shortly and will be back in an hour and a half to two hours. Sorry, have to learn!

Edit 2: I forgot a neurology appointment and am on my way there. Replying by mobile, sorry if it is a bit slow.

Edit 3: Triwest (some VA/ Tricare affiliate) called and canceled my neurology appointment for me. So I just drove 2 hours for nothing. AMA.

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 0:00:00 EDT
MedicalIamA board-certified plastic surgeon AMA! Judges and a property owner worked together to create a money making system off of incarcerated juveniles. I was one of those kids.

The juvenile judge worked closely with schools and police to have a zero tolerance system for juveniles.

The County run detention center was closed down due to the work of these judges and this property owner. A private detention center was built and the judges were offered kickbacks for sending kids there since the privately run detention center was paid for having the kids. (Through CYS or some form of the government, I'm not sure)

My first offense was when I was 14. My mom and I had gotten into an argument and I wanted to "run away". She stood in front of the door and I pushed her out of the way and left. Took a walk in the woods and came back home to find the police. She called them because I left. She just wanted help finding me, but they arrested me. Simple assault for pushing her. I was put away for 6 months. My mom called everyone she could and somehow managed to get me out.

My second and final juvenile offense was when I was 15. I was in school playing with some ketchup packets or something equally as childish. One of the cafeteria aids came over and began yelling at me. I was a cocky little teenager and I made up some story about my dad being someone important and told her she would lose her job. I ran my finger across my throat when I told her this. The rest of the day went by and I was called down to the office just before dismissal. My mom was there and a police officer came. They all went into the office and I assumed the school was trying to scare me... I was arrested and sent to the detention center. The judge told me I was charged with terroristic threats for threatening to kill the cafeteria aid. I was sent away for a little over two years.

There were no defense attorneys into he courtrooms. Only the judge and the children. We all knew he was very strict since he had visited our schools many times and talked to us about crimes and how he would have zero tolerance. I had no idea at the time that anything was wrong with the system. Every kid just thought it was normal. About a year after I was released the situation was exposed and investigated. The judges were arrested and the children were part of a class action lawsuit.

I spent a year and half of my high school years getting a very dulled down education consisting of multiplication tables and learning middle school level history. I was between 50 and 200 miles away from my family and because of this I went months without visits. I got a phone call once every few days if I was lucky. I was housed with kids who had gun charges, drug charges, and attempted murder charges. I was borderline abused by staff members. The class action settlement was about $20,000, which I don't know if that made up for everything.


EDIT: documentary is here -

Ask me anything.

Edit: I chose to not use the word "victim" because I do not see myself as a victim. I did what I did. I may not have deserved what I got, but I initiated what happened. I don't want pity, or anything of the sort. Just getting the rest of this situation off my chest and answering questions anyone may have about what happened.

I took some steps to hide my identity, but with the story taking place in scuba small area and with personal details being put out, it's very easy to figure out. Who I am doesn't have to do with the story, but I don't care if anyone knows who I am or not.

The documentary has apparently been removed from Netflix but is still on YouTube.

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 0:00:00 EDT
Medical-LiveIamA man who was run over by a skidsteer (think bobcat but bigger) and almost died. AMA! Proof is this picture of me wearing the shirt that I attended the speech in. It says "baby killer Erdogan!"

the moment of interruption

I am also a former fighter with the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), fighting against ISIS in Syria. I am on the board of the nonprofit organization North American Kurdish Alliance, which helps to raise awareness of and promote solidarity with the Kurdish people. I'll start answering questions in just a few minutes.

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Request[AMA Request] NASA Cassini Team As the title states. English is my first language and I consider myself to be generally not-stupid. TGA is a medical condition where you forget where and who you are for 24 hours or less. It was scarier than I could ever describe. At this point, the severity has greatly decreased and I am mostly back to normal. I am trying to use this time to document everything I can about this mindset. Please AMA, as I would love to have this record to look back on when I am lucid.

to add some more info: A few days ago I started having some weird feelings. I texted a friend at like 2am saying "do you ever feel like you've had all the cards taken from you? like somehow you've been given a chance to "redo" something in your life but you don't know what it is? I'm starting in this moment fresh somehow. I don't really feel like I've lived this life up to this point. I'm starting fresh from this moment and I have no idea what it all means." Turns out that was one of the first symptoms of TGA which is the craziest shit I have ever heard in my entire life and i thought it was only a movie plot.

Last night I went to a party with my boyfriend of about a year. It was a normal day. We usually eat vegetarian but it was a special occasion so we split a very yummy hamburger. I took a few hits of a pre-rolled club joint that was from a friend-of-a-friend. Nothing abnormal, smoking pot helps with my anxiety, I tried it about 9 months ago and I have liked it a lot. Anyways, I randomly threw up on myself in the car on the way to run an errand. I only partially made it out the window. After that, I asked my boyfriend "Why are my pants wet?" and he said "you threw up on them." and I said "throw up? what's that?" and he said "vomit." and I said "I don't know what that is." and then we had that conversation hundreds of more times. over and over. He became very scared and we went to the ER.

EDIT: Did you know TGA only has a 6% chance of coming back? It can be triggered by really good sex, cold water, stress, and more. For me, It was emotional stress. I've had a stressful few months and I didn't know it was important to self care and monitor. I tried to do things right, but I did a lot of things wrong. I'm 23.

Transient Global Amnesia = World Temporarily Forgotten

Thank you.

tl;dr I have Transient Global Amnesia, much like Dory from Finding Nemo, or Ava from Grey's Anatomy. I think it's almost over but I'm still having confusion.

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 0:00:00 EDT
MedicalIamA board certified sleep physician and neurologist, here to answer all your questions about sleep. AMA! Dr. Nate Watson here. I am a sleep specialist, past president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), professor of neurology at the University of Washington and co-director of the University of Washington Medicine Sleep Center. Recently, the AASM launched an online calculator to help you find your customized ideal bedtime and improve sleep habits. I am here to help you sleep better to improve your life! (This is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.)


Link to online sleep calculator:

EDIT: Hi everyone - I have to sign off now, but thanks so much for all your excellent questions. I will do my best to answer some of them later. In the meantime, make sure you check out for numerous helpful resources.

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 0:00:00 EDT
ScienceWeRa student research team trying to synthesize a component of Saffron, the new hope against cancer. AUA! Our story:

We are the iGEM team of Uppsala University (Sweden)! iGEM is an international contest for genetically engineered machines. Picking up on the Front Page article about saffron, we thought we'd do a quick AUA about how artificial saffron works! Saffron itself is increcibly expensive, hence we are working on the pathway that enables us to let bacteria produce it for us!

We are planning to synthesize alpha-Crocin in E.coli. It is responsible for the red color of Saffron, has potential medical implications and the famous Crocetin, which had been mentioned in the article, is an intermediate in this reaction! We will go to the USA in November (MIT in Boston! Exciting!) to present our project together with hundreds of other teams from all over the globe!

My Proof:

Group picture in the lab

Twitter account

Facebook page

Ask Us Anything!


Thank you for your questions and your interest guys! The working day is coming to an end in Sweden, but we will be back tomorrow to check one more round of questions! Cheers!

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 0:00:00 EDT
MedicalIAmA nurse who has worked in just about every specialty, AMA (unless it violates HIPAA) I have worked in Labor & Delivery, Nicu, postpartum, nursery, general pediatrics, Pediatric oncology, Pediatric bone marrow transplant, adult general care, management, and now case management. I've seen all kinds of crazy stuff AMA


Edit: thank you so for your questions and stories :) this was unbelievably fun! I have to go to bed but I will check for any new questions in the morning :)

Edit 2: I'm back listening to a conference and answering my new questions

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 0:00:00 EDT
MedicalI'm 45, and had my remaining [20] teeth pulled, and had 4 dental implants top and 4 bottom for dentures! AMA! It was my last chance for teeth, 9 hours in the chair!

Proof.. The bill for new dentures an X-ray and the charges for the anesthesia.

EDIT: WOW thanks for all of the questions!!! Since you are all so awesome I will admit to you, I wet my self while under sedation!!! [bring on the jokes]

EDIT2: THANKS AGAIN FOR THE REPLIES!! After 12 HOURS I gotta crash! I will answer any questions tomorrow.

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 0:00:00 EDT
MedicalIamA 25 year old female getting my heart valve replaced with a cow valve on Monday. AMA! Hi, we're Vanessa Lavorato, Ry Prichard and Abdullah Saeed, the hosts of BONG APPÉTIT. Each week, we invite chefs on to make an amazing cannabis-infused meal and invite people over to join us for a one-of-a-kind dinner party. Each of us has a background in working or cooking with cannabis - we want to answer YOUR questions about weed and food!

BONG APPÉTIT is on VICELAND Wednesdays at 10:30p.


Sat, 24 Jun 2017 0:00:00 EDT
TechnologyI'm the retired developer and manager of NASA's Virtual Reality lab. AMA! Hi, my name is Dave Homan. After graduating college [EDIT: with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering] in 1974, I was employed at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas in order to develop and verify the Shuttle Remote Manipulator System (SRMS) auto-sequences. I created the first desktop Dynamic Skills Trainer for the SRMS. In 1990, I wrote the "Assembly Principles" used as the basis for assessment of the end-to-end assembly process for the International Space Station design.
From 1991 through my retirement in 2011, I managed the development and operations of the JSC Virtual Reality (VR) Lab, the facility that supports integrated extravehicular activity (EVA) and robotic manipulator systems training for both shuttle and space station crewmembers. Additional unique capabilities developed in the facility include the Simplified Aid For EVA Rescue (SAFER) flight simulator and a zero-gravity mass simulator system for training astronauts to handle large masses in orbit. In the VR Lab, I led the development and distribution of the Dynamic Onboard Ubiquitous Graphics (DOUG) software rendering package that is used in all ground-based man-in-the-loop on-orbit simulators- the backbone of the VR Lab and is used onboard the International Space Station. During my time as manager, the lab produced graphics for multiple IMAX 3D films and numerous television documentaries.

TL;DR: I developed NASA's Virtual Reality program in order to train astronauts for their space walks. AMA!

My daughter, Kelly, will be typing on my behalf on a (probably) throw-away account. We will begin answering questions at 11:30am EST on June 16, 2017.

My Proof: ;

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 0:00:00 EDT
MedicalI am a house call physician with over 10 years experience, trying to bring back the practice to the 21st century! AMA! I am Dr. Ernest Brown, and I have been a House Call doctor since 2006. I operate in the Washington DC area, treating patients suffering from a range of ailments in the convenience of their bedroom, hotel room, or workplace.

My company, ‘Doctors To You,’ is trying to change the landscape of modern healthcare. We take a more holistic and direct approach to treating our patients. Here is a link to our group’s website:

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Request[AMA Request] Any former or current credit counselor that knows the ins and outs of fixing up ones creditworthiness from that side of things. Update: Back to the #entrepreneurlife... You can find me here:

Instagram: Facebook: Snapchat: Website: Soundcloud: Twitter: Medium: Planet of the Apps: Podcast:

Update: Starting at 1:40 PM EST.

About: One of the world’s leading marketing experts, Gary Vaynerchuk has built his career by being exactly where consumer attention is going next.

Just out of college, Gary grew his family wine business from a $4M to a $45M business in just five years. Now, he runs VaynerMedia, one of the world’s hottest digital agencies. Along the way, Gary became a prolific angel investor and venture capitalist, investing in companies including Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Uber and Venmo and co-founding the VaynerRSE fund.

Gary will soon appear with Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba and on Apple’s original series “Planet of the Apps,” launching in spring 2017.

You can find Gary here: Instagram: Facebook: Snapchat: Website: Soundcloud: Twitter: Medium: Planet of the Apps: Podcast:


Sat, 27 May 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Medical-LiveIamA Nurse who just spent 3 months aboard the world's largest civilian hospital ship... AMA! I'm a 27 yo RN from Canada, and just returned from my 2nd tour volunteering aboard the M/V Africa Mercy in the West African country of Benin. The AFM as we call her is the largest ship of her kind outside of military hospital vessels, and is operated by Mercy Ships, an international NGO focused on providing free, safe, high quality healthcare to some of the poorest countries in the world. All of the 400+ volunteers from around the world are paying their own way to be there.

During this past field service in Benin, over 1700 patients received surgery on board, 1800 local professionals received training and mentoring, and over 6000 dental patients were seen.

My job on the patient wards involved prepping our patients for surgery (including a lot of teaching about how things will be done and what to expect), and caring for them after they've recovered from anaesthesia, until they're well enough to return home. I mainly worked with hernia and soft-tissue tumor patients, but my MVP's (most valued patients) were women we treated for Obstetric Fistula. This condition is relatively unheard of in western countries, but affects millions of women worldwide. Lengthy, obstructed labor often leads to a still birth, and on top of that chronic incontinence, which in turn leads to a cycle of shame, ostracism, and emotional pain. I've never met more brave, beautiful, and inspiring women than in my time working with fistula patients.

Ask me anything!

My Proof:

EDIT: Hey folks! Thanks for all the great questions!

I'm going to take a little break for lunch, and try to get some unpacking done. :/

I'll be back around 1PM EDT.

In the meantime, check out Tomorrow, May 23rd, is the International Day to End Fistula. Please spread the word about this devastating but relatively unknown condition!

Edit 2: Forgot my disclaimer.

Although I am currently serving with Mercy Ships, everything communicated here strictly reflects my personal opinions and is neither reviewed nor endorsed by Mercy Ships. Opinions, conclusions and other information expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Mercy Ships.

Edit 3: Thanks everyone for all the interest and fantastic questions!

I'll continue to answer questions if more come in, but before it gets too late I want to remind people about the Day to End Fistula tomorrow. Spread the word!

Also, keep an eye out on the NatGeo Channel for their documentary filmed last fall, The Surgery Ship. It's out in Australia, and some parts of word yet on when it will air in North America.


Mon, 22 May 2017 0:00:00 EDT
MusicHi, we’re Joey Sturgis, Eyal Levi and Joel Wanasek - Billboard Top 10 music producers and owners of the online recording school Nail The Mix! I am an actor, director, Chicano art collector, and writer, and half of comedy duo Cheech and Chong. I have a newly released memoir called "Cheech Is Not My Real Name, But Don't Call Me Chong!"

Tue, 02 May 2017 0:00:00 EDT