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Abdominal Pain

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Last night I went to bed in a ton of pain on my lower left abdominal area and woke up with it still hurting fairly bad but still tolerable. I tried to make a heat compress and put it on there and it did relieve some pain but it still felt like someone was stabbing me. I thought it might be cramps, but I have PCOS and my periods come every 4-5 months and I had it about 3 weeks ago. Is there anything I can do to stop some of the pain?

Confidence After an Injury

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Hi! I am a gymnast and have dealt with past injuries. Recently I had an injury that didn’t end up serious, but I was still concerned. My coach didn’t take me completely serious when I was explaining the extent of what I felt happen and how scared I was of what happened.  I now am having mental blocks on vault and I also struggle with mental blocks on other events that are difficult for me to get over. They are also partially caused by previous injuries and I am tired of dealing with them on a daily basis. I feel like I have so much more potential without these mental blocks that I would love to achieve. I was wondering if you have any advice about overcoming mental blocks in sports or how to overcome injuries or how to talk to coaches in a more efficient way. Keep in mind that I am a level 8/9 gymnast so the skills I am doing are pretty advanced and so it could be understandable why I have some fear. Thanks for your consideration.

Mysterious Pain

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I’ve been having a really sharp pain right above my belly button and up 2 or 3 inches with a half inch on either side. It is on and off but hurts super bad when there. I have felt it for like a month now and now that basketball is starting I feel it a lot more to the point where it is super noticeable . I can feel it while playing but also when Im just doing daily activities like sitting and walking. I was just curious of what you thought could be happening. If you could get back to me that would be great. Thanks!

Concerned about LSD

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I have a friend who is interested in trying LSD, and am worried about him. I know that ‘bad trips’ can have severe mental consequences – is this frequently the case? I also hear that the drug causes people to ‘burn out’ – smart kids use it once or twice and end up being a lot less smart afterwards. Is this true? Are there other physical/mental consequences I should warn him about?

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