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Questions and responses submitted by local youth and couselors. You are not alone.


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!

Dealing with Sleep Paralysis

Posted by | Feelings, Medical | One Comment


I’ve struggled with sleep paralysis (SP) for a long time. It happens frequently and multiple times a night. Most of my hallucinations involve being taken advantage of by an unknown figure or ripped apart by many unknowns figures. (They’re also blue.) Because if these images SP has become very unpleasent. I become scared of going to bed, but I know I need to sleep for my health. I was wondering if there were any treatments that would help prevent, stop, lessen the amount of times it happens, stop the hallucinations, etc?

Plus, when I enter an episode my heart beat becomes very, very rapid and my breathing stops. I’ve read that SP is physically harmless but when these things happen I fear death.

Please help, this battle is getting old.
Any advice would help.

Thank you.

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