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I know the best way to find a doctor is through word-of-mouth. But I don't know anyone here and I really need to talk to someone about my mental health. I think I have the symptoms of depression ...

How do you find a psychologist if you don't know anyone?

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I have had severe migraines for probably 10 years now. They began when I started into perimenopause, so my doctors and I believe that they are partly hormonal in nature. I have tried many ...

Use of botox as treatment for severe migraines?

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I have migraine headaches and I have heard of people keeping a migraine diary. I was wondering how detailed it needs to be to actually help a doctor figure out what might be causing them?

Keeping a migraine diary?

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I had a bad itch on my scalp and as I scratched it, I must have inadvertently scratched it too hard -- because now I have a small scab there! It made me realize that our scalp skin is so much ...

How is scalp skin different from the rest of our skin?

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I know that part of the new administration's stimulus bill is money to be spent on computerizing all medical records. What will that mean to an ordinary person? And we've all seen people at our ...

What will it mean when all our health records are computerized?

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Do you fidget? I'm just now becoming aware of how often I'm fidgeting. I move things on my desk. I change position in my chair while waiting for a web page to load. I think about getting a ...

Do you fidget?

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Like many couples, my husband and I have tried to have children for a while now. We have not done in-vitro fertilization, because of the cost, but we may try. However, it's been really hard to see ...

If you're infertile, the octuplets story is hard to hear about

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Sweet and Low. Nutrasweet. Equal. Splenda. And now there's Truvia. (So many brands that the little packets-container on the restaurant tables are taking on the look of a rainbow!) Who can make ...

I need help with the maze of artificial sweeteners!

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My niece, who is in college, is 20 and is almost 21. She has a longtime boyfriend and they are sexually active. Here's my question: Why am I uncomfortable when they stay together in our home? ...

Anne commented on Anne's post Sexually active -- but under whose roof?

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My niece, who is in college, is 20 and is almost 21. She has a longtime boyfriend and they are sexually active. Here's my question: Why am I uncomfortable when they stay together in our home? ...

Sexually active -- but under whose roof?

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I use the birth control patch that is good for 30 days. I love the convenience but I have noticed that I seem to get migraines around the time when I switch them out. I figure it must be due to ...

Migraines more often with birth control patch?

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I never seem to get quite enough sleep, and so many of my friends and co-workers are the same way. With family, work and the world competing for our attention span and all our waking hours, we ...

An extra hour of sleep is medicine to your heart

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I am getting ready to fly home for the holidays. It's a long flight and I'm reminded what happened last year. I boarded the plane and found my seat and settled in. When the woman arrived to sit ...

Have you ever flown and sat next to a sick person?

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My doctor says that I should have a colonoscopy (I am 54) and I know she's right, but I keep putting it off just because it makes me squeamish to think about. If you have had one, could you write ...

Anne commented on Anne's post Have you had a colonscopy?

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My doctor says that I should have a colonoscopy (I am 54) and I know she's right, but I keep putting it off just because it makes me squeamish to think about. If you have had one, could you write ...

Have you had a colonscopy?

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A Swedish study has found that it may be your heart that pays the price for dealing with a boss who causes you high amounts of stress. The research found that the workers who reported working for ...

Is your boss hard on your heart?

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I have heard about people traveling more and more often to other countries to have surgical procedures because they cost so much less than they do in this country. Sometimes they are for cosmetic ...

Traveling to other countries for surgery?

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Today is the Great American Smokeout, a day when people are encouraged to try to give it up for a day -- so that maybe they'll find it easier to quit completely. Are you quitting for the day? How ...

Today is the Great American Smokeout -- Are you quitting?

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I'm confused about the differences between normal heartburn, acid reflux and GERD. Are they the same thing? Are they caused by the same things? How do I tell whether what I have is ok to just ...

Anne commented on Anne's post I'm confused about heartburn, acid reflex and GERD

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I'm confused about the differences between normal heartburn, acid reflux and GERD. Are they the same thing? Are they caused by the same things? How do I tell whether what I have is ok to just ...

I'm confused about heartburn, acid reflex and GERD

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Do you get enough sleep? It seems like nearly every health condition and every mental health condition benefits from the proper amount of sleep, and we hear about it frequently in news reports. ...

How much sleep do you get?

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I've been hearing a lot about inflammation when it comes to health and health news. Reports tell me what to eat to avoid inflammation; scientists talk about it as being a key to arthritis and ...

Anne commented on Anne's post I don't understand how inflammation hurts the body?

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I've been hearing a lot about inflammation when it comes to health and health news. Reports tell me what to eat to avoid inflammation; scientists talk about it as being a key to arthritis and ...

I don't understand how inflammation hurts the body?

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My friend is pregnant, and before she realized it, her wedding ring got stuck on her finger from the swelling going on in her body. She really doesn't want to have her ring cut off if she can ...

Anne commented on Anne's post My friend is pregnant and her wedding ring is stuck!

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My friend is pregnant, and before she realized it, her wedding ring got stuck on her finger from the swelling going on in her body. She really doesn't want to have her ring cut off if she can ...

My friend is pregnant and her wedding ring is stuck!

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I hear so much about fish oil and flax seed oil. I know that they are good for us but they seem to be a lot alike in the health benefits they are said to offer. What's the difference between ...

Anne commented on Anne's post Fish oil and flax seed oil

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I hear so much about fish oil and flax seed oil. I know that they are good for us but they seem to be a lot alike in the health benefits they are said to offer. What's the difference between ...

Fish oil and flax seed oil

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This morning was my first morning on our new elliptical. My days exercising outdoors in the evening are over, due to a lack of street lights and pavements. It's simply not safe. So we made an ...

Anne commented on Susan Cody's post Exercise: Just 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week

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No, my calendar isn't off by two months! Most New Year's resolutions fail because we set ourselves up for too much. Suddenly, after a holiday season that seemingly starts with ...

Anne commented on Diane Porter's post What are your New Year's resolutions?

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There are dozens of things that occur nearly simultaneously when a woman learns she has breast cancer. Some have to do with physical aspects of the disease: surgery, chemotherapy and the resulting ...

Relationships can be challenged during breast cancer treatment

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Do you have a space to call your own somewhere in your home? Maybe it's an entire room set aside as a studio, where you paint, or sew, or work on the novel you've thought about your entire ...

Do you have a space of your own?

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Seems like all my life I've been unable to leave things alone on my skin to let them heal. It's almost a subconscious thing -- I might be watching TV and I catch myself picking at a hangnail, a ...

Anne commented on Anne's post What can I do to stop picking at hangnails and scabs?

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Losing a job, regardless of the reasons, can be an extremely stressful time for anyone, especially if finances are tight. With the way things are going in the economy and stock market these days, ...

Anne commented on CompleteCounseling's post What do you do when you lose your job?

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Seems like all my life I've been unable to leave things alone on my skin to let them heal. It's almost a subconscious thing -- I might be watching TV and I catch myself picking at a hangnail, a ...

What can I do to stop picking at hangnails and scabs?

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My 13 year old daughter has extremely frizzy/curly hair. She used to have beautiful curls, but then at about 11 1/2 to 12 years old it just turned to frizz. And I don't mean just a little bit of ...

Anne commented on lchvala's post EXTREMLY frizzy hair

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Adweek produced a poll asking how many people have seen a ghost in their lifetime. Surprisingly, 23% said they have seen a ghost. With Halloween right around the corner, I was wondering if anyone ...

Anne commented on Loca's post Ghost BOOO!

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After discussion with my doctor, we have decided that I will start a minimal-dose hormone replacement therapy. I'm very aware that these are hormones, and not medicines. I forgot to ask -- ...

Time of day to take HRT?

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We are getting ready for a move to Dallas, where we don't really know anyone. How does a person find a great new doctor in a new city? I hate to start canvassing co-workers or neighbors before I ...

How do I find a great new doctor where we're moving?

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For most of my life, I have had cholesterol that has been under 200. Recently, however, after a routine cholesterol test (it did include fasting) as part of an annual exam, I learned my ...

Anne commented on Anne's post High cholesterol: Are drugs the only real treatment?

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A friend has said that there are things about the structure of some people's ear lobes that actually can be indicators of later problems with heart disease. Has anyone else heard about this? Is ...

Ear lobes and heart disease?

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Are there any alternatives to a hysterectomy?

Anne commented on Loca's post Hysterectomy

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One might be forgiven for thinking that a very overweight person is overweight because they like food more than a person who doesn't eat as much. Turns out the opposite may be true. We ...

Anne commented on Susan Cody's post Strong links : Obesity and the Brain

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For most of my life, I have had cholesterol that has been under 200. Recently, however, after a routine cholesterol test (it did include fasting) as part of an annual exam, I learned my ...

High cholesterol: Are drugs the only real treatment?

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My sister, at 42, just had her first mammogram. She knew she was overdue for it, and she's a nurse! After she had it, however, she said it was no big deal, and that if she hadn't heard all the ...

Mammograms are easy -- pass it on!

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My mom had thyroid issues for years and ultimately had it removed and is on thyroid medicine now for the rest of her life. Are thyroid conditions genetic? Do I need to be worried, or learn what ...

Anne commented on Anne's post Are thyroid issues genetic?

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We all have them. Days in which you start out on the wrong side of the bed, or people at work are in a bad mood, or you have tons more to do than you have hours in the day and you're feeling the ...

What's your secret weapon to turn around a down day?

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Correcting hormone imbalance naturally is the key to a better night's rest. A recent study showed insomnia to be the number-one most severe complaint of women going through menopause. An ...

Anne commented on skalitenko's post How to improve your night sleep after menopause

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Does anyone have nailbiters in their homes?? How do I nicely discourage this habit? Thanks!

Anne commented on Celtic Thunder's post How to stop nail biters?!

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My mom had thyroid issues for years and ultimately had it removed and is on thyroid medicine now for the rest of her life. Are thyroid conditions genetic? Do I need to be worried, or learn what ...

Are thyroid issues genetic?

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I can already tell that my moods are changing, and it's not a coincidence that the days are getting shorter and the summer's bright sunlight is often giving way to gray or cloudy skies. I also ...

Think about it - might you have seasonal affective disorder?