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Pain - it got good to me?

I've been in chronic pain--rarely acute, but constant, flitting about different parts of my body--for years: diagnosis: early Fibro. In early spring, I started getting really bad headaches from clenching my teeth. Not the first time I've had the problem, but never before this intense and for this long. Then about a month ago, I developed lower-back/sciatic pain--again, I've had it before, but never so badly or for so long. The two things didn't overlap much, but they sort of drowned out my regular aches and pains. Now my back problem is clearing up, and I find myself in a panic about not being in pain anymore [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 11, 2014 - 2 answers

Energy attunements: is it possible to become an energy healer online?

I'm getting mystery pains as I mentioned in another question. I'd like to treat this with an energy modality, e.g. Reiki. I am based in the UK. Ideally I would like to learn online. [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Jun 3, 2014 - 5 answers

Help me deal with subclinical... everything...

Despite all my efforts and success(!) in treating myself well and recovering, I feel like my anguish over this sexual assault that happened to me over a year ago still subtly manifests itself in many aspects of my life. And it is precisely the "subtle," diffuse nature of these symptoms that makes me uncertain as to how best to proceed. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Jun 2, 2014 - 9 answers

Please help me get her out of my head.

I broke up with someone just over 3 months ago and I just cannot get her out of my head. I don’t know if this is a fixation, obsession, rumination or normal grieving? [more inside]
posted by blokefromipanema on Apr 29, 2014 - 28 answers

Healing and forgiving after traumatic childhood?

There are possible [triggers] inside. I'd like advice and resources on healing and reconnecting after past familial abuse, when I want to bond with my family and keep them in my life. [more inside]
posted by Pericardium on Apr 23, 2014 - 14 answers

easing back into things after mysterious running injury

What’s a better strategy for easing back into running after taking 3.5 weeks off due to an unknown running injury? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Jan 31, 2014 - 7 answers

How long is too long for muscles to heal?

So I'm older now and I know that injuries take long to heal. I'm just trying to get a handle on my new normal. I pulled the muscles in my upper arm two months ago and it's still sore. Is this normal for age 40ish? [more inside]
posted by Jalliah on Dec 29, 2013 - 7 answers

Good (free) resources for overcoming sexual/emotional abuse?

How to heal after living with a sex addict? I am looking for good sources of personal empowerment concerning sexuality (female) and possibly examples of men who actually love deeply and see sex as an expression of love as well as passion...any leads? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 7, 2013 - 10 answers

How to baby an injury for a newbie runner?

I'm midway through a 13-week beginner's running program. Today was supposed to be a run day for me, but I noticed a little twinge in my ankle last night, and the soreness has persisted. Skipped the run for today, but I'm wondering how long I should rest the ankle before attempting to run again? Spent the day reading about high ankle sprains and freaking myself out, need some advice from experienced runners. [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on Nov 11, 2013 - 11 answers

How to fix large patches of scar tissue?

I have large patches of raised scars and broken blood vessels across huge areas of my body. (I'm an adult in my twenties.) None of this was ever self-inflicted, nor desired in any way at any time. Can any of this be fixed medically/surgically if I save up the money? What about the purple/red marks crisscrossing my flesh? I know that laser surgery is possible for single scars, and to remove tattoos, but as for improving skin quality, I have no idea. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
posted by quiet earth on Oct 20, 2013 - 12 answers

Caring for a 4yr old with a broken leg...all summer.

My (step)son broke his leg today and is currently getting it splinted until it can be cast on Monday. We have 50/50 custody and decent communication, but as the resident mama of his other home, how can I best make him comfy and keep him entertained for the next 6-8 weeks? [more inside]
posted by annathea on Jun 8, 2013 - 8 answers

I'm not traumatized... Am I? (Sexual assault recovery)

I was sexually assaulted a few times and stalked/harrassed by an abusive, predatory and highly manipulative man who was in a position of trust to me. (We weren't in a relationship; he is nearly three times my age.) I am confused about where I should "be" or where I amin terms of getting over the events. Counselors and websites are quick to point out things like PTSD and rape trauma syndrome; they are suggesting things like EMDR and strongly hinting that I'm traumatized. I'm not convinced. Is it possible to actually be traumatized and not realize/recognize it? Is a "trauma response"... with panic attacks, flashbacks, and such... the only possible response to rape and harassment? Secondly: Is therapy always necessary to deal with this sort of thing? Or is it possible that I have/will get over it by myself? I don't want to pathologize myself. I don't want to create new problems for myself by going to therapy that I might not actually need. I wanted to ask metafilter because the counselors I speak to are obviously going to be somewhat biased in telling me that I am "traumatized". [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Jun 1, 2013 - 26 answers

This is a MUCH bigger deal than it normally would be...

I managed to majorly blister the back of both of my heels this weekend. Both heels have quarter/loonie sized blisters. I need them to heal AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE because in four days I am going on a trip that cannot be rescheduled, and one of the main purposes of the trip is to try on and buy shoes for my wedding. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on May 6, 2013 - 30 answers

Foot healed. Heel hurts. Help heel heal?

I broke a metatarsal in my foot last September, and (without a follow-up X-ray, which I really should do at some point), it seems better. My heel, however, hurts like the dickens. What's up, foot? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Apr 17, 2013 - 18 answers

I'm safe and happy and loved! Why is that so hard?

I'm finally in a safe place for the first time since my early childhood. And I feel like I'm… emotionally detoxing? Please help me understand what's going on. [more inside]
posted by blue_and_bronze on Mar 30, 2013 - 23 answers

Best books to heal from rape / sexual assault

I've been Googling and looking through different lists of recommended books (including some recommended by orgs like RAINN) about healing from sexual trauma, but I'm looking for 1 or 2 good books that are reasonably-priced. (Many of these books seem to be out of print and therefore expensive.) This is about an assault that happened to me as an adult, so books about child abuse are out. What I don't want: hokey, religious, new-age, preachy, textbooks, "workbooks" My ideal book would deal with many of the symptoms of Rape Trauma Syndrome, including having "body memories" of the assault. Hope this is descriptive enough.
posted by anonymous on Jan 20, 2013 - 5 answers

What are some effective ways to process the emotions around big life changes?

What techniques do you use to process big changes in your life? I'm interested in specific tips to deal with change once you've accepted it and made it. [more inside]
posted by rockpaperdynamite on Dec 21, 2012 - 6 answers

How to move on (and out?)

[heartbreak/confused sexuality filter] Recently admitted my romantic feelings toward a close friend, but have no idea how to pick up the pieces of my actions and move forward. Somewhat messy details within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 17, 2012 - 11 answers

Are ACOA meetings worthwhile?

I'm thinking of attending an Adult Children of Alcoholics meeting, but I don't really know if it's worthwhile. I'd love opinions from those with experience. [more inside]
posted by windykites on Oct 7, 2012 - 11 answers

I need more information about advocating for myself in the American Health Care system

So this was me commenting a bit ago about how some views toward health care actually damage the lives of real people. And now I need advice, because the situation has grown so far out of my control and I think I’ll go out of my mind with worry. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Sep 26, 2012 - 52 answers

What art have you seen that addresses illness, healing, or fertility?

What great art have you seen that addresses illness/healing/fertility loss? [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Sep 18, 2012 - 7 answers

Healing a burn - what's best?

How effective is laser treatment for burns? When should it be done? [more inside]
posted by wandering steve on Jul 17, 2012 - 2 answers

poetry for the hard times

I am looking for 'healing' poetry: poems that 1) urge you to keep going, 2) tell you that yes, life is hard, but you can do it, 3) remind you to keep your shit together, 4) embrace you and say that you are not alone in this, or 5) just say that this too shall pass. [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind on Jul 4, 2012 - 31 answers

How to move on from my abusive father?

Now that I know I hate my abusive father, what can I do specifically to move forward? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 26, 2012 - 23 answers

Cat scratch fever in the FACE

What can I expect while healing a facial laceration that required stitches? [more inside]
posted by bedhead on Apr 29, 2012 - 15 answers

Songs for a Better Future

What are the most comforting songs? I'm thinking along the lines of Bob Marley's Three Little Birds ('Every little thing/ is gonna be all right"). [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 on Apr 20, 2012 - 90 answers

Holistic, beautiful, affordable retreat in nature for the Breast Cancer threatened

After scary "you may have breast cancer" tests over the last year and a winter of too much flu and allergy-induced misery, I need a long-weekend getaway to a beautiful, allergen-free or almost free retreat in our majestic country. For a very affordable price. I feel like I need physical and emotional healing and restoration on this trip. I like restorative (or Iyengar) yoga, organic food, massage, hikes/walks outside, swimming in warm water, etc. I want to be around DOWN TO EARTH, interesting (not spooky spiritual) healing people. In a lovely place. I can do a house swap or retreat swap and a barter thing - I have good massage therapy skills and license....and a charming place in a hip village in a cool-to-visit city with a lovely guest room to rent. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by sleeping beauty on Feb 29, 2012 - 7 answers

The longest cat and mouse game

He's not over his ex. I suppose I just have to go away and wait to see if he ever pursues me... [more inside]
posted by GIRLesq on Feb 19, 2012 - 39 answers

How to Really Get Over Someone

How do you really get over someone after you may have had something? Special, long details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 22, 2011 - 26 answers

Wishlist: Wolverine healing powers

General tips on promoting healing, please. [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha on Dec 20, 2011 - 15 answers

Help with healing central serous retinopathy?

I've recently been diagnosed with what I am told is a manageable case of Central Serous Retinopathy (CSR), which means there is a tear in my retina that is allowing fluid to leak in and form a bubble in the back of my eye. I have some questions about helping it heal. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 1, 2011 - 5 answers

Learned the lessons, still doomed to repeat

Regarding family and friends, how have you been able to let go of dark/problematic pasts, and moved forward? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 18, 2011 - 15 answers

Really burns my ass to ask...

Because of a practical joke gone wrong (don't ask) I have wound up with second degree burns on my ass, including between the cheeks. I have dressed it with Neosporin and am changing the gauze regularly, but what do I do to minimize discomfort and promote healing as well as to avoid any localized infection in this notoriously unclean region? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 28, 2011 - 33 answers

Is tender, raised "bruising" normal for a healing cyst, 3 weeks later?

A cyst that was drained on my back 3 weeks ago is still a raised, long-ish bruise (after a doctor followup and cortisone shot last week). How alarming is this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me move forward from an emotionally tramatic year....

How can I restore my mental health/sanity after one stressful hell of a year? Additionally, any suggestions for starting to heal as a surviour of emotional abuse by a parent? [more inside]
posted by snowysoul on May 9, 2011 - 16 answers

Indigenous vaccination practices?

I remember reading something once about the concept of vaccines actually being originally developed by indigenous people. Google is failing me. [more inside]
posted by long haired child on May 8, 2011 - 9 answers

Non-MJ Vaping

What herbs, spices, or other materials (other than marijuana) have you vaporized for therapeutic benefits? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 6, 2011 - 2 answers

Help me adjust after wrist surgery!

I just had surgery yesterday on my wrist. I've never had surgery before, much less something that basically left me helpless, and I'm having some trouble adjusting. If you've had surgery on your arm/wrist, I would appreciate any advice as to how you got around/functioned/dealt with needing other people's help. [more inside]
posted by kro on Mar 10, 2011 - 22 answers

How can I survive my mother's death?

How can I survive my mother's death? [more inside]
posted by thelastgirl on Feb 13, 2011 - 36 answers

Health, Healing, and Nutrition resources for the average human

Please help me find good sources for health, healing, and nutrition information online. [more inside]
posted by Neekee on Feb 6, 2011 - 7 answers

books about healing from heartbreak?

Please recommend books (or other media) about getting through heartbreak. [more inside]
posted by SymphonyNumberNine on Jan 3, 2011 - 15 answers

healing with whole food for dummies?

What's a book that is similar to Healing With Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford, only less intense? My mom is into those 'blueberries will save the world' email forwards, and for her birthday I'd like to encourage her new obsession with healthy foods, teach her how to cook them, explain about health, etc. [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea on Jan 1, 2011 - 9 answers

How do I move on? Am I ready?

Exactly one week ago I broke up with my boyfriend who I loved because I felt like things were unhealthy and he wasn't treating me right. Even though my brain tells me I did the 'right' thing, my heart and body are suffering. How do I reconcile what I know with how I feel? [more inside]
posted by lblair on Nov 19, 2010 - 42 answers

I'm living in an angry breakup song. How do I press stop?

I'm living in an angry breakup song. How do I press stop? [more inside]
posted by neblina_matinal on Nov 17, 2010 - 21 answers

Advice for Sleeping Beauty with Atrophied Wings

Older women, younger men; is there hope for a sleeping beauty? [more inside]
posted by sleeping beauty on Oct 28, 2010 - 25 answers

This guy has cost me more Askme questions than he deserves.

How do I get over him (and his family)? They live next door, I see him most days, and I just can't seem to let it go. [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 on Oct 14, 2010 - 37 answers

Ask Jeeves for Half Sleeves

Hooray for half sleeves! I'm going to be a sticky disgusting mess from shoulder to elbow for a week. What sort of material should I wrap it in? What are the easiest, cleanest, best options for keeping a fairly large new tattoo clean and covered? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Oct 8, 2010 - 20 answers

Help me banish my demons!

Looking for a peaceful, restorative mini-vacation to take at the end of October. Suggestions needed. [more inside]
posted by brina on Sep 29, 2010 - 2 answers

Having a hard time coping with a breast reduction.

Just had a breast reduction last Wednesday and I'm having a hard time coping with this. Insight from others who've had this procedure would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte on Sep 21, 2010 - 30 answers

Goodbye to all that

I was with my ex-wife for a long, long time. She cheated; we separated and ultimately got an easy divorce. We’ve each moved on, and I’m close to proposing to my girlfriend after about two years together. We’re a great pair. But I often feel unanchored, cast about by the knowledge that nothing lasts forever. Am I doing it wrong? Other divorced folks (esp. those on the dumped side)—what’s the path forward? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 20, 2010 - 18 answers

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