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 I can't wake up in the morning and my alarm clock is loud. Is there a louder one out there?
I can't wake up in the moring. I have missed the bus many times, and my alarm clock is very loud but does not work for me. Is there an alarm clock that any one knows about that will wake up even ...

 can anybody please tell me what's good for migraine headaches?
she's taking presciption pills already but it not helping. this prescription is not the first they (doctors) have given ...

 I'm soooo tired, what is the best way to keep me awake?

 quitting smoking. feel horrible. help?
it has been a few days since i started to quit smoking. i have the gum and it seems to work okay but i still feel like a truck has run over me (even when i use the gum). I have also tried the patches ...

 how long would you live if all your veins burst at once?
lets say all your veins burst at once and your body fills with blood...or would it? lemme know....

I go into my bad about 10:00 im only 13 years old. And i turn of all the lights i close at the wall then close my eyes. And i never fall asleep im just thinking about things and stuff. Maybe its ...

 cutting, normal or not???
i was wondering if i cut more than normal at one time. i dont cut that often, maybe once a week but when i do i do what i feel like its a lot.
(these are on my leg)

 Mommy is taking me for a Blood Test. I'm scared, and don't want it. PLEASE HELP ME I'm 13.?
I'm 13. Mommy is taking me for a blood test - to test for something.

I'm really scared of needles - so don't want to go

She can't make me go - can she ?

 Hypochondriac's Delight - What do you think you are dying from?
So, like many hypochondriac's, I wake up in the morning and before I even get a cup of coffee I start worrying why I am so tired and what I must be dying of. Then all day long I find myself ...

 What's the best way not to think about smoking when trying to give up?
Gave up 5 minutes ago and really want to do it this time....

 Does chapstick have an expiration date?
I got thinking,and does chapstick have an expiration date?...

 Dizzy for over a week?
I have been dizzy for over a week and my doctor ordered me to get my thyroid checked but it was ok. I saw him again today and he said that one of my ears looks pale(?) and I may have an ear infection....

 Was this the right thing for me to do?
I was flying to Canada BC, and there was a kid who sat beside me the whole time. He was 14 years old, we talked for about 1 hour together. He seemed extremely sad, almost like he was going to cry. A...

 after i've been out drinking...?
i've been sick bringing up black stuff!!! should i be worried about this???...

 What's the purpose of a belly button?

 I have been drinking hard alchohol since noon and I am still wide awake. What's wrong with me?
I thought for sure it would help me get some sleep, but I am wired. I have anxiety and I got to get some sleep tonite. What can I do?
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 I smoked weed for my first time 2 days ago. I have to take a drug test tomorow for work. Am I going to fail?
It was my first time and I didn't do a lot.. Please help !!...

 I have very bad breath that doesn't seem to go away and it is affecting my relationship.?
She can't kiss me half the time without being disgusted and it's hard for us to hold up a face to face conversation.

It's gone for a while when I brush my teeth or use mouth ...

 what is the LEGAL substance available to combat tiredness?
I dont mean Cafeine.

I once read about something used in America that makes you feel realy refreshed, but i can't rememember what it's called.
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 is this abnormal???
for the past several days, i have been sleeping at unusual times. i wake up at around 2 am. then i sleep from 8 am to 9 pm. i think its just whacked. what you think of this??? i am sleeping for more ...

Larf! :)
Is cracking your fingers good for you?
I've heard mixed stories. Help?
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People have told me a doctor said it cures artheritis! Odd, but almost everyone in my class is doing it.

no its really bad,
it can give you arthritis

not intentionally no. if your fingers are stiff try excerising the stiffness out. if you keep cracking your fingers it will bring on arthritis.

Barbie Girl
I don't think so

Roxanne G
there is absolutely no proof that it can give you arthritis that is a myth first off. but no it is not "good" for you. you should probably avoid doing it the less you do it the less you will have to do it.

it is not although im sure theres way to crack your fingers without it hurting u in the long run

probably not

Jose H
From what I heard,no.It's not good for you.When you crack you fingers
your popping these air bubbles in between your fingers.This could lead to
a possible case of arthritis in the future.

King Pug
its in the middle. its not good but its not (it snot) bad.

Well I always thought that it makes your knuckles get really big but thats not true. I read that it doesn't do anything to you. I crack my knuckles and nothing has happened.

i have heard both as well

Evil Resident
no it actually causes arthritis

nothing is going to happen to you.the cracking sound is the air pocket between your knuckles popping....you will be fine......

Samer S
i dont think so....it may damage ur fingers as u grow older (i do it though =)

no cracking your knuckles is not good
it's just forcing air in between the joints
it could cause arthritis later on...

Arthritis and Cracking Knuckles

No, there is no evidence that cracking your knuckles leads to arthritis.

Here is some more input from contributors:

* Cracking your knuckles wears away the cartilage between the joints over a long period of time. This is one of the causes of arthritis. Other causes of arthritis are completely unrelated, like for example, you can inherit it from your parents, or get it because of a disease like Lupus. So, I guess if you might get it anyway, and you might not know if it was your's or your parents fault, go ahead and crack away.

No it can give you problems in the future.

no it gives u big knuckles

its really bad,

it wears down the cartlige in your nuckels
making you more at risk of bone related diseses when your old


I once asked a similar question and got really good answers, so this will probably help you out:


As for curing arthritis, that sounds really interesting. However, if it were that easy, then wouldn't it have been established as a well-known treatment a long time ago?

Hollywood Prod.
If course not but it's cool if your a kid so what can you do. They will grow out of it

what have you heard? because i've been cracking my knuckles, everyday since i was a teenager, im an adult now.

It is not bad for you. In fact, it's not dangerous at all, said Dr. Jonathan Kay, clinical director of the rheumatology unit at Massachusetts General Hospital.

"The cracking sound you hear when you pull on your fingers is caused by the release of negative pressure within the joint," he said. Technically, this is called cavitation. Inside every joint in the body, a gooey substance called synovial fluid coats the surfaces of cartilage to protect them. Just as two discs coated with mineral oil stick together and can only be pulled apart with a bit of force, so it is inside the joint. When you pull, you break the vacuum seal created by the synovial fluid and the breaking of that seal causes the popping sound -- from the bursting of bubbles of gases dissolved in the fluid.

Curiously, it takes about 20 minutes for the seal to re-establish itself. So crack your knuckles all you want. You might stretch a few ligaments, but you will not give yourself arthritis. But it'll be no fun unless you wait 20 minutes between cracks.

The morons above who say it gives arthritis are dumb. I've talked to doctors and asked about it and done research, it may weaken your grip a bit if you do it excessively, but, it does NOT give arthritis. The popping noise is nitrogen and other gasses in the fluid surrounding the finger joints that explode when you push down on the knuckles, and no, the exploding isn't bad, it's more of popping.

The gas comes back anyways, and it does relax your hands. Really, unless you do it excessively, it doesn't do anything for you. Just relieves stress for some people.

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