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Doctor insights on: Alcohol Related Neurological Disorder Assessment

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Are there any neurological conditions that alcohol can 'trigger' or make worse?

Are there any neurological conditions that alcohol can 'trigger' or make worse?

Heck yes: Acutely you can develop Wernicke's disease, which in extreme cases can be fatal. Chronic alcohol abuse can burn out just about every part of your nervous system: Alcoholic myopathy (muscle), alcoholic neuropathy (nerves), alcoholic myelopathy (spinal cord), alcoholic cerebellar degeneration, and Korsakov's amnestic dementia (brain). The last one can cause some really entertaining confabulation. ...Read more

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Physical Exam (Definition)

Physical exam is the actual examination of the patient's body by the physician. For example, if you sprain your ankle and go to your doctor, he will physically touch your ankle to see where it is painful. This act of touching the patient's body ...Read more


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Is it safe to drink alcohol if i may have a neurological issue?

Is it safe to drink alcohol if i may have a neurological issue?

Alcohol: Depends on the type of neurologic issue, severity & duration, & what treatment u r getting for it (medications). However, generally speaking, i would not recommend it. ...Read more

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32 yr male. Having left testicle and pelvic pain. Happening for 2 years. Doctor did physical exam and found nothing wrong. Worse after alcohol Ideas?

32 yr male. Having left testicle and pelvic pain. Happening for 2 years. Doctor did physical exam and found nothing wrong.  Worse after alcohol
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R/O EPIDIDIMYTIS: Testiciular pain demands a through evaluation. EXam/LABS/TESTICULAR US. Your symptoms are consistent with epididimytis v varicocoele v spermatocoele. Discuss with your dr. He may start empiric abs ie DOXYCYCLINE/CIPRO ...Read more

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Are alcohol and coffee really so bad for panic disorder? Isn't alcohol something that would decrease panic?

Are alcohol and coffee really so bad for panic disorder? Isn't alcohol something that would decrease panic?

Not so good: Caffeine alongside b vitamins (in energy drinks) have stimulating effects and can worsen anxiety and panic disorder. Part of treatment involves lowering caffeine intake. Alcohol can temporarily lower anxiety only briefly, but once out of your system, anxiety worsens and panic attacks can be worse. On average, alcohol worsens panic disorder. Moreover, excessive alcohol can lead to addiction. ...Read more

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Is alcohol harmful or helpful for one who has hypercardiomyopathy? What is helpful to do for this disease?

Is alcohol harmful or helpful for one who has hypercardiomyopathy?  What is helpful to do for this disease?

Harmful: Small amounts of alcohol (one drink per day in women) may reduce our bad cholesterol, while more than that can definitely itself harm the heart and elevated blood pressure. If you have a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy already, alcohol is definitely not good for you, particularly in amounts about the safe drinking limit of one standard drink per day. Your cardiologist can give you advice about meds. ...Read more

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How should one minimize alcohol related blackouts?

How should one minimize alcohol related blackouts?

Alcohol blackouts: Get help to stop drinking alcohol. Blackouts from drinking alcohol are dangerous and a sign of alcohol abuse. Talk to your pcp, consider going to an AA meeting. See: http://www.helpguide.org/articles/addiction/alcoholism-and-alcohol-abuse.htm Be safe. I hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is alcohol related to oral candida?

Is alcohol related to oral candida?

Basically no: It can simply happen to anyone. If it's a bad problem, I trust you're checked for diabetes and HIV . ...Read more

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How are seizure and alcohol related?

Many ways!: Alcohol brings down the threshold of nerve cells and make them more likely to fire off (RUM FITS) Sudden withdrawal can cause a seizure and then there are situations when prolonged use is related to cerebral atrophy, certain vitamin deficiencies or vascular events that in turn can cause seizures ...Read more

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What is fetal alcohol spectrum disorder from?

FASD: Fasd, which includes fetal alcohol syndrome, describes the continuum of permanent birth defects that result from consumption of alcohol by mother when pregnant with baby (prenatal alcohol exposure). The effects can be physical, behavioral, & cognitive. There is no known safe amount of alcohol or safe time to drink alcohol during pregnancy. ...Read more