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Alcoholism And Nosebleeds
Food for recovery from alcohol abuse and alcohol withdrawal and malnutrition? And other tips on how to recover? I'm aching a lot and dizzy
Congratulations: on your recovery process. Alcohol/drug withdrawing needs to be supervised by your doctor for your safety. At some point he/she will encourage you to continue on your own and return if needed. Malnutrition is a risk factor. Lab testing for nutrient levels is best. Otherwise, include protein, good fats, and carbs in each meal. Don't listen to the low fat and no eggs hype. It is not good science ...Read more
A nosebleed is a symptom in which there is enough bleeding in the nose for a person to see it coming out of the nose or taste it going down the throat. Nosebleeds are often due to a broken small blood vessel, and stop when a clot forms at the break in the blood vessel. ...Read more
Absolutely: Irrefutable evidence from multiple different methods support both a biologic basis and a genetic basis (including but not limited to hereditary factors) in addictions. Eric Nestler, MD, PhD is the world's leader in this arena and has many great review articles. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Havedepression,stress,anger problems,epilepsy,body pains and aches,lung pain and drug addiction,and alcohol abuse aswel as cigarettes abuse?
Sounds Difficult: Can you please clarify what the question is. Questions should be clear and specific. Can re-ask. Thanks. ...Read more
Unclear: Advise to have your doctor investigate these symptoms. ...Read more
Could be same: Alcoholism is a slightly more imprecise term that could imply either alcohol abuse or dependence. Alcohol abuse is when someone continues to drink despite negative consequences. Alcohol dependence is when, in addition to alcohol abuse, the person also has physical dependence (needing to drink to avoid withdrawal) or tolerance (needing increasing amounts) or compulsive use. ...Read more
As above: Not necessary , if it is frequent u may want to see an ENT physician for evaluation and. Treatment. ...Read more
Habits are habits: Addictive behavior has common underpinnings despite the various chemicals, physical or mechanical, or ritualistic, behaviors may initiate them. Areas of the brain are involved similarly regardless of the addicting substance. Dopamine is a prime mediator of addiction. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
GettingNoSatisfact'n: "anhedonia" refers to inability to experience pleasure from things/activities that others enjoy. Some describe it as "emotional numbness" to pleasures. It is, indeed, a symptom of depression, as overeating and drinking alcohol can be. But when someone depressed reports overeating/drinking, s/he also tends to report taking little pleasure in those activities... In eating/drinking mindlessly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the various dangers a person can experience from tobacco (both cigarettes and cigars), alcohol, and drug abuse?
Substance abuse: The question cannot be answered in a short column other than to say, lung, oral, and bladder cancer, hepatitis, liver damage and cirrhosis, hiv, aids, and a myriad of other infections and illness. On top of these, a life of misery associated with these substances is often more intolerable than the "afflictions" themselves. ...Read more
Hurts the liver: The liver makes 6 blood clotting factors: i (fibrinogen), ii (prothrombin), iv, v, vi, vii. If even one decreases, prothrombin time (pt) will increase, meaning liver synthesis function decreases. In any acute liver cell disease, if prolonged pt indicates severe liver cell death--and danger! the bruising is due to unrepaired under-the-skin blood leakage. ...Read more
Craving lemons, cold intolerance, frequent black outs /c injuries, BP dropping 60/40 and below, severe fatigue. How are these related?
Dysautonomia: 40's female with recurrent syncope, hypotension, cold intolerence and chronic fatigue might have severe chronic anemia, an hormonal disorder, or dysautonomia of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, POTS. A general Internist needs to be consulted. Fibromyalgia can encompass these symptoms, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and I have seen IBS sufferers who craved citrus. ...Read more
Does emotional instability increase with alcohol consumption? Days of heavy drinking back to back as opposed to binge drinking?
Yes but : Binge drinking is not better! the first organ to b dammaged by alcohol is the CNS meaning the brain. Alcohol is the fakest friend u can imagine! it is a CNS depressant that destroys sleep, mood & personality much quicker than pple usually think. Avoid both daily heavy drinking or weekend alcohol binge, b safe & keep ur best asset healthy! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: Traditional alcoholics drink every day or risk going into withdrawal. Binge drinking over time can easily develop into daily drinking, however. The destructive effects of binge drinking are substantial and include health problems, potential legal problems, and relationship problems. Binge drinkers need to ask themselves why they overindulge and try to find strategies to quit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the question: I'll agree that you've punctuated your statement with a question mark but I don't think that automatically makes the statement into a question. If you'll reask your question then, I'm sure someone will be able to answer. ...Read more
Alcohol affects: Alcohol, especially when consumed in excess and over a long period of time, adversely affects every organ in the human body except one, the kidneys. If a person has changes in their personality or behavior while intoxicated, that is a big problem already. Such an individual should try and do whatever it takes to refrain from alcohol. Damage from chronic excessive alcohol use is irreversible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Related but no cause: Tobacco & alcohol r both addictive. Many people w/ alcohol dependence also smoke tobacco & r addicted. However, it is a stretch to say that tobacco use "causes" alcohol addiction. Smoking cessation classes r a form of substance abuse treatment. If u r alcohol dependent it's important to be assessed to see if u need detox meds to avoid dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Aa & treatmt r also very helpful. ...Read more