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Can Alcohol Abuse Cause A Detached Retina
Alcohol abuse is reoccuring use of alcoholic beverages despite their negative consequences. It results in harm to one's health, interpersonal relationships, or ability to work. Often people who abuse alcohol fail to fulfill their responsibilities and can drink in dangerous situations such as when driving, which gets them into legal difficulties. Alcohol abuse can ...Read more
Memory problems: Long term alcohol abuse can cause something called amnestic syndrome as part of a condition called wernicke-korsokoff syndrome. With such a condition, a person's short term memory is greatly diminished and in severe cases, non-existent. One can imagine the problems not being able to remember any new information can cause. An individual with such a problem can forget all new information. ...Read more
I have a moderate concussion and had the worst rage fits all weekend. Will this anger cause permanent brain damage or cause aneurysms to form??
Yes, possibly: Eeg can be normal even when brain abnormalities actually exist. Neurologists would be assessing a wide variety of findings, not eeg alone. If the person was actively having withdrawal seizures from certain drugs though, the eeg would show seizure activity at that time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is liver damage from alcohol linked to one's tolerance for alcohol? Would someone get drunk quicker with a damaged liver? Or the reverse?
It depends.: The liver uses an enzyme to metabolize alcohol. Initially, before liver disease begins, the liver can produce more of that enzyme with increasing alcohol consumption, allowing you to tolerate more alcohol. Once liver damage begins to occur, however, the liver is not able to make as much of that enzyme, and you may get drunk were quickly. If you have liver damage, you should drink no alcohol at all ...Read more
Yes it can.: All opioids are depressants and can cause depression directly especially when used chronically. Withdrawal can often lead to depression when stopping opioids, again especially in long term use. All narcotics have that potential. Some people seem more sensitive to that resulting depression. One caveat - bipolar and ptsd people often are depressed and tend to seek out opioids to ease emotional pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does drinking a small amount (3-5drops) of lead containing urine only once cause brain damage to a teen drinker????
No: You cannot reverse damage but there is a fascinating data from the book "the winners brain" by jeff brown. Even if we damage brain the procedural brain remains intact meaning by repitive learning we can learn skills. I felt comforted about raising my kids- i tell my kids I do not need to worry about their education - they can always learn a trade any age in their lifetime. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not really.: Once the brain tissue has been damaged by drugs, it is unfortunately lost for good. ...Read more
In terms of behavioural addictions, can damaged grey matter linked with hypofrontality cause irreversible damage, if not can it grow back or be repair?
Not clear: The "grey matter" of the brain is the cell bodies of neurons themselves. Physical damage to them is serious and can come from degenerative neurological disorders and traumatic injury. Other conditions such as schizophrenia and internet addiction can also show frontal lobe changes on MRI scan, which may correlate to behavioral changes in executive functioning. It's not known whether these resolve. ...Read more
I know alcohol abuse leads 2 many bad things can it also be a cause of a enlerge prostate or does this happen naturally for men?
Can alcohol withdrawal symptoms last more than a month? Also can chronic alcoholism cause damage to your central nervous system?
Yes: The physiologic symptoms attributed to alcohol withdrawal can last for weeks particularly in the most severe cases. And it is known that alcoholism is a damaging to the central and peripheral nervous system. It can cause an alcohol related dementia and neuropathy. Some of the nervous symptoms are attributed directly to the neurotoxicity of alcohol others to often found nutritional deficiencies ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Can color changes in vision mean optic nerve damage ?? Or retina damage ? Can being under too much light cause this I'm really scared
See Opthomologist!: There are too many possibilities to review in 400 words. Yes, optic nerve changes can create color changes.....but.....so can rapid changes of blood sugar (seen in diabetes) or certain forms of thyroid conditions with eyeball involvement. Certain chemicals as well as drugs can result in color vision changes. You should call your Family MD to help you get a visit with an Opthomologist (eye Doctor). ...Read more
The retina is the light sensitive layer in the back of the eye that transmits images to the brain via the optic nerves to create vision. If a hole or tear develops in the retina, eye fluids can separate the retina from underlying layer (choroid) . The most common cause of retinal holes or tears is traction from the vitreous, the clear gel that fils the inside of ...Read more
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