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Doctor insights on: Heroin Addicts Arm

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Could shooting heroin in the arm cause arm lymphedema?

Could shooting heroin in the arm cause arm lymphedema?

Potentially: Lymphedema can result from any type of disruption of lymphatic channels: surgery, trauma, and infection are common causes. If the heroin was injected into tissues rather than into the vein, it can incite an inflammatory reaction which alters lymphatic flow. ...Read more

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I am an IV drug user i recently resorted to muscling the injection (heroin) on the back of my upper arm now it's hot , swollen ,tender, and red. ?

I am an IV drug user i recently resorted to muscling the injection (heroin) on the back of my upper arm now it's hot , swollen ,tender, and red. ?

Infected. : See a doctor ASAP for the infection. Also ask for help with your addiction. Without treatment your prognosis is poor. Addiction is a chronic and progressive disease. Fortunately there IS treatment and you can recover. ...Read more

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I have a large bump on my arm I think its a abcess from missing from herion. I was throwing up green stuff last night n have terrible headaches.Help

Go to the ER: It sounds like you could have an infection, possibly a serious one. I would strongly recommend that you head to the nearest er now. ...Read more

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What do doctors give former heroin addicts for pain relief?

What do doctors give former heroin addicts for pain relief?

Individualized: Treatment of pain in former heroin addicts should be individualized, based on the specifics of the presentation. It may be a difficult situation to deal with and require collaboration with a pain management and addiction medicine specialists. ...Read more

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Been a heroin addict for 2 years and just started getting severe histamine releases. How do I cut the itching back besides stopping, it is unbearable.

Been a heroin addict for 2 years and just started getting severe histamine releases. How do I cut the itching back besides stopping, it is unbearable.

Not great choice: Since opiates tend to cause histamine release -> itching, avoidance is the only logical solution. While I strongly urge you to seek help in weaning off of heroin, you may consider taking antihistamine regularly up to 4 x daily . ...Read more

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Does methadone really work for heroin addicts?

Does methadone really work for heroin addicts?

Yes: By using methadone, physicians are able to ease the withdrawal symptoms and to keep the addict in treatment. Facilities may not be able to come up with statistics that say their patients have completed their program and are clean and drug-free, but that they are heroin-free. According to many, this is a better alternative. ...Read more

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Can somebody tell me how can methadone help heroin addicts?

In many ways: Opiate addicts mostly use very short-acting drugs like heroin or oxycodone, which they have to dose 4-6 times a day, and their bodies and brains (and minds) are constantly cycling between high-normal-low, with very destructive effects on neurotransmitters in the brain. Methadone (or suboxone) is long acting, can be taken once daily, and stops this vicious cycle. For some its shortterm, others long. ...Read more

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Would giving a former heroin addict morphine cause them to relapse?

Would giving a former heroin addict morphine cause them to relapse?

Relspse : Since morphine is derived from the same plant possible. However I wouldn't withhold in an acute pain situation such as surgery ...Read more

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Could someone get hepatitis by sitting on the toilet after a heroin addict?

Could someone get hepatitis by sitting on the toilet after a heroin addict?

Sitting : I have asked this question to myself many times, in my younger days. so I started asking my med school friends. we all deliberated and The answer is NO. Within 10 seconds or so, Nature takes care of the bug. Such bugs don't survive for more than few seconds or many more of us will be sick. From common cold on words. Opening doors, left behind by a person with Flu.. ...Read more