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Doctor insights on: I Quit Drinking And Now Im Sick

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How should I feel now that I quit drinking?

How should I feel now that I quit drinking?

Up to you: It's up to you of course -- but i hope you'll feel like getting into a recovery program to maintain your sobriety and find new ways of enjoying your life. Congratulations for deciding to quit drinking. For most people, this is a moment-by-moment decision -- and supports like aa help. ...Read more

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My friend used to drink a lot, like get pass out drunk everyday and night for years straight and he quit drinking. Will he be okay now?

Better than he would: have been if he kept on drinking. How ok he will be depends on how well he works a sobriety program, and whether he has already done significant damage to his body. If he is close to your age, and hasn't been drinking heavy that long, the odds are good that whatever damage has been done will heal, but there is no way to say that without knowing your friend's medical issues. ...Read more

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Last week I fell and hit my head on stair railing drunk, I feel fine now but should I still get it checked? I quit drinking also.

Last week I fell and hit my head on stair railing drunk, I feel fine now but should I still get it checked? I quit drinking also.

No: If you feel fine, you don't need to get it checked since the incident happened last week. However, if you hit your head again, you could have a bad concussion next time. Each time you hit your head, the injury to the brain accumulates. ...Read more

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Can alcohol abuse raise bilirubin? recently quit drinking, tbili and dbili were both high before, now they are normal. all imaging studies neg.

Can alcohol abuse raise bilirubin? recently quit drinking, tbili and dbili were both high before, now they are normal. all imaging studies neg.

Absolutely: Elevated bilirubin levels, total and direct, absolutely can be cause by alcohol use and reflect impaired metabolic function in the liver. If your imaging studies are normal then you may not have any permanent damage. Congratulations on quitting alcohol. These bilirubin results are the red flag that signal it is wise to stay away from alcohol. Good luck. ...Read more

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I know I am depressed, how do I go about getting anti-depressants? I've been dealing with depression for over a year now. And i quit drinking but i still am depressed.

I know I am depressed, how do I go about getting anti-depressants? I've been dealing with depression for over a year now. And i quit drinking but i still am depressed.

Go to PCP first.: Get screened by your primary care provider (pcp) first. That doctor can refer you on to a mental health provider or prescribe for you. You will want to get a full physical and lab work to make sure you don't have any physical causes that can contribute to depression. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, decrease fast food, no fructose corn syrup or sugar. ...Read more

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How much will my triglycerides drop if I quit drinking? Been socially over drinking for years. I am on tricor (fenofibrate) now. Will drinking once counter act all?

How much will my triglycerides drop if I quit drinking? Been socially over drinking for years. I am on tricor (fenofibrate) now. Will drinking once counter act all?

Hard to say: If your triglycerides are high enough that you have been prescribed medication, it would be better if you avoided alcohol entirely. One drink won't blow up your levels, but keep it to just 1. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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My liver enzymes were sgot 47 n sgpt 67. Total bilirubin was within range. I quit drinking and did liver cleanse. Now 36 n 47 but bilirubin 1.8 whatup?

My liver enzymes were sgot 47 n sgpt 67. Total bilirubin was within range. I quit drinking and did liver cleanse. Now 36 n 47 but bilirubin 1.8 whatup?

Hard to say: That bilirubin is borderline, and would need to know the breakdown (how much is direct and how much indirect bilibrubin) to make sense out of it. Those liver enzymes are very borderline, and should lead to testing for viral hepatitis. Since you quit drinking, the enzymes are normal, indicating that alcohol may have been responsible. I would repeat and fractionate the bilirubin. ...Read more

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How do most people quit drinking?

How do most people quit drinking?

AA: Alcoholics Anonymous is a good resource for those who want to quit drinking: www.aa.org. You can find meetings local to you. Otherwise, it is important to believe that you have the power to do healthy things for your life. One has to have the belief that you can make healthy decisions and stick with them. Good luck you you. ...Read more