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Doctor insights on: Most Common Character Flaws With Alcoholics

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What are some common symptoms an alcoholic experiences when they go cold turkey?

What are some common symptoms an alcoholic experiences when they go cold turkey?

Alcohol withdrawal.: Shakes, tremors, jitteriness, anxiety, sweats, high blood pressure, high heart rate, hyperventilation...incoherence...seizures, coma, death. Don't quit cold turkey. Seek help and a proper method and schedule for quitting. ...Read more

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The sherlock holmes movie character has a photographic memory. Do some people really have this, and how common is this trait?

The sherlock holmes movie character has a photographic memory. Do some people really have this, and how common is this trait?

Real, but uncommon: Photographic, or eidetic memory--the ability to recall things in abundance and in great detail, is a real phenomenon, and may be associated with larger than normal caudate nuclei in the basal ganglia of the brain. It is very uncommon. ...Read more

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Are swollen stomachs common in alcoholics?

Are swollen stomachs common in alcoholics?

Advanced cirrhosis: In advanced cirrhosis of the liver due to severe alcohol use, fluid can accumulate in the abdomen called as cites. This can make the belly look "very swollen". It can be a very serious condition. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of alcoholic ketoacidosis?

What are the most common symptoms of alcoholic ketoacidosis?

Many: Air hunger from acidosis, faintness from low blood pressure, nausea and vomiting from electrolyte imbalance, somnolence and/or confusion from intoxication and/or withdrawal. Dehydration needs to be reversed. There may also be fever if infection is contributing. Malnutrition requires treatment with vitamins and calories. Ketoacidosis is a serious disease that requires immediate hospitalization. ...Read more

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Can drinking alcoholic drinks make symptoms of the common cold worse?

Can drinking alcoholic drinks make symptoms of the common cold worse?

Not usually: The common cold is characterized by a scratchy throat followed by a runny nose and possibly dull headache, chilliness or even slight fever and mild cough. I don't believe that alcohol would aggravate these symptoms. Some cough syrups contain alcohol but I'm not sure that alcohol is really that beneficial. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of alcoholic liver disease?

What are common symptoms of alcoholic liver disease?

ABDOMINAL DISTENSIO: Abdominal distension, yellow jaundice, edema of lower extremities, weakness, poor appetite, loss of weight, abdomonal pain, itching, nausea, vomiting blood, anemia and alcoholic facies.In end stage of aloholic liver disease it is hepatin encepalopathy with delirium and coma. ...Read more

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Is it common for a child to make no sence in what they are saying when Ill? My son is poorly and burning up he's acting out of character

Is it common for a child to make no sence in what they are saying when Ill? My son is poorly and burning up he's acting out of character

Sick: You need to have your child seen right away. He has a fever and is not acting himself. He could have a serious infection. Give him fever medication on the way to the ER. I hope he feels better soon. ...Read more

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What are the most common addiction withdrawal symptoms for alcoholics?

What are the most common addiction withdrawal symptoms for alcoholics?

Many: Mild sxs of withdrawal can include feeling anxious, irritable, depressed or volatile emotions & fatigue as well as experiencing nightmares. More serious sxs can include tremor, headache, sweating with clamminess of skin, loss of appetite, rapid heart rate, nausea vomiting & inability to sleep. Confusion, marked agitation, convulsions, high temperature & hallucinations are quite serious. ...Read more

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My mom has a drinking problem. Is it common for alcoholics to have a hard time of letting go of things in the past?

My mom has a drinking problem. Is it common for alcoholics to have a hard time of letting go of things in the past?

Alcoholism: Alcohol is a depressant. It brings out the worst in people, and can often stir up sad and angry emotions, very often from things that happened to them in the past. It might be time to get her some help. ...Read more

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My husband had two hypophysis tumor surgeries (granulated celtumor.) his character changed, lack of emotions. Is this very common ? He is 62 years.

My husband had two hypophysis tumor surgeries (granulated celtumor.) his character changed, lack of emotions. Is this very common ? He is 62 years.

No: Emotional changes are generally not associated with non-functional pituitary tumors. However, it is important to understand these changes, and i suggest that you join your husband to see his doctor to discuss it together. Try as hard as you can to be understanding, especially if these changes cannot be easily helped. ...Read more