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Ethanol/Methanol: Sterno is a mixture of ethanol and methanol and a gelling agent. Idiots strain it, mix it with fruit juice and call it "squeeze." methanol basically pickles your brain and any other organ in contacts with. Used appropriately it is great for keeping the food on the buffet line warm, but that is its only legitimate use. ...Read more
Acute soreness throughout temple to sterno to occiput. No recent trauma. No other sx. Equillaterally. Cause for concern?
I have had sterno-clavicular joint instability for a month (gymnastics) : the joint makes sounds but no pain. Will the ligaments tighten up again?
Right sterno sticks out/clicks, right shldr blade clicks, ribs sore, Thoracic O.S symptoms/neuropathy. Esoph spasms, always swallowing air. All related?
Can B but not direct: Your right sternum and shoulder blade, rib complex can be related musculoskeletally to create the clicking action. The thoracic outlet syndrome with neuropathy is usually a lower extremity (arm/neck) issue. Esophageal spasm can occur from vagal nerve roots, and/or cervical ganglion issues. So, taking advil or ibuprofen can cause gastritis, and spasms. ...Read more
Clarify, please!: Do you want to know how to treat addiction? There are many addicting drugs out there and the medical treatment is different for all of them. But for all of them Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous are extremely helpful and can often be the only treatment required. Often these programs, which are free, have success rates equal to many inpatient and outpatient costly rehab programs. ...Read more
Probably not...: ...At least not without appropriate treatment. As with the treatment of any addictive behavior, the behavior is not just going to change on its own without treatment from a trained professional, often augmented by the addict's commitment to an appropriate 12-step program (e.g. Sa or slaa). The likelihood of his becoming faithful depends on a variety of factors involving motivation and personality. ...Read more
If thinking about: Sex, engaging in sexual behaviors, or spending time in pursuit of sexual contact/items prevents you from engaging in normal life activities - that is a problem. Does it impact you in regards to your relationships with others, occupationally, recreationally etc.? ...Read more
Jury is out: Sex addiction is a concept that has significant controversy. Many would say that, untreated, the sex addict cannot form a relationship with the commitment that is generally accepted as part of true love. Many would also agree that counseling would better the chances of overcoming this condition and achieving patterns associated with love. ...Read more
Set limits.: If this is someone you care about - tough love. It can be painful to love someone with a severe addiction. Tough love can help you to keep your sanity. Encourage the addict to attend alcoholics anonymous. Recommend that you attend alanon so that you can learn ways to cope and to keep your head above water. Take care. ...Read more
See below: It of certainly safer than the alternative of continued use of illegal opioids. Ideally, one ceases the use of all drugs but many are unable to attain this goal. Suboxone is the next best option and many people can be stable on this for decades without major insurmountable health issues. ...Read more
For her, nothing you: Can do except tell her how you feel. For yourself, getting family counseling and/or attending alanon meetings (a self-help group for family members of addicts) can help you deal with your guilt, shame, anger, concern and all the other feelings you likely have. Nobody can make anybody else change - she has to want to. People in alanon or counselors can help you understand what you can;can't do. ...Read more
You can't- sort of: What I mean is you can HELP, but they don't recover until THEY want to. What most of us do when a friend, relative or loved one has addiction (or obesity, or smoking or whatever) is nag them, and that ends up doing more harm than good. What we need to do is 1) stop enabling their addiction if we are doing that and 2) tell me we love them (or like them) and we want the best for them. Attend Alanon ...Read more
Possibly: If you are addicted to pornographic movies & videos &/or can't control very frequent urges to masturbate & self gratify. Suggest you seek counselng if this "obsession" is interfering with you life. Good luck. ...Read more
Controversial?: The conventional wisdom and 12 step program philosophy and teachings would say that he or she cannot learn to use in moderation. That being said, there are certainly some who can and do accomplish this. Many young people who drank and drugged heavily in college seem to "mature out" of it, without treatment. A program managed moderation teaches this with, in my experience, mixed results. ...Read more
Drug Rehab & The Law: In some states and jurisdiction the court may have the vested power to order a person to enter a drug rehab. Alternatives may be available. But if ordered into a rehab, look at it as a blessing; it may your best means of gaining yourself back. ...Read more
Suggested Q's 4 U: U'll find many "experts" happy 2answer: some men in relationships w/women who also seek sex w/men r being told they r sex addicts. Some ppl using images that turn them on r being called sex addicts. / I wonder about asking urself some q's like: what does sex mean 2 me & make me feel? What do I want from it? How is my sexual behavior making my life better? Worse? / good psychologist 2 help w/ q's? ...Read more
Define it: You and essentially all your male peers enjoy yourselves when you're alone and are thinking things and looking at pictures even if your parents say it is wrong and not to do it. That's being human. If you are unable to take your thoughts off sexuality to do the other things you must do (learning, work, play) or are missing class because you're obsessing over erotica, then see you doctor. ...Read more
Unlikely: I don't think people wake up and think, "i'm going to become a heroin addict today". People become heroin addicts because they like the way they feel on heroin, they have a genetic predisposition toward opiate addiction, and usually (but not always) they are not coping well with the problems in their lives. Some may be depressed and self destructive to boot, but no one asks for addiction. ...Read more
Def. Of addiction:
Continued despite harm/inordinate risk,
Cravings/preoccupations out of the ordinary
are some of the hallmarks of addictions.
But if you are asking it is time to talk about it with a professional you can trust. Sex addiction is not uncommon and it warrants asking for help and there is good help out there. ...Read more
Keep conversation: Recovery is a process that must begin where they are. Many people are very skeptical and can't see a way out. We need to move them into thinking about it and seeing recovery as possible. Maybe hard but not impossible. Talk to an addiction specialist. Recovery happens everyday, don't lose hope. ...Read more
Anxiety in Addicted:
this is a very good question. Medications such as citalopram, lexapro, (escitalopram) venlafaxine all can also help prevent anxiety.
Buspar is also a drug designed specifically for treating anxiety.
Then alternative views would have you learn meditation or yoga to learn to breathe through the anxiety... ...Read more
Trust: Many of us seriously doubt there's any such thing as "sex addiction" comparable to addiction to tobacco or heroin. What you say to your mental health expert is utterly privileged, he/she has heard it all before, and there's no shame in mental illness, only shame in refusing to work on becoming a better person. Perhaps true love will find you after all. Good luck. ...Read more
About 50:50: In a 33-year follow-up of narcotics addicts just over half, 55.8 percent, tested negative for heroin use. About twenty percent tested positive, and 10.5 percent refused to provide a urine sample. Fourteen percent were incarcerated and not tested. Among those that had died, the most common cause of death, at 27 percent, was accidental poisoning or drug overdose, 45 percent of which was heroin. ...Read more