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What Is The Definition Of A Functional Alcoholic
>3 Losses. MD Eval: 3 or more losses. The evaluation involves blood tests (basic labs, antiphospholipid antibody, exclusion of thyroid disease or diabetes), evaluation for genetic issues, uterine (womb) abnormalities, and sometimes, the cause is not known. An evaluation by a physician with experience in this area is important as some causes can be corrected and/or treated. ...Read more
Addiction: By definition being addicted to a medication or other substance, like alcohol or drugs, means that you have either developed tolerance or withdrawals to it. tolerance means that you need more of the substance to get the same effect. Withdrawal means that if you stop the substance you have physical symptoms that may be life threatening. ...Read more
No conscience: Little to no conscience or sense of right and wrong, inability to empathize with others, a tendency to objectify people around them, longstanding pre-adolescent troubles with authority figures and the law, an in difference to social mores, impulsivity, manipulates others,and cruelty to people and animals that goes back to childhood,. ...Read more
There really isn't 1: because "addict" is not a medical term, and actually our field is coming around to eliminate the words "addict' and "alcoholic" from our vocabularies. The formal term for the disorder is "substance use disorder," where you put the drug involved up front - like "alcohol use disorder" or "opiate use disorder." There are 11 criteria, and if 7 or more present, that is a "severe" disorder= addiction. ...Read more
Renal function: Imaging of kidneys involves intravenous injection of tcmag3 , dtpa or dmsa, and lying on table for hour or more while imaged by gamma camera. Detection of urinary obstruction, congenital anomalies( absent kidney, horseshoe kidney), and renal hypertension, scarring from infection, sometime intrarenal cysts and masses, with subsequent correlative imaging. All tests can tell function of the kidneys. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Complex: This is a difficult to answer in 400 characters. I would say that addiction is defined by the behavior that surrounds drug using behavior. This is different than simple tolerance and dependence. An individual can be dependent upon a drug without having an addiction. Therefore, addiction is more related to the cravings, manipulation, fantasies, motivations, etc. of a substance. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Alcoholism: Visibly, it is continuing to drink in ways that are "out of control" despite negative consequences.It is a metabolic disorder where alcohol is not processed normally. Over time tolerance develops, (it takes more to get the desired effect). In later stages there are often withdrawal symptoms when you stop, but not always. Many relapse after abstaining for a while, esp. Without a support group. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Celiac disease: Also called gluten intolerance or gluten-sensitive enteropathy is a disease in which the villi of the small intertines are damaged by an abnormal immune response to a grain protein (gluten) present in wheat, rye, barley and oats. Damage to villi results in malabsorbtion of nutrients and result in belly pain, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, wgt. Loss, poor growth, dermatitis herpetiformis & more. ...Read more
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