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Complications from Alcohol Abuse?

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  • Posted By: robenzo72
  • December 15, 2007
  • 01:10 PM

I am posting this here because I'm obviously uncertain if it should go under Liver.
Okay, first off, admittedly I drink too much...way too much.
For the last several months I've been having scary episodes the day after drinking heavily. I can be at work and suddenly feel like I am going to have a heart attack and or pass out. My head gets numb and sometimes I have labored breath. I have to sit down...to get my job done I may have to take frequent breaks to avoid these scary sensations.
My first concern was that it was my heart, as difficulty breathing often accompanies the other symptoms. I've had an EKG and a stress test and both showed I have a healthy heart.
Now, I read somewhere that an inflammed liver can cause pain or pressure in your back and I have been having strange mid-back pressure/light pain.
I guess I'm just wondering if the root source of all these horrifying symptoms could be a liver condition. Like maybe it's not filtering my blood as well after drinking and causing these other maladies.
I'd like to hear from others who have experienced this or have thoughts on it. :eek:

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  • I am simply a Janitor and am also on disability. If I had a full time job this would most certainly cause job-related problems. As is, I normally work alone so I don't have to deal with how others would react. Somebody would probably be calling EMS...I'd end up fired after so many occurences. I got my first EKG in the ER and they blamed it on Anxiety. Truth is I do have anxiety disorders, but this is way beyond those. They say a panic attack won't kill you...this here seems like it could be lights out. Like I say though, I have to take some responsibility for the drinking because it seems to be the root cause. I'm thinking it's delayed alcohol poisoning. Because that will depress your CNS and cause these symptoms. Strange thing is most people with it suffer while or right after drinking. Mine is after I've slept it off and well into the next day...
    robenzo72 3 Replies
    • December 16, 2007
    • 10:42 AM
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  • I used to be with a guy who was a major alcoholic, and he managed to disguise problems like this at work for years before he managed to cut down on it. You sound like you might be one of the many high functioning "invisible" alcoholics who often do not get treatment for related issues. I am not a doctor, but is it possible you are having withdrawals during the day? Also, alcohol can cause dehydration and electrolyte imbalances which can affect the heart too.You already know your drinking is a problem, so I am certainly not going to give you a hard time. I admire your honesty. I do suggest you tell your doctor how much you are drinking, if you have not done so. If your doctor does not know you are drinking so heavily, he or she might miss something important, and you also might be prescribed medications that could make your situation worse when combined with alcohol. If your doctor is not someone you can discuss this with openly, go to a free clinic anonymously if you must or call a subtance abuse hotline for a referral, but get some help with these symptoms even if you do not want to or cannot quit drinking. Don't live in fear. If you do decide to cut back on the drinking, please get a doctor's assistance, because it really sounds to me like you might be having withdrawals already. There are medications that help with withdrawals.My boyfriend levelled with his doctor, told her how much he was drinking, and told her he wasn't ready or likely to stop any time soon. Once they had that clear, she was willing to help him prevent side effects and minimize liver damage until he was ready to start cutting back. Many doctors are realists and will work with you. Best of luck with your health. Your hard drinking does NOT make you undeserving of medical care to prevent or treat complications. Please remember that.
    BesideMyself 41 Replies
    • December 17, 2007
    • 04:43 AM
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  • Besidemyself,Thanks for your reply.Would you happen to remember which drugs he was prescribed?
    robenzo72 3 Replies
    • January 2, 2008
    • 02:42 PM
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  • You already know your drinking is a problem, so I am certainly not going to give you a hard time. I admire your honesty. I do suggest you tell your doctor how much you are drinking, if you have not done so. If your doctor does not know you are drinking so heavily, he or she might miss something important, and you also might be prescribed medications that could make your situation worse when combined with alcohol. If your doctor is not someone you can discuss this with openly, go to a free clinic anonymously if you must or call a subtance abuse hotline for a referral, but get some help with these symptoms even if you do not want to or cannot quit drinking. Don't live in fear. If you do decide to cut back on the drinking, please get a doctor's assistance, because it really sounds to me like you might be having withdrawals already. There are medications that help with withdrawals.My boyfriend levelled with his doctor, told her how much he was drinking, and told her he wasn't ready or likely to stop any time soon. Once they had that clear, she was willing to help him prevent side effects and minimize liver damage until he was ready to start cutting back. Many doctors are realists and will work with you. Best of luck with your health. Your hard drinking does NOT make you undeserving of medical care to prevent or treat complications. Please remember that. Very good advice above. I would add that milk thistle is one of the best herbs to help detoxify the liver. Please don't just stop drinking without having support - either thru a detox program or with your doctor. If you decide it is time to stop, please look into acupuncture and Oriental Medicine - acupuncture, especially an ear protocol called NADA, is extremely helpful for detoxing from alcohol and drugs. Visit www.acufinder.com or google NADA detox for more info. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • January 2, 2008
    • 07:31 PM
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  • I am posting this here because I'm obviously uncertain if it should go under Liver.Okay, first off, admittedly I drink too much...way too much.For the last several months I've been having scary episodes the day after drinking heavily. I can be at work and suddenly feel like I am going to have a heart attack and or pass out. My head gets numb and sometimes I have labored breath. I have to sit down...to get my job done I may have to take frequent breaks to avoid these scary sensations.My first concern was that it was my heart, as difficulty breathing often accompanies the other symptoms. I've had an EKG and a stress test and both showed I have a healthy heart.Now, I read somewhere that an inflammed liver can cause pain or pressure in your back and I have been having strange mid-back pressure/light pain.I guess I'm just wondering if the root source of all these horrifying symptoms could be a liver condition. Like maybe it's not filtering my blood as well after drinking and causing these other maladies.I'd like to hear from others who have experienced this or have thoughts on it. :eek: THese are the same symptoms I have.. It is very scary when it happens.. I also drink way to much and have big concerns about my liver.. I have a dull pain over the liver and my belly button is pushed out and has a lump on the right side of it.. do you have any of these symptoms?
    kenzie14 2 Replies
    • January 2, 2008
    • 09:41 PM
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  • Join AA. It will help you in regard to your isolation and health concerns. They can also give you the names of some docs who are sympathetic. Who knows, you might meet them at AA!
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • January 3, 2008
    • 00:30 PM
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  • p.s. I think this is the best board to get started on.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • January 3, 2008
    • 00:32 PM
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  • THese are the same symptoms I have.. It is very scary when it happens.. I also drink way to much and have big concerns about my liver.. I have a dull pain over the liver and my belly button is pushed out and has a lump on the right side of it.. do you have any of these symptoms? Have you been to the doctor lately? Your abdominal symptoms sound concerning enough that you should consider going to the doctor.
    fewd4thought 126 Replies
    • January 4, 2008
    • 00:17 AM
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  • Have you been to the doctor lately? Your abdominal symptoms sound concerning enough that you should consider going to the doctor. No, I am making an appointment..Could my belly button issues be from a problem with my liver? it's very scary even though it is my own fault
    kenzie14 2 Replies
    • January 4, 2008
    • 06:07 PM
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  • I was just mentioning it because any recent changes in the appearance of your bellybutton or abdomen should be evaluated.
    fewd4thought 126 Replies
    • January 4, 2008
    • 06:29 PM
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  • Have your md do a "liver enzyme" blood test. If they're up, it could be from the alcohol. By the way, alcohol is not the most abused drug today, prescription and some over the counter drugs are. And therein lies the rub; with the alcohol anyway. YOU can CHOOSE to drink OR you can CHOOSE to take meds, but mixing them in any way, shape or form can be a disaster waiting to happen in your body. I know a man who has been drinking 2 gallons of beer a day for 40 years. He's 70 and looks 40. He exercises regularly and does not take ANY medicines. Not even for pain.Tylenol and Advil (acetaminophin and ibuprophin) will waste your liver if youtake them while you are drinking alcohol.The doctors don't emphasize this enough to their patients.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 5, 2008
    • 04:30 AM
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