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Shaking-slow respirations-somewhat semiconcious

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  • Posted By: iamwright
  • October 30, 2006
  • 06:38 PM

My husband is an alcoholic. At times (usually when he's drinking) he experiences shaking (head and hands) accompanied by very slowing of breathing (almost stopped) and a change in his eyes. He seems almost semi-concious (very slow to respond but eyes opened). After about 10 minutes this passes. He may have more than one spell in an evening. I cannot get him to go to the doctor. Some say its kind of like a mini-stroke or seizures. Is this likely alcohol poisioning if not can you tell me what it could be. If I can tell him what it might be possibly he will go to the doctor. Please respond asap; I really want to get him to see a doctor.

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  • It sounds like his body is experiencing withdrawl and perhaps rejection of the poison in him at the same timehttp://www.well.com/user/woa/fsalphar.htmthis page details that these things can happen around the same time, around or after drinking to the body, and could be leading to more serious things like failure of organs. I hope this helps convince him to see a doctor. best of luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 30, 2006
    • 07:05 PM
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  • do these generally happen after a heavy binge or do they happen when he's not had any for a while?Sounds like he needs to get himself to an AA meeting though
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 30, 2006
    • 08:16 PM
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  • These episodes happen while he is drinking...usually fairly large amounts. I have tried to get him to seek help but have been unsuccessful. I realize that he needs help I have been to support group meetings but I can't force him to get help for the alcoholism.....I only hope that be getting him to go to a doctor for this could lead to him getting help. I feel like these episodes are directly related to the drinking but I am not positive. I made an appointment for tomorrow afternoon with his doctor ...I only hope I can get him to keep it.
    iamwright 1 Replies
    • October 30, 2006
    • 08:50 PM
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  • it sounds like what i have almost. i have the same feelings.he might want to go see a doctor, either that stop drinking alcohol. im only 15, but i know a good bit of medical feild. i sereously suggest you take him to a doctor anyways.
    stormthornnight 16 Replies
    • October 30, 2006
    • 09:28 PM
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  • Alcohol binds to the B vitamins in the body. It depletes the body's supply. These vitamins are essential to normal brain function. Thiamine is an important one. Without thiamine, which is a common depletion among alcoholics, the body can do some pretty weird things, like seizures and eventually dementia. It that isn't a cause for concern, I don't know what else would get him to the doc. He probably needs these levels checked and replinished. Sorry to hear about his problem. I wish you both the best.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 30, 2006
    • 10:37 PM
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  • My husband is an alcoholic. At times (usually when he's drinking) he experiences shaking (head and hands) accompanied by very slowing of breathing (almost stopped) and a change in his eyes. He seems almost semi-concious (very slow to respond but eyes opened). After about 10 minutes this passes. He may have more than one spell in an evening. I cannot get him to go to the doctor. Some say its kind of like a mini-stroke or seizures. Is this likely alcohol poisioning if not can you tell me what it could be. If I can tell him what it might be possibly he will go to the doctor. Please respond asap; I really want to get him to see a doctor.well i heard from someone that he needs his body levels replenished
    stormthornnight 16 Replies
    • October 31, 2006
    • 00:50 AM
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