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    Old 04-30-2009, 04:32 PM   #1
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    Question Neuropathy cause by alcohol...other drug use?

    I am completely new to this forum and appriciate any advice.

    I am a few weeks short of being 25, and have been a heavy drinker for almost ten years. Everywhere i read about sensory peripheral neuropathy cause by toxicity/alcohol, it is always about a man in his 50's+ I understand everyone's body is different- but has anyone else heard of someone in their 20's being diagnosed with alcohol induced nearopathy?

    I stopped drinking 3 weeks ago after seeing my doc. Today i saw a specialist and she says that i will need to be completely dry for atleast a year+ (my doc originally said 3 months)- and after that i can have a drink, but no more getting drunk...
    The neurologist also said i should start living a "extremely healthy lifestyle, eat right, no drinking, and no smoking..."... i dont want to sound like a drama queen, but its been a devastating lifestyle change to stop drinking- and now i am being told to stop smoking ...?
    is my the neuroligist telling me to stop smoking because she assumes i can not live a healthy lifestyle while smoking?

    I eat right, i exersise, i sleep right... but yes i have a drinking problem (which i stopped) and smoke ...-
    any opinions anyone?

    I have a laundry list of medical tests that have not come back yet and appointments for an MRI.

    symptoms: numb feet- espicialy tows, right thigh is extremely tingly and sometimes numb...

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    Old 04-30-2009, 05:05 PM   #2
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    Re: Neuropathy cause by alcohol... marijuana?

    You have a really debilitating disease as you know and it only makes sense that you stop all illegal drugs and no you can never drink again. Whoever told you that you can have one drink has no idea what it is to be an alcoholic and drug dependent...and the doctor or whoever told you was wrong to tell you that you can have one drink and you know as well as anyone there is no having just one drink. I would suggest you get yourself into a 30 day treatment program and they will give you all the 'tools' you will need to stay clean and sober. Yes, you have to give up all that you know now to be part of your lifestyle so it is pretty dramatic and very serious business. Give up the drugs ...get clean and sober and join NA. It is hard work but worth it.

     
    Old 05-01-2009, 08:00 AM   #3
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    Re: Neuropathy cause by alcohol... marijuana?

    i really do have to agree with ann here. if you have been drinking that much since you were only 15? you could very well have an alcohol problem that needs some big attention. but only YOU truely know that. sitting in on a few AA meetings wouldn't hurt ya know? talking to others who have drank til they developed some major health or life problems may be what you really need to experience and ask questions to as well. believe me, EVERYONE is always welcome to any AA meeting,trust me.

    one other thing you may also need done if this has not yet been checked out, is a hepatic panel run on your liver just to make certain everything is still within normal ranges. alcohol just hits the liver and the brain very hard.

    one thing you may want to ask your docs about obtaining is just a contrasted MRI done on the full spine. these types of symptoms you are having just 'could' be stemming from any level of spinal issue when it is giving you symptoms that far down. it could be just a lumbar issue or more involved and further up in the spinal area. before any solid diagnosis gets made, your docs just really NEED to rule out other possible reasons here, thats all. this just would be a very common type of test to refer you too when exhibiting the types of symptoms you are having.

    i do wish you luck with this. please keep us posted,Marcia
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    Old 05-01-2009, 02:53 PM   #4
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    Re: Neuropathy cause by alcohol... marijuana?

    Ann & Marcia,
    Thank you for your timely responses.
    They have already run tests on my liver- and luckily everything is fine.

    Regarding AA/NA- i have gone to dozens if not hundreds of meetings 7 years ago (it was court ordered). And though i respect the groups and am glad that they help some people- i dont agree with much of what they say. The only reason i see myself going to a meeting would be if i was desperate to make new friends who dont use- currently i am not as i have many sports/hobbies that allow me to meet clean living people...
    I dont/didnt need assistance quiting drinking- whether is is for 3 months, a year, or forever.

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    Again, thank you for any and all advice.

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    Old 05-02-2009, 09:14 AM   #5
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    Re: Neuropathy cause by alcohol... marijuana?

    well i am glad to know that there has been some good changes there. that IS really needed. about the pot? i really don't know the answer to that one myself. but the one thing that you just DON"T ever truely know about when you are using any type of illegal drug that you are just buying from someone, even if they happen to be a really great freind, is how many hands this has passed thru or who could have placed something in it that YOU would never actually know,ya know what i mean? there simply are NO controls there at all.

    it is always a huge risk there with anything that comes from a place that you cannot track or follow.

    it does not mean what you are doing is even remotely safe. thats the part that scared me when my youngest son, WITH a liver transplant, started smoking a few years ago? trust me, we DID have a huge chat on that one and he did finally see things 'moms way".

    my best advice to you would be to do the research on this yourself and find out what you just really do need to know. go without it and see how you feel. this just comes down to a personal choice, and the possibilities, or likelyhood that there just could always be more than you thought there was actually in it at any given time, should really make you think, at least a little bit about possible bigger issues than you ever thought possible. you simply do NOT know that part.

    but DO ask for that contrasted full spinal MRI. it just needs to be done to truely be able to make any solid Dx on your symptoms right now. that spine needs ruling out or ruling in. i do wish you luck with this. please keep us posted. marcia
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    Old 05-02-2009, 08:10 PM   #6
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    Re: Neuropathy cause by alcohol... marijuana?

    What did you expect your doctor to say? "Go ahead, use an illegal drug." ???

    Smoking <a drug> is harmful to the lungs and CAN cause lung cancer - it's an urban myth that it can't. "

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    if you've spent a good part of your life sedating yourself, continuing to do so with something else may not be the best idea.

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    Old 05-03-2009, 12:02 AM   #7
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    Re: Neuropathy cause by alcohol... marijuana?

    Hi & welcome to this forum, alcoholic neuropathy usually gives pain and burning before the numbness sets in, so your symptoms don't really fit the bill,Alcohol is a neuro toxin and is really best avoided for a number of health reasons besides nerve problems and your still waiting for results of prior testing so please let us know how you get on.

    good luck to you
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    Old 05-03-2009, 12:07 PM   #8
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    Re: Neuropathy cause by alcohol... marijuana?

    Aussia & Auntie,
    Thanks for your advice, opinions, and concerns.


    I am still waiting for the results of my bloodwork and for mri's and other tests to be preformed latet this month.

    Again, thanks to everyone for their support and advice.
    -Greg

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    Old 05-04-2009, 01:35 PM   #9
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    Angry Re: Neuropathy cause by alcohol...other MARIJUANA use?



    WOW, the administrators have chosen to ~edit out half of my messages and replies because " Reason: Federally illegal substance use is a disallowed subject for discussion."

    now i know smoking herb is illegal- but i never realized that discussing use of illegal drugs would be banned. i am not smoking on this forum, i am talking and seeking sound advice.




    I guess healthboards just want my discussian thread pushed to a different website/message board.



    Maybe if i create a account name AmsterdamG the administrators wont care as much.

    Again, thanks to everyone that has responded so far-

    as far as healthboards censorship of ths discussion, i am a bit appaled. -
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