Published Jul 22, 2009
Just wanted to say hi in this forum. I spent a yer or so having 10-15 shots a night every night and recently stopped. Yeah, that's a lot for 110 pound body. I kept it secret and was just dying to tell someone. I'm concerned about liver damage, haven't had a physical in a while. Feel free to say hi.
Magsulfate, BSN, RN
Well pat yourself on the back and then.. go to the doctor!! You know what you need to do, and putting that off would not help anything.
Also, have you started attending AA? There is one in every town, find it and go everyday. They have daytime meetings and after work meetings. You will really need this to help you in your recovery.
As you might already know, you can't just stop drinking after having 10-15 shots a night. Counseling and education on why you were doing it and how to stay sober is very important. It is imperative actually.
sirI, MSN, APRN, NP
Magsulfate is correct, pca_85, please go to your healthcare provider for a check up and check out those AA meetings.
CONGRATULATIONS on your first step in Recovery.
welcome and well done! see your doc and be cautious regarding the possibility of alcohol withdrawal syndrome (often confused with delerium tremens which can be associated with alcohol withdrawl):
alcohol withdrawal usually occurs in adults, but it may occur in teenagers or children as well. it can occur when a person who uses alcohol excessively suddenly stops drinking alcohol. withdrawal usually occurs within 5 - 10 hours after the last drink, but it may occur up to 7 - 10 days later.
alcohol withdrawal syndrome can be fatal, especially when it occurs outside the hospital or in-patient treatment facility. there is a protocol used to prevent it, so check in with your doc as recommended above.
signs and symptoms of alcohol withdrawal mild-to-moderate psychological symptoms:jumpiness or nervousnessshakiness anxietyirritability or easy excitabilityrapid emotional changes depression fatiguedifficulty thinking clearlybad dreams mild-to-moderate physical symptoms: headache -- general, pulsating sweating -- especially the palms of the hands or the facenausea and vomiting loss of appetite insomnia (sleeping difficulty) pallor rapid heart rateeye pupils enlarged(dilated pupils) clammy skin tremor of the handsinvoluntary, abnormal movements of the eyelids severe symptoms:delirium tremens -- a state of confusion and visual hallucinations agitation fever convulsionsblack outs -- when the person forgets what happened during the drinking episode
mild-to-moderate psychological symptoms:
mild-to-moderate physical symptoms:
this is not something you want to do alone for obvious reasons. the non-obvious reason is there is a high risk of beginning to "use" again, or switching to another substance to "treat" the symptoms of withdrawal. this is one of those ways where substance abuse and chemical dependence can begin.
you made that all important first step...now follow up with appropriate medical care.
keep us posted!
You'll be happy to know I got a physical-kinda had to for nursing school, but I did get one. All is well they did extra bloodwork at my request....my poor liver is actually ok, think it's because I stopped drinking in January. yeah it was cold turkey, really dumb. I didn't notice any of the symptoms besides being shaky and grouchy. Thank you all for your concern :)
Thunderwolf, MSN, RN
Awwww, thanks, i dont get that from anywhere else, it was kind of a secret. You guys are so sweet.
catmom1, BSN, RN
Most of us who post here have suffered the consequences of addiction. I hope you managed to dodge a bullet in stopping your drinking. Believe me, intake like that was not going to result in anything good for you. Congratulations again on your 6+ months of sobriety!
Awww thank you, I think so.....it's really nice to not fall asleep with the room spinning these days....and I did lose weight and feel better because of it. You guys are so sweet, nice to not get harshly judged :)
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