Patient Comments: Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism - Experience


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Comment from: Poor Judd, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 23

Although you describe depression, low social support, and unhappiness with life to be symptoms of alcohol abuse in the elderly, I believe that these were the cause of my binge drinking. The alcohol provides a temporary escape from depression and loneliness, even if one pays the price the next morning, or many years hence.

Comment from: Spoonman, 35-44 Male Published: July 12

On Sunday June 26, 2016 I stepped out of my garden and a 25 lb garden brick fell on my lower right leg and scraped the skin off pretty badly. I was already on medications from the dentist so I figured it would be fine. Now a week later it is majorly infected with MRSA/staph. Now my medical doctor has me on two different antibiotics. It is very painful. I go back to see him on July 12 to see if I will need to be admitted into the hospital or not. This is some serious stuff! All I can do now is hope that my leg heals!

Comment from: AmbitiousChad34, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 01

I am a recovering alcoholic. I had bad alcoholism for years. One was too many and ten was not enough. After my second DUI (driving under influence) I wanted to finally stop the insanity. The hardest part for me to get over was the post-acute withdrawal syndrome – PAWS (Drunk Dreams). If a person wants to quit, I feel the best they can do is attend Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings and perhaps talk to a doctor about getting a plan to keep a good focus. Perhaps with a temporary medication to ease the mind cravings and mood for alcohol. Get a good plan, stick to your guns and you"ll be a stronger and better person before you know it. It is very satisfying not only to beat this, but to feel physically and mentally well for a change.

Comment from: mortified, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 19

I thought I had a urinary tract infection, and waited 2 days before I went to the doctor. Urination was extremely painful. I could hardly release more than a couple of drops. It hurt enough that I had to white-knuckle the counter top when I went. I went to the doctor, who did a dip stick test, showed blood and bacteria in the sample. I was put on an antibiotic. Within 3 days of using, I broke out in what looked like a diaper rash on my bottom, between the cheeks. I got a large blister on my inner upper thigh. I went back to the doctor and was put on a different antibiotic after another culture was done. Vaginal area was inflamed and swollen, it hurt when anything put pressure on the area. I finished medications as directed. I still had rash on my bottom which changed into hive like bumps that itched terribly. I went back to the doctor for a 3rd time, and was told it looked like I had more than one issue going. I was given an oral anti-viral prescription and topical cream for the rash/hives. Also, I had some blood drawn. Eleven days later I got a letter from the doctor stating results positive for recent outbreak of genital herpes (HV2). My husband and I have been extremely careful for the last 40 years. My luck ran out apparently. Right now things are swollen and itchy, this has been going on now for 15 days. I go back to the doctor on Friday for a follow up visit to discuss my options. I don't see any myself, HV2 is a virus, viruses mutate. Not likely a cure will be found, so will just have to deal with it. For your information, my husband acquired the virus when he was in his early 20s.

Comment from: Heartbroken, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 13

Our son abuses alcohol and drugs. We struggle daily to not let it destroy our lives, as his mom and I have had to make the decision not have contact with him. Living with the guilt of not being able to help your child is hard, as is the judgment I receive from others who can't understand how I can "walk away." Only people in our situation can understand that at some point you have to realize alcoholics will use you until you are used up, and then they find others to use. Tough love is called tough for a reason, and I pray he will find a way to give up the alcohol.

Comment from: NettieRN46, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 03

I was receiving chemotherapy and radiation. I now have Helicobacter pylori. The medication that I am taking is horrible. Metrazole, clarithromycin, and omeprazole are what I am taking for 14 days. I am on day 4. I take twice a day.

Comment from: 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: July 06

My sister is an alcoholic. She drinks beer continuously. I don't think she has bathed in several years. Wears filthy clothing and smells so very bad. She eats one meal a day and the rest is alcohol. She has no friends and her own family doesn't want to be around her. She won't do anything to help herself, but she does expect others to do for her. She’s a mess. She has drunk beer for as long as I can remember. I wish thing were different.

Comment from: norma, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

I am too stubborn to admit that I needed to attend AA for my alcoholism. I have tried for over 20 years, and it was always a no go. I know I need treatment but I have a private insurance that will only treat detox. No more. So I thought I had to fight this on my own, and will attempt to enter a sober environment on Monday. I feel for those of us that are suffering and I wish us well. I am very close to God in my own way, but not the way AA is structured. So I sought other alternatives and found 'SMART' for recovery. No one judges you, and we take the neurological findings into account for our addiction. This is probably a better fit for me, since I have tried AA and it didn't work for me. I am glad that it has for so many others. Let's see if this program works for me. I have also heard and researched 'Prometa' treatments for alcoholism. A three-day in-hospital treatment with a cocktail of medications to break the cycle. I saw it on 20/20 and some people swear by it, but it has not been approved by the FDA yet. Figures, they have too much money to risk on healing alcoholic people, which is probably 3/4 of the authoritarian government. But I sure do hope it will be approved one day, and save many lives, such as the patch has done for smokers.


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Comment from: ginanotes, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 16

Thank God I can say I'm a year sober! I almost died. They (doctors) said if my friends hadn't got me to the hospital when they did...I'd have died within the hour. I went to 3 stay in treatments, that didn't stop me. It took that 1 month in the hospital. I'm not looking back now. Don't even "test" if you can TRY drinking a bit less, you8 really don't have to have it to exist. I couldn’t function w/o it. I saw no end...except waiting to die. I can only keep on what I do and don't stray from my "new" norm. & that's w/o alcohol. I have 3 great kids to live for, but I also have trouble writing, walking, cerosis, and neuropathy. All caused from drinking. What a crappy way to learn the hard way!


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