Alcohol Liver Disease Statistics

Alcohol damages your liver cells by overloading them with work. When that happens fat accumulates inside them because they can't handle taking care of both fat and alcohol (fatty liver, or steatosis stage). As more fat accumulates, less damage the liver can endure and cells start to die and be replaced by fibrotic tissue (cirrhosis stage).

Ginger is an excellent addition to your kitchen. It has a spicy flavor (be careful not to add too much) and you can find it dried, fresh, and pickled. You can use it as a condiment or make tea with it (try ginger and lemon tea). Pickled ginger is used to reset your tongue between two different flavored dishes so the flavor from the first doesn't taint the flavor of the second.

Alcoholic fatty liver disease is the second type. Symptoms may include: weight loss, fatigue, or pain in the upper right stomach. There may be no symptoms at all. The majority of people in the United States who abuse alcohol end up with this condition. The liver ends up enlarged which causes discomfort. Treatments that are appropriate for this disease caused by obesity are also appropriate for the disease that is induced by alcohol use.

Dandelion is used as a liver tonic in the common herbal remedies for liver diseases. It is particularly effective in reducing the inflammation of liver which is a common symptom of liver related diseases. The herb also helps to enhance the bile flow and provide a good source of vitamins and minerals for the body which in turn protects the liver and boosts the immune system of body.

Polycystic liver disease is an extremely rare condition that affects less than two hundred thousand individuals in the United States. While most individuals are born with this disorder, many are never diagnosed until they are in their mid forties to early fifties and some may never be diagnosed due to the fact that this disease typically causes no symptoms or serious complications.

If the problem is fatty liver disease or Cholangiohepatitis, then the immediate treatment is to feed your cat via a tube that is inserted directly into the stomach. Your cat needs to be immediately hydrated, electrolyte balance restored so that the body is getting the food that it needs. After several days, 7 - 10, your veterinarian will reintroduce a normal diet that is high in protein.

Agrimony has divers long leaves, some greater, some smaller, set upon a stalk, all of them dented about the edges, green above, and grayish underneath, and a little hairy all over. Among these there usually rises just one, round, hairy brown stalk, two or three feet high, with smaller leaves set here and there upon it and at the top of which grow many yellow flowers, one above another, in long spikes.

Increase foods containing high fiber help the digestion process to burn and eliminate excess fats stored in the liver cells. This also means reducing low fiber foods which generally covers all fast foods and highly processed foods including any alcohol, breads, crackers, fried foods or desserts. Increase foods that are low in calories.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Weed vs. Alcohol?
    There are so many people who are against the legalization of marijuana or the fact that some people smoke it period. But I see that the use of alcohol can have deadly effects as well.

    It would be pointless to quote statistics of alcohol related deaths (drunk driving, liver disease...) because everyone knows that. You can drink, but not get drunk, but drinking leads to intoxication, and you can smoke and not get "blabbering idiot high".

    I personally don't condone either for myself. But I would like to know what others think. If marijuana is illegal, then shouldn't alcohol be illegal too?

    • ANSWER:
      No one has ever died from a overdose of marijuana! Marijuana has medical properties.
      Both are good for you if used in moderation.

  2. QUESTION:
    Explain why blood products are screened for a specific transmissible disease. Discuss the effectiveness ......?
    Mr. X has been admitted to the accident and emergency department. He has been involved in a motorbike accident, is unconscious and has leg injuries which will require surgery.
    Witnesses at the scene of the accident told ambulance staff that he did not appear to have proper control of his motorbike and drove headlong into the path of an upcoming vehicle.
    Before Mr. X can undergo surgery for his crushed leg his blood needs to be tested to see if he has any underlying conditions which need to be taken into account before surgery commences. He also shows signs of internal haemorrhaging and may also require treatment for blood loss.
    The blood results have now been returned from the laboratory emergency services and it now transpires that Mr. X has raised blood alcohol levels and was drunk at the time of the accident.
    His hospital medical records have been traced and reveal that Mr. X has been receiving ongoing medical care for liver disease due to alcoholism.
    He has been attending monthly clinics to monitor his liver function.
    Before Mr. X can receive blood products for transfusion they need to be screened. Mr. X will show specific symptoms of liver disease.

    Explain why blood products are screened for a specific transmissible disease. Discuss the effectiveness of the screening process including the screening method used and current statistics on numbers of cases of people catching the disease from contaminated blood products?

    • ANSWER:
      blood products are usually only screened for blood transmitted diseases, such has HIV and hepatitis. the effectiveness of the screening is great, although there is a 6 month incubation period for HIV and hepatitis so there is still chance (although VERY small) of getting these diseases by transfusion.
      an ELISA test is usually used for the screening process of HIV.

      As of 2001, the risk of transfusion-acquired HIV in the U.S. was approximately one in 2.5 million for each transfusion.

  3. QUESTION:
    Has anyone seen "England's Healthcare refuses liver transplant for 22 year old and dies?"?
    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=d12_1248118397

    A man from east London who began binge-drinking at 13 has died after being denied a life-saving liver transplant.

    Gary Reinbach, 22, from Dagenham, was given only a few weeks to live after devel More..oping cirrhosis of the liver.

    He was admitted to University College Hospital London (UCL) with alcohol damage for the first time 10 weeks ago.

    But health chiefs ruled he should not be exempt from strict organ donation criteria which require an alcohol-free period of at least six months.

    Mr Reinbach, who died on Sunday, was too ill to be sent home after his admission to hospital.

    Teenage drinking

    A statement from NHS Blood and Transplant said: "This case highlights the dilemma doctors face because of the shortage of donated organs.

    "They have to make tough decisions about who is going to get the benefit and who is going to take best care of this precious gift."

    Campaign group Alcohol Concern called for more research into the way alcohol can affect young people's health.

    The group said it was worried that a rise in teenage drinking would lead to more people suffering alcohol-related illnesses at younger ages.

    Speaking about Mr Reinbach's case, a spokeswoman said: "This doesn't surprise us at all, sadly.

    "Statistics show that more people are getting liver disease in their 30s and, if more teenagers are drinking, people will become seriously ill at a younger age."

    • ANSWER:
      Thhis was not refused because of a shortage of donors, it was refused as he was an alcholic. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/8159813.stm There are loads of people who need livers. Unless an alcholic can prove that they are dry, in the UK, they are not entitled to it. He had nine years to stop drinking. He did not.

      First of all with the other comments here, too many people do not know that Obama wants to make insurance more available to all. His system is similar to that which works in Holland and Switzerland.

      Second, of course universal health-cover sucks. That is why we in Western Europe have it. We think, hmm, our healthcare system sucks. I know, lets keep it. I guess that is the same with Japan and Canada as well.

      FACT - the USA spends more on healthcare PER PERSON than any other nation on the planet.

      FACT - the US has higher death rates for kids aged under five than western European countries with universal health coverage.

      That means that a dead American four year old would have had a better chance of life if they were born in Canada, France, the Netherlands, Cuba, Switzerland, Germany, Japan etc, all of which have universal health coverage.

  4. QUESTION:
    Alcohol is forbidden in bible why our shops are selling it?
    Prohibition of alcohol in the Bible

    The Bible prohibits the consumption of alcohol in the following verses:

    "Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging; and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise."
    [Proverbs 20:1]

    "And be not drunk with wine."
    [Ephesians 5:18]

    3. Alcohol inhibits the inhibitory centre
    The human beings possess an inhibitory centre in their brains. This inhibitory centre prevents the person from doing things that he considers wrong. For instance a person does not normally use abusive language while addressing his parents or elders. If he has to answer the call of nature, his inhibitory centre will prevent him from doing so in public. Therefore he uses the toilet.

    When a person consumes alcohol, the inhibitory centre itself is inhibited. That is precisely the reason that an inebriated person is often found to be indulging in behaviour that is completely uncharacteristic of him. For instance the intoxicated person is found to use abusive and foul language and does not realize his mistake even if he is addressing his parents. Many even urinate in their clothes. Neither do they talk nor walk properly. They even misbehave.

    4. Cases of adultery, rape, incest and AIDS are found more among alcoholics
    According to National Crime Victimization Survey Bureau of Justice (U.S. Department of Justice) in the year 1996 alone everyday on an average 2,713 rapes took place. The statistics tell us that the majority of the rapists, were intoxicated while committing the crime. The same is true in cases of molestation.

    According to statistics, 8% of Americans commit incest i.e. one in every twelve to thirteen persons in America is involved in incest. Almost all the cases of incest are due to intoxication of one or both the persons involved.

    One of the major factors associated with the spread of AIDS, the most dreaded disease, is alcoholism.

    5. Every alcoholic was initially a social drinker
    Many may argue in favour of liquor by calling themselves ‘social drinkers’. They claim that they only have one or two pegs and they have self-control and so never get intoxicated. Investigations reveal that every alcoholic started as a social drinker. Not a single alcoholic or drunkard initially starts drinking with the intention of becoming an alcoholic or a drunkard. No social drinker can say that I have been having alcohol for several years and that I have so much self-control that I have never been intoxicated even a single time.

    6. If a person is intoxicated just once and commits something shameful, it will remain with him for a lifetime.
    Suppose a ‘social drinker’ loses his self-control just once. In a state of intoxication he commits rape or incest. Even if the act is later regretted, a normal human being is likely to carry the guilt throughout his life. Both the perpetrator and the victim are irreparably and irreversibly damaged.

    Diseases associated with alcoholism
    There are several scientific reasons for the prohibition of consumption of intoxicants i.e. alcohol. The maximum number of deaths in the world related to any one particular cause is due to the consumption of alcohol. Millions of people die every year only because of intake of alcohol. I need not go into the details of all the ill-effects of alcohol since most of them are commonly known. Below is a simple list of few of the alcohol related illnesses:

    Cirrhosis of Liver is the most well known alcohol associated disease.

    Others are Cancer of Oesophagus, Cancer of Head and Neck, Cancer of Liver (Hepatoma), Cancer of Bowel, etc.

    Oesophagitis, Gastritis, Pancreatitis and Hepatitis are linked with alcohol consumption.

    Cardiomyopathy, Hypertension, Coronary Artherosclerosis, Angina and Heart Attacks are linked with heavy alcohol intakes.

    Strokes, Apoplexy, Fits and different types of Paralysis are linked with alcohol intake.

    Peripheral Neuropathy, Cortical Atrophy, Cerebellar Atrophy are well-known syndromes caused by alcohol consumption.

    Wernicke – Korsakoff syndrome with amnesia of recent events, confabulations and retainment of memory to old events with different types of paralysis are mainly due to thiamine deficiency due to excessive alcohol intake.

    Beriberi and other deficiencies are not uncommon among alcoholics. Even Pellagra occurs in alcoholics.

    Delerium Tremens is a serious complication that may occur during recurrent infection of alcoholics or post operatively. It also occurs during abstention as a sign of withdrawal effect. It is quite serious and may cause death even if treated in well equipped centres.

    Numerous Endocrine Disorders have been associated with alcoholism ranging from Myxodema to Hyperthyroidism and Florid Cushing Syndrome.

    Hematological ill effects are long and variable. Folic acid deficiency, however, is the most common manifestation of alcoholic abuse resulting in Macrocytic Anemia. Zeive’s syndrome is a triad of Hemolytic Anemia

    • ANSWER:
      Because not everyone is dumb enough to follow a bunch of Bronze Age rules.

      Eating shellfish is forbidden in the bible, so is wearing clothing of mixed fabrics. Women are supposed to sacrifice a dove or something after each menstrual cycle - there's a whole load of bollox in the bible... you either follow it completely or not at all.

      ... and wasn't jesus supposed to have turned water into wine? Wasn't that a teensey bit naughty if his Daddy had said alcohol was a no-no?

  5. QUESTION:
    The number of under-25s needing medical treatment after a night out is much higher than previously thought: Y?
    Have you ever ended up in A&E after drinking too much?

    The number of under-25s needing medical treatment after a night out is much higher than previously thought.

    More than 53,000 ended up in hospital with problems linked to alcohol in 2006-2007.

    The new statistics show around one in five of all admissions for under-25s is because of a drunken fight or a drunken fall.

    Previous official figures for England only showed admissions for obviously alcohol-related conditions, such as alcohol poisoning and liver disease.

    Have you ever been admitted to A&E after drinking too much?

    Do you know anyone who has?

    Do you think under-25s drink too much?

    http://newsforums.bbc.co.uk/nol/thread.jspa?forumID=5285&edition=1&ttl=20080902084235
    Many schools & colleges, etc open on Wed, so many students plan to get very drunk tonight

    Do see BBC replies @ beautiful girls breaking teeth, noses, cheekbones, etc thru drunken falls

    & add any stories that will help save folk from such silly accidents, OK?
    CP

    I'm so glad U R OK

    I had my stomach pumped when I took 70 paracetemol on the 1st anniversary of my mum dying of cancer

    I agree 100% that it's an experience that makes you determined not to repeat, for 3 reasons

    Physical discomfort, feeling stupid & seeing the concern it gives others

    Guys, it's not the way you want beautiful nurses to see you either

    Stay safe out there

    Do google Samaritans if you have problems that make you despair

    They can refer you to local support groups

    I've asked for GP referral to a local mental health support group, as my only girl has been missing @ 4.5 yrs & I haven't seen her for @ 6.5

    It's her 21st in Dec - IF she's still alive

    The fact no-one's heard from her since leaving school @ 16 makes me think she's dead, but she always wanted to live in some remote rural area abroad - she was a keen cadet

    But I don't get drunk: I see no point in becoming accident prone - not least as that puts others in danger too
    This one's @ what kids' games are healthy/dangerous:-

    http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080902005623AAsp3Dg&r=w
    Must go

    If any locals need to talk @ lunchtime, I'll be at Bliss (non-alcoholic) Bistro in Anfield Lighthouse, Oldfield Rd, L4, @ 100 metres from The Kop, @ 12-ish
    Just had brekkie while my bath cools down

    Have folk added views to the influential BBC opinion poll?

    Any plan to email/ring lunchtime phone-ins @ http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/liverpool etc

    Must go
    Hi GW

    UK legal drinking age is 18, but many kids buy bargain booze at superstores

    In a way, the most stunning thing @ the binge drinking phenomenon is that, as soon as it was publicised, several TV stations showed docus @ drunks in dangerous states - falling down, crawling, vommitting etc

    & the trend STILL grew

    & they said that the trend was started by professional/executive types in their 20s/30s, whom others delightedly copied

    • ANSWER:
      Absolutely! Not only with alcohol but legal and illegal drugs (OD).
      The rate should skyrocket, if the United States passes a bill, allowing the legal age limit to drink alcoholic beverages , to be lowered to 18 from 21.
      What are we doing to our youth, tomorrows leaders? We are shooting them in the foot before they barely learn how to walk!
      Their future already looks so bleak!
      We, their peers, must take some responsibility for this and find a solution, turn it around, for the sake of our children and their future.

  6. QUESTION:
    Whats your opinion on marijuana?
    Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion so lets try to be respectful and mature :D . My opinion is that I think it should be legal for many reasons. If you have seen Super High Me or Totally Baked then you know the facts and statistics that I am referring to. If things like alcohol, cigarettes, and fast food which all can kill you is legal, then why not marijuana? Alcohol can cause liver disease, cigarettes give cancer, and aspartame eats holes in your brain... but marijuana can not kill you. I am a pot smoker but I believe there should be protective measures set in place governing marijuana, if/when it becomes completely legal, such as the licences they have now that you need in order to obtain it. There are people in prison who have gotten 5-Life for marijuana related charges where as you get 5-10 years for rape... doesn't that seem a tad odd? Also in the movie Super High Me, the doctor that he has regular visits with during his experimentation admittedly used to be a pot smoker, and he still wen't on to be a successful doctor. So I feel it should be legal, why not? Whats your opinion?

    • ANSWER:
      although i have never smoked it, i think that it should be legalized because it is starting to be like prohibition of alcohol in the 1920s. if it was legalized, crime would probably drop fast because of all the people that use it. it can be used as medicine for christ sake unlike cigs and alcohol! if the US does legalize it, i will pledge to be the most patriotic american whoever lived.

  7. QUESTION:
    what grade would you give this newspaper article, and how can i add to and improve it to insure i get an A?
    To drink, or not to drink?

    Life as a teenager is hard, and it’s easy to want to relieve some of that stress, but as the casualties related to teenage drinking are gradually increasing it’s time we ask ourselves if enough is enough? Youths all over the UK are at danger of alcohol poisoning and many other dangerous side effects. I myself am a teenager, and despite the fact I do not drink alcohol, I have seen what it can do to even the most gracious of people causing them to undergo a stunning transformation from polite, healthy and in control of themselves, to rude, dangerous and a threat to themselves and everybody around them. Is the money spent on alcohol really worth all the trouble?

    Thousands of teenagers throughout the united kingdom are being hospitalised by this dangerous legal drug because they have unable to control themselves when it comes to the consumption of alcohol, and as the statistics only seem to get worse, more and more teenagers are throwing away all of their career prospects for a small thrill that is cancelled out the next morning by a painful hangover and an empty wallet

    Last year more than 5,000 girls under the age of sixteen needed hospital treatment after binging on alcohol, this number which includes girls as young as ten has elevated by a worrying 21% over the past five years.

    This astounding increase shows the problems of the growing “chav” culture which has lead to many teenagers being diagnosed with liver disease at an extremely young age.

    Not only can this money draining substance cause severe problems to the body, alcohol bingeing has also been linked with anti-social behaviour and the use of other drugs, this could mean that when drinking excess alcohol, you’re potentially steering your self on the path to brain damage, lung cancer and inevitably an avoidable short life.

    “Teenage drinking is becoming a threat to the future of are country” said Judie Hardman from the teenage health association.” More and more teenagers are throwing away their futures for alcohol” when drinking excess alcohol not only are you emptying your wallet in the short term, but you are also putting your whole future at risk. Studies show that too much exposure to the chemical ethanol found in alcoholic beverages, could eventually reduce brain function. This will of coarse lead to lower grades and ultimately a lower income in the future. Is the uncontrollable feeling of dizziness and instability really worth throwing away your future for?

    All these things are completely avoidable if teenagers would be more conscious about what their doing to their bodies every time they misuse this potentially deadly substance. And would be out of the question for us to wait until we are within the legal age limit to start drinking? After all this age limit is for are own safety, if people would just be more sensible when making such life changing decisions teenagers all across the country would be a lot better off.

    By Alex Dart

    • ANSWER:
      Not so bad.But "ask" should be "asked".."are" (country?) should be "our"and "coarse" should be "course".I left the UK in 2002 because of the insularity of the people,their racism and "little islander"mentality.

  8. QUESTION:
    how can i improve this newspaper article for my GCSE coursework?
    To drink, or not to drink?

    Life as a teenager is hard, and it’s easy to want to relieve some of that stress, but as the casualties related to teenage drinking are gradually increasing is it time we asked ourselves if enough is enough? Youths all over the UK are at danger of alcohol poisoning and many other dangerous side effects. I myself am a teenager, and despite the fact I do not drink alcohol, I have seen what it can do to even the most gracious of people causing them to undergo a stunning transformation from polite, healthy and in control of themselves, to rude, dangerous and a threat to themselves and everybody around them. Is the money spent on alcohol really worth all the trouble?

    Thousands of teenagers throughout the United Kingdom are being hospitalised by this dangerous legal drug because they are unable to control themselves when it comes to the consumption of alcohol, and as the statistics only seem to get worse, more and more teenagers are throwing away all of their career prospects for a small thrill that is cancelled out the next morning by a painful hangover and an empty wallet

    According to the BBC, Last year more than 5,000 girls under the age of sixteen needed hospital treatment after binging on alcohol, this number which includes girls as young as ten has elevated by a worrying 21% over the past five years.

    This astounding increase shows the problems of the growing “chav” culture which has led to many teenagers being diagnosed with liver disease at an extremely young age.

    Not only can this money draining substance cause severe problems to the body, alcohol bingeing has also been linked with anti-social behaviour and the use of other drugs, this could mean that when drinking excess alcohol, you’re potentially steering your self on the path to brain damage, lung cancer and inevitably an avoidable short life.

    “Teenage drinking is becoming a threat to the future of our country” said Judie Hardman from the teenage health association.” More and more teenagers are throwing away their futures for alcohol” when drinking excess alcohol not only are you emptying your wallet in the short term, but you are also putting your whole future at risk. Studies show that too much exposure to the chemical ethanol found in alcoholic beverages, could eventually reduce brain function. This will of course lead to lower grades and ultimately a lower income in the future. Is the uncontrollable feeling of dizziness and instability really worth throwing away your future for?

    All these things are completely avoidable if teenagers would be more conscious about what their doing to their bodies every time they misuse this potentially deadly substance. And would be out of the question for us to wait until we are within the legal age limit to start drinking? After all this age limit is for are own safety, if people would just be more sensible when making such life changing decisions teenagers all across the country would be a lot better off.

    • ANSWER:
      It's your coursework and should be YOUR work. I will not help you gain a GCSE. They're incredibly easy anyway.

  9. QUESTION:
    What grade would you give this newspaper article, and how can i add to and improve it to insure i get an A?
    To drink, or not to drink?

    Life as a teenager is hard, and it’s easy to want to relieve some of that stress, but as the casualties related to teenage drinking are gradually increasing it’s time we asked ourselves if enough is enough? Youths all over the UK are at danger of alcohol poisoning and many other dangerous side effects. I myself am a teenager, and despite the fact I do not drink alcohol, I have seen what it can do to even the most gracious of people causing them to undergo a stunning transformation from polite, healthy and in control of themselves, to rude, dangerous and a threat to themselves and everybody around them. Is the money spent on alcohol really worth all the trouble?

    Thousands of teenagers throughout the united kingdom are being hospitalised by this dangerous legal drug because they have unable to control themselves when it comes to the consumption of alcohol, and as the statistics only seem to get worse, more and more teenagers are throwing away all of their career prospects for a small thrill that is cancelled out the next morning by a painful hangover and an empty wallet

    According to the BBC, Last year more than 5,000 girls under the age of sixteen needed hospital treatment after binging on alcohol, this number which includes girls as young as ten has elevated by a worrying 21% over the past five years.

    This astounding increase shows the problems of the growing “chav” culture which has lead to many teenagers being diagnosed with liver disease at an extremely young age.

    Not only can this money draining substance cause severe problems to the body, alcohol bingeing has also been linked with anti-social behaviour and the use of other drugs, this could mean that when drinking excess alcohol, you’re potentially steering your self on the path to brain damage, lung cancer and inevitably an avoidable short life.

    “Teenage drinking is becoming a threat to the future of our country” said Judie Hardman from the teenage health association.” More and more teenagers are throwing away their futures for alcohol” when drinking excess alcohol not only are you emptying your wallet in the short term, but you are also putting your whole future at risk. Studies show that too much exposure to the chemical ethanol found in alcoholic beverages, could eventually reduce brain function. This will of course lead to lower grades and ultimately a lower income in the future. Is the uncontrollable feeling of dizziness and instability really worth throwing away your future for?

    All these things are completely avoidable if teenagers would be more conscious about what their doing to their bodies every time they misuse this potentially deadly substance. And would be out of the question for us to wait until we are within the legal age limit to start drinking? After all this age limit is for are own safety, if people would just be more sensible when making such life changing decisions teenagers all across the country would be a lot better off.

    By Alex Dart

    • ANSWER:
      C, it is a very good essay. Newspapers want the who, what, where, when and why in the first paragraph. Then the explanation of them in the body of the article.

      Maybe something like this will catch a readers attention:

      According to the BBC, Last year more than 5,000 girls under the age of sixteen needed hospital treatment after binging on alcohol, this number has elevated by 21% over the past five years. This astounding increase shows the problems of the growing “chav” culture which has lead to many teenagers being diagnosed with liver disease. “Teenage drinking is becoming a threat to the future of our country” said Judie Hardman from the teenage health association. More and more teenagers are throwing away their futures for alcohol”. All these things are completely avoidable.

  10. QUESTION:
    Hello.. May you revise a little these my four summaries?
    1. Smoking
    Tobacco arrived to Europe from America at the end of the 15th century. After 1950s the dangers of smoking were officially fixed. The number of smokers in Britain has reduced in last years, but cigarettes kill around 114,000 people in the UK every year (some die because of cigarette-related cancers, others from cardio-vascular or chronic lung diseases). Luckily there are several organizations, such as "ASH", which make people conscious of the health risk correlated to smoking.

    2. The dangers of alcohol
    A lot of people, who drink, have no serious problems but alcohol can cause harm. We can have a look to some facts and statistics:
    - In the United Kingdom 1 adult in 25 depends on alcohol;
    - About 900,000 children live with one parent or both, who misuse alcohol;
    - We estimate that 20 - 30 per cent of all accidents are related to alcohol;
    - A misusing of drinks can cause liver, heart and stomach problems.

    3. Britain and the "binge drinking" culture
    Binge-drinking is when some people decide to drink so much that they'll get drunk. In the United Kingdom above all university students, high school seniors and people in the military are considered to be "classic" binge-drinkers. Luckily some researches say that binge-drinking is actually declining in the US and in the UK too, but media attention is increasing; but, according to other studies, young people drink earlier than in the past. At last binge-drinking means to cause harm to oneself, because you'll have a terrible hangover the next day and not be fine to do anything.

    4. Drugs in the United Kingdom (If you want, here you may add something more.)
    In the United Kingdom more than a third of people have tried drugs in their lives; that equates to 19 million people who have used drugs in their own lifetime. Certainly cannabis is the most popular drug, while a recent trend is the rise of cocaine use. Finally crack and heroin aren't (ain't) so widely used as cocaine.
    I'm Italian :-)
    to Sarah: Thank you very much! :-) :-)

    • ANSWER:
      you did a really good job. here are a few suggestions that might make it sound better:

      Smoking
      Tobacco arrived to Europe from America at the end of the 15th century. After 1950s the dangers of smoking were officially RECOGNISED. The number of smokers in Britain has reduced in RECENT years, but cigarettes kill around 114,000 people in the UK every year (some die because of SMOKING-related cancers, others from cardio-vascular or chronic lung diseases). Luckily there are several organizations, such as "ASH", which make people conscious of the health riskS correlated to smoking.

      2. The dangers of alcohol
      A lot of people who drink have no serious problems, but alcohol can cause harm. We can have a look AT some OF THE facts and statistics:
      - In the United Kingdom 1 in 25 ADULTS depend on alcohol;
      - About 900,000 children live with AT LEAST ONE PARENT who ABUSE alcohol;
      - We estimate that 20 - 30 per cent of all accidents are related to alcohol;
      - THE MISUSE of drinks can cause liver, heart and stomach problems.

      3. Britain and the "binge drinking" culture
      Binge-drinking is when some people decide to drink so much that they'll get VERY drunk. In the United Kingdom above all university students, high school seniors and people in the military are considered to be "classic" binge-drinkers. Luckily some researches say that binge-drinking is actually declining in the US and in the UK too. But media attention is increasing, AND according to other studies, young people drink earlier NOWADAYS than in the past. FIANALLY, binge-drinking means to cause harm to oneself, because you'll have a terrible hangover the next day and not be FIT to do anything.

      4. Drugs in the United Kingdom (If you want, here you may add something more.)
      In the United Kingdom more than a third of people have tried drugs in their lives; that equates to 19 million people who have used drugs in their lifetime. Certainly cannabis is the most popular drug, while THERE IS a recent trend IN the rise of cocaine use. Finally crack and heroin aren't AS widely used as cocaine.

      i cannot think of a place where you would need to use the word "ain't". it isn't widely used so i would avoid it :)

  11. QUESTION:
    Explain why blood products are screened for a specific transmissible disease. Discuss the effectiveness ......?
    Mr. X has been admitted to the accident and emergency department. He has been involved in a motorbike accident, is unconscious and has leg injuries which will require surgery.
    Witnesses at the scene of the accident told ambulance staff that he did not appear to have proper control of his motorbike and drove headlong into the path of an upcoming vehicle.
    Before Mr. X can undergo surgery for his crushed leg his blood needs to be tested to see if he has any underlying conditions which need to be taken into account before surgery commences. He also shows signs of internal haemorrhaging and may also require treatment for blood loss.
    The blood results have now been returned from the laboratory emergency services and it now transpires that Mr. X has raised blood alcohol levels and was drunk at the time of the accident.
    His hospital medical records have been traced and reveal that Mr. X has been receiving ongoing medical care for liver disease due to alcoholism.
    He has been attending monthly clinics to monitor his liver function.
    Before Mr. X can receive blood products for transfusion they need to be screened. Mr. X will show specific symptoms of liver disease.

    Explain why blood products are screened for a specific transmissible disease. Discuss the effectiveness of the screening process including the screening method used and current statistics on numbers of cases of people catching the disease from contaminated blood products?

    • ANSWER:
      There's a possibility that infection could be transmitted if Mr X receives unscreened blood/blood products. You would not want to give him something like HIV or syphilis, for instance. Blood screening insures that the blood is safe for transfusion. As to the rest of your question, you can look these things up on your own since the information is never going to be right at the top of anyone's mind.


Alcohol Liver Disease Diet

Before we go on to understanding the more serious long term effects of alcohol, it is important to first understand the short term effects of what happens to us as we drink alcohol.

As soon as we consume alcohol, approximately 20% of it is absorbed by the blood stream, the remainder being soaked up by the stomach and intestine lining, the alcohol then makes it's way to the liver and is deconstructed into water, CO2 and lipids. Our liver is capable of handling up to 1 pint an hour, this means that when we binge drink, the liver will require water to break down the alcohol. But consuming alcohol also leads us excessively need the toilet, because of this water from other parts of the body is re-routed to the liver. This causes us to become dehydrated, all the while the liver is taking on alcohol, it produces a highly toxic substance referred to as acetaldehyde which is extremely harmful to the liver, stomach and brain. This is why we then suffer the dreaded hangover following the consumption of alcohol.

3 Long Term Effects of Alcohol on the Liver

Fatty Liver Disease: The long term effects of alcohol on the liver are far more sever than just a hangover. Overtime the effects of consuming alcohol will begin to effect how the liver functions. Over consumption of alcohol is the main cause of lots of serious liver diseases. Fats will build up around the liver and lead to fatty liver disease. At this point the only solution is to give up alcohol completely.

Alcoholic Hepatitis: Prolonged periods of consuming alcohol will cause the liver to become inflamed leading to a condition know as alcoholic hepatitis. The mortality rate of this disease is 60%. This disease can develop into cirrhosis or even liver failure.

Cirrhosis of the Liver: This is a complete shut down of all function of the liver. Build up of scar tissue blocks the free flow of essential blood leading to the build up of waste products and harmful toxins which will poison the body from the inside. Perhaps most worrying is that the symptoms of liver cirrhosis will only become apparent during the advanced stages of the disease at which point not much can be done except treating the symptoms.

3 Ways to help reverse the damage and negative effects of alcohol on the liver:

Stop Drinking. The sooner you can become sober for prolonged periods of time the better chance your body will have to repair itself.

Start a Healthy Diet. By losing a few pounds and supplying your body with extra vitamins, you will soon see a great improvement in your overall health. Low-fat diets with lots of whole grains, fruit and vegetables can almost certainly help you lose weight. It's also a great idea to take in extra antioxidants from natural sources, such as Vitamin D-rich foods like acai berries.

Take a Stem Cell Enhancer. Abundantly formed in your bodies bone marrow, adult stem cells are your bodies natural renewal system. As they are released into your system a single stem cell can become millions of new liver cells and help to repair the damaged areas. Studies have shown that a stem cell enhancer will increase the number of circulating stem cells by up to 25-30%.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    diet for fatty liver disease?
    I have a reading of 202 for elevated gamma GT enzymes in the liver, it is not alcohol related; besides no red meat, oily fish, crustacean's, is there anything else to avoid. I have been prescribed a pill to take at night for high cholesterol and I know I must lose weight and do more exercise, I am 70 years old so going mad at the gym is out!

    • ANSWER:
      You should avoid high-glycemic carbohydrates such as white bread, white rice, butter, most prepared breakfast cereals (the ones high in sugar, anyway), sugary/starchy foods, carbonated drinks, anything fried/greasy.

      Your diet should be rich in vegetables, fruit (other than bananas...they have a lot of glucose in them), beans and legumes, whole grain breads, skim milk, high protein/low fat meats (chicken, low fat fish, turkey).

      Some doctors recommend a glass of red wine a day when and if triglyceride levels are normal. You may wish to ask your doctor about that.

  2. QUESTION:
    Is there any way to prevent liver disease other then not drinking alcohol?
    if a person chooses to drink alcohol are there any methods to prevent or reduce liver damage like taking milk thistle or other liver herbs and drinking water, exercise and healthy diet? My sister is a heavy drinker she is 24 and has been drinking ever since she was 19. She does not understand the consequnences of heavy drinking so she says she is not going to stop and will carry on partying through life I mean if she's not going to stop I am sure I can't force her to and neither can nobody else but she is young and naive and just living for todays and not tommorows satisfaction not thinking of the consequeneces of drinking too much, fatty liver, cirrhosis and all those liver dieases caused by high alcohol consumption. She says she will deal with it when it happens. Her doctor told her that she should only have one drink a day since this is the maximum that is considered safe for a woman but she ignores all advice and just does what she wants. I mean if she is not going to stop drinking are there at least some vitamins or supplements that can reduce her isk of getting liver disease from drinking? someone recommened please.
    P.S. I have told my sister that since she can't stop drinking she might be alcoholic and advised her to at least give AA a try she refuses. I don't know what else can be done. She says she is planning to drink and wont stop for nobody not even her 4 year old son.
    She also thinks liver disease is not caused by just alcohol alone. She thinks a person must have hepatitis c with alcohol abuse combined to get liver disease.

    • ANSWER:
      This question is about yourself, not your sister so why start lying about it now.

      As for liver disease, nothing can stop liver disease.

  3. QUESTION:
    How fast does a damaged liver regenerate?
    I do not have any liver disease, am drinking plenty of water, exercise regularly, take a multivitamin and take milk thistle, eat a healthy diet and drink green tea everyday but my liver has some damage from alcohol consumption over the past few years. Under these conditions, how fast would my liver regenerate to a normal healthy one?
    No my liver was/is never near cirrhosis stage. As I said, I don't have liver disease.
    I drank alcohol heavily for about 4 years.

    • ANSWER:
      The liver is a remarkable organ... under those circumstances, probably as fast as it can to become healthy...as to a time frame, no one can say. The variables are not known. Had the liver gone into cirrhosis? How long were you a drinker etc.... but if you continue on your regime and don't consume any alcohol or too many medications that have to be filtered through the liver, you might be surprised at the next blood test, with happy results.
      PS....make sure that any natural supplements you take help and not harm the liver. If they tax the liver and make it work harder to filter, the supplement is not helping and should be eliminated.

  4. QUESTION:
    if someone is in Early End stage liver disease, what is the likely hood that they will end up on the?
    transplant list? Does it always get to that point if you stick to the diet and meds?

    My fiance was just diagnosed with Early End Stage Liver disease. I'm sure that it is due to his alcohol consumption since he also had alcoholic hepatitis. I need some encouraging words to get him back on his feet. We do not know if this is definitely a liver is dying situation as of yet, but given the diagnosis and that his liver counts were fine, I can only hope for the best. Can anyone tell me what to expect and if the Hepatic diet with the meds will help.

    They did not do any type of biopsy, but the did drain 4 liters of fluid out of his abdomen. I am really nervous and am trying to stay positive about the outlook and outcome.

    • ANSWER:
      They really need to do a biopsy to determine how much damage is present in his liver. The most important thing he can do is to stop drinking ALL alcohol. That is more important than anything else and will help him more than anything else such as diet. You don't say whether or not they have told your boyfirend he has fibrosis or cirrhosis of the liver. There is a big difference. In the fibrosis stage, if he stops drinking and takes care of himself, then his liver can actually heal itself and he should be fine.

      When you say ":early end stage" they are usually talking about cirrhosis since that is true end stage liver disease. They probably mean that he has just a small amount of cirrhosis present right now. Cirrhosis occurs when scar tissue replaces healthy tissue in the liver. This is permanent damage that will never go away. If he continues to drink, more and more scar tissue will form until the damage is severe and total liver failure will eventually occur. I had cirrhosis and my first symptom was fluid in my abdomen that needed drained like your boyfriend. I was eventually sent to a transplant clinic for an evaluation. Everything right now depends on the amount of damage and whether or not he continues to drink. Everytime he takes a drink, inflammation to the liver continues and more damage is done. The good news is that a person can still stay alive even with a significant amount of damage since the liver is a pretty tough organ. If he stops drinking and it's in the early stage, then he might be able to stop the progression of his cirrhosis to becoming total liver failure. Once the damage gets severe enough, there is no stopping it from progressing. It will continue no matter what you do. That's why it's so important to not drink alcohol. Even if he stops and starts doing better healthwise, he still cannot go back to drinking because the scar tissue is still there forever. The disease would just pick up where it left off at if he starts drinking again.

      The meds and diet will help control the symtpoms. If the cirrhosis progresses to being much worse, the meds stop helping and that's when you know total failure is near. He could live a very long time as long as he starts doing the right thing, but if not, his prognosis is very poor.

  5. QUESTION:
    Treatment for Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease?
    I am a 52 year old male who has presented with swollen feet, distended belly and abdominal pain last week. Following blood tests for liver function it was established that although albumen production was normal, the enzyme reading was not. An ultrasound scan revealed fatty liver disease. I was disturbed to hear a BBC Radio 4 documentary say that 20% of people with my symptoms do not live beyond a few months.

    I have stopped drinking alcohol and am taking lecithin and milk thistle and I have also radically changed my diet to exclude fat, sugar and nighttime carbohydrates and have been eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.

    Despite this regime being enforced for more than two weeks, the pain continues, the belly is still swollen and I have not lost an ounce of weight.

    Any advice would be hugely appreciated. Thanks in advance for your time and knowledge.

    • ANSWER:
      Ann gave you a lot of good advice. Don't believe that radio thing because it is simply not true. I had cirrhosis and had to get a transplant, but my disease was from an autoimmune problem. Whatever causes the cirrhosis, it still pretty much acts the same for everyone.

      You need to get treatment for your liver problem and find out what is really going on with it. You need more done that just blood tests. I don't know how much fluid you are retaining, but that is what sent me to the hospital where I was eventually diagnosed with cirrhosis the first time. The next step is a CT scan to show if your liver is enlarged or shrunken and the size of your spleen. Depending on what shows up there, a biopsy would be next which is the one definitive test that will tell exactly what is going on.

      The fluid in your belly is probably what is causing you pain and that needs treated one way or another. There's 2 ways to do it and they did both with me. My fluid was so bad that I could hardly breathe anymore so I had to get tapped to drain it out physically. Then they gave me meds (diuretics such as Spironolactone and Lasix) to try to keep it under control. Once I received treatment, the meds were able to control it until I received a transplant. That fluid can be quite miserable when it is pushing on everything inside you and it needs to be removed. You might actually continue to gain weight if left untreated no matter what you eat.

      Stopping the use of alcohol is the most important step you can take with this disease. Find yourself a gastroenterologist or hepatologist to treat you since they know much more than a regular PCP about the problems that come with liver disease. I was surprised at how little some regular doctors know about liver problems.

      You are on the right track with what you are doing, but now you have to take it a step further and find out more about your condition and get the proper treatment for it. Otherwise, you are probably going to be pretty miserable. Good luck to you and get help ASAP because it seems like that fluid of yours is not going to go away on its own which means it will just continue to accumulate. You also run the risk of that fluid getting infected and you never want that to happen because that is life threatening.

  6. QUESTION:
    My mother has end stage liver disease. She was given 6 months 4 months ago.?
    4 months ago, my mother was sent home from the hospital with ESLD. Doctors never told her she was going home to die. A hospice nurse visited her (whom I tried to stop until my brother came home from Boston), and told her. It is 4 months later. She hasn't drank any alcohol and is following the diet, meds, lactulose, to the letter. She seems to be improving. She takes long walks and has babysat my rambunctius 11 yr old. She has problems sleeping and pain in her left leg. Otherwise healthier than I have seen her in a couple years. Is this false hope or might she recover? She has less than 20% of healthy liver left, so I imagine recovery is not the right word, but with continnuing to follow the regimen might she live years? She is 57. The abdominal water retention she had has greatly receeded.
    This is NOT cancer. It is due to alcoholism. I clean for a woman who was given the same diagnosis 3 years ago. Though, I don;t know how typical that is. I am looking for more specific
    experiences.
    I call her every day and go to her house every day that I can. She loves Phantom of the Opera and I got her an autographed pic and personalized letter from Michael Crawford. I made a video for her on You Tube. I contacted Amvets who is sending her a citation for her work with the local America's Hero's Association. I spend every minute and every dime I have to make sure every minute counts.

    I am REALLY looking for someone that has had the same experience and some details on this particulat ESLD.

    • ANSWER:
      They say they get better before they get worse. When my step-father was dying of lung cancer, he improved a ton then it got really bad. I don't want to dash all of your hope, though. Maybe since she's taking better care of herself, she is buying herself a little time. Just be sure to spend as much quality time with her as you can. I'm really sorry you both have to go through this. It's not easy. God Bless.

  7. QUESTION:
    Are my symptoms related to liver disease?
    Recent blood tests have indicated I have damaged my liver due to too much alcohol (I thought I drank the same as everyone else!). i asked for blanket blood tests at the time because I was ill all the time. Since being diagnosed my doctor told me to abstain for a month before having the next set of tests so they could see how much damage has been done. Recently though I have started to feel awful! i am constantly exhausted, dizzy, feel faint, low in energy and need to sleep at around 3pm. My diet is super healthy so I'm worried its due to the liver malfunctioning. Does anyone have an answer?

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor has already said your liver is damaged - it's just a matter of finding out to what extent. It may not be caused from alcohol abuse alone - some people just have weaker systems. Do you use Tylenol on a regular basis? That has been proven to damage the liver at higher doses, especially when coupled with alcohol. The liver affects EVERYTHING in your body and this is one warning sign that is not to be taken lightly. STAY AWAY FROM ALCOHOL PERIOD. If you've been drinking so much that you've damaged your liver, you could be having withdrawal symptoms. Time to get that under control and dealt with - alcohol is not worth risking your life (or liver) over.

  8. QUESTION:
    re:end-stage liver disease?
    I was diagnosed with esld in march of 2009, and was given 3 months at the most to live. Through diet and exercise and being very specific about what goes into my body and abstaining from alcohol, I an still here and in great condition, non symtomatic whatsoever. But I have to have an EGD because I have vericous veins in my esophogus. How common is this? My left portal vein also had an effusion, but that is gone now. Is there any risk to removing, or however the procedure is done?

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    What vegetables can I eat.?
    I have non- alcohol liver disease, My doctor has put me on a very strick diet. I know the meats, I am allowed but alittle confused about the vegetables, I am not allowed any root vegetables, no beans of any kind, and no peas. The only vegetables allowed are leafy greens that have no sodium, can anyone tell me what leafy greens, I can eat that have very very low sodium. Thank You.

    • ANSWER:
      Root vegetables include carrots, parsnips, rutabegas (Swedes), turnips, beets, radishes, celeriac, etc.

      Leafy greens include spinach, kale, mustard greens... not sure abuot sodium content since I don't have to watch out for it.

      The link I provided has a list of all kinds of vegetables with a full listing of their nutritional content, so you can start there.

  10. QUESTION:
    I'm pregnant and depressed. please help.?
    I am 15 weeks pregnant with my 3rd child. Although i'm very excited about having our 3rd and final baby my body is taking it's toll. I'm 25 years old and am in pretty good shape. I weighed an average 133lbs before becoming pregnant and i'm 5'5". I have never had any major health issues until now. When i was 8 weeks pregnant my Dr ran some normal tests and discovered that i have very high blood pressure, so i'm on medication to control it, also I am now B12 deffecient and have to take a B12 shot every 2 weeks for that. When i went in for a checkup with my Dr at 12 weeks she said she wante dto do a diabetes test on me, and turns out i have GDM (Gestational Diabetes). I feel like i'm very depressed and can't get over the overwhelming amount of things wrong with me all at once. My diet has had to change. i lost 17lbs so far and i'm truely concerned. My Dr told me the baby is doing fine which is a relief but I am not. I cry all the time and feel like my body is falling apart. I've tried talking to Dr's abt my concerns and all they do is reassure me i'll be fine. This to me isn't fine and i can't control my emotions. I know many people go through worse and i hate whining about it but i'm at a loss... i need some advice on how to help deal with what's going on with my body and if anyone has been in any of the same situations where they can give their own experiences and how they coped with the problems and what worked best for them.. Thank you. Sorry it's so long of a question. just wanted to be clear. :-/

    ALSO... I have never smoked a day in my life. and i do not drink alcohol. Liver disease runs in my family.

    • ANSWER:
      Most women that are pregnant tend to have high blood pressure and temporary diabetes. It's normal. Once they have their baby they no longer show sings of the diabetes or the high blood pressure. Some do but most don't. If you see that you dr is not helpful find a better one that will be willing to help YOU also not just for the baby. Try to talk about this with you husband and family maybe they could give you support and help out with the emotional changes.

  11. QUESTION:
    anyone know about liver problems?
    Hi I have been having alot of discomfort in my liver i went to the hospital not knowing where the problem was but it started with me noticing odd behavior such as sleeping all the time ill wake up be up for a couple hours and feel so tired and worn out and weak ill go take a nap and end up sleeping 6 or 7 hours i do drink alcohol but i have only been a steady drinker for the last 6 months i used to drink alot more for years and i quit for years well i was laid off my job and i started drinking again. also i take xanax for post tramatic stress and panic disorder been on that for not quite a year. I went to the ER they did a blood test and came back with liver damage well because i live in south louisiana they assumed it was alcohol told me to quit and sent me on my way thats when i got online they dr pressed around my stomach which has gotten pretty big im a small person but my stomach has gotten kinda big but it isnt fat its hard as a rock when he hit my liver i felt pain. something else odd is a few times i havent drank anything or had any xanax 8 hours and i started seeing double vision. after looking online i find that liver disease can cause damage and these same symptoms yet they never checked for any of that does anyone out there have any ideas as to what the problem could be all they told me was there was damage but not the cause i also have had a very poor diet my whole life and thought it could be that please help i want to stop worrying
    well sorry for his problems i know i need to see someone soon but how soon can you go from damage to circuses i know your enzime levels have nothing to do with how advanced it is people with low levels can be more advanced them people with higher levels all it is is an indication of some type of damage but what im so discussed with is instead of ordering an ultrasound or liver biopsy they let me go with just the fact i need to quit drinking well first of all i think its more related to my diet cause it usually takes years to do damage to liver

    • ANSWER:
      my brother has liver damage and almost died for not good sooner.you need a real doctor.you should do it soon.it is very serve!if you have a family please go see a liver specialize sooo.!

  12. QUESTION:
    Liver Enzymes...The High is 40, Mine is 50...How do i reduce this?
    39 years old, brought on by alcohol...can it be reversed by diet etc.. There was no mention of disease from the blood work taken. Anybody have any serious suggestions? ( Yes,not drinking is the obvious.) Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I tell you this all from a 6 mo. round of Chemo for Hepititis C.
      Things that stress your liver-alcohol (this you already knew. Stop it!), tobacco, drugs of any kind (prescibed, legal, or illegal), Tylenol (surprise,surprise), aspirin (these are all the things I had to refrain from for the 6 mo. of Chemo and the 6 mo. afterward).
      Now, you can't get me to take anything unless I'm dying of a migraine (I'm a 25 yr. migrainer, they are getting better).
      But, fresh food . . . fruits, veggies, meat (not processed nitrate, nitrite added stuff). No bologna, hot dogs, ham, etc.
      Learn to read the labels of everything! If you can't pronounce it . . . don't eat it! It sounds overwhelming at first, but you'd be surprised how quickly you will learn what to love and eat and what to avoid. And you will find that very shortly you will prefer all of the real food and not want the processed stuff. I thought I'd love fast-food forever! Now, I only eat it if I have to starve, otherwise! When I do eat it, it tastes really great while I'm hungry, but the minute I'm satisfied I could gag!
      I don't remember the stats for liver enzymes(there are more than one) and they will need to test you for Hep C if they haven't already. Just ask them! The lab or Doc can easily tell you if your chart has the Hep C blood work done!
      From now on, your job is to be good to yourself and your liver (it can heal). There are also herbal remedies that can help your liver heal (tincture of milk thistle, etc.). Do some research. You'll be amazed! And if you need help with the alcohol, get it! Celebrate Recovery is a great group for that! Look online.
      Good luck and God bless! I will be praying for you!

  13. QUESTION:
    You Can Tell Me The Truth (I Can Take It)...disease related question?
    When my mother passed away several years ago, my father began to drink VERY heavily, every single night...an alcoholic....in the past few months, he has looked like he has gained abour 40 lbs even though he hasn't changed his alcohol intake, diet, etc. Starting to think that that may be his liver completely bloated and I fear he may have cirrhosis...he's been going to the doctor a lot lately but hasn't told me anything yet

    • ANSWER:
      Since your father has been drinking for only a few years, I doubt that he has cirrhosis yet. The experts give an estimate of 10 years before some cirrhosis could be present, but often times it can take decades before end stage failure occurs. Are you sure your father has not been drinking for a lot longer than you think? If not, then it most likely would not be cirrhosis, but I'm not going to say it would be impossible. Does he drink beer? Often times you see these guys that get big "beer bellies." It's not from cirrhosis, but from adding extra calories on from all the beer and they gain their weight in their bellies from it.

      When cirrhosis is present, the liver does not "bloat." It can enlarge, but it would not get so big to notice. The swollen abdomen comes from massive fluid retention because the liver cannot produce enough albumin that regulates the fluid. When it gets too bad, a person can get "tapped" or the technical word for it is called a paracentesis. They can drain off this fluid which makes the person so much more comfortable. If this was the reason your dad has a swollen belly, I'm sure his doctor would send him to the hospital to get tapped.

  14. QUESTION:
    Can someone please translate into German?
    I need this translated into German as I have a tutor and she has told me I need to write about a healthy lifestyle. Please help and make a couple of mistakes as I wouldn't be able to make it perfect and don't use a translator as they don't work properly thanks x

    For a healthy lifestyle you shouldn't smoke or drink alcohol as you could get diseases like lung or liver diseases or even cancer. You should also eat healthly by having a balanced diet, eating unhealthly could result in heart disease and high blood pressure.

    Exercise Is very important to retain a healthy lifestyle as it's needed to stay fit.  Exercise Is also important so you don't become fat and are free of any diseases. You should exercise daily as part of your balanced diet it will also help towards mental health too.

    Eating 5 portions of fruit and vegatables a day will also help to retain a healthy lifestyle it will keep you from getting a high blood pressure 
    And help lower cholesterol.

      

          
    With the addition of this please I forgot to add it thanks
    To retain a healthy mind you shouldn't be stressed often because lots of stress can tense your muscles which will make you feel unwell and unhappy which could throw you off healthy eating and exercising.

    An essential part of staying physically and mentally healthy is having a good amount of sleep of at least eight hours. Eating sugary foods and drinks before going to sleep will decrease your chances of getting to sleep properly and exercising will help you to sleep. All of these points are needed to retain a healthy lifestyle.

    • ANSWER:

  15. QUESTION:
    I feel drained all the time. advice/tips please?
    I'm 26 years old.
    I've quit the smokes and the weed (and dabbling in speed&coke) a dozen times in the last 3 years. About a month after quitting I've experienced a huge peak in energy levels. I've quit for the final time in the new year but feel as sluggish as I did when I was up to no good.

    My diet is perfect. I eat a wide and varied amount of the best and most nutritious foods. Organic and locally sourced as far as is practical. I drink rarely. I exercise from time to time but not as much as I used to because of the low energy levels and corresponding lack of motivation.
    I'm very tall, slim and lean.

    I work about 70 hours per week, but my work is not physically demanding at all. It is not even that mentally demanding most of the time. I often work through the night so I get little sun, if any in the week, seeing as the days are very short here and outside of summer there is almost always complete cloud cover. (I have just started taking a Vitamin D supplement)

    I have a history of thyroid problems in my family. My sister has an overactive gland, my mother an under. The men in my family have a history of heart, kidney and liver disease but this is mostly alcohol related.
    I developed ecxema at 21 and it has stayed on my elbows and flares up occasionally in patches elsewhere.

    I will soon go to a doctor for a full medical before you suggest it, but what I'm looking for is some cheap advice before hand like... oh I don't know,
    eat a high GI diet,

    take a certain type of suppplement (I'm not crazy about these and would like my diet to be as natural as is possible)

    do a certain type of exercise

    read a certain book

    train my mind in some manner

    take up meditation
    or yoga

    Or tell me briefly how the above affected your energy levels.

    Any help would be appreciated folks as this is beginning to depress me and I was a fairly happy-go-lucky guy all my life. Am I just getting old???!?

    ta

    • ANSWER:
      KillaBee... Try Meditation. I have been practicing Transcendental Meditation for a long time with wonderful results. Basically Transcendental Meditation (TM) is a mental discipline which one attempts to get beyond the conditioned, "thinking" mind into a deeper state of relaxation or awareness.
      TM may emphasize different goals -- from achievement of a higher state of consciousness, to greater focus, creativity or self-awareness, or simply a more relaxed and peaceful frame of mind. TM is about transcending all our thoughts and experiencing emptiness, being out of space and time, and enjoying it.
      If you want to lern more about this meditation and practice it virtually along with other people, join me at: http://maya2012.ning.com/
      D'Marco

  16. QUESTION:
    I'm drained all the time. advice/tips please?
    I'm 26 years old.
    I've quit the smokes and the weed (and dabbling in speed&coke) a dozen times in the last 3 years. About a month after quitting I've experienced a huge peak in energy levels. I've quit for the final time in the new year but feel as sluggish as I did when I was up to no good.

    My diet is perfect. I eat a wide and varied amount of the best and most nutritious foods. Organic and locally sourced as far as is practical. I drink rarely. I exercise from time to time but not as much as I used to because of the low energy levels and corresponding lack of motivation.
    I'm very tall, slim and lean.

    I work about 70 hours per week, but my work is not physically demanding at all. It is not even that mentally demanding most of the time. I often work through the night so I get little sun, if any in the week, seeing as the days are very short here and outside of summer there is almost always complete cloud cover. (I have just started taking a Vitamin D supplement)

    I have a history of thyroid problems in my family. My sister has an overactive gland, my mother an under. The men in my family have a history of heart, kidney and liver disease but this is mostly alcohol related.
    I developed ecxema at 21 and it has stayed on my elbows and flares up occasionally in patches elsewhere.

    I will soon go to a doctor for a full medical before you suggest it, but what I'm looking for is some cheap advice before hand like... oh I don't know,
    eat a high GI diet,

    take a certain type of suppplement (I'm not crazy about these and would like my diet to be as natural as is possible)

    do a certain type of exercise

    read a certain book

    train my mind in some manner

    take up meditation
    or yoga

    Or tell me briefly how the above affected your energy levels.

    Any help would be appreciated folks as this is beginning to depress me and I was a fairly happy-go-lucky guy all my life. Am I just getting old???!?

    ta

    • ANSWER:
      well, my mother always said, "The way you treat your body today is how you will feel 5 years from now."

      meaning: if you treat your body good today, then more than likely you will feel good later on down the road.

      the long-term effects of the drugs may have began to take their toll on your body.

      i have live by these words o' wisdom that my mother gave me years and years ago, and i really think there is major truth to her advice.

      so just stop the drugs and stick with it, give your body time to recuperate from the long-term effects that the drugs probably caused, and keep eating healthy and begin an exercise regimen.

      plus, you may also still be experiencing withdrawal symptoms as well.

      hope this helps. good luck to you!!

  17. QUESTION:
    If alcohol is an addictive poison how can a little bit be good for you?
    A little bit of alcohol is actually good for you right? A glass of red wine a day?

    In France it is true that although they have a high fat diet there is a low incidence of coronary heart disease. There is though a higer rate of liver cirrhosis. Surely this is proof that due to it's addictive nature very few people indeed actually stick to the small and regular amount necessary to give you this protective effect? Kind of like chocolate being good for you - true but you'll get really fat by eating enough of it for this to happen!

    If I told you that a small amout of heroine was actually good for you would you start taking that too?
    Just a quick point on naturopathic medicine taken from Wilipedia:

    'Dr. Stephen Barrett (of Quackwatch and the National Council Against Health Fraud) has stated that the philosophy of naturopathic medicine is "simplistic and that its practices are riddled with quackery'

    • ANSWER:
      The alcohol kills some bad bacteria. It's not that that people drink wine for though. It's the tannic acid in it, especially the red types. In olden times the alcohol preserved juice as they had no refrigeration.My neighbor drinks a little red wine every day and in all the years I have known him I have NEVER seen him even a little tipsy.Chocolate IS good for you, but in small doses.Usually as close to it's natural state as possible. Like Cocoa powder. Wine and Chocolate both have anti oxidant properties.
      Heroin no. However you must consider the numbing effects of Opiates involved in surgery.People would suffer horrible pain without Opiates and Coca leaf derivatives.Ever had Novocaine? sounds like cocaine, doesn't it? Same plant.
      All of these things require intelligence to be used properly.
      The Bible states that God put what we need on Earth for our use. Not abuse.

  18. QUESTION:
    What's so bad about guns?
    CAUSES OF DEATH, USA, 2002 FORMAL NAME INFORMAL NAME % ALL DEATHS
    (1) Diseases of the heart heart attack (mainly) 28.5%
    (2) Malignant neoplasms cancer 22.8%
    (3) Cerebrovascular disease stroke 6.7%
    (4) Chronic lower respiratory disease emphysema, chronic bronchitis 5.1%
    (5) Unintentional injuries accidents 4.4%
    (6) Diabetes mellitus diabetes 3.0%
    (7) Influenza and pneumonia flu & pneumonia 2.7%
    (8) Alzheimer's Disease Alzheimer's senility 2.4%
    (9) Nephritis and Nephrosis kidney disease 1.7%
    (10) Septicemia systemic infection 1.4%
    (11) Intentional self-harm suicide 1.3%
    (12) Chronic Liver/Cirrhosis liver disease 1.1%
    (13) Essential Hypertension high blood pressure 0.8%
    (14) Assault homicide 0.7%
    (15) All other causes other 17.4%

    Guns are totally outclassed here! Who will join me in banning automobiles, alcohol, smoking, poor dieting, and lethargy?!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I say we start at the top of the list with bans. When that one is complete ,we can work our way down.

      NO MORE HEART ATTACKS!!! come on people, say it with me... down with heart attacks!!

  19. QUESTION:
    Nutrition Help Please?
    Does anyone know these answers?

    Which of the following is NOT a physiological change that occurs with aging?

    decrease in fat mass

    decrease in immune function

    decrease in muscle mass

    decrease in bone mass

    Question 24
    Which of the following help deter food allergies from developing in an infant?

    giving the infant vitamin supplements

    formula feeding

    breastfeeding

    introducing potential allergy causing foods early on

    Question 25
    Which of the following meals would be appropriate for a toddler?

    skim milk, peanut butter and crackers

    whole milk, cooked carrot coins, and crackers

    skim milk, cooked carrot coins, and crackers

    whole milk, raw baby carrots, and string cheese

    Question 26
    Which of the following statements is true regarding eating disorders and youth?

    Eating disorders do not develop until adolescence.

    Eating disorders in adolescence only occur in females.

    Regular trips to the bathroom after every meal may be a sign of an eating disorder.

    Eating disorders are only diagnosed in underweight people.

    Question 27
    Which of the following statements about breastfeeding is FALSE?

    A maternal HIV infection is harmful to a breastfeeding baby.

    Breastfeeding can be extremely uncomfortable for the mother.

    Formula is more nutritious for a baby than breast milk.

    Medications being taken by the mother can be harmful to a breastfeeding baby.

    Question 28
    Which of the following statements regarding diet and the older adult is FALSE?

    Taking Advil or Tylenol with alcohol increases the older adult's risk of liver disease

    Folate and B12 have shown to be effective in improving memory and decreasing the risk of Alzheimer's disease.

    The protein needs for an older adult are the same as that of a young adult.

    Older adults taking Coumadin should also take a vitamin E supplement.

    Question 29
    Which of the following statements regarding micronutrient intake in older adults is FALSE?

    Vitamin A requirements are higher for older adults than for adults.

    Vitamin B6 needs for older adults are higher than for adults.

    Iron requirements are the same for older men and women.

    Calcium needs are higher for older adults than for adults.

    Question 30
    Which of the following would NOT be recommended to minimize heartburn distress during pregnancy?

    Take antacids with all meals and snacks.

    Sleep with the head elevated.

    Eat smaller, more frequent meals.

    Avoid excessive weight gain.

    • ANSWER:
      question 23. decrease fat mass
      question 24. introducing potential allergy causing foods early on
      question 25. whole milk, cooked carrot coins, and crackers
      question 26. Regular trips to the bathroom after every meal may be a sign of an eating disorder.
      question 27. Formula is more nutritious for a baby than breast milk.

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  20. QUESTION:
    nutrition question , plz help?
    Karen Bauman is a 27 year old employed in the cosmetic and fashion industry. Lately, she has reported feeling fatigued. But, she feels her long hours and hectic schedule are the main contributors. Her past medical history includes type I diabetes. She returns to her doctor due to abnormal lab results from her last physical.

    1. Karen is surprised to be diagnosed with fatty liver disease. Which laboratory values would you expect to be elevated?

    a. Potassium b. Triglycerides c. albumin d. essential fatty acids

    2. Her doctors explains that she will need to:

    a. Control her blood glucose b. Have gastric bypass surgery

    c. Increase alcohol intake d. Start TPN

    3. If she does not follow her physician’s recommendation, all of the following may result except:

    a. cirrhosis b. cancer c. hepatitis d. ascites

    4. Which of the following statements is true?

    a. Rapid weight loss is encouraged to treat fatty liver disease

    b. Elevated liver enzymes are a good indicator for liver disease

    c. Metabolic syndrome is not a risk for liver disease

    d. Hepatomegaly includes liver inflammation

    5. To improve her health status, Karen will need to:

    a. Adjust her diet and exercise regimen

    b. Adjust her medications

    c. Change her job

    d. A and B

    e. B and C

    thanks :)

    • ANSWER:

  21. QUESTION:
    Approximately how long will I live with Hepatitis C?
    I am eighteen years old and just found out I have Hepatitis C. It is still in the acute stage, as I have gotten it with in the past 6 months. If I qualify for treatment, I will probably go ahead with that. I will abstain from alcohol consumption, quit smoking cigarettes, and avoid any further use of drugs and tobacco. I will begin to exercise a couple times a week and try to have a healthy diet. Since I am only 18, I am quite young. I am a freshman in college planning to pursue a Ph.D. I am concerned that I may only have like 20 years or so left to live if I develop liver disease and/or liver cancer. I just want an educated estimation of how long I will be alive for and/or the chances of developing cirrhosis, liver disease, cancer, etc. I want to know if it is even worth trying to pursue a doctorate degree because I don't want to die a couple years after I finally finish my education. I want to know this because I might change my future career goals so I can actually try to have a life past my schooling as long as I can. I'm pursuing a degree in Psychology in hopes of becoming a psychotherapist. I want to also know if I will possibly develop some sort of neurological or cognitive impairment (i.e., hepatic encephalopathy) where I will lose brain/memory functioning. I am primarily concerned about three factors: how long I will be alive for, the chances of getting liver disease and/or requiring a liver transplant, and if I will have any impairment on my brain (because my career goal requires a significant amount of intelligence, which I currently have, but I fear that it will decrease and my chances of doing what I want to do will drop).

    Please give me detailed, and EDUCATED (cite your sources) information. I don't want any 2-sentence answers. If you are not a doctor or do not have accurate and truthful information, do not bother responding to my question. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      If you haven't seen a doctor, here is some info.

  22. QUESTION:
    For those people who understand how natural selection works:...?
    Firstly, where did I go wrong in this reasoning:

    Premise 1: There are many elements in the 20th/21st century human environment that we were not exposed to in our evolutionary history, and are thus unadapted for.
    P2. Our diet is one example of this. Processed foods such refined starches and sugars, saturated-fat rich dairy and meat products, tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, are all things which only started being consumed by humans en masse in the 20th century.
    P3. Some of these substances are known to have negative health effects if consumed in excess - diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, drug overdoses, obesity, various cancers from smoking, and possibly cancers related to meat consumption and many other things.
    P4. Natural selection must correct for any maladaptive 'behaviours' or reactions of an organism to its environment. This occurs by those organisms failing to survive and reproduce as those without the maladaptive behaviours.
    P5. Reactions of disease and illness to modern dietary factors constitute natural selection selectively discriminating against those who are less fit for the modern human environment.
    P6. There are likely many other health issues related to modern human consumption patterns that medical science has not yet established the exact mechanisms of.
    CONCLUSION: It is unwise to consume anything that was not part of the human diet during the bulk of human evolutionary history; i.e. anything that we did not consume in the stone age. This means eliminating all processed foods, most dairy and grain products, and attempting to get one's dietary requirements from only unprocessed, organic foods.

    [Takes a sip of energy drink.]

    This seems like a perfectly logical sequence to me, not that i'm a great logician or anything. I feel concerned whenever I eat junk food or any processed, unnatural foods, and have tried avoiding them before; because I'm apprehensive about the cancer rates in our society and am thinking this is a real possibility for what could be causing it. But none of the people I know share their concern; primarily I think because they don't understand evolution by natural selection, and because consumption of all these substances are part of our cultural inheritance. If you are smart and understand natural selection, what do you think of this argument?
    Emmanuel: Kid, straw man. No, not naturalistic fallacy. Possible correlation, yes. Acting for foreseeable consequences, playing on safe side? That is the question.

    Smoking increases the risk of cancer more than drinking water, media or no. Meeting food requirements of 7 billion is an important consideration, but is irrelevant to the validity of this argument.

    Natural selection never stops as long as there is life...
    It seems some people don't get it. I'm not talking about trying to pass on my genes to the maximum amount (wtf?) I'm talking about avoiding getting cancer, among other things.
    Ted K. Communication breakdown. I understand everything you said, and I do understand natural selection in the right way, the way you explain. But I didn't put as much time and effort into this Y!A question to articulate it perfectly. I am talking about the way past natural selection has made us, yes. And I realise that natural selection won't come into play for diseases that occur after reproduction, and that it probably won't come into play at a population level for this stuff anyway because these conditions are only going to exist for an evolutionary moment. I guess I am conceptualising, perhaps wrongly, of individual instances of fatal disease for these reasons as constituting individual instances of 'natural selection', which do not have the chance of amounting to real natural selection because they are so isolated. Although you problems that occur after reproduction are evolutionary fluff as you say, they are still of utmost importance to the individual's quality of life and long
    Ted K. Communication breakdown. I understand everything you said, and I do understand natural selection in the right way, the way you explain. But I didn't put as much time and effort into this Y!A question to articulate it perfectly. I am talking about the way past natural selection has made us, yes. And I realise that natural selection won't come into play for diseases that occur after reproduction, and that it probably won't come into play at a population level for this stuff anyway because these conditions are only going to exist for an evolutionary moment. I guess I am conceptualising, perhaps wrongly, of individual instances of fatal disease for these reasons as constituting individual instances of 'natural selection', which do not have the chance of amounting to real natural selection because they are so isolated. Although you problems that occur after reproduction are evolutionary fluff as you say, they are still of utmost importance to the individual's quality of life and long

    • ANSWER:
      Applying evolutionary theory and natural selection to human populations is fraught with a lot of pitfalls, not to even get started on the ethical ones. Humans certainly continue to evolve, but applying (only) a biologist's understanding of evolution won't work.

      P5 for example certainly is messed up when considering humans. You don't see people consuming more processed foods having fewer kids. If anything you actually it's probably actually the opposite.

      You are brushing close to a naturalistic fallacy here - I wouldn't argue that unprocessed foods are better than a processed foods, but a modern diet is certainly better than a lot of other diets. If nothing else, from a food security (ignoring the particular nutritional content of any given food) standpoint, that's the number one thing that has extended average life spans. And let's not forget medicines and technology (which can be considered cultural factors; including culinary technologies...like fire) have certainly contributed to our "evolutionary success," beating out natural selection. Finally, evolution never ceases to surprise me how fast it can progress. I imagine a certain level of natural selection has occurred over the past 10 000 years for grain and cooked foods.

  23. QUESTION:
    Belly fat and crohn's disease help?
    So I've been looking online for some foods that will help me out. I'm 18 years old, 5'0 and weigh 132 lbs. I have been plateuing at this weight ever since my latest flare up last year where I lost about 20 lbs and gained 10 back while on prednisone. I am really unhappy with this weight because most of it is gathering in my stomach, making me feel fat and bloated. I try to go to the gym and do excersize but I am easily worn out and tired. I try to do 20 minute cardio but running is impossible and I have to use elipictical. I also try to go 4 times a week but I am a busy college student. It is also really difficult to maintain a healthy diet. I am on the meal plan here and they do not really offer a good amount of healthy food, that is also tasty, and also does not irritate my stomach. It is almost impossible to find such a combination here and I cannot afford to buy food outside of my 3,000$ a semester meal plan. I have a large appetite and i am very fatigued as well, so neglecting to eat food in order to maintain a low calorie intake to lose weight never has worked. I am looking for the best way to lose this stubborn belly fat, while also not irritating my condition. I have heard coffee and ciggarettes curve appetite, and I have been drinking coffee almost every day and smoking ciggarettes. However, the ciggarettes are starting to make me feel a lot worse in many different ways (from lungs, to chest, to throat, to stomach) and making excersize harder, although I do enjoy how they boost my happiness level, lower stress, increase light-headedness, etc. I feel like I will eliminate ciggarettes easily as I am not addicted and I am feeling bad because of them, but I may have one on occasion, maybe 2 a month max. I also try to maintain a good sleeping schedule but it is not working out so well. I neglect to take vitamins and iron every day as I am supposed to, and i am not really sure why. I really love eating oranges and pineapple, but they don't always have pineapple in the dining hall here and when they do i stock up on it. I also do eat a lot of processed foods. It is all that there is here. I am surrounded my vending machienes, cravings, etc. I find that smoking marijuana at night helps relax me and keeps any irritation in my stomach at temporary bay, but it also makes me eat a large amount of processed foods. I also really love to eat pretzels, the cookies there are availible here. My favorite lunch is a grilled rye sandwhich with roast beef and salami, lettuce and mayo but it irrates my stomach now. What is a really healthy sandwhich I can eat every day? Every place I go online tells me to eliminate all these foods but i cannot possibly do that. There is a sandwhich station at the school and sandwhiches are the easiest and most reliable food here, as other food changes daily. I try to eat a lot of oranges and bananas and pineapples, occasionally having an apple. I am so conflicted between three goals, looking good (losing belly fat), enjoying my recession (eating food that I think tastes good, that I havent been able to eat in the past), and not progressing into a flareup (avoiding food that is supposed to be really good for you, but hurts your intestine, like food high in fiber like cereals which i love, dairy, raw fruits and vegetables, everything....) While also maintaining a good nutrient balance so i have the energy to get me going through the day. I also avoid alcohol as much as possible, as my liver is debilitated from taking lots of prednisone, and I easily feel sick and black out. It also does not aid the belly fat situation. I do drink on occasion, but I drank much more at the beginning of my semester, stopped around november. So I think I have given enough details to fill you in on my lifestyle. I am looking for something routine that is easy to follow eating the foods that are availible here. I will take your suggestions and see if they are able to be done with this meal plan.

    I also do not think I drink enough water, and I am wondering if increasing my water intake will do good?

    Any suggestions and advice are greatly appreciated.
    Started smoking about 2 months ago. Ive had crohns for about 10 years. :)

    • ANSWER:
      My case is very similar.
      only i don't smoke.
      which could be one of your problems.
      its doing no good for your body and it actually increases your risk of getting chron's.
      but since you already have it, smoking could have been the cause, i don't know when you started so im unsure. but it really isn't doing any help for you. try to quit.
      actually it sounds like your more concerned about your appearance than you overall health.
      you probably don't have much belly fat anyway.
      i think a problem you might have is that you say you eat a lot. which is not recommended for people with chron's.
      i found a website that could be a great source for you.

      http://www.healthline.com/adamcontent/crohns-disease

      try it. i found the information to be very accurate. good luck.
      btw im 15 :)

  24. QUESTION:
    A link between gallbladder disease and yeast infection?
    Hi,

    I would be really grateful for peoples opinion on the following whether you're a doctor or someone who recognises these symptoms.

    Symptoms:
    - Constant discomfort (feeling of pressure) under lower right rib cage. It is more uncomfortable when sitting as if there is an obstruction in there
    - Intermittent discomfort in centre of chest above stomach
    - Intermittent headaches (not painful, more like a gentle squeezing of my brain
    - Intermittent pain on right flank
    - Intermittent pain in groin
    - Occasional dizziness
    - Occasional feeling of haziness or not reality
    - Occasional panic attacks
    - Occasional heart palpitations
    - More gas than usual
    - General feeling of malaise
    - Fatigue in the morning
    - Not as happy as I normally am

    In addition, I have a yeast infection on my shoulders and arms that the doctor is trying to treat with dakorta (*spelling) cream, which is not working so I have been refered to a dermatologist.

    I am a very fit (triathlete) individual, I am normally a very happy bubbly person but not of late. I do drink far more than the recommended amount and have done so for a few years. I have a very healthy diet with low fat and salts, with a lot of protein and vegetables.

    My doctor has put me on omezaprole (*spelling) for the centre stomach pains, and I have cut out alcohol, as they believe it must be gastritis. This has had some success, but not complete.

    The main concern is the lower rib pain and the headaches/panic attacks/feeling of not being reality. I am going this afternoon for a gallbladder and liver scan.

    What are peoples thoughts upon the potential causes of the above?
    Do you think there may be a link between the yeast infection and the other symptoms? i have been reading about candida albinas and there appears to be a lot overlap in symptoms I am exhibiting.

    Any peoples thoughts/view would be hugely appreciated as I am becoming exasperated by this and just want to get better and soon.

    Thank you

    Oli

    • ANSWER:

  25. QUESTION:
    Do I have colon cancer?
    I'm not going crap everday like I used too. But when I do go crap it's one normal sized and shaped piece and another ribbion like piece of crap.

    Abdominal distension: Nope
    Abdominal pain: Nope
    Unexplained, persistent nausea or vomiting: Nope
    Unexplained weight loss: Nope
    Change in frequency or character of stool (bowel movements): nope
    Small-caliber (narrow) or ribbon-like stools: I dont' think so?
    Sensation of incomplete evacuation after a bowel movement: Nope
    RectalAnorectal fistulas
    Colon cancer
    Colorectal polyps
    Digital rectal exam
    Hemorrhoids
    Imperforate anus
    Imperforate anus repair
    Inflatable artificial sphincter
    Proctitis
    Rectal biopsy
    Rectal cancer, x-ray pain: Nope
    Age. About 90 percent of people diagnosed with colon cancer are older than 50: I'm 20.
    A personal history of colorectalColon cancer
    Colorectal polyps cancer or polyps: Not that I know of.
    InflammatoryInflammatory bowel disease
    Ulcerative colitis intestinalAmebic liver abscess
    Barium enema
    Colorectal polyps
    Colostomy
    Gastrointestinal bleeding
    Gastrointestinal disorders - resources
    Gastrointestinal perforation
    Intestinal gas
    Intestinal leiomyoma
    Intestinal obstruction
    Intestinal obstruction repair conditions: Nope
    Inherited disordersAdjustment disorder
    Anorexia nervosa
    Asperger syndrome
    Autism
    Autoimmune disorders
    Bipolar disorder
    Bipolar disorder
    Bleeding disorders
    Borderline personality disorder
    Bulimia
    Chronic motor tic disorder that affect the colon: I might have hemmorides, thouh it usually doesn't cause a problem for me. Basiclly it's not active most of the time.
    FamilyBirth control and family planning
    Choosing a primary care provider
    Ewing’s sarcoma
    Family troubles - resources history of colon cancer and colon polyps: Only my grandma, nobody else even polyps. My parents who are over 50 both got colonoscapes, neither one of them had any polyps.
    Diet. Colon cancer and rectal cancer may be associated with a diet low in fiber and high in fat and calories: Probably
    A sedentary lifestyle: Yeah, but do try to get at least a little bit of exercise each day.
    Diabetes: Nope
    Obesity: I'm only 145 pounds
    Smoking. I don't smoke
    Alcohol: I don't drink
    Growth hormone disorder: I don't think so.
    Radiation therapy for cancer: I've never had cancer or anyone in my family except for my granda who was a smoker.

    • ANSWER:
      Every person has changes with their stool don't worry. You can get an over the counter fecal blood test . See what that indicates.

  26. QUESTION:
    Do i have colon cancer?
    I'm not going crap everday like I used too. But when I do go crap it's one normal sized and shaped piece and another ribbion like piece of crap.

    Abdominal distension: Nope
    Abdominal pain: Nope
    Unexplained, persistent nausea or vomiting: Nope
    Unexplained weight loss: Nope
    Change in frequency or character of stool (bowel movements): nope
    Small-caliber (narrow) or ribbon-like stools: I dont' think so?
    Sensation of incomplete evacuation after a bowel movement: Nope
    RectalAnorectal fistulas
    Colon cancer
    Colorectal polyps
    Digital rectal exam
    Hemorrhoids
    Imperforate anus
    Imperforate anus repair
    Inflatable artificial sphincter
    Proctitis
    Rectal biopsy
    Rectal cancer, x-ray pain: Nope
    Age. About 90 percent of people diagnosed with colon cancer are older than 50: I'm 21.
    A personal history of colorectalColon cancer
    Colorectal polyps cancer or polyps: Not that I know of.
    InflammatoryInflammatory bowel disease
    Ulcerative colitis intestinalAmebic liver abscess
    Barium enema
    Colorectal polyps
    Colostomy
    Gastrointestinal bleeding
    Gastrointestinal disorders - resources
    Gastrointestinal perforation
    Intestinal gas
    Intestinal leiomyoma
    Intestinal obstruction
    Intestinal obstruction repair conditions: Nope
    Inherited disordersAdjustment disorder
    Anorexia nervosa
    Asperger syndrome
    Autism
    Autoimmune disorders
    Bipolar disorder
    Bipolar disorder
    Bleeding disorders
    Borderline personality disorder
    Bulimia
    Chronic motor tic disorder that affect the colon: I might have hemmorides, thouh it usually doesn't cause a problem for me. Basiclly it's not active most of the time.
    FamilyBirth control and family planning
    Choosing a primary care provider
    Ewing’s sarcoma
    Family troubles - resources history of colon cancer and colon polyps: Only my grandma, nobody else even polyps. My parents who are over 50 both got colonoscapes, neither one of them had any polyps.
    Diet. Colon cancer and rectal cancer may be associated with a diet low in fiber and high in fat and calories: Probably
    A sedentary lifestyle: Yeah, but do try to get at least a little bit of exercise each day.
    Diabetes: Nope
    Obesity: I'm only 145 pounds
    Smoking. I don't smoke
    Alcohol: I don't drink
    Growth hormone disorder: I don't think so.
    Radiation therapy for cancer: I've never had cancer or anyone in my family except for my granda who was a smoker.

    • ANSWER:
      Colon cancer at your age is a very remote possibility. I won't say it's impossible, but it's veeeeeeeeeeeeeeery unlikely. Your diet is probably to blame. If you're worried, see a doctor. But I think you're overreacting here.

  27. QUESTION:
    Mysterious Instant Stomach Troubles
    Going to be as brief as possible: 21, male, healthy. Large build 230, 6'2. Drank wine a bit consistently for 5-6 months, no problems. Drank other hard liquor in the past, no problems. Tried Gin on June 6th, half a bottle (Seagram's Extra Dry mixed with lemon juice and ginger ale..I don't usually mix, was doing so for fun). Immediately noticed I had to keep taking deep breaths/out of breath sensation, stopped. Not sure if the Japanese food (sushi etc.) could've had an impact. Drank Jack Daniels and rot gut vodka before, so it was not a matter of tolerance or alcohol exposure.

    Next day woke up to a feeling below the throat, felt like a constant need to cough. Went to the doctor...EKG, Chest X-Ray, Barium Swallow, Spirometer/Flow Meter (lung test), Gallbladder Liver scan, all negative. Endoscopy showed a very very small 3-4 cm sliding hiatal hernia, deemed asymptomatic (does not produce symptoms) as it was so small it didn't even show on the Barium Swallow X-ray. Endoscopy showed no irritation, irregularities or inflammation. Allergy tests showed nothing, Clarinex did nothing.

    Symptoms are: Constant cough/irritation between collar bones, murky/powdery stools (as if you were to flush powder from the bottom of the toilet bowl and it billows up), sinus congestion, excessive burping, extreme fatigue, minor heart palpitations, yellow/white coated tongue, hurts to take a deep breath. Spaced out/tired after eating, worse than the "after turkey meal feeling". Excessive salivation/sweet tasting salivation. Hear an intermittent sound like gas escaping through my esophagus to my neck when I lie down. No heartburn whatsoever. Odd sour taste at back of mouth.

    No history of any problems, no history of hypochondria, not psychological (Ativan and other sedatives did nothing). Antibiotics did nothing.

    A homeopath suggested Nux Vomica, did nothing but calm me mentally.

    Acid reflux/GERD was suggested, took Prilosec, Zantac, Pepcid AC, no effect. Moved to PPI's (strongest stuff they got), Protonix/Aciphex/Zegerid, did nothing.

    It has been 2 months, the symptoms persist despite diet changes. Suggestions regarding a decrease in weight were made. Factors of environment include mold under my water bed that has grown over the years due to frequent popping of the tubes. A plan to replace the bed is underway. It has been suggested that the mold is causing this, or perhaps a Candida Albicans yeast overgrowth, however, the reaction to the Gin was sudden, instant, and very acute. I felt no symptoms whatsoever prior to consumption.

    5 doctors, a gastroenterologist, a pulmonary specialist, 10 health coach's/nurses from the insurance company, a renowned medical researcher, and a famous health expert who exposed a pharmaceutical scam had no clue whatsoever, and were completely baffled.

    I have gotten some guidance from a Chinese medicine woman/acupuncturist and am undergoing treatment through TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine).

    Nevertheless, I am asking for your opinions. Do not tell me I have "GERD" or "acid reflux disease", those ailments are not diseases, and my symptoms/tests defy such a diagnosis. I am more knowledgeable about Acid Reflux/GERD than most doctors at this point, and I know I don't have it. I know every test used to detect it, and every "health tip" recommended for it, so don't waste my time or yours by spamming it.

    I am looking for alternative causes.

    Thank you
    Looking for more answers

    • ANSWER:
      I am in no way a medical professional, but I have to respond because I have twice in my life had conditions that could not be diagnosed. Both eventually were, but what a horror show until then.

      My first thought on reading as far as your instant reaction to the gin potion was allergy. Short of a pre-existing condition, I can't think of anything, other than a poison, that could act that fast.

      As I read further, I was going to mention mold but then you did. Mold is insidious. Mold can cause hundreds of nasty symptoms. That you had been sleeping on it for god knows how long means that you were breathing it in all that time even though you didn't know it was there. I don't know if there is a medical specialty in mycology but it might be a place to start.

      Also, consider that what's going on may have been caused by more than one condition or more than one allergen or mold or ... If the gin event was an allergy, maybe it triggered nasty mold spores that had been hidden in your larynx.. I mean, I'm just throwing out ideas here, but it could be two or three different maladies.

      In any case, don't give up. There is a doctor who knows what it is and has at least an idea how to cure it.

      Good luck.

  28. QUESTION:
    Why am I so exhausted?
    I get plenty of sleep (about 8 hours a night). I drink a lot of water (about 3 bottles a day), and I eat a very healthy nutritionally balanced doctor prescribed diet (all organic, mostly made from scratch, no junk food or heavily processed food or caffeinated drinks). I take a woman's multivitamin, probiotic supplement, digestive enzymes, silica, apple cider vinegar shot and cod liver oil every day (as per the doctor). And I walk 2 miles every day. I don't drink alcohol and I don't take any medications at all (otc or prescriptions) so that's not what could be making me drowsy. By all means I should feel great, but instead I'm so tired I can barely get out of bed in the morning and feel like I'm half asleep all day. I will also have "episodes" during the day where everything starts sounding weird and the room begins "shifting" and my vision goes in and out until I cannot stay awake no matter how hard I try, and just fall over asleep. When I wake up after a few minutes, I feel totally fine. I'm baffled as to what is causing this, so is my doctor.

    I do have Crohn's disease, but neither my doctor nor I think it is the cause of my tiredness. I have had no symptoms of a flare up, and have felt really very good for the past 2 years since I adopted a specialized diet/exercise/sleep routine recommended by my doctor when medications weren't helping me (which I have not broken or slipped up on). This exhaustion thing only hit me a few months ago, but it's been getting progressively worse. They ran blood tests and urine tests, and I don't have anything that appears abnormal or too high/too low and I don't have any infections. I had a colonoscopy, MRI, and a abdominal and transvaginal ultrasound, and there is nothing that appears wrong or abnormal inside either. I'm really worried. My gastroenterologist is out of ideas for tests, and he doesn't really know who to refer me to since they can't find anything medically wrong and my only symptom is exhaustion and those weird episodes. He ruled out chronic fatigue syndrome because the episodes I'm having don't fit the bill, they're just a mystery. I am worried that whatever it is may set off my crohn's if I don't take care of it, and then I'd really have problems.

    Have any of you had anything similar to this happen to you or have any ideas on what might be going on?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you should be investigated for narcolepsy or other sleep disorders, like sleep apnea, which could be affecting your sleep cycle so much that you're unable to stay awake. While narcolepsy is rare, its not so rare that it's not a possibility and should definately be investigated given your symptoms.

      http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/narcolepsy/detail_narcolepsy.htm

      Your doctor should refer you to a sleep lab ASAP, as all other options that seem obvious sound like they've been investigated (B12 defeciency, iron defeciency, hypothyroidism, etc.)

      (and unrelated - I also have an amazon (BFA not DYH) named Kiwi :) )

  29. QUESTION:
    Can anyone explain these outbreaks or atleast give me relief?
    I am so miserable! I've been suffering from a cycle of mouth ulcers, cold sores, and geographic tongue symptoms for almost 4 months! It's completely turned my life upside down as I can't eat how I used to or do the spontaneous things I did. I've dropped 7-10lbs (not a good way to diet) and can't eat some things that I used to love. Said goodbye to alcohol :( Pretty devistating. I get tired and cut down on activity. Doc says I need to stop worrying and keep myself from stressing. But how the heck do you relax when you wake up in pain every morning. I've been on Valtrex for atleast 1 month (1 500mg/day) and don't notice a difference. I've taken liver function tests and HSV1-2 test (twice!)and all were negative! Doc says even tho tests are neg, it may just not read it right. False negatives?..twice!? I'm worried that it maybe some other virus or disease. At this point, I just want some freakin' relief from these oral irritations. I want them to go away. Can anyone out there help me out?

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry you are going through it.
      All the mouth conditions you list can be related to anxiety and stress.
      Has your doctor offered any help or advice for your anxiety?
      The last thing you need to be worrying about is 2 negative liver function tests. That is so unlikely to be wrong - twice.
      There are links below about each one but you probably know all about them already.
      There are ointments sold in pharmacies containing a small amount of local anaesthetic which might help with the pain. speak to your pharmacist.
      In UK we have lozenges called tyrozets which have a local anaesthetic in, but they could possibly irritate your sore mouth - again ask a pharmacist.

      I know when I had the worst dose of flu ever a few years ago I used to suck a soluble aspirin to ease the pain of the ulcers in my mouth before I could eat - but this is against all modern advice I believe.

      Apart from relax, stop worrying and try to eat enough to keep your immune system in good order I can't think of anything else.
      Trywith home made soups, ice cream, milk puddings, soft sponge and custard, mashed banana with ice cream etc.
      And I do speak from experience.
      Mind you keep drinking, warm drinks with honey, anything soothing.

  30. QUESTION:
    What aspects of Panchakarma in Ayurveda can be used to heal bone and uterine cancer in a 41 yr. old woman?
    This question is going out to Vaidyas, or specialists in the field of Ayurveda, or at least those who have done some research into it.In Canada we have very few places that offer Panchakarma. Although I am Canadian born, I have traveled to India and received Panchakarma and seen the benefits. I want to help this lady to the best of my capacity, so I'm looking for expert advice. The lady appears to me to have a Pitta Kapha body type . I have told her to stop eating beef, which is actually harmful to all humans , what to speak of the cow. It is also proven that animal fat helps to enhance the spreading of cancer in the body. If basti or eenemais prescribed, what should be the ingredients in the basti and the proportions ? In the event that ayurvedic herbs are no available here in Quebec, what types of herbs need to be ssubstituted? I am assuming that herbs which are alteratives or blood cleansers , as found in the Essiac formula would work best. I am encouraging her to follow and anti- Pitta-Kapha diet to help balance her doshas, but I realize that she requires much more than this. Please give your knowledgeable suggestions on what protocol and the order in which things should be done to help save this ladies life. I think she is still in the early stages and she is going for further tests. Thank you very much for your suggestions. I also realize that the liver needs to be given support while it is detoxifying and that garbage that passes as food such as white flour, white sugar, coffee, alcohol and nicotine must all be completely cut out due to their high acidity content which increases the disease factor, inflammation etc......

    • ANSWER:
      It is very unlikely for a person to have bone cancer and uterine cancer at the same time. Although, it is rare for someone her age to have uterine cancer it is more likely she has uterine cancer that has spread to her bones. In this case it would not be an early stage cancer it would be a stage 4. Anyone who has researched Ayurveda knows there is no place of it in treating cancer if there were it would be used. She should be under the care of an oncologist and a nutritionist. If she wants to try unproven meathods, given her late stage disease she should try clinical trials, at least they have to potential of helping.

  31. QUESTION:
    biology questions help :) ?
    How do human bodies respond to changes inside them and to their environment?
    1. What does the nervous system enable humans to do?
    2. What does a receptor detect?
    3. Where are the receptors, which are sensitive to changes in the position of our body and to help us keep our balance?
    4. What are receptors on the tongue sensitive to?
    5. What three stimuli are receptors in the skin sensitive to?
    6. How does information from receptors pass to the brain?
    7. What does the brain decide from the information it receives?
    8. What are automatic, rapid responses to stimuli called?
    9. What are the names of the three types of neurone involved in this response?
    10. What structures in the body respond to the impulses sent by a motor neurone? (notes)
    11. What is the name of the chemical substances that coordinate many processes in the body?
    12. What produces these chemicals?
    13. How do they get to the organs that they will affect (the target organ)?
    14. What two ways does the body lose water?
    15. Through which organ does the body lose excess water? What substance is it lost in?
    16. What temperature does the body need to be maintained at? Why?
    17. Why do blood sugar levels need to be controlled?
    18. Which two hormones are involved in promoting the release of an egg in the menstrual cycle?
    19. Which gland is FSH secreted by, and where can the gland be found?
    20. What two actions does FSH cause?
    21. Which structures secrete oestrogen?
    22. What two actions does oestrogen have on the body?
    23. What action do the hormones in oral contraceptives have?
    24. What action has FSH when given as a ‘fertility drug’?
    What can we do to keep our bodies healthy?
    1. What two things does a healthy diet contain?
    2. What word describes diseases that you might get with an unhealthy diet?
    3. What word describes people who eat an unbalanced diet?
    4. What two conditions mean that you need less food?
    5. What is your metabolic rate?
    6. What three things make this vary?
    7. What two factors in the developed world are leading to high levels of obesity?
    8. What are the diseases linked to excess weight?
    9. What does processed food often contain high proportions of?
    10. Where is cholesterol made?
    11. Where is cholesterol found?
    12. What do high levels of cholesterol in the blood cause?
    13. What does the amount of cholesterol made by the liver depend on?
    14. What is cholesterol carried around the body by?
    15. Which lipoproteins carry ‘bad’ cholesterol?
    16. What do these cause?
    17. Which lipoproteins are ‘good’ cholesterol?
    18. What can too much salt in the diet cause for about 30% of the population?
    19. What type of fats increase cholesterol levels?
    20. What two actions do mono-unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats have?
    How do we use/abuse medical and recreational drugs?
    1. What are many drugs made (derived) from?
    2. When scientists develop new drugs, what has to happen to them?
    3. What are drugs tested in the laboratory for?
    4. What are they trialled on humans for?
    5. Why is the impact of legal drugs on health much greater than the impact of illegal drugs?
    6. What was the drug thalidomide developed for?
    7. What effect did it cause in pregnant women?
    8. What were the unknown side effects of the drug on pregnant women?
    9. What is thalidomide used to treat now?
    10. What action do drugs have on people’s bodies?
    11. If people become dependent or addicted to the drug what do they suffer if they stop taking the drug?
    12. What two drugs are very addictive?
    13. What is the addictive substance in tobacco smoke?
    14. What is a carcinogen? (notes)
    15. What gas does tobacco smoke contain that affects a foetus?
    16. How does this gas affect the blood of the mother?
    17. What two effects does this have on the foetus?
    18. How does alcohol affect the nervous system?
    19. How does too much alcohol affect the body?
    20. What organs are damaged by drinking too much alcohol?
    What causes infectious diseases and how can our bodies defend themselves against them?
    1. What are micro-organisms that cause infectious diseases called?
    2. What happens to bacteria and viruses when they get inside the body?
    3. When do viruses damage our cells?
    4. Which blood cells help to defend us against pathogens?
    5. What three things do they do to help us?
    6. What is an antibiotic?
    7. How do antibiotics work?
    8. Why can antibiotics not be used to kill viral pathogens?
    9. Why is it difficult to develop drugs which kill viruses?
    10. How can people be immunised against disease?
    11. What cells do vaccines stimulate?
    12. What chemicals do these cells produce?
    13. What do these chemicals do?
    14. Why is the body then immune to future infections by that micro-organism?
    15. What does the MMR vaccine protect children against?
    thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      ok... You cannot be serious!

      I will only do a few...

      1. Respond to stimuli in the environment
      2. Stimuli (?)
      3. in the ears (or just behind)
      4. taste (chemicals)

      6. Sensory neurone
      7. how to respond
      8. reflexes
      9. Sensory -> Relay -> Motor
      10. effectors (muscles, glands etc)
      11. hormones

      13. bloodstream
      14. sweating, breathing (water vapour)
      15. bladder - urine

      18. FSH and LH
      19. Pituitary gland
      20. matures the egg and stimulates the release of oestrogen
      21. ovaries?
      22. builds the lining of the womb and stimulates the release of LH

      24. matures the egg

      That's the first lot - do you want the rest??

  32. QUESTION:
    Risk of high level of SGOT & SGPT ?
    hello, i am a 26 year old male, i do not drink alcohol, i do not smoke or any other bad habit to get any kind of Diseases, i eat a lot food more than what is required which include oily also, i weigh 82 kg

    3 months back i had a light fever with yellow urine so i took up a blood test which showed a raised level of Bilirubin, SGOT, SGPT and slight cholesterol, during that period I had a taken medicine for hair growth containing “iron”

    On 30/8/2008 test showed
    Serum Bilirubin total : 2.0 mgs% normal (0.2-1.2)
    Serum Bilirubin direct (conjugated) : 0.5 mgs% normal (up to 0.3)
    Serum Bilirubin indirect (Unconjugated) : 2.0 mgs% normal (0.1-1.2)
    S.G.O.T : 56 units/L normal (5-30 U/L)
    S.G.O.T : 108 units/L normal (5-40 U/L)
    Serum Cholesterol : 219 mgs% normal (upto 200)
    Serum Triglycerides : 90 mgs% normal (upto 200)
    H.D.L : 50 mgs% normal (more than 35)
    L.D.L : 151 mgs% normal (upto 130)
    V.L.D.L : 18 mgs% normal (upto 20)

    I consulted my relative who is a doctor he told me nothing to worry about, after a week I tested again from another lab for Bilirubin, SGOT & SGPT

    on 4/9/2008 it showed
    Serum Bilirubin total : 1.69 mg/dl normal (1.0 mg/dl )
    Serum Bilirubin direct (conjugated) :0.39 mg/dl normal (0.5 mg/dl )
    Serum Bilirubin indirect (Unconjugated) :1.30 mg/dl normal ( 0.8 mg/dl )
    S.G.O.T : 81 U/L normal (5-30 U/L)
    S.G.O.T : 122 U/L normal (5-40 U/L)

    Then I consulted another doctor and i tested for hepatitis which are Anti HCV, HBsAG, Anti HEV and Anti HAV which showed negative result,

    he told me to reduce my weight & to do some brisk walking in order to reduce SGOT & SGPT , he told me that when oil or Cholesterol or fat deposit on liver the level of SGOT & SGPT increases

    and he told me for Bilirubin that I had gill birds syndrome or it may may be hereditary, he explained me that when i will have fever level will go up and when fever is gone the level will come down, which applies for medication also when i take

    as per the doctor I controlled my diet with less oil and started brisk walking every day and
    Recently when I checked on 12/11/2008

    Serum Bilirubin total : 2.28 mg/dl normal (1.0 mg/dl )
    Serum Bilirubin direct (conjugated) : 0.54 mg/dl normal (0.5 mg/dl )
    Serum Bilirubin indirect (Unconjugated) : 1.74 mg/dl normal ( 0.8 mg/dl )
    S.G.O.T : 64 U/L normal (5-30 U/L)
    S.G.O.T : 89 U/L normal (5-40 U/L)

    I want to know that, is the statement of doctor are true because the cure is working for SGOT & SGPT but then also my family members are concerned for Bilirubin and the effect of all the three (SGOT & SGPT Bilirubin) in my future life , please help me and tell me about the danger and how to get it controlled in futrue

    • ANSWER:
      If you are concern, you should have your family doctor refer you to a hepatologist. (A Gastroenterology Doctor that specialized in Liver and Liver diseases) A liver function test, ultrasound and possible biopsy may be helpful.

      As for Gilbert's Disease. Here is a faq. that will help you to understand what it is.
      1. http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/gilberts-disease.html
      2. http://www.umm.edu/ency/article/000301.htm

  33. QUESTION:
    I'm drained all the time. advice/tips please?
    I feel drained all the time. advice/tips please?
    I'm 26 years old.
    I've quit the smokes and the weed (and dabbling in speed&coke) a dozen times in the last 3 years. About a month after quitting I've experienced a huge peak in energy levels. I've quit for the final time in the new year but feel as sluggish as I did when I was up to no good.

    My diet is perfect. I eat a wide and varied amount of the best and most nutritious foods. Organic and locally sourced as far as is practical. I drink rarely. I exercise from time to time but not as much as I used to because of the low energy levels and corresponding lack of motivation.
    I'm very tall, slim and lean.

    I work about 70 hours per week, but my work is not physically demanding at all. It is not even that mentally demanding most of the time. I often work through the night so I get little sun, if any in the week, seeing as the days are very short here and outside of summer there is almost always complete cloud cover. (I have just started taking a Vitamin D supplement)

    I have a history of thyroid problems in my family. My sister has an overactive gland, my mother an under. The men in my family have a history of heart, kidney and liver disease but this is mostly alcohol related.
    I developed ecxema at 21 and it has stayed on my elbows and flares up occasionally in patches elsewhere.

    I will soon go to a doctor for a full medical before you suggest it, but what I'm looking for is some cheap advice before hand like... oh I don't know,
    eat a high GI diet,

    take a certain type of suppplement (I'm not crazy about these and would like my diet to be as natural as is possible)

    do a certain type of exercise

    read a certain book

    train my mind in some manner

    take up meditation
    or yoga

    Or tell me briefly how the above affected your energy levels.

    Any help would be appreciated folks as this is beginning to depress me and I was a fairly happy-go-lucky guy all my life. Am I just getting old???!?

    ta

    • ANSWER:
      I take sublingual trivita vitamin b12 b6 folic acid. it is like taking a b12 shot but without the shot. You should take a multi vitamin every day also. I take a few other vitamins also but B is the main one for energy. You could just take a vitamin b complex for energy but this Trivita sublingual has been amazing for me. You are young. Another thing that gives energy is eating green vegetables every day and complex carbyhydrates versus white flours. Have your blood sugar checked.

  34. QUESTION:
    I feel drained all the time. advice/tips please?
    I'm 26 years old.
    I've quit the smokes and the weed (and dabbling in speed&coke) a dozen times in the last 3 years. About a month after quitting I've experienced a huge peak in energy levels. I've quit for the final time in the new year but feel as sluggish as I did when I was up to no good.

    My diet is perfect. I eat a wide and varied amount of the best and most nutritious foods. Organic and locally sourced as far as is practical. I drink rarely. I exercise from time to time but not as much as I used to because of the low energy levels and corresponding lack of motivation.
    I'm very tall, slim and lean.

    I work about 70 hours per week, but my work is not physically demanding at all. It is not even that mentally demanding most of the time. I often work through the night so I get little sun, if any in the week, seeing as the days are very short here and outside of summer there is almost always complete cloud cover. (I have just started taking a Vitamin D supplement)

    I have a history of thyroid problems in my family. My sister has an overactive gland, my mother an under. The men in my family have a history of heart, kidney and liver disease but this is mostly alcohol related.
    I developed ecxema at 21 and it has stayed on my elbows and flares up occasionally in patches elsewhere.

    I will soon go to a doctor for a full medical before you suggest it, but what I'm looking for is some cheap advice before hand like... oh I don't know,
    eat a high GI diet,

    take a certain type of suppplement (I'm not crazy about these and would like my diet to be as natural as is possible)

    do a certain type of exercise

    read a certain book

    train my mind in some manner

    take up meditation
    or yoga

    Or tell me briefly how the above affected your energy levels.

    Any help would be appreciated folks as this is beginning to depress me and I was a fairly happy-go-lucky guy all my life. Am I just getting old???!?

    ta

    • ANSWER:
      I think you may already have your answer. The tendency to develop thyroid disorders runs in families. Though it's not sure yet what will trigger the onset of the disorder in an individual there is strong evidence that excess iodine intake contributes.

      Addictive behaviors, such as smoking, drinking or drugs have been found to be used in cases of self treatment in folks that have been feeling as though something is wrong, but not quite knowing what.

      That is not to say that having a thyroid problem will cause you to smoke or drink, or that smoking or drinking means that you have a thyroid problem. But, given family history AND the addictive behaviors it's a red flag to have things checked.

      Low levels of vitamin D, with or without a thyroid issue, can also cause one to feel pretty lousy, so that would be wise to check into as well.

      My suggestion while you are seeing a doc and having labs run anyway.... have some thyroid tests run.
      Those that will be of most value in determining if something is wrong?
      TSH
      Free T4
      Free T3 and
      Thyroid antibodies

      Add to that the Vitamin D that you've already planned on, as well as:
      Ferritin
      Iron and
      B-12

  35. QUESTION:
    I feel drained all the time. advice/tips please?
    I'm 26 years old.
    I've quit the smokes and the weed (and dabbling in speed&coke) a dozen times in the last 3 years. About a month after quitting I've experienced a huge peak in energy levels. I've quit for the final time in the new year but feel as sluggish as I did when I was up to no good.

    My diet is perfect. I eat a wide and varied amount of the best and most nutritious foods. Organic and locally sourced as far as is practical. I drink rarely. I exercise from time to time but not as much as I used to because of the low energy levels and corresponding lack of motivation.
    I'm very tall, slim and lean.

    I work about 70 hours per week, but my work is not physically demanding at all. It is not even that mentally demanding most of the time. I often work through the night so I get little sun, if any in the week, seeing as the days are very short here and outside of summer there is almost always complete cloud cover. (I have just started taking a Vitamin D supplement)

    I have a history of thyroid problems in my family. My sister has an overactive gland, my mother an under. The men in my family have a history of heart, kidney and liver disease but this is mostly alcohol related.
    I developed ecxema at 21 and it has stayed on my elbows and flares up occasionally in patches elsewhere.

    I will soon go to a doctor for a full medical before you suggest it, but what I'm looking for is some cheap advice before hand like... oh I don't know,
    eat a high GI diet,

    take a certain type of suppplement (I'm not crazy about these and would like my diet to be as natural as is possible)

    do a certain type of exercise

    read a certain book

    train my mind in some manner

    take up meditation
    or yoga

    Or tell me briefly how the above affected your energy levels.

    Any help would be appreciated folks as this is beginning to depress me and I was a fairly happy-go-lucky guy all my life. Am I just getting old???!?

    ta

    • ANSWER:
      You need to take iron pills. Eat a bowl of bran flakes or Raisin Bran
      everyday with a banana on it. Use fat free milk. You need to relax more. Your exhausted is the word.

  36. QUESTION:
    For those people who understand how natural selection works:...?
    Firstly, where did I go wrong in this reasoning:

    Premise 1: There are many elements in the 20th/21st century human environment that we were not exposed to in our evolutionary history, and are thus unadapted for.
    P2. Our diet is one example of this. Processed foods such refined starches and sugars, saturated-fat rich dairy and meat products, tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, are all things which only started being consumed by humans en masse in the 20th century.
    P3. Some of these substances are known to have negative health effects if consumed in excess - diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, drug overdoses, obesity, various cancers from smoking, and possibly cancers related to meat consumption and many other things.
    P4. Natural selection must correct for any maladaptive 'behaviours' or reactions of an organism to its environment. This occurs by those organisms failing to survive and reproduce as those without the maladaptive behaviours.
    P5. Reactions of disease and illness to modern dietary factors constitute natural selection selectively discriminating against those who are less fit for the modern human environment.
    P6. There are likely many other health issues related to modern human consumption patterns that medical science has not yet established the exact mechanisms of.
    CONCLUSION: It is unwise to consume anything that was not part of the human diet during the bulk of human evolutionary history; i.e. anything that we did not consume in the stone age. This means eliminating all processed foods, most dairy and grain products, and attempting to get one's dietary requirements from only unprocessed, organic foods.

    [Takes a sip of energy drink.]

    This seems like a perfectly logical sequence to me, not that i'm a great logician or anything. I feel concerned whenever I eat junk food or any processed, unnatural foods, and have tried avoiding them before; because I'm apprehensive about the cancer rates in our society and am thinking this is a real possibility for what could be causing it. But none of the people I know share their concern; primarily I think because they don't understand evolution by natural selection, and because consumption of all these substances are part of our cultural inheritance. If you are smart and understand natural selection, what do you think of this argument?
    Zaphod: Would be better if you'd elaborated on your answer rather than be anal retentive about what category it was in. Philosophy is one of the sections where intelligent people hang out. I doubt nutritionists would know sh|t about evolution. As it happens, I asked the same question in Anthropology and Biology. But it is a perfectly acceptable philosophical musing in its own right.
    Roobin and Sam Brazingdon: Great answers, thanks a bunch. Roobin: I agree, thanks for pointing out that the conclusion is a little strong. I realise we don't know for sure if such things as ordinary foods are detrimental or how detrimental they are, and what advantages they have; so it is not a sure thing we should avoid them. My argument is more of a "playing on the safe side" sort of thing, but I failed to make this clear.
    Deem: "natural selection has no place in our society anymore" - this is something you hear often and i think it is completely missing the point. natural selection is always in action; whether or not its accumulative effects are felt or not is another matter. you will still get sick due to environmental facts you are not adapted for; you might get cured by modern medicine (or you might not). but wouldn't it be better to not get sick in the first place?

    • ANSWER:
      Good question.
      I think you are right to be concerned, because although natural selection might offer a long term solution by the gradual introduction of resistant genes to the unnatural substances being consumed, that would only come about in the far future and requires adaptations by chance, eliminating the least resistant first in very high numbers. Of course modern medical science has been able to stave off a lot of the side effects of unnatural substances as witnessed by statistical evidence of increases in longevity, but even so the number of new allergies and diseases must be of concern, and possible pandemics are a real threat.

      Increasing longevity even with the consumption of unnatural substances is probably partly due to improvements in sewage disposal, hygiene, food storage, vaccines, antibiotics etc.. However, the cocktail of preservatives, colourants, and other unnatural substances; the drugs prescribed or otherwise, high concentration food supplements, and possibly non-organic farming, have damaging side effects which natural selection might or might not overcome over a periods measured in hundreds of thousands of years. Until then, if we do not become extinct, design selection seems the inevitable method we must use to avoid the on-going consequences of natural selection for as long as possible, and this is largely driven by the planets ever increasing population, another factor on which natural selection will eventually decide the outcome. In the short term, meaning our individual lifetimes, it is far better to avoid unnatural substances where and when identified; a tall order in today's society.

  37. QUESTION:
    Do I have colon cancer?
    I'm not going crap everday like I used too. But when I do go crap it's one normal sized and shaped piece and another ribbion like piece of crap.

    Abdominal distension: Nope
    Abdominal pain: Nope
    Unexplained, persistent nausea or vomiting: Nope
    Unexplained weight loss: Nope
    Change in frequency or character of stool (bowel movements): nope
    Small-caliber (narrow) or ribbon-like stools: I dont' think so?
    Sensation of incomplete evacuation after a bowel movement: Nope
    RectalAnorectal fistulas
    Colon cancer
    Colorectal polyps
    Digital rectal exam
    Hemorrhoids
    Imperforate anus
    Imperforate anus repair
    Inflatable artificial sphincter
    Proctitis
    Rectal biopsy
    Rectal cancer, x-ray pain: Nope
    Age. About 90 percent of people diagnosed with colon cancer are older than 50: I'm 21.
    A personal history of colorectalColon cancer
    Colorectal polyps cancer or polyps: Not that I know of.
    InflammatoryInflammatory bowel disease
    Ulcerative colitis intestinalAmebic liver abscess
    Barium enema
    Colorectal polyps
    Colostomy
    Gastrointestinal bleeding
    Gastrointestinal disorders - resources
    Gastrointestinal perforation
    Intestinal gas
    Intestinal leiomyoma
    Intestinal obstruction
    Intestinal obstruction repair conditions: Nope
    Inherited disordersAdjustment disorder
    Anorexia nervosa
    Asperger syndrome
    Autism
    Autoimmune disorders
    Bipolar disorder
    Bipolar disorder
    Bleeding disorders
    Borderline personality disorder
    Bulimia
    Chronic motor tic disorder that affect the colon: I might have hemmorides, thouh it usually doesn't cause a problem for me. Basiclly it's not active most of the time.
    FamilyBirth control and family planning
    Choosing a primary care provider
    Ewing’s sarcoma
    Family troubles - resources history of colon cancer and colon polyps: Only my grandma, nobody else even polyps. My parents who are over 50 both got colonoscapes, neither one of them had any polyps.
    Diet. Colon cancer and rectal cancer may be associated with a diet low in fiber and high in fat and calories: Probably
    A sedentary lifestyle: Yeah, but do try to get at least a little bit of exercise each day.
    Diabetes: Nope
    Obesity: I'm only 145 pounds
    Smoking. I don't smoke
    Alcohol: I don't drink
    Growth hormone disorder: I don't think so.
    Radiation therapy for cancer: I've never had cancer or anyone in my family except for my granda who was a smoker.

    • ANSWER:
      That's just colon symptoms from a neurological disorder, such as Borderline Personality Disorder, Social Phobia and anxiety, or Fibromyalgia, Tension Myositis Syndrome. Proper diagnosis is Irritable Bowel Syndrome, IBS, and heading toards an IBD, Inflammatory Bowel Disorder/Disease. You don't want Ileitis or colitis, and certainly not Crohn's. Relax, eat fruit and fibre, pro-biotics, and exercise.

  38. QUESTION:
    Do I have colon cancer?
    I'm not going crap everday like I used too. But when I do go crap it's one normal sized and shaped piece and another ribbion like piece of crap.

    Abdominal distension: Nope
    Abdominal pain: Nope
    Unexplained, persistent nausea or vomiting: Nope
    Unexplained weight loss: Nope
    Change in frequency or character of stool (bowel movements): nope
    Small-caliber (narrow) or ribbon-like stools: I dont' think so?
    Sensation of incomplete evacuation after a bowel movement: Nope
    RectalAnorectal fistulas
    Colon cancer
    Colorectal polyps
    Digital rectal exam
    Hemorrhoids
    Imperforate anus
    Imperforate anus repair
    Inflatable artificial sphincter
    Proctitis
    Rectal biopsy
    Rectal cancer, x-ray pain: Nope
    Age. About 90 percent of people diagnosed with colon cancer are older than 50: I'm 21.
    A personal history of colorectalColon cancer
    Colorectal polyps cancer or polyps: Not that I know of.
    InflammatoryInflammatory bowel disease
    Ulcerative colitis intestinalAmebic liver abscess
    Barium enema
    Colorectal polyps
    Colostomy
    Gastrointestinal bleeding
    Gastrointestinal disorders - resources
    Gastrointestinal perforation
    Intestinal gas
    Intestinal leiomyoma
    Intestinal obstruction
    Intestinal obstruction repair conditions: Nope
    Inherited disordersAdjustment disorder
    Anorexia nervosa
    Asperger syndrome
    Autism
    Autoimmune disorders
    Bipolar disorder
    Bipolar disorder
    Bleeding disorders
    Borderline personality disorder
    Bulimia
    Chronic motor tic disorder that affect the colon: I might have hemmorides, thouh it usually doesn't cause a problem for me. Basiclly it's not active most of the time.
    FamilyBirth control and family planning
    Choosing a primary care provider
    Ewing’s sarcoma
    Family troubles - resources history of colon cancer and colon polyps: Only my grandma, nobody else even polyps. My parents who are over 50 both got colonoscapes, neither one of them had any polyps.
    Diet. Colon cancer and rectal cancer may be associated with a diet low in fiber and high in fat and calories: Probably
    A sedentary lifestyle: Yeah, but do try to get at least a little bit of exercise each day.
    Diabetes: Nope
    Obesity: I'm only 145 pounds
    Smoking. I don't smoke
    Alcohol: I don't drink
    Growth hormone disorder: I don't think so.
    Radiation therapy for cancer: I've never had cancer or anyone in my family except for my granda who was a smoker.

    • ANSWER:
      see a dr

  39. QUESTION:
    Do I have colon cancer?
    I'm not going crap everday like I used too. But when I do go crap it's one normal sized and shaped piece and another ribbion like piece of crap.

    Abdominal distension: Nope
    Abdominal pain: Nope
    Unexplained, persistent nausea or vomiting: Nope
    Unexplained weight loss: Nope
    Change in frequency or character of stool (bowel movements): nope
    Small-caliber (narrow) or ribbon-like stools: I dont' think so?
    Sensation of incomplete evacuation after a bowel movement: Nope
    RectalAnorectal fistulas
    Colon cancer
    Colorectal polyps
    Digital rectal exam
    Hemorrhoids
    Imperforate anus
    Imperforate anus repair
    Inflatable artificial sphincter
    Proctitis
    Rectal biopsy
    Rectal cancer, x-ray pain: Nope
    Age. About 90 percent of people diagnosed with colon cancer are older than 50: I'm 20.
    A personal history of colorectalColon cancer
    Colorectal polyps cancer or polyps: Not that I know of.
    InflammatoryInflammatory bowel disease
    Ulcerative colitis intestinalAmebic liver abscess
    Barium enema
    Colorectal polyps
    Colostomy
    Gastrointestinal bleeding
    Gastrointestinal disorders - resources
    Gastrointestinal perforation
    Intestinal gas
    Intestinal leiomyoma
    Intestinal obstruction
    Intestinal obstruction repair conditions: Nope
    Inherited disordersAdjustment disorder
    Anorexia nervosa
    Asperger syndrome
    Autism
    Autoimmune disorders
    Bipolar disorder
    Bipolar disorder
    Bleeding disorders
    Borderline personality disorder
    Bulimia
    Chronic motor tic disorder that affect the colon: I might have hemmorides, thouh it usually doesn't cause a problem for me. Basiclly it's not active most of the time.
    FamilyBirth control and family planning
    Choosing a primary care provider
    Ewing’s sarcoma
    Family troubles - resources history of colon cancer and colon polyps: Only my grandma, nobody else even polyps. My parents who are over 50 both got colonoscapes, neither one of them had any polyps.
    Diet. Colon cancer and rectal cancer may be associated with a diet low in fiber and high in fat and calories: Probably
    A sedentary lifestyle: Yeah, but do try to get at least a little bit of exercise each day.
    Diabetes: Nope
    Obesity: I'm only 145 pounds
    Smoking. I don't smoke
    Alcohol: I don't drink
    Growth hormone disorder: I don't think so.
    Radiation therapy for cancer: I've never had cancer or anyone in my family except for my granda who was a smoker.

    • ANSWER:
      You may want to have a complete physical and blood work done by your doctor. While you are at the doctor bring up your concerns about colon cancer. Hopefully your doctor will be able to set your mind at ease. Take Care.

  40. QUESTION:
    Do I have colon cancer?
    I'm not going crap everday like I used too. But when I do go crap it's one normal sized and shaped piece and another ribbion like piece of crap.

    Abdominal distension: Nope
    Abdominal pain: Nope
    Unexplained, persistent nausea or vomiting: Nope
    Unexplained weight loss: Nope
    Change in frequency or character of stool (bowel movements): nope
    Small-caliber (narrow) or ribbon-like stools: I dont' think so?
    Sensation of incomplete evacuation after a bowel movement: Nope
    RectalAnorectal fistulas
    Colon cancer
    Colorectal polyps
    Digital rectal exam
    Hemorrhoids
    Imperforate anus
    Imperforate anus repair
    Inflatable artificial sphincter
    Proctitis
    Rectal biopsy
    Rectal cancer, x-ray pain: Nope
    Age. About 90 percent of people diagnosed with colon cancer are older than 50: I'm 21.
    A personal history of colorectalColon cancer
    Colorectal polyps cancer or polyps: Not that I know of.
    InflammatoryInflammatory bowel disease
    Ulcerative colitis intestinalAmebic liver abscess
    Barium enema
    Colorectal polyps
    Colostomy
    Gastrointestinal bleeding
    Gastrointestinal disorders - resources
    Gastrointestinal perforation
    Intestinal gas
    Intestinal leiomyoma
    Intestinal obstruction
    Intestinal obstruction repair conditions: Nope
    Inherited disordersAdjustment disorder
    Anorexia nervosa
    Asperger syndrome
    Autism
    Autoimmune disorders
    Bipolar disorder
    Bipolar disorder
    Bleeding disorders
    Borderline personality disorder
    Bulimia
    Chronic motor tic disorder that affect the colon: I might have hemmorides, thouh it usually doesn't cause a problem for me. Basiclly it's not active most of the time.
    FamilyBirth control and family planning
    Choosing a primary care provider
    Ewing’s sarcoma
    Family troubles - resources history of colon cancer and colon polyps: Only my grandma, nobody else even polyps. My parents who are over 50 both got colonoscapes, neither one of them had any polyps.
    Diet. Colon cancer and rectal cancer may be associated with a diet low in fiber and high in fat and calories: Probably
    A sedentary lifestyle: Yeah, but do try to get at least a little bit of exercise each day.
    Diabetes: Nope
    Obesity: I'm only 145 pounds
    Smoking. I don't smoke
    Alcohol: I don't drink
    Growth hormone disorder: I don't think so.
    Radiation therapy for cancer: I've never had cancer or anyone in my family except for my granda who was a smoker.

    • ANSWER:
      Way too much useless information. Take this post to a doctor.

  41. QUESTION:
    Do I have colon cancer?
    I'm not going crap everday like I used too. But when I do go crap it's one normal sized and shaped piece and another ribbion like piece of crap.

    Abdominal distension: Nope
    Abdominal pain: Nope
    Unexplained, persistent nausea or vomiting: Nope
    Unexplained weight loss: Nope
    Change in frequency or character of stool (bowel movements): nope
    Small-caliber (narrow) or ribbon-like stools: I dont' think so?
    Sensation of incomplete evacuation after a bowel movement: Nope
    RectalAnorectal fistulas
    Colon cancer
    Colorectal polyps
    Digital rectal exam
    Hemorrhoids
    Imperforate anus
    Imperforate anus repair
    Inflatable artificial sphincter
    Proctitis
    Rectal biopsy
    Rectal cancer, x-ray pain: Nope
    Age. About 90 percent of people diagnosed with colon cancer are older than 50: I'm 20.
    A personal history of colorectalColon cancer
    Colorectal polyps cancer or polyps: Not that I know of.
    InflammatoryInflammatory bowel disease
    Ulcerative colitis intestinalAmebic liver abscess
    Barium enema
    Colorectal polyps
    Colostomy
    Gastrointestinal bleeding
    Gastrointestinal disorders - resources
    Gastrointestinal perforation
    Intestinal gas
    Intestinal leiomyoma
    Intestinal obstruction
    Intestinal obstruction repair conditions: Nope
    Inherited disordersAdjustment disorder
    Anorexia nervosa
    Asperger syndrome
    Autism
    Autoimmune disorders
    Bipolar disorder
    Bipolar disorder
    Bleeding disorders
    Borderline personality disorder
    Bulimia
    Chronic motor tic disorder that affect the colon: I might have hemmorides, thouh it usually doesn't cause a problem for me. Basiclly it's not active most of the time.
    FamilyBirth control and family planning
    Choosing a primary care provider
    Ewing’s sarcoma
    Family troubles - resources history of colon cancer and colon polyps: Only my grandma, nobody else even polyps. My parents who are over 50 both got colonoscapes, neither one of them had any polyps.
    Diet. Colon cancer and rectal cancer may be associated with a diet low in fiber and high in fat and calories: Probably
    A sedentary lifestyle: Yeah, but do try to get at least a little bit of exercise each day.
    Diabetes: Nope
    Obesity: I'm only 145 pounds
    Smoking. I don't smoke
    Alcohol: I don't drink
    Growth hormone disorder: I don't think so.
    Radiation therapy for cancer: I've never had cancer or anyone in my family except for my granda who was a smoker.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. Your operation is scheduled for this Thursday. Please abstain from eating until then.

  42. QUESTION:
    Do I have colon cancer?
    I'm not going crap everday like I used too. But when I do go crap it's one normal sized and shaped piece and another ribbion like piece of crap.

    Abdominal distension: Nope
    Abdominal pain: Nope
    Unexplained, persistent nausea or vomiting: Nope
    Unexplained weight loss: Nope
    Change in frequency or character of stool (bowel movements): nope
    Small-caliber (narrow) or ribbon-like stools: I dont' think so?
    Sensation of incomplete evacuation after a bowel movement: Nope
    RectalAnorectal fistulas
    Colon cancer
    Colorectal polyps
    Digital rectal exam
    Hemorrhoids
    Imperforate anus
    Imperforate anus repair
    Inflatable artificial sphincter
    Proctitis
    Rectal biopsy
    Rectal cancer, x-ray pain: Nope
    Age. About 90 percent of people diagnosed with colon cancer are older than 50: I'm 21.
    A personal history of colorectalColon cancer
    Colorectal polyps cancer or polyps: Not that I know of.
    InflammatoryInflammatory bowel disease
    Ulcerative colitis intestinalAmebic liver abscess
    Barium enema
    Colorectal polyps
    Colostomy
    Gastrointestinal bleeding
    Gastrointestinal disorders - resources
    Gastrointestinal perforation
    Intestinal gas
    Intestinal leiomyoma
    Intestinal obstruction
    Intestinal obstruction repair conditions: Nope
    Inherited disordersAdjustment disorder
    Anorexia nervosa
    Asperger syndrome
    Autism
    Autoimmune disorders
    Bipolar disorder
    Bipolar disorder
    Bleeding disorders
    Borderline personality disorder
    Bulimia
    Chronic motor tic disorder that affect the colon: I might have hemmorides, thouh it usually doesn't cause a problem for me. Basiclly it's not active most of the time.
    FamilyBirth control and family planning
    Choosing a primary care provider
    Ewing’s sarcoma
    Family troubles - resources history of colon cancer and colon polyps: Only my grandma, nobody else even polyps. My parents who are over 50 both got colonoscapes, neither one of them had any polyps.
    Diet. Colon cancer and rectal cancer may be associated with a diet low in fiber and high in fat and calories: Probably
    A sedentary lifestyle: Yeah, but do try to get at least a little bit of exercise each day.
    Diabetes: Nope
    Obesity: I'm only 145 pounds
    Smoking. I don't smoke
    Alcohol: I don't drink
    Growth hormone disorder: I don't think so.
    Radiation therapy for cancer: I've never had cancer or anyone in my family except for my granda who was a smoker.

    • ANSWER:
      The main question to you is how is your butt related to mental health? I suppose you're worried too much about colon cancer so you don't know.

      However, if you're under 40, I think, you shouldn't worry too much about colon cancer. However, if you're over 40 and your family has a history of colon cancer, you might want to get a yearly exam to check.

      Just note that a colon is not at the end of your rectum (ie butt). It's way, way up there, and they look at it by camera which is quite a painful ordeal.

      My recommendation is to see a doctor and perhaps see if you can get your stool sampled which might hint at colon problems.

      However, be sure to eat plenty of fiber daily and make sure you have plenty of veggies and fruits to eat throughout the day.

      Edit: Don't fall for those "colon cleansers" that you see at health stores. While using them once in a while is a "good idea" it could cause worst problems for you. For example, excessive usage of laxatives can cause your colon to become damaged.

      So don't fall for tricks. Just go with eating enough fiber and stuff, and don't stress out about colon cancer.

  43. QUESTION:
    Do I have colon cancer?
    I'm not going crap everday like I used too. But when I do go crap it's one normal sized and shaped piece and another ribbion like piece of crap.

    Abdominal distension: Nope
    Abdominal pain: Nope
    Unexplained, persistent nausea or vomiting: Nope
    Unexplained weight loss: Nope
    Change in frequency or character of stool (bowel movements): nope
    Small-caliber (narrow) or ribbon-like stools: I dont' think so?
    Sensation of incomplete evacuation after a bowel movement: Nope
    RectalAnorectal fistulas
    Colon cancer
    Colorectal polyps
    Digital rectal exam
    Hemorrhoids
    Imperforate anus
    Imperforate anus repair
    Inflatable artificial sphincter
    Proctitis
    Rectal biopsy
    Rectal cancer, x-ray pain: Nope
    Age. About 90 percent of people diagnosed with colon cancer are older than 50: I'm 20.
    A personal history of colorectalColon cancer
    Colorectal polyps cancer or polyps: Not that I know of.
    InflammatoryInflammatory bowel disease
    Ulcerative colitis intestinalAmebic liver abscess
    Barium enema
    Colorectal polyps
    Colostomy
    Gastrointestinal bleeding
    Gastrointestinal disorders - resources
    Gastrointestinal perforation
    Intestinal gas
    Intestinal leiomyoma
    Intestinal obstruction
    Intestinal obstruction repair conditions: Nope
    Inherited disordersAdjustment disorder
    Anorexia nervosa
    Asperger syndrome
    Autism
    Autoimmune disorders
    Bipolar disorder
    Bipolar disorder
    Bleeding disorders
    Borderline personality disorder
    Bulimia
    Chronic motor tic disorder that affect the colon: I might have hemmorides, thouh it usually doesn't cause a problem for me. Basiclly it's not active most of the time.
    FamilyBirth control and family planning
    Choosing a primary care provider
    Ewing’s sarcoma
    Family troubles - resources history of colon cancer and colon polyps: Only my grandma, nobody else even polyps. My parents who are over 50 both got colonoscapes, neither one of them had any polyps.
    Diet. Colon cancer and rectal cancer may be associated with a diet low in fiber and high in fat and calories: Probably
    A sedentary lifestyle: Yeah, but do try to get at least a little bit of exercise each day.
    Diabetes: Nope
    Obesity: I'm only 145 pounds
    Smoking. I don't smoke
    Alcohol: I don't drink
    Growth hormone disorder: I don't think so.
    Radiation therapy for cancer: I've never had cancer or anyone in my family except for my granda who was a smoker.

    • ANSWER:
      ask a man that's in the medical region

  44. QUESTION:
    What aspects of Panchakarma in Ayurveda can be used to heal bone and uterine cancer in a 41 yr. old woman?
    What aspects of Panchakarma in Ayurveda can be used to heal bone and uterine cancer in a 41 yr. old woman?

    This question is going out to Vaidyas, or specialists in the field of Ayurveda, or at least those who have done some research into it.In Canada we have very few places that offer Panchakarma. Although I am Canadian born, I have traveled to India and received Panchakarma and seen the benefits. I want to help this lady to the best of my capacity, so I'm looking for expert advice. The lady appears to me to have a Pitta Kapha body type . I have told her to stop eating beef, which is actually harmful to all humans , what to speak of the cow. It is also proven that animal fat helps to enhance the spreading of cancer in the body. If basti or eenemais prescribed, what should be the ingredients in the basti and the proportions ? In the event that ayurvedic herbs are no available here in Quebec, what types of herbs need to be ssubstituted? I am assuming that herbs which are alteratives or blood cleansers , as found in the Essiac formula would work best. I am encouraging her to follow and anti- Pitta-Kapha diet to help balance her doshas, but I realize that she requires much more than this. Please give your knowledgeable suggestions on what protocol and the order in which things should be done to help save this ladies life. I think she is still in the early stages and she is going for further tests. Thank you very much for your suggestions. I also realize that the liver needs to be given support while it is detoxifying and that garbage that passes as food such as white flour, white sugar, coffee, alcohol and nicotine must all be completely cut out due to their high acidity content which increases the disease factor, inflammation etc......Chemotherapy is out of the question due to its extremly harsh and invasive effect on the body.

    • ANSWER:
      Cancer is extremely harsh and has an invasive effect on the body. It kills.
      I would advise you to take her over to a regular cancer treatment center for treatment.
      Do not experiment.
      She should be able to live a long time. 41 is too young to die.

  45. QUESTION:
    Do I have colon cancer?
    I'm not going crap everday like I used too. But when I do go crap it's one normal sized and shaped piece and another ribbion like piece of crap.

    Abdominal distension: Nope
    Abdominal pain: Nope
    Unexplained, persistent nausea or vomiting: Nope
    Unexplained weight loss: Nope
    Change in frequency or character of stool (bowel movements): nope
    Small-caliber (narrow) or ribbon-like stools: I dont' think so?
    Sensation of incomplete evacuation after a bowel movement: Nope
    RectalAnorectal fistulas
    Colon cancer
    Colorectal polyps
    Digital rectal exam
    Hemorrhoids
    Imperforate anus
    Imperforate anus repair
    Inflatable artificial sphincter
    Proctitis
    Rectal biopsy
    Rectal cancer, x-ray pain: Nope
    Age. About 90 percent of people diagnosed with colon cancer are older than 50: I'm 20.
    A personal history of colorectalColon cancer
    Colorectal polyps cancer or polyps: Not that I know of.
    InflammatoryInflammatory bowel disease
    Ulcerative colitis intestinalAmebic liver abscess
    Barium enema
    Colorectal polyps
    Colostomy
    Gastrointestinal bleeding
    Gastrointestinal disorders - resources
    Gastrointestinal perforation
    Intestinal gas
    Intestinal leiomyoma
    Intestinal obstruction
    Intestinal obstruction repair conditions: Nope
    Inherited disordersAdjustment disorder
    Anorexia nervosa
    Asperger syndrome
    Autism
    Autoimmune disorders
    Bipolar disorder
    Bipolar disorder
    Bleeding disorders
    Borderline personality disorder
    Bulimia
    Chronic motor tic disorder that affect the colon: I might have hemmorides, thouh it usually doesn't cause a problem for me. Basiclly it's not active most of the time.
    FamilyBirth control and family planning
    Choosing a primary care provider
    Ewing’s sarcoma
    Family troubles - resources history of colon cancer and colon polyps: Only my grandma, nobody else even polyps. My parents who are over 50 both got colonoscapes, neither one of them had any polyps.
    Diet. Colon cancer and rectal cancer may be associated with a diet low in fiber and high in fat and calories: Probably
    A sedentary lifestyle: Yeah, but do try to get at least a little bit of exercise each day.
    Diabetes: Nope
    Obesity: I'm only 145 pounds
    Smoking. I don't smoke
    Alcohol: I don't drink
    Growth hormone disorder: I don't think so.
    Radiation therapy for cancer: I've never had cancer or anyone in my family except for my granda who was a smoker.

    • ANSWER:
      there is always a chance but you not going to know unless you get a colonoscopy. I had no symptoms and that procedure found anal cancer in me.

      YOU need to realize that we are NOT capable of telling you if you have cancer...best we can do is tell you to...
      SEE A DOCTOR!

  46. QUESTION:
    What aspects of Panchakarma in Ayurveda can be used to heal bone and uterine cancer in a 41 yr. old woman?
    This question is going out to Vaidyas, or specialists in the field of Ayurveda, or at least those who have done some research into it.In Canada we have very few places that offer Panchakarma. Although I am Canadian born, I have traveled to India and received Panchakarma and seen the benefits. I want to help this lady to the best of my capacity, so I'm looking for expert advice. The lady appears to me to have a Pitta Kapha body type . I have told her to stop eating beef, which is actually harmful to all humans , what to speak of the cow. It is also proven that animal fat helps to enhance the spreading of cancer in the body. If basti or eenemais prescribed, what should be the ingredients in the basti and the proportions ? In the event that ayurvedic herbs are no available here in Quebec, what types of herbs need to be ssubstituted? I am assuming that herbs which are alteratives or blood cleansers , as found in the Essiac formula would work best. I am encouraging her to follow and anti- Pitta-Kapha diet to help balance her doshas, but I realize that she requires much more than this. Please give your knowledgeable suggestions on what protocol and the order in which things should be done to help save this ladies life. I think she is still in the early stages and she is going for further tests. Thank you very much for your suggestions. I also realize that the liver needs to be given support while it is detoxifying and that garbage that passes as food such as white flour, white sugar, coffee, alcohol and nicotine must all be completely cut out due to their high acidity content which increases the disease factor, inflammation etc......Chemotherapy is out of the question due to its extremly harsh and invasive effect on the body.

    • ANSWER:
      To "treat" cancer one needs to employ actual medicine, not herbs.

      Silly goose!

      If "ayurvedic" treatments actually worked, wouldn't rates of disease be LOWER in countries (like India, for example) where they are most-widely practiced?

      Then why do FOUR TIMES as many people die of cancer in India compared to the US?

      http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/c/cancer/stats-country.htm


Alcohol Liver Damage Symptoms

Moreover, the excessive and chronic alcohol is the single most important cause of illness and death from hepatitis and cirrhosis in the United States.

Normal Liver:
Normal functioning of the liver is essential to life. The liver is the largest and, in some ways the most complex organ in the body. One of its main functions is to degrade toxic substances absorbed from the intestine or produced in other areas of the body and then excretes them through the bile or blood products as harmless.

Moreover, the liver secretes bile into the small intestine to help digestion and absorption of fats, vitamin stores, synthesizes proteins and cholesterol, metabolizes and stores sugars. The liver controls blood viscosity and regulates the clotting mechanisms.

Alcoholic liver disease:
The liver is an organ particularly susceptible to damage caused by alcohol, since it is the major site of metabolism of this substance in the body.

In the liver is one of the largest organs of the human body, it has the ability to regenerate, therefore, symptoms related to liver damage caused by alcohol may not appear until it is really extensive. In males, this condition can be achieved by using about 2 liters of beer, 1 liter of wine or 240 ml of distilled beverages ingested daily for at least 20 years. In women, the amount needed to produce similar injuries is only to of this amount.
Daily consumption of alcohol over a long period of time, is a condition strongly associated with the development of liver injury, however, only half of the users who use it with this frequency will develop hepatitis or alcoholic cirrhosis. These findings suggest that other conditions such as heredity, environmental factors or both should influence the course of liver disease.

Alcohol metabolism:
Most of the ingested alcohol is metabolized in the liver by action of the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenize (ADH). This enzyme converts the alcohol into acetaldehyde, which even in small concentrations, is toxic to the body. The enzyme aldehyde dehydrogenize (ALDH), in turn, converts the acetaldehyde into acetate 3. Most of the acetate produced reaches other parts of the body through the bloodstream where it participates in other metabolic cycles.

In individuals who abuse alcohol liver disease most commonly found is:
1. Alcoholic (fatty liver). Fat deposition occurs in almost all individuals who abuse alcohol and frequent. However, it is a clinical condition that can also occur in nonalcoholic individuals after a single episode of alcohol abuse. It is the first stage of alcoholic liver disease. If the person stops drinking at this stage, it will recover its function. It may also occur in diabetic, obese, with severe malnutrition and users of certain drugs 3.

2. Alcoholic Hepatitis: This condition results in inflammation and / or destruction of liver tissue. Symptoms include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fever and in some cases, confusion. Although this disease can lead to death, in most cases it can be reversed with abstinence from alcohol.
3. Cirrhosis: It is an advanced form of liver disease caused by a progressive damage of liver cells. Cirrhosis is usually diagnosed in 15 to 30% of chronic users of alcohol and abusive.

A cirrhotic liver is characterized by an extensive fibrosis that affects the functioning of the liver could affect the functioning of other organs such as brain and kidneys. Although alcoholic cirrhosis can lead to death due to complications, it can be stabilized by complete abstinence from alcohol.

The intense and chronic consumption of alcohol predisposes to liver disease in susceptible individuals. However, the fact that only a proportion of these individuals develop hepatitis or cirrhosis, indicating the importance of other factors such as heredity, gender, diet and other forms of liver diseases influencing the risk for alcoholic liver disease.

Most liver injuries caused by alcohol are attributed to alcohol metabolism and its products of metabolism. Other research will bring other possible biological mechanisms involved in liver damage, and treatment alternatives as depended or not alcohol.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    what are the symptoms of liver damage not caused by alcohol?
    i dont like alcohol i dont drink but i have taken multiple over the counter overdoses , what are the symptoms of organ damage?

    • ANSWER:
      Some liver damage symptoms are non specific. They include fatigue, weakness, loss of appetite and vague abdominal pain.
      More specific and serious symptoms of liver damage/disease are jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of eyes) and easy bruising.

      If you have any of these symptoms, see a doc for blood tests and proper diagnosis.

  2. QUESTION:
    What are symptoms of liver damage due to long term alcohol use?

    • ANSWER:
      Four Stages of Alcoholic Liver Disease
      Damage Due to Alcohol - Fatty Liver, Hepatitis, Fibrosis, Cirrhosis
      When alcohol is consumed, it ends up in the liver where it is metabolised. Fat, along with carbon dioxide and water, is one of the end products of this metabolic process. Fatty liver disease, or fatty degeneration, is the storage and accumulation of fat in the liver, and is the first stage of alcoholic liver disease.

      Fatty liver disease does not cause serious damage to liver function, and is reversible by abstaining from heavy drinking, or better still, not drinking at all. If heavy drinking continues, the damage to the liver will get worse.
      Alcoholic Hepatitis
      Continued drinking with a fatty liver can lead to alcoholic hepatitis, the second stage of alcoholic liver disease. This is characterised by inflammation of the liver, the effects of which may be mild, but may also be very serious. Alcoholic hepatitis can come on suddenly, causing the liver to function abnormally with the possibility of liver failure.
      Liver Fibrosis
      Liver fibrosis is the third stage of alcoholic liver disease. As the liver attempts to heal itself, tough fibrous scar tissue is formed to protect liver cells that have been damaged due to heavy alcohol consumption. This scar tissue accumulates in excessive amounts.

      Liver fibrosis is irreversible, but its progression can be halted by stopping drinking. If drinking continues, the fibrosis will worsen and progress to cirrhosis of the liver.
      Liver Cirrhosis
      The fourth and final stage of alcoholic liver disease is liver cirrhosis, which occurs as a result of long term damage to the liver from heavy drinking. Nodules form on the liver along with scar tissue, replacing healthy liver cells. The liver can no longer function properly and may eventually fail. Liver cirrhosis is a serious, irreversible condition, but can be prevented from getting worse by giving up alcohol.

      If drinking continues, the damage will continue to get worse, the liver will fail and death may occur. Liver cirrhosis also increases the risk of liver cancer and reduces life expectancy.

      Drinking sensibly in moderation is the key to enjoying alcohol. Two to three units a day for men (21 units a week), and one to two units a day for women (14 units a week) is a safe guideline. It is wise to have at least two alcohol free days each week.

  3. QUESTION:
    liver damage from alcohol?
    how can i support a friend that will not admit to family and friends that she has a drinking problem.
    Her mother has convinced her that myself and another friend are interfering. She has all the symptoms of liver damage and says she is on the transplant list because a gall stone was attached to her liver and when it was removed it got damaged. Her stomach is always swollen, she itches, swollen legs and has had a minor stroke, hypertension loss of appetite. There are various others including anger and lies.

    • ANSWER:
      Attend some Al-Anon meetings for yourself. These meetings will put you in contact with others that are dealing with the same issues and can offer you the tools and guidance needed to cope. One of the biggest problems is facing the fact that there is only so much that you can do. When these people and some family members are in denial, the problem can sometimes seem a losing battle. At least the meetings can offer you some peace of your own, and you can learn better ways to communicate and offer a healthier means of support to your friend. Give it a shot and good luck, it's a LONG and winding road.

  4. QUESTION:
    Alcohol and Liver Damage ?
    Hi.. Umm for about 4 months, I was binge drinking. In those 4 months, I had about the equivalence of 1 bottle of rum. I'm a 16 year old girl; 110 pounds (if that helps with anything). So now i'm wondering if it could have a big impact on my liver. And if so, what symptoms should i be looking for?

    Please, be serious - I'm actually worried. If some people who studied in biology / medecine could answer, that would be great. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    How do you know if your liver is damaged - after a weekend of drinking a lot I can't face alcohol?
    What are the symptoms of liver damage?
    I hardly ever drink but went on a hen party weekend and was certainly not falling over!

    • ANSWER:
      Your liver gets damaged if u drink excessively on a regular basis on empty stomach. If u drink occassionally like on week ends, it is ok but still try to nibble something so the drink does not land in ur empty stomach.
      Symptoms of liver damage are loss of appetite, difficulty in digestion & later yellow discoloration of eyes, pain in the right upper part of abdomen etc.

  6. QUESTION:
    Did consuming Tylenol (Acetaminophen) with alcohol damage my liver?
    3 weeks ago I had a cold so I took 4 pills of tylenol. There was a big party that night, so I ended up drinking 4 glasses of wine. Once I came home from the party and sobered up, I found that my cold symptoms were far worse. However, I was fine in a couple of hours, and never felt like that again. I rarely drink (I've gotten drunk maybe 10 times), so I'm wondering if I caused my liver any damage by combining Acetaminophenes with Tylenol. I'm a 19 year old guy that weighs 150 pounds. In the three weeks that have passed since the incident, everything has been normal. Any ideas? Should I be worried that I caused myself long-term damage down the road?
    Well I took 6 tylenols the previous day and 4 the day of. I drank 4 glasses of wine (the warning says 3 or more drinks so I didnt go way over or anything).

    • ANSWER:
      If you really want to ease your mind...your
      doctor can do simple blood tests on you
      to be sure no damage was done:
      the liver enzymes and the liver function tests.
      IT is worth getting this done.
      The liver doesn't always show symptom
      right away until the functions the liver
      usually does, deteriates. If the liver has
      any inflammation because of this...
      the doctor can reverse it with medication.
      If inflammation has developed and is not
      treated, it can lead to more serious problems.
      I'm not trying to scare you...only it has
      been shown that tylenol and alcohol together
      can cause serious damage to the liver.
      It really depends on how much, in mg, tylenol you took, when you took it, and how much alcohol there was.

  7. QUESTION:
    How long wil you live if you keep drinking and have pre-existing liver damage?
    My partner was hospitalised due to liver damage caused by alcohol - he stopped drinking totally for 18 months but has now started again. How long do you think he has before he starts experiencing negative symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      Since he already has liver damage caused by alcohol which is permanent scarring of the liver called cirrhosis, drinking more is only going to do further scarring to his already damaged organ. Just because he stopped drinking for 18 months doesn't mean that damage went away. He just got better because the alcohol was no longer irritating his liver. If the damage was severe enough to hospitalize him, then it's probably already pretty serious. There is no way to tell without looking at his medical test results to see how much damage is already there.

      A lot of factors come into play as to how long it will take such as how much he drinks, what he drinks, how often, his overall health, medical problems already present, any underlying medical problems, how his body handles alcohol, etc. The one thing I do know that as time go on with his continued drinking, his symptoms are just going to increase and he is going to keep getting more sick as time goes on. It's not an easy way to die. It's a slow and miserable disease and then add the alcoholic behavior on top of it and I would want no part of it myself. I would not want to be in your shoes because I think it is actually harder on the caregiver. The alcoholic gets to drown his sorrows in booze while someone else takes care of their needs. Forget that. I would not walk away. I would run away and never look back. And I would never feel a single pang of guilt for doing it.

  8. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of alcoholic liver damage?
    I don't suspect I have it, since I very rarely drink alcohol, but I'm curious as to what the signs/symptoms are?

    • ANSWER:
      General symptoms include:

      * Abdominal pain and tenderness
      * Dry mouth and increased thirst
      * Fatigue
      * Jaundice
      * Loss of appetite
      * Nausea
      * Swelling or fluid buildup in the legs (edema) and in the abdomen (ascites) when cirrhosis is present
      * Weight loss

  9. QUESTION:
    what are the early symptoms of liver damage ?
    Reddish eyes on alcohol consumption
    heat waves from the body
    restlessness and tiredness
    allergey or breathlessness

    • ANSWER:

  10. QUESTION:
    Does taking drugs damage your liver as bad as alcohol misuse?
    My friend hammered drugs for over ten years. He is now clean and lives a healthy life. Is it possible for his body to heal itself from the abuse of amphetamines overe this period (crack also at times) and be normal again?. He has no symptoms of body illness and his blood pressure is fine.

    • ANSWER:
      i knew an alcoholic who had been sober for 15 years - then he was diagnosed with liver disease! he is gone now, but it just goes to show you that what you put your body through may not yeild instant reprocussions. i'm really glad your friend is clean now, thats pretty much all you can do. i dont know about the relationship between amphetamines and liver trouble, but it is possible that he has weakened his heart during his drug use and might be at risk for heart attacks or brain aneurysms in the future.

  11. QUESTION:
    Is my liver damaged from mixing hydrocodone and alcohol one time?
    Hello, I am very concerned about my liver after a night of doing something reckless. I am a healthy 21 year old, 6'1, 200 pound male with no lasting medical problems of any sort. Going to go into greater detail about my problem. About tree days a go I drank about 10 shots of 100 proof vodka throughout the day/night total and then 15 mins or so (probably a little longer than that though maybe a half hour even) later after my last shot late at night close to midnight I would say, I took 1 pill of hydrocodone 5MG/500MG (I have it prescribed for a broken nose) and then about an hour later after I took that pill I took two tylenol PM's to try and sleep. It is probably important to note that I only took the 1 hydrocodone all day, NOT more than one (and it was that low dose 5MG/500MG pill) and again that was about 15 mins or so after drinking my last shot of the day. I had NO hydrocodone or any pills at all the next day following this event. It may be important to note I did also eat a huge portion of nachos with nacho cheese after taking the two tylenol and drank a big thing of tea, so that may have sucked up some alcohol? Also right after I finished eating the nachos I went straight to sleep. I am not a regular drinker, I was just drinking that day/night for a random thrill out of boredom. And I have never ever mixed alcohol and drugs like this before, this was the first and last time. The next day myfriend told me I could have seriously damaged my liver. I have been concerned ever since that night about my liver. But like I said I have only done this one time and it was accidental because I was not thinking because I was intoxicated, and so far I think I am fine. I have not experienced any of the symptoms of liver damage over the past view days, I have been keeping close tabs on myself and doing appropriate research and so far I think I am fine, no concerns. I talked to a friend that is a 911 dispatcher, she has no real medical experience like a doc nurse though, but she said she thinks I am fine. But should I go see my doctor and get medical advise just in case? Am I in any immediate or long lasting danger? Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      aside from destroying a few billion brain cells with all that alcohol, I doubt you did yourself any lasting damage. Suggest you find better ways to alleviate your boredome in future.

  12. QUESTION:
    what are my chances of having sever liver damage?
    im addicted to darvocet i use to take 4 pills a night then i cut down to 3 and ive been taking them on and off ofr almost 2 years i dont have any symptoms of liver damage but im so worried ive made an appointment to tell my doctor everything but its not for about a week i think i jsut need a peace of mind do you think i could have sever liver damage? or if my doctor takes me off of pain killers will my liver heal itself? i know its so stupid to take so much but im addicted also what can cause liver damage more pain killers or alcohol?

    • ANSWER:
      The doctor can order a liver biopsy(painful)and check again in 6 months to guage problem if any. good luck.

  13. QUESTION:
    How do you die of liver failure through abuse of alcohol/other drugs?
    I don't quite understand how this works. Say there is someone who drinks too much every week or somebody who regularly takes too much paracetamol. Now from my research I believe that excessive drinking of alcohol damages the liver as does excessive doses of paracetamol. So if a person took too much of these too frequently he is said to suffer liver failure and die. My question is, how do you die of liver failure, do you just collapse randomly and never wake up or do you gradually get symptoms of liver failure? For example would it be possible that somebody could not notice that there was something wrong with them at all until they died?

    • ANSWER:
      They slowly become jaundiced, lethargic and do eventually drop into a hepatic coma.

  14. QUESTION:
    What is death like when you die of liver failure through abuse of alcohol/other drugs?
    I don't quite understand how this works. Say there is someone who drinks too much every week or somebody who regularly takes too much paracetamol. Now from my research I believe that excessive drinking of alcohol damages the liver as does excessive doses of paracetamol. So if a person took too much of these too frequently he is said to suffer liver failure and die. My question is, how do you die of liver failure, do you just collapse randomly and never wake up or do you gradually get symptoms of liver failure? For example would it be possible that somebody could not notice that there was something wrong with them at all until they died?

    • ANSWER:
      They slowly become jaundiced, lethargic and do eventually drop into a hepatic coma.

  15. QUESTION:
    Is my liver damaged at all from mixing hydrocodone and alcohol one time?
    Hello, I am very concerned about my liver after a night of doing something reckless. I am a healthy 21 year old, 6'1, 200 pound male with no lasting medical problems of any sort. Im very healthy across the board, i dont do drugs, and im not a regular drinker. Going to go into greater detail about my problem. About five days a go I drank about 10 shots of 100 proof vodka throughout the day/night total and then 15 mins or so (probably a little longer than that though maybe a half hour even) later after my last shot late at night close to midnight I would say, I took 1 pill of hydrocodone 5MG/500MG (I have it prescribed for a broken nose) and then about an hour later after I took that pill I took two tylenol PM's to try and sleep. It is probably important to note that I only took the 1 hydrocodone all day, NOT more than one (and it was that low dose 5MG/500MG pill) and again that was about 15 mins or so after drinking my last shot of the day. I had NO hydrocodone or any pills at all the next day following this event. It may be important to note I did also eat a huge portion of nachos with nacho cheese after taking the two tylenol and drank a big thing of tea, so that may have sucked up some alcohol? Also right after I finished eating the nachos I went straight to sleep. I am not a regular drinker, I was just drinking that day/night for a random thrill out of boredom. And I have never ever mixed alcohol and drugs like this before, this was the first and last time. The next day myfriend told me I could have seriously damaged my liver. I have been concerned ever since that night about my liver. But like I said I have only done this one time and it was accidental because I was not thinking because I was intoxicated, and so far I think I am fine. I have not experienced any of the symptoms of liver damage over the past view days, I have been keeping close tabs on myself and doing appropriate research and so far I think I am fine, no concerns. I talked to a friend that is a 911 dispatcher, she has no real medical experience like a doc nurse though, but she said she thinks I am fine. But should I go see my doctor and get medical advise just in case? Am I in any immediate or long lasting danger? Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Damaging your liver by drinking and taking pills is not like damaging it in a car accident where it is visibly bruised or lacerated. One night of drinking and taking pills is not going to kill you of liver disease (overdose is a much greater possibility). Just don't make a habit of it--this is what leads to trouble. That is why they say that people who drink 3 or more drinks every night should avoid Tylenol. The danger of hydrocodone and alcohol mixing is it is easier to get really messed up and be unable to breathe properly on your own. So overdose rather than liver damage is your biggest danger from one night of binging. Just avoid it in th future and you should have no problem. As with everything in life, alcohol in moderation is fine, as is hydrocodone taken to relieve serious acute pain. Binge drinking and taking hydrocodone to have a good time are not healthy behaviors and should be stopped.

      Good luck, I think you'll be okay, but be wary of this in the future

  16. QUESTION:
    Is my liver damaged at all from mixing hydrocodone with tylenol PM and alcohol one time?
    Hello, I am very concerned about my liver after a night of doing something reckless. I am a healthy 21 year old, 6'1, 200 pound male with no lasting medical problems of any sort. Im very healthy across the board, i dont do drugs, and im not a regular drinker. Going to go into greater detail about my problem. About five days a go I drank about 10 shots of 100 proof vodka throughout the day/night total and then 15 mins or so (probably a little longer than that though maybe a half hour even) later after my last shot late at night close to midnight I would say, I took 1 pill of hydrocodone 5MG/500MG (I have it prescribed for a broken nose) and then about an hour later after I took that pill I took two tylenol PM's to try and sleep. It is probably important to note that I only took the 1 hydrocodone all day, NOT more than one (and it was that low dose 5MG/500MG pill) and again that was about 15 mins or so after drinking my last shot of the day. I had NO hydrocodone or any pills at all the next day following this event. It may be important to note I did also eat a huge portion of nachos with nacho cheese after taking the two tylenol and drank a big thing of tea, so that may have sucked up some alcohol? Also right after I finished eating the nachos I went straight to sleep. I am not a regular drinker, I was just drinking that day/night for a random thrill out of boredom. And I have never ever mixed alcohol and drugs like this before, this was the first and last time. The next day myfriend told me I could have seriously damaged my liver. I have been concerned ever since that night about my liver. But like I said I have only done this one time and it was accidental because I was not thinking because I was intoxicated, and so far I think I am fine. I have not experienced any of the symptoms of liver damage over the past view days, I have been keeping close tabs on myself and doing appropriate research and so far I think I am fine, no concerns. I talked to a friend that is a 911 dispatcher, she has no real medical experience like a doc nurse though, but she said she thinks I am fine. But should I go see my doctor and get medical advise just in case? Am I in any immediate or long lasting danger? Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      one time abuse will not hurt your liver..it is one tough organ. just remember it can handle only so much, so lay off heavy drinking and mixing drugs, and you will be fine..

  17. QUESTION:
    Could I have severe liver damage and not even know about it?
    I am a 23 nearly 24 year old female and I drink (3 bottles in a weekend sometimes 4) Last night I drank a liter sized bottle of pumpkin spice liquer at 15% alcohol by volume and I drank the bottle slowly in 4 hours and 21 minutes how much damage have I possibly done to my insides already from my past and current drinking? I drink one 750 ml bottle of wine (or 1 1 liter sized bottle of mixed cocktail) 3 nights in a row on the weekends and this process is repeated every weekend. I have made a ritual to drink one bottle of wine or cocktail each friday, saturday and sunday and since I am young I love drinking and I refuse to stop cause I love drinking I know some people will probably call me an alcoholic etc,. when they read the comment I made about loving drinking and refusing to stop pouring alcohol down my throat lol but what 24 year old doesn't party like I do? I look forward to the weekends so I can enjoy my wine or whatever it is I choose to buy and my parents always have alcohol in the house so I feel tempted when I see it. What I would like to know is how much damage am I possibly doing to my liver, kidneys etc,. drinking this much each weekend (one 750 ml sized bottle of wine 3 days in a row or one 750 ml sized bottle of wine 2 days in a row followed by a 1 liter sized bottle of pumpkin spice liquer or other cocktail) P.S. even though I drink all this in one sitting I spread it out I do not chug it down as if it's a chugging contest and I try to have at least some food in me before I start to soak it up and make it easier on my organs cause I know drinking on an empty stomach is a bad idea cause your organs have to work harder when there is no food in the stomach, the food slows down the absorption of the alcohol. People tell me if I am worried about my drinking harming my insides I should speak to a doctor about it and see what they say and maybe they can give me some advice on how I can make my organs less prone to alcohol related damage (vitamins for the liver, etc,.) but I am kind of shy to tell my doctor I drink 3 bottles of wine or something else in a period of three days cause he/she might think I am an alcoholic if I drink this much each weekend and also they will start to asking me stupid questions such as why I drink and all that crap and I wont know how to answer. I am kind of shy to speak to a professional about my concerns about alcohol and the effect my intake could have on my liver. What can I do? I want maybe someone on here who is either a doctor or a nurse or knows about this stuff to give me his/her opionion about this. If anyone can do that then thanks. P.S. a bottle of wine at 750 ml has about 5 standard smallish 5 ounce glasses so I am consuming 5 standard drinks in a sitting 3 nights in a row. And the liter sized bottle of cocktails I think has 6 standard drinks in it. I do not do this on a daily basis just those three days I mentioned. Sometimes 4 but usually 3 but how much damage am I doing to my organs and are there any symptoms if for example something was worng will I feel bad and everything?

    • ANSWER:
      Seems like you are putting your body at risk! Overstimulating your organs that way can lead to more serious health problems such as cancer. Given that you are saying that you drink heavily, one of the main area of concern would be the kidneys. There are numerous types of cancer, and while I am not a doctor, I can tell you that looking at a list of the possible kidney diseases you could develop could make for a wake-up call. Your kidneys are in charge of filtering toxic waste in your body and alcohol is essentially as toxic as it comes! Don't be embarrassed to talk to your doctor. He's seen worse I'm sure!

  18. QUESTION:
    Could I have liver damage?
    A couple months ago I started drinking alcohol. The second time I drank, I was introduced to vodka. I was told it hits you fast, so when I didn't feel anything after 4 shots I took 4 more...and 4 more, totaling 12 shots in around 30 minutes. I had 2 beers before this. I do not remember the night, but was told that i was puking for several hours, was incoherent, could not walk at all, and that my hands and feet turned a pale blue. I have no symptoms of liver damage but was wondering if this episode could have damaged part of it, and if it did, what I should do to reverse it.

    Thanks for the help.

    • ANSWER:
      A once off drinking binge like this should not have significant effects on your health. If this becomes habitual (you do it regularly) then it may well damage your liver. You are young so take it easy love.

  19. QUESTION:
    Any thoughts on birth control and liver damage?
    About 2 years ago I had a severe reaction to alcohol. After only 1 drink I felt like something was sitting on my chest. My breathing was labored and it seemed almost painful. I thougtht it was possibly a panic attack. I don't drink often so about 6 months after that I was celebrating a birthday of one of my friends and after a couple of drinks I had the same reaction but worse. I saw my Dr. and she said that my liver could possibly not be processing the alcohol. She said that it was too busy processing the birth control I was on. I have not been on birth control for almost 2 years and when I recently got married, I tried to drink wine. After two glasses I became ill and had the same symptoms. I never had this problem before I was on bc. Has anyone ever heard of a birth control causing liver damage?

    • ANSWER:
      Some studies have linked oral contraceptives with an increased risk of developing hepatomas (a benign liver growth). Typically, these are not considered life-threatening, but it is always a wise decision to consult with your primary care physician.

  20. QUESTION:
    how does liver damage build up?
    If a erson did a lot of drinking and or ingested large amounts of drugs and toxins in their youth,(say,from age 18-22)and if any damge was done to the liver, would the symptoms present themselves during that time or take a while to show?

    If the person had a two or three year period of no alcohol intake and general good health with no signs of illness could sympotoms pop up later?

    • ANSWER:
      The only way to know for sure is to ask your
      doctor to do a liver enzyme test, liver function
      test. These will show if the liver cells have
      been damaged and if the functions they
      do to keep well is okay.

      The liver is a very silent organ when it comes
      to being injured. The cells maybe damaged,
      but it isn't until the functions deteriate that
      there are any symptoms.

      Usually, a liver problem starts out with
      inflammation inside the liver. This is because
      the immune system responds to any damage
      done in the cells. Patients can be walking
      around with this inflammation and not know it.
      The inflammation of the cells have to be
      treated and the cause removed, like alcohol
      or drugs. If this isn't done, then the disease
      can progress where the liver cells die off and
      then the disease will progress till the patient
      is diagnosed with a disease known as
      cirrhosis, which is the death of the liver cells
      and scar tissue forming inside the liver.

      It was very wise to stop the alcohol. But it
      would still be very wise to have the doctor
      check, maybe a couple of times, with blood
      work to be sure.

      The very first signs maybe tiredness...you
      may also have flu like symptoms in some cases.
      You may start to appear more yellow, known
      as Jaundice. The skin will take on a yellow
      to orange color and so will the whites of the
      eyes. You may notice a darkening of the
      urine from a light yellow normal color to
      an orange or brownish color. Your stools
      may not have color to them or will keep
      losing color till they are almost a whitish gray.

      Remember, that these symptoms may
      not appear right away...
      All liver patients are told not to take any
      alcohol. They are to tell the doctor of
      any medications they are on: over the counter,
      herbs, herbal teas, vitamins, minerals,
      street drugs, and prescriptions prescribed
      by other doctors.

      I hope this is of some help to you.

  21. QUESTION:
    How long until your liver gets damaged from alcohol?
    I went through a short period were I was binge drinking nearly every night for about 5-6 months. During these months I would drink between 3-6 nights a week sometimes less, started consuming 2-3 units which slowly escalated ended up drinking on average around 6-8 units a night but occasionally can do even up to 15-18 units on a proper binge.

    Sure it doesn't sound like a long time, and I know some people can drink much more and for years and years and have no symptoms. I started getting anxiety and panic attacks which is why I stopped but in the past 3 months since I have stopped the anxiety is getting worse and am getting all sorts of random symptoms - like loss of appetite which I know can be due to my anxiety.

    The doctor keeps dragging it on I've seen him twice, he offered me medicine for anxiety but keep postponing the treatment always asks me to come back in a month and see how I feel, I have mentioned also I fear I may have done some liver damage, he didn't check and said "I doubt you have reached that stage".

    Because there is no 'bullet in me' and its all 'in my head' it feels like they are not taking my situation seriously and they are hoping it goes away so they don't have to do anything but its not going.

    BOTTOM LINE: Considering my drinking past is it possible I have done any serious damage to my liver?

    • ANSWER:
      I doubt very much you have done any damage to your liver. The experts say it takes 10 years of heavy drinking before cirrhosis might show up. Even then, it would probably be just a small amount of cirrhosis (scar tissue in the liver). That can vary quite a bit since it can take a lot longer for others. We have all seen the old alcoholic who has been drinking since he was probably 10 and still drinking at 60. He looks terrible but still alive and drinking. Then someone else could have cirrhosis in those 10 years. There is no cut dry answer to your question other than it would be very unlikely you have a liver problem with the short period of time you drank. Your doctor is well aware of that. The liver can function quite well even if it is damaged from cirrhosis some.

      Your doctor probably did blood tests on you for liver function. Ask him. If the results were normal, then you are fine. In my opinion you have not done any permanent damage to your liver. When you stop drinking, your liver can regenerate and get back to normal and be healthy again. The drinking can cause a lot of inflammation, but that will heal and go away once you stop. The only way it will not regenerate is if there is scar tissue (cirrhosis) and you have not been drinking long enough to have that.

  22. QUESTION:
    Alcohol + hep c =?
    Alcohol + hep c =?
    is there any chance that a 37yr female who has hep c for 15years, can drink 3 glasses of red wine per day will be uneffected by the alcohol?
    what are first symptoms of liver damage?
    she has pale/olive skin, gets a bit stressed with our kids, does not appear to be depressed.
    how much alcohol consumption considered to much. she does not get drunk though.
    How long does she have before she kills herself?

    • ANSWER:
      These questions can only be answered by her doctor. Us Yahoos have not examined her !

  23. QUESTION:
    alcohol + hep c =?
    is there any chance that a 37yr female who has hep c for 15years, can drink 3 glasses of red wine per day will be uneffected by the alcohol?
    what are first symptoms of liver damage?
    she has pale/olive skin, gets a bit stressed with our kids, does not appear to be depressed.
    how much alcohol consumption considered to much. she does not get drunk though.

    • ANSWER:
      People who have hep C should NOT drink alcohol. Hep C damages the liver, and one function of the liver is to process alcohol and other drugs. Continuing to drink alcohol after being diagnosed with Hep C WILL do further damage to the liver, and there is a good chance that it will also shorten the lifespan of someone with Hep C. So there is VERY LITTLE chance that she will be UNAFFECTED by drinking alcohol daily.

  24. QUESTION:
    How much damage does alcohol and aspirin do to you?
    A friend of mine just confided in me that she has drank (6+ drinks) and taken a handful of aspirin (5-10ish?) on more than one occasion. She wasn't hospitalized, she just said she woke up like somebody turned the volume/lights down. Is there any chance of Liver Disease/Kidney disease for her if this has occurred 2-4 times? She is perfectly healthy and hasn't been sick or had any abnormal symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      5-10 tablets of aspirin (75mg) is maximum 750mg, if your friend weighs 50kg then this is 15mg/kg, and therefore very unlikely to be associated with any toxicity. Even with a few drinks, this is very unlikely to do any lasting damage. Chronic use of aspirin can lead to kidney damage, and in some individuals (rarely) low doses of aspirin have been known to cause renal damage.
      Although this is unlikely to have done any lasting harm, it is unwise, and you could usefully advise her to stop. Both alcohol and aspirin have an effect on the stomach which leads to increased acid secretion and decreased protection from the acid, leading to the possibility of irritation to the gastric mucosa and gastritis or ulcer formation. Again, these are unlikely to arise immediately, but a pattern of behaviour would lead to harm.
      Needless to say, this is at least a move towards risky behaviour and quite possibly an act of self-harm, so there may be underlying reasons for this action. Perhaps your friend is trying to tell you something, or trying to elicit your concern.
      If her aim was to numb pain of some kind, there are better ways of getting rid of pain...

  25. QUESTION:
    hep c and alcohol?
    Alcohol + hep c =?
    is there any chance that a 37yr female who has hep c for 15years, can drink 3 glasses of red wine per day will be uneffected by the alcohol?
    what are first symptoms of liver damage?
    she had pale skin but recently i noticed it going to olive skin, gets a bit stressed with our kids, does not appear to be depressed.
    how much alcohol consumption considered to much. she does not get drunk though.
    How long does she have before she kills herself?
    thankyou for your reply miss kriss, this is NOT a joke, i have noticed a change within my wife and i am asking for people opinions as she remains to be very secretive about it. everytime i ask her she changes the subject. she recently had some tests done, which left a bruise on her arm and we are awaiting the results..

    • ANSWER:
      ANY alcohol consumption by someone with Hep C is too much. Hep C damages the liver, and drinking alcohol will only cause more damage, and increase the likelihood of death sooner, rather than later. It isn't really possible to say how long before she kills herself. Focus on getting her to QUIT DRINKING, because she is KILLING HERSELF.

      (You have asked this question several times, and I have answered it at least once before.)

  26. QUESTION:
    Why is the addictive drug called "alcohol" legal while a lot of other drugs are not?
    I have read many times where alcohol is the most dangerous drug - but even if it's not, it is still addictive & people overdose on it often (alcohol poisoning), and certainly it has caused more injuries & deaths from driving accidents than any other drug. Alcohol has been responsible for a lot of violence and murders: it has destroyed many families, and has caused many of it's users to lose jobs among other things. It also causes liver damage and other health problems, and has withdrawal symptoms like other addictive drugs. I'm just wondering if anyone has any ideas about this?
    ...as far as controlling how much a person drinks, that is a good answer, but still, too many people cannot control how much they drink...and at the same time, I've known a lot of people who are satisified with just doing a little bit of a certain drug because they didn't like to get too wasted, or in the case of speed, they knew if they took too much it would make them too nervous, so they just took a little.
    I really have been wondering this for a long time, regardless of other drugs...it just seems that if it causes so many problems that it would be made illegal. I really don't know that much about politics-I figured that it might be because of the money it brings to the government...but yet it costs the country so much financially as well as the cost of people's lives if this were true...I suppose it could also be that a lot of the government officials are doing this drug also, and don't want it to be outlawed.

    • ANSWER:
      Govt. should Have an alternate this for its revenue.

  27. QUESTION:
    If somebody has Hep C, can they not have liver damage?
    My friend has hep C, just diagnosed. He could have had it for 15 years. He does not drink alcohol or have any symptoms at all, could this mean that he is a carrier or it could just take longer to show in him? Can interfelon and ribavarin be taken by somebody who has no symptoms and has had it for 15 years (maybe) Could he clear it and be fine even if he has had it that long and live a normal healthy life???

    • ANSWER:
      If your friend has had HCV for 15 years, he has had symptoms. HCV is not asympomatic. HCV does not just reside in the liver-it is in all our body, organs and tissues ect.
      In my 39 years, I have never met a carrier, although they do exsist. chances are 15% probability your friend is a carrier, however, 85% of those with HCV have chronic infection.
      Now, I had HCV that I know of for at least 26 years. My liver damage was minimal, however, liver damage does not coinside with the degree of symptoms and vice versa.
      HCV has many bi-directional diseases associated with the disease that may not show up right away, however, you may have a symptom of lets say, a skin rash- this could be attributed to the HCV indirectly or directly.
      Depression is usually the first sign, or some sort of other metnal disease-even ADHD.
      About clearing HCV? That is really dependent of the genotype. There are many subtypes, however, 1a's and 1b's are hardest to treat (about 15%) clear the virus.
      2a and 2b's have the highest success rate.
      1a and 1b are most prevelant in the United States, 2a and 2b represent about 15% of the population (more prevlelent in european countries) and 3a, 3b, 4a are the remainder with mixed outcomes from treatment.

      When you have hcv, things are never fine. Those that are told they cleared the virus on their own can have re-activation. That is why regardless of what genotype, cleared, infectious or treated you should have a check up every year.
      Those with HCV infection can have elevated liver enzymes (alt and ast levels in a liver panel blood lab) or they can remain well within the normal limits, or they can "see-saw". This is why many with HCV go undiagnosed because the standard liver panel test is not a reliable indication of disease. Some think that because their ALT and AST levels are normal and they know they have hcv, they think the virus isn't doing anything-but it ALWAYS is doing damage! (unless a sustained viral response to antiviral meds)

      My advice to your friend if he finds out that he has chronic hcv is to jump on the antiviral chemotherapy wagon...the sooner the better as some diseases associated with hcv infection are not reversable.

      As for sexual intercourse, hcv is not a true std because blood has to be present and blood transfer has to take place. HCV corpuscles found in vaginal, semen or other bodily fluids are NOT infectious and not transferable. Again, blood to blood is the only way to acquire HCV.

      hugs and good luck to you both.

  28. QUESTION:
    Ammonia blood levels and liver damage: Help?
    I have a very specific question that I'm not sure anyone will be able to answer...but here goes:

    My husband has been a heavy drinker for at least 15 years. Two weeks ago, he ended up in the hospital due to symptoms similar to dementia or a stroke. He went into alcohol withdrawals in the ER while he was being tested. Long story short, the dementia symptoms improved but he was hospitalized for severe alcohol withdrawal...which was severe for about a week. He then was transferred to a rehab center. He has been there now for about five days and when he first arrived his ammonia level was very high (101)....and was started on medication to lower it. It has slowly lowered and is now in the 20s.

    So...we don't know the extent of my husband's liver damage, as he has never been thoroughly tested other than liver blood panels, which are always high.

    My question is this: IF my husband does have severe liver damage, will those ammonia levels go back up when he is taken off the medication used to lower it in the first place? I have been searching for the answer to this for days now.

    Thank you in advance.

    • ANSWER:

  29. QUESTION:
    I have been taking 200 mg ibuprofen once a night for the last 3 months. Is this potentially dangerous?
    I had an extensive hernia repair surgery late May, and to deal with the pain and swelling, I had/have been taking 200 mg of ibuprofen once a night for the last 2 months, on top of the Hydro-ibuprofen combination the doctor told me to take the first month . I don't drink alcohol, but I have Crohn's, and I take 100 mg 6-MP (another probable Hepatotoxic) a day. My liver results have always come back fine, but that was all pre-op. Do I need to worry about this?? Should I go to the Crohn's doctor and request more blood work, or just wait until the next appointment in November? If the combination of 6-mp and ibuprofen caused some kind of liver damage, what symptoms would I look for? Thank you for your time.

    • ANSWER:
      200 mg ibuprofen is not a big dose of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory. It should not interact with the mercaptopurine, as the main toxicity of the NSAID's is on the stomach lining, or potentially (and this is a LONG shot!) the kidney. In excessive doses in a person who may be dehydrated, NSAID's may cause kidney toxicity, but at this dosage, as long as you are well hydrated, does not present any danger to your kidneys.
      If you did have liver damage from any of the drugs you are taking, you might experience loss of appetite, discomfort in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen, dark urine, or yellowing of the whites of your eyes (jaundice).
      Unless your own physician tells you otherwise, I don't think that 200 milligrams of ibuprofen is dangerous to your health..
      Good luck to you!

  30. QUESTION:
    How much liver damage can be done if I drink while I have mono?
    I was diagnosed with mono two days ago and was told that I was on the "upswing." I experienced the acute symptoms a little over 2 weeks ago and have been free of any throat pain, headache, a fever, and pretty much all symptoms (except swollen glands and the occasional very mild sore throat) for about 4 days now. I feel absolutely fine, although I know my body is still fighting the virus. I am going to Miami in a week and wanted to know if drinking for a 3-4 nights in a row, keeping it moderate (4-5 drinks), would have extremely adverse consequences on my liver. I was told to take milk thistle tablets and drink plenty of water while doing so to try to counteract the damage to my liver. This would be the only time I would be drinking and I would keep away from alcohol for a while after. Is this a completely stupid idea? Thanks for the feedback.
    I am not on any antibiotics or medication for it and will be doing everything possible to help my liver (avoid fatty foods, red meat, take milk thistle, drink water, etc).

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    Are my symptoms related to liver disease?
    Recent blood tests have indicated I have damaged my liver due to too much alcohol (I thought I drank the same as everyone else!). i asked for blanket blood tests at the time because I was ill all the time. Since being diagnosed my doctor told me to abstain for a month before having the next set of tests so they could see how much damage has been done. Recently though I have started to feel awful! i am constantly exhausted, dizzy, feel faint, low in energy and need to sleep at around 3pm. My diet is super healthy so I'm worried its due to the liver malfunctioning. Does anyone have an answer?

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor has already said your liver is damaged - it's just a matter of finding out to what extent. It may not be caused from alcohol abuse alone - some people just have weaker systems. Do you use Tylenol on a regular basis? That has been proven to damage the liver at higher doses, especially when coupled with alcohol. The liver affects EVERYTHING in your body and this is one warning sign that is not to be taken lightly. STAY AWAY FROM ALCOHOL PERIOD. If you've been drinking so much that you've damaged your liver, you could be having withdrawal symptoms. Time to get that under control and dealt with - alcohol is not worth risking your life (or liver) over.

  32. QUESTION:
    Blood test, liver enzyme?????
    I just got a blood test done and on the list I saw liver enzymes. What dose this mean? Will my doc know I drink? She might say somthing to my mum and she dosnt know I drink. How much alcohol would it take for you to do noticable damage to your liver? What are the symptoms for liver damage and stuff? Please help I'm freaking out!!

    • ANSWER:
      Don't freak out. The liver is tested to ensure it's working properly - prescription and over the counter drugs (like Tylenol) can affect liver function and health. It's a normal test done during a physical or blood panel. The liver is a very important organ and ensuring it's working properly should be done regularly.

      It won't show if you've been drinking. Cirrhosis of the liver takes many years of significant drinking.

  33. QUESTION:
    Excessive alcohol consumption and the liver?
    I've been consuming an excess of alcohol for the past 5 months on and off, primarily because myself and 2 roommates have just turned 19 and are indulging far beyond a responsible limit. To give you an accurate estimation of our alcohol intake as of the past 5 months, I would guess we have 2 nights a week where we consume about a 12 pack each. I know this is a horrid choice to make and I'm beginning to feel the repercussions both physically and morally. I feel like a complete douchebag and my decision to quit drinking is already etched in stone, but that's post-damage. I've noticed a slight sensation where the liver is located and it's scaring the living hell out of me. I'm going to see a doctor, but I'm inquiring on yahoo so I can get a general idea of what I should be worrying about in my case.

    In your own experience/knowledge, does what I'm explaining indicate that I've developed irreversable damage to my liver? It isn't very painful, nor are there any other symptoms (blood in urine, pale or yellow skin) but I am naturally going to fear for my life because of my own stupid choices. Can anyone help me by estimating how much damage I've done?

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Excessive consumption of alcohol OVER a SUSTAIN period of time may cause permanent damage to that organ and/or others. Talk to a medical doctor or medical advise or at least the people here on YA in the health section.

      By a point of curiosity do you k now Matt Simpson the Beer Sommelier ?

  34. QUESTION:
    If you were incarcerated, and went untreated for a life threatening disease that had ALL THE Symptoms ?
    A Friend of mind at the age of 70 was incarcerated for a "Alcohol" related crime.

    He enter the Jail with all the symptoms of Liver damage, unknown to all of us at the time.

    Since my research on this disease, the SYMPTOMS WERE LOUD AND CLEAR. Yet, he went undiagnosed and untreated, although he had seen the Jail Physician more than once.

    By the time he was released his medically condition was so life threatening he had to be rushed to the Emergency room. He was immediately diagnosed with Cirrhosis of the Liver. he almost died had this gone on much longer.

    I believe he has a Medical Malpractice suit against the County Jail's Physician, any input?

    Just with this information would you agree that his Eight Amendment right was violate- Prisoners right to proper Medical care?

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible but there are barriers. First, you would have to show that the delay in treatment was the result of medical malpractice and that any reasonable physician would have made the diagnosis (based on what the prisoner told the doc) and then consciously disregarded the information. Furthermore, you would have to show some harm from the delay in treatment. That is, you would have to show that if he had started treatment earlier then he would have been cured. All of that seems unlikely, but your question is necessarily based on incomplete info.

  35. QUESTION:
    Liver damage,and denial?
    A friend is suffering and has various symptoms which she makes excuses for, i tried to find her some help some time ago with an agency and told her mother, asking her if she would encourage her to go and get some advice before making a descision, her mother seemed to be interested in the fact that she has 2 other girls that are also alcohol dependant and a crack addict and she does not want to look after there kids, my friend is clearly still drinking as has not been in contact with me since i had a conversation with her mother to take her to get some help. I feel she has told her to stay away from me and another friend that has been there for many years. The family has had some abuse issues with a male member and i feel this is the root that the mother is trying to keep under raps, shall i write my friend a letter and explain that i am only trying to help, she is also awaiting a liver transplant and has 4 children.

    • ANSWER:
      I have had a family member who needed and received a liver transplant from drinking and did the same thing to the second liver that he did to the first liver he had. The only thing you can do is hope and pray that she will clean up her act. unfortunately people who are addicts will not change unless they want to. And if she can not clean up for her children what makes you think she will for a friend? Its harsh but true..... Maybe after she hears them explain that if she abuses this liver she will not ever be considered for another transplant. Write a letter if you want but honestly it might not do anything but irritate her, shes a user and an addict

  36. QUESTION:
    Have I caused serious damage from drinking?
    Hello,

    I drank quite a bit at the weekend, my guess is around 20 - 30 units.
    I drank a mixture of rum and vodka.
    When I woke up I felt a little sick but no headache.
    Now, Wednesday and throughout the week, I have felt tired and sick at times, the sick feeling being very mild.
    I'm not sure whether I've caused some serious damage to my liver at the weekend or I am just recovering.
    I don't have the energy to go to the gym, and wake up feeling very tired.
    Has anyone experienced this after a large amount of alcohol in a short time? Are there any symptoms to suggest liver damage and any drinks/foods to make me feel better?
    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      it unlikely but your GP will carry out tests..........if you are really concerned make an appt

      If you have had 20-30 units you are probably suffering some mild withdrawal (which is what a hangover basically is) such as the nausea, shakiness, listlessness etc. Also as the alcohol will have been in your system for a few days you have probably not slept properly (you don't reach the full level of sleep needed when you have drank alot of alcohol) this would explain the tiredness.

      A few things to try that may make things ease up are: plenty water, B vitamines (particularly thiamine), milk thistle, honey and lemon, isotonic sports drinks.

      Hope this helps

  37. QUESTION:
    When will I feel better and have I caused damage?
    Hello,

    I drank quite a bit at the weekend, my guess is around 20 - 30 units.
    I drank a mixture of rum and vodka.
    When I woke up I felt a little sick but no headache.
    Now, Wednesday and throughout the week, I have felt tired and sick at times, the sick feeling being very mild.
    I'm not sure whether I've caused some serious damage to my liver at the weekend or I am just recovering.
    I don't have the energy to go to the gym, and wake up feeling very tired.
    Has anyone experienced this after a large amount of alcohol in a short time? Are there any symptoms to suggest liver damage and any drinks/foods to make me feel better?
    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you could have caused liver damage and it could get better but it could be permanent. Also, you may have driven your bloodsugar way up. I would make sure that you have plenty of fluids to flush your system out. If you continue to feel bad then a doctor would probably need to check you out.

  38. QUESTION:
    Does my fiance have liver problems?
    For a several months now (almost 8 or 9) my fiance has constantly been complaining that he feels ill and tired. I have been brushing it off as nothing until now, as today I noticed his skin looking slightly yellow.
    I am now quite concerned because I know that this can be a symptom of liver damage. Especially as he does have some bad habit when it comes to alcohol in that he doesn't drink often but when he does it is often a large bottle of whiskey. (And yes, I have tried to talk to him about how bad this is for him!)
    Could this be what it is? And if so what should we do from here?
    Thank You

    • ANSWER:
      You can’t build your conclusion about symptom of liver problem based only on color of one’s skin. You can have some assumptions of course, but in order to make proper diagnosis about liver damage a specific blood test needed to be done.

  39. QUESTION:
    Is coffee bad for your health?
    I drink a lot of coffee during the day...like two cups or sometimes three. What are the symptoms if you drink too much coffee?
    Can drinking too much coffee hurt an organ....like when you drink too much alcohol you damage your liver?

    • ANSWER:
      About every 2-3 years the scientific and medical community will declare coffee to be bad. Then 3 years will go by and it will be good. And the cycle goes on.

      You actually do not drink a lot of coffee. I know people who drink 4 pots of coffee and four shots of espresso daily. I can tell you that is unhealthy.

      Coffee will not cause any level of organ damage. Alcohol is technically a toxin, as are its metabolites. Coffee is not like that.

      Coffee can cause physical addiction and can actually be very difficult to get through. It does not compare to a heroin detox but stopping coffee can be hard. But typically a physical dependence occurs at 4 or 5 cups a day. And none of that actually hurts your health.

      And it it easy to tell if you have had too much coffee- there is often a rapid heart beat, anxiety, agitation, some muscle spasms, and stomach pain are common.

      But two even three cups will not hurt you and there is more and more research about some health benefits. But if you happen to have anxiety problems or take the drug Luvox caffeine is to be avoided.

  40. QUESTION:
    anyone know about liver problems?
    Hi I have been having alot of discomfort in my liver i went to the hospital not knowing where the problem was but it started with me noticing odd behavior such as sleeping all the time ill wake up be up for a couple hours and feel so tired and worn out and weak ill go take a nap and end up sleeping 6 or 7 hours i do drink alcohol but i have only been a steady drinker for the last 6 months i used to drink alot more for years and i quit for years well i was laid off my job and i started drinking again. also i take xanax for post tramatic stress and panic disorder been on that for not quite a year. I went to the ER they did a blood test and came back with liver damage well because i live in south louisiana they assumed it was alcohol told me to quit and sent me on my way thats when i got online they dr pressed around my stomach which has gotten pretty big im a small person but my stomach has gotten kinda big but it isnt fat its hard as a rock when he hit my liver i felt pain. something else odd is a few times i havent drank anything or had any xanax 8 hours and i started seeing double vision. after looking online i find that liver disease can cause damage and these same symptoms yet they never checked for any of that does anyone out there have any ideas as to what the problem could be all they told me was there was damage but not the cause i also have had a very poor diet my whole life and thought it could be that please help i want to stop worrying
    well sorry for his problems i know i need to see someone soon but how soon can you go from damage to circuses i know your enzime levels have nothing to do with how advanced it is people with low levels can be more advanced them people with higher levels all it is is an indication of some type of damage but what im so discussed with is instead of ordering an ultrasound or liver biopsy they let me go with just the fact i need to quit drinking well first of all i think its more related to my diet cause it usually takes years to do damage to liver

    • ANSWER:
      my brother has liver damage and almost died for not good sooner.you need a real doctor.you should do it soon.it is very serve!if you have a family please go see a liver specialize sooo.!

  41. QUESTION:
    Need help with Liver function test results?
    My father had following symptoms - Lost Appetite,Yellow eyes, swollen feet and hands. He has been consuming alcohol since past 30 years. Doctors conducted Liver tests and below are the results
    Total Bilirubin 5.10 mg/dl
    Bilirubin conjugated 2.25 mg/dl
    Bilirubin unconjugated 2.85 mg/dl
    Alkaline phosphate 197 U/L
    SGPT 73 IU/L
    SGOT 255 U/L
    A/G ratio 1
    I'm in a different country right now and worried about his health.
    Please help me with this report. Is this a sign of Liver damage because of long history of alcohol consumption ?

    • ANSWER:
      1.Maybe, to stop Ur beloved daddy from the alcohol addiction, it is outside Ur purview due to long distance.
      2.Least of the help U can do is by encouraging him to take livogen capsules/tablets [Dabur] 2 t.d.s to arrest further damage to his liver. If he takes more alcohol, none can help.
      If he can take black tea twice a day, oedema in the feet may be reduced.
      Consumption of green tea is advisable to purge toxins from the systems.

  42. QUESTION:
    I had mono two weeks ago. Can I drink a moderate amount of alcohol?
    I feel great no symptoms of mono anymore. Since I feel great and not sick anymore can I drink alcohol or will my liver be severely damaged since I recently had mono?

    • ANSWER:
      You should wait 1 month at the very least. If you decide to drink too soon, and the whites of your eyes turn yellowish, your doctor will then advise you to wait a year before drinking again.

  43. QUESTION:
    Alcohol and Ibuprofen?
    I am sick, but my friend is having a party tomorrow. I am planning on getting pretty drunk, but I don't think I can handle a party without ibuprofen, as my symptoms are pretty bad. So
    1 Is there a good chance that it will result in liver damage?
    2 Will the ibuprofen alter my state of intoxication?

    • ANSWER:
      1. Is there a good chance that it will result in liver damage?
      Ibuprofen will do nothing, the alcohol will obviously cause liver damage, dont'chya know?

      2. Will the ibuprofen alter my state of intoxication?
      No.

  44. QUESTION:
    Why check my liver enzymes?
    I went out of town a couple weekends ago and got really drunk. Everyone was doing shots so I joined in. This is pretty much the only time I have ever really drank alcohol. I mean there were a couple times when I had some sissy drinks but never lots of shots. I'm 19, female, 200 lbs. In total I think I had about 10 shots of rum and vodka that night. I ended up puking a lot and blacking out. They were about to call the hospital because i wasn't talking or anything. Well anyways I ended up being fine and just sleeping it off but then a couple days later I end up getting symptoms of a cold or flu. I had coughing, trouble breathing, nausea, muscle weakness, and no appetite. I have had these symptoms for a week now and I went to the doctor today. The doctor said that she thinks I have a sinus infection but she wanted me to go get a blood sample because I looked jaundice and she wanted to check my liver enzymes. What does this mean? Could this be from the drinking that I did almost two weeks ago? Could I have liver damage from drinking only once? Could I have liver disease at 19?

    • ANSWER:
      Alcohol is the number one cause of a problem with the liver. Some people can drink all their
      lives and never have any problem...others are
      more sensitive to it and the reaction of it can
      happen right away or over time.
      The doctor is being sure there is no damage
      to the liver cells. They do three different tests
      on your blood to be sure if there is a problem.
      The one is the liver enzymes to see if there
      is damage to the cells, another one is the
      function tests to see how the liver cells are
      functioning and another is viral testing to
      see if you have a virus like Hep A,B,C, etc.

      The doctor also does an examination of
      checking for inflammation by placing their
      hand in the right upper quadrant of the
      abdomen, just under the rib. If the liver is
      enlarged...that means their is inflammation
      and the next step would be an ultrasound to
      confirm it.

      The liver is an organ that filters all toxins that
      come into our body. It also handles the drugs
      we take. The liver can change the toxins into
      a non toxic form or handle the drugs before
      it goes to the rest of the body. If they liver
      becomes overwhelmed by too much to handle
      and the toxins are not changed well to a
      non toxic form...then they can damage the liver
      cells. Therefore, if you are sensitive to alcohol
      ..it is best to not drink it. You should let your
      doctor know now all medications you are on
      also: whether over the counter, herbs, herbal
      teas, vitamins, minerals, and prescriptions
      prescribed by other doctors. Many over the
      counter drugs, and also some prescription
      medication, taken with alcohol can also cause
      liver damage. Don't stop any prescription
      medication without talking to the doctor first...
      but do stop anything you take on your own.

      Usually, a problem with the liver starts out
      as inflammation. If caught early on, with
      treatment to help remove the inflammation and
      stopping the cause of the inflammation
      (like alcohol or drugs)...the liver cells can heal.
      However, without treatment and removing
      the cause...it can lead to damage to the liver
      cells where they start to die off and form
      scar tissue inside the liver and then it becomes
      a progressive disease that the doctors can
      only try to slow the progression down...
      this is known as cirrhosis.
      There are many young people who end up
      with cirrhosis and have to have a liver transplant.

      I would wait to see what your tests show...
      you may be one of the more fortunate ones
      and can heal from all this. IT is hard to
      wait for these results and I hope you find
      out that everything will be fine.

      Jaundice is caused by a substance known
      as bilirubin. There is a certain amount of
      bilirubin in our blood at all times. If you
      ever were injured and had a bruise...you
      may have noticed it turning yellow. However,
      when there is more bilirubin in the blood...it
      signifies a problem with the liver because
      the liver handles this substance also. Having
      too much in the blood can cause a yellowing
      of the skin and whites of the eyes and even
      the mucus membranes. Since the kidneys
      try to filter the bilirubin out of the blood and
      remove it...you may notice your urine being
      a little darker in color.

      Give it a little time to be sure what the doctor
      testing shows. Wish I could be of more help.

  45. QUESTION:
    Marijuana vs. Alcohol what's your opinion?
    Here is a question that i am curious to see how many people will give an honest answer. Which do you prefer to be legalized Marijuana or Alcohol? Below are just a few facts about both.... (I did look up the facts that are posted on both marijuana and Alcohol I did not just make up these facts myself) I will try and post 10 facts each

    Marijuana: #1 If Pot were legalized the prison industry would be hurt. They would no longer jail Pot smokers. It could free up space for violent criminals. #2 Pot is a sexual stimulant. #3 Pot is 100% natural nothing about it has man made chemicals in it. #4 There has never been a car accident death due to a stoned driver, just some slow drivers and may be some lost drivers . #5 Pot is used for medical use in MANY situations. #6 it is a myth that marijuana is a gate way drug. #7 Pot will cause some short term memory loss. #8 Pot will give you the Munchies, It could cause you to gain weight. #9 Marijuana smokers show dysregulated growth of epithelial cells in their lung tissue, which could lead to cancer; however, a recent case-controlled study found no positive associations between marijuana use and lung, upper respiratory, or upper digestive tract cancers. Thus, the link between marijuana smoking and these cancers remains unsubstantiated at this time, but marijuana smokers have some of the same problems as cigarette smokers coughing, mucus, sore lungs, etc. #10 Marijuana make most people more relaxed. It relieves the clutter and tension after a hard days work or stress. It mellows you out and makes you more relaxed. It heightens the imagination and improves creativity. If you have a problem with anger, Pot is usually a good drug to reduce it, no one has ever died from smoking marijuana.

    Alcohol: #1 In VERY SMALL amounts, alcohol can help a person feel more relaxed or less anxious. #2 Alcohol actually blocks some of the messages trying to get to the brain. This alters a person's perceptions, emotions, movement, vision, and hearing. #3 Depending on the person, intoxication can make someone very friendly and talkative or very aggressive and angry. #4 Reaction times are slowed dramatically — which is why people are told not to drink and drive. People who are intoxicated may think they're moving properly when they're not. They may act totally out of character. #5 When large amounts of alcohol are consumed in a short period of time, alcohol poisoning can result. Alcohol poisoning is exactly what it sounds like — the body has become poisoned by large amounts of alcohol. Violent vomiting is usually the first symptom of alcohol poisoning. Extreme sleepiness, unconsciousness, difficulty breathing, dangerously low blood sugar, seizures, and even death may result. #6 One half of all drowning deaths among teen guys are related to alcohol use. Use of alcohol greatly increases the chance that a teen will be involved in a car crash, homicide, or suicide. #7 Teen drinkers are more likely to get fat or have health problems, too. One study by the University of Washington found that people who regularly had five or more drinks in a row starting at age 13 were much more likely to be overweight or have high blood pressure by age 24 than their non drinking peers. People who continue drinking heavily well into adulthood risk damaging their organs, such as the liver, heart, and brain. #8 The strongest medical evidence exists for the link between moderate drinking and a reduced risk of heart disease. #9 Alcohol has been linked to liver disease, cancers, heart damage and strokes when consumed in larger amounts, and even small doses can lead to accidents, Each year, approximately 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking; this includes about 1,900 deaths from motor vehicle crashes, 1,600 as a result of homicides, 300 from suicide, as well as hundreds from other injuries such as falls, burns, and drownings. #10 Hangovers are another possible effect after large amounts of alcohol are consumed; a hangover consists of headache, nausea, thirst, dizziness, and fatigue.

    In my opinion i think it's safer to smoke a joint than it is to drink a beer, the most dangerous thing about marijuana is getting caught with it. you can google all this info your self before you answer i do not smoke or drink and i do not condone any of the above this is just my opinion on the subject, & I am just curious as to what every ones opinion is on the subject. I am just a homemaker and not any form of government at all or anything like that. Also I looked every were for something good about drinking alcohol and found VERY limited info on it, so please don't think this info posted is one sided for marijuana being good for you, I just found that using google as info finder it's easier to find good things about using pot than using beer.

    • ANSWER:
      TRUTHFULLY I WOULD SMOKE THE "KUSH".....LOL

      I KNOW PPL THAT SMOKE THAT SHYT

      BUT I WOULDN'T FUCK WITH IT.

      BUT THE WEED SEEMS BETTER!

      DONT DO DRUGS "KIDDS"

  46. QUESTION:
    Throwing up black? Alcohol Poisoning?
    Hi, senior prom was a few days ago and for after prom, we rented a house in the Hamptons for two days. Now, I barely ever drink. For example, this entire year, I drank only 2 times, including after prom. I'm more of a weed (vaporizer) person. But anyway, the first night of the party, my friends basically made it their goal to get me drink, being that they have never seen me drunk before. Well, they kept giving me drinks and shots. All in all, in the timespan of about an hour, I probably had about 2 or 3 beers(one I shotgunned) and maybe 2 or 3 shots of hard liquor. During this whole time, I was also vaporizing, so I was pretty stoned as well. I also drank a lot of water(didn't get a hangover the next day.) Also, I didn't really have a lot of food in my stomach during this time so that could have played a role as well. Well back to the point of this, after that one hour, I remember getting up to go the bathroom, and I knew I was pretty fuck*d up at that point. Well I spent about an hour or two locked in the bathroom throwing up. It was terrible. I just wanted to die. I was constantly throwing up and it was just horrible. I threw up black and afterwards I looked up online what the symptoms of alcohol poisoning are, and black, coffee grind-like throw up is one of them. Well I'm pretty sure I suffered from that, during that night. Also, I never blacked out or anything. I remember the entire night and what happened, it's just a little parts are kind of fuzzy. But anyway, what I wanna know is, should I go to the doctor or anything(this happened 2 nights ago, if you didn't already figure that out)?
    I just wanna know if I did any permanent damage to my body, liver, or brain? I'm hella paranoid about my brain and getting brain damage or anything so please just tell me if you think I messed something up? I'm really healthy otherwise, besides that one night. I work out all the time, take multi-vitamins, fish oil, etc. I'm really conscious about my health. Also, I still feel kind of numb even now, kind of like I'm living a dream right now or something.

    And also one more question, my friends keep bagging on me about how I threw up and stuff. Well they didn't throw up but they also did, Ecstasy, shrooms, coke, weed, and alcohol. Just as a comparison question, what do you think is worse(brain/body wise), what happened to me, or what they did? Thanks!
    Also, stats: 5'11, 180-190 lbs.

    • ANSWER:

  47. QUESTION:
    mixing Tylenol with alcohol?
    I took two tabs of extra-strength Tylenol then 30 minutes later I forgot had taken the dosage and took 3 shots of patron with some friends. One of my friends tells me it's okay since he takes loads of vicodin with frank and he is okay but am still skeptical about the permanent liver damage part especially from the fact that there might be absent symptoms in the first 2-3 days can someone help me please!!

    • ANSWER:
      if it's only a one time thing it's really nothing to be concerned about. i don't take anything with acetaminophen at all anymore. a very close friend of mine was taking Tylenolpm every single night for over 5 years.
      one day she got really sick. about 6 months later she was dead. i'll never forget what she told me before she died.she said that the doctors told her that is was the acetaminophen that destroyeded her liver and she was not a heavy drinker. the warnings on the lable about this are way too small and are not serious enough. it's happening all around the country,but for some reason we don't hear anything about it.

  48. QUESTION:
    alcohol and mono question.plz help!!!?
    ok so a few days ago i was making out with my girlfriend and then last night i drank with my friends, but just today out of nowhere she told me her best friend has mono and they still hungout everyday, even tho my girl didnt have the symptoms could i still have it?? and if i do have the virus will i be ok from drinking last night? i feel basically normal whe ni woke up today and stuff but if somethign bad was to happen to my liver, how long until i would see signs of liver damage? oh and by the way i have no signs or symptoms of mono that i can tell

    • ANSWER:
      Mono is a virus that affects your spleen, tonsils and lymph nodes...not really the liver. so don't worry too much. If you do have mono you will be sick for a month and feel tired with a sore throat...but nothing will happen to your liver.

  49. QUESTION:
    Drinking alcohol after Tylenol?
    Hi all! I just got a terrible cold last night, and tonight is my best friend's 21st birthday celebration. I took some Tylenol day at around 4:30. We plan on going to the bar around 10. Will I be safe to drink by then, or no?

    I got the following from the website:
    Labeling for TYLENOL® products reads as follows:

    "If you consume 3 or more alcoholic drinks every day, ask your doctor whether you should take acetaminophen or other pain relievers/fever reducers."

    Acetaminophen may cause liver damage.

    Additionally, the labeling for all products containing an antihistamine (like TYLENOL® Cold Multi-Symptom Daytime) advises to avoid alcoholic beverages while taking this product. This product may cause drowsiness; alcohol may increase the drowsiness effect.

    • ANSWER:
      Usually alcohol alone will help you feel better with a cold! But honestly, I've gotten headaches in the past right before I'm supposed to party and drink with friends, I took tylenol during these instances, and i was just fine. As long as you don't drink and take tylenol all the time, once in a while shouldn't hurt. Also, watch how much you take. But, I repeat, alcohol alone should make your cold feel like it isn't there! That's what I've heard a bunch of people say in my life when they get sick haha.

  50. QUESTION:
    can you correct and/or modify some thing for my example essay?
    example essays are like persuasive essays but uses example essays to prove a point

    Legalization of Marijuana
    What is Marijuana? Marijuana is an illegal substance that is used by millions of regular smokers and millions more who are infrequent smokers. It is a type of hallucinogen that is derived from a Hemp plant. Marijuana causes a “high” that a person feels due to the elevated amounts of THC in the body. Why should marijuana be legalized? Marijuana should be legalized because it can decrease crime, increase state revenue, and it is not as unhealthy as other drugs out there.

    Crime is one thing that could come from legalizing marijuana but instead of increasing it like many people would think it could help decrease crime rate. The crime rate would be lowered because all the people who would go to jail for smoking in can’t due to its legality. It could also reduce the flow of the American economy to international criminal gangs. Marijuana's illegality makes foreign cultivation and smuggling to the United States extremely profitable, sending billions of dollars overseas in an underground economy while diverting funds from productive economic development. The legality of marijuana would cause gangs to have less power because they’re money is being taken away from them limiting what they are able to do and buy by eliminating one of their biggest profits. Legalizing marijuana can also put more police on the street to help protect our society. Instead of locking up 750,000 people a year, the law enforcement would have more time to come out and help the society. Marijuana possession arrests makes justice less efficient in the United States by wasting jail space, clogging up court systems, and diverting time of police, attorneys, judges, and corrections officials away from violent crimes such as sexual abuse of children, and terrorism.

    A recent government survey tell us that nearly 98 million Americans have smoke marijuana in their life time and out of that 14 million of them used the drug a month before the survey was taken. Another survey taken in 2006 told us that among 10th graders, 14.2 percent were current users. Among 12th graders, 42.3 percent have tried marijuana at least once, and about 18 percent were current users. With the amount of people smoking and you have to wonder how much money was spent buying all the marijuana. If it was legalized all the money that is being given to drug dealers, drug cartels, and other gangs could be used to increase state revenue if it was legalized in California.

    Is marijuana as bad as people say it is? Marijuana seems like a it is not as bad as other drugs available to people. One example of this is alcohol. Alcohol can damage your liver and can lead to death if too much is consumed at one time due to liver failure. Alcohol is also addictive, unlike marijuana; it can become needed in your body after it is consumed on a regular basis and this is called alcohol dependency. From alcohol dependency if a person decides to stop drinking it can lead to severe problems such as mental problems and on some cases it can lead to death. Tabasco is another drug which can be more dangerous than marijuana. It is very addictive because of nicotine in it and it a short term it can raise blood pressure, heart rate, and flow of blood to the heart. Some long term effects of smoking and chewing tobacco are of the lungs, larynx, esophagus, mouth, and bladder. In addition, smoking is known to contribute to cancer of the cervix, pancreas, and kidneys. These are just a small example of some of the many effects tobacco can have on the body. Unlike tobacco and alcohol marijuana has some positive medical values. Marijuana provides relief from pain, nausea, spasticity, and other symptoms for many individuals who have not been treated successfully with conventional medications. Many people prefer marijuana to the use of alcohol and cigarettes as a mild and moderate way to relax and most marijuana users over time develop a tolerance to the side effects of marijuana.

    Marijuana is a safer drug than tobacco and alcohol and it is widely used so why shouldn’t it be legalized? Plus there are numerous positive outcomes of legalizing marijuana that don’t come with the tobacco or alcohol industry. If anything should an illegal substance it should be tobacco.

    • ANSWER:
      1.) Don't ask questions and then answer them. NEVER ASK QUESTIONS. NEVER IN A PERSUASIVE ESSAY. I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH. State it as if it was a fact. Why should, why shouldn't, etc are all no-nos.

      Second:

      Marijuana should be legalized because it can decrease crime, increase state revenue, and it is not as unhealthy as other drugs out there. <- Unclear pronoun reference. What is it? Is it the legalization or the drug?The legality of marijuana would cause gangs to have less power because they’re money

      Crime is one thing that could come from legalizing marijuana but instead of increasing it like many people would think it could help decrease crime rate. <- This could be deleted since you say the same thing in the next sentence.

      The legality of marijuana would cause gangs to have less power because they’re money <- THEIR money. Not they're.

      Marijuana possession arrests makes justice less efficient in the United States by wasting jail space, clogging up court systems, and diverting time of police, attorneys, judges, and corrections officials away from violent crimes such as sexual abuse of children, and terrorism. <- add the between diverting and time and take away comma after children and before and. No comma if there are only two items in a list.

      Second paragraph starts off good. I was thinking, "oo data, that's always good" then you bombed it by using you and using "to wonder how much money was spent." You could say something like, "given these statistics, it is clear that a huge sum of money was spent," a much stronger argument.

      Alcohol can damage your liver and can lead to death if too much is consumed at one time due to liver failure. <- this sentence says that consumption is caused by liver failure. Fix it.

      Alcohol is also addictive, unlike marijuana <- blatantly false statement.

      If anything should an illegal substance it should be tobacco. <- irrelevant.

      Extremely wordy.


Alcohol Liver Damage

Most people who are partying through the night at bars and nightclub aren't wondering how alcohol affects their nervous system. The main goal is to get drunk and have a good time. Yet alcohol inhibits the brain's ability to send signals to the spinal cord and nerve endings. The nervous system slows down greatly because it is absorbed right into the blood stream. Alcohol works the same as a sedative without the benefit of going through your digestive system. Because it enters directly into your blood stream, it is very dangerous.

Your nerves control the speed in which your organs operate. They also manage your heart rate and breathing. And since you can't control the way your nerve manage these functions, over drinking can cause shallow breathing or worse. This is because the brain can't understand the signals correctly.

There are many short and long term affects to your system that alcohol can cause. These affects depend on how much you consume and for how long. Some people have higher tolerance levels than others which also accounts for certain affects. As you drink for a long period of time your cells become thicker and cause your body to take longer to fight off infection. Many serious conditions and problems can result in this thickening of cells. Heart attack, heart failure, stroke, and dementia are just a few things that can happen as a result of alcohol.

So when you are considering going on your weekly or nightly bender, remember that thousands of people die each year in the US alone because of alcohol. We illustrated the way alcohol damages your health, but even before that it could still kill you. Drunk driving is a serious problem, and this is due to the signal delay between the brain and the body's response. The driver often believes that he or she is under complete control of the vehicle, but because of the brain's inhibited function, the driver can't accurately determine things like distance, speed, or depth. So the next time you drink, you should look at yourself seriously and not deny the situation. This may be a perception that could save your life or the life of someone else.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do I fix my liver from alcohol damage?
    I drink alcohol - lots of it very regularly. Is there a way to ward off liver damage in my case? Can you suggest ant remedy?

    • ANSWER:
      Why do you think you have liver damage? If a doctor told you then he would have also given you treatment options. Drinking is not the leading cause of liver damage. It is only a contributing factor. And then only in those who are already prone to liver disease.

      Cirrhosis, or death of liver tissue is caused by Fatty Liver Disease. Alcohol can contribute to that, IF you are already predisposed. Alcohol consumption in and of itself does not cause liver disease.

      The belief that drinking caused liver disease is a common fallacy. It falls under and Ad Hoc, or Faulty Causation. Is it one of the many alcohol myths I see perpetrated on Yahoo Answers. Quite simply alcohol does not cause liver disease any more then filling a car with gasoline causes an accident.

  2. QUESTION:
    How long it takes alcohol to damage the liver?
    How Long does it take for the alcohol to damage the liver, and what are the different effects of alcohol on liver, what are the syptoms, and how much consumption is fine for the body.

    • ANSWER:
      damage begins as soon as alcohol enters the liver.

  3. QUESTION:
    What alcohol will damage your liver less?
    I know all alcohol damages liver but which is the better for you? and how much of it? for example it could be 2 pints Of Lager, if u get what i mean..
    I dont no if thats right but can someone please help me!

    • ANSWER:
      any alcohol is very damaging to the liver! Even the tiny amount in essences and extracts and mouth washes can be damaging to those with very sensitive systems.

      2 pints would be too much of a good thing. Most men are advised to keep alcoholic beverages to 2 servings which is one pint and for the ladies that would be a half pint. Even that much would not be good to have really freqently.

  4. QUESTION:
    Can eating immediately before, after, or while consuming alcohol reduce liver damage?
    ...by slowing the rate at which the liver has to process it?

    • ANSWER:
      before works the best. The food will absorb some of it before it hits your bloodstream.

  5. QUESTION:
    What can damage the liver apart from drinking too much alcohol?
    A lot of people know that drinking too much alcohol can damage the liver. What else can damage the liver? Taking too much of certain medications, contracting hepatitis of all kinds...
    Anything else?
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Anything that goes through it.

  6. QUESTION:
    Is there a chart for alcohol consumption and liver damage?
    I am 37 and 150 pounds. I drink about 4 to 5 light beers (budlight) every weekday and quite a few on the weekends FRi thru Sunday. Say 10 to 15 beers and maybe a couple of shots. I have been doing this for over two years. How does alcohol like this affect the liver.

    • ANSWER:
      The previous answer is extremely over cautious (understandably). You drink a fairly normal amount (but it is on the high side).
      Ask your local doctor for a liver test and they will let you know how your liver is doing.
      Consider supplements like milk thistle, glutathione and even turmeric. Drink lots of water all day and eat healthily. Make sure your body has plenty of Vitamin B too.
      The previous poster was right about finding out when it is too late. Go to the doctor get a test and if they say your liver isn't functioning properly cut down and consider supplements.

      Personally I drank 2-3 times what you did for over 10 years before I had a test. I was told my liver is OK but not 100% so they advised me to cut down or quit. After hours of research online I now use the 3 supplements above and have cut down drastically.

  7. QUESTION:
    How long for serious liver damage to occur from alcohol consumption?
    I am 24 year old female, been drinking quite heavely for nearly 4 years, it has gone from severel bottles of a wine per week to this last year a bottle every night. I have counted these past few months my average weekly alcohol intake is between 70 - 140 units per week. I hear that it takes at least a decade of heavy drinking for cirrhosis of the liver to occur. Do you think i have done any serious damage to myself already?

    • ANSWER:
      you probably haven't yet, but you will if you keep that up for too much longer. It does depend on the individual as well. Women have developed cirrhosis on as little as 2-3 drinks per day over a decade or so.

      I used to drink heavily when i was your age (thanks military) and honestly, it kind of took care of itself, as i really don't drink very much now. You're getting into the alcoholic level of drinking, and its a slippery slope. One of my good friends i work with, who just went through rehab, used to drink a couple bottles of wine a day. My advice is try to take it easy, which i know coming from a stranger you probably wont listen to me, but i speak from experience with heavy drinking myself, and I've known my share of alcoholics.

      Bottom line: no you probably haven't done serious damage to yourself YET. you don't have much more time before you really do start doing damage. Not to mention the fact that you're starting to look and sound like an alcoholic. If you have to ask this question you're probably drinking too much.

  8. QUESTION:
    Can doctors/tests determine if liver damage is due to alcohol?
    My mother is a severe alcoholic whose eyes have recently turned (very) yellow and she's made an appointment with her doctor to find out why. I know for a fact she will tell her doctor that she doesn't drink. If she hides the fact that she drinks, will he still be able to determine if her liver damage is due to alcohol?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, they knew with my mother in law. She presented for a doctor's appointment with similar symptoms (and reeking of last night's booze too, I imagine). She denied drinking, but the doctor did a liver function test and called the next day to report that she had alcoholic hepatitis.

      BTW, she quit drinking that day. It's been 17 years now and she is still abstinent.

  9. QUESTION:
    What can I do to combat alcohol damage to my liver?
    I did a lot of binge drinking, all through out college, so.. for four years. I still held down a full-time job, and had almost a 4.0, so I wasn't that worried about it. Now I'm worried that I could have damaged my liver. I drank heavily about twice a week. Is there anything I can do now to help get my liver healthy?

    • ANSWER:
      There are a few things you can do:
      (1) Go to the doctor and have blood work done. The doctor
      can tell by your liver enzymes and liver function test blood
      work, how the liver is functioning and if any damage has appeared.
      (2) Don't drink alcohol. It has been known that if people
      stop drinking alcohol, and the cells of the liver just have
      inflammation in them, that the liver cells can heal. There
      is a 50% chance of your liver doing this once you stop
      drinking. The doctor can give you medication to stop
      the inflammation. However, once the cells of the liver
      start to die, then all the doctors can do is try to slow
      down the progression of more cells dying off.
      (3) Eat well balanced diet so your body gets all the
      nourishment it needs to heal. I
      (4) Don't take any medications without checking with
      the doctor first about it, this includes over the counter and
      herbal medications. The reason is that all medications
      go through the liver first to be broken down before going
      to the rest of the body...many medications on the market
      are harder or more toxic to the liver than other ones.
      The doctors know which ones are. Taking alcohol and
      over the counter pain medications can cause serious
      damage to the liver.
      (4) Try to wash your hands often and if you don't have a
      way to wash your hands, use purell or germ X. Wash
      all fruits and vegetables others have touched in the store,
      don't eat from displayed salad bars and don't eat from
      communal dips that people stick their food into like chips
      and vege. If you do have any liver damage, you want
      to be sure that you don't contact anyother illness that
      may require you to take medications that could harm
      your liver more.

      I hope that your liver is fine. Not everyone who abuses
      alcohol has liver disease, but there are many on the
      transplant list now that wish they were that fortunate.

      Best wishes to you.

  10. QUESTION:
    alcohol/liver damage question?
    First I already KNOW I have a problem and am going to get help as soon as I can but..........

    I had a major crisis happen six weeks ago. I have been drinking almost every single night since then. I am increasing my alcohol amount every time. My tolerance is building fast. I drink at least 4 shots of hard liquor (usually tequila) every time. I only do it once a day at night, never during the day.

    How many days (weeks,months?) of binge drinking does it take before liver damage occurs. I am getting very physically sick from stress, worry and from the drinking. My stomach is all messed up. I vomit and/or diarrhea daily now. Is it too late?

    I cant go to the doctor right now. I have no health insurance until January 1st (new job)

    • ANSWER:
      I was/am an alcoholic. I started drinking when I was about 25. I was OK for a few years. Then when I was 37 my skin suddenly turned yellow and my skin is itchy like bugs crawling on me. Please stop now. It's not worth it.

  11. QUESTION:
    alcohol abuse & liver damage?
    please suggest alternative as well any other therapy to stop alcohol abuse & control lever damage including do;s & don't;s in diet, any kind of medicine including ayurveda or any other medicine to reverse liver damage. & alcohol craving. will appreciate highly.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Toss. If you already have liver damage due to excess consumption of alcohol (ie..elevated GGT, AST, ALT liver enzymes), the obvious, of course, would be to stop ingesting alcohol. I've met many individuals who've had their liver damaged due to not only alcohol but to excessive consumption of dietary fat, which causes what is known as a fatty liver. However, let me just stick to alcohol. The liver is a very resilient organ. In fact, it's one of the few organs that actually can reproduce itself when damaged. To aid in the reproduction, the type of damage and degree of it must be taken into account. If the individual has say ... hepatitis due to a viral infection, it is very difficult to heal the liver wholly. If it is due to a bacterial infection (ie..amoebiasis) or trauma, there's a better chance of hastened recovery.

      A very well known natural remedy for the liver which is used by many as a liver detox is Milk Thistle. You can buy this herb in pill form online or form your local health food mart. Milk thistle is the best as it aids the liver in recuperating. My sister, who tried to commit suicide with 50+ Tylenols and a 12 pack of beer, was hospitalized in critical condition for a week because of a greatly damaged liver and uncontrolled vomiting, which was primarily stomach acids and yellow bile. Luckily, she survived, but her liver was very sensitive for a couple of years. After I placed her on Milk Thistle, her "liver" pain and general weakness started to subside. She's doing much better now but not at 100%. Remember, Milk Thistle "helps" the liver restoration process but is not a miracle, over-the-night, cure. It takes time. Another highly recommended aid that quickens the healing process is mega doses of Vitamin C. You can buy vitamin C in powdered form online or from your local health food store. Vitamin C is responsible for detoxing the body as it is one of the great antioxidants known, which is why it's used as a preservative in many foods as ascorbic acid. Vitamin C aids in the formation and restoration of collagen and other tissues. Individuals who take Vitamin C in mega doses of 2 to 6 grams , NOT milligrams, a day rarely end ill with the flu or cold. Why? Because Vitamin C prevents the body from becoming weak due to infection; thus, the body is able to concentrate more of its energy in fighting the intruder rather than curing itself.

      Now for the cravings. Out of all the people that I've known who WERE drunks, most stopped because they learned the hard way. Alcohol is a drug, and everyone responds to it differently. Some may be able to get off from it without problem and others can't. It takes a lot of will power to stop drinking. Also, one must take into account the reasons why a person drinks. If a person drinks to drown their reality and their pain, it's usually hard for the individual to let go as they haven't found a realistic way of coping other than under the illusion of alcohol. It takes guts to quit. It take a mind-over-matter approach. Just tell yourself that if you don't stop eventually, you'll die in a pool of your own blood. That's usually what happens to chronic alcoholics. I know. I've seen it. I lost a great uncle to it. I work at the hospital. I've seen bed pans to the brim with liter of blood, stomach acids, and other fluids! How does this happen?

      One of the liver's main job is to not only detoxify what we eat and create proteins, but it also create coagulation factors that prevents us from bleeding by forming clots whenever we do bleed. Once the liver because cirrhotic, the production of coagulation factors is decreased. As the liver becomes congested to do its failing status, blood becomes stagnant as it still has to pass through it to be filtered from toxins. This in turn, increases arterial pressure. As time goes on, the pressure causes small, exposed veins along our throat and esophagus to grow into varicose veins. All it takes is for ONE to tear. When one does tear, it has a hard time healing because of lack of coagulation factors. So, it starts to drain into the stomach where it is digested by the stomach juices. This causes nausea after the stomach is pooled in blood. This causes the person to throw up a liter or so of stomach juices and blood, and trust me. It smells bad. It's cooked blood. Now, this is not to scare you. This IS the truth. This IS what happens. So, I hope this will dissuade you from abusing alcohol. Anyways, I hope I was able to help. Good Luck!

  12. QUESTION:
    Does drinking lots of water on a daily basis limit the long term damage of alcohol on the liver?
    I drink a lot of water, I am not diabetic but just enjoy drinking lots of water, to an extent this a family trait. I also drink a little too much alcohol. Will the large quantity of water I drink limit damage to the liver? I do hope so. hic.

    • ANSWER:
      No, it will not. The small benefits it may help with will not outweight the massive damage caused. Before your body can get rid of the alcohol, it has to process it into sugar. It does not matter how much water you drink you liver will still have to do this. Drinking the water is good for you, but will not make up for your vices (alcohol, junk food, smoking, etc.)

  13. QUESTION:
    On Alcohol, Throwing Up & Liver Damage?
    Recently, I've opened to social drinking. Each time that I have more than one glass' worth of something alcoholic, I throw up a lot after 20-30 minutes (lightweight).

    1. Does my body process ANYTHING from the alcohol - say, sugar for example - or am I just completely throwing up a tab?

    2. And what does this mean, liver damage wise? Can I assume that if I SEEM to throw up a lot of my alcohol, then there's no liver damage?

    I haven't touched hard liquor - don't want to. Just light beer, red wine, dessert wine, cocktails & a couple sips of calvados so far. I think I want to stop drinking though. I just feel awful afterward.
    A few things:

    1. I am concerned about liver damage, but that concern is not the reason why I have been throwing up my alcohol. Simply put, I feel really really bad in the stomach and need to get it out.

    2. The dollar tab is an approximation to what I would end up drinking at the bar/lounge. It was too vague, sorry. It means perhaps, from a couple dollar drinks to maybe three -ish drinks. Just an approximation.

    3. This vomiting has happened twice, from the said # of drinks. I sincerely believe my puke is a result of my stomach reacting badly to the amount of alcohol recently introduced (I have been clean 21 years).

    4. If I feel too sick, I'd rather throw it up while I'm conscious than go to sleep with the assumption my stomach will even out during the night. THAT's a concern that will keep me awake when I'm sick in the stomach. I knew someone who choked on his vomit in his sleep, after a night of drinking.

    • ANSWER:
      You sound like me right before I decided to stop drinking...
      I was able to drink before (for 10 years) but one day, and all days after that, if I drank even a glass of wine, I would feel sick to my stomach, and get a headache, body aches, throw up etc....
      I went in for a colonoscopy and they told me I had serious liver damage...They tested my husbands blood and we found out he caught Hep C from a blood transfusion he had in 1984.....We ended up taking the treatment, but the thing I want you to know is your body will tell you before it even shows up on tests...Mine didn't show up for 15 years!
      Have you liver enzymes checked please...and your glugose levels...Tell your doctor and INSIST that you get the blood work done! Raised liver enzymes will show something is going on there...God Bless!

  14. QUESTION:
    Adderall/alcohol liver damage?
    Do you know the effects of adderall on the liver? What are the effects if mixed with alcohol(moderate)?

    • ANSWER:
      I researched it for you and I found the answer.

      http://www.whatmeds.com/meds/adderall.html

      Look at the Warning and Precautions part.

  15. QUESTION:
    How much drinking alcohol does it take to damage the liver?
    I am a boarderline alcoholic but am concerned about getting liver damage. How much and for how long would someone have to drink before they should be concerned about live damage?

    • ANSWER:
      Each person is different in how much alcohol
      they can consume and still be considered
      okay. Some people are more sensitive to
      it than others are and it doesn't take much
      at all to cause a problem with the liver.
      Men can usually drink more than women...
      since women are smaller in stature and so
      is the size of the liver.

      It would be best to have blood tests done to
      determine if the alcohol may have already
      caused damage. The doctor can do
      blood tests known as the "liver enzymes"
      which will show him if the cells of the liver
      may have become damaged...the blood
      tests known as the "liver function tests" will
      show if the cells of the liver are able to
      do the functions that need to be done in
      order to keep the body healthy. The doctor
      may also do viral testing to be sure that
      a liver problem hasn't started because of
      a virus, like Hepatitis A,B,C,etc.
      This is the only way to know for sure.

      The reason I'm telling you this, is because
      it is very easy to walk around not even knowing
      you have a problem with your liver till it is
      too late. The liver is very quiet about having
      damage of its cells....usually, symptoms and
      signs don't appear until the liver cells have
      died off (which is known as cirrhosis) and
      then it is too late to reverse the condition and is a progressive disease.
      When there is a problem starting in the liver,
      it usually starts out with liver cell damaged.
      The immune system then responds to this
      and causes the inflammation inside of the liver,
      which will cause the liver to enlarge in size.
      When this happens, if the person stops the
      alcohol and takes medication to reduce the
      inflammation that has developed, then the
      condition can be reversed. However, if
      this is not done and the inflammation continues
      on..it will lead to cirrhosis.
      There are many people on the transplant
      list that wish they would have known this
      information sooner and stopped the alcohol
      before finding out they had cirrhosis.
      A liver transplant costs in the range of
      0,000 and up.. They are not guaranteed
      a liver or being even placed on the transplant
      list. When they have a transplant, there are
      no guarantees that the organ will work once
      it is in the body. It used to be that a patient
      could not be placed on the transplant list
      unless they were free of drinking alcohol
      for a period of six months. With cirrhosis
      of the liver, it is very easy to die in that
      amount of time. They now take it on a case
      by case basis...but still, drinking alcohol is one
      of the main reasons people may not receive
      a transplant.
      If you read about what patients go through
      with this cirrhosis of the liver...this disease
      is like a nightmare you never wake up from.
      If you are able to stop or even slow down
      on drinking, any steps you take now may
      save you from this. Doctors have medication
      to help you with the symptoms of coming
      off of alcohol.

      Some people can drink all their life and
      never have any problems with their liver...
      however, some are so sensitive to it...
      that getting drunk just one time can be a problem. Averages don't always prove
      to be true in these cases.

      Hope this information is of some help to you.
      Here is an article that I wish was on the internet
      all the time...it is a very good one on what
      alcohol does and how it acts once it is in
      the body. It is by the Baltimore Sun:
      This may only be available on line for a very
      short amount of time...hope you can read it..
      http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/health/bal-to.hs.expert29dec29,0,4276099.story?track=rss

  16. QUESTION:
    what are the symptoms of liver damage not caused by alcohol?
    i dont like alcohol i dont drink but i have taken multiple over the counter overdoses , what are the symptoms of organ damage?

    • ANSWER:
      Some liver damage symptoms are non specific. They include fatigue, weakness, loss of appetite and vague abdominal pain.
      More specific and serious symptoms of liver damage/disease are jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of eyes) and easy bruising.

      If you have any of these symptoms, see a doc for blood tests and proper diagnosis.

  17. QUESTION:
    alcohol liver damage??
    im am 18 and i am off work with the easter holidays and have been drinking every night this is my 11th day now off drinking white storm cider 2 liter a night and under my ribs have swollen a wee bit my pal said that it could be my liver is this true??????????

    • ANSWER:
      You need to have that checked out and .Second of all you are too young to start thinking about liver damage

  18. QUESTION:
    How much alcohol use does it take to cause liver damage?
    How much liver damage can you withstand before you start to feel the effects? Are there any tests to determine liver damage in a person in their twenties?

    • ANSWER:
      quite a bit i suppose. i've seen a patient whose liver had almost given up. he survived for a few days and then coundn't. the things is that a heavy alcohol consumption will affect the liver. after all the toxic effects are absorbed by it. there are no fixed limits. it varies from one person to the other. a person in their twenties will have a huge potential for internal repair therefore whatever damage is afflicted in the organ it will keep healing itself. after 40 not quite so. liver damage can be determined at an early age. in fact the liver swells up and becomes painful. it does so even when it is only slightly bit damaged. so a person will know. try this out. push all your fingers below the right rib cage just above the abdomen. there is your liver. if it hurts inside then you must see the doc. he'll determine the rest.

      cheers.

  19. QUESTION:
    Would a full blood count test show liver damage from alcohol?

    • ANSWER:
      Not really. It'll show how much hemoglobin, hematocrit, wbc, rbc, etc you have. To check your liver, a liver function test would be the better choice.

  20. QUESTION:
    alcohol liver damage tests?
    I have been enrolled in the army substance abuse program for a month now and recently got a blood test done and they say that the test results show that iv still been drinking.

    I havnt been drinking at all, is there something else that could effect these tests?

    • ANSWER:
      If they only did liver function tests and they have remained elevated, this is not proof that you have been drinking. Once a person stops drinking, these enzymes can remain elevated for a long time, even as long as 6 months.

      Now if they checked for alcohol in your blood, that would show you have consumed alcohol in some form.

  21. QUESTION:
    Do I have alcohol related liver damage?
    I used to drink a lot(in both frequency and quantity). On one particular occasion I consumed a bottle of Bacardi rum and about 3/4 of a water bottle full of Tanqueray gin within about a three hour period. As a result, I was unconcious for most of the evening. I vomitted excessively and once I regained conciousness I suffered all of the horrible effects of drinking WAY too much: headache, nausea and vomitting, dizziness(actually feeling like the room was spinning). I threw up throughout the night. My vomit was BRIGHT yellow, I'm not talking pale or washed out, I'm talking bright, opaque yellow, with a stronger than normal taste and smell. In the morning, I had no recollection of the evening before and had to be filled in by friends. Aside from the yellow vomit, I looked in the mirror in the next morning and noticed patches of yellow skin on my face. Thinking this may have been the remnants of my yellow vomit, I tried to wash it off only to find that it was actually the color of those areas of skin. By the following day the hangover and the yellow coloration was gone. Since that night, about three years ago, my tolerance for alcohol immediately and seemingly permanently dropped. It used to take my close to eight drinks to feel the slightest alteration, but I now feel the effects after a few sips of alcohol. Also, now if I have more than one or two drinks and I don't drink a LOT of water throughout the night, I will wake up with a hangover, it never fails. This experience caused me to give up drinking for a number of months, and to eventually be able to have just one or two drinks comfortably when I go out if I'm lucky(sometimes I can't even finish a single drink).

    Wondering if based on all of this, it can be determined if I have alcohol related liver damage. I know that yellowing of the skin is a sign of jaundice, which is related to the liver. And I know that often when people get liver damage their tolerance to alcohol is significantly reduced. If this is the case, if my condition permanent? Will I ever be able to enjoy aocohol in greater quantities again? Any educated feedback would be helpful. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Stop worrying. Excessive alcohol intake contributes to good health and vitality.

  22. QUESTION:
    How much alcohol does it take to cause liver damage?
    21/f
    How often (and how much) would I have to drink to wind up with a liver problem in my old age?

    • ANSWER:
      A lot.

  23. QUESTION:
    liver damage of motrin compared to alcohol?
    I hear a lot about how Motrin and other similar drugs harm your liver. In trying to gauge the damage versus benefit, I was wondering how it compares with alcohol. Is it 10 times more hazardous (like taking 10 shots)? 100 times more? Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      Motrin doesn't cause liver damage, but in high doses over time it can affect the kidneys. Tylenol is very bad for the liver. Moderate doses of Tylenol over time can cause liver failure, whereas one can drink alcohol in even slightly larger than the 2 drink a day 'moderate' level and live to old age. Tylenol is probably 100 times as dangerous as alcohol.. at least. But most people don't take it in high doses or every day so it causes fewer deaths than alcohol liver failure. Motrin is not at fault at all in liver failure and one would have to take massive dosages in order to damage the liver with it.

  24. QUESTION:
    How much alcohol would people have to drink before having liver problems?
    My parents love wine, and they almost always have a glass of wine or two during the day, especially at the dinner table. However, I have heard that long-term effects of alcohol include liver damage. My parents do not have liver problems; I just want to know how much is too much.

    • ANSWER:
      A glass, occasionally 2, a day does no harm at all, in fact has been found to help health

      More than that and you can start doing damage.

  25. QUESTION:
    How much alcohol does it take to severly damage your liver?
    I'm 20 years old and have been drinking regularly since I was 18. I've been at uni for a year and a half now too, so have been going out and drinking fairly heavily about three or four nights a week. I usually drink eight or nine drinks a night (vodka drinks, cocktails and lagers).

    I've had no problems with my liver or anything (that I know of), but was wondering how much alcohol it would take to severly damage your liver... beyond no repair.

    • ANSWER:
      You won't know about liver problems without a blood test for liver function. 100 units a week for 5 years and you will have severe liver damage, beyond repair, goodnight.

  26. QUESTION:
    alcohol and liver damage?
    I was wondering if body weight had any affect on how quickly your liver gets damaged from alcohol. I'm really petite and it takes me about two shots of hard liquor to get me drunk. I have never blacked out or thrown up. probably had a maximum of 4 shots and that was only once, and i usually drink once every 2 weeks. sometimes once every weekend. and i just started drinking this year. Would this have had any big affect n my body?
    i usually stop after 2 shots. even though it gets me drunk faster its still takes less alcohol to get me drunk, when someone with a higher tolerance has to drink like 6 shots to get drunk. does that make a difference? or is it all in proportion to your body weight and not the actual amount you consume?

    • ANSWER:
      Gabriel is VERY wrong.

      A womans body is much less likely to break down alcohol as compared to a mans body. It has been proven that women are more drunk for longer after drinking the same amount of men. (usually).

      To answer your question, though. Sort of. If you weigh less, you are more prone to get drunker, faster. The more drunk you get, the more damage you do to your liver. (This is true with most cases, however, it is only true to a point). Either way, I wouldn't worry about it. It takes several years of severe alcohol abuse to damage your liver enough to potentially kill you.

  27. QUESTION:
    a family member drinks alcohol daily and has a huge belly is this sign of liver damage?
    this family member drinks a half pint of hard alcohol and 4 16 oz cans of beer daily, they have a huge belly for his size, and is in constant need of salty foods, is this a sign of liver damage?

    • ANSWER:
      Most have got it right that the big belly is down to calories not just the alcohol, although all drinks do contain calories also.

      What's important is the amount of the daily intake of alcohol, this is easiest worked out as units of alcohol, the recommended safe limit for men is 21 units of alcohol per week, with no more than four of those units in any one day.

      So how many units is he drinking, hard alcohol contains on average 40% alcohol by volume (ABV)
      you work out the number of units by multiplying the volume (half a pint) or 284ml by the %ABV

      284ml x 40%ABV = 11360 then dividing that figure by 1000 = 11.36 units

      The same goes for the beer:

      16oz is 473.18 ml, lets take the beer at an average of 5%ABV if it's different you can work it out.

      473.18 x 5% = 2365.9 then divide by a thousand 2.36 units per can times four cans = 9.44 units.

      Add them both together and you have 20.8 units, so as you can see this member of your family is drinking his weekly limit every day.

      His liver will almost certainly be damaged, a simple blood test will confirm how badly, if he continues, his liver will certainly fail, that's not an opinion but a medical fact.

  28. QUESTION:
    how many years does it take for alcohol to damage the liver or cause cancer???
    Hi i was wondering how long it take alcohol to damage the liver or cause cancer does it take a very long time??

    thanks for the answer

    • ANSWER:
      I honestly knew a 24-year-old who died of esophageal varices (like varicose veins in the esophagus) which ruptured. He bled to death into his "throat." These were caused by severe liver damage, due to heavy drinking for less than 8 years.

      L.

  29. QUESTION:
    Alcohol caused liver damage?
    Since wine intake can cause liver damage, can vinegar also have a similar effect , since it too is made from wine. Or does that process alter the chemical makeup and damage is avoided?

    • ANSWER:
      Vinegar and wine are different processes and vinegar won't harm you but then I don't know too many people who would drink vinegar in the same quantities they drink wine anyway.

  30. QUESTION:
    Liver damage from alcohol ?
    Hi everyone , im 19 years old and i've been drinking alcohol for about 3 years now , the first 2 years i drank ,it wasn't a lot. here and there more of socially drinking , however in the past year or so i have been drinking once maybe twice a week , i was just wondering if i would have bad liver damage by now ? If any ? Someone let me know please ,thankyou. Ps : Don't tell me that im too young , or that drinking is bad. I already know this.

    • ANSWER:
      go for blood work - that will tell you your liver count - if its high cut back on the alcohol - the hard stuff is worse on the liver - not saying beer or wine is any better - it all depends on your consumption - good luck

  31. QUESTION:
    What is alcohol? (not necessarily the drink) What are it`s uses? What are the 3 stages of liver damage?
    What is alcohol? (not necessarily the drink) What are it`s uses? What are the 3 stages of liver damage? What is BAC? Give me 5 systems affected by alcohol and 2 effects it does on the organ. :) Err, health homework. :|

    • ANSWER:
      Greetings!

      When we talk about alcohol most of us are referring to the alcohol in drinks - known as ethanol. In science and industry the word alcohol refers to a group of compounds made up of a hydrocarbon chain with a hydroxyl (OH) group attached at one end. Ethanol is a member of the alcohol group, other examples are methanol, propanol and pentanol.

      Alcohol looks fairly harmless when drawn like this, so it's hard to believe that this small compound is responsible for an annual billion economy and is reckoned to cost us billion each year in alcohol related harm. This small molecule clearly has a big impact.

      The name

      There are two theories to explain the origins of the word. It is thought to be Arabic and could have started as Al-kuhul, the Arabic for antimony sulphide, a chemical used as an antiseptic and eyeliner which is also made by distillation. The second theory suggests the word is a mixture of Al-Kuhul, and Al-ghawl meaning spirit, or the headiness of wine.

      Toxicity

      Ethanol has been consumed in the form of alcoholic drinks since pre-historic times, for a variety of hygienic, dietary, medicinal, religious and recreational purposes. While small amounts now and then may have no effect, larger doses can cause many problems.

      The other alcohols are far more poisonous than ethanol. Methanol is broken down in the body to the highly poisonous formaldehyde, which cause blindness or death. Surprisingly the best treatment for methanol poisoning is ethanol, which is broken down by the body instead of the methanol.

      Alcohol uses

      Drink it
      Over 90% of the UK adult population drink alcohol. It is widely associated with socialising and relaxing and studies have shown some possible health benefits.

      Burn it
      Methanol and ethanol can be used as an alternative to fossil fuels as they burn very cleanly, producing only carbon dioxide and water. Ethanol is considered a renewable fuel as it can be made from renewable sources such a sugar cane. It's really useful for countries without an oil industry as it reduces their dependence upon imports of petrol.

      Wear it
      As ethanol is the least toxic of the alcohols it is used in perfumes to stop the plant and animal extracts from going off. The amount added depends on whether you are making a perfume, toilet water or cologne.

      Dissolve in it
      As ethanol is the safest of the alcohols it is often used to dissolve chemicals that are insoluble in water. Examples include perfumes, cosmetics and vegetable essences such as vanilla extract.

      Clean with it
      You may have seen bottles of methylated spirits lying around, which is ethanol with a small quantity of methanol added. The methanol makes the mixture highly poisonous and unsafe to drink, however it is very good for cleaning paint brushes.

      Alcohol and the body

      The effects of alcohol can be felt between ten to twenty minutes after drinking, the effects can vary depending on a number of factors.
      Find out exactly how alcohol affects different parts of your body and your brain.

      Age and size
      We all mature at different rates including liver development. Undeveloped livers work more slowly so alcohol isn't broken down as quickly. A bigger body will also contain more water, which dilutes the alcohol so the effects are smaller.

      Stomach contents
      Eating food before drinking keeps the alcohol in the stomach where it is absorbed more slowly. This gives the liver more time to break the alcohol down.

      Volume and speed
      The more you drink, the worse the effects, but also the faster you drink the faster the effects. Drinking faster than the liver can break down alcohol allows it to build up in the bloodstream.

      Type of alcohol
      Fizzy drinks and stronger drinks such as spirits, are absorbed more quickly. The bubbles in carbonated drinks can cause the valve between the stomach and intestine to open, sending the alcohol straight to the intestines - the part of the body that absorbs alcohol the fastest.

      Tolerance
      Regular drinkers build up a tolerance, while first time drinkers will feel the effects immediately.

      Gender
      Some times females are more affected by alcohol than males, as on average they are smaller with more body fat and less water in their body. As a result the concentration of alcohol is higher and they feel the effects sooner. Females may also find their reaction to drink is affected by hormone level changes which occur during their menstrual cycle.

      There are other effects, so visit the web page I refer to.

      Have a magic day!

  32. QUESTION:
    How much alcohol can I consume without damage to my liver?
    I like being buzzed from alcohol. It's awesome. I like to stay buzzed too. So my secondary question is, how long can I stay buzzed without damage to my liver?

    Note: I drink responsibly and drive safely. I just like to be buzzed.

    • ANSWER:
      Moderate use of alcohol doesn’t do tremendous damage to the liver. In fact, some alcohol, like red wine, can actually be healthy in terms of the antioxidants and phytonutrients it delivers to the body. However, the overuse and abuse of alcohol can have devastating effects to the liver and to the rest of the body as a result.

      Chronic heavy drinking can cause the liver to become fatty. Fat deposits in the liver block the liver cells from their blood supply, depriving them of oxygen and other nutrients, eventually killing them. As the name implies, the liver performs so many vital functions that we cannot live without it. The liver filters all of the blood in our bodies, breaking down and eliminating toxins, converting excess blood sugar to glycogen, and many other crucial functions. When liver cells die from lack of fresh blood, they are replaced with scar tissue, which can’t perform the functions of a liver cell — a condition is called cirrhosis.

  33. QUESTION:
    how alcohol affect your liver, and how long does it take alcohol damage your liver?

    • ANSWER:
      Depending on how much you drink and how long you have been drinking it can take many many years for the alcohol to affect your liver. But if you havea family history of liver or kidney or bladder problems then you might be more at risk for those issues.

  34. QUESTION:
    Can liver damage from excessive alcohol be reversed?

    • ANSWER:
      The liver is one of the organs that if it does rejuvenate itself it takes a very long time. The best answer I can give is to stay totally alcohol free and eat a vitamin rich diet.
      If you have a really bad problem with it though you really should seek out medical attention.

  35. QUESTION:
    How much alcohol would damage your liver?

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on the person, the strength of the alcoholic drink, and time. It may take many years, in some cases, though a friend died of cirrhosis after perhaps 10 years of alcoholism... on beer. Other factors affect this too, such as diet and hepatitis. Combine poor diet, viral illness and alcoholism and it's deadly.

  36. QUESTION:
    Can going on a month long binge of alcohol, can you seriously damage your liver?
    I am a 25 year old woman and for the last month, I have been drinking anywhere from 2 bottles of wine or a pint of whiskey and sometimes even more. Before that I had been sober for a year. Can I permanaty damage my liver, just from this one month of drinking? Should I see a doctor? I've already been to treatment and AA so I already know about all of that.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes you can cause permament liver damage. It may or may not reverse it self. Stop drinking totally and commit to the fact that you may never touch another drop of alcohol for the rest of your life. Give your body a long period to try to heal and then consider asking your doc to check your liver enzymes. You also damage your circulatory system with alcohol and as as lots of other problems including your memory. Make a pact to never touch alcohol again and congrats for every day that you don't touch alcohol.

  37. QUESTION:
    How much alcohol until I have to worry about noticeable liver damage?
    I'm a freshman in college and never drank before college but this year I've gotten drunk a few times...maybe 5 or 6. Is it possible for my liver to be noticeably damaged yet? Should I stop drinking altogether?

    Also is there some way to assess the health of my liver?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Do you know how many college kids would be needing liver doctors or a transplant if 5-6 drinking episodes damaged their liver? A lot more than all the doctors and hospitals put together could ever handle.

      No, your liver will be fine. The experts say that 10 years of heavy drinking can cause cirrhosis, but that can vary depending on a number of factors. Even if it is less, it takes a lot more than you ever drank to do any damage. Don't drink so much that you are ever in danger of alcohol poisoning and never drive while drunk. You need to worry more about those 2 things than you would liver damage right now. It's best to just drink in moderation since getting drunk carries a lot of risks other than possible liver damage. I don't know if you are a man or woman, but women can be taken advantage of very easy when drunk and men like to flex their muscles a lot and get into fights sometimes. I hate a mean drunk and there are many that get mean.

  38. QUESTION:
    What are symptoms of liver damage due to long term alcohol use?

    • ANSWER:
      Four Stages of Alcoholic Liver Disease
      Damage Due to Alcohol - Fatty Liver, Hepatitis, Fibrosis, Cirrhosis
      When alcohol is consumed, it ends up in the liver where it is metabolised. Fat, along with carbon dioxide and water, is one of the end products of this metabolic process. Fatty liver disease, or fatty degeneration, is the storage and accumulation of fat in the liver, and is the first stage of alcoholic liver disease.

      Fatty liver disease does not cause serious damage to liver function, and is reversible by abstaining from heavy drinking, or better still, not drinking at all. If heavy drinking continues, the damage to the liver will get worse.
      Alcoholic Hepatitis
      Continued drinking with a fatty liver can lead to alcoholic hepatitis, the second stage of alcoholic liver disease. This is characterised by inflammation of the liver, the effects of which may be mild, but may also be very serious. Alcoholic hepatitis can come on suddenly, causing the liver to function abnormally with the possibility of liver failure.
      Liver Fibrosis
      Liver fibrosis is the third stage of alcoholic liver disease. As the liver attempts to heal itself, tough fibrous scar tissue is formed to protect liver cells that have been damaged due to heavy alcohol consumption. This scar tissue accumulates in excessive amounts.

      Liver fibrosis is irreversible, but its progression can be halted by stopping drinking. If drinking continues, the fibrosis will worsen and progress to cirrhosis of the liver.
      Liver Cirrhosis
      The fourth and final stage of alcoholic liver disease is liver cirrhosis, which occurs as a result of long term damage to the liver from heavy drinking. Nodules form on the liver along with scar tissue, replacing healthy liver cells. The liver can no longer function properly and may eventually fail. Liver cirrhosis is a serious, irreversible condition, but can be prevented from getting worse by giving up alcohol.

      If drinking continues, the damage will continue to get worse, the liver will fail and death may occur. Liver cirrhosis also increases the risk of liver cancer and reduces life expectancy.

      Drinking sensibly in moderation is the key to enjoying alcohol. Two to three units a day for men (21 units a week), and one to two units a day for women (14 units a week) is a safe guideline. It is wise to have at least two alcohol free days each week.

  39. QUESTION:
    Are there any supplements that I can take to prevent liver damage and scarring from drinking alcohol?

    • ANSWER:
      Activated charcoal.

  40. QUESTION:
    Liver damage from Alcohol overdose?
    I drank so much last night that i passed out and woke up in my own vomit. I noticed blood in the vomit. And I feel really horrible today. and I vomited 3 more times today. does this mean I damaged my liver?
    my stomach is burning like crazy I feel the worst i;ve everf felt in mylife. ii never been this sick.

    • ANSWER:
      Drink water, fruit juices and gatorade. When your stomach burns, take 2 TUMS.

      http://www.aa.org/?Media=PlayFlash

      Your liver was most likely affected but will be ok. Several of these binges will take a toll on your liver.

  41. QUESTION:
    How much alcohol will cause liver damage? ?
    I've been taking minocycline for 2 years. For the past month I've been drinking some vodka a little every day but sometimes more (enuf to get drunk). About 32 oz of vodka total in maybe 2 or 3 weeks. Is this enough to mess up my liver and cause liver damage? I'm supposed to get a blood test and I don't want any alcohol to show up. How long should I wait to get my blood test? Will the test be able to show if alcohol or the minocyline is damaging to my liver?

    A response ASAP would be helpful!

    • ANSWER:
      Your liver and body can usually cope with drinking a small amount of alcohol. Indeed, drinking a small amount of alcohol (1-2 units per day) may help to prevent heart disease and stroke. However, drinking over the recommended limits (detailed below) can be harmful. If you drink heavily you have an increased risk of developing liver disease.

      Also taking medication while drinking is NEVER good for your body.

  42. QUESTION:
    Did consuming Tylenol (Acetaminophen) with alcohol damage my liver?
    3 weeks ago I had a cold so I took 4 pills of tylenol. There was a big party that night, so I ended up drinking 4 glasses of wine. Once I came home from the party and sobered up, I found that my cold symptoms were far worse. However, I was fine in a couple of hours, and never felt like that again. I rarely drink (I've gotten drunk maybe 10 times), so I'm wondering if I caused my liver any damage by combining Acetaminophenes with Tylenol. I'm a 19 year old guy that weighs 150 pounds. In the three weeks that have passed since the incident, everything has been normal. Any ideas? Should I be worried that I caused myself long-term damage down the road?
    Well I took 6 tylenols the previous day and 4 the day of. I drank 4 glasses of wine (the warning says 3 or more drinks so I didnt go way over or anything).

    • ANSWER:
      If you really want to ease your mind...your
      doctor can do simple blood tests on you
      to be sure no damage was done:
      the liver enzymes and the liver function tests.
      IT is worth getting this done.
      The liver doesn't always show symptom
      right away until the functions the liver
      usually does, deteriates. If the liver has
      any inflammation because of this...
      the doctor can reverse it with medication.
      If inflammation has developed and is not
      treated, it can lead to more serious problems.
      I'm not trying to scare you...only it has
      been shown that tylenol and alcohol together
      can cause serious damage to the liver.
      It really depends on how much, in mg, tylenol you took, when you took it, and how much alcohol there was.

  43. QUESTION:
    how bad is my S.dad's liver damage, alcohol being the cause. He is receiving treatment, but is yellow in color?
    THe doctors told my mom that a normal count (can't remember the name of test) is 1.....his count is 35. I just need more info to tell her....the doctors told her that his liver is failing, but in the next breathe says it can rebuild itself. He is barely able to speak, running fever, been in hospital for 4 days, has strep.... the list goes on.

    We just need to know what the doctor was talking about with him being listed as 35 count, anyone know~ is this a level he is on?? Can this be brought down??? Do you think he'll pull through without transplant? thanks in advance for any answers you can provide.

    • ANSWER:
      Alcohol is the number one cause of damage
      to the liver cells. When the cells of the liver
      become damaged, the immune system of
      the body responds to this and causes
      inflammation to develop inside the liver.
      This inflammation will cause the liver to
      enlarge in size. If the alcohol consumption
      is not stopped, it can lead to the liver cells
      dying off and an irreversible disease known
      as Cirrhosis of the liver. Scar tissue formation
      will develop inside the liver that blocks the
      flow of blood through the liver, on its way back
      to the heart and also block the flow of blood
      to the other liver cells and they will continue
      to die off.

      The cells becoming damaged and inflammation
      development can be reversed if the alcohol
      is stopped and the inflammation is treated.

      Bilirubin is a substance that is made by
      the spleen from our dead red blood cells.
      This is carried to the liver on a protein,
      known as Albumin. The liver then takes
      this non soluble bilirubin and converts it
      into a soluble form that will flow with the
      bile, through tube like structures known as
      ducts, to the gallbladder or the intestines.
      When it reaches the intestines, it helps digest
      the fats we eat. If the cells of the liver become
      damaged, this bilirubin may not get converted
      to a soluble form and stay in the blood and
      cause a rise on the blood work. Bilirubin
      is a pigment, that is it colors things. If it
      rises in the blood it will turn the whites of
      the eyes, mucus membrances, and skin a
      yellow color (known a Jaundice). It can also
      be picked up by the kidneys and cause the
      urine to become darker. From a yellow to a
      deep brown. If something is blocking the
      flow of the bile from the liver to the intestines...
      then, since the bilirubin doesn't reach the
      intestines...the stools would become very
      light in color to almost a grayish white and
      may float on top of the water.

      When the cells are damaged and inflammation
      appears...this is the starting of liver failure.
      Why, because the cells of the liver do the
      over 500 plus functions to keep the body well.
      When the cells are damaged and lead to
      where they start to die off, these functions
      do not get done...it is the beginning of the
      liver failing. It will progress until the patient is
      in total liver failure and in need of a transplant.

      The doctors can determine, by blood testing...
      Ct scan...and possibly a liver biopsy...how
      far advanced he is in this disease. They can
      tell the patient if he has a chance for it to
      be reversed by doing what the doctor says,
      or if he has already reached the point of it
      continuing on.

      I hope this information has been of some help
      to you.

  44. QUESTION:
    Can you cause servere liver damage from drinking alcohol once(one bottle) at 14 years old?

    • ANSWER:
      CAN = YES

      WILL = Almost certainly NO

      One bottle should do very little at all, however there are people who that amount of alcohol could kill ..... So anyone giving a categorical yes or no is wrong.

  45. QUESTION:
    How often would you have to mix tylenol with alcohol to do damage to your liver?
    I mean would you have to do it like every day for a while or can you hurt yourself if you just do it a few days in a row?

    • ANSWER:
      Each time you do it you're damaging your liver...it's small, but it does add up. And everyone is different. You're just playing the odds.

      There are people who chain smoke for 40 years and live to 80. Then there are some who get lung cancer from 2nd hand smoke.

      Bottom line is, there's always a risk. Do you want to take it?

      (you could try other pain relievers, like OTC NSAIDs. No liver damage, but you'll get diarrhea and potentially an ulcer)

  46. QUESTION:
    Alcohol and Liver Damage ?
    Hi.. Umm for about 4 months, I was binge drinking. In those 4 months, I had about the equivalence of 1 bottle of rum. I'm a 16 year old girl; 110 pounds (if that helps with anything). So now i'm wondering if it could have a big impact on my liver. And if so, what symptoms should i be looking for?

    Please, be serious - I'm actually worried. If some people who studied in biology / medecine could answer, that would be great. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:

  47. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for liver enzymes to normalize after obstaining from alcohol?
    I have hemachromatosis and periodically donate blood to reduce iron levels. I have decided to stay away from alcohol to prevent liver damage as enzymes have been slightly elevated. If all else is normal, how long should it take for enzymes to normalize? Does drinking large quantities of water help?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Duane, I can only speak from personal experience.I also believe that the M.D.s can only generalize as we are all different.Good choice to stop drinking.I hope you will consider making this a permanent decision as alcohol and liver disease do not mix.You already have liver disease,why make it worse?When I sobered up 4 years ago,my LFTs were also slightly elevated.I can say that sometime,6 months to 1 year,my LFTs normalized.As I also have Hep.C,after a while they crept back up a bit.However,medicine etc. could be responsible.Remember,just about everything goes through the liver.Stay away from the booze,Duane!

  48. QUESTION:
    Can alcohol damage your liver if you have liver transplant?
    I have a friend he has liver problems. He had a liver tranplant when he was 9 month old but that was 18 years ago. And now he needs to take medicines for life so that his liver doesn't get rejected. I was wondering if he can drink alcohol if so how much or what is the percent of alcohol can he drink?. Do you know anybody that has liver tranplant and drinks alcohol?
    Does tobacco/cigerettes affects the liver too?
    Can he die just one sip? Or is he gonna spend half of his life in the hospital being hopsitalized? Can he drink the non-alcoholic that has less than 0.5% alcohol you know like the coor non-alcohol?
    And more thing, he's a pot head, been smoking weed for 4 years still he didn't have any problems for that. Of course the only problem he gets is his memory and his eating habits. Does marijuana affects/damage the liver?

    • ANSWER:
      He should really consult with his specialist about this. He could reject that liver at anytime, regardless of the anti-rejection meds he is taking. Consuming alcohol could easily dilute his meds and cause rejection sooner than expected.

      Is it worth taking a chance??

  49. QUESTION:
    can drinking alcohol damage our liver?
    if so how.

    • ANSWER:
      Yea, it can and does damage your liver. Your liver metabolizes alcohol. When you ingest alcohol, your liver cells are damaged. Your liver is capable of healing after it, but in the long term, the process of "healing" actually damages your liver. First of all, after you've ingested alcohol, and damaged your hepatocytes (liver cells)-- other cells called fibroblasts secrete collagen (what scars are made of) to help fix the injury, which unfortunately makes your liver unable to get oxygen and nutrients as efficiently. Your liver cells also can regenerate to compensate for the damage. However, they grow back clustered... and make your liver look like chewed up bubble gum... which eventually effects its function (do a google image search for lobular liver). It makes your liver even less capable of getting nutrients and oxygen. And that's not even addressing some of the horrific complications of liver disease. It's bad stuff....

  50. QUESTION:
    How much alcohol drinking does it take to damage your liver?
    I'm trying to assert my dominance over my liver by punishing it, but I need some guidance. If I were to binge drink (10 vodka shots or more within a short period of time -- usually to the point of blacking out, vomiting, or both) twice a week for 10 years, would that be good enough to wreak significant havoc on my liver? Or does it need to be more like three or four times a week? Any other tips are appreciated. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I'm no md, but I've heard it takes sustained drinking over a long time. Binging might not work, but maybe it will. Good luck, you can do anything if you try hard enough.


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Liver problems include a wide range of diseases and conditions that can affect your liver. Your liver is an organ about the size of a football that sits just under your rib cage on the right side of your abdomen. Without your liver, you couldn't digest food and absorb nutrients, get rid of toxic substances from your body or stay alive....

Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of liver problems include : -

  • Discolored skin and eyes that appear yellowish
  • Abdominal pain and swelling
  • Itchy skin that doesn't seem to go away....

Liver anatomy

Your liver is located under your rib cage, which helps protect it from injury. Your liver is dark reddish-brown because at any given moment it holds a pint of blood. Most of the liver's blood supply comes from the portal vein, which carries nutrients and toxins from your digestive system.....

Causes

Problems that can occur in the liver include : -

  • Acute liver failure
  • Alcoholic hepatitis
  • Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency
  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Bile duct obstruction
  • Chronic liver failure....

Risk factors Symptoms

  • Acute liver failure
  • Alcoholic hepatitis
  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Cirrhosis
  • Enlarged liver
  • Gilbert syndrome.....

Tests and diagnosis

Liver ultrasound : -

An ultrasound uses sound waves to create an image. This ultrasound shows a benign liver tumor.

Tests and procedures used to diagnose liver problems include : -

  • Blood tests

A group of blood tests called liver function tests can be used to diagnose liver problems. Other blood tests can be done to look for specific liver problems or inherited conditions that affect the liver....

  • Imaging tests

Procedures that create pictures of your liver, such as computerized tomography (CT) scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound, can reveal liver problems....

  • Tests of liver tissue

A procedure to remove tissue from your liver (liver biopsy) may help in diagnosing liver problems. Liver biopsy is most often done using a long needle inserted through the skin to extract a tissue sample (needle biopsy). The tissue sample is sent to a laboratory where it can be examined under a microscope.....

Treatments and drugs

Treatment for liver problems depends on your diagnosis. Some liver problems can be treated with medications. Others may require surgery. Liver transplant may ultimately be required for liver problems that cause liver failure.....

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    SHould we make alcohol illegal?
    With all of the problems that alcohol causes, isn't it time that we make it illegal again? How can we let this stay legal? Why should our society put up with a bunch of drunks? Look at all the problems that alcohol causes.

    Liver disease Elevated liver enzyme levels Fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, cirrhosis

    Pancreatic disease Acute pancreatitis, chronic pancreatitis
    Cardiovascular disease Hypertension Cardiomyopathy, arrhythmias, stroke

    Gastrointestinal problems Gastritis, gastroesophageal reflux disease, diarrhea, peptic ulcer disease Esophageal varices, Mallory-Weiss tears

    Neurologic disorders Headaches, blackouts, peripheral neuropathy Alcohol withdrawal syndrome, seizures, Wernicke's encephalopathy, dementia, cerebral atrophy, peripheral neuropathy, cognitive deficits, impaired motor functioning

    Reproductive system disorders Fetal alcohol effects, fetal alcohol syndrome Sexual dysfunction, amenorrhea, anovulation, early menopause, spontaneous abortion

    Cancers Neoplasm of the liver, neoplasm of the head and neck, neoplasm of the pancreas, neoplasm of the esophagus

    Psychiatric comorbidities Depression, anxiety Affective disorders, anxiety disorders, antisocial personality

    Legal problems Traffic violations, driving while intoxicated, public intoxication Motor vehicle accidents, violent offenses, fires

    Employment problems Tardiness, sick days, inability to concentrate, decreased competence Accidents, injury, job loss, chronic unemployment

    Family problems Family conflict, erratic child discipline, neglect of responsibilities, social isolation Divorce, spouse abuse, child abuse or neglect, loss of child custody

    Effects on children Overresponsibility, acting out, withdrawal, inability to concentrate, school problems, social isolation Learning disorders, behavior problems, emotional disturbance
    We need to step up the War on Drugs to include alcohol.

    It has NO positive benefits on our society.

    NONE.

    It should be illegal.

    • ANSWER:
      I totally agree!!

      Marijuana should be legal instead!!

  2. QUESTION:
    How dangerous is it to drink alcohol while taking lithium?
    And also can taking xanax and drinking do more harm to your liver? I've also heard about acute alcoholism hepatitis from watching a show called Intervention on A&E...... what is the disease and how do you actually get it?

    • ANSWER:
      Like walking out in front of semi truck running about 70 mph

  3. QUESTION:
    What do you think is the worst human invention?
    My answer would be alcoholic drink.Here are the reasons why.The maximum number of deaths in the
    world related to any one particular cause is due to
    the consumption of alcohol. Millions of people die
    every year only because of intake of alcohol. I
    need not go into the details of all the ill-effects of
    alcohol since most of them are commonly
    known. Below is a simple list of few of the alcohol
    related illnesses:
    a. Cirrhosis of Liver is the most well known alcohol
    associated disease.
    b. Others are Cancer of Oesophagus, Cancer of
    Head and Neck, Cancer of Liver (Hepatoma),
    Cancer of Bowel, etc.
    c. Oesophagitis, Gastritis, Pancreatitis and Hepatitis
    are linked with alcohol consumption.
    d. Cardiomyopathy, Hypertension, Coronary
    Artherosclerosis, Angina and Heart Attacks are
    linked with heavy alcohol intakes.
    e. Strokes, Apoplexy, Fits and different types of
    Paralysis are linked with alcohol intake.
    f. Peripheral Neuropathy, Cortical Atrophy,
    Cerebellar Atrophy are well-known syndromes
    caused by alcohol consumption.
    g. Wernicke – Korsakoff syndrome with amnesia of
    recent events, confabulations and retainment of
    memory to old events with different types of
    paralysis are mainly due to thiamine deficiency
    due to excessive alcohol intake.
    h. Beriberi and other deficiencies are not uncommon
    among alcoholics. Even Pellagra occurs in
    alcoholics.
    i. Delerium Tremens is a serious complication that
    may occur during recurrent infection of alcoholics
    or post operatively. It also occurs during
    abstention as a sign of withdrawal effect. It is
    quite serious and may cause death even if treated
    in well equipped centres.
    j. Numerous Endocrine Disorders have been
    associated with alcoholism ranging from
    Myxodema to Hyperthyroidism and Florid
    Cushing Syndrome.
    k. Hematological ill effects are long and variable.
    Folic acid deficiency, however, is the most
    common manifestation of alcoholic abuse
    resulting in Macrocytic Anemia. Zeive’s syndrome
    is a triad of Hemolytic Anemia, Jaundice and
    Hyperlipaedemia that follows alcoholic binges.
    l. Thrombocytopenia and other platelet
    abnormalities are not rare in alcoholics.
    m. The commonly used tablet metronidazole (flagyl)
    interacts badly with alcohol.
    n. Recurrent infection is very common among
    chronic alcoholics. The resistance to disease and
    the immunological defense system are
    compromised by alcohol intake.
    o. Chest infections are notorious in alcoholics.
    Pneumonia, Lung Abcess, Emphysema and
    Pulmonary Tuberculosis are all common in
    alcoholics.
    p. During acute alcoholic intoxication, the drunk
    person usually vomits, the cough reflexes which
    are protective are paralysed. The vomitus thus
    easily pass to the lung causing Pneumonia or
    Lung Abscess. Occasionally it may even cause
    suffocation and death.
    q. The ill effects of alcohol consumption on women
    deserves special mention. Females are more
    vulnerable to alcohol-related Cirrhosis than men.
    During pregnancy alcohol consumption has a
    severe detrimental effect on the foetus. Foetal
    Alcohol Syndrome is being recognised more and
    more in the medical profession.
    r. Skin diseases are also related to alcohol
    indulgence.
    s. Eczema, Alopecia, Nail Dystrophy, Paronychia
    (infection around the nails) and Angular Stomatitis
    (inflammation of the angle of the mouth) are
    common diseases among alcoholics.

    • ANSWER:
      You are quite long winded.
      You seem to have a problem with drink. Don't blame the drink. Blame the person that couldn't control themselves with it. It is never the thing but the abuse of the thing.

      Answer to your question for me is Nukes, Cloning, & biological manipulation making super bugs etc.
      Those if unleashed would cause much more havoc than drink.

      Jesus drank. He change water into wine. Remember that.

  4. QUESTION:
    Approximately how long will I live with Hepatitis C?
    I am eighteen years old and just found out I have Hepatitis C. It is still in the acute stage, as I have gotten it with in the past 6 months. If I qualify for treatment, I will probably go ahead with that. I will abstain from alcohol consumption, quit smoking cigarettes, and avoid any further use of drugs and tobacco. I will begin to exercise a couple times a week and try to have a healthy diet. Since I am only 18, I am quite young. I am a freshman in college planning to pursue a Ph.D. I am concerned that I may only have like 20 years or so left to live if I develop liver disease and/or liver cancer. I just want an educated estimation of how long I will be alive for and/or the chances of developing cirrhosis, liver disease, cancer, etc. I want to know if it is even worth trying to pursue a doctorate degree because I don't want to die a couple years after I finally finish my education. I want to know this because I might change my future career goals so I can actually try to have a life past my schooling as long as I can. I'm pursuing a degree in Psychology in hopes of becoming a psychotherapist. I want to also know if I will possibly develop some sort of neurological or cognitive impairment (i.e., hepatic encephalopathy) where I will lose brain/memory functioning. I am primarily concerned about three factors: how long I will be alive for, the chances of getting liver disease and/or requiring a liver transplant, and if I will have any impairment on my brain (because my career goal requires a significant amount of intelligence, which I currently have, but I fear that it will decrease and my chances of doing what I want to do will drop).

    Please give me detailed, and EDUCATED (cite your sources) information. I don't want any 2-sentence answers. If you are not a doctor or do not have accurate and truthful information, do not bother responding to my question. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      If you haven't seen a doctor, here is some info.

  5. QUESTION:
    Its time to go into rehab how do I tell my mum?
    I have decided (UK) that i have a problem with alcohol, I have contacted a residential rehab center and am awaiting the costs of this. I am not the typical alcoholic I dont drink in the mornings and i hold down a good job but i drink every other night only because i am to tired and hung over to drink the next day, I drink a bottle of vodka every other day 37% proof.

    I am a binge drinker, my dad was an alcoholic and i lived with him from the age of 10 he encouraged alcohol from that age, I am no way blaming him for the path I have taken I saw him suffer from acute liver failure and that should have had an impact on me apparently not!

    I'm 25 hold down a good job but i live with my mum because she was unwell with crohn's disease I was helping her with the bills but now i know i have to check in. How can I tell her? what should I say?

    • ANSWER:
      james is wrong

      just say you need help, wanna go to rehab and seek her support

  6. QUESTION:
    How long before I die of hepatitis c?
    I am 24 and I have had hepatitis c for almost 10 months now. I didn't have it when I was pregnant and had my son 16 months ago and I can proove that. I didn't have it before I had my surgery to have my gall bladder removed and I can proove that as well. My doctor told me 4 months after my surgery that I had acute hepatitis c meaning that I have had it less than 6 months. Well if I didn't have it before my surgery 4 months ago and I had it less than 6 months then I can proove that its the hospitals fault because I am not a drug user and I have been with the same man for 5 years and he doesn't have it. I also have 3 herniated disc in my lower back and I get perscribed various medications for the pain such as vicodin or percocet. Mostly percocet. I also take Robaxin for muscle relaxers. I also take birth control and adderall 20 mg xr. I do not drink alcohol, do not smoke and I also do not do any recreational drugs. How long do you think I have in life before I start going down hill with this liver disease? I am only 24 right now. Will I even live to be a grandmother? If all im doing is my prescription medication percocet or vicodin then will I still live a long normal life like any other person out there?

    • ANSWER:
      You really need to educate yourself about hepatitis C because it clearly shows that you know very little about it. It is not an automatic death sentence. It's a very slow progressing disease. Without any treatment, one third of those with hep C will develop cirrhosis in 20 years. One third will develop cirrhosis in 30 years. And one third will never develop cirrhosis at all. These are the latest statistics that I could find.

      There is no way that you can pinpoint this as getting it in the hospital. There are many ways you can come in contact with it, but just because you don't know where you could have gotten it elsewhere doesn't mean you can blame the hospital. That is probably the last place you would get it today with the way things are done in hospitals today. It is spread by blood to blood contact. You cannot get it in food or water as someone else told you. When was the last time you saw anyone working around blood in the hospital without gloves on and they continually wash their hands even after using gloves and between patients. They are very careful because they don't want to get anything either.

      There is treatment with medication that can help hep C. There are 6 major genotypes of hep C so you will need to find out which one you have. Fifty one percent of those with hep C are cured overall.

      You really should not be taking any medications that affect the liver in a negative way especially when you have hep C. You need to find a gastroenterologist instead of a regular PCP to treat your disease. It is so important to have a good doctor that knows what to do. All the meds you take needs to be approved by someone who knows about liver disease so you can stay healthy. Not drinking alcohol is very good so keep doing that.

      There are so many websites on the internet that will educate you about this disease. Just look it up on Wikipedia for a start. Since you will have this the rest of your life, you really should know all about it. I wish you the best.

  7. QUESTION:
    Paging Dr. Gregory House?
    So a friend of mine fell ill 2 weeks ago. It started with a fever and general malaise on a friday. Has dark urine and light stools. Sunday he gets urinalysis and the results were high bilirubin and urobilinogen. He goes to the ER looking awful still with a fever and shivering. I tell him he probably has gallstones and is going to end up getting his gall bladder removed. They draw tons of blood and by the end of the night the doctor tells him, with no diagnostics of course to back this up "you have fatty liver, gilbert disease (hereditary cause of high bilirubin), and a virus" and discharges him that sunday night. Tuesday morning hes back and checked in at the hospital in essentially quarantine. Still fever, vomiting, face all red, and hyphema (blood in the eye) presumably from straining from coughing and vomiting. Now apparently he has a high white blood cell count, and at least one doctor seems to think his 'rash' may be hepatitis, to which he wasn't vaccinated. They can't find any gallstones, so now I'm thinking Hepatitis B, after a few days it turns out the blood they took was supposed to be tested for all Hepatitis viruses, yet some ER person wrote Hep A on there, so he has so wait even longer for B and C to come back, though B is the only one that really causes this severe an acute illness. Days more go by and it turns out he has no hepatitis of any type, has been endoscoped and had gallstones ruled out. They did a CT of his pancreas, the results of which I'm not really privy to, particularly since trying to get complicated explanations from someone high as a kite on dilaudid isn't easy. They had him on metronidazole first then levofloxacin to cover bacteria. Also protonix for stomach acid and albuterol for breathing. He is still sick after two weeks and the final diagnosis seems to be "you have pancreatitis and a virus" - and that he can never drink alcohol again. The doctor further seems to think that my friend's admission of having had 2 or 3 drinks on the night before getting sick seems to explain everything. Also, my friend has a family friend in a different hospital with apparently the exact same illness right now.
    My question is what the hell might cause this? No gallstones, no hepatitis. He rarely drinks alcohol and doesn't binge. The viral causes I've seen for pancreatitis are Hepatitis (ruled out), mumps (makes no sense, and he had vaccine) and Epstein-Barr. His lack of any noticeable jaundice or perhaps most importantly - upper right abdominal pain - is quite odd also. Naturally since I was at the bar with him the night before he got sick, at the ER when he first went, and in his hospital room for coughing/vomiting, I'm a wee bit concerned.

    • ANSWER:
      Wow ... you should be a writer for TV!

  8. QUESTION:
    Mysterious Instant Stomach Troubles
    Going to be as brief as possible: 21, male, healthy. Large build 230, 6'2. Drank wine a bit consistently for 5-6 months, no problems. Drank other hard liquor in the past, no problems. Tried Gin on June 6th, half a bottle (Seagram's Extra Dry mixed with lemon juice and ginger ale..I don't usually mix, was doing so for fun). Immediately noticed I had to keep taking deep breaths/out of breath sensation, stopped. Not sure if the Japanese food (sushi etc.) could've had an impact. Drank Jack Daniels and rot gut vodka before, so it was not a matter of tolerance or alcohol exposure.

    Next day woke up to a feeling below the throat, felt like a constant need to cough. Went to the doctor...EKG, Chest X-Ray, Barium Swallow, Spirometer/Flow Meter (lung test), Gallbladder Liver scan, all negative. Endoscopy showed a very very small 3-4 cm sliding hiatal hernia, deemed asymptomatic (does not produce symptoms) as it was so small it didn't even show on the Barium Swallow X-ray. Endoscopy showed no irritation, irregularities or inflammation. Allergy tests showed nothing, Clarinex did nothing.

    Symptoms are: Constant cough/irritation between collar bones, murky/powdery stools (as if you were to flush powder from the bottom of the toilet bowl and it billows up), sinus congestion, excessive burping, extreme fatigue, minor heart palpitations, yellow/white coated tongue, hurts to take a deep breath. Spaced out/tired after eating, worse than the "after turkey meal feeling". Excessive salivation/sweet tasting salivation. Hear an intermittent sound like gas escaping through my esophagus to my neck when I lie down. No heartburn whatsoever. Odd sour taste at back of mouth.

    No history of any problems, no history of hypochondria, not psychological (Ativan and other sedatives did nothing). Antibiotics did nothing.

    A homeopath suggested Nux Vomica, did nothing but calm me mentally.

    Acid reflux/GERD was suggested, took Prilosec, Zantac, Pepcid AC, no effect. Moved to PPI's (strongest stuff they got), Protonix/Aciphex/Zegerid, did nothing.

    It has been 2 months, the symptoms persist despite diet changes. Suggestions regarding a decrease in weight were made. Factors of environment include mold under my water bed that has grown over the years due to frequent popping of the tubes. A plan to replace the bed is underway. It has been suggested that the mold is causing this, or perhaps a Candida Albicans yeast overgrowth, however, the reaction to the Gin was sudden, instant, and very acute. I felt no symptoms whatsoever prior to consumption.

    5 doctors, a gastroenterologist, a pulmonary specialist, 10 health coach's/nurses from the insurance company, a renowned medical researcher, and a famous health expert who exposed a pharmaceutical scam had no clue whatsoever, and were completely baffled.

    I have gotten some guidance from a Chinese medicine woman/acupuncturist and am undergoing treatment through TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine).

    Nevertheless, I am asking for your opinions. Do not tell me I have "GERD" or "acid reflux disease", those ailments are not diseases, and my symptoms/tests defy such a diagnosis. I am more knowledgeable about Acid Reflux/GERD than most doctors at this point, and I know I don't have it. I know every test used to detect it, and every "health tip" recommended for it, so don't waste my time or yours by spamming it.

    I am looking for alternative causes.

    Thank you
    Looking for more answers

    • ANSWER:
      I am in no way a medical professional, but I have to respond because I have twice in my life had conditions that could not be diagnosed. Both eventually were, but what a horror show until then.

      My first thought on reading as far as your instant reaction to the gin potion was allergy. Short of a pre-existing condition, I can't think of anything, other than a poison, that could act that fast.

      As I read further, I was going to mention mold but then you did. Mold is insidious. Mold can cause hundreds of nasty symptoms. That you had been sleeping on it for god knows how long means that you were breathing it in all that time even though you didn't know it was there. I don't know if there is a medical specialty in mycology but it might be a place to start.

      Also, consider that what's going on may have been caused by more than one condition or more than one allergen or mold or ... If the gin event was an allergy, maybe it triggered nasty mold spores that had been hidden in your larynx.. I mean, I'm just throwing out ideas here, but it could be two or three different maladies.

      In any case, don't give up. There is a doctor who knows what it is and has at least an idea how to cure it.

      Good luck.