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Hi folks. Time for a new thread, I think.
To recap, very briefly: previously a social drinker for 25 years, rarely drunk, but did enjoy a glass of wine with a meal, a few pints with friends / workmates on a regular basis, and occasional night-cap.
Last August, after a year of depression, insomnia and anxiety, I started drinking more alone at home, with two quite seriious but short binges in October. Then, very little alcohol from November to March, when I started again, with occasional binges. But my drinking really got out of hand in June and July, when I was probably averaging about 70 (UK) units of alcohol per week and then the last week in July had around 150 units (three 1.5 litre bottles of vodka).
Since then, I have only had a few glasses of wine.
I was scared by liver function tests done on 4 August. These showed Gamma GT of 121 and AST of 96. I was told the other results were within normal range. These figures scared me, though my regular GP, with whom I have a very good relationship and faith in, did not seem overly concerned but just said to me "no more binges, Gavin".
The LFTs were repeated on 17 August. The Gamma GT had reduced to 72 and the AST was now normal at 25. One of the GPs in the surgery (my regular GP is on holiday) also gave me a physical examination and said that, along with the lower LFT numbers, my liver was not enlarged or 'hard', and, basically, I was fine.
However, the reason I went back to see a GP is/was because I have been feeling physically unwell in a very vague sort of way:
- Excessive sweating, coming and going, and intolerance to heat;
- Clammy skin;
- Fuzzy head / brain fog / some disorientation;
- Burning pain in joints, inner thighs and genitals ;
- Strange senations in hands and feet;
- Loss of appetite (am forcing myself to eat at meal times);
- Indigestion and mild nausea;
- Occasional diarrhoea;
- Insomnia (a problem for 2 years, but even worse now);
- General unwell feeling.
I spoke to another GP yesterday and he said these symptoms are due to alcohol withdrawals. He talked me through other blood tests, done in mid-June, and he said these were all normal.
Are these symptoms typical of alcohol withdrawals?
If so, how long are they likely to last?
I know that, probably unwisely, I have been Googling extensively and looking in other forums, and was even told that, with these symptoms, I should get tested for an inherited condition called Haemochromatosis. Should I?
I'm sure I'm coming across as obsessive but, if these symptoms went away, I would be much, much less concerned ....
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