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Does meth show up in routine blood test? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 26-Apr-2014
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User:I have a few questions about the effects smoking meth may be having on me
Doctor:Ok,how can I help?
User:Firstly.I smoke meth regularly, will it show up in a routine Urinalysis /Vaginal Swab checking for -UTI,Bladder Infection, Kidney Infection/Pelvic Inflammatory Disease? If it does, will the doctor say anything??
Doctor:They have to run a drug screen on the urine. If the doctor suspects usage, they may choose to erun the test on the urine
Doctor:If they get a positive, then they would want to talk about it with you. Maybe help you get into a detox program
User:So if they don't suspect, and it is just a routine test, it won't show up? Sorry I am confused
Doctor:No, you actually have to order the speciic test, a routine urinalysis doesn't cover that
User:Can I ask a few other questions
Doctor:sure, anything
User:are there risks of detoxing from meth alone?
Doctor:it's not like narcotics, it doesn't cause serious danger if you detox from it alone, overall detoxing will be very good for you
Doctor:in the short and long term
User:Ok, and the reason I am looking at detoxing ASAP as I have recently gotten a few weird symptoms and I am wondering if they are linked to my smoking meth / if they are serious...
Doctor:symptoms like?
User:Constant upper back pain (shoulder blades), both sides. It gets worse at night, and worse when I breathe in deeply.
Doctor:thats due to irritation to your lungs from the smoking. The same symptoms could be had by smoking anything, but the impurities from the meth are normally in the form of really strong acids
Doctor:that causes alot of irritation to your lungs
User:Ok that will probably explain my next symptoms then...
Doctor:that makes meth kind of worse than cigarettes
User:I feel like I have a lump in my throat constantly, and first time ever getting a bit of acid reflux after I eat..
Doctor:I agree, i believe it's related
Doctor:for the time being, you can use an over the counter antacid like Ppto to relive the reflux
Doctor:but long term, prolly better not to smoke the stuff (i know.. duh)
Doctor:Pepto* as in peptobismol
User:Absolutely! not worth all this hassle. I also just quickly wanted to ask about a womens health issue I have been having
Doctor:sure, shoot
User:I recently (4 weeks ago) had a hysterscopy / new mirena insertered, and since then I have had - the worst bloating / constipastion ever, constant bleeding, and horrible back pain where my hips are...could this be linked to the Mirena / Hysterscopy or something else?
Doctor:well, the scopy would have caused some irritation all on its own.
Doctor:But yea, the Mirena is incresing your progesterone levels and changing the lining in the uterus. it would cause some bloating and pain at first
User:Ok, so those symptoms wouldnt most likely be related to drug use?
Doctor:well, thats a tough thing, to try and separate the two, but in my experience with patients on meth, cramping and bloating are not really linked
User:Ok, thanks
Doctor:the bleeding is probably from the scopy itself, it ought to go away soon enough
Doctor:hey, let me share this link with you
Doctor:it will give you a bit more info on quitting meth and how you can maximize your chances of staying off the stuff
User:And the pain in my back (lungs) is nothing to worry about? is there anything I coudl do for that pain ?
User:Thanks thatd be great
Doctor:There's really no drug to help with that, you just gotta stop irritating the lungs
Doctor:once the smoking stops the lungs will bounce back pretty quick
User:would just a regular pain killer help with the pain radiating to shoulders? it is very bad
Doctor:You can try it, might help a bit, but it also might make your acid reflux a bit worse (thats a pretty common side effect with OTC pain killers)
User:Ok, I am not coughing or anything though...still definitely be a lung thing?
Doctor:I'm reasonable sure. the lungs share innervation with the muscles that line the back of the chest, the pain seems to be originating from there
User:yeah and I have felt it has been very slight harder to breathe since the shoulder pain, just harder to take deep breathes
Doctor:you're not coughing because the drug interferes with the cough reflex.
Doctor:May sound a bit counter intuitive, but when you stop the smoking, you will develop a nasty cough for a bit
Doctor:Thats your lungs getting back in gear and clearing out all the junk that has built up
User:ok thanks for all that
Doctor:Anything else I can help you with?
Doctor:Always Happy to Help
User:no that is all, thanks you have been a massive help
Doctor:Ok, take care. Hey, hope the detox forks out for you.
Doctor:works out, works out
Doctor:god, i can't type
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