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Marijuana withdrawal - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
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I am Dr.XXXXX here
User :   hello so i need some help
Doctor :  
Sure
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Proceed with your query
User :   i quit smoking cigarets and merijuana like 3 weeks ago cause of a panic attack and after that i had anxiety but it didnt last long but now im worried about my heart cuz it flutters every once in a while now
Doctor :   Ok

User :   but mostly only when i think about it but when i eat i seem to swallow air alot cuz my stomach get full with air and that i think may also cause the fluttering is this true?
Doctor :   Ok

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May I know your age, gender?
User :   im 18 and im a male
Doctor :   Ok

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Since how long had you been using it?
User :   using what?
Doctor :   Cigarettes and Marijuana

User :   uh cigarets like 2 years. and merijuana like 3 or 4 months i think
Doctor :   Ok

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Also what was the frequency of usage?
User :   cigarettes like not a chain smoker maybe like 6 or 7 cigarettes a day and merijuana the last month was almost everyday
Doctor :   Ok

Doctor :  
Alton firstly I appreciate you on quitting it
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Now are the hard times to stay away from it
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and it is really testing
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You need to have a strong will for that
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You have started smartly
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but I donno whether you know it or now but these drugs cause physical and psychological dependance
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which will show withdrawal effects on quitting
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It is this particular phase which you are experiencing now
Doctor :   Do you agree with that?
User :   yes i was actually thinking that it could be that too i just need the confidence that im ok so i wont worry about it
Doctor :   Yes, your thinking is absolutely right

User :   but i have another question
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Sure
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Go ahead
User :   some time when i go to sleep i feel like i stop breathing and this just started after i quit is it related to the withdrawel?
Doctor :   Yes
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Actually I wanted to ask regarding your sleep since quitting and also before that?
User :   like how much sleep do i get?
Doctor :   Yes, along with that

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I would like to know is there difficullty in getting sleep
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any disturbances in the night
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and any other changes
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The breathing part I got it
User :   its not hard to fall asleep at all but some times i get waken up[ in the middle of the night with the whole breathing thing then i get scared and have trouble getting back to sleep cuz the whole breathing thing happens every time i try to go back asleep
Doctor :   Ok

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This is what is meant by dependance
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You are in that phase
Doctor :   Before that I shall ask
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like what made you quit it suddenly?
User :   the panick attack i used it as a sighn to stop all the unhealthyness in my life after that i didnt want to have anything to do with any type of smoking
User :   i saw it as a sighn
Doctor :   Ok

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Good
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I appreciate it once again
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You have done the right thing
User :   no problem
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But have you taken any support for the same?
User :   what do you mean?
Doctor :   Any medications and/or counselling?

User :   no i dont have insurence so i havent gone to the doctor that why i came here but ive been reading this book called "battle field of the mind (winning the battle in your mind)"
Doctor :   Ok

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But for such disturbances I would recommend you to have medical back up
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Meaning the severity of withdrawal will be reduced
User :   ok what do i do
Doctor :   I shall explain you

Doctor :   During such withdrawal symptoms
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what happens is the person will be forced to go back to the same old bad habit
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hence to avoid that
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we have certain medications to reduce the craving
User :   trust me i wont go back
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these medications need to be take on prescription only
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by a Psychiatrist
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Yes, I do understand your instance
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but to improve the comfort level I would suggest you to go for one
User :   ok
Doctor :   You can also keep a track of things there

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and supported accordingly
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with the help of drugs and also counselling
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both are important
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You will need around 4 weeks to be back to normal for about 80% atleast
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But believe me it will be progressive
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Day by day you will feel better
User :   ok but was it bad that i quit cokes caffeene if thats how you spell it at the same time
Doctor :   No not a bad thing

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Caffeine is not that harmful
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but not recommended either
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You can continue with caffeinated drinks to a small extent
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if you wish to
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not a mandatory thing
User :   beacause when i was going through the anxiety i was told not to drink cokes
User :   ok cool
Doctor :   Is there anything else you want to ask?

User :   uh just to be sure the whole feeling of forgetting to breath while i sleep thats all natural with the withdrawels?
Doctor :   Yes, it is usually seen

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along with palpitations
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difficulty in breathing
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Meanwhile I would advise you to get an ECG done
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It is Electrocardiogram
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a simple procedure
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to diagnose cardiac conditions
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It is a cheap, safe and beneficial procedure
User :   ok
Doctor :   Please fill the feedback form say done when done.

User :   but i want to keep talking till the hour is up cause you know 11 dollars was spent lol
Doctor :   Sure
User :   oh also
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I will explain the withdrawal symptoms in detail
User :   im in a band and i sing in that band every once in a while
Doctor :  
That is good
User :   but when i start singing i start having palpitations is that cause i dont have much energy cause of the withdrawel?
Doctor :   Do you feel nervous?
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at that time
User :   yes because
User :   i dont want to have the palpitation
User :   and you know your playing infront of a crowed
Doctor :   with the psychiatric support

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it can improvise that
User :   ok
User :   another question
Doctor :  
Shoot your query
User :   when i swallow food or a drink i seem to always swallow air and this started happening after this whole experience do you know the cause? because it make me have gas which causes some of the fluttering and a chest pain
Doctor :   Chew the food with closed mouth

User :   thats it?
Doctor :   Yes

User :   ok cool
Doctor :  
It really helps in releiving gas issues
Doctor :   we call it as aerophagia
User :   and that is?
Doctor :   swallowing air

Doctor :   along with food

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it happens because of faulty chewing
User :   so im not chewing enough?
Doctor :   Mouth should be closed

User :   ok
User :   so im thinking the whole breathing thing is all in my head cuz when i have nights where i dont think about the problem like i forget about it or dont worry about it im fine
User :   like it doesnt happen but when i do think about it, it happens
Doctor :   It is a psychologically driven thing

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Positive thinking is ofcourse helpful
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in all forms of disorders
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espececially in these cases
User :   ok
User :   so realy im just being perinoid? cuz i know its natural for your heart rate and your breathing rate to slow down when you sleep but
User :   since i think about it before i sleep i get peranoid of it and pay attention to it right?
Doctor :   ofcourse during relaxation the activity slows down

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and it should
User :   ok cool you have helped me understand whats going on im so much more relieved
Doctor :   Thank you

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It is our duty to help you
User :   well thank you for your services
User :   also is it better to get over this by exercising?
Doctor :   Exercise does help

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they are prescribed universally
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with certain exceptions
User :   ok cool well thanks again and if i need anymore help i know where to go
Doctor :  
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