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Alcoholic, hands hurt badly. Veins are restricting the blood flow. Any remedies?

My sister is an alcoholic and use to get really drunk, now it's hard for her drink hard stuff so she drinks some kind of sweet slushy liquor all night. She complains about her hands hurting real bad at night and wakes up many times through out the night in pain. I tried to tell her it's from her smoking & drinking and her veins are restricting her blood flow but she wont listen to. Is there anything you might be able to tell me what to look up to show her it's the cigs & booze that's making her have pain in her hands?
Asked On : Wed, 1 May 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Thanks for using healthcare magic.

Probably she has developed peripheral vascular disease over hand. Both smoking and alcohol can trigger this condition. You should confirm it by consulting your doctor.

In this condition,
- Temperature of affected part might be somewhat higher than rest.
- There might be some blackening of part.
- Pulsation of vein over the affected area will be absent.
- Vascular Doppler may be of good help.

You should consult your doctor to evaluate and treatment. One should also rule out vitamin B12 and Vitamin D deficiency.
Answered: Thu, 2 May 2013
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Cardiologist Dr. Anantharamakrishnan's  Response
Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

Drinking damages the peripheral nerves and causes pain
Drinking damages the brain and alters pain threshold..

Smoking narrows the arteries and cuts down the blood flow - may even end up in gangrene.
Smoking causes clot in veins - danger of Pulmonary Embolism and sudden death.

In addition to medical treatment, she needs Psychiatric assessment and assistance...
They are also de-addiction specialists...

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
Answered: Fri, 3 May 2013
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