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Feels shivery and irritable due to the with drawl from alcohol - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello Doctor
User :   Were you able to look at the text I sent
Doctor :   sorry, i was not able to recieve it
Doctor :   can you please retype it ?
User :   oh.. will you not be able to retrieve it
Doctor :   No
Doctor :   sorry about that
User :   I had a query about my father who has been an alcoholic for about 2 decades now
User :   no worries
Doctor :   ok, please proceed
User :   he recently gave up without seeking medical intervention
Doctor :   ok
User :   as he had no clue that it was important to seek such advice and help
Doctor :   ok,
User :   it has been 3 weeks since he has abstained
Doctor :   so has he developed any symptoms?
User :   he is probably going through the withdrawal symptoms
User :   yes
User :   he is having indigestion
User :   dfeels irritate
Doctor :   can u mention them ? Has he had any seizures ?
User :   no seizures
Doctor :   ok
User :   he fellt shivery once
User :   had fever which lasted for a day
Doctor :   please mention his current problems one by one
User :   n he feels suffocated during the nights most ofte
User :   he feels apprehensive taking baths
User :   he has this fear of suffocation
Doctor :   ok
User :   main issues also include inability to lie down post meals
User :   like right now also
User :   he feels like using a bean bag to sleep
User :   has this lumpy feeling in the abdomen
User :   after meals
User :   gas too
User :   he feels irritability
User :   quite easily
Doctor :   so he is having gastritis and bloating
User :   yes
User :   he takes digene
Doctor :   he might need some anxiolytic medications to control the jitteriness
User :   which helps for some time
User :   ok
Doctor :   all his symptoms appear due to delirium tremens, a form of alcohol withdrawal
User :   well can it occur after 3-4 weeks
Doctor :   he should see a medicine specialist, who can prescribe him a medication that will control his symptoms
User :   DT that is
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   it can
User :   like i said
User :   he gave up 3-4 weeks back
Doctor :   In addition, control of symptoms due to acidity can be controlled with Cap omez 20 mg twice daily
Doctor :   and taking gelusil, will help the acidity as well
User :   ok
User :   doctor just to reconfirm
Doctor :   sure
User :   DT is the acute form of withdrawal symptoms
Doctor :   yes
User :   could it be that my father be suffering from that
User :   i though that it appears only within 5 days
Doctor :   but , your father is not having the very severe symptoms now
Doctor :   DT usually presents with seizures too
Doctor :   but your father is having a late atypical form of DT
User :   okie
User :   it is treatable rite
Doctor :   yes definitely
User :   ok
Doctor :   as i mentioned, treatment with prescription medications will help him to get back to his normal self
User :   because what I had read about DT is quite scary
Doctor :   yes, the acute form of DT can cause severe neurological deficits as well as death in severe cases
Doctor :   but not in your fathers case, as he does not have any seizures
Doctor :   and his symptoms are very mild
User :   ok doctor
Doctor :   he may not need hospitalisation as well
User :   sure
Doctor :   just OPD visit and taking medicines at home might help him
User :   ok
User :   will seek medical help for him
Doctor :   ok, that will help him
User :   contacting a GP will be OK right
Doctor :   not a GP
User :   ok
Doctor :   but a medicine specialist
User :   who should i contact then
User :   okie
Doctor :   or a neurologist
User :   like an MD
Doctor :   yes
User :   ok
User :   sure
User :   i will do that
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   Do u have any other questions for me ?
User :   anything else that you wold suggest with the diet
Doctor :   ask him to avoid meat products and spicy foods
User :   food that he should preferable eat
User :   he is a veg
Doctor :   curds, milk, and milk products will be good
User :   ok
Doctor :   avoiding too spicy food is better
User :   sure
User :   thanks Doctor
Doctor :  
you are most welcome
User :   appreciate your time and suggestions
Doctor :   im happy to help
Doctor :   take care
User :   thanks Sir
User :   bye
Doctor :   your father will be soon better
Doctor :   bye for now
User :   thanks a lot Doctor
Doctor :   bye
Doctor :   good night
User :   good night
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