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Can daily low-dose intravenous Methamphetamine use cause organ failure?

Hi I have been intravenously using Methamphetamine almost everyday for the last 2 months. Very low dose maybe .15 a day or every other day and was wondering if that is enough to cause any organ failure, heart problems, brain damage or paranoid schizoid bowel or GI problems? I eat a lot when I take it usually now it s only .05 shot to stimulate me to get hungry thirsty and sleepy. I don t get hyper or alert on it. I get very relaxed and my muscles relax but then again when they gave me Dilaudid & oxycontin I was non soon the move and couldn t eat or sleep and it caused a lot off problems. I have liver Dysfunction P450 and I m an UM. I also have genetic liver anema, hypokalemia, extremely low vitamin D, hypovolemia, I ve had numerous blood transfusions iron transfusions, I ve been in liver failure twice and by the grace of God I survived hospice twice in my life. I ve always been athletic in numerous sports eat healthy but genetics are genetics. I ve never drank alcohol due to being born sick and I never did drugs until 2 months ago because of a failed spine surgery for spinal cord stimulator for RSD type 2 surviving 11 years I fell and blew out my neck annular tears and c1 torn and under skull. I ve recently had questionable blood work results. Low rbc as usual, low wbc very unusual, low platelets 22000 very scary, very low lymphocytes, hematocrit really low, serum protein very low, protein in urine, C02 really high, and I ve been suffering ortho static hypotension with severe bradycardia and now VFib. It s really scary to have my blood pressure 58/60 hr. 34 and then it jumps to 188/168 hr 188 -210. Couldn t eat lost weight abruptly. Kept Brady down and All of this happen before I started Methamphetamine which since has righted my blood pressure between 100/74-120/80 hr 58-105. And I ve gained almost 31 pounds back from stimulated appetite no nausea or vomiting anymore and I am able to get 6-8 hrs of sleep a night. I am worried though because I ve read so much horrible stuff that I d rather have a port put in and a pacemaker if need be but I m getting back to myself again and my RSD flair are under control no other medication. But I m bored of having to take a short everyday or every 2-5 days. Everyone says it s better than the 22 prescriptions and 4 injections I use to be on but I m feeling aches and low grade fever every now and again and I have a bloated abdomen no pain no pressure normal bowel movements and urine volume is good. But I m worried I might have cancer or something or the Methamphetamine is making me sick or could make me hallucinate or become delusional and i dont want that. Any advice
Mon, 21 Jan 2019
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Hello,

Your health history is extensive and complicated and unfortunately is beyond what we can respond to briefly. We do know that methamphetamine can affect multiple organ systems. I am wondering if you can go to a reputable pain management clinic, such as one associated with a university hospital, who can help you with safer medications. I am sorry for how much suffering you have endured, for so long, and wish you the best in your pursuit of getting help.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh,
General & Family Physician
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Can daily low-dose intravenous Methamphetamine use cause organ failure?

Hello, Your health history is extensive and complicated and unfortunately is beyond what we can respond to briefly. We do know that methamphetamine can affect multiple organ systems. I am wondering if you can go to a reputable pain management clinic, such as one associated with a university hospital, who can help you with safer medications. I am sorry for how much suffering you have endured, for so long, and wish you the best in your pursuit of getting help. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh, General & Family Physician