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What are the side effects of using meth?

I'm an intravenous meth user and have been for a couple years now. Believe it or not I live a fairly normal life i.e. I sleep every night, and eat at regular meal times but about 5 months ago I noticed that ,my eyes started hurting and seemed to have trouble focusing and my balls would ache (like blue balls) after I shit and my legs feel as though they aren't my own. I know that sounds crazy but its as if they are robotic stiff achy and clumsy. Its been hard to stand due to lightheadedness but if I start walking then it's not a problem. The worst addition by far has been this sensation that I have accidently dribbled a little pee in my pants and this bad smell that follows me around but that no one (including my girl) can smell. I know alot of this is anxiety based and a direct result of my drug use but they seem to be problems unique to me and im wondering if I have a heart condition (which may explain the frequent heartburn) or some other ailment. I also have horrific dreams when I sleep and often wake whimpering. So strange......um, anyways, insight?
Thu, 2 Mar 2017
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Methamphetamine causes direct effects on the brain and long term loss of brain mass in certain regions of it. It is reversible after quitting for months. There is also the well-known phenomena of meth paranoia.
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What are the side effects of using meth?

Methamphetamine causes direct effects on the brain and long term loss of brain mass in certain regions of it. It is reversible after quitting for months. There is also the well-known phenomena of meth paranoia.