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Q. What should I get checked for after a year of alcoholism?

I'm a little worried about what damage I might have caused during my little drinking escapade and would like to know what I should get checked out. I had a bit of abdominal pain in my stomach area sometimes after drinking so I am concerned mostly what might have caused that. Any info is appreciated. Thanks.
A1Thanks to all.
I appreciate your help..
A2you probably have an ulcer and there is most likely damage to your liver. because of the diet that alcoholics live off you're probably out on essential vitamins and minerals which could affect any organ in your body. i suggest paying for your mistakes literally and getting a full physical. tell your doctor you have been binge drinking for over a year and go from there. hopefully everything works out okay for you.
A3alcohol related disorders include liver problems hearth disease,hypertension,neuropathy---i also have to add vehicular and industriai accidents,domestic violence,marriage breakdown,and child abuse.alcohol causes irritation of the digestive system, gastritis and ulcers---prolonged alcohol drinking can cause renal failure(you will not be able to urinate----the biggest problem in my mind is fetal alcohol syndrome(when a mother drinks when preg--my advice to you is to be careful-----good luck----mrfoot56

Q. breast cancer check- once in how much time?

I once heard you can check yourself at home as well so you wont run to the doctor's every time. How to do it? and every how many months is it recommended to be checked by the doctor??
ABreast self-examination wasn't proved to benefit women in preventing breast cancer, mainly because difficulties in performing the examination, so there's no clear recommendation to perform self examination regularly.

You may read more here:
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/breastcancer.html

Q. What can I do to check on his behavior and make him regular…

my 7 year son is seen with ADHD. I am not able to control on his high urges and irregularity and confusion which comes with this ADHD. What can I do to check on his behavior and make him regular…I know if I start now probably he will be better in coming years….
AVery well………..you need to make some strategies for your child. Like create a daily routine for your child. Place your child`s belongings at the same place daily and at same time. If your child is doing anything, please keep the thing away which may distract him. Limit the choices from many things to 2 things only if possible. Describe anything in clear and short way. Make goals for your child like for positive behavior and appreciate him when he does. Please scold less or don’t shout on him for his mistakes at all rather make him understand by reducing on his demands or choices. Help your child to find his talents and make him work on them.

Q. A friend of mine is suffering from Marfan's syndrome. Should she do any test to check for an aneurysm?

My friend is 26 years old and suffers from Marfan's syndrome for all her life. She was told she has a greater risk factor for having an aneurysm. Does she needs any screening for this condition?
A1It is very important to talk with your physician about this. My wife has marfan and we were not aware about the risk of pregnancy in this situation, and she developed an aneurysm. The regular screening is not enough and before life changing decisions you should do another screening.
A2Screening for aneurysms should be done if someone has a greater risk for it. In this case your friend should go to her GP and he will advise her about the frequency of the screening test.

Q. How long is it possible to check up alcohol in breath?

Or even more important- how long should I wait before driving after drinking?
A1If you drink two drinks- an hour. three drinks- 2 hours and so forth…
But you have to understand that the first place affected by alcohol is our cerebellum – the part in our brain that is important for coordination. Only after that the cerebrum. The part that makes you dizzy. So even if you don’t feel dizzy- your coordination is not good enough for driving.
A2Alcohol is a molecule that we have small amount of enzymes in our body that can disable it. That means after drinking – all the enzymes work, it takes (give or take a few..) an hour for them to disable 10 cc of alcohol (one drink). So it really depends on the amount you drink.
A3depends on the amount of alcohol you consumed, the time it took you , your weight and there is a biological difference between people.
here is a calculator that can give you approximately the time you need to weight:
http://www.intox.com/wheel/drinkwheel.asp

Q. what tests do i need to do to check that i don't have HIV? and how long does it take to get an answer?

i had unprotected sex with this girl i met , and i am really afraid , things just happened really quickly and we had sex and i did not use condom , what should i do ?
A1If you think that you have HIV or you just want to be sure, you should go to your nearest clinic and get tested. They will know what tests you would need to take. Some clinics even do this kind of testing for free. Here is a website on different testings a nd prices: http://www.requestatest.com/STDtesting.aspx?utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=std-testing&utm_campaign=std_g01 You should always use precaution when having intercourse. You can never be to safe. Hope this helps.
A2there are couple of tests you can do- the expensive one (i think it cost 80$, but i'm not so sure) it checks out the viral load in you body (in PCR if i'm not mistaken), and it can be preformed after a week. the less expensive is only 3 months after the infection- an antibody check.

but you should know- if you have a reasonable suspicion that the girl had HIV- there are treatments you can get right after the infection that can prevent the infection.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-exposure_prophylaxis

if you suspect she had HIV- don't even waste a minute- go right to the nearest hospital.

Q. My Psychiatrist often changes meds whenever I go for check up? Why he keeps on changing meds?

I am Lesa/46 with bipolar taking medications regularly. My Psychiatrist often changes meds whenever I go for check up? Why he keeps on changing meds? Do I have serious problem? Help me…
A1another thing for you information is, that i have been asked by iMedix to manage the main topics "bipolar disorder" and "depression" and i did agree. so feel free to ask me what you want, in a chat or in a personal message. thank you!
A2For you Lesa and all interested ones, I have in the meantime uploaded my own story on one of my websites.

here is my whole story:

http://www.pulsarsystems.ch/lixurion999-EN.pdf

PS: the English in my document is quite a mess, because it is a online-translation and i never took the time to formulate it better. anyhow, some people could perhaps recognise themselves for the first time. the original is in German. perhaps there is someone who likes to help me on this?
A3hi Lesa, there must be several reasons: first, neuroleptica are constantly new developped to have more effect and less side effects but you know that the side effects remain. second: it can be that the ones you take make you dependent like for example Temesta. third: if he does so, ask him why? if he don't answer you i would change the psychiatrist immediatelly. you don't have a serious problem, but perhaps your psychiatrist, so you have to talk with him about this subject. Look if you can find in your area an anthropological psychiatrist, because such will also be able to give you drugs without side effects, do it. if you like to take for the rest of your life drugs, then go ahead, if not reduce with your psychiatrist the dose slowly but surely. i don't use drugs anymore for my bipolar disorder nor for my ADHD nor for other things, but i have in case of emergency medication at home and my girl-friend has instructions by me, so that i can avoid a crisis and a visit to an asylum.
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