Ever tried Dr. Goulet?Originally Posted By: TechnicalAlright so starting a couple months ago I started seeing flashes of light, almost like sheet lightning, it lasts like a split second, and always happens when I'm either closing my eyes, or opening them. I also started getting very dull headaches, almost like background ones I would only notice if I focused on it. I kind of ignored this and passed it off. I asked recently someone about this and they told me it could be a brain tumor.
Hearing this I did the worst thing you could do, looked up the symptoms. Since then I've had a couple weird experiences. Earlier today I had a weird tingling like pins and needles sensation in my brain that lasted a couple seconds. I also got dizzy from standing up a couple times, but that could just be head rush. I then also later felt like I was walking on a dock if I stood still even if I wasn't. Although I should mention I was on a boat during the afternoon, the dock sensation didn't happen until after that, the rest happened before.
I'm on vacation right now and because I just turned 18 it might take a while before I actually get to see a doctor.
What are the chances this could actually be a brain tumor?
Wow, I was surprised to hear at the bottom that you were 19 after hearing the symptoms. I was thinking prestroke symptoms at your age that's extremely unlikely. I am not a medical professional by the way. I wouldn't just listen to someone who says it could be a brain tumor though. However, you should certainly see a Dr and get it checked out.
FriendlyOriginally Posted By: Java_Addict/a few questions
Anyway, can heroin addicts generally be "unnoticed" or atleast functional? and, Is heroin as hard to quit as meth?
I believe heroin addicts can appear to be normal. I have heard of people who work a regular job while under the influence. It's kind of contradictory because my impression is its such an intense drug that you would not be able to function at all. Apparently though that is not the case. I hope these people can seek help though.
FriendlyOriginally Posted By: ColimonHey there guys. At my school there was a VERY big wave of perscription drug use going on this year. 40mg of oxycontin was only $5 to the people the guy knew. Anyways, S.W.I.M. had some oxycontin with some friends, but didn't really get addicted, and kinda stopped pretty cold turkey without any real withdrawal. But, my one friend kept buying large bags, and when he came over to my friend's house, he began to "chase the dragon" (smoke the perscription painkiller off of tin foil) and he did a lot of 40mg pills. Since then, he has gotten kicked out of his house because of his addiction, and he is staying at an other friend's. How do I get him help because the withdrawal will be pretty bad if he just tried to stop like I did.
Thanks for your post as I am sure there are many people who are in a similar situation. Your friend is in a very tough spot. He is probably too young to navigate through an addiction which it sounds like he/she has. I am of course no expert but I guess the best advice would be to urge him to seek professional help. Good luck.
FriendlyOriginally Posted By: blagblagHow do you tell a friend to stop doing meth?
It is traditionally thought that this is just a lose lose situation. If you tell them to stop you might lose a friend or at least cause a problem between the two of you. If you don't you feel like you're not being a good friend and you are left not saying what you fell. It is just a difficult situation. Just try to approach it as nicely as you can and just tell him/her that you are concerned. It may not go well though so just be prepared.
Has anybody tried drug rehab?Originally Posted By: RainTwo nights ago, I was with a group of friends and I decided to try X for the first time. I had always wanted to try it once because I knew it made you happy and I get sad and stressed out a lot. Well, it was amazing. Now, two days later, all I can think about is getting my hands on another one. Will this go away if I ignore it, or am I addicted? I'm scared...I was just experimenting! I thought you couldn't get addicted to X if you just tried it once....
Well, your fear is healthy in my opinion. If you are that geared up to continue using it then I certainly would be very cautious. The best advice would be stay away from it as it can only bring negative consequences. Good luck.
Originally Posted By: Marie69
And it's becoming a huge problem.And it doesn't affect me because I've never gotten sick from drinking,but i know it'll affect me in the long run. I've heard all about what it can do to your liver,and it's not so wonderful.
I don't want that to happen to me. But i'm too weak to do anything about it.
It is unfortunate to hear that you are so young with such an affliction. It is as though you didn't have a choice in the matter. However, I think it is good you are already wanting to get out of the situation. Do your best to find some support as you will need it. This is likely not from family as you are already in a bind at such a young age. Maybe you can find one family member or a teacher that you can really lean on.
FriendlyOriginally Posted By: sunnysunshineWho knows anything about this? Im so confused. Ive read online about it, but i just dont know if thats what s going on with me or not. Yes i know i need to get out of my emotional abusive marrige,with a cheating husband, and so much more. but other than trying to take care of myself, im worried about him and where he will go and if he will be ok. At this point i dont know why i should care, but why do i? Im so mad at myself. Why cant i just tell him to leave and file for divorce and just focus on myself and my kids? This is killing me. ....
It sounds as though you are in a similar situation to a lot of people. You are used to a certain situation and change can be scary. You also have genuine care for someone who is not in an emotionally healthy state. You must do your best to not help him maintain his unhealthy lifestyle which may be hard for you. That is my 2 cents.
Originally Posted By: ohnonotagain
I am not sure that I realized what was happening when it did. I spent the better part of 2 full years, drunk. Yes. Everyday, all day sometimes. No work, nothing getting done, except drinking... I am trying to clean up, and while I just can't quit cold turkey have weened myself down to less than a 6 pack per day. This is down from 15-20 beers a day. In the past 2 years, I went from 160 lbs to 255 lbs. I lost friends, and have family that doesn't look at me the same. There is a bigger, more permanent side effect that I didn't count on.
I lost my brain.
I came back here, and logged in, and checked on some of my previous posts. Some of my earlier posts were very thoughtful, and I honestly could not believe that I wrote them. I can't do it anymore. I just wanted to say this to anyone who thinks that drinking isn't that harmful.
I probably have liver disease, I know I have brain damage, and I am extremely overweight and out of shape. For anyone who is drinking daily, even if not as heavily I was, please step back and look at what you are doing.
You could loose more than you bargained for.
It's not worth it. Find a new addiction, be it chewing bubble gum, sucking on lollipops, reading, or even masterbation. Just don't mess with alcohol.
Thank you for sharing so openly and honestly. I think it can help others who are in your situation. I am not an expert on the subject but I think if one stops drinking, over a certain period of time they regain most of their brain function. Also, there are many people who go a lot longer than 2 years. If you stop now, you can likely get out without much damage.
FriendlyOriginally Posted By: ashley69My father has an alchohol problem. My boyfriend met him for the first time this weekend, and the family was argueing in front of him, and the bf got really upset when we talked in private. he said he wanted to go home. I was so hurt. my father said he would rather booze than his family. if he doesnt get it, he gets angry and says the most hurtful things to my mother and i. I feel helpless. and it hurt my bf because i was crying about it a lot this weekend and there wasnt anyhting he cold do about it. I just dont know how to deal anymore. we tried talking to my father and he just freaks out. I hate seeing my mom put up with this all the time. I moved out, but i came home for a month for xmas. but even so. the bf got really upset.
Unfortunately, this is all too common in today's world. People are choosing drugs or alcohol over their loved ones. Most do not realize this as their brain has blocked its acknowledgment as it would be painful. Most justify it but if you take an honest look, it is clear that the addiction is hurting many people.
FriendlyOriginally Posted By: NnyI couldn't help but, to get on a tanget for this one.
Perhaps because it highlights our need as humans to have some sort of superiority.. Shame so many of us can only raise ourself by lowering others so in truth we really don't raise ourself at all.. merely look down upon others from imaginary pedistools.
It is absolutely true that most need to feel superior to others to be comfortable themselves. I am not excluding myself from this as I am a person too. However, I do try to minimize it. I think people see others with addictions as emotionally flawed in some way. Also, some see it as will power and that addicts are weak willed. Enlightenment will come in time hopefully.