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Old 05-22-2020, 12:01 PM #541
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Sorry to hear that you had to go through this "low" time, but glad you could prevail and come out ahead of it!
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I don't deal with alcohol induced neuropathy, but do from a hip surgery mess.

Grew up in a alcoholic home, father, and couldn't wait to get out. Sad reason for wanting to leave the home.

Anyway, I see depression mentioned here, and I went thru 10 yrs of A/D drugs and doctors dismissed the thyroid possibility....it took 10 yrs to find the right doctor to get my sluggish thyroid working and rid of the depression. Depression is a major issue for hypoT issues, and the labs are not gospel, believe me, I"ve been that route too long. A D.O. helped me with getting "fixed".

And be wise, and don't support the tobacco and alcohol industries. I feel sad for those who never feel what it's like to be free of these 2....my dad was one. Hang in, hang on and do the good work.
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3227 days sober.

Not much to report, just checking in (or Wide-O gets on my case)
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790 days since my last drink. Ive been mostly trending up since I put the drink down. Diet and exercise was my focus. Down 55 lbs, built up some muscle. Generally the pain has been manageable. My feet hurt, and I am probably working with 70 % of my ability when it comes to moving around and balance but there is a good quality of life to be had if you work for it. Sounds familiar .

I was having a bit more sensitivity in my feet the past 4 weeks. It was causing more pain when walking, running or biking. I got new sneakers that work after 6 months of searching and new inserts and that helped. But still seems like a set back. I know they say we can improve roughly 3-5 years of being away from a drink and I'm just over 2 so there is hope but I have accepted this condition for the long haul. Continuing my improvement of health through diet and exercise is always on the for front. Ive gotten to surf a lot of days all through the winter and spring which is a gift. I run on an almost daily basis. Right now I run at least a mile as part of a challenge to run every day from Memorial Day -> the 4th of July. That is an absolute gift / blessing. So I have to have gratitude. Thanks to this group for the wisdom and support. Wide-O, sorry to hear you had a bit of a tough time but glad you found the right meds that are working for you. I am working with a friend who stopped drinking and is dry and is going through a bout of depression. This gives me hope that if he can get to a DR he can find the right meds.
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8 years today (damn leap years!)
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8 years today (damn leap years!)
Woohoo!! You're closing in!
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Nah, I'm giving up. Every time I set a new record, yours goes up too! It's not fair!
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Day 151.

Well 150 days without a drink. It was surprisingly easy. Apart from the first few Fridays and Saturdays and Sunday lunchtimes that were key drinking times for me the desire of alcohol was negligible. Lock down has helped of course. I have lived alone (of course I have that's what alcohol does) and that has helped. I have some vodka in the cupboard that I have kept to make emergency hand gel or whatever but that has never materialised. The thought of drinking it doesn't appeal.

But with the easing back of Lock down restrictions, there are new dangers. The pubs open again on July 4th in the UK or at least their garden areas. I predict mayhem and the mass breakdown of social distancing and maybe law and order. It would be easy to share a beer with old buddies, but again it does not appeal to me. They know I don't drink now ( from pre Lock down gatherings and endless Zoom quizzes) but they don't know why. I have told only 1 person about PN. Should I come out?

The new battleground for me is this ... I like a woman at work ( I started again last week) and I think she likes me, though we haven't met since March. Can I really woo her on dates without alcohol? I'm not sure I've actually done that before. Alcohol makes me confident and interesting and funny and better in bed. I actually believe all these things to be true and that I am shy, boring and dull without it, though still pretty good in bed! The temptation to drink is very real and I fear it.

Last week I got a phone call from the hospital and had nerve conduction tests. This was my first appointment due to delays by Covid 19. It said Dr on the door. I explained my symptoms of PN, the sharp shooting pains etc, but he was only interested in tingling and numbness. He used ancient looking electrical devices and a tape measure that a tailor might use to measure your waist. He took readings from my right hand that appeared to be normal, didn't bother with my left hand and then both feet. My right foot was decidedly less reactive. He told me that my measurements were slightly low but within normal limits. He said I did not have PN and that he will measure me in 6 months and inform the neurologist, and so I wait for my first appointment still with the neurologist. How this Dr can tell me I don't have PN when he was not even interested in hearing my symptoms and dismissive of my suffering I find baffling. He also referenced Guillain-Barré syndrome, and I think this is irresponsible such are the potential consequences if that were true. I admit I have not mentioned alcohol. I think the doctor's problem was that I arrived with my own diagnosis that he wanted to contradict. And that I don't look ill and I "move well." ( his words)

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3261 days sober

Couple days ate but I am moved into my new house! Took us two days and now I am sore as crap. Now it's onto hanging TV's, pictures, fixing little things, finishing the basement and then insulating and heating the new shop!

For the car guys here, I built a 30ft x 40ft garage with 220V for the HVAC and welder

Legs are a little weak from all the walking, carrying boxes, stairs in the old house and walking the dog on the new property but it's all worth it!

Booze free is for me! LOL

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819 days alcohol free. 42 days into a running streak of running at least a mile of a day. I'm still experiencing some extra sensitivity, but my running stride has improved over the course of the past month. I also started to surf without wetsuit boots, and there is definitely extra sensitivity when walking on the sand or putting my foot on the board. Not ideal but I'm moving forward. I'll be looking to get another EMG test to see if they can confirm if there is any explanation for it. Thanks to everyone for keeping this thread alive.
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