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Old 08-25-2022, 01:50 PM #681
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Had a post in another forum but figure I would pop in here. 4 months ago I woke up with numbness and tingling in my left side and from there it spread just about everywhere within a few days. Iíve been a weekend drinker ~15 drinks sores over 2-3 days for 10 years. I know itís not nearly as much as most but I have no other explanations. Bloodwork, nerve study, head mri all came out clean. These days itís stabilized and not getting worse but itís a roll of the dice of what my symptoms are. The left leg tingling is a daily thing but sometimes Iíll get burning feet, hands, numbness in my arms, etc. I went a month without drinking since this started then 2 months, and each time after it seemed to flare up for about a week before getting a little better. Never went away entirely but nerves will take much longer than that to heal I assume. I also have issues with dizziness and my heart rate spiking randomly but Iím not sure if thatís post Covid related or not since it happened pretty close together. Will be seeing a cardiologist for that.

Anyway Iíll give it 6-12 months and reevaluate. Neurology is pretty much done with me since they found nothing so Iíll just cut out booze entirely and see if that helps. Cant hurt anyway. Iíll just have to travel sober which probably needed to happen anyway. I travel frequently and every day when traveling I would drink quite a bit so I probably underestimated how much I really have been drinking.

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Old 08-28-2022, 03:29 AM #682
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Anyway Iíll give it 6-12 months and reevaluate. Neurology is pretty much done with me since they found nothing so Iíll just cut out booze entirely and see if that helps. Cant hurt anyway. Iíll just have to travel sober which probably needed to happen anyway. I travel frequently and every day when traveling I would drink quite a bit so I probably underestimated how much I really have been drinking.
Yeah, I know what you are talking about. I am facing my first intercontinental flight without the ability to drink a bottle of wine on board, which will make it pretty boring. I will resort to reading and watching movies. haha.

Cutting down on drinking is a good idea. My life is so much different after just 10 months. I have the strength of a 30+ with 52 years of age. Even with this nightmare of condition. Nerve issues come and go. Mines seem to be affected by: stress, sugar, climatic changes. So I try to cut down on the first two. I hope you will heal and don't despair when you have setbacks, they are natural.
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I got some labs back. High liver enzymes and after being pre-diabetic for years, I have finally crossed the line and am officially diabetic. I am not surprised. In abstinence I binge on sugar and still I do little exercises. I have a Dr appointment come Friday to discuss this and depression and anxiety issues.
My feet are largely numb even extending upwards a bit to the calves and then the pins and needles travel up to the thighs. The pins and needles stopped in my feet and calves as well as any pain and i thought that was improvement, but then I realized it was because I was numb meaning the nerves are largely dead. It is my understanding that that means the nerves are dead and that puts me at stage 4 or 5 on the neuropathy scale and that means very unlikely I will improve as it has gone to far. 😢 The other day I took a one mile walk. It may not sound like much but that was quite a feat for me. That night I was having pain in my feet. I have never been so happy to have pain! Also pins and needles and creepy crawlers were back in my lower limbs. I have to believe this is improvement no matter how uncomfortable I am. I have a very high tolerance to pain but it is the weakness and loss of balance that is so scary. If only I could see some improvement there I would be so very happy and grateful. In meantime I just limp and hobble along. Oh, and online I found some really cool canes. I will splurge and get one. Perhaps it will make me feel less self conscious when I use one and it will look like a fashion accessory. I do have a strange sense of style.
I am continuing with my PT but I believe it is a waste of time despite working very hard. I am such a shut in and loner but I find I enjoy the interaction with the people at PT. As my health improves and my self confidence grows I will encourage myself to get out, make friends and join the living.
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I got some labs back. High liver enzymes and after being pre-diabetic for years, I have finally crossed the line and am officially diabetic. I am not surprised. In abstinence I binge on sugar and still I do little exercises.

That's the downside of such a long thread: many pages/moons ago I was very vocal about sugar. My pain never went away until I decided to eat an anti-inflammatory diet, which is nothing fancy, but just trying to avoid fast carbs and most certainly: sugar. In any form, natural sugar is sugar. Orange juice is the same for your liver (give or take) as whisky. Makes sense, as in the end alcohol is just fermented sugar. We have five year olds with fatty livers these days, and it's certainly not from them boozing up.


After quitting drinking for a year, I binged on food. Then I got myself in gear again, and did a year long healthy diet. Nothing strict. Still ate french fries once a week. Well, my triglycerides went down 70%, my sugar level was perfect, my liver was completely healed. My GP had my cholesterol tests done twice because she couldn't believe the numbers. HDL up, LDL down, triglyc. annihilated.



Yes, there is more to it, like portion sizes, skipping meals when you don't feel hungry, no snacking etc. but overall it wasn't too hard and had spectacular results. FWIW I read a few days ago that a study indeed proved that a decent diet could get 90% of full on T2 diabetics back to non diabetic level, just by diet alone (exercise is a plus, but won't do much about weight, that's more about cardiac health).



So yes: sugar. I know I used it as a little helper to really stay off the booze, but after a year that "diet" (it's not a diet really, just watching what you eat and knowing that even honey is just as bad as sugar when it comes to our liver) made me feel so.much.better.



Give it a try, turn it around, you have agency here. After that year my dietary hormones were back in balance and I could ease off without immediately blowing up again. Yet still today, when I feel a bit too much pain, I get back to watching sugar intake like a hawk.


Hope this helps, keep the faith!
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Yeah, yeah. Iím a little behind this month. In my defense I was in the Smokey Mountains enjoying a lovely log cabin with my wife. Not much Internet up thereÖ

4050 days sober but I am having some blood pressure issues so I have some neurological and cardiovascular appointments this month. Nothing to worry about yet, but who knows what long term damage I did to myself.

Anyway, diabetes, that jerk runs in my family so I keep an eye on it.

But, I 100% agree that it can be controlled by diet. There are lots of Docs and people that have reversed it with plant diets, or like Wide-O mentioned, limiting carbs and sugar.

You can do it Iím so happy you are feeling better, Secondchances!!
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Sorry to hear that Icehouse, I'm sure it's nothing, but we did hammer our bodies didn't we? No doubt about it.



Hope it turns out to be nothing, or at least nothing that can't be managed.


PS: log cabin, log cabin, tssk. You could have least brought a Starlink or something.
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but we did hammer our bodies didn't we?)
Without a doubt!

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I am pretty sure I know what it is....I will fill y'all in next week

BTW, I love getting away with no Internet...I hate being dependent on it.

Some days I miss the 80's. The music, the cars, the simplicity....
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BTW, I love getting away with no Internet...I hate being dependent on it.

I know. I did the same in 2018. Three months in Italy without even looking at my devices. It's very ... liberating.


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No argument from me there! Going to uni, playing in a band, it was a great decade. Oh, and I STILL want a BMW M3 E30 (how's that for 80's cars - although the original Quattro would do too!), but the prices of those things are through the roof.
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Oh, and I STILL want a BMW M3 E30 (how's that for 80's cars - although the original Quattro would do too!), but the prices of those things are through the roof.
Any M series would be fun! I had a 318 for a short time...

I still wake up at night thinking about my old Porsche 914.

I would like an S6 Quattro Avant (6-speed) but I will let that dream percolate for some time.....
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Any M series would be fun! I had a 318 for a short time...

Heh, I had the 318iS E30 - which was considered the baby M3 back then. Pretty great car - coming from a beat up 323i (which kills you quicker than you can say "watch out")


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Well, I sold my trusty Lancer Evo 9 back in November. I sold it after 15 years for ... exactly the price I bought it for. And to make it completely funny: I sold it to the dealer who sold me the car back in the day.



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I would like an S6 Quattro Avant (6-speed) but I will let that dream percolate for some time.....

They are nice, but oddly enough both Audi and BMW have done several steps back in engineering. For the S6, if you want to replace the oil filter for the turbo (tiny part that can get clogged up), you need half the bloody engine out. I was a big fan of the original S4 wagon though, but a bit too rich for my purse. Instead I had a Volvo 850 T5, which was quite fun too.
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