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Old 08-31-2017, 07:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hello, new to forum and to sobriety. After 45 yr of drinking on and off, mostly on I quit two weeks ago. I am doing fine mentally and emotionally as I was more than ready to quit. I am having fairly severe dull pain in my lower intestinal track. I have been on anti-biotics thinking it was a diverticuits flare up but it hasn't had a affect on it.Can anyone help me with what I could do? Thank you
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Hi Ronmyster,

I had that pain too. It worked it's way from my stomach to my upper intestinal tract and then to the lower. I got my eating (correctly) back on the right track, drank boatloads of water and cut caffeine way back. I'm just 16 days sober, and if memory serves, it resolved a couple of days ago.

Did the doctor prescribe antibiotics? Does he/she know about the extent of your drinking? If things don't get better soon, I'd suggest a visit.

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Hi Ronmyster

Two weeks is still pretty early days but antibiotics work pretty fast on me, so I dunno.

None of us here are Drs, though.

I'd go back to your Dr, or get a second opinion if you feel the first doctor missed something or, for whatever reason, didn't realise the extent of your drinking.

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I've found you have To be honest with docs. They can't help you if you hide for pride. Mine told me I would have to stop drinking for life. I tried thinking I could do it my way. I am realizing he is most likely right.

For context, I entered outpatient treatment after 10ish years of occasional problem drinking, with 5 years of escalation, and 2 years of classic addiction. I have 25 days clean today, longest in a decade. 2 AA and one NA meeting this week in top of treatment. I am making this one count.
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welcome to SR! congrats on quitting 2 weeks ago. / I have never had stomach issues before. I think talking to your DR. is the best idea.
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Welcome to the Forum Ronmyster!!
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Hi Ronmyster,

I had that pain too. It worked it's way from my stomach to my upper intestinal tract and then to the lower. I got my eating (correctly) back on the right track, drank boatloads of water and cut caffeine way back. I'm just 16 days sober, and if memory serves, it resolved a couple of days ago.

Did the doctor prescribe antibiotics? Does he/she know about the extent of your drinking? If things don't get better soon, I'd suggest a visit.

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No I did not tell the doctor that I had stopped drinking or to what extent I had. He prescribed anti-biotics thinking it was diverticulitis(pain in about the same area). Is there anything he can do for the problem or do I have to just push through the pain. Thanks for all the kind words. I will beat this god willing.
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I have a high degree of confidence in physicians in general, so my nonprofessional opinion is that yes, he can if you give him the information he needs. I was embarrassed to come clean, but when I did, my physician said, "Oh yes, I've seen a lot of people with alcohol problems and here's what we're going to do..."

For me, I wasn't honest because I was embarrassed and ashamed. But then I realized that I was getting in my own way. Doctors want to help people get better, right? But how can they do that with insufficient information?

The more honest I get with people who can help me, the better things are going.

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p.s. I'm quite certain God does want you to get through this - you just need to participate.
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