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    Alcohol or something else?
    Tenseven86 posted:
    For some time I've had some major symptoms that seem to be getting worse. I'm 24 years old, I've experienced minor audio and visual hallucinations, hypersensitivity, sweating uncontrollably, major anxiety, I've tested my heart beat and counted 147 beats per minute on both my neck and wrist using a "check your own pulse" guide on this website. Sort of concerned, I've had these symptoms for a long time, but I've also been an alcoholic since I was about 18.. I'm sure the ER doesn't want to deal w/ another paranoid drunk.. not sure whether or not I should go to the ER. I also work very hard and sometimes feel very dizzy/short of breath at random, my gums also bleed very often and I usually wake up most mornings spitting out a pretty substantial amount of blood. I know this all sounds pretty bad/disgusting, but I do try to take care of myself as much as possible.. just not able to kick my drinking habit. Life is getting very hard for me.
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    Anthony Tornay, MD responded:
    The emergency room is not the appropriate place for these chronic complaints. A good physical exam with bloodwork by a primary care physician is the place to start to rule out problems other than alcohol. In addition, starting a program like AA at the same time will indicate you are serious about needing and wanting help. I wish you well.

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