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I had a liver transplant in 2004. Not for alcoholism but wilsons

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I had a liver transplant in 2004. Not for alcoholism but wilsons disease. Since then have had depression and started drinking moderate amounts of wine about 2 years ago. I have decided to stop. If I stop suddenly ive been told my organs might fail. Please confirm this is a myth
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 3 years ago.

Dr. Phil, MD :

Hello. I'm Dr. Phil, licensed and practicing internist. Excellent service is my goal.

Dr. Phil, MD :

please enter chat mode

Customer:

hi

Dr. Phil, MD :

Hi I'm Dr. Phil

Dr. Phil, MD :

Can I ask your first name?

Customer:

I'm sarah

Dr. Phil, MD :

Hi Sarah

Dr. Phil, MD :

Nice to meet you

Dr. Phil, MD :

I'm glad you have decided to quit

Dr. Phil, MD :

This is ABSOLUTELY a muth

Dr. Phil, MD :

*myth

Dr. Phil, MD :

stopping alcohol can only help you

Customer:

im just scared that Ive damaged my new liver already

Dr. Phil, MD :

have you had any monitoring of the new liver? liver function? biopsy?

Customer:

ive been putting off going for my blood tests

Dr. Phil, MD :

how much were you drinking?

Customer:

last time I had bloods my liver tests were elevated but they fluctuate anyway

Customer:

perhaps 8 glasses of white wine per day

Customer:

no spirits

Dr. Phil, MD :

Yes, that is a lot

Customer:

im ashamed

Dr. Phil, MD :

hopefully there is no damage but I share your concern

Dr. Phil, MD :

Well you are human Sarah

Dr. Phil, MD :

everyone makes mistakes

Dr. Phil, MD :

The most important thing is to stop from here on out

Customer:

I think I drink to cope with depression

Dr. Phil, MD :

I think seeing your GP and getting evaluated for depression and treated can help

Dr. Phil, MD :

The only concern is alcohol withdrawal

Dr. Phil, MD :

have you ever gone 48 hours or longer without alcohol?

Customer:

ive withdrawn from valium some years ago

Customer:

it cant be harder thn tht

Customer:

yes I had a really bad cold recently and went for 3 days

Dr. Phil, MD :

what happened?

Customer:

well I felt awful with the cold

Customer:

I didn't notice any untoward symptoms

Dr. Phil, MD :

okay the only concern is alcohol withdrawal can be life threatening

Dr. Phil, MD :

seizures, DTs, etc

Dr. Phil, MD :

I recommend you talk to your GP about this.

Dr. Phil, MD :

Just be honest

Customer:

its starnge but I bought loads of appletiser thy have this new flavour which is pommegranite and apple

Customer:

only now my teeth are black frm the pommegranite

Dr. Phil, MD :

LOL

Customer:

lol too

Dr. Phil, MD :

not funny but funny you know :)

Customer:

at least I wasent drinking alcohol

Dr. Phil, MD :

absolutely and pomegranite has some good nutrients

Dr. Phil, MD :

Any more questions for me Sarah?

Customer:

no just wish me luck

Dr. Phil, MD :

Absolutely

Dr. Phil, MD :

I truly wish you the best Sarah

Customer:

I will do it as im very strong minded

Customer:

goodbye

Dr. Phil, MD :

Bye now

Dr. Phil, MD :

Sarah, please don't forget to rate me before leaving.

Dr. Phil, MD :

I appreciate it

Dr. Phil, MD :

just click a face you think I deserve and the chat will close

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