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Hi, thank you for getting in touch. I'm sorry to hear about what's been going on. Firstly in terms of the breathalyser there are some things that can make them falsely positive if no alcohol has been ingested such as cigarette fumes, diabetics' breath, hair sprays and some mouthwashes for example. I'll give you a link to a site that goes into more detail. The second thing is the symptoms of feeling drunk. Really there are two main possibilities. One is that alcohol has been ingested of course but I understand you're certain that's not the case. Second is diabetes and the presence of something called ketones in the breath. I do think it's important that this be tested for by your GP when you see them. I hope that helps.
I see. Tough one really. One of the other options then would also be auto-brewery syndrome which is fairly rare and essentially is due to bugs within the gut, yeasts in particular, fermenting what we've eaten and producing ethanol as a byproduct which enters the bloodstream and would explain the symptoms and the device results. I've included a link to a medical article on it for more information. I hope you manage to get to the bottom of it soon and would advise you to try some of the steps mentioned in the article. All the very best.
Sure thing, you're very welcome. Come back if you've further questions. All the very best to you both.
Hi, thanks for the update. I can see what you mean and it may well be ABS, it's quite a rare condition and it is possible that the pancreas may be involved. I'd suggest you seek referral to a specialist with an interest in ABS (usually a gastroenterologist) so that she can get the personalized care she needs. Glad she's on track to getting better though. All the best again.
Oh that's good to hear, I'm glad I could have helped. Take care.
You may well be right and I completely agree, a single unifying diagnosis is usually the way to go. Worth keeping a log of intake vs. response for the gastroenterologist too. All the best.