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Text from the GP & (semi) giving up drinking

66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,061 Disability Gamechanger

I had some blood tests recently and my family member (carer) just had a text message from the GP asking me to phone for a telephone appointment r.e. my test results.

My family member called up for me and asked if I could have a face-to-face appointment (I find using the phone hard) but was told I need to have a telephone appointment on Friday however my family member can take this for me. Then the doctor will arrange a face-to-face appointment if needed.

I’m worried it may be due to drinking/liver function as although I have gotten my drinking down I do still have a good drink to help with my issues like anxiety and obsessive morbid thoughts.

This has “hit home” and I have decided I am going to stop drinking to help with my anxiety. This will be hard but not impossible but I may be coming on here more often for support/distraction and boring you all :)

However, I can’t give up when my obsessive thoughts are bad as no one really understands how bad these get, they are worse than being physically tortured and I sometimes wish I could end my life. 

That said, the thoughts are unbearable only around 1-2 days a week on average so I should be able to reduce the drinking by 80% which I think is a good first step. Maybe then the doctor can give me some medication to help with the thoughts.

Anyway, I have my fingers crossed that they don’t want to tell me anything too sinister. I’m guessing it’s not urgent otherwise they would have wanted to speak sooner?

P.S. A message to Scope admin - I know my comments may trigger a welfare email, I just want to say I don’t have any plans to do anything to myself at this time and am safe etc. I know you are busy and don’t want to waste your resources. Thanks.

Thanks for reading!

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  • Sandy_123Sandy_123 Member Posts: 1,538 Pioneering
    @66Mustang try not to worry until you've spoken to the Dr, if it is what you fear, your dr can help you through it. I know that won't stop you worrying , try a distraction until your appointment 
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 11,160 Disability Gamechanger
    @66Mustang as sandy says try not to worry till you speak to your gp 

    As you say they are not treating it as urgent 

    Reducing the amount you drink can only be a positive try diluting it a bit if that helps 

    We are here to help you even if it's just a chat or distraction 

    Always happy for you to pm me if it helps 
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,061 Disability Gamechanger
    Thanks @Sandy_123 for the kind post and tips.

    I'm not worrying badly at this stage, hopefully its just the doctor saying my alcohol:blood ratio is a bit high and to cut down, will worry about something worse if it happens.

    I am still going to give up the drink though regardless of if it's anything bad or not as I think it's a healthy choice to make.
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,061 Disability Gamechanger
    @janer1967

    Thanks for the post and offer to PM - that is really kind.
  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,744 Disability Gamechanger
    Always here for you @66Mustang :)
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  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,061 Disability Gamechanger
  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 5,002

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    Reducing the amount by 80% would be a huge achievement in itself @66Mustang. Very best of luck with taking the next steps to start getting some more support for your anxiety and drinking. The GP should be able to talk you through your options, including possible medication. There are also apps out there that some people find helpful when trying to give something up- is that something you've looked into? 

    As the others have said, the community is here for you, and we're all in your corner :) Your conversation starters and comments are never boring- so we look forward to seeing more of them! ;) 

    Thanks for leaving the little note at the end- you know we do like to check-in! As always, please don't hesitate to reach out if there's anything we can help with. 
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  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,061 Disability Gamechanger
    Thanks @Tori_Scope for the kind words. I will be sure to have a chat with my GP to see what he can offer.

    I am not really an app person (I have less than 1 full page of apps on my iPhone and iPad!), I tend to do things the old fashioned way and just write a note or keep a diary. Thanks for the suggestion though.

    I'm glad you like my posts as I do sometimes worry about whether what I say is boring haha! :D
  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 5,002

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    No problem @66Mustang, and best of luck with the appointment about your results, too. 

    That's fair enough! I was just wondering as I've seen quite a few people find them motivating. Keeping a diary or something sounds good :) 

    Ha, not at all! 
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  • chiariedschiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 9,129 Disability Gamechanger
    You will be fine @66Mustang - & cutting back on drinking is such a positive thing to do anyway. I'm sure you know we're all here for you, & that includes me too. You are a member who is very important to the community, & boring is the last thing you are. :)
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,061 Disability Gamechanger
    Thank you @chiarieds, that is very nice of you to say! I agree about cutting back on drinking, and I am going to give it a really good shot regardless of what the GP has to say on Friday (which hopefully is nothing too serious) :)
  • DuninnDuninn Member Posts: 52 Connected
    @66mustang - be careful cutting your alcohol!  I think somebody mentioned you might consider diluting,  it’s a good idea but in moderation if you recognise you’ve been drinking a lot for a long time.
    Without discussing with the GP you might do more harm than good! 

     Good luck and stay safe
  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 4,454 Disability Gamechanger
    @66Mustang always here for you my friend, every time I have a full blood test my liver function always shows as being not what it could be and I hardly drink. See what the gp says before making big changes, and if you ever just want a chat feel free to message me.
    Take care.
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  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,061 Disability Gamechanger
    @Duninn thanks for the tip. I remember being warned that it's not safe to stop drinking quickly when I was drinking loads a couple of years ago, but I don't think I have been drinking enough recently that I have to stop gradually. I did have just the one drink last night instead of the usual 3 or 4 and I feel fine so far. Thanks for the advice though, and I appreciate the kind words.

    @woodbine thank you for the kind message and offer to PM you, it really means a lot. I will indeed see what the GP has to say before making any big changes but I think cutting down has to be a good thing even if my liver is fine - at this stage I am treating the text message as a "shot across the bow" so to speak! Thanks again.
  • OverlyAnxiousOverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,435 Disability Gamechanger
    If you want to stop drinking by a such considerable amount, I wonder if there's anything else you could use the monetary savings for instead?  Could help as a good motivator on the difficult days...  Either something large to save up for, or something small weekly/monthly...   :)

    As for the test results, they can't be that serious, as you say they might have some more urgency with the appointment if they were!  :D
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,061 Disability Gamechanger
    Hopefully that's right about the urgency @OverlyAnxious

    That's a good shout about putting the saved money into something instead as a motivator! Just need to decide on what to put it towards...:smiley:
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,061 Disability Gamechanger
    We just had my telephone appointment.

    They wanted to tell me I have quite high alcohol in the blood and I also have high cholesterol (7.4 I believe).

    I don't eat a lot of fatty foods or cheese, cheese is a treat for me, and I have about 1 glass of full fat milk a week. My only "sin" with fatty foods is I like butter. I don't know if that justifies a cholesterol level of 7.4 though, maybe the alcohol usage in the past has something to do with that so hopefully it will come down now I'm drinking less.

    Does anyone know of anything else that can increase cholesterol levels?
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 11,160 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @66Mustang

    Glad you know what it is about now and pretty much what you expected 

    I'm no expert on cholesterol why not look on NHS website..keep up the reduced alcohol intake 
  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Posts: 4,114

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    Good to hear you have some answers @66Mustang

    I found this page from HeartUK that explains some of the foods that can contribute towards a higher cholesterol
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  • OverlyAnxiousOverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,435 Disability Gamechanger
    Eggs are also high in cholesterol if you eat a lot of those?  It probably is just an effect of the alcohol in your case though.  :)


  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 4,454 Disability Gamechanger
    7.4 is pretty high is the GP putting you on statins to help lower it?, porridge is good got lowering cholesterol (but not in my case as I have far to much golden syrup on it).
    "Putting a child into care, isn't caring for a child" (T.Rhattigan)
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,061 Disability Gamechanger
    @janer1967 thanks, just been doing some reading on the NHS site, it's quite informative

    @Ross_Scope thanks for that, interesting to read

    @OverlyAnxious No I don't eat many eggs, I guess you are right that it is the alcohol

    @woodbine they aren't putting me on anything at this point but they want to do more blood tests in a month to see if the change in drinking has an effect. Sadly I can't eat porridge, I love the taste but don't like the texture, but I did find some yoghurts that are meant to lower cholesterol so might give them a try :)

    Thanks all, I appreciate the support :)
  • Sandy_123Sandy_123 Member Posts: 1,538 Pioneering
    At least you know what the call was for, no more worrying about what it might be. I think once you've continued to lower alcohol  units, your tests may improve next time.
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,061 Disability Gamechanger
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,061 Disability Gamechanger
    edited July 10
    Today is day 5 of drinking less.

    Early days but I worked out I've cut my drinking by 78% on average - I am just having a small drink each day now for pleasure rather than the "medicinal" effects. I'm going for quality over quantity and bought a few small tins of craft beer and also had a cognac one day. For the cognac I used my jigger to measure out the portion so I know the exact unit amount of alcohol.

    I have also been drinking lots of nice non-alcoholic drinks like fruit juices.

    I made myself a Negroni today and decided it wasn't all that nice, honestly I preferred a nice sweet fruit juice, I deduced that previously I had been drinking it for the effect so it went down the sink. A bit of a waste but no point taking in alcohol for the sake of it. :)

    I went to the supermarket today and I think I was the only one not buying alcohol :D 
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 11,160 Disability Gamechanger
    Well done keep it up 
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,061 Disability Gamechanger
  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 4,454 Disability Gamechanger
    @66Mustang its always good to have a plan, you might have read a few weeks ago that I was cutting down on my smoking, was doing well but hit a few problems, now i'm back on plan.
    Remember we are all here to support you.
    "Putting a child into care, isn't caring for a child" (T.Rhattigan)
  • chiariedschiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 9,129 Disability Gamechanger
    edited July 10
    Hi @66Mustang - sorry for the late reply, but I've been spending so much time trying to help my son recently (major renovations to his home, co-ordinating my joiner & plumber + looking after his little dog, etc).
    Firstly, ever so well done on reducing your alcohol intake, & just enjoying a quality drink instead.
    Secondly, would it surprise you that I would advocate exercise, which will also help with weight loss?
    Eat more fibre; if you haven't already, try wholewheat pasta, brown rice, wholemeal bread. Drink more water too if changing to these.
    You are doing ever so well, & I have the utmost faith you will continue to do so......or else! :)
  • 66Mustang66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,061 Disability Gamechanger
    @woodbine I heard about your smoking goal, but didn't know you had a blip, that's great to hear it is now back on track, well done with that :)

    @chiarieds thank you for the tips. I do some light exercise daily - I walk the dog about 3-4 miles a day - would you say that's enough or should I be doing something that gets me puffed out? I will try eating more fibre. I actually have issues going to the toilet (IBS like symptoms) which I put down to anxiety so maybe eating more fibre will help with that as well. That sounds exciting with your son's house! I hope it's all going smoothly.

    Thanks to you both for the encouragement :)
  • chiariedschiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 9,129 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @66Mustang - if you could increase the amount you walk the dog that would be great; see if you can do a little more each day. Thank you, my son's house is going well, but not without the odd hiccup & delays with getting his new front door, so they can't finish the cladding on his porch or get a roof over it.
    Anyway, keep up your good work. :)
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