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Bile and Blood

I am a serious alcoholic. I have been drinking heavily for 12 years. I am a binge drinker and a maintenance drinker. I usually vomit every day but lateley my vomit and feces has consisted mostly of bile and blood. Is this liver damage or something else?
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I am not a doctor so take this for what it is. I am an alcoholic as well and went through maintenance drinking. By maintenance drinking, I take it you mean you keep the withdrawal symptoms under control by drinking them down. I know the shakes and anxiety really suck.

The bile and blood could be indicating serious stomach and intestinal irritation or even damage. You can die from stomach bleeding if it gets bad enough. Only a blood test can reveal liver damage or not.

You first need to go to a detox center and have help to stop drinking and get through the withdrawal, before you kill yourself by the continued drinking. The longer you wait to go to get detoxed, the withdrawal symptoms will only get worse and more frequent and you could eventually have a seizure and die from that.

Your stomach problems should clear up once you finally stop drinking for good!

I hope you decide to help yourself before it's too late!
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to me it sounds as if you have an ulcer. i would go to the doctor anyways to be on the safe side.
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I have been drinking hard for a great many years too and I began to do the same.  I went to see a Gasto Specialist, which is what you should do right away.  (DONT'T WAIT) He said I had bleeding ulcers, gastritis, acid reflux and had even torn my esophagus from throwing up so much.  At least once a month I have to go into the hospial to get fluids through the IV for dehydration from throwing and the rest of the game no one wants to hear.
     The first thing they will do is an endoscopy.  They sedate you, you can't eat for 24 hours ahead of time and nothing to drink after midnight.  It's sort of scary but they give you pain killers and verset which makes you so out of it, you don't even remember the procedure afterwards.  They take pictures and if you remember, tell them you want a set.  That way, they can tell you what's wrong exacly.  Stomach, esophagus, ulcers or whatever else is going on in there.  They can take a CBC blood test that will tell them what kind of shape your liver in is.  And they may do some others also, the good news is unless he just wants you to stay in the hospittal for a couple days, instead of coming back and forth   Make sure to look in your insurance book under specialists for gasto-intestintal.  If you live in Illinois by chance, I could recommend someone for you.  Let me know.  My email is ***@****
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I would see a Gastro specialist.  You could have developed bleeding ulcer over the years of hard drinking.  I have irritable bowel syndrome and vomit blood and bile on a regular basis but it's also caused from Gastritis.  All the thorowing up I have done tore a spot in my esophagus right where it connects with your stomach.  When I start to throw up again, I usually tear that same spot and that's where most of the blood comes from.

     Please be sure to see a gastro-intestinal specialist, they can do a procdure called a endoscopy where they give you something through the IV to make you out of it and they scope starting from your mouth with a tube and go all the way into your stomach.  They can diagnose the problem with that one little test and the medication they give you, you won't remember a thing.  It's done on an outpatient basis and after you wake up from the sedation and have a little something to eat and drink so they make sure the anesthesia didn't make you sick, you can go home.  Make sure someone drives you and picks you up or take a cab because you will probably sleep the rest of the day.  

     But, please go check it out before you end up in the Emergency Room and stuck with a resident to stick a tube up your nose to drain the blood out and try to help with the pain than check you into the hospital with an off the wall doctor.  This was you can check with your insurance for a good gastro spcialist.  Take care, please.  I know what it's like!!  
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how long will the effects of cig smoke stay in your system (blood)?
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