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How long does it take the body to fully recover?

Postby nathan_ » 26 Oct 2011 00:23

Ive been looking all over the net and cant find an answer. Does anyone know?
Im wondering how long it takes after moderate/heavy abuse, for the liver/kidneys/skin to fully recover from the years of poison they have endured?
considering I am 23 fairly fit. 1 month, 2 months? more?
I dont want my liver to pack up, and my kidneys, heart attack, and give myself brain damage and ruin my skin for good, and then die a slow miserable painful lonely death. I dont want to fear these feelings anymore. Goodbye alcohol

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Re: How long does it take the body to fully recover?

Postby Winkler » 26 Oct 2011 07:22

Hi Nathan
i spose its one of them how long is a piece of string ones isn't it? You do have youth on your side though.
ive heard 6 nonths for the liver- theres a biochemical marker cant remember what its called that can take that long to return to normal. I suppose it also depends on how much damage is already done though. I believe 'fatty liver' which has no symptoms can recover but cirrhosis doesnt although the progress can be slowed.
The liver being the toxin remover of the body i guess may take longest to heal? Ive heard it said we should avoid eating liver (unless its organic) because of the vast amounts of additives in animal feed but thats another track....
As far as skin goes i think you can see it looking better within days and weeks cant you?
Ive heard the emotional effects can take up to 2 years to resolve (eeek!)
If youre anything like me you want to be fit and well again tomorrow but Rome wasnt built in a day
Smokings the real baddie- 20 years before the risk of cancer reduces to that anything like that of a non smoker (although your cardiovascular syatem starts recovering very fast)
Might be worth having a chat with your GP and having some blood tests to put your mind at rest?

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Re: How long does it take the body to fully recover?

Postby nathan_ » 26 Oct 2011 08:32

oh yeah thats a point!! I need to book an appointment anyway, had tingling in my fingers and toes the other day, need another diabetes test. Can do it all in a bundle then. Cheers
I dont want my liver to pack up, and my kidneys, heart attack, and give myself brain damage and ruin my skin for good, and then die a slow miserable painful lonely death. I dont want to fear these feelings anymore. Goodbye alcohol

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Re: How long does it take the body to fully recover?

Postby Grendelslip » 26 Oct 2011 09:26

Hi Nathan,

I too have looked for information on physical recovery rates without success. Alcohol can affect nearly all of the body. The liver bears the brunt of it, but is the organ which has the greatest ability to repair itself.

But, I would like to suggest that there is not much to be gained going down this path. It is certainly worth asking for urine/blood tests to see if any medical intervention is required. For instance, there are drugs which can assist liver function if required, although it's surprising how much abuse it can take before irreversible damage occurs - as long as you let it recover! It's also worth having the tests if it will put your mind at rest.

After being tested and told 'No permanent damage if you stop drinkink NOW' I asked myself the question 'Why do I want to know how long?' I am going down the AF for life route so the question becomes irrelevant to me. It will take as long as it takes.

If you are considering a period of AF, followed by a return to controlled drinking then I think you would be better off asking others in BE what they think a suitable AF period would be. Perhaps the Cutting Down thread could be of use. Just be wary of the empowerment trap i.e 'If it takes x days to repair the damage, then I can have y pints next Friday'. You know where that one goes, I'm sure.

Or is there some other reason e.g. how long before I can start training for a marathon? You could always ask your GP, but given your age and fitness then, unless you have some other medical problem, you'll probably get an automatic 'no probs - carry on' response [sorry doc].

One last thing: I saw the word 'diabetes' mentioned. I have Type 2 diabetes and have had a good deal of success in managing it. So, if the worst comes to the worst you can get advice here on that as well! Fountain of knowledge on all medical problems me, EXCEPT FRIGGING ALCOHOL PROBLEMS!!!!

Anyway, no answers but something to think about I hope.

Dave

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Re: How long does it take the body to fully recover?

Postby Grendelslip » 26 Oct 2011 09:38

Hello, me again :roll:

There's a discussion on another forum on this subject at

http://www.soberrecovery.com/forums/alc ... cally.html

There are some times given but it looks as if it's the 'how long is piece of string' thing

Dave

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Re: How long does it take the body to fully recover?

Postby Jake. » 21 Nov 2012 13:47

2 years or never

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Re: How long does it take the body to fully recover?

Postby koalaBear » 23 Nov 2012 17:15

In terms of the liver specifically, the NHS website states ‘Fatty liver disease is reversible. If you stop drinking alcohol for two weeks, your liver should return to normal’ with Alcoholic Hepatitis is says ‘ usually reversible, although you may need to stop drinking alcohol for several months or years’. Cirrhosis is obviously not reversible and needs treatment.

Here is the link to the full article:

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Liver_dise ... ction.aspx

This is worth a look for anyone interested in the neurological side of things:

http://psychcentral.com/news/2006/12/20 ... n/491.html
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Re: How long does it take the body to fully recover?

Postby jaxom5 » 29 Aug 2013 22:19

No problem Sunny. History is in the past and we move on. It bloody well works :D

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Re: How long does it take the body to fully recover?

Postby jaxom5 » 29 Aug 2013 22:31

No Sunny. I don't do aliases. When I have had to reregister I have always told a mod what is going on. I clown around but I never do that sock-puppet thing, if you know what I mean? I might get up peoples' noses but I am genuine. Of course, you only have my word for it. Right old mind fecker is it not!

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Re: How long does it take the body to fully recover?

Postby smudge » 29 Aug 2013 22:41

Based on the behaviour I suspect aiza is a spam bot, or it is a bot that gathers information for spam bots. It is unlikely to be human anyway. :)

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Edit : The bot has picked another post at random and copied it. The original came from here :

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Re: How long does it take the body to fully recover?

Postby jaxom5 » 29 Aug 2013 22:49

Ooh. I got taken in then. How embraced arse am I! I thought I was savvy. Just goes to show. Wipes yet more egg off face. This is becomong a habit. :roll:

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Re: How long does it take the body to fully recover?

Postby jaxom5 » 29 Aug 2013 23:02

Um.. except looking back was that not a debate between me and Boris? A bit of a disagreement but Boris is deffo not a bot and I hold him in the highest regard. I do miss Mr Bike. We oten debated but it never turned into an argument. That is a person I respect.

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Re: How long does it take the body to fully recover?

Postby pickles » 04 Feb 2016 18:04

Hello James442, I just bumped a thread on the physical and mental called Liver disease and tests , if you go to the physical and mental part, you might see that it has been bumped

There are other threads to look on about recovery . I can't be an expert on skin though, I ,ve always had problems there .

Welcome to BE by the way ;)?

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Re: How long does it take the body to fully recover?

Postby pickles » 04 Feb 2016 18:07

P.s if you go on quick links which are the three blue stripes above where it says board index, you may be able to find the pages .

Oh has he gone ??

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Re: How long does it take the body to fully recover?

Postby jaxom7 » 04 Feb 2016 18:08

Hi James and welcome to Bright Eye (BE). There is no simple answer i'm afraid. It takes as long as it takes. The only firm-ish number I've come across is for the liver. Provided permanent damage hasn't occured (typically cirrhosis) then you can expect your liver to have recovered after about 3 months of total abstention. It might take far less. It depends on how much/how often you drink, how long you have been drinking, other lifestyle factors (e.g. exercise and diet) and your genes, but three months should see most people' liver back to a healthy state.

No idea about skin and kidneys. The brain can take longer to sort out. Again, provided there is no permanent damage, full recovery can and does happen, at least in terms of how it is working. The brain is a bit more complicated though because there are physical and mental aspects. Addicts are often advised to delay making major decisions if possible until they have been clean for at least two years. Again, it varies from person to person but I will say this. Although it took less time for me to feel I was getting on top of my drink problem and staying sober became fairly easy, I didn't feel really settled into sobriety until about the two-year mark.

Alcohol can cause permanent damage. I've already mentioned cirrhosis. There are lots of other potential problems and some of the good folk here are having to live with them. So, I would advise any body who is drinking too much to cut back to official guideline amounts as soon as possible and preferably quit completely for a few months to let the body recover. If that is going to be difficult then..... well, it tells us something doesn't it?

Hope this helps and that others will pop by with more information.

Are you thinking of joining us long term? If you have just popped in with that question then fine and hope we can help but if you do want to join in then can I suggest you post on the New Members thread in the General Recovery section? There is no rule that says you have to, it's just that people are more likely to spot your arrival there. This thread, for instance, is little used.

Or, if you are enquiring on behalf of somebody else, perhaps you could ask them to give us a go?

Nice to 'meet' you.

Dave

x-posted. Hi Pickles \:)/ I didn't imagine it then. :lol: James, hope you read the replies.

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Re: How long does it take the body to fully recover?

Postby Topcat » 04 Feb 2016 18:13

So very sorry Pickles and Dave but the post you both so kindly replied to was by a Spammer and has been duly deleted.
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Re: How long does it take the body to fully recover?

Postby jaxom7 » 04 Feb 2016 18:23

Well, I am definitely losing my edge. Bang goes another 'spidey sense'. :lol: Thanks for letting us know TC.

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Re: How long does it take the body to fully recover?

Postby jaxom7 » 04 Feb 2016 18:26

Now here's a funny thing. I submitted my last post once but it appeared twice. I deleted the second one and both disappeared. I reposted it once and it appeared twice. Or am I actually piddled and seeing double? :?

Edit: aaagh!! No I've got a sequence of two posts, repeated. Room, down, in, dark, lie, a.

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Re: How long does it take the body to fully recover?

Postby bristol1987 » 15 Jul 2016 18:08

hi everyone. just checking out some other groups and looking for some help.

I am on day 21 AF and still feeling very wobbly and generally a bit other worldly and very tired! I have been put on vitamin b suppliments and my diet is healthy but I do feel very weak in general... anyone shed any light? is this normal this early on?

thanks!

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Re: How long does it take the body to fully recover?

Postby Trojan » 15 Jul 2016 19:26

Hi Bristol,

How long does it take the body to fully recover? The short answer is, it depends. Alcohol has such a variable systemic effect on the body that even your doctor probably couldn't give you an accurate time projection.

If you google "alcohol physical recovery timeline" you'll get some good information.

It's worth scheduling follow-up medical checks to keep an eye on blood pressure and have a full blood test performed to check for any deficiencies or unusual readings.
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