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Post Info TOPIC: Alcohol Withdrawal in Women


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Hello everyone,

First I want to thank you all for being members here at MIP.  I have been lurking on the boards for a couple of years now, while I was not sure I was an alcoholic.  

However, having started a new full time job in February and getting sick of hitting bottoms, I have been attending AA meetings in my city.  This past week I got a sponsor.  And I haven't had anything to drink since Sunday, April 15.  Yay!  Five 24's in a row is a huge achievement for me!

I am posting this topic because I am hoping for some input from other AA women.  Five days is the longest I've gone without a drink in a few years (I'm 27) and while I feel great, I'm a little freaked out that a period seems to have started out of nowhere.  Especially since I just had one starting April 10.  It started again on April 20!!  

When I was drinking my periods were quiteirregular, and sometimes didn't come at all.

I spoke with my sponsor last night, another young lady like myself, and she said it's entirely possible that my body was in shock over no more alcohol and this is one way that it is showing it.  

Have any other recovering women AA's had this experience?  I am seeing my doctor on Monday for a yearly physical, as it happens, (something else I neglected during my drinking career) so I am planning to bring it up then.  In the past on a Saturday night, something upsetting like this would have been "solved" by getting drunk...

Glad to be here on MIP!!



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Not something I know about, but welcome.

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Hi. Aspgrl.

Lurking for a couple of years ! :{ Keep coming back you need to work hard at everything in life and staying sober is not easy. But If you want a Happy content sober life '' Something I have got'' Please work hard for it. I did 6-7 meetings each night for my first year,why because I had a fear of drinking and I felt safe in the rooms of AA. So I just kept going. Listening and learning how to ''Stay sober'' .

Well done on this week so far. But please try to understand that Alcohol is cunning and powerful it wants me DEAD. I have an illness of the mind. I have an allergy to Alcohol if I pick up one drink I am unable to stop. You sound very much like me :} I was unable to stop drinking unless I had the support of like minded new found friends. While I was drinking I damaged my mind and my body and it is a very powerful thing Alcohol....Your sponsor seems to understand so please keep listening to her and to everything you hear in the rooms. And get to as many meetings as you can. This keeps us safe. Its the only way.

With time I was able to repair not only the damage that I did to my body and mind but also the damage I caused to others through my drinking. It was asked to read page 62-68 every day from the Big Book. This helped me very much. Because all I ever thought about was myself :{ I could not help it as it is how my illness is. Its me,myself and I. Then I started to help others who walked in the doors a little after me,because I understood how hard it was for them.

Give time time to heal things. But do everything possible not to pick up a drink again. A ''Miracle '' will happen you will not need to drink :}

I will be thinking of you and praying that you stop lurking. And start working hard. Please read on here ''Keep coming back'' :}

Polly.X

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Hello - welcome!
So glad you made the choice to join in here, it's been a valuable part of my recovery thus far!

I have had irregular cycles during times of extreme stress. You are doing the right thing to be brave enough to get it checked out by a Dr., and talking about it and getting support here.

I am not used to being sober for my PMS times, and letting myself feel all the cranky, unrealistic anger, ups and downs etc. So recognizing that some irrational does have to do with my hormones, helped me work through the double wammy of getting sober and dealing with PMS during the same week. I was sooooooooo used to washing that all away.

Now I drink calming tea - they actually have PMS tea which I think tastes awful, so I still to passionflower & chamomile tea's - that works great, although you have to drink about 6 cups. That seemed like a lot at first, but then I thought of how much alcohol I drank to "help" me through, and then it didn't seem like much at all suddenly!

I try to take deep breaths when my blood is boiling for no reason, and get some sunshine if I can. That, along with working this program to the best of my ability is working so far!
Take care,
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Good evening ladies :}

Plenty of chocolate helps :} and vitamin B too.

The most important thing is to get to meetings. read all you can on AA. Tasha I like what you said about fresh air and sunshine a nice walk always helps us know that the world is still here and looks far better now that its not from the bottom of a glass.

I found the living sober book was great when I first came to AA. And all the different types of meetings. I just wanted to see what the all were giving away FREE :} Wow. ! Free, a life beyond our wildest dreams.

Keep working for freedom and searching for new found friends.

Polly.X

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Thank you, JaD and Polly.

I know that my body is asking me to stay sober and keep it healthy. Everything from my liver to my uterus is thanking me. My brain, heart, skin and stomach are all thanking me by taking care of me.

Thank you for being my new found friends :)

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hi, so glad you are here!  very glad you have a Dr appt.  if something has gone haywire, you will have a baseline to work from.  after i stopped drinking i had my cycle... i thought i was in menopause for 2 years... but it only happened that one time.  a celebratory cycle, i guess.  but i have had Dr appts and things are all ok.  welcome to MIP.  keep coming back!  jj



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Thank you! I was telling my sponsor yesterday about how I care about all these people all over the world, and I have never even met them! It's so true and you are one of them!

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Welcome! I also had irregular periods for awhile when I first quit. I'm usually very regular and not much throws my cycle off, so it was a big wake-up call regarding how dependent on alcohol my body had become.

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Good morning and I hope you all have a good sober day. :}

Try and understand and look at the way someone with Anorexia would loose weight and die. Think about the effects it has on their body.

This is what is going on with our bodies we are killing ourselves through drinking and our bodies are going to break down eventually give up on us. Is a terrible way to die. :{ Not only will I end up with a wet brain ! living in a constant state of fear until I become insane beyond no return I will bleed to death as the every organ fails within me. It will seep through every opening it is able to. It would not be a quick death either I would linger on for weeks in this terrible state until my last breath. If I had any loving family member to see this ending of mine it would not be a good sight for them and I would leave them with this picture of my final goodbye. Or I would die alone as most do because they have lost everything even family.

Not a nice though is it,please say a prayer for my brother Joseph as this is going to happen to him because he is one of the unfortunates we read about. He may well lay in his filthy home for weeks before anyone would notice. Covered with flies and maggots. People a dying like this every day.:{

I am responsible today to offer my hand out to the still suffering Alcoholic who has a desire to stop drinking.

Today I want to live and stay sober. Have a good day and be happy and thankful :}

Polly.X

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This is exactly what happened to me. After nine days without a drink, I started another period after just finishing one a little over two weeks ago. I am perimenopausal, but suspected alcohol withdrawal might have added to the issue. According to a quick Google search, alcohol does indeed disrupt the menstrual cycle.

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Welcome to MIP Pers, ... glad you joined us ...


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