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i started a detox 6 days ago. I have cut out all alcohol ciggarettes wheat and sugar from my diet. For the last three days i have been unable to sleep and have been waking myself up due to uncontrollable shaking and twitching. Previously i consumed 2-3 glasses of wine 4 days a week and smoked approx 12 ciggarettes per day. Also ate lots of chocolate. My musles also feel crampy and achy. What should i do ?

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Thank you for choosing DoctorSpring.

The symptoms you are experiencing are because of the alcohol withdrawal. Since you were accustomed to alcohol, the body will be in a sense physically depended on alcohol. So when this stimuli is withdrawn it can cause reactions as you mentioned above.

You are having alcohol withdrawal syndrome and this is best managed under in hospital.

You will need an Injection of Thiamine and benzodiazepine drug called lorazepam. These are prescription only medication. I really appreciate your effort to detox your body. Let these symptoms not bother you. With treatment this will resolve in few days. Please get in touch with your Doctor.
Meanwhile take highly nutritious food. Take a vitamin B complex supplement also.

Hope this helps
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Thank you

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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