A close friend's hubby got sick at work recently and was hospitalized. His presenting symptom was sudden onset of inability to move his eye balls. He realized that he could only see what was directly in front of him and he had to move his whole head to see stuff. He got scared, woozy, and left with the paramedics.
Turns out he was lucky to see a doc who knew what was going on. Low B1, thiamin! He got it in his IV, in giant pills, and over some days he got his eye movements back.
Turns out also that he is a long term alcohol abuser...vodka from morning to night. He was in the hospital 5 days and came home weak and tired and it took quite a while until he felt better and could return to his normal activities.
Quit drinking! was the RX. Eat better and take GIANT B1 supplements.
And he is mostly doing that. But he has determined in his own mind that beer isn't the same as vodka...and he only has a few...so he has determined he is okay. His wife is beside herself. and well she should be.
He told me his liver was PERFECT. Can you spell DENIAL? Another worrisome case. She'll likely be posting here soon...
This particular alcohol related syndrome has a name -- Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome and causes lots of symptoms and can lead to death that are not liver related...
I think some of our liver disease patients may need to know about this additional worry--
Briefly..... it is a manifestation of thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency, usually secondary to alcohol abuse. It mainly causes vision changes, ataxia and impaired memory. It can cause death and in advanced stages causes brain damage. They call that Wernicke Encephalopathy.
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