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DJ I know how you feel over itching I have had it for years, I too have tried all sorts of creams etc , and nothing works for long. I have changed washing powders, softeners, soap shower gels type of materials I wear you name it, I have tried it. In the end I just cope with it , when it is at its worst I just use any type of lotion that cools and soothes the skin. I gave up with my GP on finding the cause and solution, I believe it is a side effect on the medications I take, as annoying as it is you do learn to cope with it. I hope you find relief soon, I try to look on the positive side of it , the itching is not in a sensitive part of my body so I don't have to continually scratch in that area.

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Col, I've just googled several sites on Gilbert's Syndrome....  there are definitely elephants in the room!

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9 hours ago, DJ360 said:

2. I like a drink and I'll freely admit to drinking well above the guidelines. This is also cited as a possible cause of the itch.. but then again now they've pretty much dealt with smoking.. the powers that be need  another 'enemy' to blame for all ills.. and it seems the booze is it. Thing is.. right now is not the ideal time to lay off the booze as it's probs all that's getting me any sleep!!!

 

I'm not a doctor so this may be total cobblers but the above statement would worry me if I were.

 

Like most here I had never heard of GS and looked it up. I suspect you know far more than I but to me it seems the elephant you are ignoring (or excusing)  is booze. When you start to say you need it because 'XYZ' then I begin to wonder about dependency. The first thing someone who has an alcohol problem is to deny it and give, what is to them a good excuse, for the amount they drink.

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You say your drinking is WELL above the guidelines so I have no doubt it will help you sleep but let's face it - you shouldn't need it.

 

Like me with smoking, it was never the right time to quit, there was always a good reason to delay...

 

This may be rubbish but stopping the drinking looks to be the only thing you've not tried. Maybe it's worth giving it a go for a while

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I've not taken a drop of alcohol since January when I had a serious attack of gout which lasted for three weeks. Maybe caused by festive overindulgence! I don't feel any worse or any better for not drinking. It proves that I'm not addicted to it. It's saved a couple of trips to the bottle bank though and hopefully I won't suffer the excruciating gout pain again.

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1 hour ago, Brew said:

 

I'm not a doctor so this may be total cobblers but the above statement would worry me if I were.

 

Like most here I had never heard of GS and looked it up. I suspect you know far more than I but to me it seems the elephant you are ignoring (or excusing)  is booze. When you start to say you need it because 'XYZ' then I begin to wonder about dependency. The first thing someone who has an alcohol problem is to deny it and give, what is to them a good excuse, for the amount they drink.

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You say your drinking is WELL above the guidelines so I have no doubt it will help you sleep but let's face it - you shouldn't need it.

 

Like me with smoking, it was never the right time to quit, there was always a good reason to delay...

 

This may be rubbish but stopping the drinking looks to be the only thing you've not tried. Maybe it's worth giving it a go for a while

It's part of the master plan Brew.  I may be rather too flippant about the booze, but overall I do think about my habits and I have been overall reducing consumption for some time. Also there's a difference between 'need it'  and 'like it'. I have no trouble in staying off the booze for days on end when required, but would happily see off a bottle of wine every evening if I thought I could get away with it unscathed, which I probably can't. Three times in the last month or so for e.g., when on Metronidazole I've just quit for a week or so.. I don't get withdrawal symptoms.  My drinking is above the official guidelines, but is also in a very common range for many people.  I have Liver Function and other blood tests at least annually, because I'm on lifelong meds..and have never had concerns raised.  Also, I am not, and have never been, jaundiced. Maybe if I expressed it this way.  I don't normally drink everyday and I usually take monday and or Tuesday/Weds off.  Also we frequently visit very good friends, one of whom is an alcoholic, so I don't tend to drink in his presence even if offered.

I have a plan.  I'm having a couple of days off the numerous moisturisers I've been trying, but have decided to put up with the slightly unpleasant effects of Cinnarizine. ( Anti histamine) for a few days.  If  this helps I'll have learned something.  Also in my plan is laying off the booze for a few days to see if that helps. 

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Had a bit of a Gilbert syndrome me'self of late...2210918.pngcracking performer...who like the late Nick Drake..wrote his hits in the shed.

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55 minutes ago, DJ360 said:

I have a plan.  I'm having a couple of days off the numerous moisturisers I've been trying, but have decided to put up with the slightly unpleasant effects of Cinnarizine. ( Anti histamine) for a few days.  If  this helps I'll have learned something.  Also in my plan is laying off the booze for a few days to see if that helps. 

 

Pleased it's all under control Col, you had me a bit concerned there for a moment. Hope you soon suss it out...

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I used to enjoy a drink afternoons in the garden or while watching TV but since losing Alan it has no appeal. Maybe thinking  that drinking on your own could be a slippery road, my tipple is and always has been 'Mothers Ruin'. Am I being silly who knows.

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I've never been a big drinker, started out with babycham(ugh) progressed to gin and orange( ugh ugh) then Cinzano and bitter lemon. Nice long drink but after 2/3 enough I just want to sleep. Living in Italy I've got into wine but never to excess. Theres always a bottle of Barbera on the table. Its the local wine and very nice. But I drink it more in the winter, in the summer don't think it agrees with the heat. Now I can't drink anything as with the medication in the patch its not advised. I don't miss it and from a womans point of view alcohol is bad for your skin. So ladies keep your complexion and drink water. Yes I know its not as nice but......

Looking at some posts around christmas time at all the youngsters in bad states tells it all. Don't they realise what they look like, I wouldn't like to have that head in the mornings, wonder how they cope.

This coming weekend its our wine festival and all the restaurants and otherwise are preparing for the onslaught. There will be 22 outlets where food and wine will be available. The prices are fixed by the authorities for food , the wine is usually €1 per glass but you first have to buy your glass. You can try as many wines as you can handle or not, just join the queue. Food and wine is paid for by Barberini (

cardboard coins). There are musical groups visiting each courtyards. We have a project for adopting a row of vines and each year collecting the wines from these vines together with your own name. We have visitors from all over. This year it is going to run for 3 days instead of 2 so it will attract more people. Its a lovely festival with many before and after events.

Hope the weather is kind.

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Sounds fantastic nonna. I'll put it on my wish list !

Gem, as long as it's in moderation, then there's nothing really to worry about. A relaxing drink on a warm summers afternoon is wonderful.

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If you're quick ,this year but put it in your diary for next year Fly

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Don't worry about drinking on your own Gem. I love to come home after work on a Friday evening to the peace and quiet of my house. A couple of glasses of Aussie red or Chilean, decanted the previous evening. Bach on the CD player, contented moggies and, in winter, a roaring fire. Bliss. All mine, every bit!

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Must be the council house kid in me, I have never had as much as mouthful of wine, wouldn't wash me feet in it. 

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If you've never tasted it....

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Mouthful, I don't think wine was a thing in the back streets of old Radford, I cannot remember my Mam or Dad ever drinking it & where would they even buy it?   

 

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Same here Red.........over the years kept giving it a go to please certain ladies.........but never took to it,,,worked in 3 Bars in Bulwell in the 60s..........no one ever asked for it........lol

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Never even sold it down the Variety, just 18 x 33 gallons of bitter a week, every week! 

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The off licence at the Andover Road shops had the odd bottle in stock back in the 1960s, as did a few shops in Boowul.  There was a shop/off licence or summat on the same side as the old Golden Ball, Royal Oak about that time which had good ole Mateus Rose in the window.  About 8 bob a bottle back then.

I had the odd tipple.

But I only really started drinking wine regularly when Mrs Col started buying Red after I had my heart attack.  She was either trying to save me or kill me off.. not sure which..

Then when I decided to lose weight, I switched from Beer to Wine.  But then I'll drink owt...

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You should try it RR. Can't beat a good Aussie black red.

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When I was young and still living at home, the only alcohol in our house was when my dad had a small glass of port at Christmas - and I seem to remember there being sherry for visitors occasionally.   There was no beer, lager, wine or spirits.... 

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Cherry Brandy of late...6 bottles waiting to be drank. Hobgoblin still fave tipple with grub...lager when the footie is on..brings out the lout in me!

Not on any meds for my complaints..stopped 2 years ago.

Wine meks me tired.

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15 minutes ago, MargieH said:

dad had a snall glass of port at Christmas

 

Mams Christmas treat - Advocaat and lemonade. Can't remember if it was a SNALL  glass or not!    :P

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What I really miss by not drinking is a very dry cider. As dry as can be. I think the descriptive expression is 'It makes your arse come up to your elbows!' smile2

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