Does alcohol make it better or worse?

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  1. Loves2spoon macrumors 65816

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    I have to get an ingrown toenail fixed and the doctor puts 3 needles in your toe with local anesthetic. Does drinking alcohol effect the drug in any way?

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  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Alcohol thins your blood and should not be consumed before any type of procedure that involves needles and cutting. He will numb the area, which works better than alcohol.
     
  3. KeriJane macrumors 6502a

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    Hello.

    Alcohol is pretty likely to affect most anesthetics. Generally speaking, the doctors will strongly advise you not to drink before or after a surgery.

    With drugs it might make pain better, worse or possibly harm or kill you.
    By itself Alcohol usually numbs pain.
    I advise against experimenting on your own.


    Especially, the doctors will tell you not to smoke as that retards healing.

    Good luck with that toenail..... you'll be fine.
    And besides, any pain will be a distant memory soon enough.

    Good Luck,
    Keri
     
  4. Loves2spoon thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thank Keri, I guess I should skip the alcohol this time... lol

    Last time I went and had this done I drank half a pint of tequila, I didn't feel the needles at all! :D
     
  5. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Drinking heavily, and forgetting about the problem until the doctor show up and give you wonderful drugs is an alternative.

    So it probably helps for the addicts that need to score some drugs.
     
  6. Gelfin macrumors 68020

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    Been there, done that. You can be made not to feel a thing. No booze necessary.
     
  7. yojitani macrumors 68000

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    :confused: Why would you do that? You'll feel the needle prick your skin for a second, maybe. I always feel terrible after any anesthetic though. I can't imagine combining that feeling with alcohol. yuck!
     
  8. Loves2spoon thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I wonder if I can ask for more drugs? lmao :p

    It's not so much the needle, that doesn't really hurt. When they start pulling and cutting down in the nail bed... The feeling!!! ARRRGHHHHH ya know?
     
  9. Gelfin macrumors 68020

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    No, seriously, A few squirts of lidocaine, and he could be cutting your toe clean off and you wouldn't know it. If you feel anything, speak up and one more shot will take care of it.
     
  10. Gonzo3333 macrumors 6502a

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    Alcohol and doctors don't mix. If the doctor smells any kind of alcohol on you or thinks you may be under the influence they may not preform the procedure. You may be able to get a few good pain killers after the procedure though. Those things are way better than the alcohol. Just don't mix the pain pills and booze.:D
     
  11. leomac08 macrumors 68020

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    Vicodin............. ask your doctor about it.;):D
     
  12. Surely Guest

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    Not sure about the toe thing, but alcohol definitely helps to numb the pain while reading the iPhone forums.;)
     
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    I thought a hammer to the head was required.
     
  14. kainjow Moderator emeritus

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    I remember my ingrown toenail surgery many years ago. Ouch. Two quick needles that felt like a rubber band, then two slow needles that you felt the gradual pinch, and then it got completely numb. *snip snip*. Fun times.
     
  15. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 601

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    I watched a friend have this procedure. I almost passed out. :eek:
     
  16. ethical macrumors 68000

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    I watched myself have it.....almost passed out. Apparently I bleed a lot!
     
  17. .Andy macrumors 68030

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    Lots on YouTube last time I looked. It's a pretty cool procedure.

    Take photos for us OP. It can be the start of the Macrumors "show off you bodily injuries thread" :)!
     
  18. Heath macrumors regular

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    I've had this done many times. Stupid **#*$# toe.
    If your Dr. is any good at all you will only feel a small pinch from the injections.
    The last time I had it done I had to try hard not to laugh because it tickled too much. (Odd I know).
    No need to be worried or go drinking beforehand.
     
  19. .Andy macrumors 68030

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    Not really. Your doc really has limited control over how much a shot of local hurts. If it hurts they're not a bad doctor.

    *Unless the procedure hurts after the local anaesthetic. Then they suck.
     
  20. followme macrumors regular

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    A brief moment of intense pain, followed by no feeling whatsoever.

    Had those shots in my eyelids several times, once in my thumb, and numerous times all over the inside of my mouth. Just deal with it. Don't drug yourself beforehand.
     
  21. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    I also have nails that crack on the corners, but lucky it is on the hands.

    Just have to cut those ends shorter and check every now and then by digging into the corner with a nail file to pop up anything that I might have missed.

    Sure if it happened on feet I'd have to be a lot more flexible.

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    And one of the people I used to know, lost a big toe due to an ingrown toenail ... got infected and he didn't tell anyone until gangrene had set it. An idiot.

    Same idiot that used to kick game machines when he lost, and got a huge gash in his knee, his mom was as big an idiot as him and tried to sue the store owner for having a dangerous machine on his property.
     

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