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  • Oct
    15

    Health Problems Caused by Meth Use

    Question:
    I used meth for about 3 years. I have been clean from meth for 9 years. For the past couple years I have been diagnosed with a number of health problems. I have scoliosis, in remission of cervical cancer, irregular heart beat (beats too fast), ulcers, endometriosis, and possibly other medical conditions. I want to know if it's common for a person to have health problems after so many years of being clean from meth!

    Answer:
    Meth is a very toxic substance and prolong use can cause a wide range of problems, unfortunately cardiovascular complications, and arrhythmias are among them. Meth and other drugs of abuse weaken the immune system and take a major toll on the entire body and because everyone's different, health complications can vary from person to person.

    It's impossible to know if all of the health problems you're going through are a result of meth use but an irregular heartbeat is unfortunately one of the health complications associated with prolonged use. It's not uncommon for a person to begin experiencing health problems well after they stopped actively using meth and have been clean for an extended period of time. Unfortunately not all of the harm that's occurred within the body during active use of meth or the abuse of any substance entirely heals and returns to its original healthy state, some damage may slowly progress over time.

    Meth is a very powerful drug and the fact that you were able to stop and remain clean is something you should always be proud of. None of what you've been going through with your health has been easy, I only hope as time goes on things will get better for you. Please let us know how you're doing, you'll always be in our thoughts and prayers.

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