April 14th, 2006

Treize glasses lol
  • neev

Opium withdrawal symptoms

This is a really weird, minor question, but I couldn't find an answer in google, so I've come to you fine ladies and gentlemen...

I've got a character who was an opium addict at one point and was accidentally forced to quit when his supply was cut off. He spent about a week holed up in a seedy inn (this is a fantasy universe, FYI), going through withdrawal and thinking he was gonna die. All well and good, withdrawal symptoms are easy to find online. HOWEVER, I have a friend who was on heavy opiates for pain when he was younger and he mentioned that when he was going through withdrawal that one of the big things was that his whole body itched like hell. That was a detail that I wanted to include in the story, but when I looked it up online, itching wasn't listed as a withdrawal symptom for opium itself.

So, my question then: is itching a common symptom for opium withdrawal itself, or was that just something that my friend had?

And I suppose, while I'm at it, anyone else been on opium/opiates and have any first-hand info that could be useful to making my poor boy's withdrawal seem more realistic?
Captain Marvel

Dragon chow?

Other than virgins, what were dragons of myth and legend known to eat?

For the purpose of the story it doesn't matter what country the myth or legend comes from, just that it is a myth or legend as opposed to something out of MacCaffrey.


Surgical Techniques

I'm writing a novel featuring a German Doctor working in the Wild West in 1890.

At one point in the book, he is required to treat a teenage boy with deep lacerations to his back.

What I need to know is whether there was any kind of local anaesthetic then (because Google just mentions Ether and Chloroform as forms of general anaesthetic), what instruments would be used and how they would be sterilised, and how the wound would be cleaned and stitched up?

At the same time, this is qualified by the fact that the Doctor is out on the frontier, with limited equipment and medicines, so conditions are unfortunately not textbook.

I've tried Googling, but this one's really got me beaten! Any suggestions? Thanks.
buffy: bff

Medieval Miscarriages

I'm writing a story based in the medieval-y-ish times, and in the story, the leading lady is pregnant. She wants the baby, but her father doesn't want her to have it, so he makes some guards "beat the baby out of her." I don't know much about miscarriages, and Google really isn't helping as far as I can tell, but if some strong men beat a pregnant woman to the point to cause a miscarriage, would the effects be immediate?

Generally, any information on "forced miscarriages" would be helpful, seeing as how mostly all I know is there's a lot of blood. But, what I'd really like to know is if it would happen immediately, or (like a friend told me she "thinks" happens) the effects are delayed, happening maybe a few days or a week after the attack.

Haemophilia, circa approximately 1916

I take so much from this community and am too clueless to ever give anything back. :D

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Sorry if that was incomprehensible (I just can't help my rambling.) I can try to provide a translation if you want. :D I get the feeling that this was actually really obvious and probably on the first page of Google - you can cyber-kick me if that is so.

Thankyou! *loves*

Edit: Oh, you guys are awesome. I love you. All of you. Yes, even you. :D Great information - I'm wondering whether to keep him haemophiliac or change it to another less deadly disorder now, but if I don't change it you've given me tons of information to work with. *overcome with joy* Thankyou so much!
Drink Me

Natural Tolerances for Alcohol

What factors would cause a person to have a naturally high tolerance for alcohol? Is it plausible for a person who has never drunk more than a glass of wine in a single sitting to be able to keep up with people who normally drink a lot of alcohol?

I have a character in my head who is insisting that she could keep pace with some friends of hers who drink heavily most nights.

So I wrote this scene in which she attempts this. She actually managed to drink more than anyone expected her to be able to. Of course, she got completely plastered (for the first time in her life), but she did not get sick, nor did she pass out, and—despite the large betting pool with odds to the contrary—she was not late for class the next morning. Yes, she showed up to class in her nightgown with her teddy bear tucked under her arm, but that's neither here nor there.

Would a natural tolerance for alcohol account for this, and if so, what factors would cause such a natural tolerance?

Also, why don't ducks wear pants, even in Disney animation? Poor Donald.
RL Mojjy


Just a quick question.

Would it be possible for a beserker soilder with enhanced strengh to break someone's arm in a rage while they themselves have three broken ribs, a fractured right shoulder (the character is left handed) and other injuries normally sustained from being beaten up?