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Why might I feel pain in my lymph nodes when I drink alcohol? The pain is in the collarbone, shoulder and sometimes neck. CBCs are normal.

Why might I feel pain in my lymph nodes when I drink alcohol? The pain is in the collarbone, shoulder and sometimes neck. CBCs are normal.

That's a new one!: That is an unusual symptom. 'Course, I've only been a doc for 30 years, and have a lot to learn still! Maybe another doc on this forum is familiar with this. It does depend on where the pain is. How do you know that the pain is in your lymph nodes? Do all types of alcohol do this? Give a few more details, and we'll have a better understanding of what's going on and can maybe give better info ...Read more

Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more


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Is pain in lymph nodes (of neck) after drinking alcohol a strong sign of hodgkin's? No major sweats/weight loss but regular fatigue /few small swellig

Is pain in lymph nodes (of neck) after drinking alcohol a strong sign of hodgkin's? No major sweats/weight loss but regular fatigue /few small swellig

See your doctor: Fatigue, lymph node enlargement and associated pain after drinking alcohol warrant further investigation . Other symptoms like fever , weight loss or night sweats are called b-symptoms and they don't necessarily have to be present. Another classic sign of hidgkin's lymphoma is itchy skin after consuming alcohol. Please dont wait and see a doctor. ...Read more

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Lymph nodes hurt after drinking alcohol means you have cancer?

Lymph nodes hurt after drinking alcohol means you have cancer?

Hodgkin lymphoma: Lymph node pain from alcohol is a "classic" (but uncommon) symptom in hodgkin's lymphoma. It doesn't prove that any cancer or lymphoma is present, but is worthy of a physician history and physical examination to start. ...Read more

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Why do people get swollen lymph nodes after drinking alcohol?

No relationship: Drinking alcohol can cause a lot of different problems but swelling of the lymph nodes is not related to alcohol use. You have to ask your doctor to find another cause for the enlarged nodes, if they are really a problem, . ...Read more

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Should i be worried if I have swollen lymph nodes cysts and nodules all in the neck with other symptoms, like pain in the neck when drinking alcohol?

Should i be worried if I have swollen lymph nodes cysts and nodules all in the neck with other symptoms, like pain in the neck when drinking alcohol?

Get checked out: Although the scenario you describe could very well be something benign like mononucleosis or some other viral infection, you could be describing symptoms of malignant lymphoma or hodkins disease. You should have a medical check-up, as soon as possible, which should include a good exam (attention to your lymph nodes and spleen) and a some blood tests. Good luck. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph for ~10 yrs. dr's told me are ok unless pain/growth. Used to get severe shoulder/neck pain after drinking alcohol ~5yrs ago. Related?

Swollen lymph for ~10 yrs. dr's told me are ok unless pain/growth. Used to get severe shoulder/neck pain after drinking alcohol ~5yrs ago. Related?

Not likely: Probably not. If your lymph nodes have been the same size for 10 years likely there is nothing wrong with them. I can't explain why you got shoulder and neck pain with drinking alcohol--I am stumped with that one! ...Read more

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I have had swollen lymph nodes in neck/groin for over three months now. Also, day after drinking alcohol I have painful swelling in neck. Why?

I have had swollen lymph nodes in neck/groin for over three months now. Also, day after drinking alcohol I have painful swelling in neck. Why?

Need further eval: Any persistent swollen gland(s) should be evaluated further. Painful nodes after drinking alcohol is not a common feature of lymphoma- it usually points to other things; but it has been described in Hodgkins Disease. Although most likely due to something else, Hodgkins is seen in Your age group. Please get checked out. ...Read more

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Intermittent throat irritation and lymph node swelling, throat tightness after drinking alcohol. Doc suggested allergies, but Claritin (loratadine) is ineffective?

Intermittent throat irritation and lymph node swelling, throat tightness after drinking alcohol. Doc suggested allergies, but Claritin (loratadine) is ineffective?

ENT consult advised: Your symptoms could be allergic in nature, but due to the persistence of the symptoms, further evaluation is indicated. An ENT evaluation is recommended. While waiting for your appt., recommend trial of Zyrtec (cetirizine) at night and stopping alcohol products. If you smoke, stop now. ...Read more

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Any drugs can reduce drinking alcohol ?

Any drugs can reduce drinking alcohol ?

Alcohol: There are no currently available drugs to reduce alcohol consumption. The only drug in the past used to control alcohol use was "Antabuse". This must only be used under careful medical supervision because of its SERIOUS side effects. The best drug to reduce alcohol use is self control. Barring this try good psychotherapy and or AA. ...Read more

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Effects of drinking alcohol on the body fat?

Effects of drinking alcohol on the body fat?

Empty calories : Alcohol, which is basically sugar, gets converted to fat when not burned by the body for the activities of daily living. It is "empty" calories since sugar has no nutritive value. We all need a balanced diet and adequate vitamins to maintain optimum health. ...Read more

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Occasional pain after drinking alcohol, what to do?

Occasional pain after drinking alcohol, what to do?

Prey tell, where?: Where in your entire athletic body do you feel it. This Pain? Head, Neck ,Chest ,Abdomen, Testicles, legs and feet or, one arm along with its hand ...Read more

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Does drinking alcohol easily make misscairages happen ?

Alcohol & Pregnancy: Nope. But it surely can lead to damage to the development and brain of the fetus growing inside the pregnant female who is drinking alcohol while pregnant. ...Read more

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What are the health effects of drinking alcohol every day?

What are the health effects of drinking alcohol every day?

In Limited Quanity: Red wine is known for its beneficial effects on heart and vascular functioning. A 4 ounce glass a day is quite adequate to achieve this goal. There are calming effects of alcohol in general in small amounts, but more larger amounts and frequency can be deadly. ...Read more

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Do your organs heal once you have stopped drinking alcohol?

Do your organs heal once you have stopped drinking alcohol?

Mostly: Much of the damage that alcohol does is reversible. Staying sober is the hard part - get support from aa and a treatment program. Cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver does not reverse but many other alcohol induced conditions do. Ask a professional about your particular situation. ...Read more

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Is there a pill i can take to keep me from drinking alcohol?

No: There is a pill you could take to discourage drinking alcohol. Antabuse (disulfiram) causes people to become sick when they drink alcohol and over time people often avoid alcohol to avoid getting sick (or they just stop taking the pill). Revia (naltrexone) may help reduce the tendency to drink excessively by blocking the opiate response that for some people is coupled with their alcohol intake. ...Read more

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What exactly does drinking alcohol do to someone on medications?

Alcohol and Medicati: The answer really depends on the other medications. If the other medication(s) are central nervous system depressants, mixing with alcohol can be dangerous or even deadly. Some medications can have an additive liver toxicity when mixed with alcohol. Just to be on the safe side, avoid mixing medications with alcohol. ...Read more