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Shoulder pain when drinking alcohol ?

Shoulder pain when drinking alcohol ?

How much alcohol?: If you have been getting this symptom for a while, and continue to drink despite having recurrent shoulder pain every time you drink, I am concerned that you have an alcohol problem. Shoulder pain can be referred from the diaphagm and the organs near it - like the liver. If you are getting alcoholic hepatitis - inflammation of the liver from drinking- that is dangerous. Stop drinking, see doctor. ...Read more

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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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Severe shoulder pain with alcohol consumption? I always get severe shoulder pain after drinking alcohol.. What could it be?

Severe shoulder pain with alcohol consumption? I always get severe shoulder pain after drinking alcohol.. What could it be?

An alcohol problem?: No clue, but go get your shoulder and liver checked by a doctor and don't drink alcohol until then! pain of hepatic/ intraabdominal origin can sometimes cause pain referred to the right shoulder...... ...Read more

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Sometimes when I drink alcohol I experience neck and shoulder pain after the first 1-2 drinks. It typically subsides quickly. What is this?

Sometimes when I drink alcohol I experience neck and shoulder pain after the first 1-2 drinks. It typically subsides quickly. What is this?

Referred pain: It seems that this type of pain is produced by one of the abdominal viscera, such as stomach, duodenum, gallbladder etc.Alcohol can stimulate those organs producing what is called radiating or referred pain. ...Read more

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Is drinking alcohol a bad idea when I have a separated shoulder?

Is drinking alcohol a bad idea when I have a separated shoulder?

Yes: Drinking alcohol at any time during an injury or take the pain away from an injury is not a good idea. A separated shoulder is something that can be taken care of. Stop the drinking and go see an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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What can pain in the neck and shoulder when drinking alcohol be related too?

What can pain in the neck and shoulder when drinking alcohol be related too?

EtOH and Neck Pain: One theory is you might be experiencing glutamate excite toxicity, a neurological effect due to excessive sugars. There are other reports that connect a kind of lymphoma - hodgkin's disease - with pain elicited by alcohol. While the most likely cause of your symptoms is benign, you might want to discuss these concerns with your doctor and, perhaps undergo some simple, tests to be on the safe side. ...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 took a Vicodin for shoulder pain 24hrs after a night of heavy drinking. Should I be concerned?

I took a Vicodin for shoulder pain 24hrs after a night of heavy drinking. Should I be concerned?

Not a good idea: This is not a good idea but a single vicodin will probably not do any harm. Heavy drinking is always a concern. Please seek help to stop that pattern before it causes severe harm to your body. ...Read more

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I keep having sharp right shoulder pain every time i eat and drink?

I keep having sharp right shoulder pain every time i eat and drink?

Shoulder pain: It is conceivable that this is due, in some fashion, to irritation of the diaphragm with radiation to the right shoulder. Although this would usually occur in the left shoulder there may be something wrong in the upper gastrointestinal tract that is producing an irritant effect on the diaphragm. See a family practitioner or a general internist to begin a full assessment. ...Read more

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I get severe neck and left shoulder pain when I drink and eat. It started happening about a month ago. Any suggestions?

I get severe neck and left shoulder pain when I drink and eat. It started happening about a month ago. Any suggestions?

Referred pain: I suspect referred pain from the neck but other causes could be involved like esophageal involvement, or referred from gall bladder. Your physician can clarify this and have you get the appropriate evaluation ...Read more

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I have severe left shoulder pain, above my shoulder blade.. Pain is worse when i breath it hurts my heart. Pain gets bad when i eat or drink?

Need evaluation : This could be chest wall muscle pain, pain from inside the chest sometimes call pleurisy, pain from your heart, sometimes call pericarditis, or some other reason. You need to see your physician to get this evaluated. ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
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Shoulder Pain (Definition)

Shoulder pain is multifactorial. It can be from bone issues -- like arthritis. It can be from muscle tendon issues -- like a torn rotator cuff, or when a tendon is inflammed. It can also be from nerve issues -- like a bulging disk in your spine. Each diagnosis ...Read more