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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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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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Best way to treat severe back, head and neck pain after drinking alcohol?

Best way to treat severe back, head and neck pain after drinking alcohol?

Abstain: Sorry, but the clear answer to this question is simple. Don't drink in excess. Better yet, don't drink alcohol. The health benefits are minimal, and the risks go far beyond head, neck, and back pain. Just like mom used to say, "if it hurts when you do that, then don't do that.". ...Read more

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I keep getting a very sore back of my neck about a day after drinking alcohol, is this normal?

I keep getting a very sore back of my neck about a day after drinking alcohol, is this normal?

Interesting, No: "Is that normal": No. But, what is the mechanism? Not clear. Both sides, back of neck? Any other muscle involvement? If both sides and no other symptoms then maybe stress issues associated with drinking. Do you get migraine or tension headaches? If one side then maybe something to do with how you sleep. If other symptoms then possibilities expand. ...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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What causes occasional tightness in chest, neck and jaw after drinking alcohol?

What causes occasional tightness in chest, neck and jaw after drinking alcohol?

Always think the: Worst case scenario. The signs and symptoms you described come from heart condition until proven otherwise . You need to see your doc and get the necessary test to rule our any cardiac condition .Good luck. ...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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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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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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What are the consequences of drinking alcohol after taking allergy medicine?

Depends: It is not advisable to drink if taking sedating antihistamines, but it should be all right with prescription nasal sprays. A few drinks with non-sedating antihistamines is generally tolerated. ...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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Can drinking alcohol to excess lower sperm count? Smoking & drugs too?

Can drinking alcohol to excess lower sperm count? Smoking & drugs too?

Yes to all three: Moderate to heavy alcohol drinking, smoking or chewing tobacco, and drugs including marijuana and opiates, both illegal and prescription painkillers, can all reduce sperm numbers and/or quality. ...Read more

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Day b4 yestrday i checked n found dat my sgot & sgpt r 67 & 97, i stopped drinking alcohol frm dat very day. Ll it b ok or do I need to take medicine?

Day b4 yestrday i checked n found dat my sgot & sgpt r 67 & 97, i stopped drinking alcohol frm dat very day. Ll it b ok or do I need to take medicine?

You need to recheck: In order to find out, you need to recheck the transaminases. There is no specific medicine for elevated transaminases, but treating the underlying cause (such as drinking). ...Read more

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Does drinking on anti-depressants lead to less inhibitions and blackouts than just drinking alcohol when not on medicine?

Does drinking on anti-depressants lead to less inhibitions and blackouts than just drinking alcohol when not on medicine?

More risky: Alcohol can have serious interactions with antidepressants because of combined effects on your central nervous system. Always check with your doctor before consuming alcohol while taking an antidepressant. If you're having blackouts, see your pcp without delay to be checked. Be safe! ...Read more

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How long do I have to wait after drinking alcohol to take flu medicine?

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How long do I have to wait after drinking alcohol to take flu medicine?

Alcohol & Medication: Depending on amount of alcohol consumed & what type of medications. Usually, moderate consumption of alcohol when taken within 1-2 hours of sedating or blood pressure lowering type of medications can add to sedation & is not advised. Also there is additive effect on stomach & liver. ...Read more

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Take geodon (ziprasidone) at night, wellbutrin, propanolol in the morning. Cansmoking pot or drinking alcohol harm me? I can't seem to find info on drug interactions

Take geodon (ziprasidone) at night, wellbutrin, propanolol in the morning. Cansmoking pot or drinking alcohol harm me? I can't seem to find info on drug interactions

Yes, can harm you: Yes, adding pot and alcohol to geodon, (ziprasidone) wellbutrin, and propanolol can harm you. The result can be a lot of sedation -- not to mention destabilizing mood and potentially driving psychosis. Discuss this with your own physician. Check it out with your pharmacist also. ...Read more

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I've been prescribed medicine for life because of thyroid(not enough hormones)Medicine is L-Tiroksin.Can i drink alcohol? What should i stay away from

I've been prescribed medicine for life because of thyroid(not enough hormones)Medicine is L-Tiroksin.Can i drink alcohol? What should i stay away from

No problem: You are taking thyroid hormone. As long as you maintain a normal thyroid level, you should have no restrictions in what you can do or drink. Alcohol is okay. The only thing to remember is to take the medication by itself, on an empty stomach, and wait at least 40 minutes before eating. ...Read more

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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more