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What could cause a vague aching sensation in my legs after a night of hanging out and drinking alcohol? It's mostly noticeable in my shins and calves.

What could cause a vague aching sensation in my legs after a night of hanging out and drinking alcohol? It's mostly noticeable in my shins and calves.

Vague indeed: Electrolyte imbalance (hang over), trauma not recalled, lactic acid build up for what ever reason (excessive standing, walking or even passing out with one leg pinned under the other) or spending too much time on a bar stool resulting in compression of the sciatic nerve. At age 26 you are a bit young to develop alcoholic neuropathy in the absence of any additional condition (diabetes, B vit low) ...Read more

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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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My legs hurt after drinking alcohol?

My legs hurt after drinking alcohol?

Alcohol leg: Also called alcoholic polyneuropathy. Use prophylactic measures to minimize the risk of future complications. Keep a normal fluid intake (water) and avoid excessive alcohol. ...Read more

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Why do my legs hurt frim drinking alcohol?

Why do my legs hurt frim drinking alcohol?

Varies: There are a number of possibilities. Drinking alcohol does inhibit the fluid resorption mechanism in the kidney causing people to urinate more and this potentially can cause dehydration and electrolyte shifts, both of which can affect the legs. There are many other possible causes as well. Consider being checked. ...Read more

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How can I make my leg pain go away after a night of drinking alcohol?

How can I make my leg pain go away after a night of drinking alcohol?

Reason for pain?: I think the more important question is why is your leg hurting? Drinking alcohol does not cause leg pain. Did you injure it after drinking too much? You need to figure out why the leg is hurting. ...Read more

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Why do my legs hurt after drinking alcohol the day before?

Why do my legs hurt after drinking alcohol the day before?

Dehydration: Alcohol has many consequences including dehydration. It is a diuretic and this can lead to as long as several days to get back into balance. ...Read more

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Why do my legs get numb after drinking alcohol?

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Why do my legs get numb after drinking alcohol?

Numb after booze: Means neurologic damages which can be non-reversible from alcohol abuse. You know long ago that you must stop but not want to stop? ...Read more

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Why do my feet and legs hurt morning after drinking alcohol?

Why do my feet and legs hurt morning after drinking alcohol?

Gout: Drinking alcohol increases the incidence of gout flare ups which causes severe foot pain. You can confirm the diagnosis of gout by having your serum uric level checked. If elevated, gout has been confirmed and you may benefit from medicines that lower uric acid levels. Either way, you should avoid excessive alcohol consumption. ...Read more

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Been drinking alcohol every day for 3 months, suddenly Have a lot of bruises on my legs anything to Worry about? Suffer from Health anxiety

Been drinking alcohol every day for 3 months, suddenly Have a lot of bruises on my legs anything to Worry about? Suffer from Health anxiety

Maybe a concern: Alcohol is toxic to many body systems, but perhaps the most sensitive to alcohol is the liver. Platlets necessary for clotting, may be decreased in heavy alcohol consumption, leading to brusing or abnormal bleeding. ...Read more

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I fractured my ankle 8 days ago and will be on honeymoon on Monday for 10 days. Will drinking alcohol affect the swelling negatively"?

I fractured my ankle 8 days ago and will be on honeymoon on Monday for 10 days. Will drinking alcohol affect the swelling negatively"?

It should not: Drinking alcohol in moderation should have no impact on the swelling in your ankle. However, use of Tylenol / acetaminophen and drinking alcohol together increases risk of liver damage (ibuprofen would be ok). Enjoy your honeymoon, and congratulations!! ...Read more

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Will drinking alcohol cause cirrhosis?

Will drinking alcohol cause cirrhosis?

Yes: It use to be leading cause but hepatitis c is currently is the leading cause of cirrhosis in the us. ...Read more

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Could drinking alcohol cause tonsillitis?

Yes: Alcohol concentration could irritate tissue directly, alcohol could depressed you immune system enhancing infection. ...Read more

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Can drinking alcohol cause a heavier period?

Thinning blood: Alcohol can thin the blood and could theoretically cause a heavier period and increased blood loss. ...Read more

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Can drinking alcohol cause excessive tiredness?

Can drinking alcohol cause excessive tiredness?

Of course: Alcohol is a toxin, and, particularly in excess over a prolonged period of time, can cause damage to multiple organs and processes. If this describes you, discuss it with your doctor at your next visit. ...Read more

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Does drinking alcohol cause an increase in weight gain?

Depends: Alcohol has a carbohydrate effect & stimulates Insulin release which depresses blood sugar and stimulates hunger. Insulin release also turns off breakdown of fat as a backup energy source in the body. Over time this can lead to increased intake, quick deposition of energy as fat stores and eventual weight gain. The skinny alcoholic exists because they seldom spend money on food. ...Read more

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