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Every time I drink alcohol I get pains in my lower back I get these pains the day after I've been drinking what could be the cause of these pains?

Every time I drink alcohol I get pains in my lower back I get these pains the day after I've been drinking what could be the cause of these pains?

Seek urgent care!: Sounds quite concerning. Could be pancreatitis, kidney stones or something else in the back or abdomen. Not to mention one shouldn't be drinking alcohol when pregnant. Please seek urgent medical attention. ...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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Dull cramp pain on right flank. Ultrasound found 17mm cyst in liver fam doc said its nothing serious. I forgot to ask more questions, could the cyst be the cause of the dull pain? Can I drink alcohol?

Dull cramp pain on right flank. Ultrasound found 17mm cyst in liver fam doc said its nothing serious. I forgot to ask more questions, could the cyst be the cause of the dull pain? Can I drink alcohol?

Usually not: 17 mm cyst should not cause symptoms unless it is near a diaphragm or nerve endings. If your live function tests are okay and if you do not drink more than 2 drinks at a time and not more than 2 times a month you can. ...Read more

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Why does my lower/middle back hurt when I drink alcohol?

Why does my lower/middle back hurt when I drink alcohol?

Once sign of lymphom: Pain induced by alcohol is one sign of a lymphoma. Should be checked out. However if a behavior causes pain, is that behavior important enough to repeat? ...Read more

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Why does my back hurt when I drink alcohol?

Why does my back hurt when I drink alcohol?

Hard to say: But the fact that you have kept drinking despite the fact that your back hurts when you drink tells me that I should be concerned that you may have an alcohol problem. It could be inflammation of your pancreas, stomach, duodenum or a problem with your gallbladder. I strongly suggest STOPPING drinking until you get a diagnosis, and see your doctor for a full evaluation. ...Read more

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Everytime I drink alcohol I almost instantly get a dull lower backache, and my spine starts to pop&click constantly when moving. Lasting a day or more

Everytime I drink alcohol I almost instantly get a dull lower backache, and my spine starts to pop&click constantly when moving. Lasting a day or more

Avoid alcohol: These are uncommon effects of alcohol, however may be an adverse reaction. I do not understand how alcohol would cause joint clicking, but if you are having lower back pain it could mean you are not able to tolerate any alcohol. Unfortunately, alcohol has been linked to pancreatitis and nausea and vomiting. You should avoid it completely due to these risks and symptoms. ...Read more

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My shoulder hurt when I drink alcohol does this mean anything?

My shoulder hurt when I drink alcohol does this mean anything?

Probably: But right off the bat, I can't think of what. If a cold beverage is introduced into the stomach it could irritate the diaphragm which can then irritate the shoulder through the nerves. How much volume of alcohol causes this pain. Is it pop or back of the shoulder. There are no known connections between alcohol and shoulder pain. ...Read more

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Why does my left breast hurt when I drink alcohol?

Why does my left breast hurt when I drink alcohol?

GI reflus: It could be a cardiac reason and you should go to ER OR IT could be GI S.sx of acid reflux ...Read more

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Why do my legs hurt when I drink alcohol? Sometimes when I have a drink of alcohol, I get a severe ache in my legs that lasts about 3-6 minutes.

Why do my legs hurt when I drink alcohol? Sometimes when I have a drink of alcohol, I get a severe ache in my legs that lasts about 3-6 minutes.

No clue: Some people are very sensitive to the effects of alcohol on muscle, where it can cause inflammation of muscle cells (myositis), but this usually occurs after binges of large amounts of alcohol, not one drink. There are always idiosyncracies where people are more sensitive. Having a blood test that can show normal or elevated muscle enzymes can be ordered by your doctor, who you should talk to. ...Read more

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Why does my left side hurts when I drink alcohol?

Why does my left side hurts when I drink alcohol?

Pain: You might have acute alcoholic hepatitis. You need to see your doctor and eventually a liver expert. ...Read more

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Why do my bones hurt so much after I drink alcohol?

Why do my bones hurt so much after I drink alcohol?

How much are you: Drinking? Diffuse muscle and bone aches can be seen with severe hangover after very heavy drinking. Alcohol can cause muscle inflammation (myositis) which can feel like bone pain. Alcohol can reduce vitamin d and calcium absorption and cause an increase in bone fractures with injury. You need to consider reducing alcohol intake and seeing your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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How come every time I drink alcohol my stomach hurts?

How come every time I drink alcohol my stomach hurts?

And yet you keep: Drinking? Hmmmm, wonder what that means. Alcohol burns any mucosal surface you put it on - if you have ever put rubbing alcohol on a cut and it burns like crazy, that is what ethyl alcohol is also potentially doing to your stomach - causes esophagitis, gastritis and duodenitis and can worsen ulcers as well. It also can inflame the liver and pancreas. STOP DRINKING and see your doctor for eval. ...Read more

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Why does drinking lower my chances healthy living? I drink alcohol every day

Why does drinking lower my chances healthy living? I drink alcohol every day

Depends: It depends on how much you drink. One drink daily can be healthy. More than 4-5 drinks/day or 7-14 drinks/week [depending if you're a man or woman] can cause many different medical problems, such as issues with your heart, liver, pancreas, diabetes, obesity, blood pressure changes, depression and addiction. If you believe you're drinking too much, please see a psychiatrist for help. ...Read more

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Whenever I drink alcohol, I get crippling pains in back, chest & shoulders. I feel unable due to intensity, after 20 mins it will pass suddenly What could cause this?

Whenever I drink alcohol, I get crippling pains in back, chest & shoulders. I feel unable due to intensity, after 20 mins it will pass suddenly What could cause this?

Need more info: Some people lack an enzyme that is involved in the metabolism of alcohol and there is accumulation of aldehyde, an intermediary product, that can cause the symptoms you described. Take this in the positive light and do not drink. Alcohol is a poison and it never did any body any good.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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My head hurts when I drink alcohol, why?

Blood vessel dilated: alcohol both directly and via a metabolite causes blood vessels to dilate, particularly in skin but also in the brain. The metabolite that does this, acetaldehyde, is poorly metabolized by some people, who tend to get both skin flushing and headaches, and even dizziness and fainting from low blood pressure. This is more common in Asians and Native Americans, but can occur in others. Stop drinking. ...Read more

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Why do my ovaries hurt after I drink alcohol?

Why do my ovaries hurt after I drink alcohol?

Are you sure?: There is no physiologic explanation for ovarian pain related to consumption of alcohol. My best guess is that this related to some other source of pain (such as your bowels) that is confused with pain from your ovaries. ...Read more

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Will I hurt myself if I drink alcohol while I'm taking zoloft (sertraline)?

Will I hurt myself if I drink alcohol while I'm taking zoloft (sertraline)?

Maybe.: Every drop of alcohol is a depressant, and you are taking an antidepressant---that doesn't make sense. Also, there are isolated reports of patients having blackouts with very little alcohol. ...Read more

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When I drink alcohol nowadays my head hurts. Could I have become allergic to it?

It's not "allergy": Allergy really means activity of our immune system, and that isn't what this is. Alcohol causes headaches in MANY people, and sometimes the reaction is not only from the alcohol but other substances in the beverage, like nitrates in wines. People with migraine are often highly sensitive to these effects and may routinely get headache. Stop or cut down, talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Why does my stomach hurt so bad after I drink alcohol?

Alcoholic gastritis: Alcohol is quite an irritant to the stomach lining. It also increases acid production in the stomach. Try to refrain from any alcohol and give your stomach a rest. ...Read more

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My skin hurts when I touch it. It feels like I have sun burnt all year around. When I drink Alcohol the pain doubles.?

Enzyme deficiency: Aldehyde dehydrogenase deficiency can cause the syndrome you describe but there are many other causes. Best to be evaluated by your GP and referred if needed. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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For the past year, sometimes I have been getting pain in my rib cage both sides which radiates to my back. With drinking less, I notice it happens more after I drink alcohol.

For the past year, sometimes I have been getting pain in my rib cage both sides which radiates to my back. With drinking less, I notice it happens more after I drink alcohol.

Could be many things: But if it is getting worse after drinking, I would be concerned that it might be pancreatitis. Anything in what is called the "retroperitoneum" - very posterior organs like the pancreas, a short part of the duodenum, the kidneys - may radiate to the back. I would see your health care provider for a full evaluation, including blood work and possibly imaging of the pancreas. Stop alcohol! ...Read more

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When after back surgery can I drink alcohol?

Depends: Don't drink alcohol until your wound has healed and you are fully off of narcotics and muscle relaxants. These meds are not to be taken with alcohol. And as always....Moderation is the key. One glass of wine after a month may be okay but several drinks is usually not a good idea. Speak to your md for detailed info regarding your specific case. ...Read more

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I was prescribed Paxil (paroxetine) for anxiety. I drink alcohol 2x a week. Honestly will it hurt me if I drink on it?

I was prescribed Paxil (paroxetine) for anxiety. I drink alcohol 2x a week. Honestly will it hurt me if I drink on it?

Depends: Drinking in moderation will probably have no ill effects. Drinking heavily is rarely good for you, especially when taking prescribed medication. Discuss your drinking habits with your doctor. ...Read more

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Why is it that when I drink alcohol or café it feels like my veins from my arms and legs hurt?

Why is it that when I drink alcohol or café it feels like my veins from my arms and legs hurt?

Dilation: Both of these substance cause dilation of the veins...If your veins have unrecognised incompetence or other problems, they are already inflamd (phlebitis)...Even minor dilation of thes affected veins will cause pain tto these veins. ...Read more

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Why do I get severe back pain only when I drink alcohol?

Why do I get severe back pain only when I drink alcohol?

Wow: If your back pain is only when you drink alcohol, better cut iit out and give a chance to heal the hurt back at least for 6--8 weeks and if after that you want to drink, limit to one drink, week may be with too many drinks your body movements are too much and out of control. ...Read more

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I've had frequent uti's and whenever I drink alcohol, I notice my bladder starts to hurt for a while as it would during a uti. What's that about?

I've had frequent uti's and whenever I drink alcohol, I notice my bladder starts to hurt for a while as it would during a uti. What's that about?

Bladder irritant: Alcohol is a bladder irritant for some people so when they drink it the bladder hurts. Other bladder irritants include caffeine, acidic foods and pop. Avoid those irritants and drink more water. Taking in more water can reduce bladder infections. ...Read more

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My neck always hurts when I drink alcohol lately and then takes a week for the tenderness to go away. Why?

My neck always hurts when I drink alcohol lately and then takes a week for the tenderness to go away. Why?

Check BP & see PCP..: 24 y/o Male says, My neck always hurts when I drink alcohol lately and then takes a week for the tenderness to go away. Why? Pain is usually a warning that one's body is not very pleased with the cause of 'hurt', in this case Alcohol consumption which could be much or different brand. One should check one's Blood Pressure & see PCP to evaluate neck which could also be simple Muscle Spasm or. .. ...Read more

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Whenever I drink alcohol my neck, chest, and the area around my ribs hurt. Started noticing about 6 months ago. Never had any issues before this.?

Hard to say: Alcohol burns things - it is very destructive to tissue. If you put alcohol on a cut, you know this. It may be your are getting esophagitis, gastritis or acid peptic disease, or even pancreatic inflammation, depending on how much you are drinking and your body's sensitivity to alcohol. Your physician can help figure it out with more complete history, physical and labs. Stop alcohol use for now. ...Read more

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For almost a yr I have epigastric and ULQ pain that wraps around to my back. This worsens if I drink alcohol or eat oily foods. Is this pancreatitis?

It may well be: The fact that fatty foods increases these symptoms may indicate that the primary problem is gallstones, and both of these problems - pancreatitis and gallstones - may also be worsened by alcohol. Pancreatitis generally occurs only with higher levels of alcohol consumption. Please talk to your doctor ASAP about your alcohol use and these symptoms, and strongly consider cessation! Good luck! ...Read more

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Sir my right temple side hurts badly when I drink alcohol two beer or 2or 3 peg why? Iam 25 yrs old

Sir my right temple side hurts badly when I drink alcohol two beer or 2or 3 peg why? Iam 25 yrs old

Unusual: This is an unusual symptom secondary to alcohol intake. With what I know I would suspect it could be a sensitivity to alcohol which manifests itself by a disturbance in an energy field called yang oe in chinese medicine. Of course this is only a guess and more history and possibly an exam would help. Obviously, best to avoid alcohol or peg, whatever that is. ...Read more