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Why Does My Right Side Hurt When I Drink Alcohol
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
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
Several possibilites: Your body objects to processing alcohol. Pain is meant to tell us something is amiss. This could be expressed as referred pain from your stomach, liver and/or kidneys. Worth a visit to your doc to get lab work (liver function), physical exam and discuss any other symptoms going on. More diagnostic info is needed to be able to comment in any more detail. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Risk of arthritis!: Soda consumption is associated with increased risk of diabetes & heart disease, but a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (7/2014) found that sugary sodas when consumed regularly can increase by 63% the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. More likely than not however your situational back pain reflects referred discomfort from a distended gut due to the fizz in soda. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Quit drinking!!: I think your lt arm is telling you to quit drinking. There is no medical reason, that i can think off, to explain this phenomenon. But heed your good left arm, and quit before other parts of your body start rebelling against you as well. Good luck. ...Read more
Cough: You can strain the muscles, between your ribs with intense coughing. Try an anti-inflammatory for the discomfort. It usually gets better with time. Rarely, however, rib fractures can be seen, but the pain would be considerable. ...Read more
I drank unsweetened tea this afternoon and now my right side hurts. Especially when I push lightly on it. Why does my side hurt?
Tea: It is unlikely that the tea caused your abdominal discomfort. Right sided abdominal discomfort with associated tenderness can be due to gaseous distension, inflammation of appendix,gall bladder or right ovarian problems. More information is needed, but have your physician examine you if these symptoms persist. ...Read more
Some people react: To the carbonation in soda weird ways, including bloating and swelling. However, i would recommend getting your kidneys checked. If you are having any issues with your kidneys, then drinking soda can aggravate these issues. I recommend you seeing your doc to have your kidneys checked. ...Read more
Hard to know, but...: The GI tract has a very limited # of symptoms to signal its distress--nausea/vomiting, diarrhea/constipation, bloating, pain, fullness, bleeding, etc. Many of these characterize IBS, but are also seen with inflammatory, infectious, ischemic, malabsorptive, and functional disorders. Directed lab work, imaging, biopsies, stool studies are appropriate in excluding peptic & other non-IBS pathology. ...Read more
Alcohol metabolism: Some people, especially asians, have lower concentrations of the liver enzyme which detoxifies and breaks down ethanol when they drink, known as alcohol dehydrogenase. As a result, they may experience facial flushing after drinking, which others might not. I am not sure why you have discomfort in your side, but if it is over the lower right side of the rib cage, it may pertain to the liver. ...Read more
Why does my chest hurt when i eat or drink anything? Whenever i eat my chest hurts really bad & when i drink water it hurts too!
Possibly reflux: You may be experiencing signs and symptoms of reflux esophagitis. This is when gastric acid and stomach contents are being pushed up into the esophagus. This can cause damage to the esophagus causing significant pain. Try over-the-counter acid suppressants like Prilosec otc to see if it improves. If no improvement, go see your doctor. You will need to have an endoscopy. ...Read more
It may mean that: you are developing alcohol-induced nerve damage or neuropathy, which can become permanent if the nerves continue to be damaged. I would see your doctor immediately for evaluation. This is usually associated with alcoholic levels of drinking, and you will almost certainly need professional help to stop drinking safely. Please get help - talk to your doctor or a mental health professional. ...Read more
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