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Why Does My 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
No clue: Many people flush with alcohol, particularly people of asian background, including native americans. However, that flushing involves the whole face, and I do not know why you would only have the left side of your face involved. Flushing is a sign you are creating more of the toxic alcohol metabolite acetaldehyde, and is a clue for you to reduce your consumption. ...Read more
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?
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
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
I have a dull pain on my left side. Feels deep inside abdomen I find its worst if I drink alcohol or protein drinks. Should I be concerned?
Gastritis/stomach irritation due to acid prduction when you drink alcohol or protein drinks.
I won't be concerned much.
Right upper abdominal pain could be from liver or gallbladder problems.
But if it's persistent and getting worse, go see your dr to rule out intestinal, splenic problems (less likely). ...Read more
When I drink alcohol the whole left side of my chest hurst and also my arm aches real bad. It just started happening within the last few months.
Whenever I drink alcohol my stomach feels warm. It does not hurt. Is this normal or do I have gastritis?
That's a message!: If you pour alcohol over a cut on your skin, it burns, right? No surprise that if your stomach is inflamed, then pouring alcohol into it will make it burn too. This may be a wonderful time to curtail consumption. Sounds like an appropriate time as well to get medically evaluated. ...Read more
Whenever I drink alcohol my stomach feels warm but does not hurt. Could I have gastritis or is that normal.
Unsure what you mean: By "feeling warm." The lining of the stomach has pain receptors but not receptors for temperature, Gastritis generally causes pain and heartburn, as well as nausea and vomiting. You list yourself as a social drinker, averaging 1 or less per day, but if you are drinking all 7 drinks at one time, it certainly could cause some irritation in your stomach. Cut back to 2-3 at one time. Try antacids. ...Read more
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