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Why Does My Stomach 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
Why does my stomach hurt for days after I consume alcohol? I seem to vomit and have stomach pain even after a few shots, and I don't drink often
I understand your distress.
Commend yourself for not drinking often.
Stomach and vomiting are likely due to Alcohol induced Gastritis or Pancreatitis.
Your Health is Precious!
See Gastroenterologist for Diagnosis and Treatment.
See Psychiatrist for therapy for stresses in life, use of Alcohol and its effects.
Attend AA meetings. ...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
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
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. Significant consumption may affect digestion in lots of ways. This is a wonderful time to curtail consumption. Please do yourself the favor & at least cut way back, in addition to getting appropriately evaluated and treated. ...Read more
Gastritis: This sounds like gastritis, a general term for stomach irritation. Gastritis may occur without a more definitive diagnosis, or may represent underlying issues e.g. Ulcers, which can be dangerous. The general rule "if it hurts, don't do it" applies here- people with gastritis should avoid alcohol and other identified triggers, and seek help if symptoms persist or worsen. ...Read more
Sure...but why?: Alcohol hurts when you pour it on a cut on your skin, right? It will do the same thing to your stomach if the lining is damaged. Why would you not wait a little longer for your stomach to heal before pouring in something like alcohol? For now, enjoy a healthy glass of water when out with your friends--they & we don't want to see you hurt. ...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
Tension like pain in shoulders neck back and upper stomach when I drink alcohol. Only drink a few times a year started last year.?
I have been getting horrible abdominal pains and cramp pains whenever I eat or occasionally when I drink alcohol?
Can I drink alcohol while taking Prednisone 5 mg? I don't take any other Rx meds and it's a 6 day Rx for Prednisone, started today. No stomach issues.
Not everytime but most occasions when I drink alcohol I get a pain in my stomach, I can't really describe the pain, it' makes it feel better when I sit on my all fours, and also the pain goes when I have a poo and a drink a glass of water what is this?
I recently started getting a burning sensation in my stomach whenever I drink alcohol. Sometimes mild pain radiates to my sides. Any idea what it is?
Around four nights ago I got drunk for the first time by drinking four different types of alcohol. The last couple of days I've been having a really bad stomach ache just in the morning when I wake up. I would then proceed to dry heave because I feel real
I have a stomach ulcer and I like to drink. Is there a medication that can coat my stomach before I drink alcohol?
You seriously need: Help. Do you want to die? What you are proposing is crazy (and this is coming from a shrink). Please get help. Alcoholics anonymous is free, confidential and a great source of support. At this point, would also encourage you to let your gastroenterologist know what you are doing. An addiction medicine specialist is also very important. ...Read more
I have been feeling sick for a week and a half. Upset stomach and exhaustion. When I drink alcohol my face turns red but this never happens usually?
Alcohol inflammation: This is is concerning and may be indicative of inflammation of your pancreas and perhaps your liver. This in turn leads to decrease activity of alcohol dehydrogenase and thus a build up of acetal aldehyde. Skin flushing, nausea, etc. hydration, magnesium, thiamine, abstinence, more hydration, and see a doctor. ...Read more
I'm 22have Gastronitis/Gerd. Whenever I drink alcohol or even sip a small amount I get the worst jitters with some stomach pain. What may be the cause?
I understand your discomfort.
Alcohol is one of the major triggers for Gastritis.
It is likely that Alcohol use in the past contributed to or exacerbated stomach pain
Alcohol can aggravate GERD.
See Gastroenterologist for Diagnosis of Gastritis and GERD ;Treatment.
See Psychiatrist for Therapy to cope with the stresses in life, use of Alcohol and its effects on your functioning; attend AA Meetings ...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
Why does alcohol burn when it goes down my throt. And why does my stomach hurt after a little wine.
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'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
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