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

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.

Dr. Gregg Albers
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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.?

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.

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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.

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Whenever I drink alcohol my stomach feels warm. It does not hurt. Is this normal or do I have gastritis?

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.

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Whenever I drink alcohol my stomach feels warm but does not hurt. Could I have gastritis or is that normal.

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.

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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

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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.

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.

Cannot say: But, irritation of the stomach and some reflux symptoms can give pain in the area of the esophagus. Pain in the diaphram (hiatal hernia) often is felt in the arm. cannot say in your particular case.

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I have asthma which isn't so bad but whenever I drink alcohol my chest feels heavy so my? Is can asthma have something to do with this and why and how

I have asthma which isn't so bad but whenever I drink alcohol my chest feels heavy so my? Is can asthma have something to do with this and why and how

Alcohol: Alcohol affects every part of the body, from brain, to liver, heart, kidneys, blood, skin, only to mention a few. Also, alcohol interferes with your asthma medications & make it difficult to control the attacks.

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Everytime I drink alcohol within the first 10 minutes my chest starts hurting and the pain lasts for 20 min?

May be esophagus: The pattern you describe suggests more an issue with your upper stomach/swallow tube (esophagus) than anything else.Alcohol can produce a burning sensation if there are irritated surfaces in these areas. You may want to consult with your doc and see if further study and or medications are in order.

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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.

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I have chest pains and pain in my left arm and back till I drink alcohol.... Why does the drinking make me feel normal? I also feel light headed

I have chest pains and pain in my left arm and back till I drink alcohol.... Why does the drinking make me feel normal? I also feel light headed

You need evaluation: I have no idea what the pain is, or why drinking alcohol makes it better, but you need to talk to your doctor. Hypertension in a 22 year old man is distinctly abnormal, and if your doctor has not tested you for more unusual causes of hypertension (coarctation of the aorta, primary hyperaldosteronism, renal artery stenosis and others), you should be tested for these. Talk to him about drinking also.

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When I drink alcohol, one drink, my stomach starts hurting. What could that be?

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.

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Tension like pain in shoulders neck back and upper stomach when I drink alcohol. Only drink a few times a year started last year.?

Tension like pain in shoulders neck back and upper stomach when I drink alcohol. Only drink a few times a year started last year.?

Aches & Alcohol: It appears that u might have low tolerance to alcohol. Recommend workup by your family physician to rule out other physiological causes including liver profile testing.

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I have been getting horrible abdominal pains and cramp pains whenever I eat or occasionally when I drink alcohol?

I have been getting horrible abdominal pains and cramp pains whenever I eat or occasionally when I drink alcohol?

Get examined now!: Possible gastritis, pancreatitis, peptic ulcer, gallbladder disease or and combination of GI/alcohol related issues: you will need an exam, blood testing. imaging and possible endoscopy- call NOW!

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Burning sensation in my stomach/intestines when I drink alcohol?

Burning sensation in my stomach/intestines when I drink alcohol?

Best to avoid: Alcohol. You may have a sensitivity to alcohol. Allergy specialists can diagnose and treat the condition. Seek one out in your city. Also check your lab tests for liver, allergies and gastritis.

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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?

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.

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Can I drink alcohol with a damaged stomach lining?

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.

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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?

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?

Could be: 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).

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Pain in middle at top of stomach after I drink alcohol just under my breats?

Pain in middle at top of stomach after I drink alcohol just under my breats?

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.

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