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Old 01-30-2015, 03:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Alcohol and arthritis?


I have osteo arthritis in my knees and lower legs, and have been finding it increasingly hard to walk very far It might be my imagination, but since my last drink 5 days ago, the pain seems to have eased a bit ! Has anyone else experienced this? X
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Old 01-30-2015, 03:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know if there is any connection but I can say that alcohol seemed to be an inflammatory agent for me.
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Old 02-16-2015, 09:48 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Oh wow. Me too. I've read up a bit about it, and it seems like alcohol can indeed be an inflammatory agent. I may be living proof.
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Old 03-08-2015, 11:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have some arthritis in my right knee and left thumb joint, and for me a small amount of alcohol (2-3 drinks) helped to reduce the pain.. which is what I was drinking the last year or two. So when I quit entirely my arthritis worsened somewhat. But moving to the tropics really helped. It's virtually gone now.
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Old 03-08-2015, 11:13 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I am no doctor but I would say it is no coincidence. Alcohol causes lots of inflammation.

I have a form of arthritis in my cervical spine and it is very uncomfortable. The day after drinking accompanied with a hangover and it is at its worst.

A few days without any alcohol and it feels much better!
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Old 05-17-2015, 03:15 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Alcohol definitely exasperated my joint pain. My brain tried to tell me otherwise but now I know. I now use natural pain relievers and massage to help lessen some of the pain.
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Old 05-16-2016, 04:42 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have arthritis in my back and alcohol eased it. Unfortunately, I became a severe alcoholic. I'm recovered now and work closely with my general practitioner who prescribes pain meds for my pain. I've not returned to alcohol and I'm relieved this is working for me and that I have a good doctor to help me. I take my meds exactly as prescribed and it doesn't give me alcohol cravings, thank goodness.

That's just my experience. I wish everyone well. xo
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Hi RainyDay

I thought alcohol helped manage my join pain, but like others have said alcohol seems to inflame things - I think it actually made it worse over time.

I'm glad you're not using alcohol anymore

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Old 11-21-2018, 02:22 PM   #9 (permalink)
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For me it seems my pain has been worse. 😫
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you mean worse sober hopeforme?
Are you seeing a doctor about your arthritis?

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Old 11-21-2018, 09:11 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Yes worse pain since being sober. It could be coincidence or maybe a flare up for me but my arthritis and fibro pain has gotten worse in the last three weeks.

I also used to drink to manage the pain so I donít have that to use anymore.

Have a few drinks no more pain have a few more feel even better...except for all the other crap that comes with it....Like doing and saying such stupid hurtful things, blacking out, driving, gambling, puking all night, awake at 2am til 6am, room spins, head banging hangovers, disappointment and hurt in my kids/husbands eyes, not to mention what drinking was doing to my health.
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I think a lot of us self medicated with alcohol - when the alcohol stops, the pain thats been there all along is no longer masked?

the downside of that 'a little drink = no more pain' is that you're probably doing yourself more damage & pain in the long run.

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Does Alcohol Affect Arthritis?
...does alcohol affect arthritis? Are there links between alcohol and arthritis? In short, yes. There’s one type of arthritis, which is gout, that can be directly related to alcohol. Gout is a condition where a buildup of something called uric acid happens in your hands or feet, and it’s incredibly painful. It can be temporary, or it can come back over and over again. Doctors believe that alcohol and arthritis, at least in this situation are related because beer and liquor increase the risk of developing gout. Gout is triggered by food and drink that has something called purine, and the amount of purine in alcohol is high. Aside from gout, when it comes to being a causal factor, alcohol and arthritis might have another relationship to one another. There is some research showing that drinking in moderation, which is essentially a glass of wine or a beer daily, may help reduce the risk of developing certain arthritic conditions, but again, moderation is the key word here. There are some other things to know about alcohol and arthritis:
Alcohol and arthritis can be problematic in combination with one another because alcohol is a diuretic. This means your body loses water as you drink, and it can lead to problems with ligaments and tissue. Your joints require fluids to move smoothly, so if you are dehydrated you may feel the results in your joints, and it can make the symptoms of arthritis more noticeable or worse.
In terms of alcohol and rheumatoid arthritis, there has been research showing that people who have at least one drink three times or more a week are four times less likely to have RA than nondrinkers, but with more than that, you may be putting yourself at risk for other conditions and diseases.
While alcohol in moderation isn’t inherently bad, when discussing alcohol and arthritis you have to think about medications you may be taking to treat the condition. If someone takes disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), they’re advised not to drink alcohol because of the increased risk of liver toxicity and the fact that around 1 in 1,000 patients taking these drugs develops liver cirrhosis.
It’s not just prescription drugs and drugs used specifically to treat arthritis that may cause problems with the combination of alcohol and arthritis. If you take over-the-counter NSAIDs like Aleve or Motrin, and you drink alcohol you may be at a higher risk of ulcers and bleeding There are similar risks if you take acetaminophen to treat the pain of arthritis.
For some types of arthritis, alcohol is called a trigger food, which could be because of the dehydration aspect, but it could also be because alcohol may cause more inflammation, which can make symptoms of arthritis worse. So, what’s the consensus with alcohol and arthritis, and does alcohol affect arthritis? The only type of arthritis that seems to be potentially caused by alcohol is gout, and having alcohol in moderation may actually lower your risk of developing some types of arthritis. At the same time, if you already have arthritis it’s important that you watch your drinking because symptoms of drinking, such as dehydration, can make arthritis feel worse. Also relevant with alcohol and arthritis is the fact that you should check with your doctor about any medicines you may be taking, which could be dangerous when mixed with alcohol.

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I dunno about anyone else but drinking in moderation is like the Easter Bunny to me, so I just put those parts of the article right out of my mind.

The way I drank I was definitely doing harm.

If you need help with arthritis & Fibro pain Hope, maybe its time to see a Dr?

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Severe RA in my hands and feet. Beer and wine relaxed me and eased the pain. Problem is that I felt so good I could not stop.
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Candie et al,

I agree that while drunk I felt 0 pain. I could even have a cold and for a few hours, at most, I felt amazing.

But, when the euphoria diminished, any pains etc came back even worse. Additionally, since I used to grapple and then drink, the recovery from sport training seemed to take twice as long. My body was under a double whammy.

The trick w booze is that the initial euporia hooked me. Additionally, for several decades, the recovery pain/brain damage was not severe enough to override the now heavy addiction.

That is why I really feel for folks that have to quit earlier because of domestic issues etc. It has to be so much harder when there is no real kindling, PAWS, or ptsd reminding of what is waiting w a relapse.

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I think a lot of us self medicated with alcohol - when the alcohol stops, the pain thats been there all along is no longer masked?

the downside of that 'a little drink = no more pain' is that you're probably doing yourself more damage & pain in the long run.



I dunno about anyone else but drinking in moderation is like the Easter Bunny to me, so I just put those parts of the article right out of my mind.

The way I drank I was definitely doing harm.

If you need help with arthritis & Fibro pain Hope, maybe its time to see a Dr?

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Thanks Dee,

I see my doctor on a regular basis and we have tried many things for pain relief. I have an appt with the surgeon for Dec 21 for my knee.

Chronic pain has been an issue in my life for many years.
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My pain got worse with drinking. I saw a host of specialists while actively drinking. They looked for RA, fibro, etc.

since I quit drinking I have not had any joint pain or flares. My IBS has been better too. I think there is a link between the two.
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Old 11-27-2018, 04:52 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I dunno if alcohol helps or hinders, but at almost two years without alcohol and this has appeared, I'll settle for pain killers.
Sympathy and hugs to all fellow sufferers.
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