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alcohol for pain relief

nancynnancy Posts: 38
Hi! happy New Year to everyone!!! I am curious as to how many of us have also used alcohol plus meds for pain relief.


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  • Sick people would mix alcohol with their medications. But you never know. Somebody will post soon I'm sure.
  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 805
    I won't lie, I have. I don't condone it and I don't do it now, but a vicodin and a glass of white zin got me thru the night with my cervical pain. Again, don't do as I do, do as I say. Don't mix.
  • Helen3Helen3 Posts: 205
    edited 01/04/2014 - 8:43 AM
    Didn't we talk about having wine or was that you? Because I wanted a Glass. Not a lit but one glass! Lol
  • Self righteous...I need to quit it.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,875
    edited 03/11/2014 - 1:38 AM
    but like others, I have done the deed. Since I work in the wine/beer/spirit tasting industry, its always there. I always have to remember the balance.
    But mixing narcotics with alcohol brings no good.
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  • I am so glad that somebody posted about this... I have done this and was wondering if it was normal. Of course I know you're not supposed to but sometime you see it so desperate and it helps. Is anyone using medical marijuana and does it assist with your pain?
    2000- spinal fusion, complete spine due to scoliosis
    2012- pain began, started treatment for chronic pain
    2013- install of pain pump, procedures to address complications
    2014-blood patch, spinal fluid leak
  • Yep, Ive done it too, so dont get all riled up, i cant ride a high horse anyway.
    But neither can your liver. Taking meds may be hard on your liver, acetaminophen use can be detrimental in the long run, and since many meds contain this... add this to the extra work your livers putting in filteringt he alcohol..ask a doctor, who knows, a glass of wine in moderation may just be the thing.
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  • MSGMSG Posts: 296
    edited 03/27/2014 - 1:26 PM
    Did plenty of it in my college years :)

    Honestly, I know the risks so it's not something I want to take a chance with. However, on the rare & I mean rare occasion my hubby & I have the chance to go out to dinner without the kids, I will have a couple of cocktails or some wine.
    We can't always control the cards we are dealt in life, but we can control how we play the hand
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,875

    I think that says it all
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  • While I don't drink since 2-14-03, its clearly written in the bottle label that you can use alcohol to intensify the effects! Lol.
    Tongue in cheek. This is a very bad combination and can be detrimental both short and long term. For me it would mean death. Maybe not the combo but most certainly the depression and feeling of failure afterward. But that's just me, a recovering addict.
    Moderation is the key and if you aren't like me, perhaps it's ok. My thoughts are more along the lines of its ok to have a glass w dinner but if you're looking to USE alcohol for medication.....then that's a big red flag and you should contact your doc about the meds not working well enough.
  • mcjimjammmcjimjam Posts: 307
    edited 03/28/2014 - 1:46 AM
    I've drunk to try to dull the pain. It didn't really work for me. I'm not drinking at all anymore. I take 4g of paracetamol/acetaminophen a day so I'm not sure my liver would handle it. On top of that my stomach is in bad shape from taking NSAIDs, so that is a good reason not to drink as well.
  • I also did plenty of drinking in high school and college; lost my taste for it, I guess.I rarely drink now. But a nice cold beer on a hot day....
  • My husband is drinking more and more. He knows the risks but says he can't live with the pain anyway so it's worth the risk. The additional problem is that he gets mean and angry when it drinks but when I complain he thinks I just don't understand how much pain he's in.
  • Does your husbands pain doctor/clinic have a pain psychologist/psychiatrist on staff? They are there to offer very practicle advise on how to live with chronic pain & train coping mechanisms to get through the day. They are also trained to listen & give knowledgable support to their patients. This service was covered by my insurance.

    I'm sorry. It sound like your husband has a serious problem brewing which could easily become deadly if left unchecked. Was he a big drinker before chronic pain shredded through his life? Pain phyc would be good for him. Because its primary goal is to equip him with coping skills to better manage his pain, it doesn't have the same stigma of a mental health proffesional. He might be willing to try it as a pain management tool.

    They will discuss his drinking. He will explain his reasoning. She won't be judgmental.

    She will make suggestions if she thinks he's pain is under managed & discuses with his PM what can be done & other treatments that could be beneficial like exercise.

    Does he currently do anything more than narcotic meds & alcohol to manage his pain? Has he tried injections, procedures, PT etc.?

    This must be so hard for you to live with. My husband admits that watching me go though all this makes him feel so deperately helpless because there's nothing he can do to protect me & make me better. I can only imagine how you feel...

    Stay strong.

    I think it could be a good place to start.

    Do you think he would consider joining this group? Members may be able to suggest further treatments that could reduce his pain. Does he have a 'Blend' to manage his pain...Physical Therapy, stretches, walking, medications, creams, massage? & maybe a little support would help him feel more in control? He must still be bottling up a lot of anger & bitterness over his chronic pain situation. That must be so isolating. He really sounds like he needs some help, proffesional & social.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • Cherra3CCherra3 Posts: 6
    edited 06/01/2014 - 6:31 PM
    I don't know if there is a counselor available at his PM or not. We've never heard of a spine stimulator. I will check into it. I didn't say he wasn't on meds. He is. That's the problem. The PM doesn't know he's drinking unless he can tell from the blood work but I really don't think it would because he's careful not to drink at work and his appts. are during the day. He has drank a glass of red wine at night for years but he never drank too much until about 2 years ago when he tarted supplementing his meds with it. I don't think he would join this group. He's very skeptical of thinkg like this. He's never been one to talk about his feelings.
  • If this has been this bad for 2 years he might need some serious help with the alcohol. Is it every night? Do you honestly believe he is an alcoholic by now or do you think he would stop drinking if his pain was better managed? What else is he doing to manage his pain?

    He wouldn't have to discuss his feelings. He could describe his case & ask what others in his situation have done to deal with the pain. Does he frequently discuss treatments for his condition with his doctor? What do diagnostic tests & specialists tell is his spine problem? Has he had surgery?

    Sorry for all the questions. Sometimes people get depressed & drink because they think that nothing can be done to help them but they're wrong...
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • you can set up an intervention with relatives. friends, and try to invite a doctor and maybe a rep from AA. sometimes these help but some people become very defensive. there are procedures and rules for interventions and i would ask someone from AA or a doctor or a psychologist what to do. like i said, i am not sure of how to set one up or the procedure of what to do, but it might be worth it to investigate how to do them. ask a priest or a doctor or a psychologist or a rep from AA. maybe you can research them on the internet but it sounds like he needs a big dose of reality with all sorts of support people around him. i know part of the deal is for all of his friends and relatives to write a short note or letter detailing what their behavior has done to your lives. anyway, it is just a suggestion.
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • alcohol can be lethal......Opana is one, that even a tiny amount of alcohol potentiates the respiratory depression of the Opana and can cause sudden death........the label in the bottle explicitly states not to consume ANY alcohol while taking this medication
  • I don't think he would drink ifr he were not in such pain. Tonight he said is is harder to live than it would be to die. He's on 3 extended release morphine a day, 1 hyrocodone, a daytime muscle relaxer and a night time muscle relaxer. Sorry I don't know all of the names and dosages. His doctor says he can't have anything else. He doesn't want anything else he wants something that works! What else has anyone been on that has helped
  • If the pain medications aren't working, then have you considered a second or third opinion with another surgeon? Maybe his doctor is missing something? A consult with another doctor /surgeon may give him a fresh perspective and some answers. Self medicating is dangerous and with the medications that he is on, he is playing russian roulette.
    A consult for a spinal cord stimulator if nothing can be done surgically or an intrathecal pain pump might be something to consider as well.
  • would be to get him into counseling. It sounds like he is seriously depressed, and that combination of alcohol, opiates and depression is not a good one. I can't encourage you enough, if he won't help himself, you have to step in and do it for him.

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