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Nerve pain, headaches increased from alcohol use recently ???

I wanted to see if anyone had the following problem. I have extensive nerve damage in my neck. This causes me daily headaches and nausea. It has been about the same for the last 5 years. I take Gabapentin (2400mg/day) which helps but doesn't resolve it. I have always drank alcohol, which actually gave me some relief while I was drinking. About 1 year ago, I started having strange issues. My neck would get really hot towards the end of the night before bed. About 8/10 times I would drink, I would really feel poorly for several days to a week. Even if I had 1 or 2 drinks. Has anyone experienced this and have you found a solution? I currently barely drink and I am resigned to giving up drinking forever.

DRINKING Alcohol while on medications has always been identified as a potential problem. Please read the label on all of your medications....... - Ron DiLauro


  • AkiraAAkira Redlands, CAPosts: 82
    edited 07/28/2017 - 12:34 PM

    Yes, Ron.  I know it but I continue to have a couple glasses of wine with dinner while dining out or drink couple of beers while lounging pool side.  I have given up so much in life due to being a CP patient, but my wine and beer I don't think so.  Enjoy your day and hoping for a low number pain day to all.  :>)

  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 2,561

    Nerve damage could be the key word.  Even though drinking feels so good while doing it , alchohol is a known nerve toxin.  My doctors told me the only time I should drink is to celebrate New Years because of all my nerve issues and central nervous system issues. But like Akira , it is the only time I feel good enough to be social so I have not given it up , but I do it in moderation.  I can say without a doubt I feel much worse if I drink regularly for some special occasions that happen to fall close together.  For me there is a 100 percent correlation between drinking to much and increase in pain, but at same time not having a social life brings its own misery.

    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,357

    hi bdesul!

    welcome to spine-health

    congratulations on bringing your drinking down to "barely"!! 
    but in a way you found your own solution when you stated "about 8/10 times i drank i really felt poorly the next several days'.
    to me this a start, a test so to speak. don't drink and see if you feel better. if not, don't drink and go see your doctor.

    please click on the welcome link below for more information on how to get started on the forum.

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