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I am 25 y/o and have enjoyed my share of alcohol over the years but within the last year or so I have experienced a strange symptom after a night of hard drinking. This symptom only occurs once in a while and only after I drink alot beer. After I go to sleep that night I will be waken up out of a dead sleep with very intense pain in my left knee, and only my left knee. While I have had minor injuries to this knee in the past it has never been serious and I never experience daily pain in it. But after drinking heavily it gets very painful that night and I get sporadic sharp pains the next day but by the second day I have no problems. The pain seems to be inside the knee under the cap at the joint, there is no swelling that I can see and no clicking or popping. Just intense pain. I don't know anybody else that gets this so any input would be very valuable to me. Thanks.
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First Helper ashera
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Users who thank billygan for this post: RAJUA 

replied January 18th, 2007
Does your knee "lock up", like it is intense pain and it kills to move it, but you have to move it to get the pain to go away? I get this as well, although i've never really associated it with drinking (although, like you i'm in my 20s and drink moderately). I get both knees locking up in the night from time to time. It seems to come in waves though, and for some time i'd get it almost every night, waking up yelling. I haven't injured mine and don't have swelling either. They do hurt if I jump off of something or use them hard (skiing) for a while. That's a duller uncomfortable pain though, not the stabbing like when they lock in the night.
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replied January 21st, 2007
Experienced User
Sounds like gout.

Go check the gout section on these forums.
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replied March 31st, 2013
Alcohol induce hyperuriceamia
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replied January 23rd, 2007
My knee dosnt lock up but the pain is so intense ( maybe an 8 on a scale of 1 - 10) that I don't want to move it. I am pretty active physically and I used to be in the army where my knees and back took alot of punishment but never hurt like this. The pain comes only after times of inactivity like sleeping but after moving around a little it goes away after a few minute. After taking makotos advice I looked into gout ( wich I had never considered) and that seems to cover what is happening to me as far as the pain but the causes and symptoms don't add up. Maybe I should still get tested. Thanks for taking the time to respond guys.
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replied June 20th, 2009
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sounds like the beginning stages of vascular necrosis. my boyfriend drinks heavily and this disease eats away at the joints. it satrts off in one location, usually the knee, and this becomes exceptionally painful, sometimes debilitiating. you need to get it checked out now because if this is what you ahve you may be requiring hip repalcement surgery within a few years. sorry to frighten you but this is something that happens when people drink heavily �over many years and do not eat enough. the cartilege is eaten away. good luck hope this is not what you have. my boyfriend went freom martial artist to limping to hardly being able to walk in a span of two years. he is 36 and there is nothing we can do to stop it now except control the pain with strong painkillers and wait for the joints to stop working so he can have hip replacement surgery. for him it is too late but if caught in its earliest stages it can be controlled in most people. go see a doctor today please.
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replied September 9th, 2012
I am 42 and have been drinking heavily for a long time, and when I stop, I get severe pain in my knee on the inside. Either Knee will swell a little, but hurts like heck to bend. I am also on Percocet, so you know the pain is bad. I decided to try something. I drank a shot of vodka and within an hour I was back to walking, and within 2 hours the pain was almost totally gone. I don't want to drink any more, so I believe this "Vascular Necrosis", sounds valid.
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replied November 22nd, 2009
Alcohol makes your body dehydrated, resulting in joint swelling. Try drinking lots of water. I'm 19years old and I often notice joint inflammation after only one beer. I've had arthritis pains in my fingers throughout the duration of the past year and tested positive for lyme disease- which was likely causing these pre-mature joint pains. I took antibiotics to treat the disease, and although my body may be better off, this joint pain in my fingers is extremely prevalent after a night of drinking more so than a sober evening.
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replied September 9th, 2012
Interesting. I came onto this forum to find other people experiencing knee and joint pain or softness after drinking beer especially. Sounds strange doesn't it? But it's happening to me. Your post interests me because I too have had Lyme disease. I was treated and recovered but man, some things are just not 100% back yet or continue to be strange. I'd love to share experiences to see if I'm not going crazy...
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replied December 13th, 2009
I'm 36 and have the same problems as well. Mine is my right hip mostly, with lesser pains in both knees, the other hip, and my shoulders. I bartended for 9 years and have been a heavy drinker since I was 20. Recently, I've been cutting back significantly on the amount and regularity of my drinking, and it's only then that I was able to correlate the pain with a night of drinking. Which is of course how I got here.

One thing I want to toss into the discussion is the idea that the body is a magnificent healer. Every cell in your body is replaced in 3 years time. Some cells, like the ones lining your intestines, are replaced every five minutes. So there's an element to disease that is mental and habitual. If you are basically a new person every few months, there is no reason to believe that focused attention on healing can't produce remarkable results.

Look into herbal tonics and exercises, perhaps guided meditation, to help you on the way to healing. And try not to acquiesce to the idea that surgery is inevitable. Modern medicine loves to cut and drug, but nature designed your body to work and heal on its own.

Good luck!
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Users who thank trippticket for this post: Thamanager 

replied February 22nd, 2010
Beer and Arthritis [RA]
I am a RA sufferer [m/56] and enjoy a beer occasionally.
My pain threshold maintains a pretty consistent rhythm through the days and nights ... weeks

Recently I have noticed that when I do drink beer ... that third beer ... my pain levels begin to increase intensely, often remaining elevated through the next day and usually in joints that have previously been nice to me.

I have not experienced this when I partake in say ... red wines.

This is interesting.
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replied June 16th, 2011
Experienced User
i have reactive arthritus, and i have found that if i have more than 2 glasses of wine in the evening, that i go to bed with onset of pain again and a bad case of pins and needles. This is with white wine, not red. Although i suppose with any kind of joint disease or complaint, alcohol is never a good idea, i cant say i practise what i preach though.
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replied May 2nd, 2010
Joint pain as a youngster, joint pain after drinking alcohol
Hi,

I have suffered from joint pain from the age of 3, I am now 35. I have noticed that the change of weather can contribute to it from being very faint to having to take between 6 - 18 pills a day to relieve the pain. Over the past 15 years I have noticed that when I have a hard night out with friends it can sometimes take me up to 1 week for the pain to settle down. I have seen specialists and doctors who cant seem to pinpoint what is going on with me. I would appreciate if anyone out there who suffers from this same condition and would like to share stories to contact me
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replied October 16th, 2011
Have you tried a gluten free diet? My father experienced severe joint pain and went gluten free about a year ago. He always associated his joint pain with his athletic past and injuries. But now he is about to turn 50 and he is moving more and better than he did when he was 20 years younger. Whenever he does give into temptation and eats something containing gluten he can barely walk for days. Some alcohol, especially beer contains gluten and may contribute to the increased pain you are suffering.
Just so you know my dad was tested for celiacs, and tested negative but that does not mean that he does not have the antibodies against gluten which cause his problems.
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replied May 13th, 2010
Knee Pain and Alcohol
I'm older than most of you posting here, but I'm experiencing similar problems. At first I thought my knee pains were due to a 20-year-old Stairmaster injury. When I would sit at my desk or in a car for 15 minutes or more, the knee pain would get so intense I would have trouble standing. If I turned over in bed wrong, extreme pain. It was something I could walk off, and that's what made me say, wait a minute. If it's a structural problem, walking shouldn't make it better, right?

Then I stopped drinking all alcohol as part of a new diet and fitness routine, and I noticed the knee problems gradually going away. Talk about motivation not to take another drink! I've been through the drinking/not drinking cycle three times, always with the same results. I'm convinced.
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replied February 22nd, 2011
Same story
Im in my 20's, one night I was drinking quite heavily and noticed my legs felt weak, later that night I went to sleep and was woken in the night to the most horrible pains in both my knees!!! Dont know what it was and still need to see a doctor about it.
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replied March 10th, 2011
paingoaway
i have the same problem, red wine, hard liquor, no joint pain. beer - pain. better leave beer alone. something in the beer.

also if i eat normally and not diet, then no pain.
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replied March 21st, 2011
when are you a alcoholic and can i still enjoy a beer?
i have had a steady 3-4 beers a day for quite a while (5yrs +) on occasions once a month or two i carnt stop and get blind drunk. Have had blackouts where i carnt piece together what happend and its usually been bad with cuts & bruises in the morning.Feeling quite down and depressed. I have a day or two off after it where i dont feel like drinking and i feel crap.Sore aching muscles are sore joints etc.Then after just 2 beers makes me feel half decent again. I enjoy a beer or three i dont want to give it up but i dont want to be a alcoholic just on the odd occasion carnt stop what can i do?????
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replied August 14th, 2011
Alcoholic?
Coming from someone who was once in recovery & testing the waters again, you definitely meet criteria to be an alcoholic, sorry. Black outs & daily drinking are a sure sign that your body is reacting differently to alcohol than it once had. I stayed sober for 3 years, only by going to meetings & having a sponsor.
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replied April 26th, 2012
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Dear Harley, I am a drug and alcohol counselor. After reading this I must tell you that you have "all" the signs of being an Alcoholic. Drinking daily 3-4 beers alone is pretty much a warning sign, but "binge" drinking on a regular basis and "blacking out" is serious. Please rethink what you are doing and go and talk to someone. There are AA meetings in your local area. You can look them up on the internet. Getting sober will be the greatest thing you can do for yourself. Your health, relationships, and overall outlook on life will improve dramatically. GO FOR IT! Good luck!
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replied March 28th, 2011
Alcohol Consumption
Try giving up all alcohol for 30-days. Its only one month and it won�t hurt you; all it can do is help. After 30-days you will have a new perspective and a clear view of the fact that life is very enjoyable without the brew.
If you have that addictive trait and you seem to think that anything you do would be better with a drink or more, then you would be much better off never drinking any alcohol then to try regulating your consumption of it. You will all too often, go too far and binge.
Know thy self and act accordingly.
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replied May 30th, 2011
I know this is an older thread, but found this at google. I too am having joint pain. I had considered dehydration but I drink a lot of water. Because of a diet I'm on I gave up alcohol for a month, while also starting some vitamins for joint paint. It's been getting better. I drank alcohol Saturday and Sunday night. Not much. Saturday a couple glasses of wine, and Sunday a couple beers. This morning I woke up with the worst joint pain I've had in weeks. Am definitely wondering if its alcohol related at this point.
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replied June 3rd, 2011
join pain after a night out and high alcohol consumption...
Hello,

I am 27 and I have the same problem... with both my right and left... and the pain hits my tail bone..

what i noticed is that with humidity, the pain gets worse...

however, what i usually do is i go to the gym and sweat off the alcohol with cardio / body pump then steam room for 7 minutes and that usually helps...

what also helped was when i went for reflexology...

good luck...

ps. when i drink, the maximum i can sleep is 4 hours!! my eyes just open wide!!! and that is also irritating as it does not allow enough rest..
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replied July 23rd, 2011
Joint/Muscle Pain and Beer ????
I know this post is older but I find it interesting that we all complain about the same joint pain. Mine is all over my body, both joints and muscles. I have been to my normal doctor, infectious disease specialists, joint specialists, neurologists and even a cardiologist as each doctor was stumped. I have had more blood taken from my body to supply the Red Cross for a few months. No one could figure it out, I end up with all of these pains, night sweats and my wife says i radiate quite a bit of heat. Believe it or not, tonight i had what i call another episode. Everything hurts and guess what, i only had 2 beers. Here is the weird thing... If i drink Imports like , Red Stripe, Fosters etc, that is what i just figured out is setting me off. If i drink domestic beers, wine or hard liquor i am fine. So (Without the high medical deductable) I have figured out it has to be something in common with the ingredients in the Imports (Possibly mixed with the heat as that seems to intensify my pain). Yes i do drink quite a bit of water so hydration is not an issue... Hope this helps others that suffer as i do...
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replied September 3rd, 2011
Alcohol/Ethanol promotes pain & inflammation
The pain is a combination of toxicity from alcohol/ethanol & also different yeasts from brewing companies that create a chain reaction of complications. I've had various pains contributed from an active lifestyle & also from drinking. The bottom line is anything more than 2 drinks is very toxic to the system. It sets off a chain reaction that can last days & sometimes weeks: (1) Alcohol/ethanol is converted to formaldehyde by the liver as part of the detoxifying process & basic metabolism, & the system is very sensitive to it. (2) There are other toxins in beer & liquor as well that can create nerve damage. In fact the darker the drink the more toxins it has. (3) Any benefits to alcohol consumption is ruined by going over 2 drinks especially with daily consumption. (3) Also the sugars trigger immune responses & raises blood lipids/fats, because unprocessed sugars become fat (4) the body doesn't process it well because fat metabolizing enzymes are destroyed from the alcohol/ethanol. (5) The yeast when it becomes prevalent also complicates many bacterial balances in the gut & the whole body by destroying good bacteria [alcohol/ethanol from hard liquor also destroys good bacteria also because it's an antiseptic in the gut]. (6) & the whole toxic process also disrupts cellular pH because drinking makes you more acidic, which can promote micro-organism proliferation as well as cancer growth when the blood stores acidity in the cells. Alcohol/ethanol is a very double edged sword. As far as I'm concerned anything more than 2 drinks is bad & hindering the body from functioning normally, & pain is a side effect from the those complications, nerve damage & detoxification.

Stay away from darker liquors & beers & if you do have liquor mix it with lots of ice & drink it slow. Only drink lighter beers & no matter what the drink never more than 2, because the bottom line is it's poisoning you.
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replied October 15th, 2012
same
Phil, I am in the same boat and only just now narrowing it down to beer/s. I find that only during the warmer months is when I am at my worst, no pain/s trough winter which has also stumped our medical fraternity. I had all the tests under the sun confirming nothing and everyting??? m interested to know more...
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replied October 15th, 2012
same
Phil, I am in the same boat and only just now narrowing it down to beer/s. I find that only during the warmer months is when I am at my worst, no pain/s trough winter which has also stumped our medical fraternity. I had all the tests under the sun confirming nothing and everyting??? im interested to know more...i am at a loss, been suffering for 6 years..''but nothing is wrong'' please pay at reception and come back next year..................
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replied July 24th, 2011
joint pain and alco
Suffering the same as all you guys, and have linked it with a hard nite drinkin, i can hardly move in the morning, but ive notice ive lost some of my strength in my hands and arms along with pain in the muscles and joints. and again I drink quite a bit of water, so its not bein dehydrated, ive also noticed that I have pain after eating white bread.... which leads me to think yeast?? as in beer?? spirits?? any one else notice this. Its driving me crazy and my doctor thinks am a bloody painkiller junkie at this stage, but yet he cant explain it, I ve been tested for lupus and RA and both were clear... so tonight I was out socially and I am alcohol free, goin to do the 30 day test and see if it worrks, ill be back to let you guys know if there is a change or improvement...
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replied August 14th, 2011
I am 38 and have an underlying auto immune disease. I experienced intense pain in both knees and ankles twice now after drinking a lot the prior evening. It also woke me up from a dead sleep and I could hardly bare weith because the pain was so intense. I called a friend to take me to the ER. The doctor said Gout is typically in your toes, and didnt think that was the culprit. I thought it was related to the autoimmune disorder, but he wasn't convinced. It had rained the day before. This happened to me again last night after I drank. I have been a nurse for 15 years & can't imagine what is happening this situation. I drank vodka, not beer. I do feel better knowing I'm not the only one out there- the doctor made me feel like I was making it up. Bottom line is drinking is to blame.
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replied March 17th, 2012
I recently moved away from my bipolar alcoholic fiance ( laugh ). While we were together, I drank rather heavily on the weekends and had sometimes horrible knee and hip pain for a couple days after the "party". after moving, I had no reason to numb myself to the issues I was dealing with and stopped drinking so much. Now, I have a beer or a glass of red wine after work to unwind. Until I came across this forum and everyones posts, I hadn't considered the idea that the drinking I did was a huge factor in my joint pain. Drinking can lead to all kinds of personal and physical issues. Now, I have one more reason to lay off the sauce. Thank you!! sunny
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replied January 23rd, 2012
Joint pain after drinking
I'm 26, and started noticing joint pains after a night of drinking a few months back. My pain is in my elbows mainly. Coincidently, it's raining and six in the morning because I woke up and can't sleep. Just throwing it out, who here with these symptoms get very red when they drink? I was thinking the joint pain may be a slight reaction to alcohol since I get very red and develope what appears to be mild asthma on occasions when I drink.
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replied October 27th, 2012
I have read alot of posts on here and am similar but i get joint pain in my elbows and shoulders after about two drinks. If i carry on drinking it eventualy goes away.Its been like this 4 years now. I am a 43 year old female.
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