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November 29th, 2010
I believe the issue here is that alcohol blocks calcium absorption. If you are deficient in Calcium then alcohol will affect your muscle cramping/soreness. If not then your body will tap into reserve calcium until the alcohol has worn off. Taking calcium supplements may not solve the problem as fat soluble vitamins are needed in order to absorb calcium properly especially vitamins D3 and E. If you are getting sore from a few drinks I suggest looking into your D3 levels and supplementation. I would go for the high strength liquid D3 drops as they are much cheaper if you are low in D3. Taking vitamin E daily is a really good idea anyways for working out as it helps the body absorb oxygen into the blood which will help your cardio etc. Google calcium absorption and D3/E.
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replied November 29th, 2010
I believe the issue here is that alcohol blocks calcium absorption. If you are deficient in Calcium then alcohol will affect your muscle cramping/soreness. If not then your body will tap into reserve calcium until the alcohol has worn off. Taking calcium supplements may not solve the problem as fat soluble vitamins are needed in order to absorb calcium properly especially vitamins D3 and E. If you are getting sore from a few drinks I suggest looking into your D3 levels and supplementation. I would go for the high strength liquid D3 drops as they are much cheaper if you are low in D3. Taking vitamin E daily is a really good idea anyways for working out as it helps the body absorb oxygen into the blood which will help your cardio etc. Google calcium absorption and D3/E.
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replied January 12th, 2011
Same reaction: Severe neck and shoulder pain from wine
Wow!
I'm like so many of you. I have had this pain and never known why.
It doesn't have anything to do with hang overs or alcoholism. The very first time I tried alcohol (a wine cooler) I took two or three drinks from the bottle and I was in severe pain within minutes. I had severe shoulder, neck and upper back pain so bad I could hardly stand it. At the time i was a 19 year old athlete. Very healthy and active. It scared me away from alcohol for 10 years or more.
Now in my 40's I still don't drink. Over the years I have tried wine and other fermented fruit alcohol drinks and get the same reaction.
I still wonder why???
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replied January 21st, 2011
No one seems to have an answer for us. I have the same problem. Everytime I drink a wine cooler it puts me on the floor because the pain in my back is so bad. it usually goes away after about 20 minutes but man it is a lon 20 minutes. I refuse to drink wine coolers because of this. I wish someone could explain it. I am sure it has nothing to do with the alcohol because other alcoholic drinks does not cause the pain.
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replied January 30th, 2011
Sulfur could be the culprit
When I visited a dermatologist and she was asking about my allergies, I brought up this problem with wine coolers and wines. My problem is unpredictable. It didn't happen with every wine. It wasn't isolated to a particular brand or type of wine. It happened with most wine coolers, which I stopped drinking because of the muscle aches. And it began happening with some wines. Once, the ache was so painful (neck, shoulders, chest, and upper arms) that I swore off wine altogether. The dermatologist said it could be the way the wine is processed. She said sometimes the process involves sulfur and the sulfur could be the source of my problem.
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replied May 16th, 2011
sore neck after alcohol
the next day, after alcohol consumption of 3-5 beers, the back of neck down to middle of back feels sore to the touch. kinda like a bruise. lasts for a day or two and then it goes away. the only info I find suggests lymphoma but I really doubt it as I've had no strange bloodwork results. I'm 33, female, caucasion, and get this the next day everytime I drink more than 2 beers. I've noticed this for past 5 years or so. I'm not diabetic nor does my bloodwork show any elevates liver problems. allergy? intolerance? no idea what causes it other than the obvious fact that drinking alcohol causes the soreness!
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replied May 17th, 2011
Interesting topic!
I get this pain during stressful periods of time when I begin to drink. It hits almost immediately, but usually wears off after about three drinks. The muscle tension is an interesting theory, however my pain is usually located specifically in my tricep muscles. Rarely do I feel it in my neck or lower back which is where tension is more commonly stored in muscles. It also happens to me with any sort of alcohol whereas many of the above comments mention the pain being localized to margarita's or wine coolers; I have also felt this pain after drinking a soda which is extremely high in sugar as are margarita's and wine coolers. I wonder if the rapid increase in blood sugar from these beverages contributes.
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replied June 3rd, 2011
Muscle pain while drinking
I had this pain last night. I was drinking pre-mixed Bahama Mama. I thought I was having a heart attack.
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replied June 20th, 2011
I too suffer from the same symptoms. The thing is- it is not JUST from alcohol. I am not much of a drinker but when I have coolers, I get it. And I have found that when I drink lemonade and slushies I get the same reaction! So I believe it's either the sugar or else some additive that is causing this reaction.
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replied August 5th, 2011
I've got this too for a year or so now, couple sips of my first drink and get shoulder and neck aching so that hurts when I breath. So I drink a bit more and it will eventually go away..
I mentioned it to my friends but they didn't get the aches. Until my friend recently started getting the same thing, she asked me what it was and I told her I still no idea. So we searched on google and this site came up and No other definite explanations which is worrying because it could be such a wide variety of things..

One says its 'the body cannot break down aldehyde's that causes muscle pain'.

To this woman here who asked the same question and four years later posted an update that she did in fact have Hodgkin's Lymphoma and states alcohol pain tends to be one of the first symptoms experienced in Lymphoma.


I don't want to worry anyone but this is troubling me greatly, that all the research, doctors and self diagnosis on the internet and not one has a straight answer for it. And hundreds of people are asking the same question.. so if anyone gets a straight answer could you please post..

Also wanted to ask if others with it are also on some sort of medication..

Thanks
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replied November 15th, 2011
Yes, I take high blood pressure medication. And that was about time this stared. Beer and tequila shots are the only thing that doesn't make it happen to me.
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replied January 3rd, 2012
MP1234,

I believe I am the one you mentioned who posted about alcohol pain and was later diagnosed with Hodgkin's. Nowadays, I spend time on the internet trying to get information out there. It's like my personal mission Smile

Please get this checked out. And please understand that bloodwork is not enough to rule lymphoma in or out.

In my case, I had this pain for 9 months before I was diagnosed and I heard all other explanations too. I'd had an MRI of the neck and it showed nothing. It wasn't until I discovered a protruding bump in my collar bone that the doctors took me seriously.
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replied October 26th, 2011
Doing study on sulphites.... just curious whether these additives 220--22? have an impact on both low alcohol to big alcohol consumers???? Would the sulphites have impact on muscles, tendons etc??
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replied November 1st, 2011
Achy back neck and shoulders after drinking
I reported the same thing to my doctor, doesnt matter what I drink of even how many I had, the next day I always have achy back neck and shoulders. He advised that is was just dehydration, very common hangover symptom and to drink alot of water before bed.
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replied November 15th, 2011
Re: Muscle Ache When I Drink Wine Coolers
lascano1960 wrote:
Does anyone know why my shoulder muscles and neck muscles hurt as if someone beat me up when I drink 2 or 3 wine coolers? I quit drinking them, but, I need to know an answer as to why it does it to me. It also makes my upper arm muscles hurt. Never my lower body. Hmmm.


same thing happens to me after just a few sips of every alcohol except beer and tequila. went to doctor and they put me on prilosec, but that didnt help at all.
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replied November 15th, 2011
Re: Me Too
[quote="hmills"]I have the same symptoms - I would love to know the answer.[/quote
It happens to me too only with alcohol. but beer and tequila are fine. I went to doctor for this, she was stumped and put me on prescription prilosec. But that didnt help at all. I've tried eating certain foods before drinking and avoiding certain foods before drinking. Have tried drinking slow, too. Nothing seems to help.
It occurs instantly after few sips and is extremely painful in shoulder neck and arm only on right side of my body, start sweating really bad. The only thing that helps is pepto bismol, within 5 mins of takin it. Alka seltzer cures immediately, but then makes me throw up.
Would love to know what is cuasing this. I will go 6 months without drinking anything but beer, but as soon as I drink alcohol, it still happens immediately
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replied November 15th, 2011
Re: Muscle Ache When I Drink Wine Coolers
lascano1960 wrote:
Does anyone know why my shoulder muscles and neck muscles hurt as if someone beat me up when I drink 2 or 3 wine coolers? I quit drinking them, but, I need to know an answer as to why it does it to me. It also makes my upper arm muscles hurt. Never my lower body. Hmmm.


Also noticed it started happening right around the time I started taking pills for high blood pressure, wich I take every day
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replied December 9th, 2011
alcohol aches & pains
i noticed that these posts started several years ago and i just found and read through most of them today. doesn't seem like there was any real concrete medical conclusion to why this occurs. however, it is a relief to know that other people experience this too and that i'm not the only person with this condition. for me it's happens when i drink hard alcohol in a shot or mixed drink but not always. my shoulders, neck and across my upper back (shoulder blade area) get really sore like i was in a strenuous workout. i normally stick to beers and i'll be okay, but it has been triggered by a beer a few times. it also happens instantly after a few sips and subsides after about a hour. i've never told anyone that this happens to me 'cause i thought it was just me and after it goes away, i feel perfect like it never happened. i can't remember the last time it happened, but i always dread the next time it does. Please post a response if you know what this medical condition is called and why it occurs. Thanks!
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replied January 3rd, 2012
bumskidley,

I don't want to scare you but there is a strong correlation with alcohol-induced shoulder/neck pain and Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Please read about this and see my others posts.
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replied January 3rd, 2012
For all of you describing pain in the neck or chest or shoulder that begins after just a few sips of alcohol and subsides within 10-30 minutes (regardless of whether you continue to drink), please see your doctor ASAP and insist on testing.

This symptom has a unique link to Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Anyone with this symptom must get serious about seeking medical attention and getting a diagnosis.

I had this alcohol pain in 2006 and couldn't find an answer for 9 months. Eventually I was diagnosed with stage II cancer. I am healthy today but always trying to help others to avoid waiting so long to figure it out.

Pain in the neck, back, or chest that starts after drinking a small amount of alcohol and then subsides within a half hour--- is a very rare but very specific symptom of Hodgkin's. The good news it that its usually a very early symptom if that's what it is. The other good news is that Hodgkin's, while very serious, has a very high cure rate.

Other symptoms (although you may not have them --I didn't) could be night sweats, fever, unexplained weight loss, or a hard swollen lymph node (clavicle area, groin, neck).

Here is a medical article explaining the symptom (be sure to click through to the 2nd page as well, where it described the symptom). http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/P MC1010854/?page=1

Ask your doctor about running some tests.Typically blood work and ultra sounds are not enough. A chest x-ray would be a good place to start but a biopsy (surgical not needle) is the only way to get a definite diagnosis.
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replied January 5th, 2012
They happen mainly during the night when it gets cold.. or sometimes during the day when it also gets really cold. my mum says its growing pains. but it happens often! I'm not sure if its growing pains, arthritis or something else.
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replied May 21st, 2012
Came across this and other posts on the Internet and people seem to be blaming alcohol, sugar, or caffeine. None of these seem to be the right answer because indications seem to be that other sources of these substances do not have the same effect. I have not read all the posts so I don't know if I am repeating someone else's answer, but my theory is that the offending substance is Sodium Citrate or Potassium Citrate. It is added to food to adjust the sourness. Both can cause involuntary muscle contraction or tightness known as "tetany" which can be painful (achy). In addition to coolers, you can also get the same symptoms from drinking soft drinks. If you find things which do and do not affect you, compare the ingredients labels to see if I am correct. A single serving may not affect you, depending on the pH level of your blood. Do not use brand names (such as XYZ Cola) for comparison as the formulation is different depending on the region.
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replied November 26th, 2013
Muscle aches with alcohol. .
I get the same type of symptoms as well. After the first 2-3 sips of alcohol (wine and beer are the worst) I get an upper body inflammation feeling mostly in my joints, sweaty, nausea and if I try to 'drink through it' I get that same feeling in my hips and legs. It actually makes it hard to walk after awhile. Another perk of whatever this is I get is for the next 2-5 days I always get flu-like symptoms. Overall, not pleasant.
I've tried to research it and put it down to Sulfites. I have an adverse reaction to Sulfa drugs, symptoms that are much like when I'm drinking. Therefore, I self diagnosed it to be the Sulfa content in alcohol...beer and wine having the most. I can drink Tequila with minimal problems because it is made much differently than most drinks.
When I really want to feel 'sociable' with a group of friends (I hate being the DD all the time),I take a Benadryl and a Pepcid tab 1/2 before drinking and it helps a lot.
I hope this helps you out. Embarassed
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