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#1 Snowbird

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 11:27 AM

Hi

Can anyone tell me why alcohol is not such a good idea with this disease, I'm thinking it means in general but I really don't have a clue? I don't know if it is just because of the esophagus relux it can cause as this disease progresses or if it can also cause other specific problems too? I thought I read somewhere along the way that it could cause some kind of problem with nerves endings or something like that, can't remember exactly?? Can anyone fill me in about this please? Thanks.
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#2 millerscrossing

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 01:50 PM

STAY AWAY FROM ALCOHOL IF YOU HAVE LUNG ISSUES

Esprcially if you have reflex problems - how much I want to have a drink sometimes to escape the realities of my situation - I am not saying thats why you want to have a drink, but that is certainly why I want to ....

i tried it two months ago and within two days I was in hospital with severe diffficulty breathing - not worth it.....vodka mixed with baileys!!!

of course we are all different people with different symptoms and different meds......so I am generalising.....ask your doctor is my best advice...... ;)

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 02:55 PM

Hey Snowbird,

This is the first I've ever heard about staying away from alcohol. I'm a wine enthusiast and my rheumatologist knows that -we talk about different wineries and various wines all the time. He's never indicated to me that I should not drink.

Hopefully someone else can shed some light on the subject.
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#4 millerscrossing

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 04:44 PM

I left out the most important point - alot will depend on the medications you are taking.....alcohol will interact with some in a very negative way, some medications will present no problems.....thats why you should speak with your doctor.

Another point to mention is how much...sipping wine at the dinner table may be okay downing shots of vodka and baileys like I did led to one of my first visits to hospital....

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 05:43 PM

I've read that consuming alcohol increases blood pressure. If I drink even just a sip my lungs start feeling very tight. Sometimes I feel my heart beating in my head and chest. Also, mixing alcohol and some of the meds may not be a good idea...

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 06:18 PM

Hi Snowbird,

I absolutely agree with Millerscrossing. Stay away from Alcohol, if you can. Majority of medications have warnings about alcohol. My depression goes through roof with alcohol. Yes, once in a while a glass of wine is OK.

I know very well, there are moments in life when you just want to drown in Alcohol and forget whole world, but my friend there are better ways to handle those moments.
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Posted 07 January 2008 - 08:32 PM

I'm a non-drinker but anytime I take a sip of someone's drink, I get a burning in my chest. After my barium esophagus test showed my dysmotility, I've assumed the alcohol burns from sitting in my esophagus. I thought maybe that was why the doctor warned you.

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 01:00 AM

Hi, Snowbird. Good question.

Alcohol can disrupt sleep, cause heartburn, induce Raynaud’s and interact with medications. It can cause dehydration and even mild dehydration can cause weakness, dizziness and fatigue. Here are some Mayo articles which address other issues:

Mixing Antidepressants and Alcohol

If you are taking antidepressants, you should talk to your doctor before drinking alcohol. The drug you are taking and your current emotional and physical state should be considered in deciding if you can safely drink alcohol while taking your medication. But generally, mixing antidepressants and alcohol is discouraged.

Alcohol: Does it affect blood pressure?

Excessive alcohol can increase your blood pressure to unhealthy levels. It can interfere with the effectiveness of some blood pressure medications and increase their side effects.

Alcohol and your health: Weighing the pros and cons

If you combine alcohol with aspirin, you face an increased risk of gastrointestinal bleeding. And if you use alcohol and acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), you increase your risk of liver damage. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration requires all over-the-counter pain relievers and fever reducers to carry a warning label advising those who consume three or more drinks a day to consult with their doctors before using the drug.

Sweet, I am also a wine enthusiast, but since this turn in my health I have limited my consumption to two small glasses and then not every day.
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#9 janey

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 06:33 AM

Great articles Carrie! Enjoyed reading them. Looks like articles for our new alcohol consumption section.

Snowbird - I support all the other comments about the problems with alcohol. It's not necessarily the disease, but everything that goes with it - medications, heartburn, raynaud's, etc. There are several medications that say "do not drink", so please ask your doctor or pharmacist about your medications.

I'd like to add another article from the Arthritis Foundation about Smoking, Alcohol and Raynaud's. It talks about a study that found "Heavy alcohol consumption was independently associated with increased odds of Raynaud’s among women and red wine consumption was associated with reduced odds of Raynaud’s. Men who drank red wine also had a lower prevalence of the condition than those who did not. Smoking negated the positive effects of moderate red wine consumption in men."

So once again - pros and cons. Personally, I drink a glass of wheat beer before dinner every night because it's the only thing I have found that quiets my 5 pm cough. I love red wine, but have given it up completely because it is an instant trigger to my heartburn.

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 12:43 PM

Hi:

I know alcohol probably doesn't help with our condition but if I had to give it up, I don't think my family will have another nice diner at home. I enjoy a glass of red wine while I am cooking and another with diner. I don't drink to forget and I don't think I have a drinking problem, I just enjoy it.
I guess the problem is mixing with meds or if you have an specific illness that could make alcohol dangerous. I really hope I never get there.
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#11 Snowbird

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 12:47 PM

Hi Everybody

Many thanks for your responses...I see there are some wine enthusiasts out there too. I really do not drink very much at all but I do have the odd glass of wine...never did care for the hard stuff.

I was sure that what I read was directly linked to autoimmune diseases (meaning reflux, & ?) which is why I was asking what the second part might be.....and it's bugging me that I can't find what I actually read back when because I can't remember where I saw it!! Oh well, thanks to all for trying to help me.

I'm new to this disease and just trying to absorb and understand all the information before my next visit to my rheumatologist. I can certainly see what a bad affect it would have if mixed with prescription medications, etc. and really appreciate all the advice on that as well.

Millerscrossing - I agree with you...and I think it would be normal for anyone with this disease wanting to a drown a sorrow or two, it can be very scary....I remember when I was diagnosed not so long ago...I was thinking it was sooo ironic...and I said to my husband, this kinda news with all the anxiety it brings would drive someone who never drank at all to drink. It's a good thing we eventually learn to accept things as they are somewhere along the way....I'm sure that's for many reasons and some are partly because of the help we get from all our friends here in this forum!

I really do appreciate everybody's help and opinions, good links too...thanks again.
Sending good wishes your way!

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 01:18 PM

My two cents,

I love wine too, and a glass or two, (or three) seems ok. I'm not on anti-depressants or any meds that interact with alcohol. I have noticed that my sleepiness goes through the roof when I drink. Most nights I fall asleep on the couch if I don't take a nap after work. Alcohol makes it so much worse! Good luck, take care
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Posted 08 January 2008 - 02:54 PM

Hi Snowbird,

I cannot drink anymore. I've tried on numerous occasions to have a drink and I just do not feel well at all when I've had it. Instead when I'm out I enjoy a nice virgin drink complete with the umbrella & cherry. What's bothering me is that my GERD is so bad lately that I'm going to have to give up my one true love. My first and only cup of coffee a day. :rolleyes:
Oh well, I realize it could be much worse. I have a friend who has a feeding tube due to sclero and can't eat a thing. She sometimes takes a wee bit of food just to get the taste. :(

Hugs, Piper

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 06:44 PM

Janey!
I laughed so hard when I read you drink wheat beer as a cough suppressant.
Maybe this is some new, developing line of medication/treatment...

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 11:20 PM

Must, must have my cocktail. Brandy (apricot or peach) is my favorite. Again, check with medication. I always look my meds up on line to check for compatibility and food and alcohol factors.

I may have had to give up my cigarettes, but I draw the line at my cocktails!
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#16 janey

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Posted 09 January 2008 - 05:07 AM

Peanut,
My rheumatologist doesn't believe me so I'm going to have to take him out for a beer soon. My friends sure know it works. Wednesday I was making tamales with some friends at their house and about 4:30 my cough started. She reached in her refrigerator and pulled out a wheat beer. Sure enough, 5 minutes later I quit coughing!

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