Alcohol and PMR and preg

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**i was recently diagnosed w PMR and am now taking pred. I realize I have to stop drinking, so far 3 days! not easy. alcohol really helps me w stress and pain

Anyone else in same boat?

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    Not sure why you think that. I really enjoy my glass or 2 of red each evening. Incidentally dry January didn't do a thing for me didn't sleep better, didn't lose weight and skin didn't look any better either!

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    I think you will find most of us drink despite being on pred - it does help, probably because of the relaxant effect and vasodilation. I had 5 years of PMR without pred, not from choice, and a glass of wine in the evening really helped the pain a lot.

    It is a different matter if your doctor decides to put you onto methotrexate as a steroid sparer ( no guarantees it will work and comes with its own adverse effects) but you really shouldn't drink when taking that. But a drink with pred isn't the end of the world.

    I don't do dry January - but I have had periods of no alcohol with PMR and it made no difference at all. I've also done gluten-free and nightshades-free with no beneficial effect. All the difference it made was a boring diet! The only thing worth avoiding is carbs, especially white and processed ones, even more especially sugar. That does help reduce the risk of pred-associated weight gain and steroid-induced diabetes even if it sounds hard. It isn't really - you get used to it quite quickly.

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      thanks i think the last 3 months I drank to much to deal with pain and stress Glad to hear that a couple of glasses while taking pred no big deal.

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    Hiya I have to admit I drink a wine or beer now and again but not for the discomfort just for a treat , I am fighting this horrible thing with exercise but its a struggle as the tiredness for me is the main obstacle not the pain although my legs give out occasionally, I honestly wouldn't thought a couple of drinks would harm

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    Me too - still enjoy my tipple as and when.....most times alcohol with meds just lessens the effect unless booze is definitely a no go for certain medications but contra-indications with pred doesn't say NO ALCOHOL.......you need some treats in life while getting on with PMR ! Cheers xxx

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    so if you are on methotrexate no alcohol?

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      It depends on your doctor a lot. Many have a very relaxed approach and say a glass or 2 a week is OK. Methotrexate does stress the liver and that is why you need monthly blood tests to be sure it isn't damaging the liver. Alcohol is also processed by the liver - both together may be enough to raise the markers.

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      Thanks Eileen

      I havent been drinking for a couple of weeks and must say Im sleeping better.

      Just got a terrible pain in my neck which Ive treated with voltarol but no success.

      The pysio is going to use heat treatment when I next visit.

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    Hi Joymarla,

    I have one or two rum and ginger beer with lime juice every evening. One of the few pleasures I really look forward to, and haven't noticed any side effects.......yet.

    But what about the carbs? Why are they bad? I just started making this no kneed bread, that rises over night, and is baked in a dutch oven. Wow, it is hard not to eat too much of that.

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      Pred changes the way our body processes carbs. It makes the liver release random spikes of glucose into the blood. That increases the average level of BS over time. If it increases too much you may develop steroid-induced diabetes. When the BS level rises - the body makes insulin to bring it back to where it should be but it often overshoots, causing craving for more carbs to bring it back up and that creates a vicious circle. Any excess insulin left over then makes the carbs still around into fat deposits for future use in a starvation situation. So there is the risk of developing diabetes and of gaining weight. The best way to reduce the risk of either is to reduce the amount of carbs you eat - especially simple carbs and sugar or processed carbs.

      Some people don't have a problem with weight gain on pred, a very few even lose weight. But most people develop a big appetite and eat for Britain and gain weight. You might be one of the lucky ones - but believe me, prevention is better than cure!!

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      Eileen, thanks for explaining that.

      As I am munching on a piece of toast from my new bread recipe, I am considering my lucky self, that I am one of those who has not gained any weight since pred. I wish I were as lucky with some of the other side effects of pred, like skin as soft as butter, where the slightest touch will cause bleeding, either under the skin or out; I go through an amazing quantity of bandages/ plasters.

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    My gosh, thank goodness no one has said I should not drink with pred. In fact that is the first thing I check on the datasheet whenever I am given a new medicine! The odd glass of a nice Burgundy makes life so much better for me!!

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