Alcohol helpful for FM?

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I read two studies which showed patients who consumed low to moderate amounts of alcohol had less pain and reported a better quality of life

Any experience and/or feedback?

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    before i started having pains i would have drank maybe once every 4-6weeks, so never really drank loads but ive found when i have a drink now itll only be really special events.

    i had a few drinks last night at the in laws and im suffering now!! i feel like it sets me back majorly!

    so i think its like everything else with fibro not everybody will have the same experiences.

    happy year btw too.

    sm

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    I suspect that a moderate intake of alcohol would help relieve many kinds of pain, if only temporarily. Most of the current studies I have read are inconclusive and still weighing benefits vs. risks.

    Just as a matter of my own opinion, I think I wouldn't use alcohol until I had exhausted all other avenues of pain relief, including stretching and massage (the latter has really helped me; my massage therapist does myofascial release).

    What kinds of things have you tried for pain so far?

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    i can say from experience that 1 or even half a cup of wine really helps me with pain and sleep . BUT and its a major but- when i go out and have more than 1.5-2 drinks its like i need 2-3 days after that to recover.. i feel really sick and week and its like my body cant manage the alcohol and it feels like it stays in my blood for days... so be careful.

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    I find that if i go out or stay in and have a couple drinks, i do feel less pain but that's only temporary. I wake up the next morning in a worse state of pain than i was before drinking. And it can take me quite a while to recover.

    I also wouldn't just go straight to the choice of drinking as a helping method as it can be a slippery slope. I'd recommend massages, acupuncture, medication etc rather than alcohol.

    Hope that was any help! Happy new year as well!

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    Apparently red wine in particular may help in moderation, it has a compound in it called resveratrol, which has well-established anti-inflammatory effects. Studies have shown wine consumption is associated with a reduced risk of knee OA, and moderate drinking is also associated with a reduced risk of RA. Resveratrol is also known to reduce LDL ('bad' cholesterol). However, the key word is "moderation" - views vary on what amount this constitutes but I would imagine a few glasses a week would help but drinking say a bottle at a time would leave you with a hangover which would increase pain levels.

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    i never drink alcohol and have FM.

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    I posted another reply but it's been in the process of being moderated for days, so I will just say - look up the benefits of red wine - for both pain and cholesterol benefits. But - moderation is the key word - sensible alcohol intake may be good but overdoing it will definitely not.

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    Sounds too good to be true.

    I gave up drinking almost 9 years ago. This alone has helped with my overall aches and pains.

    I would think that alcohol simply acts as a seditive .

    Marihuana works for me however you do lose control of your own faculties. It is good as an aide to sleeping. It is also good for restless legs.

    During the day I take ENDONE. Which is a fast acting version of oxycontin.

    Endone can be measured by your Doctor and therefore it becomes a better choice.

    Hope this helps

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