Major Headache/Hangover after 1 or 2 drinks?!
My question I would like to get answers to is, why is that after I drink 1 or two drinks I wake up the next morning feeling like I drank 12?
Before you start to answer the question there are a few things you should know, that may play a role with this. I am not for sure if this plays a role with it, but I feel like its a 90% possiblity. When I was 18 (2006), I began drinking heavily(pretty much every day). My drink of choice was usually hard liquor, and it wasn't unusual for me to drink til I blacked out or felt really sick. When I first started drinking I didn't used to get hangovers, but the more my tolerance went up the more I drank and the more hangovers I got. They also got so bad to the point that they would last all day. Drinking water was pretty much impossible, it would make me feel extremely worse. The only thing that would help was drinking more alcohol and energy drinks.
I continued to drink like this until I was 22 (2010), because I woke up one morning after I hadn't drank the day before with a horrible hangover like feeling. So like usual I would get more alcohol and energy drinks to try and even out the horrible feeling. This happened for about a week(granted I had been drinking to try and get rid of the hangover feeling, I was not drinking enough to make me feel that bad the next day), after I figured it wasn't helping I quit drinking all together. The hungover feeling continued to happen along with horrible anxiety and migraines. My anxiety got so bad that I began having panic attacks and I was terrified to leave my house. There were many other symptoms, but these were the major one's that affected me the most. I started reaching out to doctors at this point and was prescribed Xanax, Wellbutrin and about 15 different herbal remedies from a holistic wellness doctor after having tons of bloodwork and tests done. I was told that I should pretty much just be on bed rest. I had to take a break from my life for about a year. Throughout that year I never found out a specific cause to why this was happening to me. I had seen pretty much every kind of doctor, had multiple CT scans and MRI's.
After about a year of feeling this way, I was so completely frustrated with my health and emotional state and the toll it was taking on my life, that one day just up and quit taking everything except for the Xanax and tension headache medication (Butalbital). I felt much better after a week! It was the strangest thing, but I am so thankful! I still felt bad, but I finally got the courage up to try and start going back to school and doing things on my own.
Anyways, I continue to take the Xanax, Butalbital and Vitamin D, but have still not recovered 100%. I can at least do most normal things adults are expected to do though. I drink very, very, very occasional, and never again will touch hard liquor. I prefer a glass or 2 of wine, or a couple of beers. When I first tried to drink again it was a little less than a year ago and I made sure to drink plenty of water with a drink or two and I seemed to wake up almost fine the next day. Now, I drink one or two drinks and I wake up feeling miserable. I asked my neurologist if she knew why this may be happening, she told me that people who get headaches and migraines on a regular basis may not be able to handle as much as alcohol as those without them. (Sorry this is ridiculously long!)
I am just wondering if there is anyone else out there that has this problem as well and can help? By no means do I ever want to go back to drinking anywhere close to what I used to, but I would like to be able to enjoy it like any other normal person.