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Old 04-01-2010, 06:10 PM   #1
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Back/stomach pain after just one alcoholic beverage!

Okay, so I know I've posted about this before but I'm obsessing over it currently. My doctors appointment is 12 days away, which feels like an eternity, so I was hoping maybe someone on here could offer some insight as to what may be going on.

Let me start by saying I rarely drink alcohol. Maybe once every few months. When I do it's usually a fruity sweet drink like a margarita of daiquiri. Not talking about consuming a large quantity of alcohol at time, just one drink.

Anyway, over the last 8 months or so the last 5 times I've had an alcoholic beverage I've ended up in pain. Sometimes it's located strictly in my back and other times it's in my upper abdomen at the breastbone area and radiates straight through to my back.

I start getting a bit of achiness about 10-15 minutes into the drink, which I get before ordering dinner. About 10-15 minutes later it turns into a pretty intense cramp in my back, sometimes this starts after I've completely finished my meal. This lasts for about 20 minutes then subsides.

The first time it happened the pain was intense to the point I thought I was going to have to go to the ER. Now, I at least know that it will ease up after about 20 minutes. The last 2 times this has happened mid January and then last Friday I've not been feeling well afterwards. Still having a slight back ache, moreso after eating, and upper abdominal tenderness after the drink I had last Friday.

During this entire time that I've been having pain drinking alcohol I've also been having other stomach issues. It started out as some abdominal tenderness, burping, and some slight nausea after eating. In less than a month from mid October into November I had 3 episodes of severe abdominal pain, 2 of which woke me up in the middle of the night. Ended up finding out that I had a gallstone so I had my gallbladder removed in December.

Still, I'm having stomach issues. Abdomen is tender to the touch from my breast bone to just above my belly button. Also have some right side tenderness, frequent burping, and more hiccups than usual.

I've had the problem with alcohol before and after the surgery. Worried that maybe something is seriously wrong. All my trouble drinking alcohol coincides with the exact same time frame that I've been having stomach issues. Are my stomach issues caused by the alcohol or is the stomach issues causing the pain when drinking alcohol?

Anyone have a clue what could be going on? I have an appointment with a gastroenterologist in a little less than 2 weeks and I plan on talking to her about this. But in the meantime I'd really like to know if anyone else has experienced this or knows of someone who has. Please let me know what you think it could be!

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Old 07-10-2011, 11:45 PM   #2
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Re: Back/stomach pain after just one alcoholic beverage!

Hi Jns,

Any answers yet? I've had the same problem. You haven't been around in a while.

Regards, Brenden.

Old 07-11-2011, 08:37 AM   #3
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Re: Back/stomach pain after just one alcoholic beverage!

Probably heartburn. For some people, even small amounts of alcohol can be a major trigger. I basically don't drink at all any more. If I'm at a party and there's a bottle open of a wine I really like, I'll have a "taste" which is about one tablespoon.

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