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Old 01-09-2006, 01:25 PM   #1
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chest pain after drinking alcohol...

I don't drink alcoholic beverages very often, but lately everytime I have any type of alcohol...I get the worst pain in my chest within 15 minutes. It usually lasts anywhere from 30 min to a couple hours and then completly goes away(even if I continue to drink). I've never had any problems with heartburn, so I have trouble believing that is the cause. It doesn't really feel like a burning pain...more like a severe ache. What's strange is this hasn't always happened. It just started happening about 6 months ago and now happens every time I drink even the tiniest bit of alcohol. Any ideas what could be causing this? Has anyone else ever experienced this?


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Old 01-09-2006, 02:29 PM   #2
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Re: chest pain after drinking alcohol...

Maybe it's an esophageal spasm? But I wouldn't know why only alcohol would cause it unless because it's an irritating drink. Does it happen with soda? Soda is pretty irritating to the esophagus too.

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Re: chest pain after drinking alcohol...

Thanks for your, it doesn't happen with soda and I drink soda almost daily. Only alcoholic seems to be the worst.

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Re: chest pain after drinking alcohol...

Well, chest pain can have a zillion causes so this probably isn't what it is... but what came to mind when I read this is that in Hodgkin's disease, pain in the diseased lymph nodes occurs after drinking alcohol. The pain only occurs with alcohol and happens within a few minutes, like you described. (There are a lot of lymph nodes in the chest.) Don't want to alarm you but it's something to keep in mind especially if you have other symptoms. If you are worried about it, maybe ask your doc for a chest xray.

Old 01-09-2006, 04:52 PM   #5
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Re: chest pain after drinking alcohol...

Yes, that's what scares me. I keep running across these sites that talk about alcohol related pain and Hodgkins. I actually did have a mass show up on a chest CT 3 years ago. My Dr.'s decided it was just extra thymus tissue(I got several opinions). They did another scan about a year later to ease my mind and the tissue was unchanged. I just got cleared of thyroid cancer in I'm very paranoid about any type of medical symptoms I develop. I guess it's a good sign that the tissue was unchanged for a year, but this alcohol symptom really has me worried.

Old 01-09-2006, 04:53 PM   #6
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Re: chest pain after drinking alcohol...

Could be an allergic reaction to sulfites a preservative. Wine has alot of sulfites in it. Most alcholic beverages contain them. You may want to do a research on this.


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