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Old 09-03-2001, 08:03 PM   #1
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Alcohol and Upper Body Pain

I'm a 46 year old male in good health. About 15 minutes after having beer or vodka, I experience severe pain in my left arm at the triceps/shoulder areas and across my chest and back. After taking aspirin, the pain will subside in about an hour. This has been happening for the last 6 months. Obviously, I haven't had many drinks since this started happening.

Since the first occurence of these symptoms, I noticed that I have periodic dull achiness in my left triceps and neck even when I do not consume alcohol. I also have been experiencing fatigue and some dizziness. An MRI showed a mild bulging disk at C7. The orthopedist did not consider the bulge significant enough to be causing the pain. A neurolgist gave me an EMG which showed nothing abnormal. I have been in physical therapy for the past month but the pain in my left arm has not gotten better or worse.

Could there be some chemical in my body which is constantly causing the pain which is exacerbated when alcohol is introduced? I have had blood tests that have revealed nothing. Of course the right thing has to be checked for in order to get the proper diagnosis.

Any suggestions of what other tests to do or what might be causing my problem?

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Old 09-03-2001, 10:03 PM   #2
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Re: Alcohol and Upper Body Pain

Has anyone done a EKG on you??? This could be cardiac! Is this happening with rest or with activity? Is there any other symptoms you are having, as in, shortness of breath, nauseated, do you perspire during these episodes? You don't have to have any of these other symptoms with it to be cardiac and you are not too young or in too good of shape for it not to be cardiac. I'm not trying to scare you, but sometimes that's what it takes for people to consider heart problems, especially when they are young. I'm not saying it is a heart attack (definitely can't diagnose that over the net :> ), but it could be a warning that there is an occlusion in an artery.

You hadn't mentioned that you had this checked out and if you did all the better. But, if you didn't, get on the phone.

Old 09-04-2001, 05:16 AM   #3
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Re: Alcohol and Upper Body Pain

Wow, I agree with the other poster!! This could be a cardiac problem. The symptoms you describe are similar to a heart attack --- get yourself to a cardiac doc for a workup!!! Please don't put it off. God Bless! Peace, Lee

Old 09-04-2001, 07:53 AM   #4
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Re: Alcohol and Upper Body Pain

Thanks for your concern but it is not cardiac related. I went to my primary care physician who did an EKG which matched an EKG which was taken a year earlier. A year earlier I had experienceed chest pains but they were checked out by a cardiologist. I wore a halter monitor, had a stress test and had an echo-cardiogram which were all normal. Also, I feel better when exercising. The pain is more severe when I am inactive.

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