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kidney pain after drinking alcohol

A: needs attention………..may have prostate trouble that is blocking urine flow….see urologist asap…….like today or ER……………………

Q: Alcohol and kidney infections?
I am 23 and have a kidney infection for the 2nd time in a few months and my last one led to kidney stones. I don’t drink very often, maybe once or twice a month but when I do, I normally drink excessively. Normally after a night of heavy drinking, I am miserable the next day but not hung over, but in actual pain causing trips to the er. How much does alcohol have an affect on the kidneys. I feel like I might have a drinking problem as well. I dont drink very much but if I get around any type of alcohol, I cant say no…I am not sure what to do. Any help would be great.

Thank you!

A: The kidneys are the filtering system of the body — blood passes through them and the wastes are taken from it to create urine. Alcohol goes into the bloodstream when you drink it, and therefore must be filtered out. An excessive amount of it is probably giving your kidneys a hard time, which might be what is leading to the infections. Drink a LOT of water to try to help flush out your system, especially after you have alcohol, because that dehydrates you.

If you think you have a drinking problem, you could try enlisting the help of a good friend to try to keep your consumption in check when you get around alcohol. If things get worse and willpower on its own can’t beat it, seek professional help.

Q: do i have kidney stones?
i dont know if i have kidney stones or not. i used to take laxitives for a long time and i stopped using them about three years ago. and since then i have started drinking alcohol. not excessively but i drink almost every weekend (like any normal college student).. but the day after i go out drinking i get a pain in my lower back, sometimes on the right side and other times on the left side, but mainly on the right one.

im too scared to see a doctor. whenever i feel this pain i usually drink about 2 litres of water and they pain wears off. is this kidney stones? have i ruined my kidney with the laxitivies i used to take?

A: If you have a kidney stone, you may already know how painful it can be. Most kidney stones pass out of the body without help from a doctor. But sometimes a stone will not pass. It may even get larger. Your doctor can help.

You should call a doctor if you have any of the following signs:

extreme pain in your back or side that will not go away
blood in your urine
fever and chills
urine that smells bad or looks cloudy
a burning feeling when you urinate
These may be signs of a kidney stone that needs a doctor’s care.

Q: How will binge drinking (excess of 5 drinks) two times weekly affected a person with heart disease?
I am wondering if there is a medical doc out there who could give me some insight into a situation with a loved one? He is diagnosed with heart disease and the related med. conditions that go with this dx. He has also had kidney stone problems, new issues, for the past two months. Seems after he binge drinks, only red wine, of course….Good for the heart. He has to miss work the next day and attributes it to upset stomack and kidney stone pain. He has been a long time heavy drinker for most of his life and he is 51. Tryglycerd. levels not in good zone and either is HDL, too low. Continues to drink and has become emotionally and physcially numb. Zero sex drive and desire for affection and wants to end our relationship because I need more. Many issues here. Is it the alcohol. I keep thinking he is going to die soon if he continues with his denial.

A: Hi, I’m sorry you’re having such a tough situation to deal with.

Couple things. First, his alcoholism will not only make the heart disease worse, but will inhibit any drugs he is taking to help with the effects of HD. Second, new research has show pretty conclusively that the positive effects of red wine are duplicated with grape juice. So no more red wine for the heart excuse!! He can drink the juice instead. Third, with the issues he is facing, and you as well, I think a therapist would be helpful. His sex drive is getting triple slammed by things that, on their own, can shrink the libido big time: 1. heart disease 2. alcoholism 3. depression.
Good luck!

Q: Sick for years, whats wrong with me?
Well.. i’ve been in and out of hospital for years.
i have many things wrong with me. and everyones stuck.
These are my symptoms

-nausea (all the time)
-bleeding bowels
-sore lungs/troubles breathing
-sore muscles
-muscle spasms
-Bowel pains before passing gas
-extreme painful periods, (doctors said endometriosis)
-back pains
-aching body
-lose joints
-heart pains
-lower back / kidney pain
-sore liver after alcohol drinking

Dose anyone know what all these symptoms could add up too?
any suggestions?
Oh and by the way
Im fit and not over weight and i eat healthy foods!

A: thats impossible. There’s no way any doctor would let you out of the hospital. i may not have my BIO degree yet, but im not retarded.

you were asking about some Pop band song and now you are dying? hmm…a little research can reveal a lot.

PEOPLE don’t thumbs down me. think about it. Would any doctor let this person leave the hospital undiagnosed? don’t be stupid.


Q: Why am I getting this pain? What is it called?
For the approximately four days now I have been experiencing sharp stomach pains directly after everything I eat or drink;even after drinking a glass of water with a small amount of crushed ice. Each burst of pain lasts about 5-10 minutes and then I’m fine, until i ingest something. Strange as it sounds yesterday I wet to Chili’s Bar and Grill and received no pain after the meal of a medium rare grilled rib eye steak, fried shrimp with blue cheese, corn on the cob and mashed potatoes. I did however receive the pain when I got home and ate the remainder of the food in which I was unable to finish at the restaurant. I also did not receive the pain when I ate Kellogs Corn Flakes, in which has no sugar. When I get the pain I double over, or get into feto -position and wait for it to leave me.

Here is some background information on me and my health:
I am a female, almost 16 and weigh around 93lbs. I am about 4′11”
My family has a history of kidney stones, and ulcers, and several heart problems, stroke, and high blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes, and I think I am a carrier of Hotchkins Cancer (I heard it only effects second generation, and my mother died of it so I figure I am a carrier)

I am in normal health, just recently recovered from a cold. I occasionally do cardio exercises. Two years ago I exercised heavy and all the time. I have never done drugs,smoke, and do not drink alcohol.

A: Sounds like you have an ulcer.Follow it up

Q: Alcohol and liver pain?
I have been drinking habitually since I was around 21 (I am 27 today). I did drink before that but not habitually. By habitually, I mean 3-4 times a month but I would binge (8-10 beers on each occassion). I don’t consider myself an raging alcoholic nor do I consider myself a moderate drinker. Now the last few times (the day after) I drank I noticed a slight dull pain where my liver resides. Now I fear that this pain is probably related to liver damage (hopefully not cirrhosis). I still have a little discomfort from since the last time I drank. I am now motivated to stop this bad habit. If I stop drinking now, or at least reduce my level of intake to say 2-3 drinks on one occassion , would I likely (my liver that is) be ok? I went and had a metabolic blood test to check my liver and kidneys but haven’t received a call back yet. Realistically, what do you guys think? Also, if I heard the liver is very resilient. Could any damage that has been done be reversed?

A: Yes, the liver is pretty resilient. You need to go to the health food store and get a good liver detox if it is okay with your Doctor. Please take care of yourself. the body can do amazing things but only for so long.I am glad you had the work up done. I work with a chiropractor and we see lots of issues. We use a Low Level Light that promotes healthy cell growth. (Erchonia) Maybe there is a Brimhall certified chiropractor near you that can help… Get into an ionic cellular foot bath- do several sessions to get the junk out of you. Drink half your weight in ounces of filtered water daily. Flush, flush, flush. You will feel soooo much better, I promise.

Q: alcohol and liver pain?
I have been drinking habitually since I was around 21 (I am 27 today). I did drink before that but not habitually. By habitually, I mean 3-4 times a month but I would binge (8-10 beers on each occassion). I don’t consider myself an raging alcoholic nor do I consider myself a moderate drinker. Now the last few times (the day after) I drank I noticed a slight dull pain where my liver resides. Now I fear that this pain is probably related to liver damage (hopefully not cirrhosis). I still have a little discomfort from since the last time I drank. I am now motivated to stop this bad habit. If I stop drinking now, or at least reduce my level of intake to say 2-3 drinks on one occassion , would I likely (my liver that is) be ok? I went and had a metabolic blood test to check my liver and kidneys but haven’t received a call back yet. Realistically, what do you guys think? Also, if I heard the liver is very resilient. Could any damage that has been done be reversed?
btw, otherwise I eat a healthy diet, am 160lbs at 5′ll (healthy weight) and exercise 3-4 days a week

A: There are many causes of liver pain or tenderness so I am unable to say with any certainty that alcohol is causing yours. Generally speaking, liver damage takes years of alcohol abuse. And the pain may not even be originating from your liver. This may be something else entirely. Have you considered that?

Yes, the liver is resilient… to a point… and is able to regenerate itself under certain circumstances. However, cirrhotic damage is permanent.

I say wait for the labs to come back and review the results with your physician. Based on the labs, your doctor will discuss the next step. And if you’re truly concerned, don’t stop at alcohol reduction — omit alcohol entirely.

Q: Symptoms for 7 months, no diagnosis. Excessive hair loss, muscle pain, swollen nodes.?

I`m a 19 year old female who`s been experiencing a series of symptoms for the past 7 months that doctors have been unable to diagnose.

Firstly, my hair has been falling out and as you can imagine, this has been very emotionally stressful. Since about 7 months ago, I`ve lost more then 75% of hair from all over my head. The hair loss is not patchy, but has been thinning all over. I used to have long, extremely thick and beautiful hair, and now its almost gone. The hair loss is not localized to my head as I’ve even noticed that the hair on my legs and in my pubic area have barely been growing back after shaving. I did see a dermatologist and he said that I must have an underlying autoiumme disease that’s causing the hair loss. He suspects lupus or a related disease, but as of yet, blood tests have shown no irregularities.

Since around the same time my hair has been falling out, Ive noticed that the lymph nodes in my neck have been swollen. Sometimes they are red and sensitive (especially after drinking alcohol or smoking) but usually they’re painless. I’ve also been experiencing a lot of joint/muscle pain and stiffness. Some days it gets really bad and I can barely move, even typing/writing is difficult because the muscles in my hands are so stiff. I feel like every muscle and joint in my body is inflamed. I’m only 19 and I’m having as hard of a time moving around as my 55 year old mother with MS.

Lastly, (and I’m not sure if this is related at all) my skin has been really dry and especially itchy. I’m not sure if I’ve noticed any rashes, but I have noticed some redness (light red spots) randomly on my skin.

My family doctor did a thorough blood analysis and everything came back normal. There is no sign of vitamin deficiency, my thyriod was normal, no diabetes, my blood cell count was normal, kidney/liver function was normal, and I’m clean for STD’s/STI’s. I really don’t know where to go from here and im terrified that if I don’t find out whats wrong, I’m going to go bald.

Does anyone know what these symptoms indicate? Any advice as to what I should get tested for/where I should go from here would be great.

Thank you in advance for the help!

A: my endocrinolgist , said i had sluggish thyroid normal levels, my VIT D was dangerously low my vit b 12 was low i have hypo thyroid symptoms normal thyroid I HAVE goitors never knew it until i choked and had ENT do a nasal scope, so follow my advice my endocrinologist put me on synthyroid , 37.5 mcg works for me VIT D and VIt B 12 also AVOID wheat products you could be celiac syndrome try eatting oatmeal rice potatoes NO wheat pasta buy rice and corn pasta drink V* 8 splash change your diet

Q: UTI symptoms but no bacteria found. Third episode in three months.?
Hi, I’m a 18 year old female with some pretty scary problems that no one can seem to give me an answer as to why I’m going through what I’m going through.
Three months ago I had a sudden UTI. I say sudden because the symptoms came on within minutes and within a half an hour I’m in tears from so much kidney pain and burning in the vaginal area. Of course, I went to the Dr. and they said it was a UTI, prescribed with antibiotics and sent me on my way. Within about three days of being on the antibiotics I started to see my symptoms diminish.
Roughly 4 weeks later, that same thing happens. Sudden/ intense pain. I’m sent to the ER with UTI symptoms yet again and also dehydration. They did a urine tests like always and yet again told me I was infected with a UTI. So I took the antibiotics and surly enough I’m back to normal.
Roughly 4 weeks later.. here we go again. You get the picture. I’m in the ER with horrible, horrible pain and they’re saying it’s yet another UTI. Being afraid of all the damage I may be putting my body through I called an OBGYN and scheduled an appointment with her today. She didn’t seem very concerned but wanted to check my cultures from the path three visits to the hospital. Upon doing so, she sees that all three cultures from all three months were negative for growing bacteria. The Dr. still did not seem to be very concerned.
Yes, before you ask, I’m drinking tons of water. In fact, after my first “UTI” I’ve become sensitive to caffeine. I instantly get pain in my kidneys and the burning sensation, so I flush my body out with water and it soon goes away. I’m not on any medications other than an Acid Reduced for acid reflux and the occasional Ibprophane for a mild headache or pain I may have. I am not a drug user nor do I drink alcohol.
To be honest, I’m scared. I’m in so much pain from all of this and to the point of depression because I don’t know what’s wrong with my body and why I’m in so much pain. If you have any idea as to what might be causing these symptoms please let me know.

**ALSO. I was tested across the board with my last ER visit for STD’s and all came back negative. They also told me that my bladder sits lower than most women.
**I’ve been tested for stones and the tests came back negative. I would go to a neurologist but my OBGNY doesn’t think I’m that bad off, I guess because she won’t give me a referral. Though I stress to her my fear she doesn’t seem to think it’s a big deal.

A: ibuprofen is excreted by the kidneys. do not take it until you find out what’s wrong. have
you had x-rays or an ultra-sound of your kidneys? perhaps, you have a kidney stone.
consider seeing a urologist.

Q: How do you prevent headaches from drinking?
I never get hangovers the next day, but I get a mini-hangover with splitting headaches an hour or two after drinking if I drank enough to feel any of the effects. So basically, the negative effects that usually happen the day after drinking happens in a matter of 2 hours and when the headache is over I feel refreshed as if I haven’t even drank at all. I’ve tried drinking different types of alcohol but I seem to get headaches no matter what alcohol it is.

I know the best answer would be to avoid drinking altogether, but I still wanna drink sometimes for social reasons. Does anyone out there have similar experiences? I’ve tried everything, from eating Pepcid AC before drinking, eating pain/headache medications before drinking (bad on your liver and kidneys I know). Are there any better alternatives so I can have a freakin drink and enjoy myself without going through temporary hell?

A: surprisingly, i have the same problem. It might not work for you, but i usually take 2 advil about halfway through the night… i swear for me it wards of the headaches…I also tend to drink a lot of water when getting drunk. I try to amke it a point to drink a bottle of water for every drink or two i have. It makes you have to pee all the time, but it helps.

good luck, and have fun!

Q: Are there any side effects for taking colchicine long term? Should I change to taking allopurinol ?
I am a 50 years old male good health. Since my first gout attack, I have been taking colchicine 500 gm daily for the last 10 months, and have not had a second gout attack, except for some minor pains in the knee caps. which usually happens after a night of alcohol drinking. I drink up to half a bottle of whisky and red wine each week. My uric acid is high. I was treated for kidney stones several years back.

A: The most common side effects of colchicine involve the stomach and bowel and are dose related. These include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. One of the most worrisome side effects of colchicine is that it can damage the bone marrow causing severe anemia and seriously low white blood counts, thereby increasing the risk of infections. All patients taking colchicine long-term require blood count monitoring. Colchicine can also cause hair loss, weakness, and nerve irritation…. gout is at least twice as effective at lowering uric acid levels as the standard drug allopurinol. .. . Febuxostat has a different chemical structure than colchicine.

Q: Alcohol consumption after donation?
I donated one of my kidneys on July 16th, 2010. Before the donation I had roughly 3-4 beers a month, I know that is not a lot, but I have my reasons for that. It has now been 3 weeks since the surgery, although I was told to take it easy for about 6 weeks…but not to just sit around and do nothing. I was told to slowly get back into my previous lifestyle. Is 3 weeks too soon for any alcohol, or should I be fine (I’m no longer on pain medications). I’m not planning to drink in excess just my previous amount, maybe a little less.

A: Wow, an organ donor. Cheers Sir. Someone must be very grateful.

Enjoy a beer. Just don’t let the beer be a replacement for your normal intake of water or other fluids, or conflict with any medication you may be on.

Q: Will Ibuprofen or Advil cause kidney damage?
I take 200mg tablets once a day, and usually try to go a day or two without taking one. They’re for minor head pain that I’ve been having everyday since a concussion a few years ago (car crash). I do eat before taking them, male, 145lbs, 21y/o, with a Bladder infection (not sure if that’s relevant).

I heard that taking too many over time could cause Kidney damage, but I don’t do anything bad like consume alcohol or smoke or anything like that. I never take 2 a day unless there’s unusual pain like a cramp or muscle fatigue/recovery, so should I take it easy? Long term, I take about 3-5 tablets per week, once per day, but sometimes I’ll forget and just take them day after day and they say not to take them for 10 days straight.

Oh and if anyone can help with that bladder infection I got, I always feel like I have to urinate, and drinking water makes the pain go away but water being water it’s not making me pee less!

A: I have to take 800mg daily for headaches from a concussion 6 years ago… I also take 2 extra strength tylenol and an aleve. I take one kind in the morning, one at lunch, and one at bed time. Taking too much of any pain killer can cause damage. My neurologist has me taking a zantac 75 everyday to protect my stomach from all the medicines I take. I have more than just the regular headache meds. But I have been taking these pain killers for 6 years.

Your doctor is the best to discuss this with. If your alternative to taking meds is to spend your life in the bed with a headache. Then if you are like me, you take meds. However, my body gets upset with meds if I take them too long and I have become allergic to many, many don’t work, and others don’t help enough.

Every brain is unique, every body is unique therefore you need a qualified answer for you from a neurologist who is trained for these things and deal with your unique circumstances. Just because it might work for me doesn’t mean that it will for you.

Yes to cranberry juice (lots of it). I got a bladder infection when I was pregnant years ago and they don’t want you taking any medicines that you don’t have to while you are pregnant. (However, barring pregnancy… an antibiotic will also help.)

Q: Pain in right side, liver damage or cirrhosis?
I drink too much. I will admit that. I drink once or twice a week and drink to excess (9 beers and I am 165 lbs at 5″11). I am almost 28 and have been drinking this way since 21 (though I did drink since I was 18 but not as much). The last year or so I occassionally get pain in my side after drinking. I went to the doctor almost a year ago and they ran every test:blood, cat scan, etc, and everything checked out ok. I also had a blood test done 3 months ago and my liver and kidney function are well within the normal range. I know i must be damaging my liver so why do my tests come back normal? My liver and kidney function actually came back great according to my doctor. So could it be something else that alcohol is aggravating?

A: do you still have your appendix, usually if it is liver or kidney it will show on your lab work, do you have regular bowel movements? you should revisit your family doctor to be sure.

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