Study on Fibromyalgia and Alcohol

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This study on Fibromyalgia and alcohol may be of interest to some people. Check it out:

Two pints of beer a day could help to reduce disability in people with chronic pain, according to a new report yesterday.
In a study of 2,239 individuals with chronic widespread pain, the key feature of conditions such as fibromyalgia, those who regularly consumed alcohol had lower levels of disability than those who never or rarely drank.
Those who drank 21 to 35 units of alcohol per week were 67 per cent less likely than non-drinkers to experience disability.
“We cannot say that alcohol consumption causes less disability among people with chronic widespread pain.
“But the observed link warrants further investigation,” said Dr Gary Macfarlane, co-author of the Arthritis Care & Research study, who is professor of epidemiology at the University of Aberdeen. Mirror

 

Now, this isn’t the first study I have actually read on this. There was on that said moderate drinking helped with fibromyalgia pain. I know it is odd, but that is what it said. I simply cannot recommend it myself because of all the medications we can be on. I can at any given time be on a lot due to comorbid conditions. Other times, not as much, depending on the type of treatment I am going through. Still, that is never recommended; drinking and medications. I am only a social drinker myself and also a hermit so socializing is a rare thing. So really that means I rarely drink. And moderately at that.

But I also have chronic migraines. So moderate drinking is impossible for me. That would be an insane migraine trigger. I can at times have a few light beers and some water (the water to prevent dehydration) and I am usually fine, but it is something I have to choose the day wisely and carefully. And never more than a few… or migraine. If I had a few a day, that would definitely be a bad scenario for me.

Still, the study is interesting in that alcohol isn’t increasing our pain. That is good. I know people who enjoy a beer after a hard days work. And this is saying that with FM it isn’t making pain worse and may very well help with the pain. But clearly it is a study, as they say, that warrants a closer look. I mean, clearly be mindful of medications you are on, of course. I know some medications, especially for migraine are not very liver friendly as is.

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