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Moderate drinker. Having severe back and shoulder pain after consuming alcohol. Any cure? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 19-Mar-2013
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User:Hello Doctor, I usually have a drink on weekend and in moderation. I feel terrible back shoulder pain the next day afternoon and it lasts till I have a proper sleep the next night. What may be the issue?
User:good evening
Doctor:Back pain that you have is probably unrelated to the drinks.
Doctor:The pain could probably be muscular secondary to improper sleeping position or other physical strain.
User:it only happens when I drink
User:its kind of a body pain
Doctor:Alcohol in the body acts like a diuretic draining away body fluid.
Doctor:It results in symptoms of dehydration, heaviness of head and some generalised body aches.
User:never used to happen to me in past... but nowadays
Doctor:If you were to sleep in an abnormal posture as it may some time happen when one is not fully aware of his external environment
Doctor:this might result in localised body aches such as the ones you report.
Doctor:It can be treated by topical analgesics such as diclofenac sprays, heat fomentation or oral pain killers.
Doctor:Sleep is known to produce muscle relaxation
Doctor:and that improves muscle aches.
User:ok... can you suggest an over the counter pain killer
Doctor:So I feel the pain is most likely a muscle ache and not related directly to alcohol.
User:ok doctor
Doctor:Tab. Dolo 650 mg is a good one.
Doctor:You may try it.
Doctor:I would encourage you to use topical medications such as diclofenac spray, heat fomentation and take adequate rest.
Doctor:This should resolve the problem 8 out of 10 times.
Doctor:Have you followed what I have suggested?
User:ok doctor...
Doctor:Do you have any other query?
User:yes, have
User:thats all
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
User:thank you doctor, have a good evening
Doctor:Have a nice weekend.
Doctor:And drink in moderation only.
User:yes... sure
Doctor:Bye for now.
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