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What causes body weakness after consumption of alcohol?

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Posted on Wed, 11 May 2016
Question: I am 27 years old and had a baby 3 months ago in the last couple days I had some wine and the next morning I woke up and my body felt extremely weak I didn't think anything of it but it happened again last night. This is not the first time I have had alcohol since being pregnant but these are the first times I have had this feeling. What is happening?
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Answered by Dr. Muhammad Sareer Khalil (2 hours later)
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Your concern is appreciated

Genralized body weakness after alcohol drinking can be due to hypokalemia and concomitten hypomagnesemia.
Other things is alcoholic neuropathy in which too patient can have muscle problems like weakness, cramps, aches or spasms.
Chronic alcohol consumption depletes body of vitamins and minerals. Due to which weakness can develop.
Degeneration of muscles can also occur called alcoholic myopathy making upper arms and thighs weak and painful can also held responsible.
Metabolic derangements can occur in patients with chronic alcohol exposure withdrwal or acute intoxication.
Most important and serious abnormalities are hypokalemia hypomagnesemia hypophosphatemia hypoglycemia ketoacidosis and lactic acidosis
This serious complication can lead to genrealized weakness which needs prompt adressing

Serum elctrolytes including Mg and Ca leves, blood sugar, ECG should be done

Have good and balance diet reduced or stop alcohol consumption altogther and if you are lactating mother then that would need extra amount of calories in your diet. Take good care of your self alcohol is very damaging to health it affects almost every system of your body.

Hope it will help

Thanks

wishing you best of health

Dr M.S Khalil
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Brief Answer: Explained in detail Detailed Answer: Hello and welcome Your concern is appreciated Genralized body weakness after alcohol drinking can be due to hypokalemia and concomitten hypomagnesemia. Other things is alcoholic neuropathy in which too patient can have muscle problems like weakness, cramps, aches or spasms. Chronic alcohol consumption depletes body of vitamins and minerals. Due to which weakness can develop. Degeneration of muscles can also occur called alcoholic myopathy making upper arms and thighs weak and painful can also held responsible. Metabolic derangements can occur in patients with chronic alcohol exposure withdrwal or acute intoxication. Most important and serious abnormalities are hypokalemia hypomagnesemia hypophosphatemia hypoglycemia ketoacidosis and lactic acidosis This serious complication can lead to genrealized weakness which needs prompt adressing Serum elctrolytes including Mg and Ca leves, blood sugar, ECG should be done Have good and balance diet reduced or stop alcohol consumption altogther and if you are lactating mother then that would need extra amount of calories in your diet. Take good care of your self alcohol is very damaging to health it affects almost every system of your body. Hope it will help Thanks wishing you best of health Dr M.S Khalil