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What causes pain in legs post alcohol consumption?

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Posted on Thu, 21 Jul 2016
Question: I am 35 years of age. Of lately i have realized that whenever i consume alcohol i experience pain in my legs. Is there any kind of explanation?
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Due to lactic acid build up as well as due to potassium depletion.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.

The problem that you report is actually frequently encountered by many alcoholics. Alcohol can be toxic to nerve tissue. People who drink too much may start to feel pain and tingling in their limbs. This is known as alcoholic neuropathy. Moreover, metabolites of alcohol are actually even more toxic and cause build up of lactic acid in the muscles on one hand and electrolyte imbalance on the other, thus leading to the leg pains.

Going through the following link might help:
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/legs-ache-after-drinking-alcohol.html

The best solution would be to refrain from alcohol or at least refrain from binge drinking.

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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (19 hours later)
Thanks doctar. I will try to followbyour advice.

Futhermore will it be useful to take some pottasium supplements?

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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Juicy fruits are a rich source of potassium

Detailed Answer:
You can take potassium supplements. However, instead of taking supplements my suggestion would be to take juicy fruits like citrus fruits as well as bananas since they contain plenty of potassium.

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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes pain in legs post alcohol consumption?

Brief Answer: Due to lactic acid build up as well as due to potassium depletion. Detailed Answer: Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic. The problem that you report is actually frequently encountered by many alcoholics. Alcohol can be toxic to nerve tissue. People who drink too much may start to feel pain and tingling in their limbs. This is known as alcoholic neuropathy. Moreover, metabolites of alcohol are actually even more toxic and cause build up of lactic acid in the muscles on one hand and electrolyte imbalance on the other, thus leading to the leg pains. Going through the following link might help: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/legs-ache-after-drinking-alcohol.html The best solution would be to refrain from alcohol or at least refrain from binge drinking. Regards