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Stopped alcohol. Pain during urination after drinking alcohol in any quantity. Suggestions?

Hello, I took Jan as a month of opportunity to kick start my year and stopped drinking alcohol for the month. It started to hurt when I urinated so based on history of UTI drank lots of cranberry juice and got antibiotics from my GP. When the tests came back it showed it wasn t UTI/ kidney infection which was a surprise given history and back pain in the Area associated with a kidney infection. I ve noticed now that if I drink alcohol in any qty it really hurts to urinate the next day. What can be the cause of this?
Asked On : Wed, 20 Feb 2013
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Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

Drinking alcohol is unlikely to be related to the painful urination. Since you had been recently diagnosed to have a urinary / kidney infection, it is possible that the infection has not resolved completely. This could be the likely cause for the pain / discomfort while passing urine. Si, I would suggest that you report this to your doctor and have a repeat urine culture test done.

However, excessive alcohol consumption is associated with a wide range of adverse health consequences, and if you are on medication, the alcohol can also affect the proper absorption of the medication. So, I would advise you to stick to your decision of quitting alcohol, in order to avoid future complications.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Fri, 22 Feb 2013
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