Last reply 2 months ago
Alcohol and flare ups

Just wondering if anyone experiences this??…..
I don’t drink a lot usually, but there have been a few nights where Iv exceeded my usual ‘couple’ and had a hangover the next day etc.
I had a relapse about 5/6 weeks ago which was fizzing and numbness in one leg, last week I was feeling great and back to normal, then after a rather boozy Saturday evening, Sunday I woke up with altered sensation in my toes but now it’s in both feet and have numb-ish bum cheeks.
Is this a too short space of time to be another relapse? or has the alcohol/ hangover stress on my body flared the same one back up? I can’t see anywhere that it’s a cause, but I suppose everyone is different?!
After doing some past investigating, whenever Iv experienced problems/ relapses it’s always after a said night out.
Due to this, I am obviously going to avoid drinking in excess – will be interesting to see if that is intact a trigger for me.

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pippa87
3 months ago

…..Also apart from the odd boozy night every now and again I’m extremely healthy with my diet and active 😊


stumbler
3 months ago

@pippa87 , this webpage will tell you all about what is and isn’t a relapse :-

https://www.mstrust.org.uk/about-ms/ms-symptoms/managing-relapses

Generally, our bodies will let us know if we do something that causes it concern. We should listen to these messages……….


pippa87
2 months ago

@stumbler
Thank you,
yep I have well and truly taken in my bodies messages now, less is definitely more in my case! 😂

(Let’s hope I don’t chop off my feet in the meantime! 😩)


stumbler
2 months ago

@pippa87 , we just have to keep learning about our bodies as they change, understand our limits and work within them. 😉


jennifer_hopson
2 months ago

I can’t say if it triggers a relapse in me, but my most recent flare was shortly after my birthday. Which included alcohol. Probably a bit much. I had also started a new med about a month before and hadn’t had a drink since starting.


happy_wanderer
2 months ago

I was also having some very weird sensations and started to link them to drinking. I completely quit drinking for 4 months (sensations certainly got less). Then I started to try drinking just certain kinds of alcohol one at a time to see if it made a difference. Bad news, beer still gives me very tingly legs. Good news, red wine seems to be fine 😉
No idea of there’s any science behind it but I certainly feel better


happy_wanderer
2 months ago

I don’t mean that I used to drink cocktails of different alcohols all at once but I’d certainly mix within a night or throughout the week. When starting drinking again, I’d leave a week between each alcohol type.


nobodyin
2 months ago

Despite my specialist saying drinking hasn’t given me my MS I am sure it has. I read a recent article by a biochemist who has set himself the task of inventing an alternative to alcohol due to the latters harmful effects. When the liver metabolises ethanol it produces acetylaldehyde a carcinogen. This is what causes throat and mouth cancer from drinking, also it causes damage to the liver, brain and CNS. I drank heavily during my forties being diagnosed with MS in my early fifties. Having moved out of London and received decent medical help I no longer drink but, curse my former self daily.


pippa87
2 months ago

Thank you for all your replies @nobodyin @happy_wanderer @jennifer_hopson,
My ms nurse said a night out could be putting stress on your body (such as dehydration etc) and maybe that’s why, who knows anything with this disease 🤷🏼‍♀️ but I just find it too coincidental how my really bad times have coincided after a heavy night.
Im going to lay off the boozy nights and see what happens.
Think the stress of being diagnosed has probably made me down those margaritas a bit too hard! 😂
I’m starting Ocrevus in July, so I’m hoping that will help with symptoms too.
My fizzy/ numbness tends to last around 4/5 weeks which is very annoying, my feet feel like sponges to walk on!
Any medication that helps with this?


oli_anton
2 months ago

Hi 🙂 I had 3 pints of beer last week, it all went out couple of hours later. Apparently my body doesn’t appreciate a good beer anymore, it handles only and only this, 3 single gin&tonics… and i have a hangover for 2 days… in 4 months 10 more lesions. I have itchy body, and weird toes… it’s harder to go to the loo with alcohol on the list. Time to quit, drinking… I can’t even dance. High shoes are a major challenge… let’s try ocrevus in 3 months…


chezy17
2 months ago

I seem ok when I drink, granted I’ll have a horrible hangover if have anything more than a bottle of wine but I seem OK, I get tingly on occasion but that’s there when I’m tired. I probably drink more than I did do before diagnosis but I have moments where I don’t drink. As long as I sleep, I’m oK, certainly not gonna stop me next week with the girlies, but that’s me 😂!

Happy Bank Holiday peeps and peepesses 🍻!


stumbler
2 months ago

@pippa87 , here’s an article regarding your fizzy/numbness, aka sensory symptoms, aka altered sensations :-

https://www.mstrust.org.uk/a-z/altered-sensations

Your MS Nurse should be able to advise on this.


pippa87
2 months ago

@stumbler
Thank you!!


katrinaf93
2 months ago

@pippa87 – I was out twice in the last week and can’t get myself together at all. No energy whatsoever. Coming to terms with the fact, I need to cut the booze but I’m 25 and loving going for cocktails and wines with my friends. I’m usually the one trying to persuade everyone to go out lol. I also haven’t told a lot of people other than my closest I have MS so I’m sure the “I no longer drink” will be a shock lol.


birdboy
2 months ago

I drink frequently and rather heavily. No noticeable effect on my symptoms so far, so I’ll keep it up for now. To the pub…


nobodyin
2 months ago

there’s time yet my friend..


smack
2 months ago

A relapse/flare or whatever you want to call it has no set timetable.


chezy17
2 months ago

Pub it is…Cheers 🍻!

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