Alchohol and MS

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Tertle
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   Posted 8/3/2007 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
As anyone quit drinking alchohol because of MS? I am slowing down big time, the next morning's are like 10 times as worse. Also the drug Provigil I take has warnings online saying they Prudent about drinking and taking this medication. Also I was wondering if anyone has changed there Diet due to this disease? I don't know how big of a factor it is, my doc said its not that big of a deal and I have read online that its a big deal....just curious.

Gretchen1
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   Posted 8/3/2007 5:51 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Tertle,

I don't drink aclohol anymore.  One of my symptoms is chronic vertigo and I am a lot worse after I drink.  It lasts for a couple of days after I drink.  I don't think it will hurt you to drink if you are responsible with it, but for me it just messes with my vertigo.

I have also changed my diet but that is because I can have stomache and constipation problems.  I just do better with a really good diet with lots of fruits and veggies and whole grain.  Fiber, fiber, fiber!!!!! 

Good luck.

Love and prayers,

 


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uppitycats
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   Posted 8/3/2007 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Tertle said...
As anyone quit drinking alchohol because of MS? I am slowing down big time, the next morning's are like 10 times as worse. Also the drug Provigil I take has warnings online saying they Prudent about drinking and taking this medication. Also I was wondering if anyone has changed there Diet due to this disease? I don't know how big of a factor it is, my doc said its not that big of a deal and I have read online that its a big deal....just curious.
You can read LOTS of stuff on the Internet. Doesn't make it true, or right, or credible.
 
But -- yes, alcohol seems to affect me more than it did pre-MS.  But then, I'm a lot older, too, so maybe that's a factor.  And as you note, many of the meds we take have cautions about taking them and alcohol.  And as someone else noted, if MS causes you dizziness or vertigo, that can be exacerbated with too much alcohol.
 
Like everything -- you have to find out what YOUR limits are, and then do what you must to stay within those limits...at least most of the time.  My doctor, like yours, says it's not a big deal...but of course would not suggest I get drunk, or drink to excess, or drive while drinking, or any of those standard precautions.
 
I usually find 1-2 vodka tonics with a meal is more than enough.  Or a beer or two.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


Kimber
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   Posted 8/4/2007 5:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tertle,
 
    My husband has never really been a big drinker, but one maybe two drinks is all he can handle.  Just one and it's like he's been packing them away all night and with the meds we are just extra careful now. 
 
    We didn't really notice a big difference with diet change, but with his high bp and cholesterol we have to eat sensibly anyway. 
 
     As you're finding out with the alcohol, there are things that you may not tolerate as well as you used to.  It doesn't mean you have to give up the things you love to do just adapt to what your body is telling you.  
 
  
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Sandy C.
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   Posted 8/5/2007 1:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok Tertle- I will give u my very twisted and no PR response.

HELL YEAH I DRINK!!! I drink because I am a binge drinker, MS or no MS, I will drink. Does MS effect my drunk, I dunno. Like any alcoholic, have periods of increased tolerance and decreased tolerance. That is the natural flow of the disease even if u dont drink for periods of time. Now, if I am having a night out on the town, I try to not take my provigil or time it so it doesnt interfer with the effects of the alcohol I drink... (don't like to spend more then I have to if u know what I mean!)

Now eating healthier, OF COURSE THAT IS GOOD! how could it not be??? In our society healthy living and lifestyle is VERY neglected! What has worked for thousands of years previous to the last hundred or less, WHY IS IT NOT RECOMMENDED NOW? Do I eat healthy, consume antioxidants and worry about free radicals that are involved in inflammation (yes MS is an inflammatory disease), not really. If I did I am sure it would have a positive effect on my lifestyle. our society today makes it hard and expensive, imo, to eat healthy!

Oh yea, and tell your doc I said he really needs to watch what he says and do back to school and complete his D.O. (doctor of osteopathic medicine that receives years more of schooling after they receive their MD)


Sandy C.
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uppitycats
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   Posted 8/5/2007 5:53 AM (GMT -6)   
A Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine indeeds "receives more years of schooling after they receive their MD". But then, so does ANY doctor who graduates from medical school and specializes. Osteopathy is a speciality, like neurology is a specialty, or internal medicine, obstetrics, etc., etc. Osteopathy is somewhat unique, though, in that some mainstream doctors consider it a bit on the fringe.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


madlou
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   Posted 8/7/2007 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I stopped drinking. #1 sugar (I was drinking red wine) and #2 concern for my liver. Figured rebif and lyrica was chewing it up enough. I've had one glass in the last month. As for diet, I've cleaned it up quite a bit. No junk food. More fruits and vegetables. Less red meat, more fish. Have IBS pre-MS. Find I need even more help in certain "departments" now!
LDN 3 ml, baclofen 5mg 2 x, lyrica 100 x 2, ambien, too many vitamins to list!

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