Wine and fibromyalgia

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   Posted 9/7/2010 4:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone know if wine is helpful for fibromyalgia?  No......I don't mean over-indulging, just a small amount, as it could help muscle relaxation.  
Actually, I don't drink, and have not even had a drink for over 25 years, when I was single, and even then only rarely drank.  But with all the talk about wine being good for health, am I missing out?  Is red wine better for the body than white wine?  Thanks for any info/opinions!

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   Posted 9/7/2010 5:08 AM (GMT -7)   

Wine is good for the heart and circulation but I would be cautious about drinking it if you are on a lot of meds.   Don't know if it relieves pain in the traditional sense.


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   Posted 9/7/2010 6:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I think in moderation it would be okay. But yes, check with your doctor to make sure there wont be any adverse reactions to your meds. But they say that red wine has antioxidents in it and that it is healthy in small doses. But please talk to your doctor first.

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   Posted 9/7/2010 6:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I enjoy one glass of wine almost every evening - I usually drink a Zinfandel. I asked my doctor about it, due to the meds I'm on, and she told me that one glass isn't going to be a problem, but I should avoid even one glass if I have to drive at all - which is advice I've taken.

The glass I enjoy is usually poured around 8pm...hubby and I sit and talk before he heads up to bed at 9. I find that one glass can be nursed until about 10pm, which is my bedtime. I've never had any problems with drinking the one glass, and I think it does help me relax a bit, so falling asleep is a bit easier. Just remember, alcohol is a depressant so be careful if you're taking other medications.

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   Posted 9/7/2010 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I enjoy a glass of wine (or bottle of beer), but I have noticed that I feel worse the next day if I have a drink! I only have a drink about 3 times a week though and my husband and I like to have it together while we talk or watch TV. But yes, red wine is supposed to be the healthiest.

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   Posted 9/7/2010 8:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I haven't been able to drink any alcohol for about 10 years. It used to be I could have maybe half a drink, but now a couple of sips and I get dizzy, nauseous, and tired (kind of like a hangover!) It's ironic because in the last year, my husband has discovered wine and he and my son have a glass some evenings, and I can't join in. Maybe it's the Nortriptyline and Clonazepam I'm on (another reason I'm trying to wean myself off those.)

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   Posted 9/7/2010 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I stopped drinking any alcoholic beverages when I started taking medications.  Alcohol can change the affect of medications, too. 
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   Posted 9/7/2010 10:29 AM (GMT -7)   
In reading a lot of the info that is put out, I've read that it is better to avoid it...but with that being said....if you are not on prescription pain medications...I don't see where a glass or two would hurt.
I sure can't have any, my med's have me feeling really strange, I tried a rum & coke not too long ago (my fav) and did not like the experience at all.
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