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    Hmmmm. I'm not diagnosed. I'm seeing my Rheumy for the first time next week. I have symptoms that look like RA, Carpel Tunnel, Sjogren's and TMJ to name but a few. To date I'm only on Naprosyn (painkillers). I really enjoy a glass of wine or small bottle of cider in the evening. Is my doctor going to tell me to give this up? It's not huge amounts but is sure is nectar to me!

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    Hey There,

    I can't tell you what your doctor is going to tell you but mine said a glass or two is fine. I haven't had a drink in about 4 years so it isn't an issue but of course I had to ask LOL
    Also, it can depend on the meds he/she puts you on.
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    As I write this, I'm enjoying a pint of Guinness (it's 5 O'clock somewhere, right?) Anyway, my neuro, and my PCP both tell me that alcohol in moderation is OK for most people with Lupus, as well as MS. One thing you should be careful of though is consuming alcohol while taking a drug that can interact badly with it, like an opiate based painkiller. Also, if you are taking anything containing Acetominiphen/Paracetemol, which is the active ingredient in Tylenol, you should avoid drinking because the two together in the right quantity, can cause liver damage-not good!

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    Sharon,

    Robs right in what he says and having a glass won't hurt you till you see the specialist but just watch it with certain painkillers. xxx

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob View Post
    As I write this, I'm enjoying a pint of Guinness (it's 5 O'clock somewhere, right?) Anyway, my neuro, and my PCP both tell me that alcohol in moderation is OK for most people with Lupus, as well as MS. One thing you should be careful of though is consuming alcohol while taking a drug that can interact badly with it, like an opiate based painkiller. Also, if you are taking anything containing Acetominiphen/Paracetemol, which is the active ingredient in Tylenol, you should avoid drinking because the two together in the right quantity, can cause liver damage-not good!

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    Rob nice one mate and it's lovely to have your nose rubbed in it.lol

    I used to love my Guinness and whisky and packed the lot up ahhhhhhhhhh you lucky bugger.

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    Ok, I got up and got my Naprosyn leaflet and it doesn't have any mention of avoiding alcohol. Unfortunately, as I got up my left glute went into spasm! I'm not sure if that's telling me I should have just had the drink or that I shouldn't be having the drink LOL!! Thanks for the advice though. I guess reading the leaflet that comes with meds may become a much more important part of my life :-(

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    Sharon,

    I've been looking at that Naprosyn and that can interfer with your eyes and it cause abdominal pain, do you think that's why the spasm might have kicked off. It says nothing about drinking on it...so it's up to you mate. lol xxx

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    The spasm was my bum rather than my abs LOL!! But I did just put 2 lots of washing powder and fabric softener in the machine and the washing up has been sitting in the sink for 2 hours. Maybe I should be avoiding alcohol at all costs LOL xx

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    Right mate about your bum but i've had the spasms and they can be murder.

    Well if your brain feels abit better now get the washing up done out the way i would, that's when i take more advantage of doing stuff. xxx

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    Washing up is done and the plan is/was to sit for a while and do nothing until bedtime. Alas, I've realised I've put Callum's school uniform in the wash and of course tomorrow is only Thursday! If I had half a brain I'd be dangerous . . . it's something I've always told the kids. Now they have the pleasure of turning it on me. Frequently LOL xxx

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