Alcohol Consumption : How Badly Can It Affect ME / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Sufferers? Part 1
Posted Aug 26 2008 4:29pm
Found an interesting article on alcohol and ME, written by ME guru Claire Williams. I wonder how many sufferers are adversely affected by alcohol? It would be interesting to take a poll. I have noticed that alcohol does seem to worsen the symptoms. Perhaps it's because it lessens the affect of the drugs I am taking. Shame, because I really used to enjoy the odd glass of red wine.
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The wonders of alcohol.
The achilles heel for many people. The 'norm' for some others. And probably poison if you have ME / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ...
I remember when I first got Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS /CFIDS) back in 1995, I thought that having a drink or two wouldn't affect me any differently to my pre-PVFS days. Unfortunately I didn't realize what I was doing to myself.
I didn't know how badly alcohol consumption can affect the severity of Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS /CFIDS) ...
Nowadays I don't touch alcohol at all, and haven't done so for a few years now. I'd rather see at least a few hours in the day instead of being bedridden for weeks on end because of one alcoholic drink!
Because when you have ME/CFS /CFIDS , you might as well be pouring arsenic down your throat...
Okay - so that comparison might be a little 'dramatic', but you get what I mean right?
You see when you have ME/CFS /CFIDS , you are likely to develop **alcohol intolerance**...
The smallest alcoholic drink - even a tiny bit of alcohol consumption, can send you into a relapse - as I learned the hard way many years ago.
Having an alcoholic drink now and again was enough to tip the severity of my PVFS (ME/CFS) over the edge and put me in bed indefinitely.
When a **normal** person gets drunk they may feel ill for a day or so after which, they're back to 'normal', bouncing back and raring to go. But when a person with ME/CFS gets drunk - or even has just one drink, they're likely to feel like 'death warmed up' for what seems like an eternity!!!
Personally, I don't actually like alcohol much so I don't miss it. But even if I did, I have realized that alcohol consumption no longer makes me feel the way it used to before I had ME/CFS ...
Drinking alcohol now feels like I'm feeding myself poison, and my body reacts accordingly - i.e. a flare, or worse, a relapse - and I suffer the consequences for a long, long time afterwards.
Unfortunately, most of us ME/CFS sufferers are just not strong enough to resist the poisons of alcohol.
So for most of us, it's unfortunately a case of accepting it, or getting much, much worse.
As Dr Shepherd writes in his book 'Living With M.E.' , many people who might have been able to drink alcohol before the onset of their illness, often find themselves getting very unwell even after small amounts of alcohol consumption .
So if you have ME/CFS, it is likely that you may have developed an intolerance to alcohol.
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