Sometimes the pain is worse than other times and when that happens I smoke a little marijuana. Most times though I just drink some wine each night. Am I destroying my body by doing this? I am 5'2", female, aged 55 and weigh 122 lbs. and aside from my lupus and its complications, consider myself healthy. Please advise, as I worry I am doing more harm than good, while easing my pain.
Funny, I am dealing with the same concern. I am 60 yr old female who is reasonably active and fit but I hurt in the evening, especially my knees, thighs and neck. Noticed that I was drinking several glasses of wine before and during dinner and it bothered me, so I made a personal choice not to drink for 3 months to check things out: I have a family history of alcoholism which I think I'd be foolish to ignore. The segment of the population with the greatest increase in "problem" drinking is women over the age of 50. I am on several meds and worry that a steady influx of alcohol will compromise my body's ability to handle the drugs. I wonder if I was just "masking" the pain with a BUZZ, often waking up in the middle of the night feeling worse. I do have pain medication that I can take when it gets truly bad, but I have been able to maintain so far with weekly massage, water water pool classes and in-door walking.
It's been about a month now and I am actually feeling better without the wine. So that's my story. Hope it's helpful!
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