The study making the rounds this week seems to show that drinking a few drinks a week (up to 1 a day) can help those of us with Fibro feel better. I’ve posted in the past that during some of my worst days I craved alcohol and having a drink or two definitely made me feel better.
Of course, it’s also important to really look at what meds you are on and consider any contraindications regarding combining your meds with alcohol. In some cases, the affect may be just a matter of increasing a feeling of sleepiness, but in other cases alcohol may actually prevent your meds from working properly.
The other side of the study is that too much to drink can undo any of the positive effects of having a moderate amount, which any of us who have drank too much know all too well!
The current belief is that a moderate amount of alcohol may help because it works with GABA receptors to turn down pain transmission. I know that when I drink too much I feel NO PAIN! LOL. The important thing is to remember to keep the drinking to a minimum (or moderate) amount. Of course, I also feel that a large part of what made me feel better was getting out and being social, which definitely helped my mood.
There are many things we can do that help us feel better, the key is to find a few of them and do all of them in moderation. It’s too easy to get focused on what we CAN’T do with Fibromyalgia, so it’s nice to focus occasionally on what we can do, and we can all be social and enjoy time with friends… and maybe even a drink or two.