why do my shoulders hurt when i drink
Pain following alcohol consumption: classically, involved nodes are painful after alcohol consumption, though this phenomenon is very uncommon, occurring in only two to three percent of people with Hodgkin's lymphoma, thus having a low sensitivity. On the other hand, its specificity is high enough for it to be regarded as a pathognomonic sign of Hodgkin's lymphoma.  The pain typically has an onset within minutes after ingesting alcohol, and is usually felt as coming from the vicinity where there is an involved lymph node.  The pain has been described as either sharp and stabbing or dull and aching. 
I m kind of glad to have come across this thread - sorry for everyone dealing with Hodgkin s Disease though!
I started drinking beer when I was 16 (I m from Germany and it s legal except for drinking spirits - those only after 18) and I cannot remember that I had these symptoms very early on. (Or maybe I thought this was normal) I m 32 now and have been dealing with drinking associated pains for many years. My alcohol consumption had drastically decreased over the years - I was very embarrassed after one binge-drinking incident when I was 20 yrs old, and after that partially also because of the increase in pain. I must have been dealing with this for at least 7 years. (A decrease of tolerance due to the lack of alcohol? ) As soon as I have a couple of sips of alcohol I get these really intense flu-like pains in my upper body.
Particularly on both sides of my neck, down my collarbones and my arms. The pain varies in severity but it can be pretty bad - however, it only lasts for approximately 5-20 minutes. Like others have mentioned before, I can continue drinking without major problems but it definitely throws me off. It s been a lot of trial and error for me trying to make sense of all of this. (I also assume that diet might play a role in my overall reaction but I am always fine on gluten). Beer has been increasingly difficult - dark spirits in general and anything fermented I d like to think. (tannins/sulfates? ) I completely steer away from beer and wines. (I also get migraines, so this in addition to the pain limits me in terms of what types of alcohol I can tolerate already. ) I find it interesting that some of you mentioned sugary drinks and/or mixers.
I ve been under the impression that there might be a correlation as well! My go-to alcohol is Vodka at this point. I drink so little that I m not really sure whether I am just making stuff up in regards to how I can tolerate it - maybe there s a difference between potato, wheat and rye - but it s hit or miss sometimes and I really think it has something to do with the stuff they mix the Vodka with (fruity things might be tricky?! ).
I really hope that I am not dealing with anything serious - especially since I ve had this for many years. I had so many unrelated tests in the meantime (brain MRI, comprehensive blood tests, entire CT scan of abdomen and also an ultrasound of the entire abdomen), that I m hoping I m overall fine. It s sometimes annoying from a social perspective as I cannot just drink whatever and be merry - but then there are times when I m doing fine on Vodka. At least something. Looking forward to more posts on this thread.
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