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What Happens When I Drink Alcohol

Alcohol is something that’s been very hit-or-miss with my body ever since I got sick. Sometimes I can drink and nothing will go wrong, but sometimes it can trigger a flare.

Recently it was Canada Day here in, well, Canada. I decided to have a glass of red wine to celebrate, and I wanted to share with everyone what happened to me.

The night of

The night of Canada Day, as I said, I had one glass of red wine. I usually buy the cheap stuff, but this time it was a bit more expensive. Almost immediately, I felt tired which is nothing new with wine, but it was a different kind of tired.

I fell asleep early that night, contributing the fatigue to the wine and the extreme heat and humidity we’d been experiencing.

The next day

Let me preface this by saying I’ve never had a hangover. I also didn’t get drunk off of that one glass of wine. I wish it were that easy.

When I woke up in the morning, I felt like I was hit by a truck. My body was extremely heavy and my pain was about an 8, and my head was hurting. I hadn’t experienced a flare like this in a while. For some reason, I decided to get up without my cane and check the mail.

As I was walking across the street, something scary happened. My brain was telling my legs to walk, but my body was saying no. I started to slow down unwillingly. I checked the mail and walked back to my house and immediately sat down at the bottom of the stairs.

I was scared

The trip to the mailbox scared me. I didn’t know what was going on, I’d never felt that way before. My body had never slowed down against my will before, or at least, as far back as my brain-fogged memory will go.

I sat down and told my mom what happened, and I told her that there was no way that I would be able to walk back upstairs and get into bed. She helped me get upstairs, set me up in bed and I tried to go back to sleep.

The pain was unbearable though, and I couldn’t sleep, so I just laid in bed on my phone. I made a point to use my cane for the rest of the day.

As the day went on, and with movement, the pain did get a little better. I’d never had that situation happen to me because of a glass of wine.

Do you drink?

I’ve heard from a bunch of different ASers that the same happens to them if they drink alcohol. Needless to say, I’m cutting it out of my life. I don’t even drink that often, but it’s definitely not worth it if I’m going to feel like that the day after.

Do you drink alcohol? What happens when you do? Do certain types make you feel worse than others? I’m curious to know!

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