Alcohol as a muscle relaxer?

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Alcohol as a muscle relaxer?

Postby mikeyjinx » Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:31 am

I had gotten pretty irritated with my ms a few months ago and really just wanted a break from it all. I was watching a video on Youtube where a girl talked about how she drank occasionally and usually didn't suffer any ill effects. So I figured wth, 4 - 6 hours of not worrying about this crap would be worth feeling bad the next day. So off to Kroger I went to browse the wine isle. (I Knew beer and whiskey were out of the question.) So I got my wine, went home and got pretty "relaxed". lol. Here's the funny thing, the next day when I woke, I had some muscle stiffness in my legs, but it dissipated after I got up and moved around. What was really surprising is that it didn't come back at all for around 4 days. That or any of the fog or headaches that I'd been having. I've repeated this once or twice a week for the past two months. Anyone else notice any beneficial effects from alcohol?
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Re: Alcohol as a muscle relaxer?

Postby steves » Thu Jul 05, 2012 9:07 am

when first dx I noticed that moderate alcohol alleviated muscle tightness. Internist said that back in the day alcohol was used to treat spasms. Technically, it inhibits a neurotransmitter and allows for muscles to relax. Guess that's the basis for Happy Hour. Moderation is key.
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Re: Alcohol as a muscle relaxer?

Postby jimmylegs » Thu Jul 05, 2012 2:48 pm

alcohol consumption clears both calcium and magnesium. calcium helps muscles contract, magnesium blocks the calcium allowing muscles to relax. i hypothesize that you might have cleared enough calcium to balance your electrolytes out for a few days.

The Hypocalcemic Effect of Ethyl Alcohol in Rats and Dogs

Moderate alcohol consumption and urinary excretion of magnesium and calcium
take control of your own health
pursue optimal self care at least as actively as a diagnosis
ask for referrals to preventive health care specialists eg dietitians
don't let suboptimal self care muddy any underlying diagnostic picture!
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