ProHealth health Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help
Facebook Google Plus
Fibromyalgia  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & M.E.  Lyme Disease  Natural Wellness  Supplement News  Forums  Our Story
Store     Brands   |   A-Z Index   |   Best Sellers   |   New Products   |   Deals & Specials   |   Under $10   |   SmartSavings Club

Trending News

How Good Fats Prevent Heart Disease

Acupuncture: Why It Works

The Bees' Best-Kept Secret: The Amazing Health Benefits of Propolis

The Relationship Between Vitamin D and Insulin Resistance

For women, healthy diets may help with mobility when aging

High-Quality Whey Protein (in the Right Amounts) May Be Helpful for Weight Loss

8 Things to Consider for Depression

Improve US chronic pain care

VIDEO: Living with Chronic Pain

Turmeric: The Spice of Life

 
Print Page
Email Article

Does Alcohol Consumption Improve Fibromyalgia Symptoms?

  [ 5 votes ]   [ 1 Comment ]
www.ProHealth.com • March 19, 2013


Note: You may download the full text of this article free HERE.

Association between alcohol consumption and symptom severity and quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia.
– Source: Arthritis Research and Therapy, March 15, 2013

By Chul H. Kim, et al.

Abstract:

INTRODUCTION: Although alcohol consumption is a common lifestyle behavior with previous studies reporting positive effects of alcohol on chronic pain and rheumatoid arthritis, no studies to this date have examined alcohol consumption in patients with fibromyalgia. We examined the association between alcohol consumption and symptom severity and quality of life (QOL) in patients with fibromyalgia.

METHODS: Data on self-reported alcohol consumption from 946 patients were analyzed. Subjects were grouped by level of alcohol consumption (number of drinks/week): none, low ([less than or equal to]3), moderate (>3 to 7), and heavy (>7). Univariate analyses were used to find potential confounders, and analysis of covariance was used to adjust for these confounders. Tukey HSD pairwise comparisons were used to determine differences between alcohol groups.

RESULTS:

  • Five hundred and forty-six subjects (58%) did not consume alcohol.

  • Low, moderate, and heavy levels of alcohol consumption were reported for 338 (36%), 31 (3%), and 31 patients (3%), respectively.

  • Employment status (P <0.001), education level (P = 0.009), body mass index (P = 0.002) and opioid use (P = 0.002) differed significantly among groups with drinkers having higher education, a lower BMI, and a lower frequency of unemployment and opioid use than nondrinkers.

  • After adjusting for these differences, the measures including the number of tender points (P = 0.01), FIQ total score (P = 0.01), physical function (P <0.001), work missed (P = 0.005), job ability (P = 0.03), and pain (P = 0.001) differed across groups, as did the SF-36 subscales of physical functioning (P <0.001), pain index (P = 0.002), general health perception (P = 0.02), social functioning (P = 0.02), and the physical component summary (P <0.001).

  • Pairwise comparison among the 4 groups showed that the moderate and low alcohol drinkers had lower severity of fibromyalgia symptoms and better physical QOL than nondrinkers.

 CONCLUSIONS: Our study demonstrates that low and moderate alcohol consumption was associated with lower fibromyalgia symptoms and better QOL compared to no alcohol consumption. The reasons for these results are unclear. Since recent studies have demonstrated that gamma-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) levels are low in fibromyalgia, and alcohol is known to be a GABA-agonist, future studies should examine whether alcohol could have a salutary effect on pain and other symptoms in fibromyalgia.


Source: Arthritis Research and Therapy, March 15, 2013. Chul H Kim, Ann Vincent, Daniel J Clauw, Connie A Luedtke, Jeffrey M Thompson, Terry D Schneekloth and Terry H Oh. Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905, USA. Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Kyungpook National University Hospital, Daegu, 700721 Korea. Division of General Internal Medicine Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905, USA. Department of Anesthesiology, Medicine, and Psychiatry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA. Department of Nursing Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905, USA. Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905, USA.  E-mail: oh.terry@mayo.edu

Editor's Comment:  It is notable that 58% of the study participants did not drink alcohol at all.  Also notable was the fact that the 3% rate of heavy drinkers in the study is significantly lower than the 7% rate for U.S. women in general.  The study authors speculated that this “might be related to
1) decreased social functioning due to chronic pain and therefore, fewer occasions to drink alcohol socially;
2) self-perceived chronic health concerns and lower QOL, leading to different drinking habits;
3) concerns of alcohol interacting with medications such as sedatives or narcotics, and
4) possible under-reporting of drinking.”

Another possible reason for the low rate of drinkers which was not mentioned is that many people with fibromyalgia report having an undesirable reaction to alcohol.  Common complaints include increased nausea, increased fatigue, sleep disturbance and exacerbated hangovers.  Some FM patients say one drink can trigger a flare of symptoms that may last for days or even weeks. 





Post a Comment

Featured Products From the ProHealth Store
Ultra ATP+, Double Strength Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Vitamin D3 Extreme™

Looking for Vitamins, Herbs and Supplements?
Search the ProHealth Store for Hundreds of Natural Health Products


Article Comments Post a Comment

Chicken and Egg?
Posted by: glenyseverest
Mar 21, 2013
Hi
I am not sure of all the medical terms in this article, but I AM a Fibromyalgia sufferer.

I allow myself to drink alcohol in small amounts, simply because I know that I can cope with the discomfort (aching joints) the next day. I consider myself to be one of the "healthier" Fibro sufferers I know. However, many people I know with the condition wont even go near alcohol because it makes them ill for days! They are, in the most, folk who suffer very badly already without the added problems the alcohol gives them.

Has the study allowed for the fact that people with less symptoms have more alcohol just "because they can", and maybe they had mor GABA in their system to start off with?

Just a thought, and maybe the answer is in the article, and I haven't read it properly.

G
Reply Reply
 
Natural Pain Relief Supplements

Featured Products

Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor® Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor®
Reduce Fatigue up to 45%
Ultra ATP+, Double Strength Ultra ATP+, Double Strength
Get energized with malic acid & magnesium
FibroSleep™ FibroSleep™
The All-in-One Natural Sleep Aid
Ultra EPA  - Fish Oil Ultra EPA - Fish Oil
Ultra concentrated source of essential fish oils
Optimized Curcumin Longvida® Optimized Curcumin Longvida®
Supports Cognition, Memory & Overall Health

Natural Remedies

Mitochondria-Booster NIAGEN® Shows Promise in First Human Clinical Trial Mitochondria-Booster NIAGEN® Shows Promise in First Human Clinical Trial
Restore Youthful Cognition and Well-Being Restore Youthful Cognition and Well-Being
The Revolutionary 'Good Fat' That Promotes Heart, Brain, Bone and Joint Health The Revolutionary 'Good Fat' That Promotes Heart, Brain, Bone and Joint Health
Natural Relief for Soreness, Pain and Swelling – Putting Out the Fire
Breaking Through the Mental Fog Breaking Through the Mental Fog

CONTACT US
ProHealth, Inc.
555 Maple Ave
Carpinteria, CA 93013
(800) 366-6056  |  Email

· Become a Wholesaler
· Vendor Inquiries
· Affiliate Program
SHOP WITH CONFIDENCE
Credit Card Processing
SUBSCRIBE AND SAVE 15% NOW*
Be the first to know about new products, special discounts and the latest health news. *New subscribers only

CONNECT WITH US ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus

© 2016 ProHealth, Inc. All rights reserved. Pain Tracker App  |  Store  |  Customer Service  |  Guarantee  |  Privacy  |  Contact Us  |  Library  |  RSS  |  Site Map