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Wine linked to hip joint pain?

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Created September 22, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Ok, so I was out with friends last Sunday and had quite a few glasses of Ros?? wine (probably 7 or so glasses - we were buying in rounds). On Monday afternoon my hip joints (especially the right one) started to feel really tender and by Tuesday morning both hips were seriously sore! Can this be linked to the wine? It's never happened to me before, then again I generally don't drink much, probably once a month or less. Has anyone else ever had this experience after wine/other alcohol?

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522 · March 04, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Hi Mandy, I was actually wearing completely flat boots that day! And I have had wine on occasion since then and had no issues at all, my hips haven't caused me any pain in the last 5 months or so. My only thinking is that it may have been the certain type of wine that I had. I seem to be fine with red wine, and have started to prefer it to Rose and white!

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2022 · March 04, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Were you wearing heels by chance? I don't generally wear heels, but I do when I go out. Sometimes I can feel it in my hips or knees the next day.

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522 · October 20, 2011 at 8:55 PM

I feel your pain TeaElf! I've had wine a few times since I posted this and luckily enough my hips have been fine but now if I drink wine it tends to affect my knees - So odd! And my joints have started cracking, in my wrists and shoulders. Not happy with this at all and really enjoy the odd glass of wine. I may give it up for a while and see what happens.

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3280 · October 20, 2011 at 8:30 PM

This happens to me EVERY TIME I have wine. Alcohol seriously inflames my joints and my hips get it worst of all. I'm sorry it happens to you too!

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18635 · September 22, 2011 at 9:31 PM

my hips always hurt after i get drunk and fall down or run into things that i dont remember...

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24538 · September 22, 2011 at 8:54 PM

I'm totally talking out of my ass about this next thought, but I wonder if there could have been a "crystalizing" effect with the combination of something in the wine and something in your body, that just happened to hit your hip joints, kind of like an attack of gout. Do you perchance eat lean muscle meat as more than 30-50% of your calories?

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522 · September 22, 2011 at 8:32 PM

Thanks Happy Now :) In hindsight I can't believe that I had 7 drinks in the space of approx 7 hours. Saying that though, I felt ok on Monday, apart from a slight headache. There is no history of arthritis in my family but I'm pretty concerned about the effect that the wine had on me, it's the only thing I can link the hip pain to. I guess for someone that doesn't drink much and whose body has become totally cleansed by eating Paleo, my body probably felt poisoned by the wine. Never again!!

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3217 · September 22, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Since I've cleaned up my act, eating wise, I've noticed that discrete events that I didn't notice before set me up for some sort of pain or imbalance. Drinking wine is one of these (and I, like AnnaA, drink dry red wine). I have found that if I have a glass of wine or two, I wake up with my left knee (the worse one) swollen and clicky. It happened the other night with sake, too.

I did a google search and found a lot of people with anecdotal evidence linking drinking to joint pain, and a lot of them had docs who said they couldn't possibly be linked. There's always the chance of gout, too, if it's a uric acid thing.

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78417 · September 22, 2011 at 9:31 PM

Maybe it is related to the fact that Rose wine is usually on the sweet side- you don't often drink, especially that amount, and it was just too much at once. I prefer and usually drink dry red wine daily and have not had any hip pain.

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24538 · September 22, 2011 at 7:38 PM

Aside from any particular mystery substance in the wine (including pesticides, tannins, and sulphates), the dehydration alone from 7 alcoholic drinks taken in short order I would expect to make pretty much everything ache, especially if you aren't a regular drinker.

I think some auto-immune disorders like Rheumatoid Arthritis can flare up with high ingestion of alcohol too. If you have a history of arthritis in your family (regardless of your age now), you might want to be careful with the stuff. http://www.healthcentral.com/rheumatoid-arthritis/c/38/33035/drinking

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24538 · September 22, 2011 at 8:54 PM

I'm totally talking out of my ass about this next thought, but I wonder if there could have been a "crystalizing" effect with the combination of something in the wine and something in your body, that just happened to hit your hip joints, kind of like an attack of gout. Do you perchance eat lean muscle meat as more than 30-50% of your calories?

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522 · September 22, 2011 at 8:32 PM

Thanks Happy Now :) In hindsight I can't believe that I had 7 drinks in the space of approx 7 hours. Saying that though, I felt ok on Monday, apart from a slight headache. There is no history of arthritis in my family but I'm pretty concerned about the effect that the wine had on me, it's the only thing I can link the hip pain to. I guess for someone that doesn't drink much and whose body has become totally cleansed by eating Paleo, my body probably felt poisoned by the wine. Never again!!

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0 · November 27, 2012 at 10:19 AM

I get bad pains in my joints from drinking even a small amount of wine. I've been to the doctor and blood tests show elevated uric acid levels. I have had a history of gout as well. Alcohol is the culprit, I fear. I miss alcohol.

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20908 · June 07, 2012 at 4:07 AM

I wonder if rather than being chemical (i.e., the wine is causing a reaction somewhere that's causing inflammation) if it's purely physical. What I mean by that is that maybe being even slightly drunk is enough to make you walk or move in a weird way that hurts your joints. There's lots of evidence that the loss of proprioception from things as simple as soft running shoes makes you move in a way that injures your joints. So maybe the loss of coordination (however small) from the alcohol make you hurt your joints.

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0 · June 07, 2012 at 12:39 AM

Here is somethibg, how about Wine & a resent accident? Not wanting to get to drinking a lot but the wine seems to work better than the pain pills perscribed. So if I'm going to drink a glass or two I don't take any of the pills that day. Will this interfer with my healing from the accident where some bones were broken

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0 · December 15, 2011 at 12:50 AM

Hi Thanks for the input. I started about 10 years ago having a glass or two of red wine most every day. Now, I am starting to develop joint pain. I am going to experiment, drink only twice a week, and I will let you all know the results.

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3808 · December 10, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Interesting. I had wine last night (which I very rarely do), and this morning my knee has been hurting (also rare for me). And, now that I think about it, I had a few hip twinges, too. I hadn't even thought about a possible connection until I saw this post.

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3125 · December 10, 2011 at 7:02 AM

its very likely that that much alcohol irritated the crap out of your intestine lining causing a leaky gut condition. the rest of the story is the subsequent rheumatoid arthritis. i would limit the drink to one from now on.or you can test it out buy drinking all that wine again to see if it makes you hurt. thats what i would do.

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1402 · September 22, 2011 at 11:11 PM

He didn't go into it but in Jack Kruse's interview with Jimmy Moore he said he tore his meniscus just from standing up while having a few drinks and he said that during his research, the event ended up making complete sense. Maybe he goes into it on his website? (jackkruse.com) Or maybe he'll chime in here?

Sorry for the semi-answer, but maybe it will lead you somewhere.

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78417 · October 20, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Nopalea Juice is becoming increasingly important as a stronger connection is made between inflammation and disease, including heart attacks. The natural anti-inflammatory nature of this all-natural juice makes it an obvious substitute for soda pop.

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