A dry January
We have decided to try a little experiment and not drink alcohol for January. Perhaps longer. The link between alcohol and Fibromyalgia is convoluted. I can hardly imagine that my doctor would recommend a drink for medicinal purposes. Yet there is a lot of information available to the benefits of low and moderate alcohol consumption for better pain management.
Nothing like a nice drink after a hard day
From my own experience, I know that when I get home after a long, busy day a glass of wine made me feel better faster than anything else. It relaxes me and helps my muscles to release. The added benefit is that I also sleep much better than I normally would. Some night it’s two or three until I feel tired and relaxed enough to go to bed.
Is there a better way
When it comes to pain medication, in general, I only take something when I absolutely have to. On the one side, when I found something that is effective I am worried that it may stop working sooner than I would like. On the other hand, the last thing that I want is to have another problem like liver damage developing.
Sure this makes me sounds like a hypochondriac. But when you are dealing with constant pain, pain that never goes away and only waxes and wanes you will understand.
So this makes me wonder about going dry. Will I sleep badly? This is a big issue for me at the moment. My quality of sleep is terrible and I wake up constantly. Of course on the positive side, I am quicker to hit the gym when I didn’t have a drink or two the previous night. Perhaps increasing my activity levels, even more, will help with that.
How do you feel about alcohol and pain management? I would like to hear your thoughts.
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