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Why Are Several of My Joints Aching Severely After Drinking One Beer?

Updated on November 5, 2011

Most people can enjoy a cold beer with friends; however, if you experience joint pain, it might be a symptom of alcohol intolerance. According to MayoClinic.com, a reaction to alcohol intolerance is immediate and unpleasant, which explains why your symptoms occur after just one beer. Symptoms may also be an indication that your body is reacting to something else in the beer such as histamine or wheat. Avoid drinking beer and other alcoholic beverages, and see a doctor for diagnosis.

Arthritis

Joint pain only occurs when you have preexisting arthritis. Arthritis is an inflammatory disorder, and a beer allergy, or intolerance, can exacerbate your symptoms by increasing swelling in the joints. The swelling increases pressure between the joints, which causes your joint aches after consuming a beer. Alcohol intolerance common symptoms can include nasal congestion, itchy skin, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, runny nose, headache and a rapid heartbeat. Consult a doctor to confirm a preexisting form of arthritis.

Histamine Intolerance

Histamine is a by-product of brewing, or fermenting beer. When your body is exposed to the allergens in beer, it releases histamines, which attaches itself to soft tissue cells between the joints causing them to swell. In addition to joint pain, you may experience itching, sneezing, watery eyes and abdominal discomfort. Antihistamines are an over-the-counter drug that reverse the effects of histamine in the blood. Talk to your doctor before using antihistamines due to the potential of adverse reactions.

Wheat Allergy

Although wheat-free beers exist, most commercial beer products ferment with wheat. If you are allergic to wheat, it can trigger joint aches and several other unpleasant symptoms. Food allergies are the main cause of arthritis pain, according to Center for Food Allergies. Joint pain occurs when your body releases antibodies that attack one or more proteins found in wheat. Drink wheat-free or gluten-free beer to avoid an allergy reaction. Make sure your joint pain is caused by wheat allergy; you can establish this if you always have a bad reaction to wheat products.

Considerations

A clinical diagnosis if the first step in treatment. After the cause is established, the best course of action is to avoid the trigger present in beer. Read labels on food and drinks to check for allergy triggers; after a while, it will become second nature. Despite taking precautions, food can always be mislabeled and eating in restaurants makes it difficult to check; therefore, talk to your doctor about anti-inflammatory drugs.

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      Nick82 6 years ago from Northern Minnesota

      Uric acid levels / Gout ?

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      Baileybear 6 years ago

      Alcohol also depletes magnesium levels, which makes one more prone to diseases like depression, arthritis, heart disease. Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include aches and pains, canker sores, depression, nervous system problems, blood pressure problems, migraine...

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      I always get a head ache when I drink beer, I really need to check this out. I never realized that there were stuff in beer that could cause such reactions.

      Absolutely useful info.

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