HomeAnswersCardiologyalcoholismI experience shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, shoulder and hand pain, difficulty in walking, and increased heartbeat whenever I drink alcohol. Why so?

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Published At April 5, 2023
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I was an alcoholic but now I do not drink. When I drink I get shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, slight pain in my left shoulder and hand, difficulty in walking, and an increase in heartbeat. Am I suffering from any heart disease? Kindly help.


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Thank you for your query. Since when you were taking alcohol and how much and since when did you quit? This is unlikely to be a heart disease but it is likely to be withdrawal symptoms. Do you have bloating, burping, an increase in chest pain on food, lying down, or chest burning? Also, there is a possibility of gastritis and reflux disease with withdrawal. I suggest you to follow a few instructions mentioned below. Take tablet Lorazepam 1 mg whenever needed up to 2 to 3 times a day, whenever you have severe symptoms. Also, you should avoid fatty, oily, and spicy diets. Have some walks after having food instead of taking a rest. Have multiple small meals instead of heavy meals. regular sleep habits and avoid stress. You should get a prescribed tablet of Omeprazole and Domperidone combination before breakfast once a day for a week. If not adequately relieved, then you can take antacids three times a day for a week. Also, you should get one routine ECG done just for screening. Kindly consult a specialist, talk to them, and take medications with their consent. I hope this has helped you. Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode
Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode


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