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Friday, December 6, 2013
Addiction and Substance Abuse
After a night of drinking, i woke up with pain in my left side just under my ribs. i haven`t drank for a couple months before this and I don`t drink more than once or twice every two weeks. however when I do drink, I tend to over do it and usually will have well over 4 beers. I was wondering if kidney pain is common in this situation and if so, is it easily resolved?
Thank you for your question. Over drinking presents a large amount of fluid (volume) to your kidneys and also involves the blocking of a hormone that usually lets your kidneys concentrate urine. In this way over drinking can put a lot of strain on your kidneys, ureters and bladder. That is probably why you have what we call "flank pain" after a bout of over drinking. This is just one more reason that if a person is going to drink, they should stay well within the published "sensible drinking guidelines" from NIAAA.
Ted Parran, MD
Associate Professor of General Medical Sciences
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University