I am a female college student and have drank for a few years (I'm a senior). I used to be able to drink fairly heavily for my size and gender, maybe 4 or 5 drinks in a night, without any repercussions. I was diagnosed with mono and didn't drink for a year after that. Now when I drink heavily (between 4-7 drinks in a night), I occasionally get an aching pain on my side -- on the far right (not at all near the sternum), just below my ribcage. It typically lasts about half a day, but today it has lasted all day. Is my body trying to warn me to ease off on the alcohol or is it a more serious problem? If I drink moderately it is not a problem. (I am trying not to panic and assume the worst because I have been drinking for a relatively short amount of time, but I am going to reduce my drinking because it's not worth the stress and ache later.) I don't want my liver to fall out or my pancreas to explode!
Thanks for reading! It's so great to have a community like this, especially around the holidays when my doctor's on vacation.
Also: the ache is sometimes accompanied by nausea. I have only thrown up while I experience the ache once (today). Not sure if a fever goes with it; our house is heated more than usual right now which tends to put my temperature up anyway. The ache ranges in intensity from about a 1 to a 5 on a pain scale. It does not radiate and sometimes it feels better if I move around/stretch; sometimes feels better and sometimes feels worse if I lie down. Thanks!
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