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So, for a while I've been having disproportionate hangovers. It doesn't happen every time I drink - we were consuming quite a lot of wine in Berlin, for example, and I never even felt wobbly the next day. I think I might have had a headache one morning, but it was the sort that clears up after a few glasses of water. So far, so normal for someone who isn't usually a crazed drinker. But every so often I have a hangover that goes far beyond the alcohol consumed - they don't necessarily follow a night of genuine excess (like our dinner party last week, after which I felt a bit ropey but essentially okay), and they usually involve me getting violently sick for about 12 hours.

It happened again after Friday night. I was in the pub and I'd had about three big glasses of wine, diluted into spritzers - certainly enough to feel tipsy and, of course, even more talkative than usual, but not exactly a crazed bender. But then I suddenly felt really, really sick and dizzy and had to go home straight away. Patsington actually wondered if my drink could have been spiked, but when we realised that I'd been sitting at a table of friends all night which could not have been accessed by any strangers, we knew this was impossible. But it was very sudden and very unpleasant - I couldn't even walk straight. By the time I got home I could barely walk and was very, very sick.

So far, so bad. But it was worse the next morning. Despite the fact that I had puked up pretty much everything the night before, I kept getting violently and horribly sick (I didn't realise sick could come out of your nose. Oh, the awfulness.. All day. Until about half ten last night. And let's face it, that's a bit extreme for three big glasses of wine.

So in the late afternoon I was brought to the doctor, and it turns out that I probably have some bizarre bacterial infection in my tummy that is reacting badly with alcohol. Yes! I am not just a bizarre drunken lightweight. I am actually ill! It all makes sense. So they suggested getting that scary camera-down-the-throat thing, which may happen in the future, but for the time being I have to take a bacteria-killing medicine, and let us hope that it stops any repeat performances of yesterday's terribleness.

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tenderhooligan
Aug. 6th, 2006 11:28 am (UTC)
Oh dear. My hangovers are very bad these days too (not a patch on yours mind) but I know that's just because I'm getting older and my body doesn't cope so well anymore.

At least it's diagnosed. Good luck with the medicine.
stellanova
Aug. 6th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
Well, my normal hangovers are worse than they were in my youth too, but these ones are just insane - and they aren't consistent! I drank way more last week and just felt a bit wobbly the next day.
jane_the_23rd
Aug. 6th, 2006 11:47 am (UTC)
Ick! Oh, that sounds awful! I'm glad there's an explanation for it, but I'm not glad you've been poorly. Gah.
cangetmad
Aug. 6th, 2006 01:04 pm (UTC)
Urgh, not nice. But presumably the camera thing would be a good idea as, if this is coming and going, the infection must not be clearing quite ever.

Can you do hippy eating-yoghurt happy-bacteria things, too?
stellanova
Aug. 6th, 2006 05:45 pm (UTC)
I can try! This is the first time this infection has been recognised, so I've never tried treating it before. But I will in future. My poor little tum...
seriouspenguin
Aug. 6th, 2006 05:28 pm (UTC)
Oh, man, that sounds awful! I've had a few disproportionate hangovers, but nothing quite like that. It's good that you had it checked out by the Dr., though. I hope you're back to feeling well soon.

My brother B. has had the camera down the throat thing before, and they give you some drugs that make you very relaxed and give you a sort of amnesia... you don't really remember any of it the next day. Or so I'm told, anyway. B. had to ask me what the Dr. said afterward because he couldn't remember. You do need to have someone to drive you home after the procedure, though.
wonderlanded
Aug. 6th, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, darling, how ghastly! I'm glad it does have a cause, though, rather than 'suddenly and randomly allergic to alcohol' which would truly, truly suck.

Bah. I hope it clears up tout de suite.
daegaer
Aug. 6th, 2006 07:53 pm (UTC)
'suddenly and randomly allergic to alcohol'

Oh, yes! That would be awful! *shudders*

Good luck with the bacteria-killing, stellanova!
glitterboy1
Aug. 6th, 2006 09:12 pm (UTC)
How awful - and, frankly, it must have been quite scary, too, getting reactions like that. I'm glad that there's a likely cause, and that it's not a nasty one. Let's hope that the medicine will help.
stringy
Aug. 7th, 2006 05:11 am (UTC)
Man, that's *exactly* what happened to me 3 or 4 years ago! It was awful. The docs also threatened me with a camera down the throat, but luckily the medication worked a treat. It messed with my sleep a bit, but when I was done with it I was fine, and haven't had a problem since.

Fingers crossed your situation turns out as well as mine did!
yiskah
Aug. 7th, 2006 09:31 am (UTC)
Oh, that's horrible! But I'm glad it seems to be treatable, and that you have a doctor who's willing to treat you, rather than snarkily telling you to stop drinking. (Not that I'm speaking from bitter experience, of course. Oh no.)
anglaisepaon
Aug. 8th, 2006 02:13 am (UTC)
Oh god, how frightening. I'm glad your doctor figured out what it was and gave you some medicine to clear it up. But still, that must have been so scary!
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