Recently I went to my Rheumatology follow-up appointment. I see a Rheumatologist (an inflammatory disease doctor who deals with all kinds of pain ailments) for fibromyalgia and inflammatory arthritis. This is an excerpt of our conversation:
ME: There was a recent study published that recommended drinking a glass of red wine every day for fibromyalgia symptoms. It seems that red wine raises GABA levels, thus reducing pain perception.
My Rheumatologist: Wow, that’s interesting! I hope you aren’t doing this?
ME: (Bright and cheery) Yes, I have been having 2-3 glasses a week. And it seems to help, at least for the evening.
DR: But don’t you know you aren’t supposed to drink?
ME: (confused as to whether I was in church or at a Dr visit) Nnnnooooo. Um, why?
DR: You are taking methotrexate. You cant drink while you are taking this drug. How long have we had you on this?
ME: Um, 4 years.
DR: And no one told you?
ME: Um, no.
DR: Well I am telling you now. You cant drink. Some Rheumatologists’ let their patients’ drink one glass a week….but I am not one of them. Drinking and methotrexate lead to liver failure.
ME: Um, I like hard cider, is that also not allowed?
DR: Does it have alcohol in it?
ME: Um, yup, a little, but only 4%.
DR: (glances up and shakes his head NO).
Going home I was a little despondent. I can taste alcohol to some degree, and I like a glass of wine or cider now and then. Sometimes I go months without anything, but NEVER? Sulking, I started to make Beef Stroghanoff. As I went to get the Sherry, I thought about the alcohol thing.
And poured it anyway.
Life is too short not to put Sherry in one’s gourmet meals.