Urine test showing positive for alcohol and i dont drink. – pain management forum – ehealthforum gas engineer salary

Hello, I am currently in a Pain management Center at one of the finest hospitals in the Phila area. I have been there for 5 years. I have 9 herniated disks, arthritis, DDD. I had a Spinal Cord Stimulator implanted in Feb 2011and it saved my life. I love my Doctors. I am frequently drug tested ( urine) to make sure I am taking my meds as prescribed. I take Oxycontin and percocet for breakthrough pain. I have never had any problems and have even had left over pills at the end of the month. My problem is that for the last 6 months, the last 3 urine tests have come back positive for ethanol alcohol. I do not drink at all, neither does my husband who is a severe diabetic. I do use OTC cough meds and hand sanitizer, I bleach my hair use mouth wash. For the life of me, I cannot understand how this is happening. Oh I also use Feminine wet wipes when I have my menstrual cycle, or if I go #2. Can anyone help me? I am afraid to be seen as a lier as I have such a wonderful relationship with my Doctors. If I was drinking, I would certainly say so as I dont think I am not allowed to. ( but I dont think drinking and using narcotics is a great idea.) I dont even have wine with dinner if we go out for the night. I did not even drink at my wedding. Could there be something wrong with me? Like my liver or other things? Im starting to get scared. Thanks for any help.

I have been an RN for many years and have a renal tubular defect where I spill glucose in the urine at high levels. My blood glucose is normal. I have gone through many tests where I failed the ethyl alcohol test implying that I consumed alcohol when I do not drink. Finally, I insisted on a breath test and/or blood test when urine tested and no alcohol was detected because I did not drink. MD’s and scientists are learning that in diabetics and in some urinary tract infections, the glucose in the urine actually ferments and forms alcohol making you have a false positive for alcohol. If you have a physician that doubts you, have him test you simultaneously with a breath test or blood test and his/her and your fears will be OVER sweet lady. I also pray that you find another physician because if they doubt you, they are in the wrong business. I would give you my phone number if I could, but a lot of research has been out since 2005 about this issue and your doctor may not be reading and researching, in my opinion, for potential false positive causes. For me, I spill regardless of my blood level and the next employer that embarrasses me stating I was drinking will get blown off the map with the law suit I place on them. It’s simple science, sugar + yeast/bacteria = fermentation which =’s alcohol. Here are a couple of references:

Thierauf, Annette et al: Urine tested positive for Ethyl Glucuronide and ethyl sulfate after the consumption of yeast and sugar, Forensic Science International, 202, 2010, e45-e47; Helender, Anders et al: Postcollection Synthesis of Ethyl Glucuronide by Bacteria in Urine May Cause False Identification of Alcohol Consumption, Clinical Chemistry, 53, No. 10, 2007, 1855-1857.

Oh my gosh! I’m SO glad I found this! I have been scouring the internet looking for this! I have never been an alcohol user, but yesterday my pain management physician told me I tested positive for alcohol. The thing is, I’m not diabetic. At least not that I’m aware of. My doctor is amazing, but I’m scared. I asked him to please do another urine test and he did, but I’m worried that I will get another positive result. I didn’t think anything of it when he first asked me if I drink any alcohol, but then he said I tested positive for alcohol, and it was a high amount. As I was driving home I was terrified! I’m on Morphine. My Mom is a pharmacist and I live with her. We were both very confused. Then I started to worry about my health. Other than my back problems, I am in excellent health. I don’t even have a family physician (which I know isn’t good), but I just never, EVER get sick! I’m 45 and I do get an annual Mammogram, but I don’t have to have a doctor to get that. My insurance just covers it. I do have a history of anorexia, but in 1998 I went to a treatment center and I am better. The reason I am saying this is because anorexia, like any disorder, is a life-long battle. I am at a very healthy weight, but when I get really stressed sometimes I stumble a bit. When I had the urinalysis that tested positive, I had just driven from Montana to Texas…and it was one of those times. The only thing I had ingested two days prior to my appointment was Starbucks coffee, root beer, and some yogurt. I am terrible about drinking water and I’m certain I am always dehydrated. But I can’t find anything to explain why a combination of coffee, yogurt, and root beer would cause a positive result for alcohol. I don’t know where to go from here. I feel like if I just make an appointment with a doctor and tell them that I had a urinalysis that tested positive for alcohol and I have never drank alcohol, they are going to look at me like I’m crazy. I am concerned that I will get another positive result – both for health reasons AND the concern that my pain management doctor will have no choice BUT to dismiss me as a patient. I don’t know where to go from here. I’m scared that I am very sick with something and not aware of it that my body would give a positive test on something I have never used. I’m just very confused…and scared. Can anyone tell me what I should do? For the record, my pain management doctor was very kind in the way he handled this with me, but I am very aware of the laws and regulations these doctors have to go by.

Wow. Dealing with the same. I have a new doctor and have o my been going like 6 months. I have over a decade of ua’s with no problems -ever-except twice. Luckily at that doctors office they checked the US before they saw you so I was able to request another test and guess what -false positive. Now I’m I. Washington and they don’t give the results until the following month. So this time I was told there was a "high" amount of alcohol in the previous month’s UA. Needless to say I was shocked. I told her I don’t drink and I’ve never had an off u.a. I felt like saying I’d have to be pretty stupid to drink right before going to my pain management where I k ow I’d be tested but luckily I shut up. The nurse practitioner was a real -well she wasn’t very nice and lectured me even as I said I hadn’t drunk. She’s that wonderful kind you wonder why she’s in this business as she looks at everyone like their drug seeking. I hope yesterday’s comes out fine. Oh and as an added bonus she said they’ll be messing with my dosages because of the new CDC guidelines-thanks CDC for putting you nose in where it doesn’t belong.