Is it true that drinking alcohol will cause pain in effected areas if lymphoma exists? If so, is this true for any type of illness that effects the lymph nodes. I know when I was a kid, the pickle test was given if you had the mumps. This alone dates me because there was no vaccine for mumps when I was growing up and the adults would give the kid a pickle to see if they were really sick or just had a cold. The pickle test was excruciating if you really had the mumps and you could not fake it.