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Ok so I was a hard working functional alcoholic In recovery... I drank every night for 12 years 6-8 beers 440ml 5% beers or wine plus beers while smoking weed...I know sad isn't it but please don't judge me
Ive now been sober now 6 weeks. I'm never going back to it. Ive had 2 liver function tests via bloods being taken both came back as normal. I drank right up to the day before the tests as I read that a few days off drinking could give normal tests so I wanted results based on my everyday life. The first test was when I tried quitting drink in the summer but my dad died I only managed a week and drank even heavier after . the second was 6 weeks ago I haven't drank since. The doctor felt my liver and said it felt normal sized.
I had no real symptoms other than waking up a few times with a red puffy face that would go by lunch time but only after a real heavy session. I never had any withdrawal symptoms except night swets that only lasted a couple of nights.
I'm just really worried as I've read that cirrhosis, fatty liver or alcoholic liver disease can somtimes have no symptoms and you can still get good liver function tests. Ive also read that you can cirrhosis like symptoms with just a fatty liver. Which makes it very confusing. I read that heavy drinking for ten years without days off means you will most likely get cirrhosis which I have done !!! So I'm really scared
Also finding it hard to convince my doctor that I've done a lot of damage based on the liver tests as the bloods came back fine. I'm 32 years old but I'm quite healthy as I work a labour intensive job and have done all my life. I also only look about 27 -28 most people don't believe me when I tell them I'm 32 I don't look like the typical drunk but I'm sure most drinkers don't. when I tell my doctor how much I've drank I can't help but think she thinks I'm exaggerating which I'm not. I find it quite frustrating as I never go to the doctors so it's not like I'm a hypercondriat.
Is it really possible to have drank that much for so long and not have done any damage ? Could I have cirrhosis ALD or fatty liver ? Could liver function tests really come back as normal with a lot of damage ?? What should I do ? I would love to know and have some peace of mind. I've even cut out salt as I worrie about damaging my liver even more. I can't sleep with worrie .But I'm so lucky to have the support of a loving girlfriend
All I seem to see online are people quoting government guidelines of 14 units a week, bloody hell I would do that in a night sometimes.
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