Fatty liver and legion found on US referred for MRI

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Hi all I'm wondering if I should be worried or not, I'm a 33year old woman and recently had an abdominal scan due to suffering with bloating and pain in my abdomen, I was so bloated initially my GP thought I was pregnant which of course we now know I'm not. After my US I was told by the sonographer that I had a fatty liver and a legion was found. She said I will need referring for an MRI scan to investigate further.

This is something unexpected so Im not very clued up on what the lesion could be. Would they not have been able to identify If it was benign from the ultra sound? I'm confused as to why an MRI would be necessary. I recently did have a liver function blood test and as far as I'm aware everything was fine. 

Pig anyone is able to put my mind at rest that would be great. 

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    Hi Mikiala...try not to worry..the MRI is just a more detailed way of looking at things...any lesion would have to be investigated to the maximum i would imagine but it certainly does not mean its anything to worry about..they are just being thorough...best of luck 
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      Hi I'm going to see consultant on Tuesday I have fatty liver and abnormal blood test.

      don't understand very much.

      I have unconfortable feeling in my stomach right side.

      I am worried it's so difficult not to worry.

      hope you get some answers soon. having a MRI can tell dr a lot, i hope you don't have to wait long for your MRI.

      I really do understand how you feel.

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    Thanks ladies, I suppose it's natural to have a little anxiety when it's the unknown, I've been reading that in a lot of cases its a positive outcome and nothing too sinister. I hope it's the case of 'better to be safe than sorry' with the MRI, I will keep you posted 
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    Good luck holly, defo keep us posted. Will be nice to learn first hand a little more about 'fatty livers' I'm gonna stop reading too much too. Natural to worry hope you find out more and it's positive x
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    Mine was fine for a while as well but then they tested again 3 months later and it was elevated liver enzymes. The lesions I had were found in my esophagus and top of the liver valves or whatever it's called( I forget) anyhow, the fatty liver means u have damage to ur liver ( probably fibroids) and the MRI is gonna show them how far along the liver disease is and if you have Cirrosis of the liver ( that means too much damage has been done for ur liver to repair itself)! The faster they catch it the better off u r cause there are treatment options up to a certain amount of damage. Plus, u should avoid protein and any salt, this will help with the water retention and show ur GI doctor that your making the effort to get control of this disease. Just remember, don't freak out yet cause the only person that can tell u what's wrong with u is ur doctor and he will explain everything. Make a list of questions so u don't forget when ur in their office and u can't remember half of
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      That's good advice thank you Tonya.... This past year I've been trying to get my weight down as I've been struggling with an underactive thyroid too, it all seems to be coming at once. I've been focusing on a high protein diet so that's good to know... Think I'very got some real lifestyle changes to consider.
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      Hi Mikiala,

      I live in Michigan in the United States and thank the heavens I've got access to the University of Michigan and Henry Ford .... They are at the top of the transplant hospitals and the teams they have to help is nothing short of amazing.

      I'm kinda just learning this stuff as I go but my GI doctor ( he's the one that determines if your sick enough to either be monitored or if he has to refer you to the transplant program)! Now, my GI doctor is not a jolly sweet guy. He's kinda blunt and rude to be honest. However, I prefer that because I don't want my health sugar coated and I don't need him to be my best friend, I need him to be very good at his job. He is the one that told me to cut salt out of my diet right away cause that makes u retain water big time and protein from meat becomes toxic and makes its way to your brain and that's why u will forget where u were in a conversation , or can't remember where u put stuff or even remember simple things that used to be very easy for u. So avoid meat if u have liver issues but u can get protein from tofu or peanuts and things like that. Also, remember to only take advice about starting a specific diet, or start a work out program that would probably hurt more then help us. If you want some answers from a reliable source try looking up johns hopskins or Google search for liver diseases different diets. Though the Internet is a great tool, sometimes it just gives too much to worry about and no 2 situations are the same! Ur a strong person and stay that way beh

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    Been to see specialist today I have NAFLD

    none alcoholic fatty liver disease.

    I weigh 9 1/2 stone I used to weigh 8 stone

    I have to get my weight down to 8 1/2 stone.

    I am having another test on my liver next week.

    He told me not to worry,I am ok.

    He explained everything to me.

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      Hey Holly I'm really glad all is well And your specialist has put your mind at rest. I'm still waiting to speak to my gp about my results so hoping all will be explained x
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