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Hi all. I’ve posted a couple of times about this subject and I’m grateful for the advice.
I’m at the docs on the 2nd October as I’m just not happy regarding my liver progress.
I’ve been told to ‘enjoy life’ and not be scared to death and depressed with worry about drinking alcohol and eating the nicer richer foods out there. I’ve been cautious however. I used to drink daily and eat fatty foods and rightly so, diagnosed with fatty liver disease.
I have been good since my diagnosis in late June eating wholemeal foods, veg, fruit etc etc etc. I’ve sustained a weight loss of nearly 1 1/2 stone but I have taken the docs advice and have enjoyed life so I’ve had a drink on a Saturday. Going from 7 days to 1 sometimes 2 is a vast improvement. The NHS website no less does state that if you abstain from alcohol with ARFLD for 2 weeks then your liver should return to normal health. I do find this quite unrealistic if I’m honest. My overall health appears to be ok. No pain, no diarrhoea, stool still pail but healthy ( I put that down to change in diet) but I am getting discomfort around my right rib cage. I must stress, this is not pain. I just feel as though I’m bruised. It’s more that sensation possibly with a very mild back ache type feeling. I did have an injury almost at the dime time as my diagnosis. It was a sporting impact injury. An elbow to that side of the body which was very painful. I can feel the bruised rib when I press. This is almost to the side under the bottom rib but the same sort of feeling is radiating to the back. It makes me want to press up against something to massage the pressure point. It’s not pain but I can feel it. I know it’s there. I’m just worried that this is my liver. I’m worried it’s inflamed and that’s what I can feel. I’m thinking my once a week drink is still continuing to do me harm.
What is the pain felt when you have a poorly liver? Would I feel unwell at the same time? This is why I’m taking myself off to the docs as it’s bothering me and if I’m honest, it’s really getting me down.
This feeling just doesn’t feel muscular. I hope I’m wrong and I know some muscle groups can feel odd when damaged through injury but I’m thinking my liver is just not coping with life. The doc never said to me that I should be T total forever and that I needed to go on a strict diet continuously so I haven’t but if I need to then I should be told. I really want an MRI scan but I’m not hopeful I’m going to get one. This should tell me if it’s my liver, skeletal or muscular.
I’m beginning to regret my nieveness and abuse to alcohol in the past. I’m 41 and have been drinking since 18 and heavily for 5 yrs and I’m scared I’ve knackered myself up.
Any reassurance or real life stories would really help. Many thanks, Chris.
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