Strange recurring illness - symptoms say liver, GP says don't worry about it!

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I'm a new (40 year old) member here so forgive me if I do anything wrong. Happy New Year to everyone.

I have had a number of episodes of a strange illness over the last 12 months and each time I've experienced it, it's knocked me completely off my feet for between 2 and 5 days at a time. It's ruined Christmas 2016 as I spent Saturday the 24th to Tuesday the 27th of December either in bed, or not being able to do much.

Basically the illness comes out of nowhere in that one morning I'm fine and by the lunchtime I can be in bed feeling very poorly. It gives me the following symptoms...

1. Absolutely no energy at all - have to literally pull myself upstairs on all fours.

2. Headache.

3. Rumbling stomach.

4. Complete loss of appetite for a few days (which is very out of character for me).

5. Stomach pains.

6. Feeling of sickness all the time, but not necessarily vomiting (although I sometimes try to see if it makes me feel less nauseous).

7. Feverish / shivers.

8. Diarrohea - stools are very pale like the colour of mushroom soup, and initially very watery but they gradually firm up but retain the very pale colour for up to 1.5 weeks.

9. Aches and pains all over.

I've taken a total of four days off work this year with these symptoms on two separate occasions, but I've sometimes dragged myself into work as well which probably isn't a good thing. First time I assumed it was just a bug but when it happened again about 2 months later I went to my GP as someone had told me that very pale stools accompanied with some of the symptoms above required medical advice. The GP said it was nothing and just suggested I keep myself hydrated.

A month or so later I got the illness again but this time, it lasted a few days longer so I went back to the doctor - pretty much same advice again.

Anyway as I said I've had another episode over Christmas which pretty much ruined everything but I'm reluctant to go back to my GP as I feel I'll just get told the same again.

I am considered overweight which I'm currently resolving. However when you find yourself almost unable to walk within the space of 2-3 hours and then out of it for a few days, I'm obviously reluctant to accept what the GP is telling me.

Anyone else here had any similar symptoms which were found to be liver-related?

Thanks in advance.

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    Hi Andy,

    I'm alao new to the group, and was also dx: about a year ago with cirrhosis. I suffer from most of your symtoms and have not been seen by a specialist yet. If I knew anything or should get any info, I will share in group discussion. Good luck and I hope someone can help you or stir you in the right direction.


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    would be best for your gp to run blood tests to see how your doing keep going back or change gp they can organise any scans you may need stay positive im getting support for a fatty liver & have recently just had my gallbladder removed to which im currently recovering keep us updated love to hear from you

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    Hi, I am new to this group also, you defintely need to go back to your doctors and insist on having some blood tests done.  I was diagnosed with PBC (Primary Billary Cholangitis) which has all the symptoms you have specified and a few more.  This can be treated with tablets that you can take daily albeit mine has now escalated.  Or it could be Fibromyalgia this also causes tiredness etc. Go back to GP and be insistent. Good luck 


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