Moderate Drinking? Diagnosed With Fatty Liver Due To Alcohol

May 28, 2016

I have a fatty liver with inflammation due to alcohol .. Although I have not felt any obvious symptoms! The doctor wrote me ursodeoxycholic acid Twice a day for two months While following a diet free of carbohydrates.

Do refrained from drinking completely? After reversing fatty liver Or I can drink again moderate?

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Fatty Liver :: Symptoms ? Alcohol / Beer Intake

I am 42 years old male.

2 1/2 years ago I had a really bad viral gastro problems. I was admitted to the hospital where they found my liver enzymes and pancreas enzymes were elevated. These went down a day later, and I recovered. I had IBS after this, and started to develop a pain under my right rib and middle back pain. I have had two ultrasounds on my abdomen in the last 2 years, and both were normal.

They tested my gallbladder and found it was only had a 4% EF, so I had surgery and removed this. This was about 8 months ago.

Now 2 1/2 years later, the middle back pain, which also goes up my traps into my neck hurt and a lot of times I get this dull ache under my right rib area, if I bend over and breath deep it hurts. If I push lightly on my rib cage it causes the pain as well.

All my blood work has been good for the last 2 years, other than some slight cholesterol issues. I had my lipase and amylase tested in late 2012 and both were very good.

I went to the doctor and he told me it sounded musculoskeletal and to go try a chiropractor or a physical medicine doctor.

I asked him if he thought it could be my liver and he said he highly doubted it, all he said was "you have some fat in your liver and that was in 2013 when you had an ultrasound done". He never said you have fatty liver disease. He brushed it off as very unlikely.

I just think it's weird all this started right after this viral stomach issues and gallbladder issues and this strange middle back pain and pain under my front rib.

I forgot to mention, I drink alcohol 1-2 times a week, and usually between 7-8 beers but over a 6-7 hour period on weekend.

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Alcohol Addiction :: Fatty Liver, Swelling Of Leg And Hepatitis

He recently was in hospital due to his drinking problem. He almost died literally, he has fatty liver, swelling of leg and hepatitis too. He was a binge drinker and has been developing a bleeding nose now. He says about headache always , but never been ready to leave this drinking. What should we do? Will admitting at an alcohol addiction recovery centre help him? Any suggestions?

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Alcohol :: Liver Damage After A Year Of Binge Drinking? Strange Symptoms

I know I suffer from anxiety (and depression and insomnia), which is partly what drove me to drink, am on treatment for same and will review things with my GP asap, but I want to concentrate on my physical health concerns.  Please ignore this thread if you ONLY want to talk about anxiety.

Briefly: I was a social drinker for 25 years, occasionally drinking more than I should have (but at things like celebrations and functions).

Two years ago, I began to develop mental health problems, but didn't start drinking more heavily (self-medicating) until about one year ago, when I also started to binge drink occasionally, including twice last October.  After a gap, I then restarted drinking heavily in March this year, and this became very heavy at times in the summer (80+ units per week), with occasional even heavier binges, the most recent being last Thursday / Friday (50+ units each day).

I finally ended-up in hospital last weekend with tachycardia, low blood pressure and probably alcohol poisoning.  While there, I first developed a painful red/purple rash on my chest.  I was put on antibiotics for this, and it seems to be clearing-up.

However, then, I quickly developed various other strange and unpleasant physical symptoms:

- numerous bruises;

- numerous pimples and red/purple dots under the skin;

- some hair loss and extensive hair-thinning;

- a spider naevus;

- red palms;

- itchy skin- skin darkening affecting the backs of my hands and genitals;

- regular, profuse sweating;

- whites of eyes turned lemon;

- brain "fog".

Some of these symptoms have reduced or resolved (eg. red palms and itchy skin), but the others have persisted.

I am eating OK, but making an effort to do so.  In spite of this, I have lost about a stone in weight in the past 3 weeks.  I'm also lacking in energy.

Since June, I have had regular liver function tests and other blood tests, too.

These have shown elevated enzymes, more or less in line with the extent of my drinking.  In early August, after a serious binge, the AST was 96 and GGT was 121.  In mid-August, AST had reduced to 25 and GGT 72.  But they were higher again (though both under 100) on my admission to hospital last weekend, but had started to fall again after I was there for a few days.  I have been advised that, in all of the tests, the values for other important measures were consistently normal.  The junior doctor in hospital said the LFTs indicated no cirrhosis or hepatitis. 

I also had a physical exam (just manual) from a GP in mid-August, and she said my liver / abdomen felt soft and suple with no sign of inflammation, enlargement or hardness.

However, given the strange and unpleasant physical symptoms that quickly developed in hospital last weekend, I fear that my last serious binge a week ago finally tipped me over the edge and into serious liver disease.  Too many of the symptoms are those of cirrhosis for me to think anything else.  (I've checked on the NHS website.)

I am absolutely terrified that, despite good advice and warnings, I did not take heed and my body, especially the liver, has finally been permanently damaged by the alcohol.

My main question is: can I turn things around?  I have not had anything to drink since last Friday, and have no inclination to do so.  I am drinking a lot of water, fruit and vegetable juices, and eating healthily.  I will try to get some exercise, though I don't have much energy.

I'll see my regular GP next week, but could do with some advice and, if it's appropriate, some reassurance before then.

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Liver Tests :: Echogenic Appearing (non Alcoholic) Fatty Liver

I had an abdominal ultrasound done for some abdominal pain and it was noted in the report as an impression that I had an echogenic appearing liver (such as non alcoholic fatty liver). My doctor at that time didn't tell me and just said my report was normal. When I went in for my Colonoscopy that was unrelated, it was mentioned again and when I did some research I realized what fatty liver actually was. I switched doctors.

My new doctor is considering giving me a CT scan but is checking with the GI department to see if they think its needed, etc. etc. But that there is no treatment for it besides diet modification.

Here's the thing. I don't have any of the risk factors. I am not overweight. I'm actually underweight slightly (BMI is 18, I weigh 110 lbs). I don't drink any alcohol, never did. And I don't have diabetes or hepatitis. The only thing I could do and what I have been doing is change my diet. I stopped eating processed foods, watched my sugar/carbs, and eat more vegetables than I ever have. 

I'm a very anxious person and I'm not sure I want to know what the scan says. If it's worse than what I thought, I'm going to be so upset and stressed out. And I can't treat it anyway. It's not like they can give me a medication and make it go away. I think knowing the extent of it will just cause me mental anguish and I'm already stressed out about it as is.

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Atorvastatin Causing Liver Damage, But Helps Fatty Liver?

My Cholesterol was 7.8 and I was put on Statins 3 years ago.  Because they gave me pains in my legs and other areas I stopped them.

A year ago my Cholesterol was still high and I had changed doctors and was prescribed Atorvastatin 10 mg after 2 months my doctor sent me for blood tests and in a phone call when I was at work he told me that Atorvastatin had caused Liver damage.  He said I should stop taking the tablets immediately, pity this advice was not put on my notes so that when I phoned for my blood results a week earlier the receptionist could inform me to stop Atorvastatin.  She just said Doctor will be in touch via phone call next week

He referred me to a Liver Specialist.

I went to see Liver Specialist after having Liver Ultrasound.  Fatty liver was diagnosed and Liver Specialist promptly put me back on Atorvastatin claiming this would help my fatty liver.  I couldn't believe it but what could I do?

Local GP had advised me to have bloods done again after being on tablets for 2 months.  When my results came back the Locum doctor I saw said "whoa your Liver is not happy" STOP the tablets and have a blood test in 2 weeks.

2 weeks later Liver levels are coming down so thats a good direction.  Dilemma is I have to see my Liver Consultant 16 June 2015.  Wish me luck!

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Liver :: Weight Loss Surgery To Reduc Fatty Liver

this isn't about me but is about my girlfriend who is about to have gastric sleeve surgery.

She is a 40 year old women that has had a full hysterectomy and has type 2 diabetes. she has had a history of thyroid and weight issues. she is 5,7 weighs 225 LBS. she has an enlarged fatty liver of 27cm and the Doctor said that she needs "emergent" gastric sleeve surgery to bring down her enlarged liver. this was claimed on this past thursday. I have been looking high and low for documentation and statistics on using the surgery for reducing fatty livers but can't find any information. Does this sound right? has there been a history of using this procedure for such cases, I'm worried and scared for her.

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Liver Tests :: Possible Fatty Liver With Elevated Enzymes

Been feeling lightheaded and brain foggy and a bit sick recently with some stomach grumbling and pain. Went to the doctors who did repeat blood tests over the course of 8 weeks and have said my enzymes are slightly up which could be the result of mild fatty liver. My question is does this sound related? He's also just tested me for celiac, but told me in the beginning that I could be fighting a virus. I'm worried that the 3 diagnoses he's given are so different I don't know what to believe, also does this mean I should be less worried about the tests because they are low enough to be anything?

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Liver Tests :: How Much Damage Caused By Fatty Liver?

IiIt was picked up by chance thaI have fatty liver, could have had this for years without knowing about it, how do I find out how much damage has been done already if any? My GP does not seem too concerned about it, all my LFT have come back normal so what can I do about it apart from lifestyle change which I'm doing already?

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What Causes A Fatty Liver?

Do they confirm fatty liver via a blood test or MRI, etc? What causes a fatty liver? I also have the right sided pain almost right below the rib or like when you put your hand on your hip its right there in the side. Sometimes it does feel like a pulled muscle or tight feeling. I went back to the Gastro Dr after a routine colonoscopy because of the right sided tightness. I have had IBS for years. The problems I have is diet and I don't drink enough water and lack of exercise all which are important in keeping the bowels moving. I've been trying to eat better but veggies (even cooked) really set off my IBS symptoms so trying to figure out what I should even eat.

The Dr. said it appears to be IBS related and wanted me to go on Miralax. I do not like to take much medications because of adverse reactions or the chemicals in the meds and I have read that miralax is some pretty bad stuff. The Dr. Said that trapped gas can also cause the tight feeling, but I don't know about that. If you are constipated, you can have the bloating and tight feeling but my question on that is, can you be constipated and not realize it or is it always very obvious with miserable symptoms?

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Fatty Liver :: What To Eat (diet Plan)?

I was just diagnosed with fatty liver disease and told I need to eliminate all sorts of foods. I do not know what to eat now. Also I heard that a liver can regenerate itself but others say it does not?

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What Is A Fatty Liver? How It Affects And How To Correct It?

What is a fatty liver?  How does it affect your health and how do you correct it?

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Possible Spleen Problem With Fatty Liver

beginning of this week my other half ( hubby ) had a call out of the blue from gp

bit of history : since before christmas he had a cough, every time he coughed he would double up in pain stomach sometimes under rib cage ... dr finally agreed to a scan june 14 .. results came back fatty liver .

same story give up smoking try loose weight etc

so he this week dr phones not seen her for 2 mths , dr calls , i have looked at your scan and you have enlarged spleen want you to have bloods done asap , depending on bloods she wants him to have scan and see specialist

cant understand out of the blue to be told ... he is so calm ... i am the one worried as dont know what to expect ,

what they looking in his blood ... blood count ?

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Fatty Liver Connection With Gallbladder Removal?

my husband is not over wieght and does not have diabetis. since having his gall bladder removed he has develpoed a fatty liver. is thier any connection to not having a gall bladder

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Enlarge / Fatty Liver Can Come Back To Normal Itself

My husband got a fatty liver disease and enlarged liver. he hadn't no pain at all, no bleeding in urine at all. he happened to found out by test while in life cover.

well i want to know why he had to wait until january for more test? will enlarge liver/fatty liver can back to normal itself?

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Pegylated Interferon Week 23 With Fatty Liver

My ultrasound shows mild fatty liver 6 months ago but ultrasound now show grade 3 fatty liver what is the cause of this ? Does this cause for concern. Am currently on treatment with pegylated interferon week 23  .

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Mildly Enlarged Spleen And Fatty Liver

Just got the MRI results. LOL had it done to try and confirm mass on my Gallbladder. The Radiologist suggested that I have a CT done it would be better tool for that.(more money) So all the ducts were ok and within limits in the liver pancreas and gallbladder. However my spleen was mildly enlarged i'm guessing this could be from the fatty liver anyone here have personal experience with this?

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Fatty Liver And Mildly Enlarged Spleen

Been chasing ruq pain for 3 months now. Ultrasound showed diffuse fatty liver and a contracted gallbladder with a asymmetrical mass 1.3cm with no stones. then the mri showed a mildly enlarged spleen but no liver abnormalities but didn't address the GB, suggested CT for the GB. Hida scan showed ejection rate at 27%. Blood work just came in this morn, RDW at 17% all rest normal except high triglycerides and cholesterol. 3 more appts this week hopefully someone will be able to find out what all this means and if there is actually a mass there. don't want to lose GB unless i need to.

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Fatty Liver Causes Pain In The Left Upper Quadrant?

Can anyone tell me if they have fatty liver that causes pain in the left upper quadrant as well as the right?

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Fatty Liver And Essential Forte A Vitamin Tablet

The doctor told me that I have a fatty liver & they told me that I shuold take 'Essential Forte' a vitamin tablet. I couldn't get the tablet.Is it worsen the situation if I do not take the medicine?

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High Cholesterol, Triglycerides And Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver

I had high ALT, high cholesterol, Triglycerides and Non-alcoholic fatty liver for last 1 year (as i know). I was trying to control these for last 6 Months.

I had my liver function blood test results back today as follows:

Serum Albumin: 43 g/L

Serum Alkaline Phosphatase : 77 iu/L

Serum ALT level 34 iu/L (it went upto 110 last year same time and slowly decreasing since then, in December 2014  it was 65 iu/L i am glad that it is back to this level )

Serum Bilirubin level 9 umol/L

Serum Lipids

Serum Cholesterol 5.3 mmol/L (In December 2014 it was 5.8)

Serum Triglycerides 1.95 mmol/L (In December 2014 it was 3.96)

HDL Cholesterol level 1 mmol/L

LDL cholesterol levels 3.4 mmol/L

Total cholesterol:HDL ratio = 5.3

It is clear that i have improved my ALT and Triglycerides with diet control and sports/exercise. However, still my cholestrol is high and recent Ultrasound scan suggested NAFLD, i.e fatty liver. 

I would appreciate expert's suggestions regarding my cholesterol and reducing NAFLD. I am worried as i did not have these issues just about 1 year ago. I am playing sports 2-3 times a week, controlling my diet (no cheese/butter etc), what else i can do to lower my cholesterol and Fatty Liver.

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