I drank 80 to 100 units a week for 10 years (a very bad time kicked it all off). I havent been diagnosed - but I have cirrhosis.
Symptoms include palmar erythema, spider veins around neckline, extreme fatigue, getting "fatter" around my abdomen and look pregnant (probably ascites), slight jaundice in eyes, flaking skin, stinking bed.
Very very slowly, all these things are getting worse.
I stopped drinking totally 3 years ago - will never drink again and infact I enjoy being sober and on coke in the pub with my mates.
A read so often here that doctors are not helpful to people like myself, personally, mine may be helpful but weve had a few mix ups in the past with missed appointments for results, and me not stopping drinking when I was told to 6 years ago (for something else - a slight pain on other side than liver). I didnt realise the doctor meant forever - doc said "I think you should cut down, actually no, I think you should stop" and that was it - I was even told the doctor wasnt worried about my liver at the time. So I stopped for 6 weeks to see if the pain on my left side would go, it didnt, and I gradually started drinking again - and this went on for another 3 years.
So that was 6 years ago, saw doc about something else, carried on drinking for 3 yrs, then stopped and have been stopped for the last 3.
I know I will need a transplant - I have done my studies and my condition is worsening - slowly.
I just feel that I am going to be fobbed off as another alcoholic, despite my stopping, and will never get a transplant. Even if I made eval, I could fail on medical grounds (which I know nothing of at this point such as heart or breathing trouble).
I sense my best bet is to stretch out my remaining time as long as possible by myself, and avoid the doctors. At the same time, they may save my life.
Its all a mess, what can I do?