For quite a while now I have felt an intermittent, but very real soreness around my liver, which sometimes goes right through into my back (right side) and sometimes sits around my abdomen and tummy on the right hand side of my body. I felt this or a fairly long period at the back end of last year and into this, and from around the middle of November to the present time, and I am very, very worried!
I am now only an intermittent drinker after being a very regular drinker throughout my adult life. I am 59, and I cut down for this very reason of being worried about my health, although I estimate I still have around 8-10 bottles of beer every week.
My worry levels were such that when I went through a spell of these ‘twinges’ during the Summer, I went to see my GP, and he sent me for a round of five or six liver function blood tests, which all returned excellent results, with my GP trying to assure me there was “nothing sinister”, as he liked to put it, going on. He told me that for a man my age the blood results could hardly have been any better, with several of what he called ‘perfect readings’ at the time.
Very. very sadly, these encouragements and assurances failed to ease my worries, and I am now locked into a battle with my emotions as I have now virtually convinced myself that I either have severe alcoholic liver disease, liver cancer or even both!
I have none of the other symptoms that are often cited as being confirmations of liver damage or liver cancer or cirrhosis (these being such things as reddening palms, yellowing of the skin and eyes, blood in my stools and urine or nausea and loss of appetite (I learned these from websites I’ve frequented) although I do have itchy legs and ankles in the morning at certain times. This condition, however, is one that I've had on and off for several years now, and it's a condition I've just come to see as symptom of my stress at these problems as well as all the other problems of life.
A couple of months ago I went back to the doctors with these same symptoms, and was given a basic health check and then sent for so ultrasound tests on my liver, kidneys and stomach as well as a full range of blood tests including extensive liver function tests. All the blood tests were reported as being 'normal' although I was told that my scan results had been returned as 'abnormal' and was thus called back to see my GP. This caused me enormous fear until I eventually went back to see my GP, but when I attended the appointment I was told that the scan results were fine, although they'd detected some 'liver chains' which were, uthey said, of no concern whatsoever, and so no further action was needed. My GP said she was happy with this although she said she'd like me to really cut down on my drinking, and said I really neede to get a bit of weight off to try to further improve my general health - I'm 5' 8" and a pretty flabby 14st 8lbs at last 'weigh-in'.
Just as a final update and a further twist, I started to have pains again last week, and was planning to go back and see my doctor, but was astonished to receive another phone call from her at work last Friday to say that she'd had another word with the Radiologist, and they'd said they thought I should now have a CT scan 'just to make absolutely sure' that things were in fact OK. I am now extremely frightened by this development, and am fearing that I might have liver cancer or at least cirrhosis of the liver, and that they somehow missed this before, but have seen something on a second look that has caused them to call me back.
From the information given here, could anyone start to hazard a guess as to what might be wrong with me, and could I already be beyond help?