Hi, I am new to posting.
I am a non-drinker, virtually tee total, always have been. Routine blood tests showed liver problems. I am a 57 year old woman, overweight, type 2 diabetes, well controlled, high blood pressure, again, under control.
My first appointment with the registrar for the liver specialist was Sept 2013. The registrar told me that a liver transplant was in my future. I had a fibroscan, 14.9 as I recall. A major panic for me, but now a further 15 months have passed, and I have calmed down a bit, as nothing seems to have got significantly worse. I have been going to the gym 3 times a week and lost 40lb over the last 4 years, and am still working on that (deep joy!). Had another fibroscan Nov 2013, and it was 18.4.
As I understand it, I haven't quite got to cirrhosis yet-- is that right? I had a liver biopsy recently, and the specialist, who I have never met yet, wrote me a letter saying I had "early bridging fibrosis" which I take to mean I am one or two steps short of full blown cirrhosis. Is that right, any comments from anyone? Early bridging fibrosis doesn't seem to be mentioned anywhere...
I don't have ANY real symptoms per se; Though that said, I have had gout 3 times since initial diagnosis, and patches of very itchy skin. Very mild discomfort in the "liver area," but nothing I need to seek treatment for. My legs, lower legs in particular seem very weak to me (struggle to lower myself into the bath, and "totter" a bit, I think).
What is likely to happen to me next, symptomwise?
Any thoughts or comments, gratefully received. I read all the postings and find them all reassuring somehow.
Best wishes to all.