Hi, this is my first post, though I admit to have been following for a while. There does appear to be a number of knowledgeable participants to this site, and whilst I am aware not necessarily medically trained, I would value some input please. So, here's my story so far....
Last April I attended my GP with a tummy complaint. Following a quick external examination I was sent for blood tests and an ultrasound scan.
At the follow-up meeting (with a locus), he was undecided weather to monitor for a year or to send me for a follow up CT scan. We discussed my levels of alcohol consumption, at which point I was drinking wine every night with dinner, as well as beer on Friday & Saturday nights. Suggested I should reduce this, which I did, and cut out the wine drinking in the evenings.
Due to admin issues at my GP surgery, I didn't get to attend the CT scan until January of this year. Then came the follow up!
At this appointment, the GP looked at my results and said, "ah, yes cirrhosis, but we knew that". - Well, she may have, but I certainly didn't as this was the first I'd heard of it! "And spleen slightly enlarged". I was a wed bit she'll- shocked, and all I could ask was had it changed since my US scan? No, she said.
Anyway, I then did what most of us living in the 21st century do, and got onto Google (which is how I came across this site), and began the research. Apart from some discomfort around my liver region, I haven't experienced any other symptom, except for very occasional itchiness on the back of my calves. The discomfort I felt on my left side, which was presumably the enlarged spleen, has actually now gone altogether.
I happened to be in Germany during February and mentioned this to a friend, who suggested I go and have a blood test whilst I was there, visa a friend of a friend, which I did. All results were within range except for GGT at 237, Vit B12, 335 and Antistrepolysin at 253.
On my return back to the UK, I decided to obtain my records from last year to try and ascertain where I actually stood. That made interesting reading, and the following are the results that were flagged:- Prothrombin time, 12.1 secs - high. Platelet count 131- low (range 140-400), Mean Corpuscular Volume, 100.7 - high (80-100), Mean Corpusc. Hb conc 349 - high (315 - 345), Ferratin - 448, high (15-350), total protein - 82, high (60-80), Urea, 2 - low (2.5 - 7.8).
Then there was the CT scan, which reads like this:-
Mildly lobular contour of the liver suggests possible early background cirrhotic changes. No focul lesions are identified. No biliary duct dilation. Portal & hepatic veins appear patent. Mild splenomegaly 14.8 cm transaxially. Pancreas, adrenals, kidneys and urinary bladder appear unremarkable.
Unprepared appearances of the large and small bowel are unremarkable.
No collections and no free gas. No significant retro peritoneal lymphadenopathy. No destructive bony lesions. The lung bases are clear.
Imaging appearances are suggestive of possible early cirrhotic changes as describe above. Otherwise, unremarkable study".
The CT scan certainly similar to the ultrasound, except in that result the spleen measured 12cm.
In stating, "ah, yes, cirrhosis", I have got the impression that perhaps the GP was slightly overreacting, and the reality is I have fatty liver. Does anybody concur with my interpretation? Or am I playing it down?
The outcome of my last appointment, was again to leave everything for a further 12 months, and to reassess then. Judging by numerous posts I have read, this seems a little long.
In addition, I am not on, nor ever have been, any medication for any medical condition., and my latest blood pressure reading was 115/80, pulse 94. I am a 56 year old male.
Apologies for the leangthy post, but all the facts, as I have them, are here and I appreciate any feedback anyone has.
Thanks for listening.