I posted recently expressing concerns about the health of my liver following an extended period of heavy drinking. I did experience some symptoms, be they real or imagined but regardless, the extent of my drinking coupled with knowledge that cirrhosis is often asymptomatic in its early stages has left me very worried. Thank you to those who responded to my previous post.
Following what were reported to me as normal results of blood tests and an ultrasound, I was nevertheless scheduled for an endoscopy and colonoscopy to explore the cause of possible blood in the stool. Both came back normal with the exception of intestinal hemorrhoids, which I was told were not serious. Also, I was specifically told that I do not have esophageal varices. At the time of these procedures, I showed what I thought might be a spider angioma on my chest to the gastroenterologist. Because it blanches (disappears briefly) when pressure is applied, he confirmed that it could indeed be a spider angioma, but insisted in spite of this that I have no signs of liver disease.
The gastro specialist could tell that I was very anxious to have reassurance and told me that even if there was undetectable damage, his advice would be the same: no further testing and abstain from drinking. Let me make myself clear that I take this advice very seriously; I don't believe that drinking is an option at this point; if I have undetected fibrosis even moderate drinking might be detrimental. I plan on a life of abstinence from alcohol and am utterly committed to this plan.
What worries me is that many seemingly valid sources point to blood tests and ultrasound results as unreliable. I realize that I cannot have absolute certainty and must accept the unknown, however I want to be somewhat prepared for what may be in store in years to come in the case that I have compensated cirrhosis.
I know that many post on this site looking relief to health anxiety, and I apologize if it is an annoyance, however I also know that there are some very knowledgable contributors here and I value your input regarding my situation. Again I emphasize my commitment to sobriety even if further testing confirms a healthy liver; the anxiety just isn't worth it.
If I were to sum up my question concisely it would be: With normal blood test and ultrasound results and no signs of decompensated cirrhosis (no varices, etc.,) and given complete abstinence, what is the worst case scenario within reason?
P.S. I cannot provide that actual results of the tests I received.