I just wanted to post an update on my previous posts. I went to hospital on Wednesday as an outpatient where I had an endoscopy done. This was arranged by the consultant I saw in November after going to A&E in October, when I had very high LFT results. I decided to have the throat spray without sedation. It was very, very unpleasant. I was diagnosed with Barrett's Oesophagus. It was only a small 1cm segment but still very worrying. The consultant took 8 biopsies from my lower esophagus and stomach. I haven't had the biopsy results but if dysplasia is found I will need treatment as soon as possible to stop it developing into cancer. It also requires regular endoscopies to monitor the Barrett's. The nurse said it would every 3 years but I read online that it should be every 3-6 months if there is dysplasia. thought that was traumatic enough, but on Thursday night I had a recurrence of the severe abdominal pain that originally caused me to go to A and E. The pain was severe and worse than the last time. I went to A&E at 5.30 am and was in there until 4.30pm. During this time I saw 2 doctors and a consultant. I had blood test done in A&E which showed my LFTs were high again. My LFTs were high in October, went back to normal in November but were now high again. The first two doctors seemed not to know what was causing it, but the second said it might be hepatitis. I eventually saw a consultant. He said he wasn't certain what was causing my high LFTs but he said it might be drug-induced hepatitis from the omeprazole which I started taking a month ago. He said he has seen it cause liver inflammation in a small number of patients. He has switched me to Ranitidine and also prescribed 30mg codeine for the pain. I was given another appointment for Tuesday where I am having a liver ultrasound and more blood tests. He said if I still have high LFTs I would be urgently referred to a liver specialist.
I am hoping it doesn't get worse over the weekend as I don't want to end up in A&E again. Also I had orange urine when I was in A&E and also vomited once in the toilet. I've never had orange urine before. I read that can be a sign of liver problems. It seems to be going back to normal now though. Feeling a bit crestfallen as I haven't had major health problems until recently. I've had 2 A&E visits and 2 outpatient visits in the last 2 months, with another one next week. I will likely be having more in the future. I have a few questions about the hepatitis. What options are there for treating it? Is having a liver transplant the only cure? Also I am not sure what caused my LFTs to be high the first time (before I started the omeprazole). I have always assumed that hepatitis usually arises from unprotected sex, sharing needles and having blood transfusions. I haven't done any of that, and I also don't drink alcohol, so I am not sure how I've acquired it.