Hi, im moving through thr process of what I suspect will be an eventual diagnosis of cirrhosis and portal hypertension.
History of moderate to heavy binge drinker 3-4 night a week for 25 years with periods of abstinence 3-24 months interspersed. Stupidly i occasionally used cocodamol and paracetamol to combat terrible hangovers and the migraines I occasionally experience.
2 years of intermittent URQ pain, liver tests negative and an ultra sound scan for gallbladder/liver negative. given the "all clear" by a doc who i suspect felt I was neurotic (I can be)
i continued drinking dismissing periods of loose bowel movement and worsening rib pain and fullness as possibly an ulcer (antiacids did help) and related to a stressful job. Given my fathers a stage 4 liver in denial with persistent ascites mystifies me how i carried on.Denial.
Spider naevi veins were appearing on my central abdomen and chest and im sure id had a few 'odd' headaches like mild sunstroke which im concerned suggest encephaly) Recently I also developed a persistent smell of smoke.
I ceased drinking again 3 weeks ago.
In the last two weeks dramatically worse rib/flank and back pain combined with kidney pain and a central lower back pain. Its been enough to keep me from sleeping.
Another visit to the doctors elicited more concern. A urine test showed small amounts of haemolysed blood indicating either glomerulonephritis (my mum has it) or hypertension. No sign of infection. Kidney and liver function tests or back wednesday with a likely referral for repeated ultrasound.
Liver pains easing but lower central back pain the worst.
Ive not been sleeping very well. Not at all really. Just seem unable to drop off although tired during the day.
Researching around the topics it to death and as said in some posts ive read that can be self defeating.
Im wracked with guilt, having a lovely wife and 2 kids.. just finding it very difficult.'
Many thanks to all those who share their experience and knowledge here.
Anyhoo hello again. I will update as I learn more