I just thought I’d update you on my latest visit to my GP, and the plan that he has put together to try to sort me out.
The plan is for a routine medical (which he has already done), some new blood tests, an ultrasound test and a chest X-ray. He did the medical today and felt all round my liver and said it felt "lovely and soft" and "not swollen at all", neither of which would be the case, he said, if there was anything badly amiss (He was referring here, I think, to the possibility of Cirrhosis, though I realise now that there will be people on the Forum who wouldn’t agree with him on this).
He also looked at my last set of blood test results and actually looked quite taken aback, saying "Those blood results are excellent", but we'll get a new set done to make comparisons with the LFT's, and that should tell us a lot"...
He then said, "I'll book you in for an ultrasound" and asked me to have a chest X-ray down at Otley (our nearest local hospital) but added that he was only doing that for my own assurance, and that from his physical check of my liver today, he'd be very surprised if there was anything wrong.
I'm feeling a little bit happier now, and have just had a call from the hospital to offer me an appointment on Friday as they’ve had a cancellation today, and I’m having my blood tests done on Saturday, so everything is suddenly moving along pretty quickly now.
All the things I’ve recently learned about the unreliabilty of tests has really shaken me a lot, and this, coupled with fact that I seem to be hearing about some many cancers and cases of cirrhosis being missed have shocked me to the core, but ai can only do what I’m doing and hope I might eventually find some hope I can hang on to. If anyone can give any clues on where I might find that I’d very interested to know...
but one we get all the test results I'm hoping I'll be feeling even happier still.