I’m 37, and had a drinking problem that got out of control the past two years. Eventually I ended up in the hospital where they treated me for hyponatremia and some malnutrition and withdrawal. With my history and elevated liver blood work they also did an ultrasound and told me I had a fatty liver and if I kept drinking like I was I’d end up with cirrhosis.
After that overnight hospital stay January 5 I’ve not had a drink since and instantly felt better. No more throwing up, nausea, constant hangovers/drunkenness. I started eating well again and thought I was on the way to recovery.
However after a week or so, after looking online researching more about fatty liver I noticed some scary symptoms that I was having seemed to indicate cirrhosis. Things like red hands and feet, retaining water, hair loss, lack of libedo, dark circles under the eyes, rapid heartbeat/shortness of breath, Terry’s nails, skin pigmentation, blue veins visible, and maybe more I’ve forgotten.
I brought my concerns to my doctor who examined me but seems to think it’s mostly anxiety, he ran the bloodwork again and says there’s just no way someone with all those symptoms of end stage cirrhosis could have my blood numbers. My liver enzymes dropped to normal fast after quitting alcohol, my bilirubin is normal as is PT and PTT and I have a platelet count of 310k with no signs of bleeding. He says because of this whatever is wrong is not end stage cirrhosis. He seems reluctantly open to having me see a specialist just for peace of mind but that might take weeks.
I’m feeling like I’m losing my mind. I alternate between knowing I’m sick and going to die and thinking maybe my doctor is right and it’s no big deal.
Does anyone have any advice?