I'm a 48 year old male who was a heavy drinker from the age of around 26 to 45 when it came to a head and I stopped.
I seperated from my kids' mum 2 years ago and since then have been leading a better lifestyle (much happier) and rarely drink, although I do have a terrible ready meal based diet and loved to take chocolate to bed, and I mean lots of it!
Anyway, I started drinking again when lockdown started last April, but within a few weeks developed right side pain which scared the hell out of me and I stopped. We are talking 10-13 units a night. It took a couple weeks I think then the pain went away, so in October I had a set of function tests done via thriva - the results ALL cam back normal.
Then at Xmas I drank on Xmas day and Boxing day. Got right side pain again and it took a few weeks to go.
On 30th May - 2.5 weeks ago I had a very bad day and consumed 20 units, and the next day woke up with right side pain. Now I'm still in the same pain. And I hugely regret that day - it's my one and only alcohol touch this year - that's for sure.
I guess it's not so much pain as discomfort? I'm also quite skinny with a ridiculous pot belly that looks really odd - but I can't decide whether it's ascites that I've always had or I'm literally just really out of shape.
My plan is to get some tests done via Striva again to check all the basics then go back to my GP end of the month for tests.
Has anyone else experienced liver pain that went away? I'm interested in everyone else's experience with liver pain. I'm in that frame of mind - do I have cirrhosis in either an early or middle stage meaning I've got 2 to 5 to 12 years left depending on which site you read, or a fatty liver that will heal up probably in the next month and I might be okay if I don't drink ever again and it much better?
it's funny - when I used to drink regularly I convinced myself most mornings I had liver disease but - you know - hangovers and liver disease have similar symptoms! But I'm thinking if my results last Oct were completely normal and I've only drank on a handful of occasions since I doubt that would have pushed me over the edge in to liver damage?
Don't know - am keen to hear others opinions!
Thanks for your time in advance.