On Wednesday I am seeing a gastro to check for liver damage. I was diagnosed with hypontremia (low sodium) and still not sure what is causing. I also have High B12 levels which can be indicative of liver problems. My bloodwork is normal, although on occasion my AST was a wee bit high. My last test was normal.
I was a drinker until a little over a month ago. I didn't drink to get drunk. I drank a glass of wine , occasionally two, to relax after a hard day at work. I am a teacher in a rough school and my job can get very stressful. I realize now I have been self medicating for years. I'm not sure if I am an alcoholic, but I definitely relied on it, which probably means I am. I know now that my drinking was very unhealthy and I am terrified of cirrhosis. I have Dr. Googled myself into a frenzy.
My general practitioner says my liver is fine, but reading on line that LFTs can be normal even with Cirrhosis has terrified me. So I am seeing a specialist Wednesday and getting his advise. I am so scared. I also feel absolutely mortified because there is such a stigma around the disease. How can I tell anyone?
I don't know what tests the gastro will do, or how long before I have an answer, but I do know one thing. Regardless of the results, my days of self medicating with alcohol are over. I quit.