This is my first post here and hopefully it will be my last – no offense. I’ve been ghosting here for quite a while, and I’m very grateful to you all for what I’ve learned.
I’m a 47-year old male. I’ve been an excessive binge drinker all my adult life, with drugs thrown in quite often (I stopped that a few years ago). My mother (non-bio) died from alcohol-related liver disease. That wasn’t pleasant to watch. She was a very extreme drinker – morning whisky, no food.
My father (bio) also died from alcohol-related liver disease. I don’t know much about him as I only found his relatives shortly after he’d died. Still, these two factors worry me. Boozing addiction has been pervasive, and I also don’t know if liver weakness (father) to alcohol is genetic (hard to find info, research is all over the place)
I have binged, as I said, with alacrity. But I have also held down good jobs and worked out very strenuously (4 or 5 days weak, quite hard) pretty much all my life. This might have helped me. But, during lockdown, I started drinking on the weekdays, stopped exercising completely, so two or three days a week turned into 5 boozing days (not as excessive as binges, but close). I also put on weight and am now 13 kgs overweight (doc said my belly close to being too big for scan, but said it was ok). Basically, in terms of what is deemed safe, I have been in the very dangerous club.
In short, I got worried. I have bad health anxiety and worse general anxiety (hence the sad boozing) and seeing what happened to my mum in the past pretty much sent me here. I had an awakening.
So, about four months ago, I had some blood tests. LFTs came back all normal. They always have. I was glad, but still had loads of anxiety. Not caused by you guys, you actually educated me and lessened that anxiety.
Today I bit the bullet and got a Fibroscan. I live in a foreign country, but am quite fluent in the language and could communicate my lifestyle with the doc. He gave me a physical exam around the liver area, and we did the scan.
He seemed surprised that the result was 3.8, which seems low. He said it was good. I’ve done a lot of reading about this, too. BUT, and it is a huge but, my liver showed severe fat levels. 330. I am trying to understand what this means, and so have come to you.
The doctor said just work out more, lose that excess weight, reduce, or better, quit drinking. But he didn’t ask for a follow up. His diagnosis was “fatty liver.” I know this is a big warning sign, but not sure how dire that warning is.
What kind of fatty liver is it? Simple? I guess I can’t know if it is inflamed? Do you think I should have more tests? If so, what?
I have been cleaning up my act already for some time (just stopped all booze for 5 weeks and rode many kms on bike) and will follow doctor’s orders, but just want to know what the term is for what I have. When I google it, I can’t seem to find a fitting term.
I would also like to ask if anyone else here has been in my position? That looks like some severe fattiness. Could it progress really quickly to scarring? With it being that severe, could it make me really ill even if I do all the right things and it doesn’t progress to fibrosis? With my new lifestyle, do you think I could reduce it? Is it all down to booze, or a mix of booze and weight gain? I actually eat really healthily.
Any information would be much appreciated. I might be fluent, but medical language is pretty hard. As I said, the doc just said I should live a healthier life. We didn't talk much more than that.
After this, I’ll stop visiting the site and get on with things. Thanks very much for all the information you’ve collectively put out there. You are the reason I got the scan, which is the reason I know I need to change. Kudos. I wish you all the best.