I'm slightly confused. I went to the Love Your Liver roadshow for a fibroscan which gave me a result of 12.2 - not surprising given the years of high level meds I've been on, plus excessive alcohol consumption. I went to the roadshow expecting this result, I've lost loads of weight recently (not intentionally), am tired, black stools, liver pain, can't eat as no appetite - yet the GP says my liver function and other bloods have come back fine and that there is no further action required?
OK, I still am drinking, but I've also been put onto a new medication, Duloxetine, which is regarded as not at all good for livers, especially with alcohol.
I spoke to a local liver consultant at the roadshow when I got the result and he said he expected to see me at their unit once I had my LFT back, as he expected it to be as lousy as my fibroscan result.
I was expecting that too, so I would then be told I CANNOT drink (by a hospital consultant hopefully), which is the only thing which will stop me, truth be told. I have a psychological obsession with it, due to my personality disorder. I don't really get withdrawal symptoms, despite over 20 years of nightly consumption, currently I get through around 150 units a week, down from over 300. (yes, those zero's are right - at least I'm not in denial). So I'm not physically dependent, which is weird considering, but that's how it is.
Anyway, the GP is sticking with the LFT result, even though I know they are notoriously inaccurate, and I needed a shock of some description to make the lifestyle change required. I'm disappointed it hasn't happened, but now my head will keep telling me it's OK and there's no problem. I only drink on a night, work all day, look after kids etc. But my 8pm obsession hour is totally over-whelming.
I've been to AA, self-help groups, Addictive behviours services, online counselling, hypnosis but none of them have worked. In fact, AA made me want to drink more, it was so depressing and unfortunately, I don't believe in a higher anything whatsoever so it's not for me. I suppose what I'm asking is, despite me showing the surgery my fibroscan result, with the letter from the roadshow, they are dismissing it and going with the bloods. I can't go and admit my true unit consumption due to my personal circumstances, and don't want to annoy the surgey by being awkward, but I'd have thought the scan was more reliable than the bloods??
PS: Please don't tell me to just stop drinking, if it was that easy I'd have done it years ago, I've tried to quit for over 10 years, but never manage more than 2 nights every few months or so. I was really hoping the LFT would be really abnormal to make me have no choice, so I feel a bit, well, annoyed? resentful? that the bloods seem OK. Hope that makes sense...
So what next??