For 20 years I drank to excess.
I have a good job, nice home, lovely husband but every night after work I would reach for a bottle of wine (or 2) my stupid way of winding down. I knew I was drinking far too much, my husbands drinking habits were the same and as I never went to bed drunk or woke with a hangover didn't consider changing my habits. Then I discovered I was pregnant and stopped drinking immediately.
This was 7 years ago. When my daughter was born my lifestyle completely changed and alcohol was no longer part of my daily routine, maybe a glass of wine on a Saturday night.
2 years later when on holiday enjoying a glass of wine I felt a stabbing sensation on the right hand side in the liver area. A dull ache remained for the rest of the holiday and when I returned home I made an appointment with my GP. He examined my abdomen, ordered LFT's and an ultrasound scan suspecting gallstones. LFT's were all normal and ultrasound normal. However the pain persisted and I also felt sick regularly. Saw my GP again and mentioned my private health insurance so was referred to a consultant who ordered CT Scan and endoscopy. CT revealed 2mm kidney stone in left kidney and mild diverticulitis. He told me my liver was "fine". Endoscopy normal.
2 years later I picked up a nasty stomach bug which when cleared left me with a feeling of a lump stuck in my throat. It's always there and causes me to cough. Blue veins have also appeared in my neck. Yes, I am concerned about varices. Since having my daughter I have had awful hemorhhoids, I realise these happen after giving birth but they have got a lot worse and will not clear up. My RUQ pain is still there, in last 2 years my GP has arranged LFT's each time they have been normal. For the last month my entire body has been aching, in particular my legs, neck and lower back. My GP says I have pulled a muscle. My medical notes read I "panic"
My mouth pours with blood when I brush my teeth, I get cramp regularly and have difficulty sleeping, literally I can be awake for a week. My periods became non existent a couple of years ago (I am now 41) my GP put me on the mini pill and I dont have periods at all now which can be a side effect of the mini pill but periods I understand also stop when liver disease is present.
My G.P tells me it is not possible to have a clear ultrasound, CT, endoscopy and LFT's with liver disease....something would show. These tests were 4 years ago and I have asked to be investigated further but they advise its not an option given my test results.
I feel I cannot go back again, I know they think this is all in my mind and I am wasting their time. I feel like they think I am attention seeking.
Sorry for rambling, I'm so desperately worried and feel dreadful, just don't know what to do
Does anyone have any thoughts on this?