New to this, have a stack of questions, help and general argh feelings.
I am a 46 yo male, upto now generally healthy.
But I drunk too much and started to cause general health issues, mainly stomach and gastric based.
Had a blood test back in September 2012 and had a LFT test as well my Gamma GT was over 1200. Was revered to alcohol advice and told to reduce. I ignored basically and carried on drinking.
2nd Jan 2013 - clasped unable to breath and a stomach looking like I was 9 months pregnant. Was taken straight to ward with loads of bags and stuff attached.
Was diagnosed with Ascites and Liver damage caused by alcohol abuse, portal vein Varices and on stomach. Was in hospital for 4 weeks with all the tests being done. Ultrasound, X-ray, gastropathy, stomach drain 9ltr drained. Had 3 sets of infections as well and my bloods all over the place. Finally discharged, lost 4 stone in 3 weeks...was told if I carried on drinking I would be back but would not need discharging again!!!!!
I left hospital and went straight to a pub....no not to order a beer, a pint of coke, it was a mind thing.
I have not had a alcoholic drink since 2nd Jan. in fact I don't actually crave one. I still go to the pub and socialise and drink coke.
I am on the normal set of drugs, Spiro, Fluromide, Proponal, Omazapole, thiamin, Vit B, lactolose. And some ther tabs every now and again...oh pain killers as well.
I feel better than I did, but get very tired, and no energy. Sleep pattern is shot to pieces one minute up all night next minute sleeping in day. Pins and needles, itches, head aches extreme dizzyness as well. Very thin weak, loss of body muscle and unable to gain weight even though I am eating ok. Confusion and lack of concentration to top it off.
I am confused by certain things about the condition and get conflicting advice from my GP, Consultant and counsellor. Web is great but makes you more paranoid about stuff.
I have bloods taken every two weeks with DR follow up week after most tests are levelling off with abnormal tests being referred to as not right but under review. gamma GT 450 still.
One new confusion this week, Hep B test has come back positive, so more head scratching.
So no real questions here as such just my frustration and confusion..and my story. I like to take this opportunity in sincerely thanking my partner in standing by me, supporting and importantly making me laugh.
Thanks for reading Andy....