Hi all, new to this but am greatly encouraged by the various posts here.
Thought I'd add my 3 penneth worth for others new to the murky world of the liver...
I had a random blood test last september in Italy which showed high GGT(188) all other liver functions were normal. OK I'd been drinking the vino all week prior so it could have slewed the test but 188? Took the decision to stop drinking and see what happened. About one week later met a friend and had one sip of cava and felt a bit strange-not drunk but decidely unwell. Stopped drinking for a month but during this time felt terrible-realised later this was PAWS symptoms-I'd never heard of it! All kinds of liver pain and pale stools etc. Took about 6 weeks to clear up and by all accounts I got off lightly. Had some blood tests done in UK all normal but no GGT...Just before xmas had a couple of glasses of wine with water and no major issues. Had some wine over xmas-a couple of glasses-again no issue. Then in January after celebrating wifes birthday-had a few glasses of wine-next day quite a bit of liver pain. Decided to lay off the wine for a few months-at this time still had issue with pale stools and then beginnings of itchy skin-mainly on lower legs-calves/ankles-not too serious though. Arranged a visit to the doc who then did another blood test-this time with GGT. Test came back at 215 despite not drinking for a month.. At this point doc ordered an ultrasound-just had results this week-completely clear! not even fatty liver or gall stones! New GGT test now at 182 after 6 weeks abstinence.
So, my doc's not too concerned-test again in 3 months but I don't get the clear ultrasound?-I have itchy skin still, stools a bit clay-ish and very occasional liver pain-all consistent with high GGT. A bit weird that all other liver tests fine. I guess it could be another kind of biliary issue but my gut instict says liver-57 years old and years of overdoing the vino-probably miraculous I haven't had issues before...! Just hope I haven't damaged the liver beyond repair. Any comments welcome on test results as I'm slightly concerned I'm missing something but am convinced I have some kind of liver damage-it's the intolerance to alcohol now which worries me-even a becks blue watered down with lemonade is no go.
Funnily enough I don't miss the alcohol-day to day no problem although hate not being able to have wine in restaurants...still-not the end of the world.