Well this hasn't been a very fun day! Back from my rheumy appointment in which my bloods were reviewed and apparently there's a raised indicator of my liver not functioning properly, and I'm off back to the GP to have a word or two about more tests - along with discussions about trying to get some tests done for back pain and potentially for blood pressure which has been slowly creeping up over the past couple of years.
I'm a bit concerned I'll get another 'everything is fine' speech (I've wondered that my blood pressure was getting high but all I seemed to get was a pat on the head...until today, that is, and now I suddenly feel guilty I haven't been trying to do something about it). But I've been having symptoms for the past year which has made me wonder - itching whenever I have a pint (so I pretty much stopped drinking entirely last year, wasn't worth it), lack of appetite to the point I sometimes don't eat for two days before I force something down, incontinence and darkened urine, (and I've flagged that one before but was always told I just needed to be more hydrated). I've noticed my stomach getting bigger as well but as I'm always getting the 'lose some weight' speech I figured it was just weight gain.
Now, I know that the borders of 'fine' and 'not fine' tend to have some really wide variables of interpretation, but I've never really experienced this kind of thing before. If I'm having liver trouble, is there anything in particular I should try to avoid? I cut coffee out ages ago, but admit I've been drinking a lot of tea. Food is such a struggle - I literally don't want to eat anything at all.
I'm usually a pretty healthy person (considering!) and try to eat right and take my supplements, no junk food in the house, etc. But I can tell there's something wrong, and maybe I'll get treatment for it, but I also want to try and do a bit of self-care in addition. There must be something else I can do.
Thanks in advance.