Results of CT Scan

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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 5/14/2009 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I asked husband if he would get a CT scan of his liver (he had his biopsy 3 years ago, dx: alcoholic liver disease, diffuse microvesicular/macrovesiculat steatosis and some fibrosis) cause he is a very active alcoholic who drinks between 18-36 beers per day, every single day, and recently some close friends have lost family members due to ALD.  Also, he has had brief stints at sobriety, and he "claims" he wants to be sober, so I thought maybe, if his liver was still ok, he could try Naltrexone.  Anyway, backfired in my face, huh?  Got the results today - liver is still exactly the same three years later, no further fibrosis (dr. said it was very little, if any, fibrosis) but his liver is good.  I just don't get how that can be, but it is.  Anyway, instead of stopping drinking and going on the Naltrexone, he thinks he has the "green light" to drink to his hearts content ... his liver is fine, stayed fine after all these years ... he is going for the gusto!!!!  Thanks for letting me vent, but seriously, how can this be????? 

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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 5/14/2009 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Sometimes it takes many, many years of drinking alcoholically every day before the liver starts to show damage.  How are his LFTs now?  You can be sure that drinking the way he does (even if it's "only beer") is killing brain cells and compromising his heart and other organs.  It will get him eventually, though it may not be his liver.  Unfortunately, if he has no real desire to quit, nothing you can say or do will make a bit of difference.  Does he work?  If so, some employers will give an ultimatum to employees who aren't functioning well because of an alcohol problem:  Get into AA or be fired.  I happen to know a local news anchor who got to AA that way, and there are people in many other professions that have this ultimatum handed to them.
If your husband has no desire to stop drinking, then you have to either accept it and stay with him or decide you don't want to live under the same roof.  That's entirely up to you.
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