Hi - im 41 and have drunk heavily since my 20's. The last 8 years has been 3 to 4 days a week (sometimes 5) and about 9 pints of 4.1% alcohol each of these days.
Ive got pink palms - and blotchy - Im am certain its Palmer Erythema after extensive reading. Thumb and little finger main prominences are pink to my wrists along with finger tips and prominences at base of each finger.
Slight pain on and off on the right side where my liver is (or most of whats left of it!!)
The whites of my eyes are slightly yellow - but only beneath my eyelids. If my eyes are open normally - ie not wide open and not just half open, the white which shows there is white - not yellow.
My face skin seems a bit discolored like jaundiced - but it is sooooo slight that in all honesty I simply cannot say whether its discolored or if its just the light or my normal skin color - I dont / didnt check that often.
I have a "beer belly" - its been around for about 3 or 4 years now - not sure if that counts as ascites? No swelling in legs.
No "all over" itchyness.
Strangely - heres a good one - im not addicted to booze - I drank all that because I enjoyed it - I liked being drunk and shutting things out (sometimes) - now im asking where the hell did the last 10 years go? How so fast to come to this?
I cannot see any spider nevi - although there are a few spots here and there on my upper chest/lower neck - I think I would need a magnifying glass to see any "legs" if they are there at all.
I have some joint pain in knees and elbows - this comes and goes and is quite bad of a morning but ok during the day - almost totally dissapearing.
I am very tired a lot and find waking up hard to do. It takes around 2 hours to come round totally in the morning. Not sure if this is normal for me as most mornings as far as I can remember were almost always like this but caused by being hung over.
I can bend back my wrist and splay my fingers with my arm outright and there is no trembling or flapping.
I have a good strong appetite and am eating well. No problems on that front.
Stools are normal - not light or dark - sometimes a bit on the greasy side - yuck what a thing to say.
I do slurr the odd word here and there - but again - I am 41 and not 21 eh?
I dont like saying "I" so much but its a handy way of trying to be factual in explaining the situation.
I have stopped drinking totally. I havent had a drink for a month now. It is easy for me - no widthdrawal or anything - absolutely nothing. (I do admit that I didnt enjoy the kebab as much without a beer - so those have stopped too!!). I know what addiction is to me - I was hooked on ciggs for 20 years and that was VERY VERY hard to stop. Booze though - no problem stopping at all (thankfully - I realise I have been very lucky there).
Given the above - do you folk think that I will be ok for a number of years now - or will my liver pack up in a few years or months? I think due to my history of abusing the amber nectar we can safely assum its been badly affected - and the palmar erythema would be a good proof of that alone (almost) from what I read.
I dont want to see a doctor until ive done 6 months off the booze to see how / if I progress as I know that the doctors main course of treatment will be to stop drinking and ive done that already.
Any advice will be read in earnest.