Mr. E, I just wanted to welcome you to the forum and reiterate what others have said. It's great that you have stopped drinking, and that might be all that is necessary in order for your liver to regenerate, but you won't know what sort of damage you've done until you have a physical exam and blood work, for starters. Be honest with your doctor about your drinking and voice your concerns. After that, please come back and let us know what the results were.
Connie (a sober alcoholic)
Or maybe you're not ready to be told not to drink again, despite your vehement assertions that you had no trouble stopping?
Just because you MIGHT have liver damage does NOT mean you are "on your way out." That takes an enormous amount of bodily abuse and/or years to happen, generally. Even then, it's not a death sentence. I was diagnosed with chronic active hep C in '93. I couldn't handle treatment, so it progressed to liver cancer and cirrhosis in 2005. Thanks to great treatment at Mayo, I am still here. I was not only alcoholic (sober now since 1986) but also an IV drug user in the 60s. Again, I am still here.
So stop being an ostrich and go find out what is going on. If you are free from liver damage at this time, please do not use that as a green light to go on with your drinking. I guarantee you it will catch up with you. You don't bounce back in your 40s or 50s like you did in your teens and 20s.
Mr. E, those symptoms you described are minor and may not even be associated with serious liver disease. (Even I, with serious liver disease, do not have palmer erythema or many spider nevi.) However, it is dangerous to self-diagnose. You could be missing something else entirely. I suspect, given your age and drinking history, that if you don't drink alcohol again and eat a healthful diet, exercise, get proper rest, and in general just treat your body well...you will be fine. But to put your mind at ease, you really should have liver function tests (blood work.)
Post Edited (KathleenW) : 6/12/2010 9:29:54 PM (GMT-6)
Post Edited By Moderator (Pink Grandma) : 6/15/2010 9:58:27 PM (GMT-6)