I am new to this forum so I'll briefly introduce myself.
I am a 23 year old men who just graduated from college.
During my college years, I started to drink far to much too often. I estimate between 20 and 30 units, mostly beer, per weeks. Of course, some weeks might have been a bit worse but some were far less bad too. During some weeks, I was within the safe limits. Also, my consumption was rather irregular, with some days off and some days having much more.
Two months ago, I had a panic attack. It was the culmination of many odd symptoms I had never experienced before. I went to see my doctor at that time and I disclosed my drinking habits to him. He did a thorough physical exam and ordered a full blood work to make sure my panic attack had no physical underlying cause. Everything showed fine, both in the physical exam and the blood work. However, for the past three weeks, I've been having a mild discomfort in my right abdomen. It started on my lower right side. I was feeling a bit cold at this
location. Then, the type and
location of the feeling moved to other
location including the right mid abdomen. This is the area that worries me since I know the liver is located there. The sensation would disappear for hours and come back at some point. Then, it disappeared for a few days. It came back four days ago and is still moving. On the second day I had this, I started to worry about
my liver and my appetite somewhat diminished. Then, on the third day, I went to the clinic in order to see a doctor right away and was really shocked when I told him about
my alcohol consumption. Far more then my family doctor two month ago. He still did a fast inspection of my abdomen and looked at my blood work results and told me I was fine but that I should quit alcohol. I really felt shocked when I left his office. It was the first time I was told my drinking habits were dangerous. I knew they were not good, and that is why I went to be checked. But dangerous... I was not expecting this.
That was two days ago. Since then, I'm in an emotional shock. I have lost a good part of my appetite, something that always occur with me when I feel very anxious. Since I know loss of appetite is linked with alcohol liver disease, my anxiety go up. I have a very important paper I must turn in next week related the beginning of my master's degree and this underlying anxiety and feeling of imminent doom, common in those of us with panic disorder, is really taking it's toll on my productivity. The reason I am posting here is to get impressions from many persons about
Here is more information about
My diet is average. I don't eat well when out of the house, perhaps 4 meal per weeks. The others, however, are of very good quality. We only eat organic food with meal being 1/2 veggies, 1/4 meet, 1/4 unprocessed carbohydrates. I take green leaf smoothies every week day, but have only been taking them for a few months now after being a few years off them. I had been taking vitamin and minerals supplements for all my life but started to take them far less often during my college years. I also resumed this regular habit several months ago. I do some exercise and have improved my cardiovascular capacity in the last years thanks to it. I am however still a bit overweight with a BMI of 27. I have slowly but steadily been losing weight during my college years.
Also, after my last encounter with a doctor, I told myself I would quit alcohol at least until I am convinced I have not damaged my liver yet. My worst fear, right now, are of course that cirrhosis has already occurred. I told myself that if no damage is found, I could resume my social drinking if and only if I am to stay within the recommended guidelines. Right now, I haven't taken anything for the last three days. It's really no big deal for me. Whenever I had a cold during the last years I would not drink during it's course. The fact that I would only drink with friends and family, combined with the fact that I felt no symptoms when I was off for a few days must have led me to believe my habits were fine. Nonetheless, the fear that I might have damaged myself beyond repair is quite enough for me to refuse any alcohol from now on.
Here are what I believe to be the relevant blood tests:
Total Bilirubin: 15 (normal: 2 -19) A bit high, still? But I was taking a lot of Vitamin C before the test, and it is known to increase this.
AST: 14 (Normal: 5 -37)
ALT: 10 (Normal: 5 - 41)
ALP: 46 (Normal: 40 -129)
GGT: 12 (Normal: 8 - 61)
I know the results looks fine, but isn't a AST/ALT ratio of 1.4, like I have, linked to cirrhosis? Is the ratio any relevant when the levels are so low? I have read it is of less usefulness with lower levels. But did they mean low levels inside normal of above normal? I don't know if there is any relevance but I had a panic attack during the night before the sample was taken. Could it have raised my AST?
Thanks for any advice or insight that might help me prove or disprove my concerns.
Also, excuse my English if there is problems with is, it is not my first language.
Post Edited By Moderator (hep93) : 6/22/2013 8:48:58 PM (GMT-6)