Posted 12/3/2013 12:53 PM (GMT -6)
I stumbled upon this site whilst trying to find some answers!
So, I had acute alcoholic hepatitis in July 2010. I was expected to die, but after a course of steroids, and several months later, I was told my liver was fine.
I asked the hospital if my liver was scarred, and I was told that the scan taken whilst my liver was enlarged showed no scarring, therefore it would not have scarred as it shrank back to it's normal size.
All my LFT's are normal. I became a Mum in 2012 for the first time, and have not touched alcohol for going on 3.5 years. I will never touch it again.
Anyway, to cut a long story short, a Hepatologist has said re me (not having been in touch with the specialists at my local hospital) - "It is clear that ****** had alcoholic hepatitis in 2010. The majority of patients, but not all, usually have cirrhosis at the time of presentation, and I suspect that ****** may NOT have cirrhosis currently, and this has huge implications for life expectancy converting her from a limited life expectancy to almost normal life expectancy if she does not drink again. This could be confirmed relatively easily, and I could probably arrange for Dr ****** who looked after ****** to organise this quickly, or she could come to London and I can arrange."
So now I'm worried! I was discharged from my hospital in February 2011 with a full bill of health, yet this Hepatologist is saying that I may (JUST may) have cirrhosis, and that my life expectancy if I don't have is will be ALMOST normal!
I'm panicking now! I thought I'd left all this behind me - I have a beautiful baby boy, my life is great and alcohol free, I am gutted to think that this MAY still be present!! Especially as the Specialist I saw (who is excellent) said I no longer have ALD!
Any advice REALLY appreciated!