Posted 8/2/2017 9:27 AM (GMT -6)
This is my first post.
I am a 62 year old woman with autoimmune disease - Autoimmune thyroiditis, osteoporosis (spine only) and autoimmune pernicious anaemia. Since being diagnosed and getting my medication to the right levels I have been in good shape physically and emotionally. My energy levels have been high and I have a good positive outlook on life.
From time to time in my life I have suffered with pain in the stomach if I go without eating. I have relieved the pain with bicarbonate of soda but mainly, I just make sure I don't starve and I don't get any pain.
A month ago I went to my GP to arrange my yearly thyroid blood tests and mentioned to her the pain I occasionally have. She organised a colonoscopy and gastroscopy and these were carried out last week. I am due to go for a CT scan this coming Friday.
The report from the colonoscopy showed that I had a small polyp in the bowel and this has been sent for biopsy testing.
The gastroscopy report showed that I have H pylori infection, a hiatial hernia, gastritis and, (and here's where I need some advice) stage 4 esophageal varices.
I'm not due to see my consultant until after the CT scan (hopefully next week) but right now I'm in shock. Recent liver function tests have come back as normal and, speaking to my GP yesterday by telephone, she also seemed to be confused by this finding and states that my blood work and a recent ultrasound showed that my liver was behaving exactly it it should.
I used to drink alcohol in excess but have not done so for thirty years. I eat a mainly plant based diet, no dairy and, until this week felt in perfect health.
I'm shocked, stunned and scared and don't know where to go for help - so can you help me make some sense of this? Is it possible to have Stage 4 GEV without liver disease?