Non alcoholic fatty liver

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Kynnb
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   Posted 1/3/2018 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I didn’t know which topic to post in, so sorry if this is the wrong one. I was diagnosed with non-alcoholic fatty liver a couple months ago when I went in for an ultrasound due to thinking I had gallstones. I was sent to a specialist that didn’t care and said that fatty liver isn’t a concern unless I’m overweight or have diabetes. (I don’t have diabetes and I’m 93 pounds and 5’1 and 21 years old) so all she did was send me to do a blood test to see if my levels were high which they were not except I came back positive for an auto immune disease to which she said it didn’t matter since my liver levels weren’t elevated. Now my question is has anyone gone through the same thing with a fatty liver? I don’t know what caused mine. I do take Tylenol once a day (325 mg the low dose) could that contribute to it? I was told I could take Tylenol and do whatever I want but I just don’t want to risk it becoming more serious. If you have a fatty liver do you still take Tylenol and other medication or try to avoid it?

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   Posted 1/3/2018 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Kynnb, I too have a fatty liver & was diagnosed many years ago. I have not had any issues with my liver & my drs were not concerned. It was explained to me that it is common & not to worry about it. What does get my attention is this lab work indicates a possible autoimmune disease. My thoughts are this, get a copy of your lab results & if you have a good GP discuss it with him/her. If the test was positive for a high ANA, many people can have a positive ANA & have nothing wrong with them at all. There are also false high ANA tests. What type of specialist did you see?

Take care.
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   Posted 1/3/2018 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi kynnb and welcome,
You are posting in the right place. I agree with your dr.. your liver tests were normal, so your liver is handling the Tylenol alright.

However I would ask for periodic blood tests, which your pcp can do. Is there any plan to follow up on the type of auto immune disease? And what about the pain that triggered the ultra sound?

Kynnb
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   Posted 1/3/2018 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks guys! I’m just always worrying lol. And my ANA test was a high positive and no I do not have a follow up with it. They said testing positive for an autoimmune disease isn’t a big deal. I went for gallstones because I was having pain which ended up being my liver having the pain.

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   Posted 1/3/2018 4:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow!!! I believe you need a second opinion. Mild fatty liver is mostly asymptomatic.

I have a auto immune disease called MS. Which is very serious

A few of our members have auto immune hepatitis. Which can cause cancer, transplant, or death without treatment.

I would go back to my primary and discuss “what you told us”

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   Posted 1/6/2018 11:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Kynnb

Thanks for posting.

I am thinking that as a young, healthy person, your docs don't see anything urgent going on and are giving you the "don't worry about it" approach.

But I am a long term thinker...you have lots of years and this could be early signs of what you need to pay attention to as your life unfolds. Something to keep track of. Keeping your fats and carbs under control FOREVER would be a life lesson. Not becoming a regular alcohol user would be another...livers don't do well with that. Being very regular about your annual physical WITH labs that include the liver function tests,and an ANA. Track trends over the years. You wouldn't say it is NOTHING to worry about if they found just a tiny "something" on your breast! The docs would be jumping up and down to take pictures every year.

Auto immune diseases are long term diagnoses...and they have quiet periods and flare ups. Be sure to have tests done if you are not feeling well or have that "gall bladder" type pain again.

Re Tylenol, it can also mess with livers in higher doses, and it is combined with lots of things so the mg count can creep up...in various OTC cold meds, for example. Or in various pain meds...read lables.

And good luck,

Mama Lama
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Kynnb
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   Posted 1/6/2018 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I never take more than the 325mg of Tylenol and I do not take any other otc meds unless I’m sick, then I take ibuprofen also. I do not drink alcohol at all, I did when I was a young teen though. I do eat carbs probably too much but I don’t eat much anymore because I can feel my liver against my ribs when I do and it makes me nauseous. I don’t know what’s causing my problems and the person I saw doesn’t seem concerned, and so I have an appt with a regular M.D to discuss my issues. I also have cysts on my ovaries that burst when I ovulate I don’t know if that has anything to do with my symptoms. Thanks for the advice y’all!

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   Posted 1/11/2018 4:55 PM (GMT -7)   
My wife was told she had a fatty liver in 1997, she is currently on the liver transplant list because of it. So it is something you should not disregard.

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   Posted 1/13/2018 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   
At your TP center, what is the Meld Score where they get to the top of the list. What is it now? How is she doing with the wait time? End Stage before Transplant can be difficult...we know, as my partner Mike was pretty sick before his TP in 2011. He is very well now, almost 7 years later. He did not have Fatty Liver Disease, rather Hep C and Alcoholic Cirrhosis. That is different, but I think when the liver is failing, the symptoms are about the same.
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Hep C 1a Treatment - Sovaldi/Olysio (March - May 2014)
Undetected since week 4. Undetected 12 weeks post treatment.
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