Re: Pressure and Discomfort Liver Area
Hi Dradden, & welcome!
Getting some blood labs done is a great place to start. An ultrasound is also a cheap and easy test your doc may not mind ordering, but this depends on whether or not you're willing to confess you're worried about alcohol and you may not want to go there just now. An ultrasound would most likely show fatty liver, which is inconclusive.
It's important to understand, most drinkers get more than one warning/wake up call that alcohol is affecting their health before they get in serious trouble health-wise. It's very unlikely you've gone past a point of recovering your health completely. The hard part is judging how you want to go with alcohol in the future.
Older drinkers like to say: "you can't party like you used to" (as you get older), and this is of course true. Going teetotal for life is an option, but you might consider another alternative... Moderate adult drinking. Instead of picking up a case of beer on a whim and having a major beer-fest once in a while, you might consider a cocktail or a glass of wine over dinner with your sweetheart as a more responsible alternative.
Alcohol can give your spirit a warm fuzzy glow, and add more life to your life, but making the change from binge drinking to adult drinking patters is essential as you head into middle age. The best thing about drinking in moderation is... You can most likely continue to do this for another decade or two. If you continue with youthful drinking patterns (big binges followed by recovery periods), you're more likely to get into trouble and need to swear off alcohol to save your health.
"Moderation in all things, and to thine own self be true"! Stay out of trouble with alcohol, and you may be able to enjoy it for many years to come.
Best of Luck with your labs. Keep in mind, liver enzymes won't tell you how much damage has been done in the past (unless the damage is severe)... They just show how inflamed your liver is when the blood is drawn. Even an ultrasound will not show early stage liver disease, but it will show fatty liver, which is not a serious problem as long as inflammation (liver enzymes) are not seriously over their norms.
Last edited by BillinSD; 12-05-2012 at 10:07 PM.