Re: anyone suffer with liver problems due to chronic fatigue.. please help
I wrote a post on the liver forum about this very topic, though didnt get any decent replies! So fogive me for copying, pasting then updating it - I hope it reads reasonably well!
For the past year or so I have been suffering from terrible fatigue, flu like symptoms, and weakness, to the point where my GP told me it was probably Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and referred me to a specialist. However, in each of the around 8 blood tests I have had in the past year have turned up with very poor liver function. my GP kept sending me for tests saying he was monitoring this, though my liver function was he believed a statistical anomaly. Now after six months off work with "Chronic Fatigue" I have eventually seen a specialist, and was surprised by his concern about my liver. In fact he said my liver function was "three times the norm" (I dont know what this means!) and that he was so concerned about my liver that I am now facing an ultrasound, and biposy. He also asked me a lot of questions re; exposure to one of the hepatitis virus's.
The strange thing is I now know so much about the horrors of a long-term diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome that a different diagnosis may actually be more preferential with a more specific prognosis and treatment. Though, looking at the causes online there is also almost no way in which I can concieve I may have been exposed to such a virus.
Anyhow the update on this was that an ultrasound showed a "bright" liver, and my ALT or AST I dont know which has been as high as 140. As I dont drink much, and didnt test positive for Hep ABCDEFG...etc.. I was told it was probably NAFLD or non-alcholic fatty liver disease. I am waiting to see the liver specialists and maybe have a biopsy. Though in the meantime the diagnosis of CFS still stands. Even though I feel awful all the time I can jsut about tolerate moderate exercise. Though that is massivley contrased I used to be an endurance athelete thinking nothing of cycling 140 miles -A year on I can now do about 10 with unpleasant post exercise symptoms.
I would be very interested in more details of liver problems, or in how you get on.
Oh and in an edit I must add that one of the thing I recently learnt was I tested positive for EBV last year (even though no one told me) Though it is no longer present
Last edited by HowieMel; 07-19-2007 at 01:59 PM.
Reason: Add the EBV bit on the end