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Old 04-22-2006, 10:24 AM   #1
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Fatty liver what does this mean?

Hello my name is Andy, I have been diagnosed with a fatty liver during an untrasound scan and to be honest this has shocked me and im very wooried as to what this could mean, the doctor said it could result in liver desease! is this wright! Is there anything that can be done?

Any replies will be apprecieated!

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Andy

 
Old 04-22-2006, 06:32 PM   #2
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Re: Fatty liver what does this mean?

Hi Andy,
My husband has a fatty liver too. We found out through a liver biopsy after his lab work showed elevated liver enzymes and ferritin (AST and ALT),. Ferritin is iron stored in the liver. My husbands was really high. The liver biopsy results give you a much clearer picture as to what is really going on in the liver, ie. what damage, if any the fatty liver has caused. A lot of people have fatty livers, and it most definitely can lead to liver disease. Fatty livers are mostly seen in people with obesity, diabetes, high triglycerides, high cholesterol, and poor diet. The best suggestion is to eat a low fat diet and exercise regularly. We had no idea that anything was wrong with my husbands liver, and because of the elevated Ferritin and enzymes, the suggested a biopsy. The biopsy not only showed that the scarring was at the cirrhosis stage. Andy, you really want to take this seriously. My husband has been put on vitamin E, 400 international units/day, a low fat diet and exercise. I hope things go well for you and the liver can recover from this if you do not allow it to get to the scarring point.
Best Wishes,
Anne

 
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Old 04-23-2006, 12:25 AM   #3
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Re: Fatty liver what does this mean?

Thanks Anne, I found out quite by mistake as i was getting joint pain and had x-rays and mri`s but nothing shown up? so i asked my gp if i could have a blood test, the results came back that my liver function was 2 1/2 times over normal. My susiqeunt tests have improved slightley acording to my gastro doc but im still very worried as the ultrasound guy said it could turn to liver desease! I have had a colonoscopy and biopseys have been taken also a barium meal x-ray exam has been booked to see if the small intestine is punping fat to the liver? im still in the diagnosis stages but im desperate to talk to people like yourself as my GP isnt helping much! I have lower right abdominal pain constantly with pressure and upper due to enlarged liver when i breath.
How is your husband getting on i would like to know!
Please keep intouch and i will do the same

Thankyou!

Andy

 
Old 04-23-2006, 06:35 AM   #4
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Andy,
We discovered my husbands liver disease just by chance, actually, we revealed alot through plain old luck. My husbamd went to the ER for chest pains, we thought he was having a heart attack, and he is only 49. After a bunch of tests, they discovered that it was not his heart, but he had pancreatitis. They then sent him for a sonogram which demonstrated a tumor in his right kidney which turned out to be renal cell carcinoma, and the kidney was removed. The whole kidney thing led us to more tests and that's where the liver disease was discovered. This started in January.
We recently went to Johns Hopkins for an evaluation and that is where we heard "Cirrhosis". We have an appointment for the end of May to discuss the future plan.
My husband is a great one for denial, but it seems as though as time passes, he is taking this a bit more seriously, as he should. We are being told that this will cut his life span significantly.
Andy, have they done a Ferritin level (blood test) yet? Any hepatitis labs? As my husband and I are learning, these specialist are not very forth coming with information. Have they discussed having a biopsy with you? You must advocate for yourself and point blank ask the doctor about having these tests done. It is important to find the cause of the fatty liver, diabetes, obesity etc and try to get to get the causing condition under control. Although sometimes it remains unknown as in my husband, he falls into non of the categories. How old are you? Are you near a reputable facility like Hopkins, Mayo, Mass General?
Hang in there bud, I know that the waiting is the worst, and that doctors often don't appreciate that. We have had to track down our doctor several times for test results. Great doctors are busy doctors thats for sure.
Take Care, try to keep busy,
Anne

 
Old 04-23-2006, 09:56 AM   #5
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Re: Fatty liver what does this mean?

Hi Anne,

Reading what your husband is going through makes my problems sound small!

I have sent an email to the Gastro doc asking if a biopsey is going to be done and also asking him for any results as and when he gets them. Had a bad day today and saw the emergency docs as had severe lower abdominal pains due to a biopsey i had from a growth in my recal region of my bowel, the doc said it may be an infection and to keep and eye on it.

I am only 34 years young and not ready for the glue factory yet! I am not over weight and my last bloods from the hospital came blean on hep and iron overload, maybe the barium xray might saw something in the samll intestine that might be something to do with it? will have to wait and see! Im going back to work tomorrow so keeping busey will take my mind off things.

I am having my follow up meeting with my gastro doc on 26th May so will have some results if not before then, i really hope that your husband has good news as i sort of know what he must be going through to some extent.

Thanks for the reply and keep in touch, thinking of you both!

Andy

 
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