Re: Enlarged liver, painful, feel growths on liver...
hi IBF,sorry it took me a bit to get back here. thisd is kind of a response to the other post and this one.
the first thing you NEED to start doing is making certain to ALWAYS obtain your OWN lab results or any testing results just so you ahve them for your own records. i always do this any testing i have had to have done,including my 16 various MRIs for my spinal and other crappy medical nightmares. just getting copies of all yor labs allows YOU to see what you mentioned you wanted to see? just where YOUR numbers fall within that 'normal range"? this really just does matter where you kind of fall within that norm range, at the higher end or lower end of "normal" too. and just having ALL those labs to look at,you can possibly see any patterns or a slow escalation within some particular lab that needs closer monitoring. this is just something i started doing when my son was in liver failure and thru his pre and post transplant too. its an ongoing thing now,ya know? just get some type of a folder used just for all your ongoing labs so they are always together.
have they EVER done an ultrasound on your abdominal? there are some types of cystic kidney/liver diseases out there, that is what i have(polycystic kidney disease,or PKD). tho it started in my kidneys,it also went to my liver and i also now have some in my psoas muscle that just kind of saddles that left kidney so they ended up migrating there over time. but getting the abdominal ultrasound is really going to give you the best overall LOOK at your liver, and the bloodflow thru your portal vein along with also checking out the GB and the kidneys too. this just takes a good hard look at what any given organ actually has going on that is more visable.
believe me, despite massive ongoing cystic damage to my liver and my kidneys as well, my labs are still incredibly all within the midrange of normal. it just blows me away when i actually see my ultrasound pics and look at my lab sheets and that these both came from me. getting that US will tell you much more about just what it is you are actually feeling in there. it could be simple cysts that pose no real problem or some underlying thing/condition that you just did not know you had. i did not find out that i actually ahve had this kidney and liver disease my whole life til my son got sick and we needed to check who gave it to him,me or my hubby. it was that first US when i was like late 30s? when i found out i even had this crap going on inside my own body. since those labs don't change til the damage gets pretty severe, who knew??
your question about hepatitis? the one thing that you need to remember? anything(condition wise) that simply ends with "itis" anywhere? just means "inflammation of". so, hepa titis would mean you would have some level of inflammation of your liver at some point from what you mentioned. it does just happen for many different reasons. it is not always like hep A or B or C, you know what i mean? just inflammed liver. "itis" just means inflammation. inflammation in our bodies just means that something is kind of irritated from 'something'. that is basically it. its much more in depth than that but that is the basic of it. thought you might like to know that.
just talk to your docs iffice about getting all your medical records too. you just fill out a release of information form,and make certain to also mention that you also NEED ALL lab reports and any other testing reports too. this will give you all your docs clinic notes on you that he makes after every single appt he has had with you and those important test results that you just really need to be keeping track of when having ANY ongoing type of condition. i do this at least once a year,with the records thing? but i get any test results right away. hope this helps. let us know how the US goes hon. Marcia
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