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Old 05-12-2011, 06:50 PM   #1
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Red face Fatty Liver/Enlarged Spleen

Sooooo, It goes like this! Years of pounding beers, and eating like garbage have finaly caught up with me. I wasn't surprised when the ultrasound came back with evidence of a fatty liver, the spleen threw me off a bit, but apparently, the spleen is just doing it's job for a sorry liver. I can face the reality that lifestyle choices and an increase in taking vicodin es over the past 1yr 1/2, probably accellerated an already present condition to a worse one. I don't want to sound like a victim, and I'm not currently hitting my friends up for a portion of their liver just yet. I'm just a little frazzled about the gastro Dr. and his half *** examination of me. Granted he ordered a upper and a lower GI to rule out an additional symptom of mine (Currently addressing one thing at a time). Here's a quick time line to make it easy to understand the level of frustration and confusion I have.

*pain in upper rt quad starts after a weekend of boozing, and unfortunately a couple of Vics 750/7.5
*Wake up and have a "Come to Jesus Talk" with myself.
*Quit drinking and Vicodin for two weeks still pain.
*See a new Family Dr. Bloodwork urine and ultrasound ordered (4 wks)Palpates liver says feels normal.
*Bloodwork comes back "Normal" AST 23/ALT 38.
*Ultrasound results come back/Nurse says slightly fatty liver "Reverseable" and spleen enlarged, not too concerned.
*Yesterday I see a specialist "Gastro" he like barely touches me, mind you taps 3 times and is says "your liver is twice the size it should be and firm" I ask him, "Based on history ultrasound and labs....Is it possible that I have Cirrhosis?" he nonchalantly responds "It's very likely" and walked out of the room. He did say lose 30bs, no drinking, and retest everything in 3 months.

How did it go from "No worries" to a "very likely" terminal ilness?

I asked around, regarding his bedside manner. The responses were not stellar. I guess I'm just looking for some guidance, and some reassurance.

Currently not drinking, no pills, fruity vegi low-sodi diet, lotsa supplements and water. Thanks gang....this is my first thread so be gentle with me.

 
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Old 05-12-2011, 09:22 PM   #2
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Re: Fatty Liver/Enlarged Spleen

I too was taken likely my one dr, and told by another, I had very serious liver Disease, Stage 1 and 2, Chronic Pancreatitis. They both acted like it was my fault. Not a drinker, but have had a beer now and then. They have me on a waiting list to see a specialist. It's been a year and a half, and still waiting. I am in the ER often for pain and nausea, they give me fluids, pain meds, and nausea meds, then send me home. It's like they don't care at all what I go through. I feel your pain and frustration.

 
Old 05-23-2011, 11:13 AM   #3
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Re: Fatty Liver/Enlarged Spleen

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Originally Posted by rusifix View Post
Sooooo, It goes like this! Years of pounding beers, and eating like garbage have finaly caught up with me. I wasn't surprised when the ultrasound came back with evidence of a fatty liver, the spleen threw me off a bit, but apparently, the spleen is just doing it's job for a sorry liver. I can face the reality that lifestyle choices and an increase in taking vicodin es over the past 1yr 1/2, probably accellerated an already present condition to a worse one. I don't want to sound like a victim, and I'm not currently hitting my friends up for a portion of their liver just yet. I'm just a little frazzled about the gastro Dr. and his half *** examination of me. Granted he ordered a upper and a lower GI to rule out an additional symptom of mine (Currently addressing one thing at a time). Here's a quick time line to make it easy to understand the level of frustration and confusion I have.

*pain in upper rt quad starts after a weekend of boozing, and unfortunately a couple of Vics 750/7.5
*Wake up and have a "Come to Jesus Talk" with myself.
*Quit drinking and Vicodin for two weeks still pain.
*See a new Family Dr. Bloodwork urine and ultrasound ordered (4 wks)Palpates liver says feels normal.
*Bloodwork comes back "Normal" AST 23/ALT 38.
*Ultrasound results come back/Nurse says slightly fatty liver "Reverseable" and spleen enlarged, not too concerned.
*Yesterday I see a specialist "Gastro" he like barely touches me, mind you taps 3 times and is says "your liver is twice the size it should be and firm" I ask him, "Based on history ultrasound and labs....Is it possible that I have Cirrhosis?" he nonchalantly responds "It's very likely" and walked out of the room. He did say lose 30bs, no drinking, and retest everything in 3 months.

How did it go from "No worries" to a "very likely" terminal ilness?

I asked around, regarding his bedside manner. The responses were not stellar. I guess I'm just looking for some guidance, and some reassurance.

Currently not drinking, no pills, fruity vegi low-sodi diet, lotsa supplements and water. Thanks gang....this is my first thread so be gentle with me.

 
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