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Old 07-06-2012, 09:25 AM   #1
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Opinions regarding possible liver problems

About a month ago, I drank too much and woke up early in the morning and vomited. From that point on, for about a week, I felt very ill. I went to the doctor and got a blood check. I mentioned that I thought it might possibly be liver-related, but he said that my levels checked out normal. I don't know how qualified the doctor was because me said that my white blood cell count was perfectly normal and, as far as I know, you can have liver problems with a perfectly normal white blood cell count.

My symptoms fit certain liver issues, but do not match others, so I wanted to get some opinions.

My skin color is normal (if anything, kind of pale), so no jaundice. My stool is usually a normal brown, although it is sometimes a grayish brown. I used to get diarrhea about 3 times a week shortly after this started, but now I get diarrhea about once a week. It doesn't usually last very long. There is oftentimes blood, but not in my stool. The blood is only on the toilet paper when I wipe. This usually happens 1-2 a day. And usually not a lot. Since the blood is not mixed in the stool, only coming out on the toilet paper, and because my anus usually hurts afterwards, I believe this is likely an anal fissure and not the result of liver problems, but I have been taking medicine for anal fissures for about 4 days and still have seen no improvement. I get light nausea from time to time, but it oftentimes will come and go with no rhyme or reason. For example, I may get nauseous before bed, but then I'll wake up in the morning feeling very healthy. Even if I feel nauseous, I still have an appetite. Since the first time I threw up (maybe 4 weeks ago), I have not thrown up, but I have become mildly nauseous a good many of times. Partially as an experiment, I have tried to see how drinking alcohol makes me feel, but there seems to be a 50/50 chance of me either feeling perfectly fine or feeling nauseous, so it is possible that they are unrelated. As far as greasy food is related, I can eat something greasy and feel fine afterward, although I am under the impression that eating greasy food gives me a higher chance of getting diarrhea. The last time I had any alcohol to drink was 4 days ago, but I did not feel nauseous that day. I did, however, feel quite nauseous at dinner today, but the nausea went away about an hour later.

Seeing what matches and doesn't match liver problems, I find it unlikely that I have cirrhosis of the liver or any kind of hepatitis. In fact, there may be nothing wrong with my liver at all and the problem is coming from something else (I doubt the anal fissure is responsible for the nausea, although I guess that could be possible). As you can imagine, I am a little confused. I have only had my blood tested once, but I have been to two different doctors a total of three times (neither of them are liver specialists aaand neither of them seem to know what the problem is).

I was hoping to get the opinions of the people with expertise here. Please let me know what you think.

 
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Old 07-06-2012, 10:20 AM   #2
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Re: Opinions regarding possible liver problems

If the Doctor did a liver function test and it cam back as normal, that is GOOD.

Your other symptoms don't sound consistent with liver disease.

Try to lay off alcohol for 3 weeks, during which eat non-processed food and drink 8 glasses of water/day. See if the nausea subsides.

 
Old 07-06-2012, 10:21 AM   #3
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Re: Opinions regarding possible liver problems

If the Doctor did a liver function test and it cam back as normal, that is GOOD.

Your other symptoms don't sound consistent with liver disease.

Try to lay off alcohol for 3 weeks, during which eat non-processed food and drink 8 glasses of water/day. See if the nausea subsides.

 
Old 07-06-2012, 07:27 PM   #4
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Re: Opinions regarding possible liver problems

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If the Doctor did a liver function test and it cam back as normal, that is GOOD.
I believe it was more of just a general blood test than anything liver-specific, but the fact that none of the numbers jumped out at him do put me at ease.

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Your other symptoms don't sound consistent with liver disease.

Try to lay off alcohol for 3 weeks, during which eat non-processed food and drink 8 glasses of water/day. See if the nausea subsides.
The nausea has been steadily decreasing in frequency since it first started (about 4 weeks ago). I used to feel nauseous every day, while now I only feel nauseous a few times a week and usually not for more than a few hours at a time.

I don't count how much water I drink, but I do drink quite a few glasses each day. Avoiding non-processed food is extremely difficult, and I'm sure I wouldn't be able to avoid it for 3 weeks (even if I saw the value in doing such a thing).

Thanks for the input!

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