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      Blood test comes back with some liver damage

      I recently gave a blood test after feeling some discomfort in my right side below the rib and it turns out I have some liver damage due to alcohol.
      Iíve to give another one in 4 weeks and naturally I wonít be drinking during that time which will tell me if thereís any improvement.

      Has anyone else got bad news regarding liver function test/blood tests and what was the story?

      I feel fine and I suspect it will heal after abstaining for a few weeks. I will also never drink again.
      (37 years old btw)

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      Re: Blood test comes back with some liver damage

      Welcome Scotskev81!
      I had a similar situation in 2011, my liver readings were high and they were just before doing a liver biopsy on me when my doc said, let's try NO ALCOHOL and retest. 'Can you do that?', he asked. 'SURE', I said, NOT wanting to appear to be an alkie. I decided to wait until Monday to start, then Tuesday, then Wednesday....it was that Wednesday, Jan 19, that my hubs packed his clothes and left me. I got serious about quitting THAT DAY. I got retested in 4 weeks (3 weeks Alcohol free) and my readings were higher! But the next test in 4 weeks, they came down. The moral of the story is that I don't think we can see results in 3 weeks, but you may see them in 4, if I could have stopped right then like I should have, I would have saved myself a tremendous amount of anguish.
      I stopped drinking that day and have been AF ever since (I'll be 8 years in January!) I got my bloodwork back last week from my physical and all is well. The liver is a very forgiving organ but only if you stop the AL! I figure it's like pouring vodka on an orchid everyday, sooner or later that will kill it.
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      Re: Blood test comes back with some liver damage

      Thank you for your kind words.

      I donít yet know the extent of the damage but i suspect iím ok since iíve not been taken into hospital and have just been told to repeat the test later.
      It can only get better from here.

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      Re: Blood test comes back with some liver damage

      Welcome, @scotskev81. I think everyone is different but when my drinking was at its heaviest, I chose to see a new doctor and get bloodwork done the day after going through a fifth of vodka. Of course, my liver panel came back abnormal, but just abstaining for a week put it back to normal. I am pretty sure that your liver panel test results will come back within range if you abstain for a month. Believe me, you will feel so much better. There is no way I am going back to drinking. Fortunately, it did not destroy my career or my relationships, but absolutely it would have done so if I had continued on that self-destructive path. Stay with us and let us know how you are feeling.

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      Re: Blood test comes back with some liver damage

      Thank you for the advice.

      Did you have the slight pain in the right side or was it just an arranged blood test?

      My test was about 62 hours after a heavy weekend of drinking but the pain/irritation had been going for a few weeks before that.

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      Re: Blood test comes back with some liver damage

      @scotskev81-I would feel that pain in my right side after a night of drinking like the one I have described to you. Your liver damage does sound more severe as the pain has been going on for weeks. My pain would go away after 24 hrs. of being abstinent. The liver will most likely heal itself if you don't start drinking again.

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      Re: Blood test comes back with some liver damage

      Quote Originally Posted by Rusty View Post
      @scotskev81-I would feel that pain in my right side after a night of drinking like the one I have described to you. Your liver damage does sound more severe as the pain has been going on for weeks. My pain would go away after 24 hrs. of being abstinent. The liver will most likely heal itself if you don't start drinking again.
      Thank you. I didn't feel pain so much just a little discomfort and twinge. Still there but kind of imperceptible and I keep forgetting about it.

      Hopefully I ll be OK. Nice to talk to you

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      Re: Blood test comes back with some liver damage

      @scotskev81-Another thing that can REALLY damage your liver is taking Advil or Tylenol while you're drinking. My doc told me that so I switched to Aleve to try and avoid the hangovers. UGH. Not going back to that....ever!

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      Re: Blood test comes back with some liver damage

      Hi Scotskev.

      Another test available for the liver is a 'fibre scan' which is like an ultrasound. It's apparently more comprehensive. (free here in Oz at liver care units in major hospitals with doc referral). Stopping the boozing right now might save your life mate. Good luck.

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      Re: Blood test comes back with some liver damage

      Quote Originally Posted by Guitarista View Post
      Hi Scotskev.

      Another test available for the liver is a 'fibre scan' which is like an ultrasound. It's apparently more comprehensive. (free here in Oz at liver care units in major hospitals with doc referral). Stopping the boozing right now might save your life mate. Good luck.
      I'm in UK so NHS can get me a scan. Think that's the next stage for me after blood test number 2.
      I read taking paracetamol and drinking coffee next day is also very bad.

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