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possible liver disease?

I am concerned that I have liver issues.  I drank heavy for a solid 7 years, approx. 12 light beers every evening and more on the weekends.  I always felt great, no hangovers.  I cut back a year and a half ago and completley stopped drinking in March this year.  I had a relapse in July and have quit since then.  I have a small thread vein on my torso, a few light brokens vessels on my checks.  I don't have any classic spider veins that I'm aware of.  I have had motteled palms, some weight loss, a constant dull ache in my right side, some lighter stools, red bands on my nails past the luna, some tingling in my feet, circles under my eyes and I just look a bit rough latley.  I have been really stressed out over this.  The past year I had 4 labs done all normal.  My doc had looked me over and thinks I'm ok and lost the weight from not drinking.  He said my liver felt normal and smooth.  My labs with platlets and enzymes come back normal each time.  My platlets have been from 227 to 196 over the year.  The last lab was done Oct 11.
  
PLATELETS 196
WBC 6.1
RBC 5.37
MCV 94
MCHC 32.6
RDW 12.9
GLUCOSE SERUM 93
BUN 12
BUN/CREATINE RATION 11
SODIUM 139
POTASSIUM SERUM 4.1
CHLORIDE SERUM 101
PROTEIN TOTAL 7.5
ALBUMIN 5.0
GLOBULIN TOTAL 2.5
A/G RATIO 2.0
BILIRUBIN TOTAL 0.6
ALKALINE PHOSPHATASE 74
AST 23
ALT 43
GGT 32
INR 1.0
PROTHROMBIN TIME 10.6
TSH 1.090
I don't feel awful but these symptoms concern me.  I have a Ultrasound scheduled Oct 31st.
Is it possible to have end stage liver disease with 4 normal labs?  
  
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1760304 tn?1316453559
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL

Dear stu777,

Thanks for the query.

Alcohol can affect the liver in various ways. Alcoholic liver disease has three different stages -

1) Fatty liver - usually with normal enzymes, diagnosed on Ultrasonography.
2) Fatty liver with inflammation/ Steatohepatitis - elevated SGOT & SGPT are usually found.
3) Cirrhosis - Endstage liver disease where there is evidence of liver dysfunction (low albumin, platelets and prolonged prothrombin time) with or without elevated SGOT & SGPT.

From the description that your provide, you do not seem to have cirrhosis but a fatty liver phase cannot be ruled out. Dilated veins, mottled palms and weight loss point towards some liver dysfunction.

My advise is to abstain from alcohol completely, take a nutritious diet and get yourself checked for HBsAg, anti HCV and alfafetoprotein.

Hope that this information helps and hope that you will get better soon.

Thank you for using MedHelp's "Ask an Expert" Service, where we feature some of world's renowned medical experts in their fields. Millions have benefitted from our service to get personalized advice for them and for their loved ones.

Best Regards.
Dr. Poorna Chandra
Avatar universal
I fear it is worse than fatty liver based on the way I have felt over the past couple months.  I look rough latley and just don't feel like my self.  I no longer drink at all and I thought after several months off being sober this would have resolved.  My platlets dropped 31 points since July.  Is it normal for platlet counts to fluctuate that much?  How long can it take for fatty liver disease to resolve?  I am still waiting on the U/S. and the stress of the situation is taking it's toll on me.  
1760304 tn?1316453559
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
Dear stu777,

I understand your concern about your test report.

But let me reassure you that it is normal for the platelet count to fluctuate this much. Fatty liver is a reversible condition but total abstinence from alcohol is a must for its resolution. It usually takes around 12 to 16 weeks to resolve, but can take up to 6 months.

Do not worry. I feel you should be fine soon. Do go ahead with the Ultrasound.

I appreciate your efforts to abstain from drinking. Keep it up.
                                                                                                                                                                                          
I hope you get well soon.

Best Regards.
Dr. Poorna Chandra

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