I have CT scan on the 15th of Feb. I was told results would be available in 24-48 hours but waited 8 days to get a call from a nurse with the news- that I better quit drinking NOW and PERMANENTLY. Not as easy as is sounds- but will work on that. I am really concerned however since I have had many blood tests over the last 6 months for variety of reasons- and none of them came back with anything like this? I also have had problems with my shoulder and was prescribed both Hydro-codone and an anti-inflammatory drug called Diclofenac. I had the actual surgery on Dec 15th and am now just STARTING physical therapy so the pain meds and anti inflammatory really help. I am taking way less that prescribed but now with the liver issues- I am concerned. I really like the anti -inflammatory pill and can tell when I dont take it. I can live without the Hydro-codone but if there is an alternative- I would be interested. I wonder if all these NEW drugs is the reason of the liver symptoms showing up NOW?
I was just diagnosed with POSSIBLE Alcohol Related Cirrhosis & have ?? about meds I am taking?
Added 25 Feb 2016:
After reading post after post on this site about family members and friends that have had to deal with losses and tragedy- I have only one thing to say. Cirrhosis is a horrible disease- but try and deal with the fact that it has to do with a more horrible disease called Alcoholism. No matter what-I was told only a couple days ago that I should not have another drink -EVER! It is a bit of a shock. It is not a matter of being stupid or being able to just wake up the next day and say "OK, no problem- I just won't drink!". I am a professional person, own properties, and can pay my bills etc. I actually feel fine with some minor symptoms which could be anything- fatigue, night sweats, irritability etc.
For most Alcoholics- we surround ourselves with other Alcoholics. To say we just will wake up tomorrow and not drink would mean WAY more than not pouring a drink. My friends drink, my social life includes drinking, there is booze in my house- from beer, wine, vodka, rum, schnapps, and champagne. It is not that easy. My partner drinks, my neighbors drink, my life is surrounded by drinking- including my childhood. So please don't be so upset with your loved ones for not making the right decision- it is hard. This is coming from someone with a diagnosis only 2 days ago!
I gave up drinking "just like that". The first 3 weeks were the most unpleasant and I would find myself in the bottle shop feeling confused; contrawise I would go to the bottle shop and find myself confused in the supermarket (that lasted 6 months) but I did stay sober. I have no friends left at all (everyone drinks in Australia). It has, however increased my life expectancy but now it seems it's time to go on ahead with all the pathologies that go with it.
Take care and the best of good luck. Try to remember if I can do it anyone can. Steve.
Hi, i am an alcoholic, i have been drinking for over 20 years, and have had several periods of abstaining from alcohol, which unfortunately never lasted very long. I am currently planning another detox... If you drink daily and at high levels, you may need to have a medical detox as you could experience dangerous withdrawal symptoms, including seizures and organ damage/failure. I tried to have 'a day off' recently, and despite taking Benzodiazepines (which is one of the medications used in medical detox), i suffered tactile DT's, severe sweats and severe headache, among other symptoms. Are you taking Thiamine and Vitamin B? If not, you should be. You need to protect your brain (Thiamine) and other organs (vitamin B).
Hydrocodone shouldn't be taken if you are drinking and it is the same case with Diclofenac unfortunately. Please ask your doctor for alternative analgesics and to prescribe Thiamine and Vitamin B. And speak with him/her about a plan to stop drinking safely... wishing you well
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