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Doctor insights on: Will Your Liver Heal Completely If You Quit Drinking

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Can liver fibrosis due to drinking be reversed?also does acute liver failure cause long term damage over time as it heals?biopsy revealed fibrosis.

Can liver fibrosis due to drinking be reversed?also does acute liver failure cause long term damage over time as it heals?biopsy revealed fibrosis.

Not likely : Fibrosis of the liver is staged as 1-4. Stage 4 is cirrhosis. The problem with fibrosis is that it represents scar tissue formed within your liver due to repetitive damage to the hepatocytes (liver cells). Fibrosis may not be diagnosed after several years of repetitive acute damage. Review your pathology report and see what stage of fibrosis you are: early (1-2) or late (3-4). ...Read more

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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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Should i be worried if only one of my liver enzyme tests came back elevated? They never told me which one just to quit drinking and retest in a month?

Should i be worried if only one of my liver enzyme tests came back elevated? They never told me which one just to quit drinking and retest in a month?

Liver: Yes. All elevated liver enzymes can mean danger. There is no medication to improve the liver. It has to heal on it's own. Thus when there is liver inflammation one must cut out the toxic things that are possible reasons for the liver trouble. It is not to be ignored. ...Read more

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Liver enzymes went down after quit drinking. If I have a few drinks on my vacation are there signs I should look for to let me know it's not processing?

Liver enzymes went down after quit drinking. If I have a few drinks on my vacation are there signs I should look for to let me know it's not processing?

Not really: Generally speaking there are no signs of elevated liver enzymes until you reach a state of severe disease. At this time you may experience some abdominal discomfort and yellowing of the skin. However, if you have had elevated liver enzymes from drinking alcohol, you should avoid further consumption. ...Read more

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Is there a general number to have a liver biopsy? I had elevated enzymes, quit drinking, they went down. My dr never mentioned a biopsy but I read about them doing them.

Is there a general number to have a liver biopsy? I had elevated enzymes, quit drinking, they went down. My dr never mentioned a biopsy but I read about them doing them.

Not always necessary: If you are asian and born outside the usa, use IV drug or multiple sex partner you possible need a hepatitis screen. Alcohol is another reason cause elevate liver enzymes. Bottom line, you need to see the doctor to recheck. If biopsy indicate your doctor would tell you. ...Read more

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Elevated liver enzymes. Quit drinking they went down. How many beers is it safe to drink per day on my vacation?

Elevated liver enzymes. Quit drinking they went down. How many beers is it safe to drink per day on my vacation?

Minimal: You should consider an alternate or non-alcoholic beverage. There is no hard-fast number as every persons metabolism is different and there are other factors to consider such as weight and medications and what period of time. Alcohol is a toxin the liver must process to rid your body of it. ...Read more

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Will an alcoholic who has been through rehab and quit drinking still be eligible for a liver transplant?

Will an alcoholic who has been through rehab and quit drinking still be eligible for a liver transplant?

Yes: Most transplant programs require 6 months of abstinance from alcohol before placing a patient on the waiting list. Successful completion of a rehab program also puts the patient in a stronger position. ...Read more

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Hi I have quit drinking alcohol use to drink up to 60 units weekly. Taken up coffee two cups daily. Will this have a good affect on my liver ?

Hi I have quit drinking alcohol use to drink up to 60 units weekly. Taken up coffee two cups daily. Will this have a good affect on my liver ?

Probably.: Research has shown that 1-2 cups of coffee per day can be useful in various types of liver inflammation. I feel that you are doing your liver more of a service by having stopped abusing alcohol, however. If you have continued concerns for your liver, your primary care doctor can do blood tests that will give a good idea whether you are having any liver problems at this time. Good luck. ...Read more

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How accurate are liver function tests? I have quit drinking alcohol all tests are normal but I have liver pain. Ultrasound clear too. Thanks

How accurate are liver function tests? I have quit drinking alcohol all tests are normal but I have liver pain. Ultrasound clear too. Thanks

Liver Pain?: Did someone tell you your pain is due to the liver? Did you have a CT scan? Is the gallbladder normal on ultrasound? It could be a couple other things such as stomach ulcer which sometimes feels like right upper abdominal pain, or gas pain from the colon in that region. You can message me directly if you would like to get a better answer. ...Read more

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Are chest x-ray's reliable for any abnormalities? And do they show liver and gallbladder? Upper right side pain for months afta quit drinking. Thx

Are chest x-ray's reliable for any abnormalities? And do they show liver and gallbladder? Upper right side pain for months afta quit drinking. Thx

Good for the chest: A chest X-ray is used to access the lungs to look for things like pneumonia and pleural effusions. It also allows for some evaluation of the heart and bony structures in the chest. Chest X-rays do not show the lover and gallbladder. In order to image the liver and gallbladder well, a study such as an ultrasound, a CT, or an MRI would need to be performed. ...Read more

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My liver enzymes were sgot 47 n sgpt 67. Total bilirubin was within range. I quit drinking and did liver cleanse. Now 36 n 47 but bilirubin 1.8 whatup?

My liver enzymes were sgot 47 n sgpt 67. Total bilirubin was within range. I quit drinking and did liver cleanse. Now 36 n 47 but bilirubin 1.8 whatup?

Hard to say: That bilirubin is borderline, and would need to know the breakdown (how much is direct and how much indirect bilibrubin) to make sense out of it. Those liver enzymes are very borderline, and should lead to testing for viral hepatitis. Since you quit drinking, the enzymes are normal, indicating that alcohol may have been responsible. I would repeat and fractionate the bilirubin. ...Read more

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Hello Doctor!For the past 13 months that I was diagnosed of fatty liver,i still experience pains in my right chest.I hv quit drinking alcohol at same time and also exercising plus healthy feeding.The last time I carried out a Liver function was test was l

Hello Doctor!For the past 13 months that I was diagnosed of fatty liver,i still experience pains in my right chest.I hv quit drinking alcohol at same time and also exercising plus healthy feeding.The last time I carried out a Liver function was test was l

Congratulations!: Stay sober, it will make a big difference - feel proud! Also, continue to have appropriate checkups and ask about the results, advice, expectations, etc. Depending on the level of prior damage, you may always need to be careful or you may be nearly fine. Find out. I hope you can enjoy a good life! ...Read more

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Heavy drinker for 7 months. Quit drinking. Liver pain upper abdo for 8 months nw. Bloods n CT wit Ultra normal. Can tests miss mild fatty liver ?

Heavy drinker for 7 months. Quit drinking. Liver pain upper abdo for 8 months nw. Bloods n CT wit Ultra normal. Can tests miss mild fatty liver ?

For sure: Particularly if patient had IV contrast with CT it is more difficult to detect fatty infiltration. Uncontrasted CT is more sensitive for fatty change in the liver. Usually some elevation of liver enzyme tests in significant fatty infiltration. ...Read more

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60% VA disabled for my back. I take hydrocodone 10-325 4x for pain daily. I quit drinking alcohol 3 years ago. I have moderate heptic steatosis, Liver 16.3 midclavicular line. Is this too much acetaminophen daily or ask for just Oxycodone,Age64?

60% VA disabled for my back.  I take hydrocodone 10-325 4x
for pain daily.  I quit drinking alcohol  3 years ago.  I have moderate heptic steatosis,  Liver 16.3 midclavicular  line. Is this too much acetaminophen daily or ask for just Oxycodone,Age64?

Should be ok: Best thing for hepatic steatosis is weight loss and a low-fat diet. Congrats on quitting alcohol - that is a great step as well. You can ask your doctor about giving you a formulation of pain med with less acetaminophen if you're worried but as long as you do not go over 3 grams of acetaminophen from all sources, you should be ok. This is assuming you have normal liver enzymes and no cirrhosis. ...Read more

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Given a good prognosis for alc neuropathy by a neuro and quit drinking, what would an est recover time be to heal the damaged nerves in my feet?

Given a good prognosis for alc neuropathy by a neuro and quit drinking, what would an est recover time be to heal the damaged nerves in my feet?

Peripheral neuropath: Depends on the origin extent of the injury to the nerves. If just the insulation is effected then 1-3 months is the earliest. If the nerves themselves are involved then months to a year if recovery is possible. May not be reversible. ...Read more

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Had slightly elevated enzymes. Stopped drinking, they went down. My dr told me to quit drinking completely. Haven't drank in 6 months. Simple answer: is it a death sentence to have a few on my vacation?

Had slightly elevated enzymes. Stopped drinking, they went down. My dr told me to quit drinking completely. Haven't drank in 6 months. Simple answer: is it a death sentence to have a few on my vacation?

No it is not a death: Sentence but to start i would not drink more than one every few days. I would then follow up to see how your numbers are when you get back. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do most people quit drinking?

How do most people quit drinking?

AA: Alcoholics Anonymous is a good resource for those who want to quit drinking: www.aa.org. You can find meetings local to you. Otherwise, it is important to believe that you have the power to do healthy things for your life. One has to have the belief that you can make healthy decisions and stick with them. Good luck you you. ...Read more

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Can someone really quit drinking after 50+ years?

Can someone really  quit drinking after 50+ years?

Sure: Change is possible as long as you're on this plane. I've seen people of all ages turn their lives around. Please consider attending aa and getting a sponsor to help you work your 12-step program. You also may want to see a psychiatrist, to deal with any conditions like anxiety or depression that could interfere with your recovery. Good luck to you! ...Read more