Liver test results

6 Mar

I posted months ago about being very worried about my liver pain. That was one of the things that made me really seriously look at how damaging my drinking was. I had many experiences last year where I was experiencing pain in the liver area, sometimes crippling when I breathed in after a drinking bout.

I had always focused on the mental effects of alcohol, but now the physical effects were too great to ignore. I was terrified at the damage I was doing to myself. When you find yourself googling liver related issues it’s a BIG wake up call. You realise how integral that little organ is to your health, and realise that drink really could be silently killing you.

My doctor referred me for a liver test and I have to be honest, it took 6 weeks to pluck up the courage to go. Usually, I’m really proactive but with this, I just didn’t want to know. I was scared that in early sobriety, finding out I had liver damage would cause me to drink. F**ked up right?

I went for the test last week, and called the doctors today to get my results. They have been deemed normal. I’m so grateful, I feel like I’ve been given a ‘get out of jail free’ card.

My health has improved so dramatically since I’ve stopped drinking- people keep complimenting me on my glowing skin and I feel like a normal person again. I feel hunger and tiredness, sleep just as much as my body needs and my running is coming on leaps and bounds.

I’m 7 weeks sober and it’s starting to feel worth all the heartache and struggle. It’s the most valuable thing in my life and I absolutely cherish it. I’m so grateful to find my liver is ok, and will do everything in my power to keep my health in good form- I deserve more than to ruin it with drink.

23 Responses to “Liver test results”

  1. wren1450 March 6, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

    I remember when I first got liver test results back and they were over 10 times higher than the normal range. Thankfully, they are back to normal now. I also had numbness in my toes, which I understand can be from alcohol abuse. Now that, too, is diminishing!! What a terrible and stupid thing to abuse my body that way. You are doing just GREAT!

    • FitFatFood March 8, 2014 at 5:42 pm #

      That’s great they’re back to normal- thank goodness for the regenerating liver eh?

  2. momma bee March 6, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

    This whole post made me smile for you~ Hugs

    • FitFatFood March 8, 2014 at 5:42 pm #

      Ahhh thanks Momma B- how you getting on> x

  3. One day at a time March 6, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

    Oh, thank goodness for that. When I read the title of your post my heart sank. I was dreading reading it. Great news though.

    • FitFatFood March 8, 2014 at 5:42 pm #

      Sorry- didm;t mean to alarm you! My heart was beating like crazy on the phone, so glad things have turned out well.

  4. themiracleisaroundthecorner March 6, 2014 at 1:13 pm #

    What fantastic news that is, so glad you shared it! And congratulations (again) on 7 weeks (51 days)!

    • FitFatFood March 8, 2014 at 5:41 pm #

      Thank you- love seeing that number creeping up.

  5. carrieonsober March 6, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

    Brilliant news and really brave. I cannot believe looking back at it now how much disregard I had for my health. I had that pain on/off for years. Fucked up doesn’t even cover it.
    Clean slates, fresh starts, top bill of health…I raise my tea to you!

    • FitFatFood March 8, 2014 at 5:40 pm #

      And I my fizzy water to you, my inspirational friend 🙂

  6. soberlearning March 6, 2014 at 1:55 pm #

    Congratulations on 7 weeks. I know how you feel, I received wonky blood test results in August. After finally coming clean to my doctor about how much I drank, she recommended I quit, and retake the blood test in 30 days. I quit for 22 days, and never went back for the test. My liver enzymes are elevated, like wren1450. I am close to 100 days. I have an appointment to do a fasting blood test in a couple weeks, then I go to the doctor in May. I am married to a doctor, so I know how bad my tests were, but I kept on drinking. I deluded myself into believing I was healthy. I ran, ate right, didn’t eat junk food. I never even thought about what the alcohol was doing to my organs, because I couldn’t see them.
    Crazy rationalizations to keep drinking.

    • FitFatFood March 8, 2014 at 5:40 pm #

      That’s so true about the food thing- clean as clean can be, apart from the vat of wine…

      I hope the next set of results go well x

      • soberlearning March 8, 2014 at 7:13 pm #

        Thank you. I will keep you “posted” Hee hee.
        (too much coffee)

  7. lucy2610 March 6, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

    Happy Days FFF 🙂 xx

  8. Vodka Goggles March 6, 2014 at 9:45 pm #

    Woo hoo!!!!

  9. soberjournalist March 6, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

    Phew. This is a very real reminder of the damage you could have caused – so glad you got the all clear.

    • FitFatFood March 8, 2014 at 5:39 pm #

      It really is.

      I cannot stop looking at my shiny nails. They’re like a constant reminder of how my health is changing. It’s an ASTONISHING difference, and I feel the mental benefits every day, but a quick glance down at my fingers reminds me what I was doing to my body and that it’s slowly healing itself inside and out.

  10. nomorewine4me March 7, 2014 at 1:58 am #


  11. Rebecca A. Watson March 7, 2014 at 11:20 am #

    Yeehaw! Super congrats to you 🙂

  12. pp March 7, 2014 at 8:11 pm #

    That’s great about your health and your liver! I’ll see how I am in a few weeks. Health can only get better, both mentally and physically, without alcohol.

    • FitFatFood March 8, 2014 at 5:27 pm #

      It will, I cannot describe how much better I feel.

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