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Is it my liver?

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  • Posted By: Malome
  • November 21, 2011
  • 09:57 PM

I am a 24 year old female on the following drugs

Metformin(for androgen levels, NOT diabetes)
Aldactone-(for androgen levels, NOT diabetes)

I have a severe mental illness, unclassified.

About back in October I noticed that I couldn't walk very long without my feet aching from lack of blood supply. I usually took my dog on two mile walks, but the pain was so severe, I could barely manage. I would tell myself over and over "it will go away, keep wakling". But it never did and I had to stop the walks. Fast forward a few weeks and my joints ache like crazy. I can barely move or do simple things. It feels like my blood has stopped moving to my hands.

Mid October my psychiatrist orders routine blood tests to test my tegretol levels. I have gained nearly 20lbs in 6 weeks. We think, due to the starting of seroquel. My abdomen is severely extended and I look pregnant. (I am not sexually active, so I am not pregnant). We find out that I have severely low albumin levels and high cholesterol. Although my cholesterol has always been beyond good. We account it to gaining weight. We account the low albumin levels to the fact that I'm a vegetarian.

I probably eat more protein then any meat eater. I live off whole grains and legumes.

I have also noticed that my feces is a bright green color. BRIGHT green. At first I thought "O well it's probably because I'm trying to eat more protein and in doing so have been eating a TON of spinach". I haven't eaten spinach in two weeks, but it continues. I read on the net that green feces is do to too much bile. I do not have a gallbladder, I had it taken out in 2009 after it failed to function and caused abdominal pain.

Then something else happens. I wake up friday morning and my ankles are beyond swollen. I call my doctor and he has nothing till Wednesday. Meanwhile I am enduring severe joint pain, and the inability to grip things with my hand, because of lack of blood supply when bending them. I have edema in my hands and SEVERE edema in my ankles and knees. Last night was the worst. I have normal sized ankles, but after walking on them for two hours shopping, this is what they look like.


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  • That's an impressive photo! I'm not a doctor, but I've been studying liver issues for several years. Vegetarians can often be low on "choline"... Your liver's favorite food! Google around on choline deficiency and see if it looks familiar. Eggs have more choline than about anything else you might eat, so if you don't eat eggs or meat, this may be your problem. If you can't eat eggs because of your diet restrictions, you might take a "Lecithin" supplement. They are vegan friendly (made from soybeans) and will fix your choline deficiency in less than a month. Good Luck and GodSpeed to you!
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    • December 25, 2011
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