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Cirrhosis Symptoms?

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  • Posted By: LJ2007
  • August 16, 2007
  • 00:08 PM

Hi, 36 female with history of heavy drinking. Almost everyday in my twenties, took three years off when kids were born, and then probably two times a week until March 07 when I quit. I had developed white toenails about three years ago. Bloodwork and Ultrasound were normal. Podiatrist said not fungal. Last October I developed three small spider angiomas on chest, bloodwork again was normal and Ct scan was normal except for two cysts and two old calcified granulomas in liver which Dr. said was no big deal. No free fluid and veins were patent. Since March more spiders have developed all over my arms and neck, and more recently my palms turned very pink and splotchy. All bloodtests have been normal (five in the last two years), Dr. said I'm needlessly alarming and does not believe I have Cirrhosis. I switched Doctors and the new Dr. thinks it's guilt, not cirrhosis. They have me scheduled for yet another ultrasound but will not schedule a biopsy with normal bloodwork. Dermatologist says spiders are just aging. Does anyone know if it is possible to have three major symptoms of Cirrhosis (Terry's nails, red palms, and spiders) and not have liver disease? Could these symptoms be caused from chronic heavy drinking alone? I'd really appreciate any input. Thanks.

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  • Hi I am sorry to hear about your worries, it is a terrible thing to think that there is something wrong and not know! I have been going through some liver problems myself. The doctor can take routine blood work to see enzyme levels. If they are high it shows liver damage. If your liver is not enlarged (ultrasound or CT scan) then that is good too. Usually when in the stage of cirosis it is very painfull with in the abdomin, you will have sever swelling in feet, ankles, hands and wrists and you will turn yellow (jaundice) Everyone is different so I am not saying these are the definate signals. You should see a gastrenterologist( I think thats how you spell it) He/She will know the right tests to find out what you want to know. I am a nail tech and the whites on you toenails really could be hundreds of different things and no it's not a fungus. It is very very common to have the white 0n nails. I too drank heavy in my 20's and I am now 33 and do have alcohol liver disease but do not know the extent of the damage yet. my doc. has me on B-1 and B-12 for now and my enzyme levels have gone back to normal but my feet and hands are still swelling. going to my specialst next week.
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