I feel strangely detached and almost resigned to my fate. I guess I should be posting on a cirrhosis forum now. I'm scared and feel stupid. I have been feeling lousy all year with occasional pains in my liver area, occasional nausea, lethargy, dizziness, foggy brain, difficulty breathing, depression, etc and I attributed it all to benzo wd. Now it appeared it had nothing to do with stopping the valium.
I was a heavy drinker and painkiller addict but stopped sometime ago. All these symptoms of liver failure are also benzo wd symptoms which is worth bearing in mind. Last Sunday I started to feel really ill after having a only a couple of drinks the day before. Nausea, abdominal pain, intense itching and couldn't eat for days. I knew something was wrong so when it didn't improve I went to my Dr who did a liver function test. The ALT was slightly elevated but she wasn't worried. She thought it could've been caused by the tylenol I had been taking daily (just 1-2). She felt my liver and couldn't find any other abnormalities and tried to give me antidepressants again. She clearly thought it was a mental issue manifesting physically but I still felt so sick. Classic symptoms of liver disease. I have had occasional twinges coming from my liver for years but nothing like this.
I continued feeling shocking with a strange brain fog, felt so vague. Couldn't think straight which again is common in benzo wd and hepatic encepholopathy. It was never the bloody valium it appears! I felt much worse on wednesday night so I drove to the ER. After a long wait they examined me and did a full blood count but no scans. All the blood tests were now normal and they discharged me thinking it was gastro. However two days later I still have no appetite at all which is a new development and feel spaced out and nauseas. Strange thing is I haven't been drinking much this year and can't tolerate it. The only thing which could've been damaging my liver is the small amount of tylenol I was taking daily well within the normal dose. Its unlikely. It seems I damaged my liver years ago and its only showing up this year. Benzo wd took all the credit!
I'm very scared and don't know what to do next. My 15 month old son will be without a father.
Anyone have any advice. The Dr's won't do a biopsy because the second round of blood tests were in the normal range and I have no clinical signs of liver failure.. I feel so itchy, nauseas, lethargic and apathetic, can't eat and still have a dull ache from my liver area. I also feel so spaced out, almost stoned. My wife thinks I'm being neurotic but I've never been this sick before. Hardly had a bite to eat since last weekend.
What should I do? Help.