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4 hours ago, knocker said:

Saw the hepatologist yesterday afternoon and he thought it very probable that it was cirrhosis that was the cause of my enlarged spleen. To be confirmed with another scan. Not a total surprise given my life long love affair with the Isle of Islay. :)

I too enjoy a dram, Malcolm, but I'm very careful to drink well under the amount that might conceivably cause me problems - not only thanks to hypochondria and a cautious personality, but also because I couldn't afford to empty a bottle of good malt too rapidly!

My best wishes.

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25 minutes ago, chrisbell-nottheweatherman said:

I too enjoy a dram, Malcolm, but I'm very careful to drink well under the amount that might conceivably cause me problems - not only thanks to hypochondria and a cautious personality, but also because I couldn't afford to empty a bottle of good malt too rapidly!

My best wishes.

Nor could I Chris which is one of the reasons, not the only one, why I  gave up drinking four years ago. Not a bad decision as it turned out.

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23 hours ago, knocker said:

Nor could I Chris which is one of the reasons, not the only one, why I  gave up drinking four years ago. Not a bad decision as it turned out.

Better for the pocket and the waistline too! I've lost loads of weight since I cut down on the booze and I feel much better for it, it's a nasty substance if you get on the wrong side of it.

Should you not be able to stabilise your cirrhosis since you have quit alcohol, Knocker? A good diet is very important for your liver too - lots of good quality protein, wholefoods and a good supply of vitamins and minerals. I hope everything is OK for you...

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48 minutes ago, Spikecollie said:

Better for the pocket and the waistline too! I've lost loads of weight since I cut down on the booze and I feel much better for it, it's a nasty substance if you get on the wrong side of it.

Should you not be able to stabilise your cirrhosis since you have quit alcohol, Knocker? A good diet is very important for your liver too - lots of good quality protein, wholefoods and a good supply of vitamins and minerals. I hope everything is OK for you...

I asked the consultant about treatment and/or any actions I should take and he said you have already done it. He said it should stabalise all being well and at the moment a programme of six monthly scans to keep an eye on it is the order of the day. It really only came to light during a routine scan showed an enlarged spleen. Apparently the liver function test is not definitive. Or put it another way the interpretation of the test by the GP as to whether the result requires chasing up sometimes varies.. Everything is fine at the moment thanks apart from  severe headaches after visiting the ref thread and of course the general disintegration known as growing old.

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I have never looked at this thread before so let me wish all those with illness problems a speedy recovery. I have just returned from a cruise and on the first night  (it was 2-30 am) I fell into the shower as the shipped pitched and did some damage to my leg ,now 2 weeks later it still hurts nothing broken although on my visit to hospital the next day the x-ray machine was knackered so had to wait for my return home to confirm this,hey golf will just have to wait a little longer.

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Went for a specialist liver scan this morning (fibroscan). The radiographer discussed the results afterwards (unusual but I suspect it's because you actually get a definitive reading) and the result was pretty good, better than I was expecting Better not have a drink to celebrate. :closedeyes:

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On 21 April 2016 at 20:43, knocker said:

Well you aren't the only one Spike. My routine blood tests over the last couple of years have shown a small spike with my liver enzymes which my GP decided it was nowt to worry about but to keep an eye on. Anyway she went sick and a locum decided a scan was called for and also to check on my CKD. Duly went for scan and it came back showing I had an enlarged spleen as well as some damage to my liver, no doubt caused by a past career drinking for England. Another locum went straight into panic mode and immediately arranged an urgent appointment with a consultant haematologist suspecting, as I later found out as he didn't mention it to me much to my annoyance, that it could be blood cancer. Anyway cutting a long story short I've seen the consultant twice, the second time today, and she can find nothing that is haematology related. She suspects it may have something to do with my liver so has referred me to her liver colleague. So the investigation is ongoing and awaiting my appointment with the liver consultant. In the interim I also had the episode when I suddenly passed out when I was down at the local lake, due, according to the consensus, a sudden drop in blood pressure, but that's another story.

My daughter at the age of 18 had an enlarged spleen. Noticed because she had curvature of the spine. Not a drinker. 

It was removed immediately following her university exams. As big as a grapefruit.  Got to admire her as she got a first class honours. 

Been well since but recommended she should not travel to some foreign countries. Like Canvey Island. Ok only joking about last sentence. 

Spleen produces antibodies to fight infections. 

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I've just received a letter from my consultant gastroenterologist & hepatologist in which he says that the FibroScan which I had recently demonstrates that I have a moderate amount of fibrosis rather than evidence of cirrhosis. He goes on to say this is good news.but still keep your alcohol consumption moderate. He also points out that as I do not have chronic liver disease my splenomegaly is unexplained but probably not of significance. Olez

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Very nice speaking girl rang me today. To cut a long story short she said did I fancy having a camera stuck up my backside. Said couldn't wait. Ok no I didn't fancy a colonoscopy one little bit.  Suppose it is one of the follow up joys of having a third of my bowel removed previously. 

Anyway things improved after that by a bit of one of my teeth and a filling coming out.  Such fun. 

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My latest blood test was completely normal, including liver enzymes. I just made a brief mess of my body all those months ago, and I'll never do it again. My blood pressure is now 115/80 and I have a resting heart rate of about 60! I am very pleased with myself and my doctor is pleased with me too! I just have to keep the mind in check, which I am learning to do and all will be good, hopefully for a very long time...all that cycling and swimming works!

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My hairdresser poked me in the eye with her rather long finger nails yesterday while wrapping a towel round my newly washed hair.  It was the most painful experience I can remember, (apart from breaking my elbow in the school gym aged 13yrs.) For 10-15 minutes I felt sick. The staff were a wee bit aghast, but didn’t know what to do, apart from offering a glass of water.

I popped into a local pharmacy on the way home and the helpful pharmacist there advised that there was a corneal abrasion, fortunately thought to be superficial, but if the symptoms persisted that I should make an appointment with my GP tomorrow. The eye, although still a bit tender and red today, does seem to be settling down, fingers crossed.

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6 hours ago, ciel said:

 

My hairdresser poked me in the eye with her rather long finger nails yesterday while wrapping a towel round my newly washed hair.  It was the most painful experience I can remember, (apart from breaking my elbow in the school gym aged 13yrs.) For 10-15 minutes I felt sick. The staff were a wee bit aghast, but didn’t know what to do, apart from offering a glass of water.

I popped into a local pharmacy on the way home and the helpful pharmacist there advised that there was a corneal abrasion, fortunately thought to be superficial, but if the symptoms persisted that I should make an appointment with my GP tomorrow. The eye, although still a bit tender and red today, does seem to be settling down, fingers crossed.

 

That sounds awful, but it was an accident. I'd pop along to your GP or A&E and let them take a look regardless, if I were you, because there is a small danger of a corneal ulcer or a nasty infection that timely antibiotic drops would stop. Or you could DIY with Optrex "Infected Eyes" drops which have Chloramphenicol in them.

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8 minutes ago, Spikecollie said:

That sounds awful, but it was an accident. I'd pop along to your GP or A&E and let them take a look regardless, if I were you, because there is a small danger of a corneal ulcer or a nasty infection that timely antibiotic drops would stop. Or you could DIY with Optrex "Infected Eyes" drops which have Chloramphenicol in them.

Yes Spike - the pharmacist prescribed the above in ointment form.

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5 minutes ago, ciel said:

Yes Spike - the pharmacist prescribed the above in ointment form.

That'll do the job, but if you still have problems after the treatment duration, get your eye checked. I hope you feel better soon, I've had conjunctivitis and blepharitis in the past and it's not nice.

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Decided to post this here, rather than the Scottish thread.

I had been concerned a wee bit about my eyesight and thought I might need new lens for reading and driving. 

To cut a long story short, I made an appointment for a visual acuity test with a local optician, early May, who considered new lens would not be helpful. Within one week I received a date for a hospital appointment,...   yesterday. Apparently, I have early cataracts, and while it is not urgent treatment ( to me it is ), I was assured that surgery on one  eye has been set down for mid August.

What impressed me was the consultant considered lifestyle issues in making her decision.

Good work, Scottish NHS 

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My ex is an alcoholic and currently we are currently attempting to help her give up drink completely. By we I mean me and Addaction; She is an emotional alcoholic rather than being chemically dependent which means her drinking tends to be weekly or twice weekly binges rather than the daily intake starting with the morning top up. These binges result in her ringing people up all the time, mainly me, to have a chat although by this time she is talking a load of gibberish She even rings the Samaritans for someone to talk to. When the binge has run it's course the phone calls are then her full of remorse and crying'. All of this is having a serious impact on her health, particularly as she is diabetic, and she has lost so much weight she is skin and bones.

Anyway I've been going with her to weekly meetings at Addaction and I was hoping we were getting somewhere but she has just rung me drunk again saying she might as well give up. I need to wait now until she is sober to see where we go from here as our next meeting is next Tuesday. It really boils down to how determined she is to give up and if she cannot manage this on her own perhaps going into a detox programme is the only answer.

One thing I know for sure is it is totally frustrating because there is little one can do. It's like watching a slow train crash.

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And so the saga continues. We had a long chat at the beginning of the week, although the meeting was cancelled, and after the events of last week I asked her yet again how determined are you to kick the drink and stop killing yourself, because this the key to any progress.. She said very. She rang me just now, obviously drunk, but categorically denied it when I asked her,

Christ I could do with a drink.

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22 minutes ago, knocker said:

And so the saga continues. We had a long chat at the beginning of the week, although the meeting was cancelled, and after the events of last week I asked her yet again how determined are you to kick the drink and stop killing yourself, because this the key to any progress.. She said very. She rang me just now, obviously drunk, but categorically denied it when I asked her,

Christ I could do with a drink.

Having been through this alot during my life, There really is no easy answer. I was taken into care at the age of 2  due to my "Parents  drink and substance abuse.  even this didnt stop them from carrying on.   and infact to this day (i think as i havnt seen them for 12 years) they still drink heavily.  in my experience you  can give people as much help and advice as you like  but if they are unwilling to help thereselves then it really is pointless.  hope everything turns out fine.

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2 hours ago, weirpig said:

you  can give people as much help and advice as you like  but if they are unwilling to help themselves then it really is pointless

That really is the key, otherwise it's just .... :wallbash:

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On 07/06/2017 at 21:10, ciel said:

Decided to post this here, rather than the Scottish thread.

I had been concerned a wee bit about my eyesight and thought I might need new lens for reading and driving. 

To cut a long story short, I made an appointment for a visual acuity test with a local optician, early May, who considered new lens would not be helpful. Within one week I received a date for a hospital appointment,...   yesterday. Apparently, I have early cataracts, and while it is not urgent treatment ( to me it is ), I was assured that surgery on one  eye has been set down for mid August.

What impressed me was the consultant considered lifestyle issues in making her decision.

Good work, Scottish NHS 

You'll be glad you did it.  My mum has had a few eye problems ovr the last decade or so, including a very nasty acute closed-angle glaucoma which could have caused her to lose the sight in one eye had it not been for the quick response of our GP. 

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2 hours ago, knocker said:

And so the saga continues. We had a long chat at the beginning of the week, although the meeting was cancelled, and after the events of last week I asked her yet again how determined are you to kick the drink and stop killing yourself, because this the key to any progress.. She said very. She rang me just now, obviously drunk, but categorically denied it when I asked her,

Christ I could do with a drink.

Best wished to both of you, Malcolm.

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Thanks everyone for your comments, As you quite correctly say the determination and will to give up is the key and with that in mind I have suggested for a start it would be a good idea not to keep any drink in the house. She will not do that which makes me wonder. I'm pretty certain she is not going to crack this on her own without going into detox. Even that doesn't necessarily work as the counsellor was telling me that someone else she was helping successfully went through detox and as soon as he was out he was so chuffed at how well he had done he 'rewarded himself'' with a drink or two!!

Onwards and upwards

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Just been talking to an old friend of mine on the phone and she explained to me, with some difficulty as she is obviously unwell, that she has been very poorly for the last three weeks with Cellulitis. Acute care nurses are popping in every day to administer intravenous antibiotics. She is 80 and a widow who lives on her own and she has been virtually bed bound although sleeping apparently is nie impossible with the pain. I must admit I'd never heard of it but having looked it up it's not an infection you want to catch. Will pop down to Falmouth in the week to see her if she's up to it.

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