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Could my liver damage be repaired?

I have drunk alcohol on a regular basis, sometimes quite heavily, since I was 15, and am now 56.

Apart from a sense of fatigue whenever Ive really overdone this, and a piling on of weight as a natural outcome of my weakness, I dont appear to have developed any major health problems as a result. However, I have recently noticed a discomfort in the right hand side of my body on site of my liver, and have also had this same soreness right across my tummy, too. I have no other symptoms other than these.

I have long held fears that I was developing cancer and I think this comes from seeing both my parents suffering with the disease, which was terminal in both cases but some recent extensive blood tests which were undertaken, my Doctor assured me, just to clear my own worries and not because he suspected that anything at all was wrong, were all returned within the normal therapeutic range. I am also well aware that I am more than capable of creating all manner of symptoms in the form of twinges, soreness and other phenomena due my frequent obsessive thoughts that something is seriously wrong.

I have read that the human liver which is at the centre of my current fears is more than capable of repairing itself given an abstinence from drink, and given help in the form of supplements and healthy diet, but I am worried that it might already be too late for me, and that the twinges and discomfort are both harbingers of far greater problems to follow. The two hopes that Im clinging to are that the test results which included full Liver Function Tests were all OK, and that I have now cut down to drinking far less than I used to, but have I, am I, doing enough, or could the damage already be irreversible because of the years Ive been at it
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replied February 8th, 2012
Hey, I'm 27 and drink habitually, but not excessively. I love your word use of harbingers, you just don't hear that word anymore. I'm sure my saying that you should be fine is just as assuring as anyone telling me that I'll be fine, but just the same; if the liver functions test came back good, then you should be fine. Cheers!
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replied December 22nd, 2018
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and i understand your concern. If you rlabs are fine you have nothing to worry about . Just avoid alcohol and live a healthy diet and lifestyle. Live can repair its own damage provided its not being insulted repeatedly.

I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
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