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I saw a doctor yesterday about weight loss. She wrote up an order for blood tests. She checked boxes for different diagnostic codes. I didn't look at it until I got home. One thing she had checked was fatty liver. They had done a body fat test while I was there. I don't know if that is where she got that from. She listened to my heart and felt around my throat but not near my liver. I recently had a blood panel done and my liver enzymes were normal. I will ask about it when I go back. I am off to google but wondering if anyone knows much about fatty liver. Does it improve with fat loss?

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I had a significantly fatty liver that was discovered years ago via ultrasound for something else. No liver disease; my liver function tests were always normal. It is not indicative of disease, but it can become diseased later in life. I have lost a lot of weight, and my liver now looks normal, so it is entirely possible to turn it around.

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I went for an ultrasound and was diagnosed with gallstones and a slightly fatty liver, she says its quite common these days and my docter didnt seem worried, i had presumed it was an alcoholics disease

The liver is one of the best organs for repairing itself but i think once it gets to chirosis stage its pretty impossible.

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I had that earlier this year. Detected via ultrasound. All very mysterious. Not an alcohol thing in my case because I drink about one glass of wine per month.

Liver enzymes were about double the normal. Regular doctor suggested losing about 10 pounds. I don't think I'm fat. Not skinny either. Losing 10 pounds wouldn't be a bad thing.

 

Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis. I know some body stuff, I think I'm not impressed by medical terms, but that sounds damned scary.

 

Went in for a colonoscopy because it was time for that, and they found a polyp full of CMV, which is a real common infection, usually asymptomatic, but not usually found in the colon of a person with an intact immune system.

 

Went to an infectious disease specialist. He said the liver enzymes aren't a thing unless they are 10 times normal, and nothing to worry about unless about 100 times normal. And that the infection could easily cause the liver stuff, in fact he would expect higher enzyme levels. Immune system checks out. I hardly ever get sick. Had an HIV test despite my lack of risk factors. Negative.

 

During all this stuff I lost about 5 pounds. 

 

Re-testing the enzymes, I'm back to normal. Didn't do another ultrasound. Regular doctor considers the liver thing resolved.

 

And I lost the other 5 pounds when I started adderal.

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I am glad it is resolved.

I do drink some.

I had an ultrasound of my liver and kidneys today. I don't know how long it usually takes. He seemed to be measuring a lot. The tests are because I am looking into taking a weight loss med and it can affect the kidneys and liver. The tech couldn't tell me anything. The results come back in a few days but I don't go back for 2weeks.

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I don't know if you are planning on pursuing surgery, but in bariatrics, until you're opened up the surgeon assumes you have a fatty liver unless there's evidence to the contrary. It's probably just an assumption based on obesity. Since your LFTs are normal I wouldn't worry about. 

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