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Pale stool

I have been drinking a half of a bottle of whiskey for a year and a half. 5 months ago normal labs and ultrasound. 2 days ago severe nausea and liver pain with almost white stools. I read it’s liver cirrhosis can I get that after a short period of drinking?
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From what I’ve read, pale stools can be a symptom of cirrhosis. It can also be from blocked bile ducts. Have you seen any doctor for your symptoms or had any blood work or scans done?
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683231 tn?1467323017
Did your doctor order these tests? Does your doctor suspect you have liver damage? Your symptoms could have multiple causes.

When you say blood tests are normal are you referring to a liver panel specifically your ALT and AST test results?
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683231 tn?1467323017
Ok gotcha

But anyway if your worried about your liver due to your alcohol consumption in my non medical opinion I would strongly suggest you make every effort to stop drinking. Then you won’t have to worry about the effects of long term drinking on your liver and your overall health

Good luck see your doctor for advice
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Putting down multiple posts on the same topic is not going to get you a better answer
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No I had an old post about ratio not this topic
683231 tn?1467323017
Normal what labs?

Why are we you having ultrasounds? Liver disease really cannot be diagnosed with ultrasound. Once a person has liver cirrhosis ultrasounds are used to monitor for liver tumors.

Normally it takes a while for liver damage to develop but the sooner you stop drinking to excess the better to head off Yelp le at the pass.

Pale colored stool can mean many things.

“ The most common reasons for a pale stool color include:

1. Foods

Some foods may lighten the color of stool, especially fatty foods, or those containing food coloring. Vitamins that include iron can turn the color of stool dark brown.

It is fine for bowel movements to be lighter than usual occasionally. If they are white or clay colored, however, it could mean a person has an underlying medical condition.

2. Giardiasis

Giardiasis is an infection that may turn the stool light or bright yellow. Giardia lamblia, the most common intestinal parasite in the world, causes the infection. A person can contract this parasite by drinking contaminated water or being in close contact with someone who has the infection.

Giardiasis is more common in regions with inconsistent access to clean water.

The most common symptoms of giardiasis include stomach pain, headache, swollen stomach, vomiting, and fever. A doctor can write a prescription for a drug that kills the parasite. With treatment, most people feel better in a few days.

3. Medications

Certain drugs and medications can damage the liver, especially when a person takes more than the dosage their doctor or the manufacturers recommend.

Over-the-counter (OTC) remedies, for example, ibuprofen and acetaminophen, can harm the liver. A person who notices a pale stool after taking a new medication or after taking OTC pain relievers for a long time or in excess of the correct dose may have medication-related liver damage.

It is best to stop taking the drug, if it is not a prescription medication, and see a doctor as soon as possible.

4. Gallbladder disease

The gallbladder holds bile and is located on the upper right side of the stomach, next to the liver. During digestion, the gallbladder releases bile into the intestines through the bile duct. Gallbladder diseases can change the color of stool.

Gallstones, one of the most common gallbladder diseases, can block the bile duct, causing intense pain, nausea, vomiting, and pale stool. Without treatment, gallstones can cause problems with other organs, such as the pancreas and liver.

Treatments for gallbladder problems depend on the cause. A doctor may have to remove gallstones, either surgically or with medication to dissolve them.

A person can live a normal life without their gallbladder, and so a doctor may remove the gallbladder in the case of recurrent gallstones. Doctors may advise changes to a person’s diet after surgery.

5. Liver problems

Problems with the liver or bile ducts can turn the stool pale. There are many types of liver disease, including:

infectious diseases, such as hepatitis A, B, and C
liver damage from alcohol consumption
fatty liver disease, most common in those with obesity or who eat a high-fat diet
autoimmune diseases, which happen when the body attacks the cells of the liver
failure of other organs
liver cancer
liver cysts
Wilson disease, a genetic condition where the body retains too much copper
Treatment for liver disease depends on the specific condition and how far it has progressed. For mild liver disease, a person may only need medication and to make lifestyle changes. Those with severe liver disease may need a liver transplant.

When problems with another organ, such as the gallbladder, cause problems with the liver, a doctor must treat that condition as well.

In addition to pale stool, other symptoms of liver disease include:

nausea and vomiting
very dark urine
fatty stool
swelling in the ankles or legs
Anyone under a doctor’s care for liver disease should report any changes to stool color.

6. Pancreas problems

Diseases of the pancreas can make it hard for this organ to secrete pancreatic juices into the digestive system. This can lead to the food moving too quickly through the gut, causing a pale and fatty-looking stool.

Some conditions can cause pancreatitis, which is swelling and inflammation of the pancreas. These include:

excessive alcohol consumption
a high-fat diet
pancreatic cancer
Treatment for pancreatitis depends on the cause. Some people need hospitalization, fluids, or antibiotics. Surgery may treat some forms of pancreatitis. When another condition causes pancreatitis, such as gallstones, a doctor must also address that issue.”
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I had an ultrasound for right quadrant pain. The stool is very pale close to white. Daily drinking of half a bottle of fireball yielded the labs. All blood tests were in normal range. That was 6 months ago and I carried on drinking everyday. I’m worried I damaged my liver after 6 months daily drinking
What labs?

Are you working with a doctor?
Light stool has many causes. If you want a diagnosis speaks with a medical professional.

This is a community of patience coming together for moral support there are no medical personnel here. We can either diagnose nor recommend any course of treatment if you want medical advice see your doctor.
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