It is possible for people who have anorexia to develop
fatty liver disease. That sounds strange, but it does happen.
Fatty liver disease can be caused by weight gain, fast
weight loss, malnouishment, insulin resistance,
diabetes, high cholesterol/triglyceride levels and others.
Overdosing on drugs is another cause of possible liver
cell damage and it is quite real that you over did it on
the laxatives, diet pills, etc.
Liver blood tests should give the doctor an idea of
how bad your liver disease really is. Some of
these blood tests are:
1) the liver enzymes which show liver cell damage
2) the liver functions tests which show how well the
cells of the liver are still able to perform all the
functions the liver cells do to keep the body well.
3) the liver viral tests will show if a virus has entered
the body and is using the liver cells to replicate itself.
If the problem is stopped early on and the inflammation
in the liver has been treated...then the liver cells may
heal and the problem be reversed. However, once
the liver cells die off and form scar tissue inside
the liver...this can become an irreversible disease
known as Cirrhosis of the liver.
The only way to be sure how the liver is, is by
testing: blood tests, ultrasound, Ct scan, and
maybe a liver biopsy to see how far the disease
has advanced if they believe you have Cirrhosis.
It is best to start in the here and now. To do the
best you can to help your body. Beating yourself
up for the past only causes more unnecessary pain
that only you will feel. I hope you find out that
you are doing fine now. It is best to be checked
by a gastroenterologist or hepatologist now.
It will give you peace of mind. Be sure to be a
open and honest with them as you have been here.
Best wishes to you.
caregiver to a liver transplant patient