Has quitting alcohol been beneficial for my chronic illness?
I had to giggle about the "feeling better". No matter what you're trying, vitamin whatever, cutting gluten/alcohol/sugar/fat/carbs/dairy/food/joy, everyone (else, not just yourself) seems to assume that it must always translate to feeling better. I'm a wee bit overweight (ahem...thank you MS for fatigue, pain, and reduced mobility overall, post-menopause, and a touch of bad habits) but I've recently been trying to lose weight lest I end up with another condition like diabetes. I've managed 14 lbs so far, which is amazing from nothing but dietary changes. And people always ask very chirpily, "And you feel better, right??" And I'm like, well, no. The fatigue doesn't lift particularly, my right hip, carrying less weight now, still hurts like it did 14 lbs ago, maybe a bit worse, and I'm generally the same, just lighter. I'm sure certain medical test numbers could indicate I'm objectively "better", but my subjective experience says, meh.
Here's a really good video on interpreting and understanding LFTs:
I really liked it to understand what they mean when going through liver disease.
I think your dr. is right at least as far as the liver stuff goes assuming NAFLD has been ruled out. That seems more likely and may even explain the hypercholesteremia? Have they done an ultrasound/fibroscan?
If you were drinking since you stopped benzos you didn’t sort the Benzo WD issues. So, now your nervous system can start to heal from the Benzos. I’d give it 3-5 years.
No doubt your body needs a rest from it so keep going.
Next to add to your bucket list could be trying carnivore diet for a month or two. Lots of anecdotal evidence and testimony about autoimmune issues disappearing after just a few weeks. Obviously alcohol would still be abstained during it. Another thing to rule out.
However, you might be missing something more fundamental. Do you have a healthy relationship with sunlight? Check out this Rick Rubin Podcast with Neurosurgeon Dr. Jack Kruse who is schooling Andrew Huberman on health. I found it fascinating.
I like the sound of this doctor- does he blog? (sounds a bit of a Scottish/Canadian Oliver Sacks)
After 49 years, 50 next April 1, 2024, I still feel and believe it is the best health decision I ever made. Your candour and descriptive narrative are so authentic. It will only get better. Thanks IL
About a month. Maybe the main benefit is in the hours that I am not drinking. I prefer the feeling of being clear headed. And I sleep better.
Bummed to hear this didn't help. Yet another "thing to try" that worked for me but not you. Sorry man!