Cirrhosis Of The Liver Symptoms Treatment

I. Definition
Deficiency of blood is defined as a condition of liver’s inability to perform its function of blood formation leading to qi stagnation in the body, as a result of liver damage or the inability of spleen in food essence and qi distribution, leading to abnormal function of the liver organ.

II. Symptoms of blood deficiency
1. Abdominal pain after menstruation
2. Period is thin and volume is small
3. Tiredness
4. Loose stools
5. Pale complexion
6. Etc

III. Causes
1. Poor diet
According to TCM, poor diet may affect the function of liver function in blood formation, if it fails to be properly nourished by the qi from the energy source of spleen. Diet with little or no iron also contributes to the blood deficiency.

2. Abnormal liver function
Abnormal function of liver can be caused by raw foods diet as its affects the spleen function in assisting the digestive system function in absorbing vital energy from foods that reduces the liver function in blood storing and formation.

3. Liver imbalance
Liver imbalance caused by excess of any pathogen or/and toxins accumulated can also reduce the normal function of blood storing and formation of the liver.

4. Alcohol drinking
Long terms alcohol drinking damages the liver function in blood formation and regulating the spleen function in energy distribution, leading to not enough blood for the circulatory system to supply nutrients and oxygen to the reproductive organs, resulting in symptoms of dysmenorrhrea such as cramps and pain before, during or after menstruation.

5. Anemia
Anemia is a chronic ill, it is caused by either easily broken off red blood cells or abnormal function of liver in blood formation.

6. Etc.
IV. Treatments
A. With Herbs

1. He shou wu (fleeceflower root)
He shou wu is a liver tonic herb. It promotes liver function in blood formation and increases the kidney qi in assisting the liver in transporting blood to the heart for circulation, thereby reducing the blood stagnation causes of deficiency. It also improves the kidney in urinary secretion, thus decreasing the risk of blood stagnation caused by fluid retention.

2. Shu Di Huang (Chinese foxglove root)
Shu di huang is a blood tonic herb. Besides improving the liver in blood formation, it also increases the liver’s qi by boosting the circulatory system in transporting oxygen and nutrients to the body’s cells thus reducing the risks of symptoms of dizziness, pallid complexion, palpitations, and scanty menstruation.

3. E Jiao (Donkey-Hide Glue)
E jiao is an important herb for improving the liver in blood formation and liver qi in regulating the blood circulation in the body thereby reducing the symptoms of dizziness, shallow complexion, and palpitations caused by blood deficiency.

4. Dang gui (Chinese angelica root)
Dang gui is best known for improving the liver’s function in blood formation and regulating the function of the reproductive organs. It also harmonizes the production of hormones during the menstrual cycle, leading to reduced cramps and pain caused by blood deficiency and stagnation.

5. Bai shao (white peony root)
Bai shao plays an important role in nourishing the blood and regulating menstrual problems caused by blood deficiency. It also harmonizes the liver and spleen to prevent the rising of blood heat causes of headache and dizziness.

6. Etc.

B. With acupuncture
Suggested points of acupuncture
1. ST36 (Zu san li)
2.SP6 (San yin jiao)
3. LV3 (Tai chong)
4. UB11 (Da zhu )
5. UB17( Geshu)
6. Etc.

C. With foods
1. Cabbage
2. Celery
3. dandelion
4. Almonds
5. Black sesame
6. Apple
7. Avocado
8. Chicken egg
9. Molasses
10. Soy milk
11. Etc.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    can a person with hepatitic C and cirrhosis of the liver get the swine flu ?
    i am a male 30 y/o , i have chronic hepatitis c and cirrhosis of the liver i am getting treated by doctors but i feel good no pains no symptoms , i went for treatment for hepatitis c but it did not work for me , so my only hope is a liver transplant probably in years from now
    but my liver is still working 100% . i am living a normal life right now with god’s will . my question is : can i get the swine flu if i leave the country on vacation ?

    • ANSWER:

  2. QUESTION:
    What is the outcome after being diadnosed with non alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver?
    After having a routine MRI some abnormalities showed up which led to further testing and a liver biopsy. It appears that at sometime in the past I had auto immune hepatitis that went undiagnosed. I really didn’t have any symptoms other then fatigue but then I was always fatigued for other reasons. As of right now even with the cirrohsis my liver function is normal but my liver enzymes are elevated but not high enough for treatment. I realize the hepatitis could flare up again which would call for aggressive treatment to prevent any further scaring of my liver. I have read all kinds of information on these diseases both very disturbing and some encouraging but I would just like to know if anyone who reads this has been diagnosed with this or knows someone who has and what has been the outcome.

    • ANSWER:
      I have an autoimmune disease in which my autoimmune system attacks the bile ducts in my liver. This is called primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC). I am curious to know how the doctors came to the conclusion that you have a problem with your autoimmune system to the point that it has caused cirrhosis. If this is true, then this autoimmune problem has been going on for a very long time to damage your liver to the point of it being cirrhotic. I had no symptoms with my disease until my liver was already 90% destroyed with cirrhosis. I suddenly started to swell up with fluid and had no idea anything was wrong prior to that. It was a shock to me that my liver had so much cirrhosis that I would need a transplant. I had no idea anything was going on inside of me.

      That autoimmune hepatitis is probably still flaring up each and every day since it just doesn’t stop and go away. It takes many years to destroy a liver. There is really nothing much they can do as far as treating it. Sometimes they will give medication to help it, but it really doesn’t stop the disease from progressing, especially when its from your autoimmune system. When symptoms from the cirrhosis appear, they can give medications to control them and lab work is done routinely to ward off problems early. I used to have to get an endoscope done every 3-6 months to get banding done to any varices that form to lower the risk of bleeding problems. Basically, they just let the disease take its course since there is no cure other than a transplant.

      Even when my liver was 90% destroyed, my liver enzymes were just slightly above normal. My transplant doctor told me this can happen with some people, that the enzymes can almost normalize even though the disease is far advanced.

      You said you had a biopsy done. It should show the amount of damage done and how much cirrhosis (scarring) your liver has in it. Figuring out the cause of it when it is not so obvious like alcoholism, can be difficult to diagnose. That’s why I asked how they determined yours was from an autoimmune problem. I didn’t know the real cause of mine until after my transplant. The biopsy also should show whether or not there is active inflammation going on. The elevated enzymes can be an indication that there could be continued inflammation.

      The good thing is that you are still asymptomatic which means your liver is still compensating. It can stay this way for a long time. When I started to swell with fluid, that was my first sign of it starting to decompensate. Even then, I took diuretics that controlled the fluid retention quite well for several years. Once I was diagnosed with cirrhosis, I believe I went and got evaluated for transplant and was placed on the list a year later. I waited 18 months for my transplant and am doing well today. My autoimmune disease still wants to attack my new liver. I do take a medication that works well in keeping my enzymes in normal range which means there most likely will not be any damage as long as they remain that way.

      If you want to ask me anything else, just email me. I will be happy to help you if I can.

  3. QUESTION:
    Is Dr. House in the house?
    A very dear friend of mine is complaining of symptoms that don’t seem to match up to anything pertaining to his “main” condition. Here’s hoping a real life Dr. House can offer an explanation.

    “Sweetie” is 61 and drinks way too much. It’s obvious to me and others that he’s an alcoholic. He is finally seeking treatment for a “mysterious illness” with many cirrhosis-like symptoms: edema, ascites, hypertension and general weakness to name the most obvious ones. He also looks like he’s about 4 stone overweight.

    Not a good start, eh?

    What confuses me are the symptoms he’s actually “really” complaining about. He seems to catch a cold every two days. Every so often (yearly?) he goes down with something that I can only describe as being like meningitis — severe headaches and neck stiffness, grogginess, and he’s out of it for a week or 10 days.

    The cold-like symptoms could be allergies, but he recently went to California and came back with even worse symptoms. The environment there was totally different, so I’m leaning towards ruling out allergies. He is also complaining of some upper chest pain and, oddly, painful knees (which could be a result of his weight or….could be TB?).

    Sounds like I’ve lost my mind — that I should care about “little” symptoms with a person who so obviously is killing himself with alcohol, but I reckon if I understood the whole picture I could conduct one of those “Interventions” more effectively and help his friends and family get him into one of those fancy month long dry-out centres and treatment programmes.

    So I MUST understand what the problems are, so as not to de-rail his primary consultant’s plans for him. (Of course, I am not privy to his consultant’s diagnosis or treatment plans. I’m truly operating in the dark.)

    So —- “Sweetie” is currently undergoing a series of tests with a consultant here in the UK. His heart and blood seem to be “okay”. Now they’re moving on to check urine to see if kidneys are okay. Presumably this consultant’s approach is to rule out “everything else” to explain his major symptoms and therefore land squarely on “It’s your liver, stupid.” A Consultant MUST say it or otherwise, a smart guy like this ain’t gonna’ believe NOTHIN’ that comes from NOBODY about his extreme affection for and dependence on alcohol. Hopefully the threat of actually dying will shake him up enough to be willing to enter your UK equivalent of a Betty Ford Center.

    Leading me to the “auxiliary” symptoms. I need to know what’s really going on before dragging someone off to get dried out. About these symptoms:
    1) Do they support a diagnosis of alcoholism and/or cirrhosis? (For example, could the meningitis-like symptoms be hypatic encephalopathy? Sorry, I have NO exposure to this so can’t do an amateur diagnosis on this one, unfortunately.)
    2) Do they support a “stranger” diagnosis such as TB? (He did work a long while in Africa many years ago.)
    3) Should I forget the “little” symptoms and just rush this dude to an alcoholic abuse centre and steam roll over “everything else”?

    THANKS for your advice. I’ve been worried about this for so long!

    • ANSWER:
      The episodes do sound like hypatic encephalopathy. Excess of alcohol is one of the reasons for vitamin B12 deficiency among other B vitamin deficiencies. Vitamin B12 deficiency causes chest pains among many other symptoms. As the liver and kidneys are essential to process vitamin D, a deficiency is this vitamin affects the joints and bones and causes muscle weakness. Vitamin D is essential to activate the immune system and B vitamins are also need for the immune.

      Of course weight also affects the knees. Milk thistle tonic is a must for anyone with liver problems as this detoxes the liver and helps regenerate damaged liver cells. It is found that addictions are linked to low serotonin levels and other neurotransmitters, this is why amino acid therapy is successful.

      Liver treatments:

      http://www.liverdoctor.com/index.php?page=liver-problems&subpage=cirrhosis

      Addiction recovery – amino acid nutrition therapy:

      http://www.addictionrecoveryguide.org/holistic/nutrition.html

      Vitamin B deficiencies and alcoholism:

      http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0847/is_n3_v13/ai_8193308/

  4. QUESTION:
    How to cope with very sick Mother? All of the stress? :(?
    I can honestly say, I’ve hit rock bottom. I thought that I was psychologically strong, but I’m not. Please take your time to read my story, I’ve asked several other questions about the same topic (sorry) but I haven’t had any helpful answers…I just feel like I need to tell somebody (anybody) who really cares; you know?

    Anyway, my Mom has 3 terminal illnesses, Hep C- (an illness that attacks the liver, she got it from a needle stick injury at work 7 years ago, hasn’t recieved any treatment whatsoever) Factor 5 Leiden (A blood clotting disorder passed down by genes) and CCF (Heart failure). She may even have more diseases but it’s unknown now.

    She’s in hospital right now – she’s been given tablets to help her urinate out all of the fluid that was stored in her lungs. Because of the Hep C I’m afraid that she may have Cirrhosis of the Liver because she shows all the signs and symptoms of doing so…

    I’m 14, I’m so stressed out. I wrote a 5 page letter to my Mom I’m going to give it to her tomorrow. Are there any ways to help me relieve stress? I thought she may have had Ascites but I looked at google images and she didn’t have pot belly.

    I’m just scared as HELL! AS HELL! I’ve been crying for 10 hours straight. At the hospital I just stare at the ground and bite my tongue because I’d cry like crazy. My Mom thinks I’m becoming distant of her because I don’t want to sit on the bed with her..Oh God I’ve got tears in my eyes now :(

    I’m getting chest pains because of all of the stress…Please help :( She’s all I’m living for….
    Yes, Vote you’re right. The pain’s from the neck but sometimes from the heart.
    & Yes also the left side of my body (shoulder blade) has an annoying pain also

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    STD questions!! help please i hate reading and learning about this stuff XD lol?
    Genital Herpes
    1.How is genital herpes transmitted?

    2. Some people are infected with the herpes virus, but have no symptoms of the disease.
    True/False

    3. There is no cure for genital herpes, but it can be treated by:

    4.Symptoms of genital herpes include:

    5.Complications from genital herpes include:

    Gonorrhea

    6.Gonorrhea can be passed from the mother to her baby resulting in blindness and life-threatening blood infection in the baby? True or False

    7.In men, there are no symptoms or side effects if Gonorrhea is contracted. True or False

    8.Which female reproductive organs may be affected if Gonorrhea is transmitted to a woman?

    9.Symptoms of Gonorrhea will always appear within men during the first 7-10 days after exposure to the Neisseria gonorrheae bacterium? True or False

    10.Symptoms of gonorrheal infection include:

    11.Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease that has no cure. Once a person has been infected, he/she will always have Gonorrhea and can pass it to another person. True or False.

    12.In women, Gonorrhea is a common cause of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). What are symptoms of PID?

    Hepatitis C (HCV)
    13. Hepatitis may be transmitted when a person has had a blood transfusion and/or ever injected street drugs. True or False

    14. It is possible to have chronic Hepatitis C and not feel sick. True or False

    15. The part of the body most impacted by Hepatitis C is:

    16. There is currently a treatment for babies born with Hepatitis C. True or False

    17. What are ways to prevent contraction of Hepatitis C:

    18. Having unprotected sex with a Hepatitis C infected partner, may put you at risk for contracting HCV. True or False

    19. What are 4 symptoms related to Hepatitis C?
    a.
    b.
    c.
    d.

    20. How would going to a tattoo artist put a person at risk for contracting Hepatitis C?

    21. There is a treatment and a cure for Hepatitis C. True or False
    22. Over time HCV may lead to cirrhosis of the liver. True or False

    Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
    23. HPV is the most commonly sexually transmitted infection. True or False

    24. Symptoms of HPV include:

    25. High-risk HPV can lead to:

    26. There is no treatment for HPV, although it usually goes away on its own.
    True or False

    27. Someone can have HPV for years without knowing they are infected.
    True or False

    Syphilis
    28. Syphilis is transmitted when a person has oral, anal, or vaginal sex and comes in contact with a chancre (syphilis sore)? True or False

    29. The incubation period for Syphilis is:

    30. If the person is in Primary Syphilis he/she will USUALLY have what symptom(s)?

    31. During Latent Syphilis an infected person will show many symptoms including flu-like symptoms. True or False

    32. The long term health consequences during Latent Syphilis include damage to the brain, nerves, eyes, and heart. True or False

    33. The cure for Syphilis is:

    34. During pregnancy the syphilis bacterium can infect the unborn baby depending upon how long she has been infected. How does this affect the unborn baby?

    35. Syphilis has symptoms which look like many other diseases. Because of this Syphilis is often called:

    • ANSWER:
      Gee, why don’t you try doing your own homework.


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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Liver Cirrhosis – treatment?
    One of my aunts is diagnosed with Liver Cirrhosis. The problems were noticed after she was
    administered penicillin for sinusitis. She was very healthy before.. but after a while
    after being administered penicillin – a 10 day continuous course – she started to show
    blood through urine, and diagnosed as anemic. It was after some repeated test and scan
    reports show that as liver cirrhosis. The incident of penicillin treatment was in the year
    2002, and after being diagnosed with liver cirrhosis she was under treatment of the same
    and recently on a scan the cirrhosis has been spread more and doctor prescribed for a
    laproscopy. But they could not operate as her body is not able to accept blood due to over
    action of antibodies. She has been hospitalised since few days, and they are giving her
    injection to increase the blood count along with insulin (insulin – as the injection for
    increasing the blood count will cause increase in blood sugar) But even after following
    this treatment, they could not bring her to the level where they can operate. Now things
    have become worse as she is having fever and excess fluid in the stomach.

    Is there anyone who were in a similar situation as this, what were the treatments? I am very eager to know… and my anxiety level is very high.

    • ANSWER:
      There are many causes of liver disease:
      alcohol consumption, medication toxification,
      chemical exposure, fatty liver disease,
      biliary obstruction/malformation/infection,
      viral infections like Hepatitis A-B-C-etc,
      parasite infections, hereditary conditions,
      metabolic disorders, cardiac/vascular problems,
      auto immune disease and many others.

      Procrit (epogen or other erythropoeitin ) is used to
      help the bone marrow increase the Red blood cell counts
      and Neupogen is used to help the bone marrow
      increase the white blood cells count.
      If her bone marrow is taxed by the administration
      of these injections…she may develop a fever.
      That means her body is trying its best to raise
      the levels of these cell production in her blood.

      It really depends on how far advanced her Cirrhosis
      really is. This is usually determined by having a liver
      biopsy, which they probably will not do because of
      her blood problem, also.
      The excess fluid in the abdominal area can be
      Ascites. This means that the liver can no longer
      make a protein efficiently, known as Albumin,
      that holds fluid inside our vessels and this
      fluid will leak out and collect there. If it becomes
      extremely uncomfortable for the patient where they
      have difficulty breathing or eatting, they could
      (but not sure in her case) remove the fluid by a
      procedure known as paracentesis.

      She should be with either a gastroenterologist or
      hepatologist now. Preferably with one that is
      associated with the Transplant Center. They
      are the ones who will bring in the teams of
      doctors to decide what method of treatment
      would be best for her.

      They now do blood free transplantations:

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1356413/?tool=pubmed

      I’m sorry that I cannot be more of a help than this.
      Rh factors are not usually a problem when it comes to
      transplantation as long as their blood type is compatible.
      However, in transfusing of the blood, it may have a
      serious factor to it.
      RH Factor: positive or negative:

      http://www.ucsfhealth.org/adult/medical_services/organ_transplants/liver/liverDonorBackground.html

      http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/414309

      I’m sorry that I cannot be of more help than this.
      Best wishes

  2. QUESTION:
    “End Stage” Cirrhosis of Liver & Interferon treatment: Has anyone had any positive results to speak of?
    I’ve had Cirrhosis for 20 years, “Un-medicated”, & other than pain medication have taken nothing for it. I was offered the “Interferon” treatment, but I declined, as it was very expensive, and a normal active life and retaining my sexual abilities abilities are very important to me. The men I had met & interviewed on this Interferon were but mere husks of men afterward. But now, Friday I was told that regular x-rays had revealed a very advanced condition of Lung Cancer. I do not think my body can continue to fight off BOTH fatal maladies. Any ideas, or do I just prepare my “Last Will & Testament”?

    • ANSWER:

  3. QUESTION:
    Any information on Cirrhosis of the Liver, treatments and maintenance?
    My father was an alcoholic his whole life and has been diagnosed with cirrhosis. He also has Hepatitus. What are the treatment options. Also, what is the life expectancy with this condition? Anyone dealt with this? Any information will help. Also foods and things that should be done to help? I know this should be discussed with the DR. t he hasnt gone to a specialist yet for further treatment and maintence, and options. He may not go for a while since he is poor and has no health care. I just want to know anything for now until that appointment.

    • ANSWER:
      He does need to go to see a doctor as management of cirrhossis is complicated. Treatment of his condition will include

      1) Treatment of underlying cause
      2) Treatment of complication
      3) Regular followup

      Treatment of underlying cause is to ask him to stop drinking. That will seriously help his cirrhosis. You have also mentioned that he has hepatitis. Aggressive anti viral treatment of his hepatitis is needed to slow down his progression.

      Complication of cirrhossis are those that cause by portal hypertension, such as esophageal varices, ascites, and splenomegaly. Cirrhosis also increases the chance of having hepatocellular carcinoma. Other complications includes encephalopathy, hepatorenal, hepatopulmonary syndrome, etc ….

      The most important is esophageal varices, as it is the most common cause of death in cirrhossis. Patient will typically vomit blood (hematemesis) and having black tarry stool. Regular checkup with doctor with a OGD (a endoscopic device) to band varices are needed. There are various drugs that can lower the portal hypertension, like beta blocker, diuretics, etc.

      Regular ultrasound is also needed to look for any liver lesion suggestive of hepatocellular cancer. Various surgical treatments is available.

      Finally as for encephalopathy, lactulose, antibiotics, and low protein, high calorie diet will help

      As for his life expectancy, you can look at something called child pugh score, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child-Pugh_score
      It is a score calculated from 3 blood test and 2 clinical signs. After you calculated the score, it will give you a probability of survival within certain number of year.

      Good luck

  4. QUESTION:
    what is the best treatment for primary liver cancer complicated with cirrhosis with portal thrombosis?
    patient is a diabetic with low platelet count gastric verces are present. he has affected to primary liver cancer specially in right lobe with lot of nodules. if he get the treatment with radio frequency ablation will he stay with us for long period. what are the side effects of RFA?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends alot on if this cancer is aggressive or not. If this cancer has come from another area or has gone to other areas of the body. If this has happened, the patient would not be considered for liver transplant.

      It would have to be determine if this is one growth or many and the size of them. Once a cancer growth reaches a certain size..even though it is only in the liver,then the doctor would have to decide whether a transplant would be considered.

      There are different treatment measures:
      GAMMA KNIFE

      http://www.gammaknife.org?

      NANO KNIFE

      http://www.nanotechbuzz.com/50226711/nanoknife_nanoshells_kill_cancer_tumors.php

      CYBERKNIFE

      http://www.cyberknife.com

      RADIOWAVE THERAPY

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-invasive_RF_cancer_treatment#Cancer_therapy

      Here is a site that explains new developments in treating liver cancer:

      http://www.liver-products.com/liver-therapy/microspheres-hepatology.html

      TELEMORASE IN CURING CANCER

      http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/bal-md.hs.telomere06oct06,0,5278594.story?track=rss

      MICROWAVE Microwave destroy cancer tumors of the liver

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090204173038.htm

      SIR-SPHERES: Selective Internal Radiation Therapy: http://www.umgcc.org/sir-spheres/about_sirt.htm
      A non surgical therapy that uses radioactive microspheres to deliver radiation directly to the site of the liver tumors. It gives
      up to 40 times more radiation to the liver tumors than conventional radiotherapy. Theraspheres which uses microscopic glass beads
      to deliver radiation to the liver tumors. It shrinks the cancer but is not a cure…it is usually used combined with chemotherapy.
      Another name: radioembolization: 6 million radioactive microspheres or glass beads into the tumor. Each bead, which is smaller than the
      width of a strand of hair, emits radiation to kill the cancer. It is alot of radiation concentrated in a very small area.
      ULTRASONIC WAVE (CUSA)excel ultrasonic Aspiration System

      http://www.ivanhoe.com/channels/p_channelstory.cfm?storyid=17589

      Patient loses very little blood. It is a surgical tool called a Cusa that sucks out liver cells. If you remove the liver cells you are left with the blood vessels.

      Considering he is diagnosed with Cirrhosis, Portal thrombosis, and cancer…it doesn’t sound promising. However, only the doctors can give you an educated guess on whether he will have a chance to become better, how long he might live, and whether he can be evaluated for transplantation.
      Here is a site on the Liver transplant process, if you need it:

      http://www.surgery.usc.edu/divisions/hep/patientguide/index.html

      I hope this information is of some help to you.

      .

  5. QUESTION:
    if someone is in stage 4 of liver disease, would it be good for them to have those liver treatments?
    what are the side effects of liver treatments? my son has cirrhosis and is considering liver treatments. also has hepatitis c? will this prolong his life? i think he is in stage 4.

    • ANSWER:
      Stage 4 means that he already has cirrhosis. People with cirrhosis CAN take treatment for Hepatitis C as long as they are not decompensated (when the liver stops working).

      Treatment success is lower for people with cirrhosis compared to people who have less liver damage and they have to be watched closely…. but for some people it does work and they are able to clear the Hepatitis C virus.

  6. QUESTION:
    What are treatments and diagnosis of Cirrhosis of the Liver?
    I am doing a project for my Biology 20 class, and we got to choose a disease. I chose Cirrhosis of the Liver, I have been doing research and I noticed that there aren’t really any treatments for Cirrhosis, besides liver transplants and abstinence of alcohol. I need a treatment which I can explain – WHY it can help the person cope/help alleviate with the disease!

    Furthermore, we have a question asking : what is a technology which can diagnose this disease, in this case, Cirrhosis of the Liver? I have found Gastronomy and Echography or something rather (I only know the name of it in French, bare with me :P ), but as much as I search about this I cannot find the link it has to help with the diagnosis of Cirrhosis of the Liver.

    Anyways, thank you so much for anyone who is able to help…since I do not know how to individually thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      There are many causes of liver cell damage that leads to
      Cirrhosis of the liver: alcohol consumption, medication
      toxification, chemical exposure, mushroom poisoning,
      hereditary conditions, metabolic disorders, fatty liver
      disease, auto immune disease, cardiac/vascular
      problems, biliary obstruction/malformation/infections,
      parasite or virus (like Hep A,B,C), and many others.

      Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver. If the cause is
      stopped early on, the liver cells may heal and the problem
      can be reversed.
      Cirrhosis is death of the liver cells and scar tissue formation
      inside the liver
      Hepatitis with a letter (like Hep C) is a virus that can cause
      liver cell damage.

      When the liver cells become damaged, the immune system of
      the body responds to this damage and causes inflammation
      inside the liver. This will cause the liver to enlarge in size.
      (this can be seen on an ultrasound or Ct scan).
      How far advanced a person is in the liver disease can
      be determined by a liver biopsy. Blood testing is done to
      see the levels of liver enzymes in the blood which would
      signify liver cell damage and the liver function blood tests
      to see how well the cells of the liver are able to do the
      necessary functions, that the liver does as a whole, to keep
      the body well.

      If the cause of the inflammation cannot be stopped, it will
      proceed to where the liver cells die off and scar tissue forms.
      Scar tissue cannot be removed from the inside of the liver.
      It will block the flow of blood through the liver on its way back
      to the heart and also to the functioning liver cells so they
      continue to die off…this is known as Cirrhosis of the liver.
      It is a progressive and irreversible disease. Transplantation
      is the only hope for a cure.

      The symptoms and side effects of this disease can be helped.
      Ascites: the build up of fluid in the abdominal area…doctors
      can do paracentesis to remove this fluid.
      Encephalopathy: which cause confusion and disorientation
      in the patient…can be treated with Lactulose or Xifixan meds.
      Portal hypertension with varies: doctors can go in and
      try to band these smaller vessels that has backed up from
      the liver to them, to stop any bleeding that occurs.
      Swelling of the legs, feet, etc can be treated with a “lower
      sodium diet” and diuretics.

      There is limited space here to go into any longer detail..without
      me being told to shorten it, for being too long.

      Here are some links to learn more about this disease and
      Transplant.

      http://www.medicinenet.com/cirrhosis/article.htm

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cirrhosis/DS00373

      http://www.surgery.usc.edu/divisions/hep/patientguide/index.html

      http://www.transplantliving.org/

      Hope this is of some help. Looking up the things I mentioned
      above on the computer may give you more insight into this
      disease.

  7. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any home remedies for cirrhosis of the liver?
    My grandfather just found out that he has cirrhosis of the liver and he is waiting for treatment. I was looking for any home remedies for the time being while he waits for his appointment. Doctors take so long and i’m worried that this may be able to be controlled but the doctors appointments take so long that they might not be able to help him.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sorry to say there is no home remedies that is going to help him. There is no cure for cirrhosis and all the doctors can do is treat the symptoms and try to either make the disease stop progressing any further or at least slow it down. The doctor is probably going to tell him to avoid alcohol and some medications that might hurt his liver further. He will also probably be told to go on a low salt diet. They might want to do some testing on him and he should get routine blood work done to let them know if there is a real problem they should address. The doctor will probably give him some medicine to take to help control any symptoms that could be bothering him.

      I don’t know how old your grandfather is or what caused his cirrhosis. I don’t know if transplant would be an option for him or not. He might not need one yet. All these things are why he needs a doctor and no home remedies. One person mentioned Milk Thistle. Even though Milk Thistle has shown to be good for the liver, it will not help someone with serious liver disease such as cirrhosis. You are just going to have to be patient and let the doctor take care of your grandfather. I wish him the best.

  8. QUESTION:
    Any opinions on Lown, Kenneth S MD – Grand River Gastroenterology in Grand Rapids, MI?
    I would like patient opinions of Dr. Kenneth Lown, Gastroenterologist. I would also like to know his training/abilities with regards to cirrhosis of the liver.

    Does Dr. Kenneth S. Lown have specific training in cirrhosis of the liver treatment and rehabilitation?

    • ANSWER:
      Only the doctor can answer your questions, but you might find some information on him through the liver coalition. I did a search and have only come up with one conclusion…he is in the same office as many other doctors, so this informs me this may be a clinic.

      Good luck!

  9. QUESTION:
    MATADOR 89, can you recommend other liver cancer treatments?
    I hope you’re matador 89. It seems like you’re very knowledgeable. COuld you recommend other non-invasive/minimal invasive treatments?

    My dad has diabetes and was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver 2 years ago. Now, i think he has cancer and my mom doesnt want to tell me yet. PLEASE HELP!!!!

    • ANSWER:

  10. QUESTION:
    Can someone please help me with a few answers? my dad was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver?
    the doctors said his liver is to far gone for treatment and they wont give us a time frame and is stomache is very large and my parents don’t have insurance and he is not elderly he is only 49 years old and has anyone tried the liv52 herbal product? My heart is broken and he has 5 grandchildren and we want to do all we can!

    • ANSWER:
      Cirrhosis of the liver is where the cells of the liver have started
      to die off and formed scar tissue inside the liver that blocks the
      flow of blood through the liver on its way back to the heart and
      also blocks the flow of blood to the other liver cells, so they
      continue to die off. He should be seeing either a gastroenterologist
      or hepatologist now. There are many free clinics out there where
      he can go for help. I will give you a link to check into them.

      Many things can cause damage to the liver cells:
      alcohol consumption, medications toxification, chemical exposure,
      biliary obstruction/malformation/infection, viral infection like Hepatitis
      A-B-C, parasite infections, fatty liver disease, mushroom poisoning,
      hereditary disease, auto immune disease, and others.

      Inflammation has also developed in the liver, because the immune
      system of the body responded to the damage in the liver. This
      causes the liver to enlarge in size. He will be treated according
      to the cause. All liver patients are told NO Alcohol…the doctor needs
      to know all medications he has taken…this includes over the counter,
      herbs, herbal teas, vitamins, minerals, supplements, and prescription
      prescribed by other doctors. Medications go through the liver first,
      to be broken down, before going to other areas of the body. As
      the cells die off, adjustments have to be made in any medications
      he takes according to how much damage there is. It is not good
      to take any medications without the doctor’s approval first. Herbal
      products have not been tested enough to know if they are liver friendly
      and can only add to the damage there, in some cases.

      If the stomach area is enlarged, this may be coming from fluid build up
      there, Known as Ascites. The doctor can check his abdomen and
      see if this is the case. If the fluid becomes so much that it makes
      it difficult to breathe or eat, the doctor can do a procedure, known
      as paracentesis to remove the fluid. Ascites develops because the
      liver cannot make a certain protein efficiently anymore, known
      as Albumin. This proteins keeps the fluid inside our vessels…but
      are now leaking out and collecting here. He may also be placed
      on a ‘lower” sodium diet and given a diuretic to slow the process of
      this building up in this area.

      He can evaluated for the liver transplant list, also. After testing and
      seeing different doctors and being placed on the list…he will have
      a chance to receive a donor liver.

      These links will explain more about financial concerns, advance
      directives, Cirrhosis of the liver, and transplant process…I hope this
      will be of some help to you. Best wishes to all of you.

      Health Insurance for Low Income Families

      http://www.health-insurance.org/low-income

      Drugs for the uninsured:
      Kathy Webster-Link
      Dispensary of Hope
      (888) 428-HOPE (4673)

      http://www.dispensaryofhope.org

      Listing of Free Clinics:

      http://www.freeclinics.us/freeclinic.php

      http://www.researchacrossamerica.com/index.html

      >>>>> ADVANCED DIRECTIVES:

      http://www.caringinfo.org/stateaddownload

      These are free advanced directives, but you may want to get a power
      of attorney instead which will cover both financial and medical.
      The privacy policies in effect can cause tremendous problems for even
      family members who need to speak directly with the patients doctors.

      Financial help:
      This site is for cancer patients, but also give great financial help
      for liver patients also…shows you where to receive help:

      http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Support/financial-resources

      http://www.transplantfund.org/

      Cirrhosis:

      http://www.medicinenet.com/cirrhosis/article.htm

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cirrhosis/DS00373

      Transplant evaluation and process:

      http://www.surgery.usc.edu/divisions/hep/patientguide/index.html

      To find a Transplant Center in your area, just type the state you live in
      and Transplant Center after that in your search engine…many of them
      have their own websites…however, some transplant centers only do
      certain types of transplant…be sure the one you may have does the liver.

      Your Dad may of had disability paid in to the place
      he worked, that he may now collect…or he could
      apply for Social Security Disability and possibly
      Social Security Income…maybe even Medicaid.

      This answer site only allows up to 10 links…otherwise I would give you much
      more. Just have to click on the links to go to them.
      I hope this is of some help to you and your family….Best of Wishes

  11. QUESTION:
    My Dad has stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver, how serious is this?
    My Dad has stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver. Doctors have told him he only has a 40% chance of successfully curring his hep C with treatment. I need to know how serious this is or what this means in general. HELP?

    • ANSWER:
      Stage IV is very serious. He may cure his Hep C, but the cirrhosis will last forever. Not only that, but it predisposes him to bleeding, ruptured vessels in the stomach and esophagus, life-threatening infections in the belly, and hepatocellular carcinoma (cancer). If he can lead a good, clean life for a year, there is a good chance he can get a liver transplant. Please be sure he has a good hepatologist (a specially trained gastroenterologist). He needs to have a small camera passed into his stomach to look for vessels that can rupture, and he needs a scan to make sure there isn’t a mass in his liver.

      I just diagnosed someone with this, and he wound up having cancer at diagnosis because he didn’t see his doc often enough early on.

      I don’t want to scare you, but be sure he gets good care. Be there for him, because he is scared whether he shows it or not.

      Best of luck.

  12. QUESTION:
    is there any alternative treatment to avoid liver transplant?
    I am suffering from lover cirrhosis and potral hypertension.After a couple of episodes of vomiting blood the doctor is advising a transplant.If there were any alternative therapy in ayurveda or any other system of medicine kindly send me the details.

    • ANSWER:
      While continuing under the monitoring of your doctor, since you have time even if you opt for a transplant, homeopathy can be quite effective depending on how far your cirrhosis has progressed. Minimally, homeopathy can help with ongoing symptoms and prepare your body to be in its best condition if a transplant remains justified.

      http://www.homeopathicdirectory.com lists homeopaths in all professions certified to practice classical homeopathy in North America. http://www.nationalcenterforhomeopathy.org is a good website to learn more about homeopathy.

      In my own practice, I’ve helped a number of people reverse the condition. When irreversible, homeopathy has stopped its progression. Homeopathy approaches healing from a number of directions, in addition to helping your liver.

      I would imagine ayurveda similarly offers hope, as would acupuncture (any comprehensive standalone field). Best wishes.

  13. QUESTION:
    life expectancy of someone with cirrhosis of the liver?
    My boyfriend may have cirrhosis of the liver…chances are really really high…tests are not back yet tho. Can anyone tell me the life expectancy of someone who has this (caused by alcohol) without treatment and with treatment? He drinks beer daily and whiskey sometimes. He also has diabetes. He is 49 yrs old.
    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Everything will depend on how much damage has been done to his liver. Cirrhosis has 4 stages. If he is in the early stages, and if he stops drinking now and forever, he stands a chance of getting well again. If he is in the late stage, he will most likely need a liver transplant in order to get well again. Cirrhosis is when scar tissue replaces healthy tissue in the liver so that it can no longer do the job it is supposed to do. If the damage is too severe, nothing will work except a transplant.

      I don’t mean to be so blunt, but there is one thing I am sure of which is that if he continues to drink with a damaged liver, his life expectancy will be greatly reduced. It will lead to total failure and death. Alcohol is poison to the liver and will continue to damage it until it can no longer work at all. People with cirrhosis frequently have kidney problems too. Since he already has diabetes, he is looking at some really life threatening health problems in the near future unless he changes his lifestyle.

      If he does need a transplant to survive, then it will be a long and hard road for him. Transplant centers require at least 6 months of proven sobriety before they will even consider one for a transplant. So this means your boyfriend would not only have to deal with the disease of cirrhosis, which is not much fun I might add, but he will also have to deal with his addiction to alcohol. Then he must be healthy enough to be able to survive this serious surgery. There is an evaluation process that he must pass in order to be listed to wait for an organ after his 6 months of proven sobriety.

      He would have to go through all this before he even gets the actual surgery, so you can see what I mean when I say it’s a long and hard road to travel. You need to get real serious with him about his health and that his drinking will be fatal if he does not stop. Good luck and wish you and him the best.

  14. QUESTION:
    how long a person with compensated cirrhosis of the liver can live?
    i’VE BEEN DIAGDOSED WITH CHRONIC HEPATITIS C AND COMPENSATED CIRRHOSIS OF THE LIVER I AM A MALE 31 Y/O . TREATMENT FOR HEP C DID NOT WORK FOR ME (( PEGINTRON , REBETOL )

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sorry that treatment did not work for you. It all depends on how aggressive your hep C might be in it’s attack on your liver. Your doctor that treated you for the hep C might be able to give you a time frame on how long it might take. Are you being considered for transplant yet? Cirrhosis has 3 stages- A is compensated cirrhosis. B is the beginning of decompensation where you need medications to control your symptoms. C is decompensated where the medications do not work very well anymore and total failure is near.

      I had cirrhosis and was in stage B when I was given an estimate of 5 years left, but my cirrhosis was from primary biliary disease which is much different than hep C. I would suggest you talk to your doctor and ask him/her and also ask about the future possibility of transplant if you haven’t already discussed this. You’re young yet and would probably be an excellent candidate for a transplant at some time in the future. Of course, that would probably be way off in the future, probably many years since you are still in the compensated stage, but it’s good to find out things and educate yourself especially when it is your own health.

  15. QUESTION:
    my cousin has cirrhosis of the liver?
    hey my cousin is 25 has been drinking heavily for quite sometime now about 10 years and we just found out she has cirrhosis how long after begining treatment will doctors know if she needs a liver transplant or not?
    or just by looking at her will they know if her livers to far gone to even begin treatment and put her on the transplant list ? she only has one kidney im just trying to get as many details as possible.

    how long does the transplant list usually take? how long would she have to live without a liver do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, lots of questions but not many happy answers to offer. I’m not a doctor but there’s someone in my family with liver problems due to heavy drinking, so I’ve read a lot about it. Rather than throw a lot of detail at you here about cirrhosis and liver transplants, I’ll offer a couple of articles on websites that have really been helpful for me. Both websites have lots of videos you can watch too, so be sure to check out the video links pages. There’s also a big section on liver transplantation on one of them.

      Good luck to your cousin. She has a tough road ahead.

  16. QUESTION:
    I have hep C, which has now created cirrhosis of the liver, not sure of the severity.?
    I have opted not to take the Interferon treatment, can someone give me some alternatives to healing the liver with supplements, health choices, or alternative medicines. My liver enzymes are elevated into the 100 range. I contracted this through a blood transfusion 20yrs ago, as well as my twin daughters who also have hep c, I am not a drinker, nor have I ever been.

    • ANSWER:
      I have hep c also…..I am at 18 weeks into treatment. My enzymes have dropped 100,000 in this first part of treatment. My 2yr old also has it. Why don’t you want treatment? It is very difficult…but there is light at the end of the tunnel. What are you afraid of? I am not a drinker either and probably got this from tattoo’s in the 80′s. E-mail me and I will help you through it. It does work!!!!! A friend of mine took it and has been hep c free for 5 yrs now. God Bless !!!
      Milk thistle is supposed to help too.

  17. QUESTION:
    How can I stop progression of my Liver cirrhosis?
    Hi Friends,

    I was suffering HCV Genotype 3.
    my hematologist made some diagnosis to identify the viral infection while i don’t had any complains or complication.

    Unfortunately he never made any liver biopsy before therapy.

    Before starting therapy my Pathological report was below:

    S.Bilirubin: .9mg/dl
    ALT:175
    Prothombine:INR 1.13
    HCV Genotype:3
    CBC:was normal range.
    ULTRA SOUND: Liver Slightly Enlarged with Coarse
    & Mild splenomegaly

    After they started Pegasys+Rivabirin my SGPT,SGOP was raised till 292,Some times platelet count was decreasing up to 60×10

    during the lower platelet count my hepatologist decreases the dose to 135mcq(pegasys)

    My ALT level was decreasing gradually.
    After finish my treatment I went aboard & failed to follow up.
    That time I was taking NSSRI Anti depressants CIPRALEX
    Around one year came back to home & went to the hospital for check up.
    Doctor made some tests followed

    ULTRA SOUND: Portal fibrosis, Scarred Tissues & Mild splenomegaly
    ALT(SGPT):73 U/L
    S.Bilirubin:1.0 mg/dl
    Prothombine: 1.13 INR
    HBsAg:Negative
    Anti HCV:Positive
    HCV Quantitive: Less than detectable limits
    Andoscopy: Grade ii-iii Oesophaegal Varix
    Moderate Degree of portal hypertensive gastropathy
    Duodenal Ulcer
    CBC & Blood Film: are normal except lower platelet count 108×10

    After that they Made EVL
    From the day the made EVL I can’t eat very well,Its paining.
    Doctor gave me some 3rd generation antibiotic
    After that he made
    SGOT=100 U/L
    SGPT=125 U/L
    Serum Total protein: 85gm/l (63-84gm/l)
    Serum Albumin:38.00gm/l( – )
    Anti –HBs:<3.0mIU/ml
    Anti-HAV IgM:Non Reactive
    Total Cholesterol:167.0mg/dl
    H.D.L:51.0 mg/dl
    LDL:102.0 mg/dl
    Triglycerides:70.0 mg/dl
    Chest P/A View:Normal

    Now I am Taking medicine:
    1.Leganon 75mg (Sylimarin)2x3 times daily
    2.Losartan Potassium 25mg 2 times daily
    3.Amino Acid 2 times (Hepa-Merz) daily.
    4. Vitamin E 400 mg
    5. Vitamin C 500 mg

    Now my Hepatologists advised me to made another HCV Quantetive from different pathology centre.

    Readers & Specialists physicians please advice me how can I stop progression of my Liver cirrhosis?

    • ANSWER:
      am a med student. but will still try to answer it.
      i think you were put on a pretty good regimen. standard treatment of antibiotics and antihypertensives. and some antioxidants. good diet and healthy hygiene is essential for quick recovery. the great thing about liver is that it regenerates completely unless it progress to grade 4.
      so keep up with your regimen and hope for the best

  18. QUESTION:
    What is the outcome after being diadnosed with non alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver?
    After having a routine MRI some abnormalities showed up which led to further testing and a liver biopsy. It appears that at sometime in the past I had auto immune hepatitis that went undiagnosed. I really didn’t have any symptoms other then fatigue but then I was always fatigued for other reasons. As of right now even with the cirrohsis my liver function is normal but my liver enzymes are elevated but not high enough for treatment. I realize the hepatitis could flare up again which would call for aggressive treatment to prevent any further scaring of my liver. I have read all kinds of information on these diseases both very disturbing and some encouraging but I would just like to know if anyone who reads this has been diagnosed with this or knows someone who has and what has been the outcome.

    • ANSWER:
      I have an autoimmune disease in which my autoimmune system attacks the bile ducts in my liver. This is called primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC). I am curious to know how the doctors came to the conclusion that you have a problem with your autoimmune system to the point that it has caused cirrhosis. If this is true, then this autoimmune problem has been going on for a very long time to damage your liver to the point of it being cirrhotic. I had no symptoms with my disease until my liver was already 90% destroyed with cirrhosis. I suddenly started to swell up with fluid and had no idea anything was wrong prior to that. It was a shock to me that my liver had so much cirrhosis that I would need a transplant. I had no idea anything was going on inside of me.

      That autoimmune hepatitis is probably still flaring up each and every day since it just doesn’t stop and go away. It takes many years to destroy a liver. There is really nothing much they can do as far as treating it. Sometimes they will give medication to help it, but it really doesn’t stop the disease from progressing, especially when its from your autoimmune system. When symptoms from the cirrhosis appear, they can give medications to control them and lab work is done routinely to ward off problems early. I used to have to get an endoscope done every 3-6 months to get banding done to any varices that form to lower the risk of bleeding problems. Basically, they just let the disease take its course since there is no cure other than a transplant.

      Even when my liver was 90% destroyed, my liver enzymes were just slightly above normal. My transplant doctor told me this can happen with some people, that the enzymes can almost normalize even though the disease is far advanced.

      You said you had a biopsy done. It should show the amount of damage done and how much cirrhosis (scarring) your liver has in it. Figuring out the cause of it when it is not so obvious like alcoholism, can be difficult to diagnose. That’s why I asked how they determined yours was from an autoimmune problem. I didn’t know the real cause of mine until after my transplant. The biopsy also should show whether or not there is active inflammation going on. The elevated enzymes can be an indication that there could be continued inflammation.

      The good thing is that you are still asymptomatic which means your liver is still compensating. It can stay this way for a long time. When I started to swell with fluid, that was my first sign of it starting to decompensate. Even then, I took diuretics that controlled the fluid retention quite well for several years. Once I was diagnosed with cirrhosis, I believe I went and got evaluated for transplant and was placed on the list a year later. I waited 18 months for my transplant and am doing well today. My autoimmune disease still wants to attack my new liver. I do take a medication that works well in keeping my enzymes in normal range which means there most likely will not be any damage as long as they remain that way.

      If you want to ask me anything else, just email me. I will be happy to help you if I can.

  19. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to develop liver cirrhosis? How do I convince him alcoholism hurts our marriage & kids?
    My husband, who is 35, unemployed, and suffers from bipolar disorder, is a heavy drinker and, I’m quite sure, an alcoholic. He weighs approximately 400 pounds (down from his max of 564, but up from the 300 he hit after gastric bypass in 2000). He drinks anywhere from 12 to 30+ beers a day (I wish I was exaggerating). We have two small children (5 and 2 years old). No matter what I say, what statistics I quote about children of alcoholics being at risk for maladaptive behaviors, depression, anxiety, etc., or how often (or how gently) I tell him his drinking is harming our marriage, his health, our financial situation (he spent over ,500 in alcohol in the past 3 months despite not having a job), and our children’s possibility of having a happy, healthy future, he refuses to stop or even slow down his drinking, let alone seek treatment. He uses his high level of stress (mainly from his unemployment and our rather dire financial state, not to mention the state of our marriage) as an excuse to drink. He is a highly manipulative person and makes life extremely difficult for me as it is, so I know if I chose to divorce him, he would make my life a living hell. I’m sure I would get custody of the children based on his behavior, but that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t fight me tooth and nail simply out of spite. Worse, he might run off with the kids or do something even more drastic (you see it in the news all the time). I have no idea what to do, where to turn, or who to talk to. At this rate, how long will it likely take before he damages his body beyond repair? Maybe I can scare him into quitting or even toning it down. What other options do I have? I do love him and would rather not divorce him, but can’t see any light at the end of the tunnel at this point. I would appreciate any and all suggestions.

    • ANSWER:
      Poor me. Pour me a drink. This is the motto of many alcoholics. Always blaming others for their drinking and having a million excuses. Typical behavior.

      It’s time for an intervention of tough love. Do you want to live like this? Do you want your children to live with this? Think about them and what it is doing. You need to make some big changes in your life. He can destroy his own life, but I’d be damned if he was going to continue to ruin my life and the lives of my children. Do you really believe if you told him it takes 10 years of heavy drinking before cirrhosis can happen to his liver that it will make any difference. I doubt if he would care at all let alone care enough to change. There is no toning it down for alcoholics like him. If he did “tone it down”, it would only be temporary. He has learn how to live life without drinking at all because he has no control.

      How is he getting all his money for drinking when he is not working? He would have to climb over my dead body to get a single penny off me for booze. I would give him the choice of getting help and stop all drinking or me and the kids are leaving him. He needs to detox safely and get into rehab. But don’t do this unless you really mean it and will act on it if he doesn’t get help. Giving him empty threats is not going to do anything for you or him. You must mean it and do it. If not, then plan on living this way the rest of your life with him. It will eventually kill him, but it could take many many wasted miserable years. I have seen heavy drinking alcoholics that have been drinking 20-30 years and they still aren’t dead. Others can die much sooner. Everyone is different. It’s up to you. I feel really sorry for the kids. You have a choice to get out of there. They don’t and they are depending on you to do something. Your husband has abandoned all responsibility for their well being, so it’s up to you.

      As fas as him making your life a living hell if you filed for divorce, his life would be the living hell, not mine. He would be so busy trying to make money for child support and his booze habit that he wouldn’t have time to bother me. I would have no conversation with him except through a lawyer. If he ever threatened me, I would get a protection from abuse order against him. Even if he did try to make it as ugly as possible, at least I would know I did the right thing by getting away from him for my childrens sake. Good luck.

  20. QUESTION:
    can a person with hepatitic C and cirrhosis of the liver get the swine flu ?
    i am a male 30 y/o , i have chronic hepatitis c and cirrhosis of the liver i am getting treated by doctors but i feel good no pains no symptoms , i went for treatment for hepatitis c but it did not work for me , so my only hope is a liver transplant probably in years from now
    but my liver is still working 100% . i am living a normal life right now with god’s will . my question is : can i get the swine flu if i leave the country on vacation ?

    • ANSWER:

  21. QUESTION:
    can hepatitic c and cirrhosis of the liver affect the blood ?
    i have chronic hepatitic c and cirrhosis of the liver i am 30 years old ,, i went to do my blood work this time after 6 months . i am suppost to go for check ups every 6 months now . because i already did treatment for hep c and it did not work for me . doctors say they can only prevent me of gettin cancer or check ime for cancer . but this time i noticed a change in my blood it looks darker and thicker and 6 months ago it looked lighter and thin can anybody tell me whats wrong ?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, blood tests can monitor the condition of your liver but the color of your blood can vary depending on your state of hydration, the functioning of both your liver and your kidneys to filter toxins out. You need to be working with your doctor on this one since you have some serious, underlying medical conditions.

  22. QUESTION:
    TACE – in Liver Cancer?
    A women of 72 years, having liver cirrhosis and blood sugar, spleenomegaly, cholelithiasis, bronchitism, ashma having a lung capacity of less than 10% is now diagonised to have hepatoma, having 3.7 x 3 centimeters size space occupying exophytic lesion in the right lobe of the liver. Whether TACE is an effective treatment for this patient and what are the risks associated with this TACE treatment.

    • ANSWER:
      This should have been discussed with the oncologist when it was recommended. This is a part of the decision making process. TACE in this case is likely a palliative treatment and it is effective. There is risk of hemorrhage and developing an abscess which could be fatal.

  23. QUESTION:
    What should be the treatment for a patient like this?
    My mom had caught with “Cirrhosis of the Liver” back in 2000. It got diagnosed in 2002 when she started feeling tired, no appetite, swollen feet, blue marks on skin and abdominal pain. Doctors also told us that she has “Hepatitis C”. We started her treatment with “Roferon 3mu”. After six months she got better. We found last year that her “Cirrhosis of the Liver” problem is again disturbing her health. We took her for blood test but there were no detections of “Hepatitis” anymore. Doctor told us that her liver is damaged and it is in the “De-compensated Stage”. It can not be reversed but it can be stopped to go further. Now she has swollen feet again, watter in abdomen, blue marks on lower legs, itching skin, minor fever, a little high blood pressure but she is not a Diabetic. Her last test results were these. (i called her home to get these readings. if you find any trouble you can e-mail for this.)

    XXX (should be) actually is

    Albumin (3.5-5.5) 2.3
    Platelets (150-400) 111
    WBCS (4-11) 5.63
    RBCS (4-6) 3.82
    HGB (11.5-17.5) 12.1
    HCT (36-54) 36.2
    MCV (76-96) 94.8
    MCH (27-33)31.7
    MCHC (33-35) 33.4
    RDW-CV (11.5-14.5) 15.5
    Neut (40-75) 59.7
    Lymp (20-45) 30.7
    Mono (2-10) 7.5
    EOS (upto0.6) 1.6
    Baso (0.0-1.5) 0.5
    Portion in urine (5.5-8) 8
    GGT (5-36) 71
    Alkaline Phosphates (35-104) 130
    AST (10-35) 38
    ALT (10-35) 34
    Total bilirubin (upto 1) 2.17
    Creatinine (0.50-0.90) 0.62
    Urea nitrogen (6-20) 10.4

    Now she is taking
    1- Spiromide 40mg (Hydrochlorothiazide)
    2- Siliver (For Liver)
    3- K-Vit (Vitamin K)
    4- Moderatic (ANTIHYPERTENSIVES)
    5- Seven Seas (cod liver oil)

    Her dite is
    A lot of egg whites
    vegetables
    fruits
    bread
    olive oil for light cooking
    No meat, No fish, No chicken, No fried eatables, No salt, No spices
    ————————————–…
    AFTER READING ALL THIS IF ANY DOCTOR (HEPATOLOGIST) THINKS THAT THERE IS SOMETHING MORE WE SHOULD DO FOR OUR MOTHER (WE ARE TWO BROTHERS) PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE TELL ME. TELL ME REALLY SOON PLEASE. I WISH ANSWERS COME REALLY QUICK. PLEASE DOCTORS! I AM WAITING. INFACT WE BOTH THE BROTHERS ARE ANXIOUSLY WAITING FOR YOUR KIND ANSWERES

    • ANSWER:
      She should be evaluated for a liver transplant as soon as possible. She has decompensated end stage liver disease. Without a liver transplant , her life expectancy will likely be short, a median survival of less than two years is usually agreed upon by the world over. There is a good liver cirrhosis support group at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/livercirrhosissupport/

  24. QUESTION:
    Alcoholic dad now retired and driving us nuts! Asking for money too! Help!?
    My dad was an alcoholic my entire life. I witnessed him beat my mother (they are no longer married, thank goodness), destroy our home, pull guns and knives out, and just otherwise make our lives hell.

    Now that he is older (almost 70), he is alone and broke. He has had cirrhosis of the liver for several years… and still drinks his beer and smokes like a chimney. My brother doesn’t want anything to do with him, so that leaves ME as his sole source of support. He makes 00 a month on social security. That’s his sole income.

    I am married, I have 3 kids, and I’m 7 months pregnant with #4. My dad is at our house several times a day. He stops in for dinner almost every evening. Due to his cirrhosis treatment, his teeth have all broken off or fallen out completely. Now he is asking my husband and I for the money to get his teeth pulled and dentures. This is EXPENSIVE. One dentist I spoke to quoted between ,000 and ,000 due to the severe neglect and damage. My dad asks EVERY DAY about the money to get his teeth fixed. I have offered to help him find community resources to help, but he just wants the money, saying it would be “easier and no hassle.”

    I have forgiven him for the years of hell we lived in at his doing, but I just can’t justify handing him -8 grand, bad teeth or not. Due to the cirrhosis, we will probably be footing the bill for his funeral in just a few years time (if that).

    Am I wrong to feel that his dental work isn’t my problem? He is driving us crazy by showing up at our house several times a day, too. I don’t want to hurt my dad; we are all he has, really. But isn’t that his fault, too? Any advice would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      No, you are not wrong. Your father is an adult and he made choices to get where he is today. Your account makes it clear that his approach to life has always been to consider himself first and everyone else last. It is always “easier and no hassle” to spend someone else’s money, for the person spending it, but seldom is it so easy for the person providing it. There is an alternative, to use community resources, and if he wanted his teeth fixed that badly, he would be willing to put up with the hassle to fill out some forms so that someone else could pay for what he was not willing to save for or pay for himself. And, if he cared about the burden that it would put on you to take your money, he would be willing to fill out a few forms to save you the burden. This relationship is clearly very one-sided, and if you don’t start defending yourself, he is going to suck you dry.

      The fact that he comes to your house several times a day is disturbing. He should be checking with you before “dropping by”, and you should be discouraging daily visits. I recommend that you use your upcoming pregnancy to set some new rules. You need to be firm with your Dad, because he just doesn’t care very much about imposing on people, so if YOU don’t care enough to stop his imposing on your family, then no one will. You can do this in a kindly way, but kind or not, it needs to be done. If you don’t set some limits, your resentment over the way he is abusing your relationship will reach a point to where you feel like your brother does and then your father will have no one. So, if you want to be there for your father, you have to maintain some healthy boundaries in your relationship. Of course, he is not going to like being told “No”, but it will not “hurt your Dad”. It will disappoint him, but he clearly needs you, so I have no doubt that he will adapt.

      Besides, this is affecting your family. Your stress over your father’s demands. Your father’s many-time-a-day visits. The money that goes to your father instead of to your own family’s needs. Don’t let your need to care for your father overwhelm your care for your own family.

      Balance is the key here. There are too many visits. Your Dad is demanding too much money and too much time. You can give, but only so much. Your Dad is not going to reach a limit and stop. You are going to have to decide where the limit is, and it needs to be set according to your sense of what is right, and your capacity to give, not what he wants. I want a ,000 – ,000, too. Don’t we all?

  25. QUESTION:
    Liver, Heart and Prostate Problem. YOUR ANSWER WOULD BE A GREAT HELP FOR MY FATHER’S LIFE.?
    Hello everyone :) I am a 16 year old daughter whose experiencing a family problem. My father is a policeman and had to stay in his office even though he’s health is really poor. And I know he’s doing it to fulfill his duty as well as to support our family. His relationship with my mother is somehow unexplainable that’s why I am the one who stay in his office and take care of him. But I ram really having problems to cope with that. Of course, I want to be always in his side and do everything I can. But sometimes I tend to be really weak. My father’s liver is not functioning well. Some kind of liver cirrhosis early stage, He has a cardiovascular problem and now prostate problem too. That’s why his circulation of urine is very slow. But he needs to secrete some fluids though his liver can’t filter it well. He take many medications and been hospitalized twice. But he wants to stay in his office. I know that he’s trying hard to fight for his diseases..That’s why I’m asking for your help. I don’t know how to take care of him. I don’t know the right food to give , treatment and therapies.. Because i know for the fact that the connection of his liver, heart & prostate problem is very delicate and If I give something against in his body.. I think it may be worsen. Guys, your concern and answers would be a great help to save my father’s life. I am also stressed out regarding on how I can handle this very important trial in my life. Thank you and God Bless :D
    i feel relieved to share my thought with you guys.. his doctor already gave the medicines he have to take and food that he should avoid. my problem is , he’s very choosy and get irritates quickly. when he wants something, he should have it. I feel that it is not right to act like that in his office. I can still be patient becoz i’m his daughter but how bout his men, I am shy that many people are getting disturbed with his act. In addition,My mom’s opinion was my father should don’t feel his invalid and have to stop resting in his bed. Somehow, I feel that too but I am really confused. My heart is telling that my father is really in pain. But my brain says, his physically alright by just maintaining taking up his meds, eat proper diet. Sometimes he’s grumpy to me whenever I can’t fulfill his demands. ( I don’t usually follow his demand when I feel that it’s not good for him)

    • ANSWER:
      Let me first just say that your father is the adult, he is fully aware of his medical problems, perhaps in denial to some point, or non-compliant with treatment, but aware. I know you feel an obligation, but let me say as a nurse, you can not help someone unless they want help.
      If your primary concern is his diet, because you are preparing his food, then with Heart Disease it is recommended to stick to a low sodium (2gms daily) , low cholesterol, low fat diet. For Liver Disease the most important thing is to eliminate alcohol from your lifestyle and watch medication use, many are filtered by the liver and can cause more damage TYLENOL for example, don’t use it, look at over the counter medication labels and look for cautions…not recommended with liver disease, heart disease, etc. Prostate problems are usually treated by Urologist with different medications, sometimes surgery to open up flow, there are herbal remedies that have also shown improvement “Saw Palmetto” (again make sure it is not contraindicated with Liver disease). I hope this helps, make sure he is participating in his health care as well. Look on line for foods acceptable on low sodium, low cholesterol, low fat diet. Do not use salt at the table, stay away from chips, pretzels, fast foods, frozen, pre-packaged foods, can soups, bacon, hot dogs, processed meats, ketchup, all loads of sodium. Take care.

      Add on after your comment: His irritability, anger directed to others is not appropriate, perhaps this is why your mother has thrown in the towel (look up on line Co-dependent Relationships). People don’t always deal with bad news or ailing health appropriately, some buckle down, do what they need to do to survive, heal, get better and stay better, others dwell on their misfortune and blame everyone around them for their problems. Let your dad learn how to confront his illness appropriately, if he wants to fight it, he will, if he is angry and in denial and this has gone on for some time, encourage psychiatric counseling.
      Much of what “Abijann” is advicing is good advice…however it is more appropriate for end stage liver disease, you have stated your father’s liver disease has been diagnosed as early stage liver disease, so my suggestion is still let him play the adult role, come to terms with his disease and fight it instead of fighting the ones who are trying to help him.

  26. QUESTION:
    Answers and advice needed about Interferon treatment for Hep-C for my mom?
    My mom is 51 years old and she has Hepatitis C. She recently had an ultrasound and it showed everything to look good. Her liver enzymes are good right now also. She did have a biopsy 2 years ago and it showed no cirrhosis.

    However, she feels very flu-like and fatigued. She has felt this way for about 10 years now. Ever since she was diagnosed, she has never felt the same. She has been offered the Interferon treatment. She is scared to do it. She says the only thing she is afraid of is the depression because even though she has something wrong with her she still has hope and doesn’t feel depressed.

    I want her to be around to watch her grandson grow up, I encourage her to try the treatment.

    Are there any success stories out there for people who have done this treatment for Hep-C? Any advice? Any words of encouragement? She is Genotype 1, so they tell her she has a 50/50 chance of it working.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      My mom took the interfuron/ribaviron treatment and has been free of Hepatitis C for 8 years now! Tell her to go for it. The doc can put her on anitdepressants if she begins to feel depressed. Some doctors will prescibe antidepressants at the beginning of treatment, so there will be no worries about depression. Good luck for your mom, and tell her to go for it. If she can clear up the Hep C, she will be much happier. I know my mom is.

  27. QUESTION:
    I need help convincing other people on herbal supplment i have developed for liver related infections and HIV?
    The herbal supplement i have developed can cure liver related infections like Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and Liver Cirrhosis etc completely. It brings CD4 counts or T-Cells into normal range in HIV infected people preventing them to develop AIDS. I have two case records where people have even turned HIV negative from HIV positive. I have several case records where I have been able to eliminate HBsAg and HCV virus completely on those people who suffered from Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C. This supplement is good for both alcohol related and viral related liver cirrhosis. I have been practicing this for nearly 10 years and everyone i have treated are in good health so far. I have recordings of my interviews in national televisions, patient records showing before and after the treatment, and several published news in several newspapers in Nepal to prove the credibility.
    Here is one real example:
    September 04, 2003 (before) October 31, 2003 (after)
    Serum Bilirubin (total) 6.3 msg/dl. After -> 0.8 msg/dl.
    Conjugated 4.8 mgs/dl. After -> 0.3 msg/dl.
    Unconjugated 1.5 mgs/dl. After -> 0.5 msg/dl.
    Serum Protein (total) 4.8 gm/dl. After -> 6.8 gm/dl.
    Albumin 2 gm/dl. After -> 3.6 gm/dl.
    Globulin 2.8 gm/dl. After -> 3.2 gm/dl.
    Serum Alt(GPT) 36 U/ml After -> 16 U/ml
    Serum Alkaline Phosphate 12.3 KAU/dl. After -> 9.0 KAU/dl.
    Hepatitis B After -> HBsAg-Non Reactive

    I am looking for someone who can assist me in convincing rest of the world in my findings. Can anyone help? I can be reached at medicineherbal@yahoo.com

    • ANSWER:
      I hope you are successful in this as so many suffer from these things and medical science is useless here. Unfortunately, in the us the AMA has a history of going to people with successful herbal formulas (example hoxsey) and even regular doctors treating successfully with “non approved” treatments and harassing them.

      In these cases they offered to buy the treatment, apparently with the purpose of holding the rights and then putting it on the shelf to keep using their expensive profit making treatments like drugs, surgery, chemo, radiation etc.

      They have reached the point where a system has been set up where money over-rides cures if that makes sense.

      Unfortunately, the medical journals that most doctors read are full of high priced pharmaceutical ads for drug companies..when these respected journal (ie like new England journal of medicine and things like that) publish articles or studies showing the effectiveness of simple, safe, inexpensive, alternative treatments like herbs etc, the drug makers running the ads threaten to pull out their advertising dollars which keeps the journals/magazines afloat. They have done this in the past and magazines folded and this example is remembered by other magazine that are then to scared to publish this info and so most doctors never get to read it.

      The drug makers spend millions of dollars patenting a drug and are not wanting people using things which they could grow or pick themselves.

      This is the dilemma they face..when people refuse to sell their products, the AMA has in the past set out to destroy the person..in hoxsey’s case they sued multiple times but hoxsey was the first person to win a case against the AMA when tons of healed cancer victims came in and testified complete with medical records saying they were going to die in x number of months and years later they were still hear..angered somehow they eventual sued and got all his clinics across American closed the same day and he could not afford court battles in all these states and so he was forced to move to Mexico.

      The respected doctor that refused to sell was a victim of rumors they apparently started that his treatment was contaminated by the aids virus and they tried to take his medical license and he wound up fleeing to another country.

      I would therefore think it will be hard to do this here other than writing a book and trying to sell it through health food stores but not claims I don;t think can be made on any herbal supplement so you will have to convince through education/books and then hope people seek the product out.

      a better option might be trying to market in another country that is more open to herbs like Canada or Europe

      You can hear the very interesting story of hoxsey by viewing the video here

      http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=hoxsey&sourceid=navclient-ff&rlz=1B3DVFA_en___US204&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wv#

      In light of this desire to not cure or treat outside established medicine to maintain the huge industry, it will be hard.

      Maybe going to aids support groups or maybe even the gay community (they are not the only people who get aids but you know they are interested in the topic) or maybe hanging outside places say alcoholics might gather and seeing if you can find people with Cirrhosis who might be willing to try it and by enlisting people to try it and having it spread word of mouth if successful will help the word spread.

      I do remember a book I read by a “doctor’s doctor” (allopath) who turned to alternative health and discovered organic olive leaf cured many viral/bacterial/fungal and protozoan illnesses including things like AIDS, anthrax, bird flu etc and published a book..through the cases were anonymous, he wrote that the AIDS cases were all the real people’s names as they insisted he use their real names to try to add weight as they were healed and wanted others to be healed to.

      Maybe such as approach will work for you. Unfortunately you are battling a system of medicine that does not want competition except a little light “complementary” medicine that is used as an addition and not the “real” or primary treatment which they insist only the doctors etc are not quacks and this will make it hard for people in need to get your product..also much work is done to try to convince people that alternative medicine is full of quacks trying to scam them so people are afraid to try stuff and this suits the AMA fine.

      It is a sad day when profit comes above people’s lives.
      You need to find people already interested in alternative health perhaps.

      Drs like Lorraine day who heal themselves using alternative health and tell people are often ostracized by their doctor peers and attempts made to discredit them. People like Kevin
      Trudeau they get people to think he is a scammer to blunt the info that can help people..they try all the time to try to outlaw suplements or regulate them so they can maintain their exclusive right to our health

  28. QUESTION:
    Is there treatment for cirrohsis?
    I was just found out I have cirrhosis of the liver, Im not sure what my next skips are and what to do?I got it because I have a fatty, liver that is what my Doctor told me.. I not sure what to do??

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the website below, it gives a lot of information and may help you.
      Fatty liver is often the first stage and can be caused by a few different things.
      Do not drink any alcohol as that will speed up the process faster than anything else. Stick to a sensible, healthy diet, dont smoke and get plenty of rest. This is pretty basic advice, read the article for more detailed advice.

  29. QUESTION:
    How does Obstructive Sleep Apnea impact cirrhosis and high blood pressure?
    My 60-yr. old husband has Cirrhosis of the liver, High blood Pressure, Rheumatoid Arthritis and severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea – and depression, as a result. I worry in particular because he refuses to use his sleep mask, so for now the sleep apnea seems to be his biggest hurdle, along with depression. He was diagnosed with Cirrhosis over 2 yrs. ago, Stage 4. He stopped drinking, and his liver got better; he still takes meds for that. His blood pressure is controlled with meds, and his RA has all but crippled his knees. I’ve tried everything to get him to try the newer, lighter sleep masks, get a new sleep study, or at least consult a dr. for the apnea. (He hasn’t seen a dr. for that since diagnoses 15 yrs. ago.) He won’t even consider any treatment for the apnea; he’s just given up on it. He wakes up countless times during sleep; stops breathing over 100 times per sleep cycle, according to his last sleep study 15 yrs. ago. I’m at a loss here..any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:

  30. QUESTION:
    How long could he last with his problems?
    my dad has liver cancer and he has yellow jaundice and cirrhosis of the liver what could be that time that he has left..he is only 55 years old…he is the the point of being really confused now and sleeping a lot….he has had the cirrhosis for 1 year and the liver cancer a few months the yellow jaundice has started to get worse now and he is not having treatment for the liver cancer….someone please help me understand all this
    he went to a dr about a transplant but he aint able to have one cause there is a good chance he will die on the table or get a bad infection

    • ANSWER:
      Cirrhosis of the liver is death of the liver cells and scar tissue
      formation inside the liver. When the liver cells die off, they are
      no longer able to perform the functions (that the liver does as
      a whole) to keep the body well.

      The liver used to take Bilirubin and convert it to a soluble form
      to become part of the bile. Since it cannot do this efficiently now,
      this bilirubin (which is a yellowish/brownish substance) will stay
      in the blood and cause the yellowing of they skin and whites of the
      eyes and when picked up by the kidneys, will cause the urine
      to be darker in color.

      Our bodies uses protein all the time. A by-product of its use is
      Ammonia. The liver used to take this and convert it to urea that
      the kidneys would pick up and dispose of it in the urine. Since
      the liver is unable to do this now, the Ammonia will stay in the
      blood and go pass the blood brain barrier and into the brain.
      This is what cause the confusion, disorientation that he may have
      (it is known as Encephalopathy)…it also causes sleep pattern
      changes and tremors. Medications that can help this is
      Lactulose and Xifaxan.

      You may start to notice the build up of fluid in the abdominal area
      (this is known as Ascites). The is because the liver can no longer
      make a protein efficiently, known as Albumin…which normally holds
      fluids inside our vessels. When albumin goes lower in the blood,
      the fluid leaks out and collects in the abdomen. If the fluid gets
      to the point were there is too much, the doctors can remove it
      by a procedure known as Paracentesis.

      Swelling caused by fluid in other areas of the body, like the feet,
      legs, etc is caused because Cirrhosis patients tend to hold onto
      sodium in their bodies. They may be placed on a diuretic and
      a lower sodium diet when this happens.

      Cancer, if only in one section of the liver, can be removed by
      a operation known as a resection. However, if the cancer is
      entirely through the liver and is only found in the liver…then
      he may be evaluted for placement of the liver transplant list.

      If the cancer has come from another area to the liver, or
      has started in the liver and gone to another area…the
      prognosis is not good. The cancer may keep spreading to
      even more areas. Chemotherapy, radiation treatments,
      etc…may help keep him alive longer. (Transplant option
      is not possible then)

      More informations about the Cancer:

      If the Cancerous tumors are too large to be placed on the
      transplant list…they can try to reduce their size by using
      Sir Spheres procedure:

      http://www.umgcc.org/sir-spheres/about_sirt.htm

      http://www.sir.net.au/SIR_pi.html

      If there are not many cancerous tumors…they may try the
      IRREVERSIBLE ELECTROPORATION procedure:

      http://innovations.coe.berkeley.edu/vol4-issue2-mar10/rubinsky

      http://www.thedenverchannel.com/health/22776813/detail.html

      If the cancer has to be treated to try to destroy it:

      PERCUTANEOUS HEPATIC PERFUSION OR PHP
      Gives very high doses of chemotherapy but keep them largely confined to the liver.

      MRI GUIDED LASER ABLATION:

      http://www.financialpost.com/markets/news/Mayo+Clinic+Finds+Early+Success+with+Laser+that+Destroys+Tumors+with/3677235/story.html

      http://calorielab.com/labnotes/20101014/laser-ablation-kidney-liver-tumors/

      NANO KNIFE

      http://www.nanotechbuzz.com/50226711/nanoknife_nanoshells_kill_cancer_tumors.php

      http://www.nanotechbuzz.com/50226711/nanoparticle_anticancer_drug_tested_on_humans.php

      I hope this information has been of some help to you.
      Only the doctors know if he will be able to be placed on the
      transplant list and how far advance the disease really is by blood
      testing, liver biopsy, etc. They are the only ones that can give you
      an “educated guess” how long he may have to live.

      Here are some links on Cirrhosis of the liver:

      http://www.medicinenet.com/cirrhosis/article.htm

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cirrhosis/DS00373

      Best wishes…

  31. QUESTION:
    Hepatitus C treatment, in the UK.?
    I want to help a freind whose sister lives in latvia and has been given days to live due to her cronic illness of Hepatitus C.

    The illness which she has been suffering for seven years has only recently become very serious, she is in hospital and her liver has developed cirrhosis and the machine which is currently keeping her alive will eventually need to be switched off.

    I want to help becuase I’m aware of the problems and limitations of the hospitals faced in lativia and because my freind has a UK work permit, perhaps he could use it to his advantage and pay for her treatment here in the UK.

    Would entitlments would she be able to receive?
    Would a liver transplant or other medications, machines would secure her life is she was offered it in the UK conmpared to latvia?

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry to hear about your friend i have Hep c since birth my whole family has it my mum died of it.It sound as if even if your friend made it to the UK not a lot can be done now the liver transplant list is very long.I think the only thing you can do is be there for you friend.
      I will hold you in my thoughts

  32. QUESTION:
    Just diagnosed with liver cancer. What now?
    I found out today that my step father has liver cancer.

    He also has cirrhosis of the liver and Hep C.

    The outlook isn’t good and I don’t really know what to do or say. It seems too negative to even try to be positive right now.

    I would like some information on things we can do though. What are good foods to combat things like cancer? I’m not sure what type of treatment he will start seeing as his other medical issues may prohibit some methods, but I don’t know much about cancer and I would like some sites if anyone could provide any. Thanks in advance and feel free to give me all the info you want.
    Also, I don’t know how bad it is, my mom just told me that he was diagnosed and not much else has been discussed.

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry to hear that, but I’m sure his doctors will give you the best and most accurate information. I find doing medical research on your own almost always leads to making yourself feel worse than you should. You should be as optimistic as you can, but wait until you hear from a doctor before coming to any conclusions.

  33. QUESTION:
    Father has throat cancer – refuses treatment. Prognosis?
    I know it’s tough to really pinpoint this kind of thing. My father, an alcoholic and heavy smoker, has been diagnosed with throat cancer. It’s affected his lymph nodes but hasn’t spread any farther. He’s had cirrhosis for 20+ years, and refuses to quit drinking. They suggested both radiation and chemotherapy, but he’s refusing the chemotherapy because they’d have to place a feeding tube, which means no more drinking.

    Without sugarcoating things, has anyone had experience with something like this? I’m really not sure if his body could withstand the treatments because of his failing liver as it is. Any thoughts?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Sadly your father has made his choice If he has chosen no treatment then really you cant nothing about it It sounds as though the choice he has made will end his life , and I somehow think he knows it. Sometimes you have to let what will be will be. I lost my mom to cancer and its hard to face but it his decision and only his and you have to let him make it

  34. QUESTION:
    Help… Liver Cancer?
    Last week, my relative has been diagnosed with primary liver cancer (have cirrhosis – hepatitis C) . My uncle has passed away from 9 months by the same cause (It is very common here in Egypt). I want to help him but I don’t know (I am not a doctor and the medical care information is very rare here)

    Are there some organizations in USA or Europe that support the treatment of overseas cancer patients in poor countries with low cost?
    Are medical trials … good option (low cost)?
    If liver transplant medically possible (e.g. cancer has not spread to other parts of the body)… How he can find a donor?

    • ANSWER:
      I live in the US and have no idea how your healthcare system works there, but it does seem odd for liver cancer to be common there yet medical care information is very rare. From time to time there are organizations here that will bring children over from underdeveloped countries free of charge to do difficult surgeries they are not equipped to do. However, this is rare and we do not do this for standard procedures.

      Our healthcare system has failed millions of our own citizens. Our government has failed us by allowing insurance companies to influence them and by allowing illegal aliens to zap our resources while our citizens pay of it and go without. So until this is fixed we should not encourage anyone to come here to get free or low cost care.

      In the US it is not possible for individuals to find their own liver donor. Here you are put in a database and when a match is found and it is your turn you get the liver.

  35. QUESTION:
    Cancer Patient seeking advice.?
    Hello, I am writing on my father’s behalf. He’s 55 yrs old. He was diagnosed with liver cirrhosis 3 yrs back, and underwent treatment for the same, which left his liver very weak. Now he’s been diagnosed with adrenocortical tumour, and the malignancy has started to spread in his lungs. Our doctor said that surgery is not an option in his case and started chemotherapy. He’s still very weak, after 1 session of chemo, has high fever and cough almost alternate day. I want to know whether any other form of treatment is available. Thank You

    • ANSWER:
      I am very sorry to hear about your father. After my mother was diagnosed with colon cancer, I went to see what other alternative forms of treatment were out there. She expressed a few different “natural” treatments she would like to try after doing a bit of chemotherapy.
      There is everything from herbal medicines and foods, to electromedicine being promoted to help with cancer treatment.
      I recall watching a program not too long ago on be venom therapy that peaked my interest (one of the sites: http://www.beewelltherapy.com/).
      I also want to put out, I do not have any formal medical training and it would probably be best to keep on with what the doctors say (especially since it seems its a later stage cancer), along with looking into alternative forms if you think they would help.

  36. QUESTION:
    introduction research paper..help pls.?
    im doing a research paper for my school req. my title is THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF EXCESSIVE LIQUOR INTAKE TO THE LIVER

    is my introduction correct?

    Liquor is an alcoholic beverage that is capable of damaging the liver. Liver is the largest gland of the body and one of its most complex organs. The major functions are the production of bile by hepatic cells; the secretion of glucose, proteins, vitamins, fats and most of the other compounds used by the body.

    Excessive liquor intake is one of the leading preventable causes of death worldwide. It affects our liver and may lead to liver diseases such as hepatitis, cirrhosis and liver cancer.

    This study is being proposed to assess the harmful effects of drinking liquor to the liver; its causes and treatments and how it affects the liver when liquor is ingested in our body system.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, Xeno !

      My very best guess is that what you have is one introductory paragraph and I would just change it a bit, perhaps like this -

      Liquor is an alcoholic beverage that is capable of damaging the liver, which is the largest gland of the body and one of its most complex organs. Its major functions are the production of bile by hepatic cells and the secretion of glucose, proteins, vitamins, fats and most of the other compounds used by the body. Excessive liquor intake is one of the leading causes of preventable death worldwide, affecting our livers and leading to liver diseases such as hepatitis, cirrhosis and liver cancer. This study is being conducted in an attempt to assess the harmful effects of excessive drinking of liquor on the liver, the problems that it creates and treatments required when the liver is affected by liquor which is ingested into our body systems.

  37. QUESTION:
    Could I have Cirrhosis?
    Hello, I have been drinking 1-2 bottles of wine almost every night for the past 2 years. I am seeking treatment and go for my screening next week. I am so scared–I have pain in my liver. I know that this is not a medical site, but does anyone know if I could have cirrhosis in this amount of time of abuse. I am not ready to die and I am scared to death. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Zena, I wish you the very best in quitting. I do not know if that is enough alcohol to cause cirrhosis or not but I do know that some ppl get it w/o drinking at all so I would guess that it is enough. Don’t let your fear stop you. Fear is probably our worst character defect and the very thing that leads us addicts to give up and go back to using the most often. You can live a long time w cirrhosis and when you have a spiritual awakening from doing your steps in recovery, you won’t care about death much anymore or fear it. Also, pain in the liver can just be a sign of inflammation from drinking and not necessarily a sign of cirrhosis.

  38. QUESTION:
    Spironolactone and facial hair?
    I have facial hair, and I’ve had it for years, since I started puberty. My doctor did a blood test, and my testosterone levels are within a normal range, so they prescribed Spironolactone. I read about it, and it says it is for the treatment of high blood pressure, low potassium, congestive heart failure, liver cirrhosis, and kidney problems, none of which I have. So does anyone know why this is prescribed for facial hair, or has anyone had this prescribed to them for facial hair, and if so, does it actually work and reduce the amount??

    • ANSWER:
      Spironolactone has some effects on progesterone and androgen receptors because its chemical structure is steroid-based. It has been evaluated by some small studies for use in women with excessive hair growth (hirsutism) and found to have a significant effect on subjective hair growth. This indication has not been FDA-approved though, which is why you won’t find it mentioned in most of the resources available to consumers. Physicians, pharmacists, and other health care providers know how to identify and interpret the studies that have been conducted, and because the medication itself has been FDA approved for other indications (and thus the side effects have been well-characterized), we can use that information to safely apply the medication to situations where it has demonstrated some positive results.

  39. QUESTION:
    What does it mean for you if doctor says you have a “some scarring” on your liver?
    I have hepatitis c. I have not started treatment yet. The doctor says I can wait to start after the holidays are over (want to try to enjoy this season). She did also say that my biopsy showed “some scarring” to my liver and she mentioned the c word (cirrhosis). She didn’t say that I have it though. She also said that “you have 20-30 years before you have to worry about that”. I was so upset at he time that I didn’t ask her to elaborate. I am really upset about this whole thing. I don’t even know how to go on with my life…..what does this mean for me? I am only 28 so will I die between 48-58 of cirrhosis? I am not married, no kids, and I probably won’t ever. the plan for my life is completely shot to hell. And I feel like there is nothing I can do to help myself.

    • ANSWER:

  40. QUESTION:
    How come this happened? I found out i have HCV 10 years ago. I had the treatment and it was good .?
    I had yearly viral blood test it was in remission. Now I went to my Dr and he said i have cirrhosis and cellular cancer of the liver. I’ve not had a drink or a drug in 25 years. How can this be? Does this Cellular Cancer mean bad things will happen to my liver?
    I did not want to say it was my friend who has this problem. I have hcv too but i found out i had it in march of this year have not had treatment yet. My best friend has found out she has cellular cancer of the liver. She has hcv and had the treatment. I did not want to be talking about her affairs. But i’m so hurt because she’s my good friend.

    • ANSWER:
      Alexis,
      Both of the answers entered here before mine are good answers, and accurate. HCV is a nasty little beastie, and the “remission” of HCV is more commonly called “clearing” HCV. This is a bit of a misnomer, “clear” refers to getting back blood tests with no trace of HCV in them. The problem is that they have found that often low levels of HCV are still in the liver, especially in cases where the treatment was the old interferon prior to the peglyted interferon in use now.
      An organization called HALT C, which has members at basically every good university’s medical school hospital (U of M, Johns Hopkins, etc.), recently released studies that show that non-responders to therapy that are on the maintenance doseage of peg. interferon and ribavirin are basically wasting time. The study showed that even if HCV viral counts go down, the damage to the liver continues. It’s just one more example of how nasty this disease is.
      Yes, the HCC (liver cancer) is going to alter your life even more than the HCV did. If you would like, you can contact me, and I would be happy to put you in touch with others who have had similar situations during the course of their treatment of HCV. You will probably get on the transplant list, most do once HCC is diagnosed, it automatically raises your meld score to elgibility, and it’s better to get on the list now than to wait.
      I am a non-responder to current therapy and although I considered the maintenance dosage I decided against it (my viral counts actually increased while on interferon & riba). I get all the HALT C, and many other press releases to try to stay current on what’s being discovered about HCV and treatments in trial. I’m waiting for the release of the various inhibitors and hoping that at least one will prove to be as effective as the press releases claim before I try treatment again. If I’m lucky enough to get the time that is. I wish you the best of luck, and offer what support I can give via e-mail.

  41. QUESTION:
    Regarding Hepatitis C Anti Viral Treatment (i.e. Interferon combos), is continuing to work fine……………?
    I just found out I am stage 5 (of 6) cirrhosis and am about to clinch a new job, of considerable responsibility and pressure. Have never been treated, but doctor still recommends it, I think as a way of delaying decompensation (end stage liver failure).

    Since there is no way to know, when if I continue on untreated, how much longer I will still feel fine, or start getting into the horrible stuff: My concern is making the decision whether or not to concentrate mostly on treatment, or to attempt both treatment and the new job.

    Obviously it’s a decision only I can make (59 yrs old but single), but it sure would help to add as much “reality” as can be learned from those already in treatment, or past treated. It’s a catch 22 because I know the disease is going to take me down sooner or later, and probably sooner, because I’ve had it for I’m guessing 40 yrs.

    Any comments or knowledge, or experiences…….would be very helpful and much appreciated.
    Forgot to mention my Cobra medical coverage expires in November 2010. Without the new job hence, a new “group” medical plan, treatment will be out of my reach financially.

    Also I must work to feed myself, until I become disabled and can apply for whatever is available (i.e. social security disability)
    Baa Baa said was no 1-6 rating system, but there absolutely is. Also there are many other rating systems.
    The 1-6 is called; “Modified HAI Grading: Necroinfammatory Scores”. The related 1-6 scale is called: “Modified Staging: architectural changes, fibrosis and cirrhosis”. info source is: “Ishak K et al” Hepatol 1995;22:696-699

    • ANSWER:
      As far as I know, there is no stage 5 or 6 when it comes to cirrhosis. There are 4 stages to liver disease itself and then there are 3 stages of cirrhosis. Anyone in stage 3 of cirrhosis would be extremely ill and unable to work any job because that is the decompensated stage in which medications and treatments no longer work on controlling the symptoms of advanced cirrhosis. You would be extremely fatigued all the time and fluid retention would probably be a very big problem. You probably would also have periods of confusion, memory loss, and behavior changes from high ammonia levels. You would also be taking a lot of Lactulose to try to bring those ammonia levels down which means you would be having diarrhea or near diarrhea about 5 or 6 times a day. These are just a few of the fun things that comes with the third stage of cirrhosis which is the final stage where total liver failure is close. As you can see, functioning in a job would be extremely difficult if not impossible.

      I would really question your doctor about this stage 5-6 business since it just does not exist as far as I know. I could list all the stages, but don’t want to go into all that right now. It doesn’t seem like you are experiencing any symptoms at all from your cirrhosis if you are able to function quite well in life and want to take on a demanding job with lots more stress and responsibility. If that is the case, you most likely are in the very early stage of the disease when there are no symptoms.

  42. QUESTION:
    Approximately how long will I live with Hepatitis C?
    I am eighteen years old and just found out I have Hepatitis C. It is still in the acute stage, as I have gotten it with in the past 6 months. If I qualify for treatment, I will probably go ahead with that. I will abstain from alcohol consumption, quit smoking cigarettes, and avoid any further use of drugs and tobacco. I will begin to exercise a couple times a week and try to have a healthy diet. Since I am only 18, I am quite young. I am a freshman in college planning to pursue a Ph.D. I am concerned that I may only have like 20 years or so left to live if I develop liver disease and/or liver cancer. I just want an educated estimation of how long I will be alive for and/or the chances of developing cirrhosis, liver disease, cancer, etc. I want to know if it is even worth trying to pursue a doctorate degree because I don’t want to die a couple years after I finally finish my education. I want to know this because I might change my future career goals so I can actually try to have a life past my schooling as long as I can. I’m pursuing a degree in Psychology in hopes of becoming a psychotherapist. I want to also know if I will possibly develop some sort of neurological or cognitive impairment (i.e., hepatic encephalopathy) where I will lose brain/memory functioning. I am primarily concerned about three factors: how long I will be alive for, the chances of getting liver disease and/or requiring a liver transplant, and if I will have any impairment on my brain (because my career goal requires a significant amount of intelligence, which I currently have, but I fear that it will decrease and my chances of doing what I want to do will drop).

    Please give me detailed, and EDUCATED (cite your sources) information. I don’t want any 2-sentence answers. If you are not a doctor or do not have accurate and truthful information, do not bother responding to my question. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      If you haven’t seen a doctor, here is some info.

  43. QUESTION:
    a question for those with addiction diseases.?
    my loved one, son is a drug addict. i want to understand him so i ask you. why after all the crisis, the health problems. relationship problems, the near death’s, would a person still choose to use. is addiction that strong? i can not relate, because i don’t have that particular issue. so, i am asking those that do, to help me understand your side of things. my son will most likely die this year if he continues, which is currently is choice, even after treatment, etc. thank you. most sincerely, r he already has cirrhosis of the liver

    • ANSWER:
      http://dailystrength.org/c/Families-and-Friends-Of-Addicts/support-group Please feel free to contact me about addiction. This is a link that I am sure you would benefit from. My heart goes out to you. I have a son who is also struggling from addiction. I am an addict in recovery 2yrs. clean time. YES addiction is that strong.

  44. QUESTION:
    Ascites: Have you or anyone you know been diagnosed?
    …with Ascites?

    For those who don’t know: Ascites is a sure sign of Cirrhosis of the Liver and/or Severe Liver damage. Abdominal distention is the first sign. Then, Kidneys tend to loose their ability to function.

    If you have had or know someone that has had this condition, please tell me about the treatment(s) received.

    Plz and Thx
    Thanks all

    Mike: No, not me, my wife :(…and, yes she’s had bouts with alcoholism.

    • ANSWER:
      You are not correct that ascites is a sure sign of cirrhosis. There are two conditions that can cause fluid to accumulate in the abdomen that requires it to be drained off or “tapped” called paracentesis. One is cirrhosis and the other is ovarian cancer. Ascites can be the first sign that there is a serious problem.

      This happened to me when I found out I had cirrhosis. I have primary biliary disease in which my immune system attacks my bile ducts which eventually destroyed my liver with cirrhosis. I never drank or have any viral hepatitis. I was misdiagnosed at first with them telling me they were 99% sure I have malignant ovarian cancer. I didn’t. My ovaries were perfectly healthy.

      My ascites was controlled with diuretic drugs until I received my transplant. I never needed tapped again once I started taking the diuretics. I was lucky in that regard since many cannot control it with just the meds. They did need to increase my dosages from time to time. I’m doing great today after transplant.

      Good luck to your wife. She must never drink again. Whether or not she will eventually need a transplant will depend on how damaged her liver might be when she stopped drinking. If she continues to drink, the liver disease will progress to total liver failure.

  45. QUESTION:
    Criticise my 250 word essay on Medical Ethics.?
    Hi all,

    “5. A patients lifestyle choices should not alter the medical treatment.

    Write a unified essay in which you address the following:

    Do you agree with this ideal? Give Examples of when medical treatment may be altered as a result of lifestyle choices. What factors determine whether treatment can be given?”

    My answer:
    Medical treatment and treatment priority are determined by the patient’s need. The principle of non-maleficence means that life-threatening diseases are treated first.

    A patient should not be penalised for their lifestyle choice through withholding treatment. Firstly, some ‘lifestyle choices’ such as being obese or addicted to smoking may be psychological diseases. Therefore, these decisions are not made in the patient’s full capacity. Since it is not the patient’s fault, it would be wrong to punish them.

    In addition, it we were to discriminate against a certain group of people e.g. smokers, then we risk social engineering. The decision to treat someone would be determined by one person’s beliefs of an ideal. It would be wrong to let any subjective beliefs determine whether patients live or die.

    On the other hand, lifestyle choices are sometimes the only method of discriminating against patients of equal need. For example, relapsing drinkers who cause liver cirrhosis for the second time are as needy as a drinker who has not yet had a transplant. By giving treatment to the one who has not yet had any medical intervention, we are effectively penalising the relapsed drinker. Despite this, there is a gain in social equity since everyone gets a fair chance of obtaining a first transplant.

    In an ideal world, clinicians would not have to prioritise between patients due to lack of resources. Since prioritisation is necessary, discrimination must occur by some means. I feel that these decisions should be carried out by strictly regulated panels to ensure fairness.

    Here is the general essay mark scheme: http://www.admissionstests.cambridgeassessment.org.uk/adt/digitalAssets/119681_BMAT_Section_3_Marking_criteria_2010.pdf

    This essay is practise for my upcoming BMAT exam, I’d be grateful if you could give some guidance on how to improve both my essay technique and my ideas.

    Regards,
    Jon

    • ANSWER:
      Just wanted to comment on your transplant info regarding drinkers. To get cirrhosis from alcohol abuse, the person would have to be an alcoholic which I believe would be a better term used instead of “drinker.”

      Alcoholics needing a transplant the first time has to do added things in order to qualify that other people who need a transplant do not have to do. The alcoholic must have at least 6 months of proven sobriety before they will even be considered for a transplant. That means they must go through a rehab or some program to find out why they drink and how to remain sober for the rest of their life. They also must agree to have random drug/alcohol testing done anytime the transplant center asks them to up until they receive a transplant if they qualify for one. If they don’t agree to do these extra steps, they will not qualify for a transplant. If they are so sick that they do not have that much time (6 months) left to live, then they will die without a transplant. Getting placed on the list for getting a transplant is not easy and this is especially true for an alcoholic. There is a very extensive evaluation process that anyone wanting to be listed must pass, but the alcoholic has even more to do in order to qualify for very good reasons. This 0,000+ surgery would be wasted on them. A good organ would be wasted when it could have went to someone who would take excellent care of it for the rest of their life not to mention that it would save the life of someone else. Anti rejection drugs that must be taken for the rest of their life does not mix with alcohol so the liver could go into rejection if they drink again.

      Now if the alcoholic managed to get a transplant after he/she does everything that is required and takes up drinking again and destroys their new liver, they will die since they never give a second liver to an alcoholic that relapsed.

      I might be mistaken, but you refer to “treatment” as if that is a transplant and the two are very different. Symptoms of cirrhosis can be treated, but a transplant is the cure for cirrhosis. It’s much more than a treatment.

  46. QUESTION:
    can an aneurysm in abdomen be life threatening?
    This is sort of a follow up my my other question. Basically, I’m writing a story with a character that has severe liver cirrhosis. One of the things about liver cirrhosis is that the blood vessels in the abdomen can burst because most of the blood is being diverted to other blood vessels.
    These are my questions:

    *If several capillaries burst, would that be cause for hospitalization?

    *How quickly would the internal bleeding set in after the vessels burst?

    *Going back to #1, if the capillaries aren’t enough, what blood vessels would have to burst that would require immediate treatment and hospitalization?

    Sorry to be bugging yahoo, but my reference doc left me for her summer break!

    Thanks for the info
    -T.C. Moore
    Please give me an in depth explanation of anything you can come up with. I need details because, well, I’m a writer!

    • ANSWER:
      I had cirrhosis and a liver transplant so I know a little about this. When blood flow through the portal vein slows due to cirrhosis, blood from the intestines and spleen backs up into blood vessels in the stomach and esophagus. These blood vessels may become enlarged because they are not meant to carry this much blood. The enlarged blood vessels, called varices, have thin walls and carry high pressure, and thus are more likely to burst. If they do burst, the result is a serious bleeding problem in the upper stomach or esophagus that requires immediate medical attention. If the bleed is severe enough, a person can bleed to death.

      Many people with cirrhosis have a procedure done called banding. It’s done through endoscopy. The doctor will tie what looks like little rubber bands around the unwanted vein which cuts off the blood supply to it. After a few days, the vein will die and fall off. Then it will just go through the digestive system like food. This takes away the risk of internal bleeding very much. My transplant doctors required that I get it done prior to transplant. I was checked every 3 months for these since new ones can form as long as you have cirrhosis.

      Varice bleeding can be from just a small leak all the way to a massive bleed that could make you bleed to death. When the vessel bursts, bleeding would be immediate. I have heard of people going to the emergency room that throw up a bucket of blood and need immediate transfusion. Of course, this would be from a large vessel that burst. I’ve never heard of any reference to capillaries leaking or have read anything talking about capillaries when it comes to varices. I only hear references as them being unwanted veins, not capillaries even though I imagine they can be quite small before they become enlarged.

      This is just one problem with severe cirrhosis for your character. You could also check into your character having encephalopathy from high ammonia levels and fluid retention in the abdomen is usually a big problem with the disease. Add in weakness and extreme fatigue. Pain is not a big issue with cirrhosis since the liver has no pain receptors. But pain can come from an enlarged liver and enlarged spleen, and lots of fluid pressing on organs such as the heart and lungs making it hard to breathe. In the late stage of the disease, it is not uncommon to have to go to the hospital to get this fluid drained routinely which is called a parcentesis. In the early stages of the disease, the liver is enlarged, but as the disease progresses, the liver will start to shrink and shrivel up as it dies. The spleen enlarges with cirrhosis which traps platelets. Platelets play a part in blood clotting which is another problem that comes with the disease. Blood does not clot well. You can bruise very easily, and if you do bleed, you can bleed a lot since the clotting time is not good. This can be really bad if you bleed internally like we talked about earlier.

      Itching can be a terrible symptom of cirrhosis. Fortunately, I didn’t get it, but many do. It has to do with high biliruben levels. Don’t forget that your character can also be yellow with jaundice (yellow skin, yellow whites of eyes). Now back to the itching. This may sound silly, but many times people cannot find anything to help stop this itching, but they say that just applying common lard to the skin does help. Don’t know why. It’s just one of those things.

      Hope this helps you some in your writing.

  47. QUESTION:
    FRENCH HELP! PLEASE!?
    Can someone please translate the following to french?? please not one of those online translator!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~…
    Adult stem cells are currently used for the medical treatment of:

    • Anemias
    • Cancers (multiple types)
    • Child Leukemias
    • Cornea Regeneration
    • Crohn´s Disease
    • Diabetes, Type I
    • Heart Disease, Acute & Chronic
    • Krabbe Leukodystrophy
    • Liver Cirrhosis
    • Lupus
    • Lymphomas
    • Myelomas
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Paralysis
    • Osteopetrosis
    • Parkinson´s Disease
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Syndrome
    • Sickle Cell Anemia
    • Spinal Cord Injury
    • Stroke
    • Systemic Vasculitis
    • and more

    Based on the “The Ten Great Myths in the Debate Over Stem Cell Research” by Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. http://www.ncbcenter.org/10Myths.pdf

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~…

    THANKS A BUNCH!

    • ANSWER:
      Les cellules souches adultes sont actuellement utilisés pour le traitement médical de:

      • Anémies
      • Cancers (plusieurs types)
      • enfant Leukemias
      • Cornea Regeneration
      • Maladie de Crohn
      • Le diabète de type I
      • maladie cardiaque, aiguë et chronique
      • Krabbe Leucodystrophie
      • cirrhose du foie
      • Lupus
      • Lymphomes
      • myélomes
      • Sclérose en plaques
      • Paralysie
      • Osteopetrosis
      • Maladie de Parkinson
      • Polyarthrite rhumatoïde
      • le syndrome d’immunodéficience combiné sévère
      • Sickle Cell Anemia
      • Spinal Cord Injury
      • Course
      • Vascularite systémique
      • et plus

      Sur la base des “Dix grands mythes dans le débat sur la recherche sur les cellules souches” par Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. http://www.ncbcenter.org/10Myths.pdf

      Hope i helped!

  48. QUESTION:
    Can a ultra sound show signs of cancer?
    In 1975, I was diagnosed with HEP. B. Then approx. in 1997 I was diagnosed with HEP C. and Cirrhosis of the liver. It wasn’t until 2008 that I agreed to a biopsy and was informed that I am in stage 4 cirrhosis. I should mention that I have refused any treatment, and continued a destructive lifestyle.
    I have since lost over 80 lbs. and Dr. stated that my blood work showed something he did not like.
    Something to do with ALT? And mentioning the word CANCER. He’s ordered me to have a ultra sound done on my abdomen, and pelvic. Will this show if I have any cancer?

    • ANSWER:

  49. QUESTION:
    Does someone need “Show Money” to get a UK visitor visa if they are being sponsored?
    I have known my Filipina girlfriend nearly 5 years. I have told her that I will not allow our relationship to develop until she has seen my country. Otherwise she would be getting married to a fantasy and once she has seen my country, get terribly homesick and leave me.

    So we need to get a visitor visa. I can afford the trip, and I have the accommodation and can keep her while she is here and return her home at the end of the trip. But the British Embassy are being mean about her own declaration of wealth (Question 6 on the VAF1). She has no money of her own, and any spare is used to live and to help her sick mother. They expect her to find the money to fund the trip herself even though I have sent a letter and supporting documents declaring that I will pay for everything while she is here.

    The only way out is to send her money to put in her own account to show to the Embassy, but I am very reluctant to do this. It is too tempting for her to raid this pot to pay for hospital care for her mother and I don’t blame her. I cannot afford myself both the trip and to pay for private treatment for her mother, who is an alcoholic and has cirrhosis of the liver. I am living on savings myself, and regard this trip as an investment for the future. If we get married and I get a regular well-paid job, then I might consider helping her mother out, but not while there is a big question mark.

    So does anyone have any experience of getting a visa that doesn’t require the applicant to have lots of money (only the sponsor)?
    Thanks for the answers so far. I have met her mother and been 3 times already to the Philippines. I know the position concerning marriage and regular employment. At the moment both are stalled. Finding a suitable wife is actually easier in the Philippines with all the problems than it is in the UK where there is no hope at all – I tried for years and got nowhere. British women are no more trustworthy than the Filipinas and a lot less loving, faithful and attractive both in mind and body.
    A fiance visa is on hold for now because of my job position. I wish my feelings about British women were based on ignorance and closed-mindedness rather than on decades of close observation… and I am sure the feelings are mutual.

    Filipinas carry a heavy price too, and carrying her family is part of the deal. I have no illusions, but they at least offer some hope. I get none here. All I get from British women is “we’re all a lot happier without you”.

    • ANSWER:
      the best you can do is apply her for a fiance visa, as you’ve said she is your girlfriend for almost five years. you got a big chance rather than applying her for a visit visa. show them all the evidence of your relationship.

      this kind of visa will give her two years to stay in UK then if you are still together you can apply her for indefinite. in that way only your documents will be needed. bec. the embassy will not have second thought if she won’t come back to her country.
      the embassy requires your gf to show that she got reasons to come back to the philippines that’s why they are asking these evidence of income, properties, etc…

  50. QUESTION:
    wanna know anyone who uses interferone therapy for eradicating HCV and it worked well…..?
    i am hearing about the unbarriable side effects of interferone, wanna know whether it is true or what??? and does my case require such a treatment?? i have viral load of 136,500 of genotype 4 HCV but the liver does not show any kind of cirrhosis or lesions yet it shows enlargement and fats also my liver enzymes are elevated… thank you for your time

    • ANSWER:
      Oh dude..you are a genotype 4..one of the hardest strains to treat. I did the treatment. I cleared the virus..it worked..I have no lingering side effects 2.5 years post tx….what does your biopsy say? that’s much more important than your viral load.

      Click on my name..go to my 360….start at the last page..I blogged my treatment.

      YOU need to read up on your genotype. Feel free to e-mail me
      HCV Advocate


Cirrhosis Of The Liver Symptoms Mayo

The liver is a very tolerant organ and there is little evidence to suggest that it has an ageing problem such that, without disease, it can function properly into old age. However because most liver disease does not show symptoms and, when it does, the symptoms are often vague, many people with varying degrees of liver damage remain unaware of their liver problems.

If liver disease is not treated in the earlier three stages, cancer may develop. Liver cancer, or hepatocellular carcinoma, affects approximately 4% of patients with cirrhosis. A liver transplant is one of the options for treating liver cancer.

Other most common symptom of liver disease is drop in appetite. This causes sudden weigh loss in the patient and results in anemia with hepatocytes. The patient gets weaker and weaker with continuous vomiting, diarrhea and nausea. If the patient is suffering from gastric ulcer already, they might see blood at times while vomiting.

You see, the liver is responsible for getting rid of all toxic waste and, at the same time, for feeding all other organs. For this reason, whenever the liver is sick your whole body goes down with it. And because the amount and type of toxic the human body has to deal with are different from person to person so are the symptoms of liver disease.
The effects can be reversed at this stage if further consumption of alcohol is stopped and treatment is taken. The final stage is cirrhosis of the liver, which is irreversible and severely damages the liver. As a result, functions of the liver are affected, and a person’s life span is also reduced.

A person can develop hepatitis if they contract one of the viruses that can cause liver inflammation, or as a result of exposure to substances that can cause hepatitis. There are two ways that can lead to hepatitis: it can either occur as a result of infections or from autoimmune processes.

If the amount of fat exceeds the body’s requirement, large fat accumulations may develop in the liver, which results in an increase in liver enzymes and inflammation. This inflammation can cause scarring and hardening of the liver (cirrhosis) and results in decreased liver function.

Because alcohol consumption can involve many organs in the body, long-term heavy drinking puts a person at risk for developing serious health conditions and illnesses. While each of the health conditions listed below can exist for reasons unrelated to alcoholism disease, certain conditions and alcoholism physical symptoms may be indications that alcohol abuse exists and is affecting the health of the person.

There are several other symptoms that can be seen in the long term like damaged brain, nerve damage, depression, esophagus, stress and many more. If you are a woman and addicted to consume alcohol on a regularly then you can become the victim of breast cancer.

Insomnia is caused by liver inflammation of hepatitis virus C leading to trouble of sleeping, and waking up often during the night. Some people also experience unusually vivid, intense and frightening dreams.


Cirrhosis Of The Liver Symptoms Pain

What is Liv.52 Himalaya?

Liv.52 Himalaya was introduced in 1955 by Himalaya Herbals. Since then, it has been sold worldwide and is recognized by thousands of health professionals as one of the most effective liver formulas, with beneficial effects reported in over 300 studies on a variety of cases. Liv.52 Himalaya is a unique, all-natural, complex multi-ingredient formula. It is safe and effective in protecting the liver against harmful toxins from drugs, alcohol, food and water.

Liv.52 Himalaya herbal product helps to regulate levels of enzymes and optimizes assimilation. Liv.52 Himalaya herbal medicine has also been found to be associated with an increase in serum albumin, which is another indication of the liver protection it provides. Recent research shows that Liv.52 Himalaya herbal medicine has cholesterol-regulating action. Clinically, it helps maintain healthy levels of serum cholesterol, lipoproteins, phospholipids and triglycerides.

Liv.52 herbal medicine is a unique Ayurvedic health supplement from Himalaya Herbals, Worlds most recognized liver formulas. Liv.52 herbal medicine is a recognized and registered drug over 45 countries and prescribed by number of physicians around the world. Since from the introduction of Liv.52 in 1955, along with the clinical case studies proves Liv.52 is one of the most studied and tested and Best Selling Liver supplement around the world.

Liv.52 Himalaya herbal medicine has proved to be useful to the liver in serious liver diseases including, Hepatitis, alcohol liver disease, pre-cirrhotic and early cirrhosis conditions, elevated liver enzymes, fatty liver conditions, protein energy malnutrition, and radiation or chemotherapy induced liver damage. It is safe and effective in protecting the liver.

Ingredients:

* Himsra (Capparis spinosa) 65mg

* Kasani (Cichorium intybus) 65mg

* Mandur bhasma 33mg

* Kakamachi (Solanum nigrum) 32mg

* Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna) 32mg

* Kasamarda (Cassia occidentalis) 16mg

* Biranjasipha (Achillea millefolium) 16mg

* Jhavuka (Tamarix gallica) 16mg

How Liv.52 Himalaya works?

Liv.52 restores the functional efficiency of the liver by protecting the hepatic parenchyma and promoting hepatocellular regeneration. The antiperoxidative activity of Liv.52 prevents the loss of functional integrity of the cell membrane, maintains cytochrome P-450, hastens the recovery period and ensures early restoration of hepatic functions in infective hepatitis. Liv.52 facilitates rapid elimination of acetaldehyde, the toxic intermediate metabolite of alcohol metabolism, and ensures protection from alcohol-induced hepatic damage.

Liv.52 herbal product diminishes the lipotropic activity in chronic alcoholism, and prevents fatty infiltration of the liver. In pre-cirrhotic conditions, Liv.52 arrests the progress of the disease and prevents further liver damage. As a daily health supplement, Liv.52 improves appetite, the digestion and assimilation processes, and promotes weight gain.

Dosage:

Please consult your physician to prescribe the dosage that best suits your condition.

Benefits:

* Himalaya Liv.52 herbal medicine is effective in the treatment of viral hepatitis.

* It is also useful in alcoholic liver disease.

* This herbal tablets are useful in the treatment of pre-cirrhotic conditions and early cirrhosis.

* Liv.52 is useful in the prevention protein energy malnutrition.

* Liv.52 Himalaya herbal tablets acts as herbal supplement in the case of loss of appetite.

* It shows good results in radiation and chemotherapy-induced liver damage.

* It improves the functional effectiveness of the liver.

* Liv.52 herbal product is useful in detoxification and protection from the harmful food and medication toxins

* Very beneficial in the cirrhotic and pre-cirrhotic cases

* Regulate levels of liver enzymes

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    If someone has de compensating cirrhosis, about how long do they have to live without a liver transplant?
    My husband has cirrhosis. His abdomen is distended, he has jaundice, pain in the abdomen, and most of the other symptoms of end stage liver failure. No one has given us an idea of how much longer he will be with us. We have no insurance, and he only quit drinking 2 months ago, so even if we had money they would not give him a transplant.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are low income, you might qualify for state aid regarding insurance. It would be a guess at best as to how long your husband might have left. A hepatologist or gastroenterologist would be able to give you a somewhat accurate prognosis as to how long. Sometimes people with cirrhosis can go a long time with getting tapped (fluid drained) and treating the symptoms as they appear.

      The pain is probably due to all the fluid retention. If he gets to the point of not being able to breathe right, get him to an emergency room right away. That happened to me when I let the fluid accumulate for too long. It starts squeezing the lungs and everything else. If left untreated, it can be fatal. There is also the risk of the fluid becoming infected which also can be fatal. If he needs tapped, take him to a hospital whether or not you have insurance.

      You don’t say how old your husband is or whether or not a transplant might be an option for him if he did have insurance. The transplant centers require 6 months of proven sobriety before they will consider him. There is a procedure called TIPS that is done that can help control fluid accumulation.

      When the liver is near total failure, the person is usually extremely weak and tired. It’s common for them to sleep 16 hours/day or even more. Of course they also have the hard bloated abdomen and jaundice. They usually get to the point of not being able to care for themselves any longer due to weakness. Due to the liver not being able to get rid of ammonia like it should, the levels become high which causes confusion, behavior changes, forgetfulness, and even can cause hallucinations and they can become violent. Lactulose is the med used to help this, but near the end it may not help.

      Your husband is really going to need some kind of insurance more than anything else right now. He is going to need medical care to help him through this. If he had insurance, he could at least be evaluated for a transplant. The husband of a friend of mine was an alcoholic who recently had a transplant and he is doing good today. We thought he was going to die. He got through the 6 months of waiting and got listed. Of course, he cannot drink any alcohol for the rest of his life and he understands that. Some people just can’t or won’t give it up long term.

  2. QUESTION:
    Could it be Cirrhosis of the Liver???
    Over the past 10-15 years my mom has gone from social drinker going out on Fridays to a sheltered and depressed woman who drinks alone daily- With nothing more on her mind than wanting to be dead. In the past 2-3 years Ive seen my mother go from bad to worse and everything in between. She just recently came down w/ a kidney infection that left her in bed for 2 weeks–And she denies it, but I know she was drinking even then. Not a day passes when she hasn’t vomited or almost dropped to her knees in pain. She also suffers from bulimia on top of her alcohol addiction. She’s constantly bleeding and claims it’s just hemorrhoids, but everybody assumes otherwise. She’s 54 years old and looks like a 65-70 year old woman. Although I hate to admit it- I can tell by looking at her that she’s slowly dying… She’s now past the point of being saved. Im just wondering if anybody knows of any really good websites I could go to to find out the signs and symptoms of Cirrhosis of the Liver–OR if anybody can share their experiences on the subject….ANY input is encouraged and greatly appreciated.
    Im not looking to put her in rehab…She’s been countless times and insists on leaving before they even get a chance to talk about treatment. I know she needs help, but u cant give help to someone who doesnt want to take it. We’ve all tried and she refuses. Now we’ve run out of options… As I said she’s past the point of being saved. She has her mind set on one thing and that’s being done w/ her life and everything it consists of.

    • ANSWER:
      I am really sorry to hear what you are having to go through with your Mother. I had my unfair share of troubles with my Mother abusing pain medicines and not taking them like she was supposed to do.

      I, too, tried rehab for my Mother and it doesn’t work for people
      that do not want to be cured. So, until they admit that they have a problem and that they want help or possibly a cure, there isn’t much you can do, other than to make your Mother
      comfortable. It is really hard to say just how much longer she
      is going to be with you, considering that she doesn’t want help
      and she is continuing to drink.

      Please allow me to offer my condolences about your Mother. It is really hard on children to know just what to expect the alcoholic to do or how the child(ren) can just make their Mom more comfortable. I hope that you will never turn to liquor as a solution to any problems you may have because it is nothing but a cop-out for extremely weak people that don’t want any help and since this is a serious disease they are almost always beyond any reason whatsoever. This is a serious illness not to be taken lightly.

      Best of luck to you, sweetie. This isn’t your fault and there is nothing that you could have possibly done to prevent this from
      happening. My heart really goes out to you. ♥

      These web sites may provide some helpful insight to you as to what is going on and what may possibly happen in the near
      or distant future.

      http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/cirrhosis/

      http://www.medicinenet.com/cirrhosis/article.htm

      http://www.webmd.com/search/search_results/default.aspx?sourceType=undefined&query=cirhossis%20of%20the%20liver&navState=0

      http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec10/ch136/ch136c.html

      And I also found this page that is informative as to how to tell if someone has Cirhossis of the Liver:

      The most common symptoms of liver cirrhosis are:

      Weakness
      Loss of appetite
      Weight loss
      Dark skin color
      Intense itching
      Confusion
      Nose bleeds
      Breast enlargement in men
      Fluid retention in the legs and abdomen
      Fluid retention occurs because the liver decreases its production of a protein called albumin. When the blood level of albumin decreases, fluid retention occurs.
      Jaundice
      When the liver’s production of bile is compromised, bile can back up into the blood, causing the skin and eyes to turn yellow and the urine to become dark.
      Gallstones
      The abnormal production of bile causes gallstones to develop.
      Blood Clotting Difficulties
      The liver makes certain proteins that help the blood clot. When the proteins aren’t made properly, the blood doesn’t clot properly.
      Esophageal Vein Bleeding
      Esophageal Vein Bleeding occurs in advanced cirrhosis.
      What Causes Liver Cirrhosis?

      The above topics and information can be found at:

      http://www.mamashealth.com/stomach/livcir.asp

      I know this is a lot to absorb, but I am hoping you will find something here to help you get through the rough days and nights as being the child of an alcoholic parent. ♥

  3. QUESTION:
    Hi, can anyone tell me what the later stages of liver failure are?
    My Mum has been diagnosed with liver cirrhosis and was told if she didn’t stop driving she would have 2 years maximum. She hasn’t stopped drinking and lately she has been sleeping a lot more than usual, she has pains in her stomach and diarrhea. Are these symptoms that her liver is failing, if so how long would she be able to live for if this is the case?

    • ANSWER:
      When someone start to have a problem with
      the liver…it usually means that some cause,
      like alcohol consumption…has caused
      damage to the liver cells. When this takes
      place, the immune system of the body
      responds to this and causes inflammation
      inside the liver. This will cause the liver
      to enlarge in size and the doctors can see
      this on an ultrasound or CT scan.

      If someone stops the alcohol consumption
      and is treated for the inflammation…the
      liver cells may heal. But, it seems that
      your Mother is passed that point if she
      has been diagnosed with cirrhosis.
      Cirrhosis is “death” of the liver cells where
      scar tissue develops inside the liver that
      blocks the flow of blood through the liver
      on its way back to the heart and also blocks
      the flow of blood to the liver cells that are
      still living and they start to die, also.
      It is a progressive disease with no known cure.
      Your Mom can get help by going to a detox
      program at a hospital….or seeing her doctor
      to give her medications to help with the
      symptoms that occur from coming off the
      alcohol. If she can stop drinking for a period
      of 6 months, they may evaluate her to be
      placed on the liver transplant list for an donor
      organ. If she doesn’t stop drinking…she
      will not be placed on that list and will become
      worse.
      Tiredness is common with Cirrhosis of the
      liver. That is because her body is trying
      it’s best to compensate for the functions
      the liver used to do but isn’t able to do now and
      also, because her body is trying to heal.
      She may develop symptoms of confusion
      and disorientations: known as Encephalopathy, because the liver isn’t able to handle ammonia that is now going into her brain. The doctor
      may start her on Lactulose to help with this.
      She may start to gain fluid weight in her abdominal area, known as Ascites. This is because of the liver being unable to make a protein that holds fluids in the vessels and it leaks out and collects here. The doctors can remove this fluid through a procedure known as
      paracentesis. If she throws up any blood at
      any time or there is blood in the toilet from
      the rectal area…it is an emergency. The blood that normally goes to the liver is backing up into
      vessels that are not used to handling this
      and they have weak places that can break
      open and cause her to bleed internally.

      Here are some links to help you understand
      more about the disease your mother has:

      http://www.medicinenet.com/cirrhosis/article.htm

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cirrhosis/DS00373

      The doctors know her past history, they
      have all the tests results that show how far
      advanced she is in this disease…so they
      are giving you their best guess of how long
      she has.

      It would be good, if you could have her
      make out an advance directive or power
      of attorney form, so that you or another
      family members can speak directly with
      her doctors and also handle her affairs for
      her. Privacy laws are terrible…even with
      being part of a family.
      Here is a free site to download advance
      directive by the state you live in:

      http://www.caringinfo.org/stateaddownload

      As soon as the cells of the liver start to die
      off, the functions they do to keep the body
      well start to deteriorate. This is known as
      the starting of liver failure. Failure to function
      efficiently. This is progressive as more and
      more cells of the liver die off…the less the
      liver is able to function. It will progress to
      “complete” liver failure where the liver cells have
      died of,f that the liver is almost gone.
      The inflammation causes the liver to enlarge
      in size…when the cells die off, the liver starts to
      shrink in size and takes on a hard texture…
      it is dying.

      I hope this information has been of some help
      to you. This isn’t only affected your Mom, it
      is affected you, also. It is best to know what
      to expect in the future, if she doesn’t stop
      drinking. Best wishes to you both.

  4. QUESTION:
    can a person with hepatitic C and cirrhosis of the liver get the swine flu ?
    i am a male 30 y/o , i have chronic hepatitis c and cirrhosis of the liver i am getting treated by doctors but i feel good no pains no symptoms , i went for treatment for hepatitis c but it did not work for me , so my only hope is a liver transplant probably in years from now
    but my liver is still working 100% . i am living a normal life right now with god’s will . my question is : can i get the swine flu if i leave the country on vacation ?

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    please help, i think i have liver cirrhosis and i need answers, thanks!?
    ive been sick for almost 3 years now. i had my gallbladder out in october 09 and that actually fixed the problem for 8 months and then the pain in my side came back and its actually worse than before, i throw up alot, nauseous all the time. i have medicine to control vomiting an help nausea. but i have gotten more symptoms and i have gone through all tests you could possibly imagine.

    i have nausea
    vomiting
    pain in upper right abdomen
    irregular period
    weight loss
    complete fatigue, tiredness
    blood is always coming from my nose, little at a time
    so many things, there are others too

    but i happened over this article with liver cirrhosis and i match almost perfectly except for being yellow because of jaundice, i dont have that. could i have liver cirrhosis without having this?

    and i need to get new blood tests but my ones from previous months dont match the levels that would tell if i have liver cirrhosis.

    i just got an xray of my abdomen and my doctor said i had lots of waste built up in my intestines but is it possible its not waste? she said its not normal to have THAT much in me but i took the laxitivs and enema and its not like i had that much come out.

    please help, i feel like im getting worse and no doctor can help me, i only just turned 18 and im 96 lbs.

    • ANSWER:
      Your symptoms are more consistent with an eating disorder…..are you really skinny, but think you are not?

      See a therapist at once…..the fact that you are concerned enough about your health to ask this question strongly suggests it is not too late to get help….

      You are about 25lbs underweight for a woman your age, your tiredness may be a symptom of low iron through not eating properly…

      I am NOT a doctor, but had a girlfriend many years ago who almost died from anorexia….she had all the symptoms you mention…

      Get help. Please!

  6. QUESTION:
    How much drinking does it take to get liver cancer?
    I’ve been drinking for 3+ years, at an average of at least 1/2 bottle of Vodka per day. I drink this much on normal weekdays and still go to work in a perky mood… on weekends I drink at least one full 1L bottle per day, including Sundays. I’ve been doing this for some time already. On labor day of 2007 I found myself drinking 3 full bottles of 1.75ML of Vodka and realized that 3X1.75L = 7 regular (750ml) bottles of liquor). I still woke up fine the next work day. Now, after several years I am finally feeling the soar… strong abdominal pains, lack of sleep, pain in the liver, kidneys, stomach, and chest due to the 2 packs of smokes a day diet. Can’t sleep on my front because my abdomen area hurts. What are the symptoms of liver cancer or cirrhosis that can apply to me? If any…?

    • ANSWER:
      Are you TRYING to kill yourself or did you just not think this one through?

      Doctor. Now.

  7. QUESTION:
    What are the final symptoms in end stage liver failure?
    My father was diagnosed with Hep-C which has caused severe cirrhosis. He is not a candidate for a transplant because of pulmonary hypertension (most likely caused by the sanding of toxic woods – he was a cabinet maker). He is on oxygen, has acites, takes lactulose and lasix/diuretics, sleeps for about 15-18 hrs a day, can hardly walk, trembles and is in pain. He was diagnosed about 1 month ago (because he was too stubborn to go to the hospital) and has rapidly been declining since. I am very sad for my mother, she feeds him all the right foods and takes care of him according to his GI/cardiologist/pulmonologist. Does anyone have experience with a loved one who has died from liver failure? Any experiences with respect to a time frame and the final symptoms before death?

    • ANSWER:
      You wrote, “Does anyone have experience with a loved one who has died from liver failure?”

      Sadly, yes, my Mom. She was diagnosed with some liver disease or other and lived for many years after that, but then, at the end, she just started failing rather quickly.

      It started with her being very weak and confused, which was followed by a swollen, distended stomach, called “ascites” and more confusion as she lost her faculties, kind of like Alzheimer’s but on fast-forward, and she finally lapsed into a coma and passed away a few weeks later, coincidentally on the exact same day that my Dad had died, only ten years earlier! We think that she must have known somehow and was waiting for that day so that she could go on the same day he did.

      I’m very sorry for your troubles, I went through it with my Mom and wouldn’t wish it on anyone, to see your loved one slipping away like that, it was just heart-wrenching.

      Good luck!… ☺

  8. QUESTION:
    Cirrhosis of the Liver???Will my dad die?
    My dad has been a raging alcoholic for 20+ years. Hard liquor from the time he wakes up until the time he goes to bed. It’s his life.

    About a year ago he was admitted into the hospital for Kidney Failure but made it out of it okay.

    Just about a week ago he was admitted into the hospital because his skin and eyes had turned yellow and he collapsed. During that time the doctors explained that he was no longer a candidate for a Liver transplant, his liver was beyond repair, they can just treat the symptoms….
    He was let go after 5 days of being in the hospital because he was stable. 2 days following he was readmitted into the hospital only this time he’s worse…….
    here is a list of his symptoms;
    Fatigue
    Nausea
    Weakness (can barely lift a bottle of soda to his mouth)
    Weight loss (20 + pounds in a week)
    Exhaustion
    Stomach Pains
    Severe Jaundice….like glowing
    Very swollen abdomen
    Personality changes, forgetfullness
    Decreased mental function, slow to respond, blank stares
    Fluid retention
    Pneumonia
    Dimensia
    bad shaking
    loss of balance, equilibrium problems

    It’s just terrible and it’s breaking my heart seeing him this way.

    I was reading posts from people who had someone close with this disease, they described the same symptoms I did and there loved ones ended up dying.. I’m so afraid of that.

    What are the chances??

    Any help or enlightment would be greatly appreciated!
    Im not sure if I should be precise…..When I say fluid retention, I mean fluid in around his liver which they already had to remove
    The honest prgnosis is they are not sure at this point whether he’ll live or die.
    They say it may be time to start making out his will and planning his funeral arrangements just to be safe

    • ANSWER:
      I can answer your question because I had liver failure and a transplant. Your father has cirrhosis from his alcoholism. That is when healthy tissue is replaced with scar tissue in the liver and it can no longer function very well. Even though others will tell you the liver can regenerate, this is not the case when it comes to cirrhosis. Scarring is permanent in the liver and does not go away. The damage has been done from many years of alcohol abuse.

      Everything you told me tells me that your father is in end stage liver disease. His condition is serious and he will not get better unless he receives a transplant. When the liver is beyond repair, that is when a person needs a transplant. The problem with your father is that he is an active alcoholic. There might also be some other medical reasons he could not qualify, but that is the first thing they look at for a candidate.

      It’s very difficult for an alcoholic to receive a transplant, but there are many success stories out there. The patient has to be committed to changing their lifestyle and never drink alcohol again for the rest of their life. Transplant centers require at least 6 months of proven sobriety before they will even begin to consider an alcoholic for a transplant. The problem that happens with many alcoholics is that they don’t have 6 months left to live with their disease. They let it go too far and ignore it until they are near death before seeking help.

      I don’t know how your father feels about his disease and his alcoholism, but if he is serious about staying alive, he could go to a transplant center and at the very least talk to them. They will tell him what his options are for getting help and possibly getting a transplant if he has enough time left. If he is still drinking after all this, then I would say there is not much hope for him getting well. He has all the typical signs of end stage cirrhosis.

      It’s also extra difficult for an alcoholic to get a transplant because they not only have to deal with the cirrhosis, but they also have to deal with their addiction to alcohol. But as I said, there are many success stories. The husband of a family friend of mine just recently got his transplant and he was an alcoholic for at least 20 years+. When he found out he destroyed his liver, he went to the transplant center, did everything he was supposed to do including rehab for 6 months and submitting to random drug/alcohol testing prior to his transplant. After the 6 months, he got listed and just recently received his transplant. I hear he is doing very well now. I don’t know whether or not your father could be one of these success stories, but I want you to know that it might be an option for your father if he is willing.

      I had cirrhosis too but mine was from an autoimmune disease. No matter what the reason for having cirrhosis, it pretty much acts the same for everyone.

  9. QUESTION:
    Cirrhosis of the Liver?
    Well my dad was diagnosed this 4-5 years ago but never told anyone. My mom talked to doctors and was telling us kids what the symptoms are and everything but then she was listing them and said she well im not going to tell you the last thing. I already know weakness,fatigue,loss of appetite, nausea, weight loss, abdominal pain, itching, spider-like vains, nose bleeds, bruising, swelling of the belly/ legs, jaundice and some confusion this last thing seems to be very important. i already know he doesnt have much time left so what is this bad symptom that my mom is hiding from me i mean it cant be worst than him dying……please i would really like to know and be prepared for the worst

    • ANSWER:
      It may be Portal hypertension with varies. The blood no longer flows
      through the liver well. It backs up into the portal vein and smaller vessels
      (known as varies). These varies can have weak spots and balloon outward
      and break open. Any blood seen in the sputum, vomit, or rectal area should
      be checked immediately. He should be taken to the ER.

      The doctors can go in an band these vessels to stop the bleeding.
      Cirrhosis patients…their liver isn’t able to make clotting factors efficiently
      any more. They can bleed and bruise very easily. Losing any amount
      of blood can be life threatening.

      He should considered being evaluated for placement on the liver transplant
      list. His doctor could refer him to a Transplant Center close to home to
      have this done. Some patients may not be able to have a transplant done.
      These are those who the doctor believe may not live through the long
      hours of surgery ( like serious heart conditions) or they may have
      to wait to be placed on the list (because of alcohol or drug abuse)
      Each person is taken on an individual basis…only the Transplant doctors
      can know for certain if the patient is able to be listed or not.

      I have listed some links for you, that may be of help.
      Don’t know for certain what your Mom meant…

      http://www.hcvets.com/data/hcv_liver/cirrhosis.htm

      http://www.medicinenet.com/cirrhosis/article.htm

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cirrhosis/DS00373

      http://www.surgery.usc.edu/divisions/hep/patientguide/index.html

      http://www.transplantliving.org/

      http://www.surgery.usc.edu/divisions/hep/livedonorlivertransplant.html

      Some things can be done to make him more comfortable:
      1 Ascite abdominal fluid can be remove by a procedure known as
      paracentesis…make it easier to breathe and eat.
      2 Encephalopathy leads to mental confusion, disorientation can
      be helps by medications like Lactulose or Xifanin.
      3. Swelling of legs and feet: patient is placed on a lower sodium
      diet, told how much fluid they are allowed to have per day and
      may also be placed on diuretics. Raise the legs but do not
      massage them.
      4. If unable to eat, it would be good to ask the doctor which
      supplements he would be able to take.

      If he cannot have a transplant, then he may want to decide to
      have Hospice care at home. The doctor will sign forms if he
      thinks he may not live more than six months. It is always
      good to contact the Area of the AGing in the area you live in…
      they not only help senior citizens but will give information to
      those who are disabled.

      Best wishes

  10. QUESTION:
    Herbal medicine for cirrhosis?
    My sister had Inherited diseases of iron disorder (hereditary hemochromatosis) from my father. This diseases damage her liver cell and her liver had a small scar (cirrhosis). She has never been drink or got chronic hepatitis B and C. But She still has gone through everday with the signs and symptoms of cirrhosis — weight loss, fatigue, sleepless, abdoment pain. Everybody has any suggestion or any different medicine such as Herbal herbs and nutritional supplements , please tell us.

    • ANSWER:
      Your sister is no doubt being followed by a hematologist for her hemochromatosis and probably gets routine transfusions. The ONLY things she should be taking are what her doctor has prescribed. I’m sure that you love her and want to help her and you may feel helpless to do so. But please do not solicit suggestions. The majority of the people who answer these questions have no medical background, no understandiing of anatomy and physiology, no knowledge of the disease process. Any advice given could be potentially harmful. The best help you can give your sister is to make sure she follows her doctor’s advice, give her emotional support and assist her in her daily activities.

  11. QUESTION:
    Does drinking too much diet coke or taking more than 2 tylenol a day harm your liver?
    I drink about 2 cans of diet coke a day and i am wondering if it damages your liver? i have spent hours looking for proof online about drinking diet coke but haven’t found any. I am aware of how tylenol can adversly affect your liver but the docs have told me that it’s the only thing i can take for pain (on top of that i am allergic to aspirin and ibuprofen) I had this rare liver disorder called “primary sclerosing cholangitis” (it damages the bile ducts and then causes liver cirrhosis and death unless you have a transplant) and was lucky enough to have had a liver transplant in december of 2001 after i was stage 3 for 4 years. Now i was diagnosed with another rare liver disorder called “primary billary cirrhosis” (it doesn’t differ much from the first illness i described) Fortunately I am still stage one and have no or little symptoms. Maybe someone can tell more about the effects of diet coke or tylenol? (btw, I also drink plenty of juices and other things as well as soda). thank you

    • ANSWER:
      ouch, lots of misinformation in these answers.

      diet products are not harmful to the liver, and have not been proven to be harmful to human in any way (except those with phenylketonuria). the most common claim is that they cause cancer, which is false (see the link below). there is no way for them to “clog up” your body or urinary tract.

      you are right to be concerned with taking tylenol or any product containing acetominophen (many cold remedies have it). tylenol can be fatal to anyone if they take too much, and the cause of death is liver failure.

      you are definitely a special case, with multiple liver disorders AND allergies to other pain meds. you really need to call your gastroenterologist and ask them whta the maxiumum dose of tylenol you should have is. if the transplanted liver is functionally normally, you should be able to take it, although I can understand wanting to be extra careful with your gift.

  12. QUESTION:
    Liver damage?
    As a 30-year-old male who has done quite a fair share of drinking since age 21, I have developed a little interest in cirrhosis. General information says that on average, it takes five drinks a day, every day, for at least ten years, for a male to develop cirrhosis. All of this information also points to the liver’s ability to heal itself when given a chance.

    Now, I haven’t been drinking every day for ten years, but I’ve done a regular, consistent amount, mostly beer. I’ve had a few periods of weeks or months where I didn’t drink, but I’ve kept it up pretty frequently. I don’t have any symptoms of liver problems except for some off-and-on mild pain under my ribcage, which may actually be gallbladder problems.

    What I’m curious about is the liver’s ability to heal itself. Is a young frequent drinker taking the exact same risk as a young person who drinks every day? Or does the liver benefit enough from frequent sober days to lessen the chance of serious liver damage?
    Also — about six weeks ago, I had similar concerns, so I had a blood and urine test, with a note to the doctor that I was concerned about liver damage. The tests came out fine. However, I am still curious about the potential for problems.

    • ANSWER:
      Consistent usage of alcohol in excessive amount will cause liver issues. The body is indeed am amazing thing- we have organs that will work down to that last little percent and then fail completely. Don’t count on the liver’s ability to heal itself to protect you. Young drinkers who over indulge, whether binge or steady drinkers, will have the cumulative effects of liver damage.
      The right side of your body, under the ribcage is where both your liver and gallbladder live. They are connected, BTW. You may be young enough yet to be OK, but then again, maybe not. It’s not always a linear correlation between drinking some and not having liver disease. Some livers fail earlier than others- it depends on how much abuse it can take.
      If you are concerned enough to ask about liver damage, then you probably have some.
      What happens in the liver, that damage occurs to part of the liver, and it gets filled with non working areas. A cirrhotic liver is enlarged, has lots of yellow streaks and is very bumpy in appearance, with a pale purplish color. Normal livers are brownish red, smooth and may have some little cysts(all our organs can have cysts without any problems). I work in an Operating Room and do transplants- and a sick liver is not a pretty sight at all. Google cirrhotic liver and you’ll get to see some pics.
      You can drink yourself to death by killing your liver. That’s the bottom line.

  13. QUESTION:
    Alcohol withdrawal symptoms (my mum)?
    My mum has been an alcoholic for over two decades, my dad’s been to hell and back trying to get her off it but there’s nothing any doctor can do without her consent, and she won’t even go to see him. She did work 16 hours a week, but her performance has been so poor (obviously) that they’ve reduced her hours down and down and now she’s just been made redundant. She’s unemployable, the only reason they kept her so long was because they couldn’t legally fire her for some reason. Her income alone wasn’t even enough to buy the amount she drinks a year, and the money is literally not there any more, so my dad and all of us are having another huge attempt at getting her off the alcohol. I know it isn’t going to work, this has been done countless times in the past and it never has and she’s worse now that she ever was, but we’re hoping for the best anyway. Her health is very poor this last year two, we know she doesn’t have cirrhosis (sp?) but she has a swollen liver, but she has gone from chubby to emaciated and her skin is blue/grey and she is in constant pain.

    My dad at first said no more, cold turkey, but after a few hours she was screaming and begging so he agreed to let her finish off the two bottles of alcohol she has in the house, but he’s monitoring it and she’s only having a glass a day, and when they’re gone then he’s saying that’s it, and if she goes and buys any (which she will) then he’s taking her cards off her.

    The only difference in this situation to the ones in the past is now my dad has the right to keep her from having any money as she doesn’t earn any, and if she doesn’t physically have the money to buy it then I don’t know what she’ll do.

    She’s on her first day of the one drink a day rule, it’s evening now and she’s shaking, sweating, and going between crying and begging and screaming abuse.

    Has anyone been through this (either themselves or a loved one)? What can we expect? Is doing it like this dangerous to her health to cut it out so suddenly? It’s so hard to not give into her when she’s begging. How did anybody else get through this? And do you think this will realistically have a chance of working? I know it’s something we should be doing with medical guidance but she flat out refuses anything, my dad went to the doctors about her only the other week and there was nothing he could do, the only thing he did tell him was that she didn’t have cirrhosis but just a swollen liver, which alone was breaking his confidentiality oath, but she hadn’t told us and he ‘felt we deserved to know that much’. Is what we’re doing dangerous? I’m worried she’s at risk of heart attack if it stops too suddenly? She used to drink between 30 and 40 units of alcohol a day (mostly whiskey, some sherry) and it’s now suddenly dropped to 1 or 2 units and then will be nothing.
    The people saying you can have her legally hospitalised – is that in the USA? Because we’re in the UK and the doctor has said on more than one occasion that there is no way of having her committed against her will as she doesn’t come under the mental health act, so I don’t really know what else can be done?
    Poppy – you’ve literally taken the words out of my mouth. The situation here is virtually identical. The extended family have just, after all this time, also decided to involve themselves, and are throwing their weight around telling us we aren’t doing enough and that it’s our fault etc, so this is also partly due to that. I’m going to talk to my dad about the dangers of cold turkey, I’ve emailed him with that wikipedia link about delirium tremens, by the looks of it she’s at high risk of that as she also is addicted to lorazepam, doesn’t eat, etc. It sounds sick to people who don’t understand, to say that we just have to accept she’s going to die, people I’ve said that to have always gone mad at the idea that we ‘dont care’ which isn’t the case at all, just like with your uncle. The problem is, now she’s lost her job they won’t be able to afford the bills and mortgage as well as her alcohol (main cause for this latest attempt), so if she doesn’t stop drinking they’ll have to sell the
    house we grew up in, but in the current economic climate it’s going to be near on impossible to sell it for even a fraction of what it’s worth, so I really don’t know what’s going to happen.
    I’m very sorry to hear about your uncle and that you’re in the same situation, you’re right it is horrible :-(

    • ANSWER:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delirium_Tremens

      I have been through this with my father, but he was possibly past help. He would periodically quit drinking and shake and sweat and keep waking up to beat the invisible ants off himself. He would not go to the doctor. A doctor told me to get some valium to keep in the house in case he was hallucinating or going to have a seizure.

      I would try to have her committed if possible. Can you go to the court house and beg the judge?

  14. QUESTION:
    could that be a tumor/cancer/or cirrhosis. please your opinion?
    I have sever left side pain (upper abdomen, chest and mid back radiating towards lower back)
    I have hepatitis b and other symptoms that I am trying to understand. Doctors think that I have something else besides hep. B – here I go:
    Blood test: ast 48, alt 85, cholesterol 256, triglycerides 211, VLDL cholesterol 42, LDL171, HDL 43, cholesterol/hdl ratio 6.0.
    CT -mosaic attenuation pattern, other CT mosaic perfusion, X-Ray – possible pulmonary venous pressure, ultrasound enlarged liver, ekg – normal, stress test – normal, blood pressure -normal.

    constant chest and back pain (mid), lower back pain, swollen abdomen with constant pain that is always followed by chest pain, breathing normal but feel lack of breathing, tiredness, depression, bitter mouth, nausea, sleeping over 10 hours a day (it is not because I want)

    Anything I do with the body it increase the abdominal pain is if I am stretching the skin and inside organ

    please give me your opinion

    • ANSWER:
      It is my opinion that you are exhibiting the symptoms of chronic active hepatitis. Begin treatment now so that you do not develop hepatocellular carcinoma in the future.

      http://www.hepb.org/patients/hepatitis_b_treatment.htm

      http://www.beyonddiscovery.org/content/view.article.asp?a=265

  15. QUESTION:
    what are the dangers of having hep c and heart problems (stint operation)?
    my father has cirrhosis of the liver caused by hep b or c he has isachaemic myocardia and needs a stint operation i am afraid of double organ failure his present symptoms are tiredness itchiness lower back pain around sides. low appetite and weight loss

    • ANSWER:
      I assume you mean a stent, a ring is inserted to enlarge the aorta. Any major surgery carries risks but today’s procedures and protocols bring this to the minimum. Which organ failures are you worried about?

      If the surgeon or anaesthetist believes that such an operation is likely to result in a worsening of the condition, they simply won’t carry it out.

  16. QUESTION:
    Cirrhosis questions…?
    I have been told that my latest blood test shows that my liver function test is abnormal. I’ve now been sent for more tests and a scan. I have been having Sharp pain in my right side of the rib cage for over a year now. Was told a year ago that it was just muscle spasms but now there thinking different. Can anyone please tell me the symptoms.. I don’t drink ( well a shandy at the most if its sunny lol) I don’t do drugs. Also does anyone know the normal range of liver function tests ? Thanks in advance Xx

    • ANSWER:
      There are differents tests that the doctor does to check the liver…therefore,
      there would be many different “reference ranges” for each of these tests.

      No one blood testing is 100% accurate. More blood tests and a scan would
      provide a more thorough look at what may be going on.

      Some of the testing done and what is shows, is as follows:
      1]The Liver Enzyme blood tests (known as the ALT,AST,GGT,ALP,etc)
      would give the doctor an “idea” that there is liver cell damage.
      2]The Liver Function blood tests (known as the Bilirubin, INR, Pt, Ptt, Albumin)
      would give the doctor an “idea” how well the liver cells are still able to
      perform all the functions of the liver.
      3]The Liver Viral blood tests would check to see if a virus has entered
      the body and is using the liver cells to replicate itself (like Hep A,B,C,etc)
      4]The Liver blood cancer test known as the Alpha Feto protein.

      There may be no symptoms of having liver problems at the beginning,
      other than feeling tired, flu like symptoms, or discomfort in the liver/biliary area.

      Let me explain what happens when there is liver cell damage:
      The immune system would respond to this and cause inflammation to
      develop inside the liver. This would cause the liver to enlarge in size.
      (this can be seen on an ultrasound or Ct scan)

      There are many causes of liver cell damage:
      alcohol consumption, medication toxification,
      chemical exposure, mushroom poisoning,
      fatty liver disease, hereditary conditions,
      metabolic disorders, viral or parasite infection,
      biliary obstruction/malformation/infection,
      cardiac/vascular problems, cancer/cyst/growth/tumors,
      and others.

      If the cause can be found and stopped…then the liver cells
      may heal and the problem can be reversed.
      However, if it progresses to where the liver cells start to
      die off and form scar tissue inside the liver…then it becomes
      a progressive disease (that cannot be reversed) known as
      Cirrhosis of the liver.

      The liver cells are what does all the functions of the liver
      (over 500 of them). When the cells are damaged or
      they start to die off…these functions start to deteriorate.
      (This is the starting of what is known as “liver failure”)
      The first true sign of this happening is when a person
      becomes Jaundice, due to the fact that the liver isn’t
      able to the amount of Bilirubin in the blood to convert
      it to a soluble form to become part of the bile. Bilirubin
      is a pigment (greenish/brownish substance that colors
      other things). This Bilirubin will go higher in the blood
      and when it reaches a certain amount will cause the
      yellowing of the whites of the eyes and skin. Since it
      is higher in the blood and the Kidneys filter the blood,
      it can cause the urine to become darker in color.

      I know it is hard to wait and see what these tests results
      will show. But, if you do have any kind of liver problem…
      ask to be referred to either a gastroenterologist or
      hepatologist.

      They usually do blood test, then film testing like an ultrasound,
      ct scan, and then if they think it has advanced some…may
      do a liver biopsy. The liver biopsy is the best test because
      they are looking directly at the tissue of the liver and not
      just pictures of it. However, it is invasive, so they try not
      to until the last resort.

      I’m giving you information that may have gone alot farther than
      were you are at, at this moment. That is because I may not be
      able to tell you later. It may help you decide what questions
      to ask your doctor. Best wishes to you.

      LINKs to click on:

      http://www.medicinenet.com/cirrhosis/article.htm

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cirrhosis/DS00373

      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/cirrhosis.html

  17. QUESTION:
    what do you suppose is the reason for this?
    my son has gone countless times to emergency room. they say, everything looks good. the labs, the x-rays, on and on it goes. he has cirrhosis of the liver, and even his very own medical doctor told him, everything was good with the labs. he told him his symptoms had nothing to do with cirrhosis. he had very serious pains,in his back, groin, gut, head. my son now has hospice. they are saying all the labs were not good, the doctors sugar coated things…basically lied to us. why???
    hospice says his liver is about gone. why such a strong contrast? all this happened in the same time frame of two months. is he sicker than we thought, or is he less sick than we thought as his personal doc and er docs say?? he seems very sick to me. hospice is a great help i am thankful for. just why do you wonder the doctors would do as they have? who is really right?? i do know when you get hospice, you have to give up everything else…all the other docs and no more er visits. the insurance won’t pay for hospice—palmitive care and curative care. it is one or the other. ?????
    yes, i heard the doctors myself say he was ok, “lab work pretty darn good”. we went many times. something must have changed in some lab work because hospice called us, we did not call them, which means the doctor did. hospice says, the liver is shot-pretty much gone. they promised to be truthful. he is not bedridden yet. he is frail looking and losing much weight. i agree with allan, hospice would be most forthright. i just don’t get the deception from the er docs. it is 2010, and hospice says records from 2008 showed a very sick liver. is it possible they thought positive thinking would give him a better quality of life? he has suffered so much, but now hospice will make him comfortable. thank God. truly.

    • ANSWER:
      If he’s been admitted to a hospice then the prognosis that got him admitted is not good. Few people admitted to hospices last even 3 months, and most hospices don’t want clients unless they have less time than that. In some cases though people recover and go home, however the percentage who do is not high and in most cases is likely to be only a short term recovery. The hospice is likely to be more forthright than the doctors. It appears doctors want to give you hope so you keep racking up a bill with them. Insurance will only pay for one or the other… otherwise they are working against themselves by supporting both forms of care.

      So what are your dreams telling you? Has Jeremy recalled any of his?

  18. QUESTION:
    Is Dr. House in the house?
    A very dear friend of mine is complaining of symptoms that don’t seem to match up to anything pertaining to his “main” condition. Here’s hoping a real life Dr. House can offer an explanation.

    “Sweetie” is 61 and drinks way too much. It’s obvious to me and others that he’s an alcoholic. He is finally seeking treatment for a “mysterious illness” with many cirrhosis-like symptoms: edema, ascites, hypertension and general weakness to name the most obvious ones. He also looks like he’s about 4 stone overweight.

    Not a good start, eh?

    What confuses me are the symptoms he’s actually “really” complaining about. He seems to catch a cold every two days. Every so often (yearly?) he goes down with something that I can only describe as being like meningitis — severe headaches and neck stiffness, grogginess, and he’s out of it for a week or 10 days.

    The cold-like symptoms could be allergies, but he recently went to California and came back with even worse symptoms. The environment there was totally different, so I’m leaning towards ruling out allergies. He is also complaining of some upper chest pain and, oddly, painful knees (which could be a result of his weight or….could be TB?).

    Sounds like I’ve lost my mind — that I should care about “little” symptoms with a person who so obviously is killing himself with alcohol, but I reckon if I understood the whole picture I could conduct one of those “Interventions” more effectively and help his friends and family get him into one of those fancy month long dry-out centres and treatment programmes.

    So I MUST understand what the problems are, so as not to de-rail his primary consultant’s plans for him. (Of course, I am not privy to his consultant’s diagnosis or treatment plans. I’m truly operating in the dark.)

    So —- “Sweetie” is currently undergoing a series of tests with a consultant here in the UK. His heart and blood seem to be “okay”. Now they’re moving on to check urine to see if kidneys are okay. Presumably this consultant’s approach is to rule out “everything else” to explain his major symptoms and therefore land squarely on “It’s your liver, stupid.” A Consultant MUST say it or otherwise, a smart guy like this ain’t gonna’ believe NOTHIN’ that comes from NOBODY about his extreme affection for and dependence on alcohol. Hopefully the threat of actually dying will shake him up enough to be willing to enter your UK equivalent of a Betty Ford Center.

    Leading me to the “auxiliary” symptoms. I need to know what’s really going on before dragging someone off to get dried out. About these symptoms:
    1) Do they support a diagnosis of alcoholism and/or cirrhosis? (For example, could the meningitis-like symptoms be hypatic encephalopathy? Sorry, I have NO exposure to this so can’t do an amateur diagnosis on this one, unfortunately.)
    2) Do they support a “stranger” diagnosis such as TB? (He did work a long while in Africa many years ago.)
    3) Should I forget the “little” symptoms and just rush this dude to an alcoholic abuse centre and steam roll over “everything else”?

    THANKS for your advice. I’ve been worried about this for so long!

    • ANSWER:
      The episodes do sound like hypatic encephalopathy. Excess of alcohol is one of the reasons for vitamin B12 deficiency among other B vitamin deficiencies. Vitamin B12 deficiency causes chest pains among many other symptoms. As the liver and kidneys are essential to process vitamin D, a deficiency is this vitamin affects the joints and bones and causes muscle weakness. Vitamin D is essential to activate the immune system and B vitamins are also need for the immune.

      Of course weight also affects the knees. Milk thistle tonic is a must for anyone with liver problems as this detoxes the liver and helps regenerate damaged liver cells. It is found that addictions are linked to low serotonin levels and other neurotransmitters, this is why amino acid therapy is successful.

      Liver treatments:

      http://www.liverdoctor.com/index.php?page=liver-problems&subpage=cirrhosis

      Addiction recovery – amino acid nutrition therapy:

      http://www.addictionrecoveryguide.org/holistic/nutrition.html

      Vitamin B deficiencies and alcoholism:

      http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0847/is_n3_v13/ai_8193308/

  19. QUESTION:
    Alcohol and sleep questions?
    I AM WRITING A PAPER ON ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION AND HOW IT RELATES TO SLEEP. If you could answer these questions I would greatly appreciate your input. Thank you for stopping by and reading this:)

    Why do you think other people drink alcohol?
    1. To relax
    2. Improve sleep
    3. Increase confidence
    4. For the taste
    5. Socially acceptable
    6. Religious belief
    7. To make them attractive
    8. Romantic/Sexual reasons
    Your answer (select one # from above list) _____________

    1 Do you feel you are a normal drinker? (“normal” – drink as much or less than most other people)
    2 Has your drinking ever resulted in your being hospitalized in a psychiatric ward?
    3. Have you ever awakened the morning after some drinking the night before and found that you
    could not remember a part of the evening?
    4. After heavy drinking have you ever had delirium tremens (D.T.’s), severe shaking, visual or
    auditory (hearing) hallucinations?
    5. Has drinking ever created problems between you and a near relative or close friend?
    6 Does any near relative or close friend ever worry or complain about your drinking?
    7. Have you ever neglected your obligations, your family, or your work for two or more days in a
    row because you were drinking?
    8. Have you ever been hospitalized because of drinking?
    9. Have you ever gone to anyone for help about your drinking?
    10. Do you ever feel guilty about your drinking?
    11. Have you been arrested more than once for driving under the influence of alcohol?
    12. Have you ever gotten into trouble at work because of drinking?
    13. Have you ever lost friends because of your drinking?
    14. Can you stop drinking without difficulty after one or two drinks?
    15. Have you ever lost a job because of drinking?
    16. Have you ever been arrested, even for a few hours because of other behavior while drinking?
    (If Yes, how many times____________)
    17. Have you ever been told you have liver trouble such as cirrhosis?
    18 Have you ever gotten into physical fights when drinking?
    19. Has any family member or close friend gone to anyone for help about your drinking?
    20. Do you drink before noon fairly often?
    21. Have you ever gone to any doctor, social worker, clergyman or mental health clinic for help with
    any emotional problem in which drinking was part of the problem?
    22. Have you ever attended a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)?

    WITHIN THE LAST MONTH HAVE YOU:
    Please respond “Yes” or “No” for each question.

    23 Did you hold your breath, have breathing pauses, or stop breathing in your sleep?
    24 Did you snore loudly?
    25 Did you have restless or “crawling” feelings in your legs at night that went away if you moved
    your legs?
    26. Did you have nightmares, or did you scream walk, punch, or kick in your sleep?
    27. Did the following things disturb you in your sleep: pain, other physical symptoms, worries,
    medications, or other (specify)?
    28. Did you feel anxious
    29. Did you fall asleep unintentionally or have to fight to stay awake during the day?
    30. Did work or other activities prevent you from getting enough sleep?
    31. Did you have repeated rhythmic leg jerks or leg twitches during your sleep?
    32. Did you have difficulty falling asleep?
    33. Did sleep difficulties or daytime sleepiness interfere with your daily activities??

    USING A SCALE FROM 1=“not at all untypical of me” TO 5=”very typical of me” FOR EACH BELOW
    1=NEVER 2=RARELY 3=SOMETIMES 4=OCCASSIONALY 5=OFTEN
    Write the number from the above list that most likely represents your behavior.

    33. Many situations make me worry.
    34. I worry about projects until they are all done
    35. Once I start worrying, I cannot stop.
    36. I worry all the time.
    37. If I do not have enough time to do everything, I do not worry about it.________
    38. I know I should not worry about things, but I just cannot help it.
    39. As soon as I finish one task, I start to worry about everything else I have to do.
    40. When I am under pressure I worry a lot
    41. I do not tend to worry about things.__________
    42. I notice that I have been worrying about things.
    43. I never worry about anything
    44. I never worry about anything.
    45. I am always worrying about something.
    46. I find it easy to dismiss worrisome thoughts
    47. I have been a worrier all my life.
    48. When there is nothing more I can do about a concern, I do not worry about it anymore.
    49. My worries overwhelm me.__________

    • ANSWER:
      This was too lengthy. I’m sorry i couldn’t do it. Good luck

  20. QUESTION:
    Can you PLEASE help me answer these alcohol questions?
    I am writing about alcohol, anxiety and stress and really need some information to examine each of these. If you could please respond to these questions it would greatly be appreciated. Thanks so much for taking the time to stop and read this:)

    Why do you think other people drink alcohol?
    1. To relax
    2. Improve sleep
    3. Increase confidence
    4. For the taste
    5. Socially acceptable
    6. Religious belief
    7. To make them attractive
    8. Romantic/Sexual reasons
    Your answer (select one # from above list) _____________

    1 Do you feel you are a normal drinker? (“normal” – drink as much or less than most other people)
    2 Has your drinking ever resulted in your being hospitalized in a psychiatric ward?
    3. Have you ever awakened the morning after some drinking the night before and found that you
    could not remember a part of the evening?
    4. After heavy drinking have you ever had delirium tremens (D.T.’s), severe shaking, visual or
    auditory (hearing) hallucinations?
    5. Has drinking ever created problems between you and a near relative or close friend?
    6 Does any near relative or close friend ever worry or complain about your drinking?
    7. Have you ever neglected your obligations, your family, or your work for two or more days in a
    row because you were drinking?
    8. Have you ever been hospitalized because of drinking?
    9. Have you ever gone to anyone for help about your drinking?
    10. Do you ever feel guilty about your drinking?
    11. Have you been arrested more than once for driving under the influence of alcohol?
    12. Have you ever gotten into trouble at work because of drinking?
    13. Have you ever lost friends because of your drinking?
    14. Can you stop drinking without difficulty after one or two drinks?
    15. Have you ever lost a job because of drinking?
    16. Have you ever been arrested, even for a few hours because of other behavior while drinking?
    (If Yes, how many times____________)
    17. Have you ever been told you have liver trouble such as cirrhosis?
    18 Have you ever gotten into physical fights when drinking?
    19. Has any family member or close friend gone to anyone for help about your drinking?
    20. Do you drink before noon fairly often?
    21. Have you ever gone to any doctor, social worker, clergyman or mental health clinic for help with
    any emotional problem in which drinking was part of the problem?
    22. Have you ever attended a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)?

    WITHIN THE LAST MONTH HAVE YOU:
    Please respond “Yes” or “No” for each question.

    23 Did you hold your breath, have breathing pauses, or stop breathing in your sleep?
    24 Did you snore loudly?
    25 Did you have restless or “crawling” feelings in your legs at night that went away if you moved
    your legs?
    26. Did you have nightmares, or did you scream walk, punch, or kick in your sleep?
    27. Did the following things disturb you in your sleep: pain, other physical symptoms, worries,
    medications, or other (specify)?
    28. Did you feel anxious
    29. Did you fall asleep unintentionally or have to fight to stay awake during the day?
    30. Did work or other activities prevent you from getting enough sleep?
    31. Did you have repeated rhythmic leg jerks or leg twitches during your sleep?
    32. Did you have difficulty falling asleep?
    33. Did sleep difficulties or daytime sleepiness interfere with your daily activities??

    USING A SCALE FROM 1=“not at all untypical of me” TO 5=”very typical of me” FOR EACH BELOW
    1=NEVER 2=RARELY 3=SOMETIMES 4=OCCASSIONALY 5=OFTEN
    Write the number from the above list that most likely represents your behavior.

    33. Many situations make me worry.
    34. I worry about projects until they are all done
    35. Once I start worrying, I cannot stop.
    36. I worry all the time.
    37. If I do not have enough time to do everything, I do not worry about it.________
    38. I know I should not worry about things, but I just cannot help it.
    39. As soon as I finish one task, I start to worry about everything else I have to do.
    40. When I am under pressure I worry a lot
    41. I do not tend to worry about things.__________
    42. I notice that I have been worrying about things.
    43. I never worry about anything
    44. I never worry about anything.
    45. I am always worrying about something.
    46. I find it easy to dismiss worrisome thoughts
    47. I have been a worrier all my life.
    48. When there is nothing more I can do about a concern, I do not worry about it anymore.
    49. My worries overwhelm me.__________

    • ANSWER:
      This is the classic test given to demonstrate (to the person taking it) that they have a problem with alcohol, specifically, that they are an alcoholic.

      So what you are looking for as far as answers, I’m not sure about.

  21. QUESTION:
    Questions about alcohol and sleep?
    I am looking at alcohol and sleep for a paper and need your help by answering these questions. If you could please respond it would greatly be appreciated. Thanks so much for taking the time to stop and read this:)

    Why do you think other people drink alcohol?
    1. To relax
    2. Improve sleep
    3. Increase confidence
    4. For the taste
    5. Socially acceptable
    6. Religious belief
    7. To make them attractive
    8. Romantic/Sexual reasons
    Your answer (select one # from above list) _____________

    1 Do you feel you are a normal drinker? (“normal” – drink as much or less than most other people)
    2 Has your drinking ever resulted in your being hospitalized in a psychiatric ward?
    3. Have you ever awakened the morning after some drinking the night before and found that you
    could not remember a part of the evening?
    4. After heavy drinking have you ever had delirium tremens (D.T.’s), severe shaking, visual or
    auditory (hearing) hallucinations?
    5. Has drinking ever created problems between you and a near relative or close friend?
    6 Does any near relative or close friend ever worry or complain about your drinking?
    7. Have you ever neglected your obligations, your family, or your work for two or more days in a
    row because you were drinking?
    8. Have you ever been hospitalized because of drinking?
    9. Have you ever gone to anyone for help about your drinking?
    10. Do you ever feel guilty about your drinking?
    11. Have you been arrested more than once for driving under the influence of alcohol?
    12. Have you ever gotten into trouble at work because of drinking?
    13. Have you ever lost friends because of your drinking?
    14. Can you stop drinking without difficulty after one or two drinks?
    15. Have you ever lost a job because of drinking?
    16. Have you ever been arrested, even for a few hours because of other behavior while drinking?
    (If Yes, how many times____________)
    17. Have you ever been told you have liver trouble such as cirrhosis?
    18 Have you ever gotten into physical fights when drinking?
    19. Has any family member or close friend gone to anyone for help about your drinking?
    20. Do you drink before noon fairly often?
    21. Have you ever gone to any doctor, social worker, clergyman or mental health clinic for help with
    any emotional problem in which drinking was part of the problem?
    22. Have you ever attended a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)?

    WITHIN THE LAST MONTH HAVE YOU:
    Please respond “Yes” or “No” for each question.

    23 Did you hold your breath, have breathing pauses, or stop breathing in your sleep?
    24 Did you snore loudly?
    25 Did you have restless or “crawling” feelings in your legs at night that went away if you moved
    your legs?
    26. Did you have nightmares, or did you scream walk, punch, or kick in your sleep?
    27. Did the following things disturb you in your sleep: pain, other physical symptoms, worries,
    medications, or other (specify)?
    28. Did you feel anxious
    29. Did you fall asleep unintentionally or have to fight to stay awake during the day?
    30. Did work or other activities prevent you from getting enough sleep?
    31. Did you have repeated rhythmic leg jerks or leg twitches during your sleep?
    32. Did you have difficulty falling asleep?
    33. Did sleep difficulties or daytime sleepiness interfere with your daily activities??

    USING A SCALE FROM 1=“not at all untypical of me” TO 5=”very typical of me” FOR EACH BELOW
    1=NEVER 2=RARELY 3=SOMETIMES 4=OCCASSIONALY 5=OFTEN
    Write the number from the above list that most likely represents your behavior.

    33. Many situations make me worry.
    34. I worry about projects until they are all done
    35. Once I start worrying, I cannot stop.
    36. I worry all the time.
    37. If I do not have enough time to do everything, I do not worry about it.________
    38. I know I should not worry about things, but I just cannot help it.
    39. As soon as I finish one task, I start to worry about everything else I have to do.
    40. When I am under pressure I worry a lot
    41. I do not tend to worry about things.__________
    42. I notice that I have been worrying about things.
    43. I never worry about anything
    44. I never worry about anything.
    45. I am always worrying about something.
    46. I find it easy to dismiss worrisome thoughts
    47. I have been a worrier all my life.
    48. When there is nothing more I can do about a concern, I do not worry about it anymore.
    49. My worries overwhelm me.__________

    • ANSWER:
      3

      1 yes
      2 no
      3. a lot
      4. nope
      5. no
      6 no
      7. no
      8. no
      9. no
      10. no
      11. no
      12. no
      13. no
      14. i don’t know i don’t try to stop
      15. no
      16. no
      17. no
      18 no
      19. no
      20. not often at all. maybe left over beers from the night before etc
      21. no
      22. no

      WITHIN THE LAST MONTH HAVE YOU:
      Please respond “Yes” or “No” for each question.

      23 no
      24 no
      25 no
      26. no
      27. no
      28. yeah
      29. a lot
      30. yeah
      31. no
      32. a lot
      33. yeah

      USING A SCALE FROM 1=“not at all untypical of me” TO 5=”very typical of me” FOR EACH BELOW
      1=NEVER 2=RARELY 3=SOMETIMES 4=OCCASSIONALY 5=OFTEN
      Write the number from the above list that most likely represents your behavior.

      33. 2
      34. 2
      35. 2.
      36. 4
      37. 2
      38. 5
      39. 2
      40. 3
      41. 3
      42. 3
      43. 2
      44. 2
      45. 4
      46. 2
      47. 1
      48. 2
      49. 3

  22. QUESTION:
    my mom thinks she has an ear infection? seriously, i need help!?
    she’s a recovering alcoholic with cirrhosis, otherwise known as liver disease, and she can’t take pain killers or antibiotics and i was wondering what she can do!!! it seems like she just has the symptoms of a regular ear infection and i’m really worried for her, any advice?!?

    • ANSWER:
      Take her to the doctor.

  23. QUESTION:
    Whats wrong with him? *Medical scenario*?
    Danny is a 42 year old man who has come to your office with two major concerns. Danny has played the bagpipes for a number of years with a local pipe band. He makes a tidy sum on the side playing for weddings, parties, and of course, funerals. Lately though his fingers have been rather stiff and painful. In order to be able play up to his usual standard, he’s had to rely on ibuprofen or Aleve. On the medical history form, under symptoms and general complaints you notice that Danny has checked off ‘fatigue’ and ‘joint pain’
    His second major complaint is rather more worrisome. His girlfriend, Melanie, is in the sonography program at SPCC and she got Danny to come in for a body scan so she could practice; they discovered that he had a slightly enlarged liver. (Melody has made him promise to curtail his drinking at the various Highland Games until this ‘liver thing’ is sorted out)
    Upon reviewing Danny’s family history form, you observe that his father suffers from type II diabetes, though it is well controlled. His father’s oldest brother died from restrictive cardiomyopathy several years ago. His paternal grandparents, who were born in Scotland, are now in their 90’s and in remarkablly good health. Danny makes a face and says that is “beacause Maw maw and Paw paw are vegetarians.”
    Danny’s mother, also one of your patients, and though a strict non-drinker is suffering from cirrhosis of the liver. His materal grandfather, a native of Ireland, died of liver cancer before Danny was born.
    Based on this information, and research from your text and the internet, how will you advise and help your patient?

    haha, only in A&PII .. I have several of these to do and I am just trying to get a hint as to know in what direction i need to go for the rest of them!

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like he has haemochromatosis

      a thumbs down and Im right.. nice one..
      he has arthopathy form iron deposits in his joints tiredness from iron overload , iron storage in his liver cuases it to be enlargedits autosomal recessive conidtion and iron overload in his fathers pancreas cuased him to be diabetic,
      his grandparents were vegiees so they didnt have extra iron in their diets so didnt affect them
      and grandfather had liver cancer from liver cirrhoisis (non alcohol related) from iron overload damage
      fathers brother had cardiomyopathy from iron overload in his myometrium

  24. QUESTION:
    How to cope with very sick Mother? All of the stress? :(?
    I can honestly say, I’ve hit rock bottom. I thought that I was psychologically strong, but I’m not. Please take your time to read my story, I’ve asked several other questions about the same topic (sorry) but I haven’t had any helpful answers…I just feel like I need to tell somebody (anybody) who really cares; you know?

    Anyway, my Mom has 3 terminal illnesses, Hep C- (an illness that attacks the liver, she got it from a needle stick injury at work 7 years ago, hasn’t recieved any treatment whatsoever) Factor 5 Leiden (A blood clotting disorder passed down by genes) and CCF (Heart failure). She may even have more diseases but it’s unknown now.

    She’s in hospital right now – she’s been given tablets to help her urinate out all of the fluid that was stored in her lungs. Because of the Hep C I’m afraid that she may have Cirrhosis of the Liver because she shows all the signs and symptoms of doing so…

    I’m 14, I’m so stressed out. I wrote a 5 page letter to my Mom I’m going to give it to her tomorrow. Are there any ways to help me relieve stress? I thought she may have had Ascites but I looked at google images and she didn’t have pot belly.

    I’m just scared as HELL! AS HELL! I’ve been crying for 10 hours straight. At the hospital I just stare at the ground and bite my tongue because I’d cry like crazy. My Mom thinks I’m becoming distant of her because I don’t want to sit on the bed with her..Oh God I’ve got tears in my eyes now :(

    I’m getting chest pains because of all of the stress…Please help :( She’s all I’m living for….
    Yes, Vote you’re right. The pain’s from the neck but sometimes from the heart.
    & Yes also the left side of my body (shoulder blade) has an annoying pain also

    • ANSWER:

  25. QUESTION:
    Blood Test and Hepatitis concern?
    Hepatitis and blood question please?
    Hello, I found that I have Hep. B chronic. also exams result as: X-Ray (Pulmonory venous pressure and/or lung disease), CT (mosaic attenuation pattern) other CT (mosaic perfusion), Ultrasound (enlarged liver), blood hep. B and H. Pylori, Stress test (normal), EKG (normal)
    Now: another blood test – alt 85 and ast 48 (what is that means in this situation?
    My symptoms: upper abdominal chest pain (severe) with swollen on my lef side under the rib cage. Chest and back pain radiating toward lower back with some symptoms of cramp. Deep mid chest towards left pain and lack of breath (breating seems to be normal but with difficult) and tiredness.

    DO YOU THING I HAVE ANY SERIOUS CONCERN LIKE: Cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma, cancer. Please give me your opnion and knowledge. appreciate if you do not send me website. I just need your knowledge and opinion – thank you very much

    • ANSWER:
      The ALT and AST tests are liver enzymes. Your ALT is very high, and your AST is slightly elevated compared to norms. This means that liver cells were damaged at the time of the test. This does not mean anything one way or another about your liver’s ability to function – it only means that something is stressing or killing some of the liver cells. The cause for the cell damage could be several things, depending on what your were doing up to the night before the test. If you were drinking more than a small amount of alcohol, or taking Tylenol or prescription medication that affects the liver, you would expect these two enzymes to be elevated.

      The pains you are reporting are unlikely to have anything to do with the elevated liver enzymes – these levels commonly occur anytime a person takes Tylenol or has more than one or two drinks of alcohol. The pains could be caused by an enlarged liver or spleen, they could be from indigestion or other intestinal distress, or signs of coronary disease.

      If I were you, I would take one half of an aspirin, and call 911 or have someone drive me to the ER right away to make sure these are not signs of a heart attack.

  26. QUESTION:
    hepatitis and blood question please?
    Hello, I found that I have Hep. B chronic. also exams result as: X-Ray (Pulmonory venous pressure and/or lung disease), CT (mosaic attenuation pattern) other CT (mosaic perfusion), Ultrasound (enlarged liver), blood hep. B and H. Pylori, Stress test (normal), EKG (normal)
    Now: another blood test – alt 85 and ast 48 (what is that means in this situation?
    My symptoms: upper abdominal chest pain (severe) with swollen on my lef side under the rib cage. Chest and back pain radiating toward lower back with some symptoms of cramp. Deep mid chest towards left pain and lack of breath (breating seems to be normal but with difficult) and tiredness.

    DO YOU THING I HAVE ANY SERIOUS CONCERN LIKE: Cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma, cancer. Please give me your opnion and knowledge. appreciate if you do not send me website. I just need your knowledge and opinion – thank you very much

    • ANSWER:
      From your description it sound like you have cirrhosis, (we’d worry about cancer if you had said “I’m losing weight”)

      Your enlarged liver on the RIGHT SIDE may be causing what is called portal hypertension which causes venous blood backflow (like a traffic jam) to the spleen, (your spleen is on the left) it is a very vascularized organ and is probably being inflatted like a water balloon, causing you pain on the LEFT SIDE. The cirrohosis which is (the breakdown/destruction of liver cells) caused by the Hep B. virus is the culprit behind the liver enlargement.

      The reason you have chest symptoms is also due to this cirrohosis, in all that destruction of liver cell, there are protolytic liver enzymes that are released. No longer confined to the liver they may react with the inner lining of your body cavity called the pleura. This will cause the pleura to be stiffen or even inflammed, and since the liver is within proximity to the pleural lining of your lungs (ex. diaphram), you develop a difficulty to breath and pain upon breathing, because of this inflammation. It also explains in small part to your abdominal pain, but more due to the enlargement of your liver.

      Paul R. did a great job of explaining to you what the labs were for, it is important to note the numbers (normal ALT & AST are 8-20u/L), the higher the numbers are the worse condition your liver may be in.

      As for your back pain, I am concern that you may have some sort of kidney involvement. But if you are on a Hep B medication called Adefovir (Preveon) then it is a side effect of that medication. While the liver is a hardy organ and will regenerate, you need to see a good doctor and stick with the prescribed regiment.

      Also please do not drink alcohol, or take tylenol (they are process by your liver, which is on sick leave right now, and should not be stressed). Consult your doctor if you are going to take any over the counter medication including those herbal medicines. Also be careful of what you eat, especially seafood & shellfish.

  27. QUESTION:
    Liver damage?
    As a 30-year-old male who has done a fair share of drinking since age 21, I have developed an interest in cirrhosis. General information says that on average, it takes five drinks a day, every day, for at least ten years, for a male to develop cirrhosis. All of this information also points to the liver’s ability to heal when given a chance.
    I haven’t been drinking every day for ten years, but I’ve done a regular, consistent amount, mostly beer. I’ve had a few periods of weeks or months where I didn’t drink, but I’ve kept it up frequently. I don’t have any symptoms of liver problems except for some off-and-on mild pain under my ribcage, which may actually be gallbladder problems. A recent blood and urine test came back fine.

    What I’m curious about is the liver’s ability to heal itself. Is a young frequent drinker taking the exact same risk as a young person who drinks daily? Or does the liver benefit enough from frequent sober days to lessen the chance of serious liver damage?

    • ANSWER:
      Although there is a ‘safe’ amount of alcohol one can consume in a week, ‘binge drinking’ (ie. having your weekly ‘ration’ of alcohol all in one go, over three hours on a Friday night) does much more damage than spreading it out.

      As you point out, you’re not an alcoholic and so are relatively safe. If a liver function test came back normal, you’ve absolutely nothing to worry about. But the fact that you are researching cirrhosis probably means that on some level, you’re worried about the consequences of your drinking, meaning that to some extent, you know that you’re drinking too much and too regularly.

      Maybe cut back a bit, discuss your worries with your doctor and arrange regular liver function tests to keep your mind at ease. Once a year maybe. Much like ‘sexually adventurous’ people may have regular STD tests.


Cirrhosis Of The Liver Symptoms Itching

It also most stores and releases energy that helps the body in performing various functions. It is the only organ in the body that regenerates itself when injured. Any damage in the liver interferes with all these functions. There are around four liver disorders.

In fact, liver infection is one of the top ten causes of death in the United States and even though many forms of liver disease are avoidable and many more if detected early can be treated effectively.

Some symptoms which indicate something is wrong with the liver are:-

a Loss of appetite
a Diarrhea
a Flatulence
a Pain in the abdomen
a Difficulty in breathing and coughing

There are many ways to maintain the healthy liver like many drugs are available to deal with the liver disorders but excess usage of drugs can cause you many side effects like headache, insomnia and may also feel weakness in the body and also problem in breathing. Liver cirrhosis is mainly caused due to the excess consuming alcohol and smoking. Smoking and alcohols are very harmful to the health in various ways.
Ayurveda places the liver at the center of the body. It is the house of all the five digestive agnis, or fires, and hence if anything goes wrong with the liver, digestion will be the first activity to come under peril. The liver is also responsible for converting plasma to blood (Rakta dhaatu) in conjunction with the spleen. Thus, liver defects can cause serious blood ailments also.

Home Remedies for Liver Cirrhosis: –

a Wash 3-4 leaves of sacred. Mash them with sugar candy and mix it in 250 mg of water, drink two times a day after sieving the mixture. This is a very good home remedy for liver care.
a Reduce fat intake by 20-30 grams per day as in liver damage, bile secretion and digestion is affected that hinders the fat absorption.
a Take one teaspoonful of glucose in one cup of water thrice a day in the morning, afternoon and nighttime.
a Take juice of 2 oranges empty stomach for 5-7 days.
a Take 50 grams of white radish leaves and stem, add sugar candy in it and drink it each morning with empty stomach. This is a very easy and one of the effective home remedies for liver care.
a Daily intake of a pinch of roasted alum with buttermilk two times or thrice daily is highly beneficial in liver damage treatment.

Tips for liver care: -

a You can take a vitamin E.
a Do not drink an alcohol and tea.
a Do regular exercise and yoga.
a Excess sugar and salt in your diet are avoided.

When Should I Cleanse My Body Or Do Natural Liver Cleansing?

Get to it today! As harmful chemicals increase, our bodies become less efficient at removing accumulated waste and harmful chemicals. The earlier you begin, the sooner your body can begin to heal. Harmful chemicals are really simple to handle once they haven’t accumulated much in the body. Don’t go on postponing or procrastinating as you’ll have yourself to blame soon, start doing natural liver cleansing today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Liver cirrhosis and liver cancer?
    My husband has just been informed that he has “slight scarring” on the liver and that his liver is enlarged. I have many questions regarding this, but PLEASE, I am looking for serious-minded answers, not for people telling me that he should stop drinking or other kinds of moralizing; it is hard enough as it is. First: the doctor said “there is slight scarring but no sign of cirrhosis”. I don’t quite understand this because I though scarring of the liver IS cirrhosis, although it might be at a very early stage in his case. Also, is an enlarged liver the same thing as fatty liver, or could there be other reasons for it being enlarged? Unfortunately, his main health issue is not the liver but advanced heart failure (severe dilated cardiomyopathy) and also COPD. He was told some years ago that he has Hepatitis C but then it was in a dormant state. Could his Hepatitis C have caused the scarring over time even if it has been in a dormant state? Also, when the scarring has started, is it bound continue? His doctor says that his liver is “working”, although I’m not sure whether she meant that it is working without any problems or working at a diminished capacity. I have done a lot of reading and it seems to me that he has many of the symptoms associated with acute liver failure: itching and small red lesions scattered over his body, a brief (one day) period of yellow skin and vomiting, periods of flu-like symptoms with fever, loss of appetite, severe sleep disturbances, clay-colored stool, brown urine, and his nails have turned very light. Also, he quit smoking, not because of his own determination but because he lost taste for cigarettes, which apparently is a sign of liver failure. He also bruise and bleed very easily, and he is easily fatigued. Many of these symptoms are of course also associated with heart disease, but it seems that they have become worse in the last couple of months. His bleeding and bruising can of course be caused by the heavy doses of coumadin he is on, but it seems that the bruising has gotten worse too. He is also getting easy confused and is becoming more and more forgetful. He is 60 years old. So, this is what I wonder: Can the heart disease and/or the COPD have caused the liver disease, or affect it negatively? And vice versa, what effect does the liver issue have on the heart disease and the COPD? His doctor wrote in the last report that there is no sign of ascites but he keeps saying that he feels very bloated and to me it seems like fluid, not fat. He often complain of discomfort in his lower right side and get winded very easily (also a sign of the heart disease, of course). How serious is this liver problem? If in fact he does have acute liver failure due to Hepatitis C, what is the outlook? I don’t believe liver transplant is an option in his case due to his advanced heart failure and generally poor condition. If it is left untreated and he continues to drink (he has at least 3 beers and usually a couple of shots of hard liquor per day. I am desperately trying to make him stop or seek help, but I am not able to), what is likely to happen? If scar tissue continues to build up in his liver, how dangerous is it and what kind of life expectancy does he have? Is it a matter of decades or years/months before his liver gives in completely? How do people with this kind of disease typically die, slowly by wasting away or suddenly? If it is not acute liver failure, what else could it be? Does the complications of Hepatitis C always come from cirrhosis/scarring caused by it, or can it cause symptoms independently without leading to cirrhosis? And is scarring always a sign of cirrhosis or can there be other reasons for it? If so, how likely is it that the scarring does lead to cirrhosis (unless it is the same disease just at different stages) How great is the risk of developing liver cancer? Is this risk increased because of his generally poor health or is it determined by other factors? Please, please, any information at all would be of great help. I know that all these questions should be directed to his doctor, but my husband refuses to let me meet her, and he himself seems to live in denial and doesn’t want to know anything about his disease. This is my reality, and any information you could provide would be gratefully accepted. Thankyou for reading all the way through this long question.

    • ANSWER:

  2. QUESTION:
    Scarring of the liver and cirrhosis?
    My husband has just been informed that he has “slight scarring” on the liver and that his liver is enlarged. I have many questions regarding this, but PLEASE, I am looking for serious-minded answers, not for people telling me that he should stop drinking or other kinds of moralizing; it is hard enough as it is. First: the doctor said “there is slight scarring but no sign of cirrhosis”. I don’t quite understand this because I though scarring of the liver IS cirrhosis, although it might be at a very early stage in his case. Also, is an enlarged liver the same thing as fatty liver, or could there be other reasons for it being enlarged? Unfortunately, his main health issue is not the liver but advanced heart failure (severe dilated cardiomyopathy) and also COPD. He was told some years ago that he has Hepatitis C but then it was in a dormant state. Could his Hepatitis C have caused the scarring over time even if it has been in a dormant state? Also, when the scarring has started, is it bound continue? His doctor says that his liver is “working”, although I’m not sure whether she meant that it is working without any problems or working at a diminished capacity. I have done a lot of reading and it seems to me that he has many of the symptoms associated with acute liver failure: itching and small red lesions scattered over his body, a brief (one day) period of yellow skin and vomiting, periods of flu-like symptoms with fever, loss of appetite, severe sleep disturbances, clay-colored stool, brown urine, and his nails have turned very light. Also, he quit smoking, not because of his own determination but because he lost taste for cigarettes, which apparently is a sign of liver failure. He also bruise and bleed very easily, and he is easily fatigued. Many of these symptoms are of course also associated with heart disease, but it seems that they have become worse in the last couple of months. His bleeding and bruising can of course be caused by the heavy doses of coumadin he is on, but it seems that the bruising has gotten worse too. He is also getting easy confused and is becoming more and more forgetful. He is 60 years old. So, this is what I wonder: Can the heart disease and/or the COPD have caused the liver disease, or affect it negatively? And vice versa, what effect does the liver issue have on the heart disease and the COPD? His doctor wrote in the last report that there is no sign of ascites but he keeps saying that he feels very bloated and to me it seems like fluid, not fat. He often complain of discomfort in his lower right side and get winded very easily (also a sign of the heart disease, of course). How serious is this liver problem? If in fact he does have acute liver failure due to Hepatitis C, what is the outlook? I don’t believe liver transplant is an option in his case due to his advanced heart failure and generally poor condition. If it is left untreated and he continues to drink (he has at least 3 beers and usually a couple of shots of hard liquor per day. I am desperately trying to make him stop or seek help, but I am not able to), what is likely to happen? If scar tissue continues to build up in his liver, how dangerous is it and what kind of life expectancy does he have? Is it a matter of decades or years/months before his liver gives in completely? How do people with this kind of disease typically die, slowly by wasting away or suddenly? If it is not acute liver failure, what else could it be? Does the complications of Hepatitis C always come from cirrhosis/scarring caused by it, or can it cause symptoms independently without leading to cirrhosis? And is scarring always a sign of cirrhosis or can there be other reasons for it? If so, how likely is it that the scarring does lead to cirrhosis (unless it is the same disease just at different stages) How great is the risk of developing liver cancer? Is this risk increased because of his generally poor health or is it determined by other factors? Please, please, any information at all would be of great help. I know that all these questions should be directed to his doctor, but my husband refuses to let me meet her, and he himself seems to live in denial and doesn’t want to know anything about his disease. This is my reality, and any information you could provide would be gratefully accepted. Thankyou for reading all the way through this long question.

    • ANSWER:
      Lena, an alcoholic is THE most difficult of all patients to help, especially when you want to do so much. ALL that you describe is due to alcohol. At first alcohol causes liver cells to fill with fat and produce an enlarged fatty liver which alone has caused sudden death. In time, as liver cells die, scarring results and can then progress (under the microscope) to produce a smaller scarred liver called alcoholic cirrhosis. The liver then produces inadequate clotting factors which can produce skin and other hemorrhages, as well as leak fluid into the belly (ascites), and change blood circulation to overload and damage an eenlarging heart under strain as well as dilated, thin-walled esophageal veins (varices) which can anytime suddenly rupture as great quantities of blood are coughed up. Hepatitis c also damages the liver and is believed to be a cause of liver cancer. As long as your husband continues to drink alcohol, he will continue to go downhill and die in spite of your efforts. Try the phone book or call Al-Anon, an organization for spouses of alcoholics for much more information on how to deal with your extremely difficult situation. You cannot go it alone and expect and success.

  3. QUESTION:
    Cirrhosis of the Liver?
    Well my dad was diagnosed this 4-5 years ago but never told anyone. My mom talked to doctors and was telling us kids what the symptoms are and everything but then she was listing them and said she well im not going to tell you the last thing. I already know weakness,fatigue,loss of appetite, nausea, weight loss, abdominal pain, itching, spider-like vains, nose bleeds, bruising, swelling of the belly/ legs, jaundice and some confusion this last thing seems to be very important. i already know he doesnt have much time left so what is this bad symptom that my mom is hiding from me i mean it cant be worst than him dying……please i would really like to know and be prepared for the worst

    • ANSWER:
      It may be Portal hypertension with varies. The blood no longer flows
      through the liver well. It backs up into the portal vein and smaller vessels
      (known as varies). These varies can have weak spots and balloon outward
      and break open. Any blood seen in the sputum, vomit, or rectal area should
      be checked immediately. He should be taken to the ER.

      The doctors can go in an band these vessels to stop the bleeding.
      Cirrhosis patients…their liver isn’t able to make clotting factors efficiently
      any more. They can bleed and bruise very easily. Losing any amount
      of blood can be life threatening.

      He should considered being evaluated for placement on the liver transplant
      list. His doctor could refer him to a Transplant Center close to home to
      have this done. Some patients may not be able to have a transplant done.
      These are those who the doctor believe may not live through the long
      hours of surgery ( like serious heart conditions) or they may have
      to wait to be placed on the list (because of alcohol or drug abuse)
      Each person is taken on an individual basis…only the Transplant doctors
      can know for certain if the patient is able to be listed or not.

      I have listed some links for you, that may be of help.
      Don’t know for certain what your Mom meant…

      http://www.hcvets.com/data/hcv_liver/cirrhosis.htm

      http://www.medicinenet.com/cirrhosis/article.htm

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cirrhosis/DS00373

      http://www.surgery.usc.edu/divisions/hep/patientguide/index.html

      http://www.transplantliving.org/

      http://www.surgery.usc.edu/divisions/hep/livedonorlivertransplant.html

      Some things can be done to make him more comfortable:
      1 Ascite abdominal fluid can be remove by a procedure known as
      paracentesis…make it easier to breathe and eat.
      2 Encephalopathy leads to mental confusion, disorientation can
      be helps by medications like Lactulose or Xifanin.
      3. Swelling of legs and feet: patient is placed on a lower sodium
      diet, told how much fluid they are allowed to have per day and
      may also be placed on diuretics. Raise the legs but do not
      massage them.
      4. If unable to eat, it would be good to ask the doctor which
      supplements he would be able to take.

      If he cannot have a transplant, then he may want to decide to
      have Hospice care at home. The doctor will sign forms if he
      thinks he may not live more than six months. It is always
      good to contact the Area of the AGing in the area you live in…
      they not only help senior citizens but will give information to
      those who are disabled.

      Best wishes

  4. QUESTION:
    What do ‘pinprick’ sensations denote?
    I’m 56 and recently massively curtailed my drinking after developing fears that I had either cancer of the liver or cirrhosis of the liver due to no other real evidence than the fact that I’d drunk fairly heavily up to about five years ago, and have had regular binges since on wine and beer, altough I’ve never touched spirits, and when I say I’d binged on wine and beer the most I’d ever have would be a single bottle of wine and maybe a couple of bottles of strong ale with it (say 7.5%). I’d do this at most a couple of nights a week, and would totally abstain on all the other days.

    I’ve checked for all the symptoms of the two conditions listed above and have hardly any of them at all except a bit of listlessness for a couple of days after a ‘session’, and have none of the other ‘signs’ such as yellowing of the eyes, jaundice, loss of weight, dark ‘tarry’ stools, diorrhaea or any of the other possible symptoms I’ve seen listed anywhere.

    Just lately, though, I’ve experienced a few little ‘sensations’ on the upper right side of my body in the form of little ‘pinpricks’ and these are now appearing at various other parts of my body – indee, they could occur anywhere without warning – and are no worse than a sudden little ‘prick’ or even an itch. The sensations are never present for the first hour of the day, and are worse when I dwell on them.

    Does anyone have any sort of idea what might be happening with me? Any help you could give me would be very gratefully received.

    • ANSWER:
      Pinprick sensation on the upper right of the body shows overloaded condition of the liver caused by consuming too much alcohol, greasy food and/or staying awake until late night.
      Reducing the habits that harms the liver and consuming liver protecting supplements containing high chlorophyll, CGF, PPARS, Superoxide Dismutase etc. will relieve the pinprick sensation.


Cirrhosis Of The Liver Symptoms Dangers

Sclerosis of the liver is a kind of scarring that happens to your liver and is caused by long-term damage from things such as alcohol, toxins, hepatitis, or some inherited diseases.

Sclerosis of the liver is usually called cirrhosis of the liver. So, one tip I have for you…if you’re searching the web and can’t find anything on sclerosis of the liver, then try searching for cirrhosis of the liver. Whether you call it sclerosis or cirrhosis, it doesn’t really matter. The disease is the same, and the symptoms are also the same.

So what are some thing you should look out for?

Well, sclerosis can be a little tricky because symptoms won’t show up right away a lot of times. But some of the first symptoms include a loss of interest in sex, nausea or a general lack of desire to eat, fatigue, weakness, a yellowing of the skin (also known as jaundice) and easily bruising.

As the disease progresses and more and more scarring takes place, more symptoms start to appear. You might notice swelling in the legs and feet (edema) or bloating in the stomach (ascites). You may also get bacteria in the abdomen when ascites is present and / or bleeding into the esophagus or stomach.

While all of these symptoms sound disheartening, you should know that there’s almost always a point where sclerosis of the liver can be turned around. Adding the right foods and supplements to your diet and removing the wrong foods can help tremendously.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Do I have Cirrhosis of the liver?
    Brief history: I’m 55 white male. For the better part of my life I led an extremely fit, very active lifestyle which included intense weight training and cardio training 5-6 days a week. I have always eaten a low fat, high fiber, lean diet. At 48 and 6 feet tall I was 210 lb at under 10% bodyfat and competed in natural bodybuilding. Fitness was my life. I drank in moderation if at all.

    Starting in my mid 40′s I would overindulge occasionally but when I was about 48 or 49 I had some personal issues that affected my mental frame of mind and I began drinking more heavily and for the next 5-6 years, would drink large amounts on a daily basis, almost always to intoxication. I still managed to maintain a level of fitness that most people my age were envious of and my alcohol intake would begin at 5 or 6 pm and continue until bed time. There would be the occasional “getting healthy” phase and I would abstain for 4-6 weeks but it was rare.

    Around 3 or 4 years ago I began having occasional swelling and mild discomfort in my abdomen and right upper quadrant that would come and go. When these symptoms first occurred in I had a CT scan of my abdomen that came back negative. I specifically questioned my dr about my liver and he said it looked normal. Additionally, my yearly, routine physicals showed all liver tests as normal and in fact, well below any danger areas.

    After basically being tired of being drunk and wanting to return to my former self, I decided to abstain and I have had no liquor for a few months but recently this discomfort has returned.

    At my most recent physical in Feb of this year, my blood work again seemed normal:

    AST 23 units/L

    ALT 24 units/L

    Alk phos 47 units/L

    Total Bilirubin 0.5 mg/dl

    Total protein 8.4 g/dl

    I realize nobody can diagnose from this alone and I’ve pretty much decided to go to my dr for further exams but was wondering if anyone could shed light for me. And please no one liner answers, I’m looking for someone who might have some medical background or at least someone who is/was in my situation or has a family member or friend.

    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Your blood work certainly does not show any signs of liver damage which is really good. The experts give an estimate of 10 years of heavy drinking when cirrhosis could form but that varies greatly from one person to another depending on many factors. It might take less than 10 years for one and decades for someone else. There is no set time frame or amount you can drink. In my opinion, I do not think you are having a liver problem, but I am certainly no doctor.

      Your biliruben is excellent, and this is usually always high if there is a liver problem along with elevated enzymes. There is many reasons you can have this bloated feeling in your abdominal area such as gallbladder and stomach problems. It could be something as simple as gas.

  2. QUESTION:
    what are the dangers of having hep c and heart problems (stint operation)?
    my father has cirrhosis of the liver caused by hep b or c he has isachaemic myocardia and needs a stint operation i am afraid of double organ failure his present symptoms are tiredness itchiness lower back pain around sides. low appetite and weight loss

    • ANSWER:
      I assume you mean a stent, a ring is inserted to enlarge the aorta. Any major surgery carries risks but today’s procedures and protocols bring this to the minimum. Which organ failures are you worried about?

      If the surgeon or anaesthetist believes that such an operation is likely to result in a worsening of the condition, they simply won’t carry it out.


Cirrhosis Of The Liver Symptoms Diagnosis

If you have sclerosis of the liver, or you know someone who does, then I bet you’re looking for some information about the types of foods you should avoid. Well, first, let me just clear up one thing. Sclerosis of the liver is usually referred to as cirrhosis of the liver. That may help you with your internet searches.

In the meantime, hopefully I can help with some of your questions about sclerosis of the liver / cirrhosis of the liver.

I bet one of your questions is about what you should or shouldn’t eat. While I don’t completely believe in telling anyone what they should or shouldn’t do, I do believe in giving options and allowing you to make your own decisions in your life.

So, while doing some research, I found a few food items that are a good idea to give the boot. Wave goodbye to these food items and see how much better you feel.

#1. I know that salt makes things taste better, but it’s really not good for anyone to eat too much of it. And for someone suffering with sclerosis of the liver, it’s a good idea to really reduce the salt intake. Avoid things such as soy sauce, french fries, potato chips and any other highly-salted food. And remember, salt is hidden in everything. Make sure you read the labels when you go grocery shopping. You can never go wrong with fruits and vegetables…they are naturally not salty!

#2. Many (but not all) cases of sclerosis of the liver are due to chronic alcoholism. And even if yours isn’t caused by alcoholism, do your liver a favor and cut it out. Alcohol is a toxin, and your liver needs a break from toxins.

#3. Unhealthy fats are not good in anyone’s diet, so this one shouldn’t be surprising. Trans fats are absolutely a no-no…for everyone. They are harmful, and not at all helpful for your body. Trans fats are found in things like margarine, potato chips, pancake mix and many of the packaged goodies that you can find in the stores.

Once again, you’ll have to read labels to find these fats. Also avoid saturated fats. But, know that there are such things as healthy fats, and those are essential for your body. These fats can be found in salmon, walnuts, avocado and olive oil.

Now you know some foods you can send off with a friendly wave. It’s a good idea to treat your body right whether you have sclerosis of the liver or not. And when you do that, your body will respond and treat you great too.

Are you looking for a more detailed sclerosis of the liver diet plan? Follow the link for more questions and answers, and to find an all-natural solution. http://www.squidoo.com/sclerosisoftheliver

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know what causes Palmar Erythema with a diagnosis of liver cirrhosis?
    I found millions of websites that state it is a symptom of portal hypertension in association with Cirrhosis, but I need to know the mechanism behind it. What causes it? Any smarties out there?

    • ANSWER:
      I really don’t believe that any one knows what causes it.

  2. QUESTION:
    What do these symptoms sound like?? HIV? Cirrhosis?
    Please…I need someone to help me. I don’t trust doctors. A lot of times they are wrong with their diagnosis, so I feel more comfortable asking this on Yahoo answers. I will tell you my symptoms and experience and if ANYONE has ANY insight into what my problem may be…please respond. I am hoping the good spirits will lead me in the right direction as I’ve had these problems for over 10 years now. OK, so when I was a child I was pretty healthy…I got earaches from time to time and strep throat. I never had sex with anyone until I was 18. but I had bad breath when I was in school but not chronic. I think it was just due to a dry mouth but it was definitly worse than average so I had some underlying problem, I am sure of it. Also the infections were more than normal. Then at age 17 I had a MASSIVE overdose on MDMA AND SPEED during a 3 day binge (I know I was a moron and I deserve what I got,…but I didnt know how bad it was for you back then…but I still shouldnt of taken so many pills) I almost died. I went to the hospital and they couldnt figure out what was wrong. They said it was heroin withdrawl. I am sure that wasnt it. I dont think there was heroin in the pills. Even with the brown dots in them, I was told heroin in pills is a rumor. So, thats besides the point. Ever since the overdose, I have had insanely serious health problems. I also smoked weed everyday for 10 years (all day long…I was considered the biggest pothead in my town) I am sure this weakened my immune system since I did not do it in moderation. I will explain all my symptoms here in a moment. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my story. So, I think the pot is also a factor. Since I quit, I have felt slightly healthier. My serotonin seems to be back….My parasites have reduced, etc. So, I relate that to my immune system. Anyways, my symptoms are White Coated Tongue (also it is yellow sometimes…and it’s severe….brushing wont get rid of it….the only thing that reduces it is eating all raw food and living a healthy lifestlye…which is hard for me to do all the time) Alslo i have a swollen and (sometimes) dried up ankle(mostly when I drink a lot of alcohol). It’s also looks like my ankle is “scarred” …this could be when it got real dry and I picked the skin off and it started bleeding, but it was dry for 10 years. People would look at it and say “What’s wrong with your ankle!?” So, it is very abnormal. I looked up online and I think its ankle edema. My lower leg is also usually swollen. I am sure the overdose messed my liver up as I always have horrible breath even if I brushed and flossed 10x a day it wouldnt help. I know my body is overun by bacteria…thats ovbious to me. I am not sure what diseaes I have though since the doctors never diagnosed me correctly (and also i am AGAINST taking prescription drugs, as they also weaken your immune system…so I stopped going to the doctor over 8 years ago…since they never helped me anyways) I started eating as good as possible (organic foods, etc) but i also have been eating a lot of fast food now lately. I know I need to stop that as it just makes things worse. So, I know what to do, I just need to know what I could have, I am wondering if it might be HIV. I am terrified of needles so I dont want to get an HIV test. Also I’ve only had sex with 1 girl in my life….and she had the HIV test and came up negative…so I might not have HIV…but then again..I do have the symptoms of it. I also have bad parasites….I can see them when I goto the bathroom…they explode when they hit the toilet…and consquently I also have explosive diarhea (ESPECIALLY for the first 3 days after I quit smoking marijuana….which i rcently quit…but I am still having them right now as we speak) I have quit marijuana several times in my life and everytime I got the explosive diareha. One time I got severe Nausea and vomiting and was CHOKING on my own vomit. I couldnt breath and almost died. I got lucky and got some marijuana which stopped me from throwing up and saved my life. Now I dont get those severe symptoms anymore. Just headacles, and diareah and nausea, but no severe vomiting (thank god!) I think that is due to my years of eating healthy that has strengthened my immune system. Now dont be afraid to tell me I might have HIV…I am NOT a hypocondraict and I will not freak out over it. I really want to know…if I am told i have it…it will be even more motivation for me to do everything healthy so i can cure it. I know the “Cure” word is illegal for health people to use, but I know HIV can be cured…I believe in spiritual healing as well. I think this is the reason I am still here today. I mean, I have had these symptoms for SO LONG now (over 10 years) that you’d figure I would of gotten worse or died. I have actually gotten healtheir. I have heard of people with AIDS who have gotten healtheir to the point to where they only had HIV…so I believe that. I may be one of those cases. I
    by the way I KNOW the pills had MDMA and Speed (but i seriously doubt heroin)in them because I know what both do to you. I had two different types. I had the pink panthers which were very high dose of MDMA (even one led me to seeing vibrations..but I took 10 of them in 2 days) And I had 5 white bombs which were straight amphetemines) I had the overdose in 1999 when pills were much stronger. You could compare it to eating about 50 pills in 3 days for nowadays stength.Plus you’re not supposed to mix MDMA and speed…it makes it more toxic. The short term effects were mostly heart problems and I couldnt sleep) I should of died. I definitly had a higher power watching over me.
    By the way I am not overweight at all. I am skinny. I am 30 years old and look like I’m 17….(no exageration)so I havent aged at all either during this crisis. I should of added that in my description. And my bones are very weak. I broke my finger from simply wrestling a friend. I used to wrestle all the time when I was younger and never even came close to breaking any bones..

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like eczema on your ankle. Drinking is poison/toxic for eczema it will flare it up.
      If you have dry mouth that can be what is wrong with your tongue. Smoking weed clogs the saliva ducts. Chew crushed ice for a few weeks should help tons. And help open ducts.
      I know many many old druggies. When there were real hard drugs in the late 60′s and 70′s. Much of what you say has nothing to do with the ones you did. (Bones being weak) That is from diet while on the drugs. Now your paranoia is drug related.
      If your liver was shot you would have jaundice before anything else.
      Think about cleaning yourself out. Parasites are nasty to one body.
      Your other question said you have some powers that most do not. Maybe your seeing the future with the AIDS if you do not change your ways. Some kind of warning???
      Just a thought.

  3. QUESTION:
    Life expectancy of someone who has cirrhosis?
    I know that no one would be able to give me an actual expectancy, but i’m wondering if anyone has encountered this same issue maybe with a friend/family member?

    My mother was admitted into the hospital about 4 days ago. They know she has some type of liver failure, and they’re about 99% positive it’s cirrhosis. My mother has been a long term alcoholic, and with all of her symptoms they believe this is definitely the diagnosis, but are un-able to be 100% sure because she isn’t stable enough to get a liver biopsy. My mother was in regular unit care, and was put into ICU today because of partial heart failure. Her doctor said something about the fluids weren’t draining. But that her heart looks good now, and she’s breathing without oxygen. They can’t tell what caused the heart problem. They said it could be because of an infection because of her liver failure, or her going into Detox, or many other things. The doctor told me today that my mother will most likely need a liver transplant, but that she probably won’t make the list (Because of her alcoholism) and that even if she did make the list, she couldn’t with stand the surgery. The doctor made it seem like things really weren’t looking good, and that she’s getting worse. I have read up on Cirrhosis, and know that there is no cure besides a liver transplant. I am scared that my mother only has days now to live, or maybe weeks. I am just wondering if there is anyone else out there who has encountered a similar tragedy and might have any input for me? Or if it has happened to someone they know, how long that member had to live after being “diagnosed”.

    I have been visiting her everyday, in between work and after work, and I fear I may need to take time off from work because of her worsening condition.

    ANY input would be so very much appreciated.. thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Your mother is going through a crisis right now due to her having cirrhosis which brings about many problems as you probably have already read about in your research of the disease. If she can pull out of this crisis, she may be around for awhile yet, but everything depends on how much damage she has right now and how close to total liver failure she might be. I had cirrhosis from an autoimmune disease. The tip off that something was wrong was fluid retention in my belly. To make a long story short, I was diagnosed, evaluated for transplant and received one 5 years ago. When physical signs appear from cirrhosis, the disease is usually far advanced. When I was diagnosed, my liver was 90% destroyed with scar tissue which replaces healthy liver tissue.

      I’m sorry to say that your mothers chance of getting a transplant soon is not possible. The first requirement for an alcoholic is that they detox for at least 6 months and must participate in rehab and’/or counseling to address their drinking issue. They must have a complete lifestyle change and will never be able to drink again even after the transplant. Once they go through this 6 months and rehab, then they can be evaluated for a liver transplant. They must then pass an evaluation that will determine whether or not you can get listed to receive a transplant. This includes a lot of medical testing along with psychiatric evaluation. If the person is too sick, they will be denied. The alcoholic also much agree to have random alcohol/drug testing done anytime they feel like asking for one if the person is accepted to be listed. If the test is ever positive, they will be immediately removed from the list and be denied a transplant.

      Even though it is difficult for an alcoholic to get a transplant, it is not impossible. The person must have a total lifestyle change and be committed to getting well. They must comply with everything their doctors tell them to do. They not only have to deal with the disease of cirrhosis and all the problems that come with that, but they must also be addressing their addiction to alcohol on top of it which makes it very difficult. Many people either cannot or will not do it. If the cirrhosis is advanced, then it’s just a matter of time before it will take their life. The liver doctor is the best person to ask how long since they know all the results of the medical tests. You just can’t compare one person to another until you see the tests and amount of damage.

      It’s not unusual for an infection to take the life of someone with cirrhosis. Sometimes that fluid that accumulates in the abdomen can become infected which can be life threatening. Since your mother had some partial heart failure, I don’t know if she is having fluid such as congestive heart failure or the fluid that builds up from cirrhosis. It may be a combination of both. Time will tell whether or not she can pull out of this crisis and go on. I’m sorry she is so sick, but it really should be no surprise for a long term alcoholic. It’s a very sad situation that many families experience with loved ones who just refuse to stop drinking. It takes a long time, but eventually it catches up to them.

  4. QUESTION:
    Is Dr. House in the house?
    A very dear friend of mine is complaining of symptoms that don’t seem to match up to anything pertaining to his “main” condition. Here’s hoping a real life Dr. House can offer an explanation.

    “Sweetie” is 61 and drinks way too much. It’s obvious to me and others that he’s an alcoholic. He is finally seeking treatment for a “mysterious illness” with many cirrhosis-like symptoms: edema, ascites, hypertension and general weakness to name the most obvious ones. He also looks like he’s about 4 stone overweight.

    Not a good start, eh?

    What confuses me are the symptoms he’s actually “really” complaining about. He seems to catch a cold every two days. Every so often (yearly?) he goes down with something that I can only describe as being like meningitis — severe headaches and neck stiffness, grogginess, and he’s out of it for a week or 10 days.

    The cold-like symptoms could be allergies, but he recently went to California and came back with even worse symptoms. The environment there was totally different, so I’m leaning towards ruling out allergies. He is also complaining of some upper chest pain and, oddly, painful knees (which could be a result of his weight or….could be TB?).

    Sounds like I’ve lost my mind — that I should care about “little” symptoms with a person who so obviously is killing himself with alcohol, but I reckon if I understood the whole picture I could conduct one of those “Interventions” more effectively and help his friends and family get him into one of those fancy month long dry-out centres and treatment programmes.

    So I MUST understand what the problems are, so as not to de-rail his primary consultant’s plans for him. (Of course, I am not privy to his consultant’s diagnosis or treatment plans. I’m truly operating in the dark.)

    So —- “Sweetie” is currently undergoing a series of tests with a consultant here in the UK. His heart and blood seem to be “okay”. Now they’re moving on to check urine to see if kidneys are okay. Presumably this consultant’s approach is to rule out “everything else” to explain his major symptoms and therefore land squarely on “It’s your liver, stupid.” A Consultant MUST say it or otherwise, a smart guy like this ain’t gonna’ believe NOTHIN’ that comes from NOBODY about his extreme affection for and dependence on alcohol. Hopefully the threat of actually dying will shake him up enough to be willing to enter your UK equivalent of a Betty Ford Center.

    Leading me to the “auxiliary” symptoms. I need to know what’s really going on before dragging someone off to get dried out. About these symptoms:
    1) Do they support a diagnosis of alcoholism and/or cirrhosis? (For example, could the meningitis-like symptoms be hypatic encephalopathy? Sorry, I have NO exposure to this so can’t do an amateur diagnosis on this one, unfortunately.)
    2) Do they support a “stranger” diagnosis such as TB? (He did work a long while in Africa many years ago.)
    3) Should I forget the “little” symptoms and just rush this dude to an alcoholic abuse centre and steam roll over “everything else”?

    THANKS for your advice. I’ve been worried about this for so long!

    • ANSWER:
      The episodes do sound like hypatic encephalopathy. Excess of alcohol is one of the reasons for vitamin B12 deficiency among other B vitamin deficiencies. Vitamin B12 deficiency causes chest pains among many other symptoms. As the liver and kidneys are essential to process vitamin D, a deficiency is this vitamin affects the joints and bones and causes muscle weakness. Vitamin D is essential to activate the immune system and B vitamins are also need for the immune.

      Of course weight also affects the knees. Milk thistle tonic is a must for anyone with liver problems as this detoxes the liver and helps regenerate damaged liver cells. It is found that addictions are linked to low serotonin levels and other neurotransmitters, this is why amino acid therapy is successful.

      Liver treatments:

      http://www.liverdoctor.com/index.php?page=liver-problems&subpage=cirrhosis

      Addiction recovery – amino acid nutrition therapy:

      http://www.addictionrecoveryguide.org/holistic/nutrition.html

      Vitamin B deficiencies and alcoholism:

      http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0847/is_n3_v13/ai_8193308/


Cirrhosis Of The Liver Symptoms Diet

Have you ever heard of sclerosis of the liver? What about cirrhosis of the liver? Well, they are the same thing. In fact, the condition is usually referred to as liver cirrhosis, but sometimes sclerosis is used instead.

Whatever you call it, it means your liver is scarring. Think of when you cut your leg real bad. When it heals, it scars, right? Well, the same can happen with your liver.

Why does this happen? Well, it’s not caused by any short-term trauma such as a car accident. It’s more long-term damage that causes the scarring. Alcoholism, hepatitis, some autoimmune diseases, some toxic chemicals, some inherited diseases, and certain medications can all cause sclerosis of the liver.

So once you’re diagnosed with sclerosis of the liver / cirrhosis of the liver, does that mean your life is over?

No way.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from all areas of life, that is to never give up. No matter what.

Now, if your liver gets to a certain point and the scarring is too severe, it will cause the liver to fail. At that point, a transplant will be necessary.

But there are things you can do so that you don’t have to get to that point.

One of the biggest factors is what you do and don’t put into your mouth. Some foods have life-giving properties, and some foods decrease the quality of your life. I’m sure you probably already know many foods that are great for your body (fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats…) and the ones that are detrimental to your body (unhealthy trans and saturated fats, sugar, salt, alcohol…).

One of the symptoms of sclerosis of the liver is nausea. But I think you’ll see that once you start to eat better, your whole system will feel better and the nausea will lessen. Your mood will improve. Your quality of life will improve.

Relieving your stress is also a major factor. Sitting a few times a day and taking several really deep breaths can reduce your stress and send more oxygen to your liver and other areas of your body. If you want to heal your liver, this is an important step.

Of course there are other things you can do to start healing your liver. Natural ways. Taking certain supplements and vitamins and exercising are a couple of other factors.

Drugs are not always the only solution. They have their place, but they treat the symptoms more than the cause. If you really want to turn your liver around, you need to get to the root cause.

Thankfully, this research has already been done for you. A plan is already put together and available for you. So are you ready to start reversing your sclerosis of the liver? Just follow the link. http://www.squidoo.com/sclerosisoftheliver

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does drinking too much diet coke or taking more than 2 tylenol a day harm your liver?
    I drink about 2 cans of diet coke a day and i am wondering if it damages your liver? i have spent hours looking for proof online about drinking diet coke but haven’t found any. I am aware of how tylenol can adversly affect your liver but the docs have told me that it’s the only thing i can take for pain (on top of that i am allergic to aspirin and ibuprofen) I had this rare liver disorder called “primary sclerosing cholangitis” (it damages the bile ducts and then causes liver cirrhosis and death unless you have a transplant) and was lucky enough to have had a liver transplant in december of 2001 after i was stage 3 for 4 years. Now i was diagnosed with another rare liver disorder called “primary billary cirrhosis” (it doesn’t differ much from the first illness i described) Fortunately I am still stage one and have no or little symptoms. Maybe someone can tell more about the effects of diet coke or tylenol? (btw, I also drink plenty of juices and other things as well as soda). thank you

    • ANSWER:
      ouch, lots of misinformation in these answers.

      diet products are not harmful to the liver, and have not been proven to be harmful to human in any way (except those with phenylketonuria). the most common claim is that they cause cancer, which is false (see the link below). there is no way for them to “clog up” your body or urinary tract.

      you are right to be concerned with taking tylenol or any product containing acetominophen (many cold remedies have it). tylenol can be fatal to anyone if they take too much, and the cause of death is liver failure.

      you are definitely a special case, with multiple liver disorders AND allergies to other pain meds. you really need to call your gastroenterologist and ask them whta the maxiumum dose of tylenol you should have is. if the transplanted liver is functionally normally, you should be able to take it, although I can understand wanting to be extra careful with your gift.

  2. QUESTION:
    Very early signs & symptoms of Primary Biliary Cirrhosis?
    I’ve been being studied because I have elevated liver enzymes, I’ve had a CT scan and an ultrasound that have come back both normal. So we went to the next step and did a liver biopsy. All that came back on that is it showed a mildly inflamed liver but not signs of fibrosis or cirrhosis and my liver had no scarring what-so-ever. But because of my blood work, they want to treat me for PBC. The doctor wants to put me on a medication “just in case” it is PBC but my husband (and I agree with my husband) wants me to get a 2nd opinion by a homeopathic doctor. I’ve already spoke with one who actually has helped others in my family. My sister-in-law is off all medications she was on and actually lost 23 lbs. by just changing her diet. She, too, had elevated liver enzymes and now they are back to normal. I’m kinda stuck between a rock and a hard place cause I just don’t know if I should take the med or not. I’ve probably had this problem for about 2 to 3 years so I’m thinking what’s another couple month to try to rule it out with natural remedies…..Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Mina,
      You weren’t specific as to how you were diagnosed, but I can only suspect you had high Alkaline Phos test and a positive AMA or anti-mitochondrial antibody. These are the hallmark blood tests which indicate PBC, along with a high sed rate (ESR) and GGT. It is great that your biopsy is not showing any damage, yet. Keep in mind that a biopsy is a small portion of a particular location of your liver. It is possible that a biopsy of a different location may tell a different story. If you want to talk to some folks that are familiar with the disease, symptoms and diagnosis, you should join the yahoo page on pbc. I have been a member since diagnosed with pbc and they are fabulous. It is true that some do not have symptoms despite advanced liver disease, while some have symptoms before significant damage. Itching, fatigue and other inflammatory symptoms seem to be the most common. I was in the same boat as you and reluctant to take Ursodiol; however, I did a lot of research and joined the yahoo group as well as a facebook group and in the end….decided not taking it was a risk I wasn’t willing to take. It is a personal decision. The yahoo group is at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/PBC_Digest/ Good Luck!!

  3. QUESTION:
    Do I have Cirrhosis of the liver?
    Brief history: I’m 55 white male. For the better part of my life I led an extremely fit, very active lifestyle which included intense weight training and cardio training 5-6 days a week. I have always eaten a low fat, high fiber, lean diet. At 48 and 6 feet tall I was 210 lb at under 10% bodyfat and competed in natural bodybuilding. Fitness was my life. I drank in moderation if at all.

    Starting in my mid 40′s I would overindulge occasionally but when I was about 48 or 49 I had some personal issues that affected my mental frame of mind and I began drinking more heavily and for the next 5-6 years, would drink large amounts on a daily basis, almost always to intoxication. I still managed to maintain a level of fitness that most people my age were envious of and my alcohol intake would begin at 5 or 6 pm and continue until bed time. There would be the occasional “getting healthy” phase and I would abstain for 4-6 weeks but it was rare.

    Around 3 or 4 years ago I began having occasional swelling and mild discomfort in my abdomen and right upper quadrant that would come and go. When these symptoms first occurred in I had a CT scan of my abdomen that came back negative. I specifically questioned my dr about my liver and he said it looked normal. Additionally, my yearly, routine physicals showed all liver tests as normal and in fact, well below any danger areas.

    After basically being tired of being drunk and wanting to return to my former self, I decided to abstain and I have had no liquor for a few months but recently this discomfort has returned.

    At my most recent physical in Feb of this year, my blood work again seemed normal:

    AST 23 units/L

    ALT 24 units/L

    Alk phos 47 units/L

    Total Bilirubin 0.5 mg/dl

    Total protein 8.4 g/dl

    I realize nobody can diagnose from this alone and I’ve pretty much decided to go to my dr for further exams but was wondering if anyone could shed light for me. And please no one liner answers, I’m looking for someone who might have some medical background or at least someone who is/was in my situation or has a family member or friend.

    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Your blood work certainly does not show any signs of liver damage which is really good. The experts give an estimate of 10 years of heavy drinking when cirrhosis could form but that varies greatly from one person to another depending on many factors. It might take less than 10 years for one and decades for someone else. There is no set time frame or amount you can drink. In my opinion, I do not think you are having a liver problem, but I am certainly no doctor.

      Your biliruben is excellent, and this is usually always high if there is a liver problem along with elevated enzymes. There is many reasons you can have this bloated feeling in your abdominal area such as gallbladder and stomach problems. It could be something as simple as gas.

  4. QUESTION:
    How much drinking does it take to get liver cancer?
    I’ve been drinking for 3+ years, at an average of at least 1/2 bottle of Vodka per day. I drink this much on normal weekdays and still go to work in a perky mood… on weekends I drink at least one full 1L bottle per day, including Sundays. I’ve been doing this for some time already. On labor day of 2007 I found myself drinking 3 full bottles of 1.75ML of Vodka and realized that 3X1.75L = 7 regular (750ml) bottles of liquor). I still woke up fine the next work day. Now, after several years I am finally feeling the soar… strong abdominal pains, lack of sleep, pain in the liver, kidneys, stomach, and chest due to the 2 packs of smokes a day diet. Can’t sleep on my front because my abdomen area hurts. What are the symptoms of liver cancer or cirrhosis that can apply to me? If any…?

    • ANSWER:
      Are you TRYING to kill yourself or did you just not think this one through?

      Doctor. Now.

  5. QUESTION:
    Is there a doctor in the house……?
    If a 4 y/o has a very high hemoglobin level and the test is repeated and a test for ferritin levels is added… what might the doctor be looking for?

    I read on webmd that high ferritin levels may be caused by liver disease (cirrhosis or hepatitis), Hodgkin’s disease, leukemia, infection, inflammatory conditions (such as arthritis or lupus), or a diet that is too high in iron. The test is used to find the cause of anemia, especially iron deficiency anemia.

    I know he does not have a diet that is too high in iron.

    Question #2: Can you have anemia but have a high hemoglobin level?
    (I thought it was the other way around)

    The main symptoms that prompted the tests: extreme fatigue, headaches, bruising, night sweats

    Thanks in advance
    Kati…..Polycythemia vera… would a ferritin test help diagnose this? This is the one thing his doctor did mention but said it’s very, very rare in children so he didn’t think that was it. Would a ferritin test help diagnose it though??

    • ANSWER:
      Higher than normal levels of hemoglobin may also be caused by:

      Congenital heart disease.
      Cor pulmonale. (pulmonary heart disease)
      Polycythemia vera. (blood disorder where the bone marrow makes to many red blood cells)
      Increased red blood cell production caused by an excess of erythopoeitin.

      Hemoglobin is measured in grams per deciliter of blood. The normal levels are for a child are: 11 to 16 g/dl

      Q2: Low haemoglobin levels are more likely to cause anemia.

      EDIT: Yes it can help to diagnose Polycythemia Vera. And your doctor is right it is very rare in children. A good website about this test and Polycythemia tells you all about it.

      http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/957470-diagnosis


Cirrhosis Of The Liver Symptoms Cause

Cirrhosis is a complication of many liver diseases that is characterized by abnormal structure and function of the liver. The diseases that lead to cirrhosis do so because they injure and kill liver cells, and the inflammation and repair that is associated with the dying liver cells causes scar tissue to form. The liver cells that do not die multiply in an attempt to replace the cells that have died. This results in clusters of newly-formed liver cells (regenerative nodules) within the scar tissue. There are many causes of cirrhosis; they include chemicals (such as alcohol, fat, and certain medications), viruses, toxic metals (such as iron and copper that accumulate in the liver as a result of genetic diseases), and autoimmune liver disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the liver.

Causes of Cirrhosis:

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The relationship of the liver to the blood is unique. Unlike most organs in the body, only a small amount of blood is supplied to the liver by arteries. Most of the liver’s supply of blood comes from the intestinal veins as the blood returns to the heart. The main vein that returns blood from the intestines is called the portal vein. As the portal vein passes through the liver, it breaks up into increasingly smaller and smaller veins. The tiniest veins (called sinusoids because of their unique structure) are in close contact with the liver cells. In fact, the liver cells line up along the length of the sinusoids. This close relationship between the liver cells and blood from the portal vein allows the liver cells to remove and add substances to the blood. Once the blood has passed through the sinusoids, it is collected in increasingly larger and larger veins that ultimately form a single vein, the hepatic vein that returns the blood to the heart.

In cirrhosis, the relationship between blood and liver cells is destroyed. Even though the liver cells that survive or are newly-formed may be able to produce and remove substances from the blood, they do not have the normal, intimate relationship with the blood, and this interferes with the liver cells’ ability to add or remove substances from the blood. In addition, the scarring within the cirrhotic liver obstructs the flow of blood through the liver and to the liver cells.

As a result of the obstruction to the flow of blood through the liver, blood “backs-up” in the portal vein, and the pressure in the portal vein increases, a condition called portal hypertension. Because of the obstruction to flow and high pressures in the portal vein, blood in the portal vein seeks other veins in which to return to the heart, veins with lower pressures that bypass the liver. Unfortunately, the liver is unable to add or remove substances from blood that bypasses it. It is a combination of reduced numbers of liver cells, loss of the normal contact between blood passing through the liver and the liver cells, and blood bypassing the liver that leads to many of the manifestations of cirrhosis.

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Liver Cirrhosis Treatment

If cirrhosis is detected in the early stages, the damage can be controlled, by administering the appropriate treatment for the underlying cause. For example, if the cause of the problem is the excessive use of alcohol, then the patient will need to be put on a special cirrhosis diet, which totally restricts the consumption of alcohol. In case it is hepatitis that is causing the problem, then medication to control hepatitis will need to be prescribed. However, at the same time, liver cirrhosis treatment guidelines also state that the cirrhosis of the liver symptoms and pain should be controlled at the onset and not the end stage by the team that is administering the treatment. Some of the symptoms that can be controlled by treatment are:

The buildup of fluid in the abdomen or the legs can be managed with the help of a low sodium diet, as well as water pills. If the buildup of fluid is excessive then surgical drainage procedure may be required.

Cirrhosis of the liver may get infected, which is generally cured with the help of antibiotics.

Bleeding is generally caused by certain medication, which increases the pressure in the veins. Surgery may be required, to place a stent, which holds open the portal vein, which reduces the pressure on the veins as well as the bleeding.

At times, a doctor may recommend a liver transplant surgery, in case the liver is scarred very badly and cannot function properly any longer. In this procedure, the patient’s liver is removed and replaced with a new liver, that has been received from a donor.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Liver cirrhosis and liver cancer?
    My husband has just been informed that he has “slight scarring” on the liver and that his liver is enlarged. I have many questions regarding this, but PLEASE, I am looking for serious-minded answers, not for people telling me that he should stop drinking or other kinds of moralizing; it is hard enough as it is. First: the doctor said “there is slight scarring but no sign of cirrhosis”. I don’t quite understand this because I though scarring of the liver IS cirrhosis, although it might be at a very early stage in his case. Also, is an enlarged liver the same thing as fatty liver, or could there be other reasons for it being enlarged? Unfortunately, his main health issue is not the liver but advanced heart failure (severe dilated cardiomyopathy) and also COPD. He was told some years ago that he has Hepatitis C but then it was in a dormant state. Could his Hepatitis C have caused the scarring over time even if it has been in a dormant state? Also, when the scarring has started, is it bound continue? His doctor says that his liver is “working”, although I’m not sure whether she meant that it is working without any problems or working at a diminished capacity. I have done a lot of reading and it seems to me that he has many of the symptoms associated with acute liver failure: itching and small red lesions scattered over his body, a brief (one day) period of yellow skin and vomiting, periods of flu-like symptoms with fever, loss of appetite, severe sleep disturbances, clay-colored stool, brown urine, and his nails have turned very light. Also, he quit smoking, not because of his own determination but because he lost taste for cigarettes, which apparently is a sign of liver failure. He also bruise and bleed very easily, and he is easily fatigued. Many of these symptoms are of course also associated with heart disease, but it seems that they have become worse in the last couple of months. His bleeding and bruising can of course be caused by the heavy doses of coumadin he is on, but it seems that the bruising has gotten worse too. He is also getting easy confused and is becoming more and more forgetful. He is 60 years old. So, this is what I wonder: Can the heart disease and/or the COPD have caused the liver disease, or affect it negatively? And vice versa, what effect does the liver issue have on the heart disease and the COPD? His doctor wrote in the last report that there is no sign of ascites but he keeps saying that he feels very bloated and to me it seems like fluid, not fat. He often complain of discomfort in his lower right side and get winded very easily (also a sign of the heart disease, of course). How serious is this liver problem? If in fact he does have acute liver failure due to Hepatitis C, what is the outlook? I don’t believe liver transplant is an option in his case due to his advanced heart failure and generally poor condition. If it is left untreated and he continues to drink (he has at least 3 beers and usually a couple of shots of hard liquor per day. I am desperately trying to make him stop or seek help, but I am not able to), what is likely to happen? If scar tissue continues to build up in his liver, how dangerous is it and what kind of life expectancy does he have? Is it a matter of decades or years/months before his liver gives in completely? How do people with this kind of disease typically die, slowly by wasting away or suddenly? If it is not acute liver failure, what else could it be? Does the complications of Hepatitis C always come from cirrhosis/scarring caused by it, or can it cause symptoms independently without leading to cirrhosis? And is scarring always a sign of cirrhosis or can there be other reasons for it? If so, how likely is it that the scarring does lead to cirrhosis (unless it is the same disease just at different stages) How great is the risk of developing liver cancer? Is this risk increased because of his generally poor health or is it determined by other factors? Please, please, any information at all would be of great help. I know that all these questions should be directed to his doctor, but my husband refuses to let me meet her, and he himself seems to live in denial and doesn’t want to know anything about his disease. This is my reality, and any information you could provide would be gratefully accepted. Thankyou for reading all the way through this long question.

    • ANSWER:

  2. QUESTION:
    Scarring of the liver and cirrhosis?
    My husband has just been informed that he has “slight scarring” on the liver and that his liver is enlarged. I have many questions regarding this, but PLEASE, I am looking for serious-minded answers, not for people telling me that he should stop drinking or other kinds of moralizing; it is hard enough as it is. First: the doctor said “there is slight scarring but no sign of cirrhosis”. I don’t quite understand this because I though scarring of the liver IS cirrhosis, although it might be at a very early stage in his case. Also, is an enlarged liver the same thing as fatty liver, or could there be other reasons for it being enlarged? Unfortunately, his main health issue is not the liver but advanced heart failure (severe dilated cardiomyopathy) and also COPD. He was told some years ago that he has Hepatitis C but then it was in a dormant state. Could his Hepatitis C have caused the scarring over time even if it has been in a dormant state? Also, when the scarring has started, is it bound continue? His doctor says that his liver is “working”, although I’m not sure whether she meant that it is working without any problems or working at a diminished capacity. I have done a lot of reading and it seems to me that he has many of the symptoms associated with acute liver failure: itching and small red lesions scattered over his body, a brief (one day) period of yellow skin and vomiting, periods of flu-like symptoms with fever, loss of appetite, severe sleep disturbances, clay-colored stool, brown urine, and his nails have turned very light. Also, he quit smoking, not because of his own determination but because he lost taste for cigarettes, which apparently is a sign of liver failure. He also bruise and bleed very easily, and he is easily fatigued. Many of these symptoms are of course also associated with heart disease, but it seems that they have become worse in the last couple of months. His bleeding and bruising can of course be caused by the heavy doses of coumadin he is on, but it seems that the bruising has gotten worse too. He is also getting easy confused and is becoming more and more forgetful. He is 60 years old. So, this is what I wonder: Can the heart disease and/or the COPD have caused the liver disease, or affect it negatively? And vice versa, what effect does the liver issue have on the heart disease and the COPD? His doctor wrote in the last report that there is no sign of ascites but he keeps saying that he feels very bloated and to me it seems like fluid, not fat. He often complain of discomfort in his lower right side and get winded very easily (also a sign of the heart disease, of course). How serious is this liver problem? If in fact he does have acute liver failure due to Hepatitis C, what is the outlook? I don’t believe liver transplant is an option in his case due to his advanced heart failure and generally poor condition. If it is left untreated and he continues to drink (he has at least 3 beers and usually a couple of shots of hard liquor per day. I am desperately trying to make him stop or seek help, but I am not able to), what is likely to happen? If scar tissue continues to build up in his liver, how dangerous is it and what kind of life expectancy does he have? Is it a matter of decades or years/months before his liver gives in completely? How do people with this kind of disease typically die, slowly by wasting away or suddenly? If it is not acute liver failure, what else could it be? Does the complications of Hepatitis C always come from cirrhosis/scarring caused by it, or can it cause symptoms independently without leading to cirrhosis? And is scarring always a sign of cirrhosis or can there be other reasons for it? If so, how likely is it that the scarring does lead to cirrhosis (unless it is the same disease just at different stages) How great is the risk of developing liver cancer? Is this risk increased because of his generally poor health or is it determined by other factors? Please, please, any information at all would be of great help. I know that all these questions should be directed to his doctor, but my husband refuses to let me meet her, and he himself seems to live in denial and doesn’t want to know anything about his disease. This is my reality, and any information you could provide would be gratefully accepted. Thankyou for reading all the way through this long question.

    • ANSWER:
      Lena, an alcoholic is THE most difficult of all patients to help, especially when you want to do so much. ALL that you describe is due to alcohol. At first alcohol causes liver cells to fill with fat and produce an enlarged fatty liver which alone has caused sudden death. In time, as liver cells die, scarring results and can then progress (under the microscope) to produce a smaller scarred liver called alcoholic cirrhosis. The liver then produces inadequate clotting factors which can produce skin and other hemorrhages, as well as leak fluid into the belly (ascites), and change blood circulation to overload and damage an eenlarging heart under strain as well as dilated, thin-walled esophageal veins (varices) which can anytime suddenly rupture as great quantities of blood are coughed up. Hepatitis c also damages the liver and is believed to be a cause of liver cancer. As long as your husband continues to drink alcohol, he will continue to go downhill and die in spite of your efforts. Try the phone book or call Al-Anon, an organization for spouses of alcoholics for much more information on how to deal with your extremely difficult situation. You cannot go it alone and expect and success.

  3. QUESTION:
    Over time, can anti seizure medications cause cirrhosis of the liver?
    I have epilepsy and have been on anti seizure medications, such as Tegretol, Dilantin, Depakote, Keppra, etc, since I was 9 years old (I’m 25 now… and female). I’ve been noticing some strange symptoms lately, like bruising, upper right abdominal discomfort, and loss of appetite. Am I jumping the gun on this and being overly dramatic or should I see a doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      I think you should definitely see your doctor. Liver problems can be a side effect of most anti seizure medications (and most other medications too). I’m currently on Dilantin and Depakote and it’s been affecting my liver too. Your doctor will often check your liver functions when he/she checks your blood levels. But if you are having symptoms, I would definitely go see your doc.

  4. QUESTION:
    my father has got liver cirrhosis.i want does it cause him to die?if yes how long does it take?
    i mean what are the last symptoms of the dieses?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, a cirrhotic liver can kill someone. There are different extents and reasons for chirrohsis. Sx may iclude bruising, bleeding easily, yellow discoloration of the skin, eyes, tounge area and chages in behavior and mental status. It can also be painful since the liver becomes hardened.
      I am sorry for your dad, and your family! I hope he is comfortable… you should ask his doctor your questions, too.

  5. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know what causes Palmar Erythema with a diagnosis of liver cirrhosis?
    I found millions of websites that state it is a symptom of portal hypertension in association with Cirrhosis, but I need to know the mechanism behind it. What causes it? Any smarties out there?

    • ANSWER:
      I really don’t believe that any one knows what causes it.

  6. QUESTION:
    Does drinking too much diet coke or taking more than 2 tylenol a day harm your liver?
    I drink about 2 cans of diet coke a day and i am wondering if it damages your liver? i have spent hours looking for proof online about drinking diet coke but haven’t found any. I am aware of how tylenol can adversly affect your liver but the docs have told me that it’s the only thing i can take for pain (on top of that i am allergic to aspirin and ibuprofen) I had this rare liver disorder called “primary sclerosing cholangitis” (it damages the bile ducts and then causes liver cirrhosis and death unless you have a transplant) and was lucky enough to have had a liver transplant in december of 2001 after i was stage 3 for 4 years. Now i was diagnosed with another rare liver disorder called “primary billary cirrhosis” (it doesn’t differ much from the first illness i described) Fortunately I am still stage one and have no or little symptoms. Maybe someone can tell more about the effects of diet coke or tylenol? (btw, I also drink plenty of juices and other things as well as soda). thank you

    • ANSWER:
      ouch, lots of misinformation in these answers.

      diet products are not harmful to the liver, and have not been proven to be harmful to human in any way (except those with phenylketonuria). the most common claim is that they cause cancer, which is false (see the link below). there is no way for them to “clog up” your body or urinary tract.

      you are right to be concerned with taking tylenol or any product containing acetominophen (many cold remedies have it). tylenol can be fatal to anyone if they take too much, and the cause of death is liver failure.

      you are definitely a special case, with multiple liver disorders AND allergies to other pain meds. you really need to call your gastroenterologist and ask them whta the maxiumum dose of tylenol you should have is. if the transplanted liver is functionally normally, you should be able to take it, although I can understand wanting to be extra careful with your gift.

  7. QUESTION:
    What are the final symptoms in end stage liver failure?
    My father was diagnosed with Hep-C which has caused severe cirrhosis. He is not a candidate for a transplant because of pulmonary hypertension (most likely caused by the sanding of toxic woods – he was a cabinet maker). He is on oxygen, has acites, takes lactulose and lasix/diuretics, sleeps for about 15-18 hrs a day, can hardly walk, trembles and is in pain. He was diagnosed about 1 month ago (because he was too stubborn to go to the hospital) and has rapidly been declining since. I am very sad for my mother, she feeds him all the right foods and takes care of him according to his GI/cardiologist/pulmonologist. Does anyone have experience with a loved one who has died from liver failure? Any experiences with respect to a time frame and the final symptoms before death?

    • ANSWER:
      You wrote, “Does anyone have experience with a loved one who has died from liver failure?”

      Sadly, yes, my Mom. She was diagnosed with some liver disease or other and lived for many years after that, but then, at the end, she just started failing rather quickly.

      It started with her being very weak and confused, which was followed by a swollen, distended stomach, called “ascites” and more confusion as she lost her faculties, kind of like Alzheimer’s but on fast-forward, and she finally lapsed into a coma and passed away a few weeks later, coincidentally on the exact same day that my Dad had died, only ten years earlier! We think that she must have known somehow and was waiting for that day so that she could go on the same day he did.

      I’m very sorry for your troubles, I went through it with my Mom and wouldn’t wish it on anyone, to see your loved one slipping away like that, it was just heart-wrenching.

      Good luck!… ☺

  8. QUESTION:
    Very early signs & symptoms of Primary Biliary Cirrhosis?
    I’ve been being studied because I have elevated liver enzymes, I’ve had a CT scan and an ultrasound that have come back both normal. So we went to the next step and did a liver biopsy. All that came back on that is it showed a mildly inflamed liver but not signs of fibrosis or cirrhosis and my liver had no scarring what-so-ever. But because of my blood work, they want to treat me for PBC. The doctor wants to put me on a medication “just in case” it is PBC but my husband (and I agree with my husband) wants me to get a 2nd opinion by a homeopathic doctor. I’ve already spoke with one who actually has helped others in my family. My sister-in-law is off all medications she was on and actually lost 23 lbs. by just changing her diet. She, too, had elevated liver enzymes and now they are back to normal. I’m kinda stuck between a rock and a hard place cause I just don’t know if I should take the med or not. I’ve probably had this problem for about 2 to 3 years so I’m thinking what’s another couple month to try to rule it out with natural remedies…..Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Mina,
      You weren’t specific as to how you were diagnosed, but I can only suspect you had high Alkaline Phos test and a positive AMA or anti-mitochondrial antibody. These are the hallmark blood tests which indicate PBC, along with a high sed rate (ESR) and GGT. It is great that your biopsy is not showing any damage, yet. Keep in mind that a biopsy is a small portion of a particular location of your liver. It is possible that a biopsy of a different location may tell a different story. If you want to talk to some folks that are familiar with the disease, symptoms and diagnosis, you should join the yahoo page on pbc. I have been a member since diagnosed with pbc and they are fabulous. It is true that some do not have symptoms despite advanced liver disease, while some have symptoms before significant damage. Itching, fatigue and other inflammatory symptoms seem to be the most common. I was in the same boat as you and reluctant to take Ursodiol; however, I did a lot of research and joined the yahoo group as well as a facebook group and in the end….decided not taking it was a risk I wasn’t willing to take. It is a personal decision. The yahoo group is at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/PBC_Digest/ Good Luck!!

  9. QUESTION:
    what are the dangers of having hep c and heart problems (stint operation)?
    my father has cirrhosis of the liver caused by hep b or c he has isachaemic myocardia and needs a stint operation i am afraid of double organ failure his present symptoms are tiredness itchiness lower back pain around sides. low appetite and weight loss

    • ANSWER:
      I assume you mean a stent, a ring is inserted to enlarge the aorta. Any major surgery carries risks but today’s procedures and protocols bring this to the minimum. Which organ failures are you worried about?

      If the surgeon or anaesthetist believes that such an operation is likely to result in a worsening of the condition, they simply won’t carry it out.

  10. QUESTION:
    Which of the following represents a correct cause-and-effect sequence?
    A) Cirrhosis of the liver–> excessive alcohol consumption
    B) low thyroxin levels –> increase in TSH secretion
    C) symptoms of disease –> exposure to pathogens
    D) dilation of blood vessels in skin –> overheating of the body

    • ANSWER:
      The correct answer is B.
      Thyroxine is a hormone made by the thyroid.
      TSH stands for Thyroid stimulating hormone and is
      made the the pituitary gland in the brain.
      When the thyroid hormone, thyroxine, goes lower in
      the blood, the pituitary gland make more TSH to
      stimulate the thyroid to make more.

  11. QUESTION:
    my mother in law was diagnosed with cirrhosis in 2008 when her abdomen was so swollen that we took her to the?
    ER. she was being treated by her own doctor who gave her lactolose and fluid pills. This year she began seeing a Specialist and he said her meld score was 15, so far she does not qualify for a transplant. just this past weekend we went to visit her and she was in the middle of a very vivid hallucination which seemed to be going since the evening before. To her it was real that she had her dead ex-husband and a bunch of indians at her house. Her usually spotless house was a mess because she had been feeding them and made them beds with pillows and covers all over her house.
    We took her to the hospital and they ran many tests with all kinds of specialists until finally a liver doctor said that all of her symptoms where because she was in end stage cirrhosis. she also had tremors in her hands. her hallucinations lasted for 2 days then she was normal. they released her telling us that this is just the progression of her disease, but she needs someone with her all the time. Her cirrhosis is called “nash” not caused by alcohol. she also is a diabetic. I had our family doctor order home health which means that a nurse will come to her to do blood work to keep track of her ammonia level, bilirubin and creatinine levels. How long can someone last after they have been diagnosed with end stage cirrhosis. she sleeps a lot and is tired. sometimes she is confused and walks shuffling her feet, she hallucinates and swells in her feet. but she still can go shopping and clean her house. it’s so confusing to us. she is 64 years old. Sometimes she acts pretty normal, others she’s a different person. when I take her back to the specialist we’re going to check her meld score because with all these new symptoms I fear that it is higher.How long can someone last that has end stage cirrhosis?

    • ANSWER:
      I had cirrhosis and a liver transplant so I think I have some insight into what is going on. Yes, your MIL is experiencing side effects from the cirrhosis which they will try to control, but these problems can pop up at any time. The hallucinations are caused by high ammonia levels since the liver cannot break them down and get rid of the ammonia like it should. The treatment for that is usually taking Lactulose which is also used for constipation. Problem is that it will cause loose bowel movements and diarrhea, but this is the way to get rid of the ammonia which is through bowel movements. Maybe she needs an increase in her dosage or they might want to try other meds that could help. I complained all the the time about the Lactulose side effects and they gave me a drug called Xifaxan which does not have the side effect of loose bowel movements but still helped bring the ammonia level down. I would use it with the Lactulose which worked much better since no one wants to have to live near a bathroom all the time. These high ammonia levels which causes hallucinations do need treated if bad enough. It leads to a condition called encephalopathy and if the ammonia goes too high, it can actually put you in a coma and be a risk to your life. Everyone has a different tolerance to these high ammonia levels. I had high ammonia but never was confused or had hallucinations.

      NASH (non alcoholic steatohepatitis) is a fatty liver that has progressed to cirrhosis which is when healthy tissue in the liver is replaced with scar tissue. Your MIL most likely needs a transplant. I don’t know why they have not accepted her to be listed. Did she go through an evaluation yet at a transplant center? What were their reasons for not accepting her. They will send a letter explaining their decision which is reviewed by a transplant committee. I was put on the list when my meld score was only 12 and received my transplant at 15. I was on the waiting list for 18 months. Everyone in the U.S. has to follow the rules set down by UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing). At 15, she certainly can at least be listed as long as she passes the evaluation which consists of a lot of medical tests along with psychiatric evaluation. She must also have insurance that will approve the transplant since the surgery does cost about 0,000 these days and that is without complications.

      How long can she last? Everyone is different on that too but most transplant places will give an estimate of how long. They have to know how much damage is present. A biopsy is the best test which shows everything such as the amount of damage and how severe the damage is right then. When I was first diagnosed, I was told my liver had only 10% function left and they gave me an estimate of 5 years before total failure might occur. I had mine done when my meld was 15. The surgeon told me after he saw my liver during the transplant that I had about a year left which was very close to their estimate given me when I was first diagnosed.

      Your MIL really needs to try and get a transplant if she wants to stay alive. She is going to die if she doesn’t get one. It’s just a matter of when. What is causing her not to qualify? If she can get accepted, she has a chance of getting well again and doing fine. I have talked with a number of people in their 60′s that have received transplants and did quite well. I would also suggest her to get an endoscopy done since unwanted veins called varices grow inside when you have cirrhosis due to blood not flowing right to the liver. These veins are not like the ones we are born with. They can be weak, leak, and even burst causing a crisis problem with internal bleeding. If one gets very large and bursts, the person can actually bleed to death in short time. There is a procedure called “banding” which is pretty simple to do which can get rid of these varices and greatly lower the risk of bleeding internally. I used to get an endoscopy done every 3-6 months checking mine and doing banding when needed. They do the procedure when the do the endoscopy. It’s done as an outpatient and I was usually in and out within 3 hrs. or so. Nothing much to it, but they do knock you out to do it. If she has cirrhosis, she most likely has varices too.

      I hope your MIL can get the help she needs. You can email me through yahoo if you have any other questions.

  12. QUESTION:
    Is there a doctor in the house……?
    If a 4 y/o has a very high hemoglobin level and the test is repeated and a test for ferritin levels is added… what might the doctor be looking for?

    I read on webmd that high ferritin levels may be caused by liver disease (cirrhosis or hepatitis), Hodgkin’s disease, leukemia, infection, inflammatory conditions (such as arthritis or lupus), or a diet that is too high in iron. The test is used to find the cause of anemia, especially iron deficiency anemia.

    I know he does not have a diet that is too high in iron.

    Question #2: Can you have anemia but have a high hemoglobin level?
    (I thought it was the other way around)

    The main symptoms that prompted the tests: extreme fatigue, headaches, bruising, night sweats

    Thanks in advance
    Kati…..Polycythemia vera… would a ferritin test help diagnose this? This is the one thing his doctor did mention but said it’s very, very rare in children so he didn’t think that was it. Would a ferritin test help diagnose it though??

    • ANSWER:
      Higher than normal levels of hemoglobin may also be caused by:

      Congenital heart disease.
      Cor pulmonale. (pulmonary heart disease)
      Polycythemia vera. (blood disorder where the bone marrow makes to many red blood cells)
      Increased red blood cell production caused by an excess of erythopoeitin.

      Hemoglobin is measured in grams per deciliter of blood. The normal levels are for a child are: 11 to 16 g/dl

      Q2: Low haemoglobin levels are more likely to cause anemia.

      EDIT: Yes it can help to diagnose Polycythemia Vera. And your doctor is right it is very rare in children. A good website about this test and Polycythemia tells you all about it.

      http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/957470-diagnosis

  13. QUESTION:
    Life expectancy of someone who has cirrhosis?
    I know that no one would be able to give me an actual expectancy, but i’m wondering if anyone has encountered this same issue maybe with a friend/family member?

    My mother was admitted into the hospital about 4 days ago. They know she has some type of liver failure, and they’re about 99% positive it’s cirrhosis. My mother has been a long term alcoholic, and with all of her symptoms they believe this is definitely the diagnosis, but are un-able to be 100% sure because she isn’t stable enough to get a liver biopsy. My mother was in regular unit care, and was put into ICU today because of partial heart failure. Her doctor said something about the fluids weren’t draining. But that her heart looks good now, and she’s breathing without oxygen. They can’t tell what caused the heart problem. They said it could be because of an infection because of her liver failure, or her going into Detox, or many other things. The doctor told me today that my mother will most likely need a liver transplant, but that she probably won’t make the list (Because of her alcoholism) and that even if she did make the list, she couldn’t with stand the surgery. The doctor made it seem like things really weren’t looking good, and that she’s getting worse. I have read up on Cirrhosis, and know that there is no cure besides a liver transplant. I am scared that my mother only has days now to live, or maybe weeks. I am just wondering if there is anyone else out there who has encountered a similar tragedy and might have any input for me? Or if it has happened to someone they know, how long that member had to live after being “diagnosed”.

    I have been visiting her everyday, in between work and after work, and I fear I may need to take time off from work because of her worsening condition.

    ANY input would be so very much appreciated.. thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Your mother is going through a crisis right now due to her having cirrhosis which brings about many problems as you probably have already read about in your research of the disease. If she can pull out of this crisis, she may be around for awhile yet, but everything depends on how much damage she has right now and how close to total liver failure she might be. I had cirrhosis from an autoimmune disease. The tip off that something was wrong was fluid retention in my belly. To make a long story short, I was diagnosed, evaluated for transplant and received one 5 years ago. When physical signs appear from cirrhosis, the disease is usually far advanced. When I was diagnosed, my liver was 90% destroyed with scar tissue which replaces healthy liver tissue.

      I’m sorry to say that your mothers chance of getting a transplant soon is not possible. The first requirement for an alcoholic is that they detox for at least 6 months and must participate in rehab and’/or counseling to address their drinking issue. They must have a complete lifestyle change and will never be able to drink again even after the transplant. Once they go through this 6 months and rehab, then they can be evaluated for a liver transplant. They must then pass an evaluation that will determine whether or not you can get listed to receive a transplant. This includes a lot of medical testing along with psychiatric evaluation. If the person is too sick, they will be denied. The alcoholic also much agree to have random alcohol/drug testing done anytime they feel like asking for one if the person is accepted to be listed. If the test is ever positive, they will be immediately removed from the list and be denied a transplant.

      Even though it is difficult for an alcoholic to get a transplant, it is not impossible. The person must have a total lifestyle change and be committed to getting well. They must comply with everything their doctors tell them to do. They not only have to deal with the disease of cirrhosis and all the problems that come with that, but they must also be addressing their addiction to alcohol on top of it which makes it very difficult. Many people either cannot or will not do it. If the cirrhosis is advanced, then it’s just a matter of time before it will take their life. The liver doctor is the best person to ask how long since they know all the results of the medical tests. You just can’t compare one person to another until you see the tests and amount of damage.

      It’s not unusual for an infection to take the life of someone with cirrhosis. Sometimes that fluid that accumulates in the abdomen can become infected which can be life threatening. Since your mother had some partial heart failure, I don’t know if she is having fluid such as congestive heart failure or the fluid that builds up from cirrhosis. It may be a combination of both. Time will tell whether or not she can pull out of this crisis and go on. I’m sorry she is so sick, but it really should be no surprise for a long term alcoholic. It’s a very sad situation that many families experience with loved ones who just refuse to stop drinking. It takes a long time, but eventually it catches up to them.

  14. QUESTION:
    Did you know these facts about human body?
    The typical human body has 70,000 miles of blood vessels.

    Alcohol lowers the body’s temperature, but causes dilation of the capillaries which creates the illusion of warmth.

    It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

    One of the symptoms of asthma is improved hearing.

    Research has shown that beer tastes differently if the drinker hears a particular musical tone while drinking it. The tone for optimum taste is different for different beers.

    Air expelled during a sneeze travels at about 100 miles per hour.

    An average person laughs about 15 times a day.

    Tongue prints are as unique as fingerprints.

    Men without hair on their chests are more likely to have cirrhosis of the liver than are hairy-chested men. Gradual loss of chest hair and armpit hair is a symptom of cirrhosis.

    Women are 37% more likely to go to a psychiatrist than men are.

    People with blue eyes are the most sensitive to light. People with dark brown eyes are the least sensitive.

    Your left lung takes in less air than your right one does.

    Men’s hearts beat slower than women’s.

    Younger women give birth to a larger proportion of boys than do older women.

    Adults are more susceptible to death when bitten by a snake than a child is.

    The brain uses 25% of the body’s oxygen, even though it comprises only two percent of the body’s weight.

    The Neanderthal’s brain was bigger than yours is.

    A typical person’s mouth produces a quart of saliva a day.
    I have more if people are interested!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Whoa!
      Whoa!
      Knew that.
      Whoa!
      Whoa!
      Whoa!
      Whoa!
      Whoa! (what’s Cirrhosis)
      Makes sense.
      Whoa! But makes sense.
      Knew that.
      Makes perfect sense!
      Whoa! Didn’t know that. o.o
      Whoa! eep!
      Whoa!
      Is that so? Shoot.. I’m dumber than the Neandrethal Man. :/
      Knew that.

      Fun facts! One star for you! :D

  15. QUESTION:
    Can you answer these two multiple choice questions?
    Question 1: Viruses differ from other pathogens in that only viruses…
    (1) contain a true nucleus
    (2) can reproduce on their own every 20 minutes.
    (3) consist only of protein and nucleic acid
    (4) are able to infect healthy cells.

    Question 2 : Which of the following represents a correct cause and effect sequence?
    (1) cirrhosis of the liver–excessive alcohol consumption
    (2) low thyroxin levels– increase in TSH secretion
    (3) symptoms of disease– exposure to pathogen
    (4) dilation of blood vessels in skin– overheating of the body

    • ANSWER:
      1 is (3)
      2 is (2)

  16. QUESTION:
    I NEED HELP WITH ALCOHOL FACTZ PLZZ!!! I PICK BESST ANSWER?
    A chronic liver disease caused by excessive alcohol consumption is known as:

    Cardiac sympathy

    Cirrhosis

    Pancreatitis

    Parkinson’s

    ——————————————————————————–

    Gender, emotion, mental status, and amount of time throughout consumption are a few factors that can change the effects each time alcohol is consumed by an individual.

    true

    false

    ——————————————————————————–

    All 50 states enacted a BAC limit of .08 as the legal limit for drunk drivers over the age of 21.

    true

    false

    ——————————————————————————–

    The following does NOT have the same alcohol content as a 12 oz. beer:

    Depends on the type of beer

    5 oz. glass of wine

    1.5 oz. of 80 proof distilled spirits (shot)

    none of the above

    ——————————————————————————–

    The best way to avoid a dangerous situation involving drunk driving is to:

    Avoid alcohol and drugs altogether because you don’t need them anyway.

    Do what your friends tell you to do.

    Drink just a little or limit your drug intake.

    ——————————————————————————–

    All of the following are symptoms of alcoholism except for:

    craving

    physical dependence

    tolerance (you have to drink more and more to get “buzzed.”)

    self-control

    ——————————————————————————–

    Alcohol in the stomach…

    is partially absorbed from the stomach.

    interferes with digestion of essential vitamins and minerals.

    can lead to gastritis and ulcers from long term use.

    All answers are correct.

    ——————————————————————————–

    Drinking alcohol can effect the heart, liver, stomach, and brain.

    true

    false

    ——————————————————————————–

    If you are the driver of a vehicle, there is no safe level of alcohol consumption.

    True
    False

    ——————————————————————————–

    Moderate to Excessive Binge Drinking can cause:

    health benefits for the heart, including reducing chance of heart attack

    Cardiac Arrhythmia (abnormal rhythms) and sudden cardiac death

    reduction in blood pressure and/or chance of stroke

    ——————————————————————————–

    Mandatory license plate revocation is ineffective against drunk driving.

    true

    false

    ——————————————————————————–

    ___________ are more likely to become alcoholics.

    children

    adults

    woman

    children of alcoholic parents

    ——————————————————————————–

    Which of the following is a problem a baby may have if the mother drinks alcohol while she is pregnant?

    motor skills problems

    hearing and vision problems

    premature birth

    may include problems with motor skills, hearing and vision

    ——————————————————————————–

    There are less alcohol-related fatalities for 18, 19, and 20 year olds than for the population over 21.

    true

    false

    ——————————————————————————–

    According to research what would be the single most effective deterrent for drinking and driving?

    Automatic license revocation

    Inability to post bail if arrested

    Jail sentence

    ——————————————————————————–

    This law imposes potential liability on the host of a party if alcohol is served to an obviously intoxicated person or a minor.

    adult liability

    social host

    MADD law

    minor party law

    ——————————————————————————–

    Blood Alcohol Content (BAC), is a standard used to:

    Determine what type of alcohol had been consumed

    Determine how many total drinks have been consumed

    Determine between sobriety and intoxication

    Determine how long since your last alcoholic drink

    ——————————————————————————–

    Examples of important functional skills that are not visible to others, but are affected by alcohol, are thinking skills like evaluating risk and processing information. This means that steering, braking, lane changing, and response time could be affected in a driver that has been dr

    • ANSWER:
      Cirrhosis
      True
      True
      Depends on type of beer
      Avoid alcohol & drugs
      Self Control
      All are correct
      True
      False
      Cardiac Arrhythmia
      Reduction of blood pressure
      False
      Children of alcoholic parents
      May include problems with motor skills, hearing, vision
      False
      Jail sentence
      Adult liability
      Determine between sobriety & intoxication
      True

  17. QUESTION:
    drinking questions help please?
    A chronic liver disease caused by excessive alcohol consumption is known as:

    Cardiac sympathy
    Cirrhosis
    Pancreatitis
    Parkinson’s

    What passes the ingested alcohol from the mother to the baby?
    amniotic fluid
    uterus
    ovaries
    placenta

    Mandatory license plate revocation is ineffective against drunk driving.
    true
    false

    Which is not a sign of FAS?
    small head
    flat face
    flat feet
    wide spaced eyes

    Examples of important functional skills that are not visible to others, but are affected by alcohol, are thinking skills like evaluating risk and processing information. This means that steering, braking, lane changing, and response time could be affected in a driver that has been drinking.
    true
    false

    Alcohol is a:
    stimulant
    depressant
    hallucinogenic

    All of the following are symptoms of alcoholism except for:
    craving
    physical dependence
    tolerance (you have to drink more and more to get “buzzed.”)
    self-control

    Mandatory license revocation is effective against drunk driving.
    true
    false

    Which of the following statements is false?

    FAS is characterized by brain damage, facial deformities, and growth deficits.

    The effects of FAS are all reversible.
    Heart, liver, and kidney defects are common, as are vision and hearing problems.
    Individuals with FAS have difficulties with learning, attention, memory, and problem solving.

    When helping a pregnant woman with a drinking addiction you should not:

    expect instant success
    be a cheerleader for her
    encourage her to talk with her health care provider
    talk on the phone with others for support

    • ANSWER:
      Do your own homework. Wikipedia is a pretty good source for those.

  18. QUESTION:
    What could be going wrong with me?
    Okay, guys, I know I have posted a few times about an issue I have been experiencing but I really need some help because the doctor’s office is really hard to get in to.

    While on spring break, I tripped on dextromethrophan and hated it, I had a panic attack during the trip where I thought I was dying/dead and I cried and it was very traumatic for me. Anyways, when I came home, I learned my dad was going to pass away in the next couple days so I had to say my last goodbyes to him ( I am very close to him) and this was also very, very traumatic for me. Then, after some prayer, by a miracle, my Dad healed and was able to come home a few days later (thank God). He has liver cirrhosis, hepatitis C and hepatic encephalopathy. A couple days later, while reading about schizophrenia in my psychology class, I started to have in depth thoughts about what if I had schizophrenia. I instantly “panicked”. I became sweaty, hot, shaky, nervous, biting my nails, and I had to leave class. The thought ruminated on and on for about a week, and I had consistent levels of extrememly high anxiety and panic attacks for that whole week. One of the most panicked times I had, I consulted my Dad. He told me that I wasn’t schizophrenic (which I thought I was because I thought these panic attacks were schizophrenia). I calmed down and I actually got these thoughts out of my head. Starting that Monday, for an entire week, I didn’t worry about it one time. Anyways, it started back up and ever since, it is all I can think about. These so-called panic attacks I have or high anxiety produce such a weird feeling for me that I am scared that I am developing schizophrenia. Today, after a whole day of nervousness thinking about it, I had 2 severe panic attacks. In one of them, I felt slight numbness in my lip and tongue. Could this be a stroke or a brain tumor’s symptoms (my world has been so different for about 2 months now)? Or could I just be a hypochondriac and that’s what’s causing my panic and anxiety? I’m scared I have either have a brain tumor, potential to have a stroke, or schizophrenia.
    Also, I am very saddened by what is going on. Could I have PTSD from the bad trip and this bad time of anxiety in my life? I used to be so darn happy. Also, I played in a football game last night and I sweated my butt off, and I didn’t think about any of this crap during the game, and I felt great afterwards, I didn’t have any worries. I felt like these fears and worries about schizophrenia and what not were just gone, and then I woke up this morning worrying about it again, and I felt great until I worried about it. Then, I felt like a different person for the rest of the day. Could it be just obsessive thought or something wrong with seritonin? Or could it be schizophrenia, a stroke or a brain tumor or something?
    Also, I saw my pediatrician and he said it was anxiety but it is hard to believe that anxiety causes so much damage to my life recently. He prescribes me to prozac but my aunt, who has an anxiety disorder recommended that I get lexapro instead so he changed the prescription but I haven’t started it yet. I also saw a sports psychologist and he thinks it is anxiety and I have another meeting with him in a few days.

    • ANSWER:
      its all in your head. learning about what is going on with your dad is making you upset. it might be depression. you can help yourself by not thinking about it. i helped my friend out of her depression. do positive things to keep you going. talk to your dad and tell him how much you care about him. just talk to all your family and try not to think about it.
      im sure you will be okay. write about your feelings or talk to someone.
      makes you it so much easier.
      hope you feel better. and also i hope i helped.
      :]]

  19. QUESTION:
    OMG OMG shocking news. Is this true??
    Heavy metal poisoning has become an increasingly major health problem, especially since the industrial revolution. Heavy metals are in the water we drink, the foods we eat, the air we breathe, our daily household cleaners, our cookware and our other daily tools. A heavy metal has a density at least 5 times that of water and cannot be metabolized by the body, therefore accumulating in the body. Heavy metal toxicity can cause our mental functions, energy, nervous system, kidneys, lungs and other organ functions to decline. Learning where these metals can be found and decreasing one’s exposure is vital to staying healthy. For the person who wonders if they have heavy metal poisoning, testing is essential. If a person has heavy metal toxicity then interventional natural medicine procedures need to be performed.

    I remember someone, once said tap waters are healthy, GTFO you lying fool

    Sources: Tap water, fungicides, marijuana, processed meat, rubber, seafood (cod, haddock, oyster, tuna), sewage, tobacco, colas (especially from vending machines), tools, welding material, evaporated milk, airborne industrial contaminants, batteries, instant coffee, incineration of tires/rubber/plastic, refined grains, soft water, galvanized pipes, dental alloys, candy, ceramics, electroplating fertilizers, paints, motor oil and motor exhaust.

    Symptoms and DIseases: Alopecia, anemia, arthritis, cancer, lung disease, cerebral hemorrhage, cirrhosis of the liver, enlarged heart, diabetes, emphysema, hypoglycemia, hypertension, impotence, infertility, kidney disease, learning disorders, migraines, inflammation, renal disease, osteoporosis, schizophrenia, strokes, vascular disease, high cholesterol, growth is impaired, cardiovascular disease,

    Also, does nickle engenders kidney failure?

    There’s the link, http://www.heart-disease-bypass-surgery.com/data/articles/141.htm

    • ANSWER:
      It is true that our environment is polluted there are people who will be affected just as many animals have been affected by the same pollutants. So we see many fish today which are born with malformed genitalia, deformed fins, extra fins, etc., because they are poisoned by the hormones from the female contraceptive pills which are discharged with the sewage into rivers and sea.

      But it is equally true, if the evolutionist are right, that some who are the “fitter” will adapt to the heavy metals, radio-nuclides, hormones, dioxin, poisons, etc., in our environment and go on to produce stronger and fitter stock. e.g. humans with extra fingers, bigger (or smaller) brain, bisexuals who can cope better in our liberal society, etc.

      So there is really no need to worry. In the long run, evolution will sort it out as it has always been doing. Volcanoes, for example, spewed out poisons and killed off many life forms, but some survive and after millions of years these repopulated the earth. Meteors and comets smashing into our earth brought their heavy metals and other life forms (viruses and bacteria) and probably killed off many earth life, but at the same time brought enduring mutations. The process keeps going on and it gets sorted out. Even global hotification.

  20. QUESTION:
    STD questions!! help please i hate reading and learning about this stuff XD lol?
    Genital Herpes
    1.How is genital herpes transmitted?

    2. Some people are infected with the herpes virus, but have no symptoms of the disease.
    True/False

    3. There is no cure for genital herpes, but it can be treated by:

    4.Symptoms of genital herpes include:

    5.Complications from genital herpes include:

    Gonorrhea

    6.Gonorrhea can be passed from the mother to her baby resulting in blindness and life-threatening blood infection in the baby? True or False

    7.In men, there are no symptoms or side effects if Gonorrhea is contracted. True or False

    8.Which female reproductive organs may be affected if Gonorrhea is transmitted to a woman?

    9.Symptoms of Gonorrhea will always appear within men during the first 7-10 days after exposure to the Neisseria gonorrheae bacterium? True or False

    10.Symptoms of gonorrheal infection include:

    11.Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease that has no cure. Once a person has been infected, he/she will always have Gonorrhea and can pass it to another person. True or False.

    12.In women, Gonorrhea is a common cause of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). What are symptoms of PID?

    Hepatitis C (HCV)
    13. Hepatitis may be transmitted when a person has had a blood transfusion and/or ever injected street drugs. True or False

    14. It is possible to have chronic Hepatitis C and not feel sick. True or False

    15. The part of the body most impacted by Hepatitis C is:

    16. There is currently a treatment for babies born with Hepatitis C. True or False

    17. What are ways to prevent contraction of Hepatitis C:

    18. Having unprotected sex with a Hepatitis C infected partner, may put you at risk for contracting HCV. True or False

    19. What are 4 symptoms related to Hepatitis C?
    a.
    b.
    c.
    d.

    20. How would going to a tattoo artist put a person at risk for contracting Hepatitis C?

    21. There is a treatment and a cure for Hepatitis C. True or False
    22. Over time HCV may lead to cirrhosis of the liver. True or False

    Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
    23. HPV is the most commonly sexually transmitted infection. True or False

    24. Symptoms of HPV include:

    25. High-risk HPV can lead to:

    26. There is no treatment for HPV, although it usually goes away on its own.
    True or False

    27. Someone can have HPV for years without knowing they are infected.
    True or False

    Syphilis
    28. Syphilis is transmitted when a person has oral, anal, or vaginal sex and comes in contact with a chancre (syphilis sore)? True or False

    29. The incubation period for Syphilis is:

    30. If the person is in Primary Syphilis he/she will USUALLY have what symptom(s)?

    31. During Latent Syphilis an infected person will show many symptoms including flu-like symptoms. True or False

    32. The long term health consequences during Latent Syphilis include damage to the brain, nerves, eyes, and heart. True or False

    33. The cure for Syphilis is:

    34. During pregnancy the syphilis bacterium can infect the unborn baby depending upon how long she has been infected. How does this affect the unborn baby?

    35. Syphilis has symptoms which look like many other diseases. Because of this Syphilis is often called:

    • ANSWER:
      Gee, why don’t you try doing your own homework.

  21. QUESTION:
    Please help me with my science questions?
    these are questions i need to answer that i have no idea what the answers are. please help and tell me how sure you are on the questions you know.

    1. if the common bile duct is blocked, the skin will become:
    a. cyanotic
    b. jaundiced
    c.ischemic
    d.icteric

    2. the liver manufactures all of the following plasma proteins except:
    a. albumin
    b.fibrinogen
    c.prothrombin
    d.hemoglobin

    3. the liver prepares urea, the chief waste product of:
    a. protien meabolism
    b.glucose metabolism
    c. fatty acids
    d. glycerol

    4. the gallbladder stores bile, which is released when:
    a.foods high in fat enter the stomach
    b.foods with protein content enter the stomach
    c. foods high in fat enter the duodunum
    d.foods low in fat content enter the stomach

    5. the large intestine is:
    a. longer in length and larger in diameter that the small intestine
    b. the same size as the small intestine
    c. shorter in length and larger in diameter that the small intestine
    d.shorter in length but with the same diameter as the small intestine

    6. below the ileocecal valce is a blind puch called the :
    a. appendix
    b. cecum
    c. sigmoid
    d. rectum

    7. the final structure of the colon is the:
    a. sigmoid colon
    b. descending colon
    c. rectum
    d. anal canal

    FILL IN THE BLANKS-

    word bank- cirrhosis, constipation, crohn’s disease, diarrea, diverticula, heartburn, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, heatal hernia, histamine, H. pylori, gallstones, gastroesophageal reflux, pyloric stenosis, stomach cancer, stressm ulcer

    1. many symptoms of degestive problems are caused by________
    2. when the sphincter muscle is weak and the stomach contents flow up into the esophagus, the condition is _________
    3.___________ _____________ occurs in many people over age 50, the stomach protrudes above the diaphragm.
    4. A backflow of the acidic gastric juices causes indigestion or________
    5. a narrowing of the sphincter at the lower end of the stomach causing projectile vomiting is _____ ______
    6. a lesion that occurs in the linging of the stomach or small intestine is an__________
    7. research shows that most ulcers are caused by the bacteria __________
    8. drugs that reduce the amount of acid produced by the stomach are called ___________ blockers.
    9. Chronic dehydration, ulceration of the bowel, and personal embarrassment are symptoms of ______________ ___________
    10. __________ is a viral infection of the liver, spread through contaminated food and water, enteric precautions must be followed
    11. the majority of people over age 60 have little sacs called ______________, that develop in the wall of the colon
    12. loose, watery bowel movements that can lead to dehydration are called ___________________
    13. a condition of hardened stool that can be caused by anxiety, fear, fright, is known as ________________

    • ANSWER:
      Part 1

      1. b , 2. d, 3. b

      Part 2

      2. gastro reflux
      3. hiatal hernia
      4. heartburn
      5. pyloric stenosis
      6. ulcer
      7. H. pylori
      8. histmaine
      9. Crohn’s
      10. Hep A
      11. diverticula
      12. diarrhea
      13. constipation

  22. QUESTION:
    Please help him with these science questions?
    i need help with these questions im stuck on

    1. if the common bile duct is blocked, the skin will become:
    a. cyanotic
    b. jaundiced
    c.ischemic
    d.icteric

    2. the liver manufactures all of the following plasma proteins except:
    a. albumin
    b.fibrinogen
    c.prothrombin
    d.hemoglobin

    3. the liver prepares urea, the chief waste product of:
    a. protien meabolism
    b.glucose metabolism
    c. fatty acids
    d. glycerol

    4. the gallbladder stores bile, which is released when:
    a.foods high in fat enter the stomach
    b.foods with protein content enter the stomach
    c. foods high in fat enter the duodunum
    d.foods low in fat content enter the stomach

    5. the large intestine is:
    a. longer in length and larger in diameter that the small intestine
    b. the same size as the small intestine
    c. shorter in length and larger in diameter that the small intestine
    d.shorter in length but with the same diameter as the small intestine

    6. below the ileocecal valce is a blind puch called the :
    a. appendix
    b. cecum
    c. sigmoid
    d. rectum

    7. the final structure of the colon is the:
    a. sigmoid colon
    b. descending colon
    c. rectum
    d. anal canal

    FILL IN THE BLANKS-

    word bank- cirrhosis, constipation, crohn’s disease, diarrea, diverticula, heartburn, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, heatal hernia, histamine, H. pylori, gallstones, gastroesophageal reflux, pyloric stenosis, stomach cancer, stressm ulcer

    1. many symptoms of degestive problems are caused by________
    2. when the sphincter muscle is weak and the stomach contents flow up into the esophagus, the condition is _________
    3.___________ _____________ occurs in many people over age 50, the stomach protrudes above the diaphragm.
    4. A backflow of the acidic gastric juices causes indigestion or________
    5. a narrowing of the sphincter at the lower end of the stomach causing projectile vomiting is _____ ______
    6. a lesion that occurs in the linging of the stomach or small intestine is an__________
    7. research shows that most ulcers are caused by the bacteria __________
    8. drugs that reduce the amount of acid produced by the stomach are called ___________ blockers.
    9. Chronic dehydration, ulceration of the bowel, and personal embarrassment are symptoms of ______________ ___________
    10. __________ is a viral infection of the liver, spread through contaminated food and water, enteric precautions must be followed
    11. the majority of people over age 60 have little sacs called ______________, that develop in the wall of the colon
    12. loose, watery bowel movements that can lead to dehydration are called ___________________
    13. a condition of hardened stool that can be caused by anxiety, fear, fright, is known as ________________

    • ANSWER:
      MULTIPLE CHOICE:

      1. B
      2. D
      3. A
      4. C
      5. C
      6. A
      7. A

      FILL IN THE BLANKS:

      1. GALLSTONES
      2. GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX
      3. HIATAL HERNIA
      4. HEARTBURN
      5. PYLORIC STENOSIS
      6. ULCER
      7. H. PYLORI
      8. HISTAMINE
      9. CROHN’S DISEASE
      10. HEPATITIS A
      11. DIVERTICULA
      12. DIARRHEA
      13. CONSTIPATION

  23. QUESTION:
    Can anyone answer these questions about science?
    please help me with these science questions. if you only know one answer then that is enough to satisfy me.

    1. if the common bile duct is blocked, the skin will become:
    a. cyanotic
    b. jaundiced
    c.ischemic
    d.icteric

    2. the liver manufactures all of the following plasma proteins except:
    a. albumin
    b.fibrinogen
    c.prothrombin
    d.hemoglobin

    3. the liver prepares urea, the chief waste product of:
    a. protien meabolism
    b.glucose metabolism
    c. fatty acids
    d. glycerol

    4. the gallbladder stores bile, which is released when:
    a.foods high in fat enter the stomach
    b.foods with protein content enter the stomach
    c. foods high in fat enter the duodunum
    d.foods low in fat content enter the stomach

    5. the large intestine is:
    a. longer in length and larger in diameter that the small intestine
    b. the same size as the small intestine
    c. shorter in length and larger in diameter that the small intestine
    d.shorter in length but with the same diameter as the small intestine

    6. below the ileocecal valce is a blind puch called the :
    a. appendix
    b. cecum
    c. sigmoid
    d. rectum

    7. the final structure of the colon is the:
    a. sigmoid colon
    b. descending colon
    c. rectum
    d. anal canal

    FILL IN THE BLANKS-

    word bank- cirrhosis, constipation, crohn’s disease, diarrea, diverticula, heartburn, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, heatal hernia, histamine, H. pylori, gallstones, gastroesophageal reflux, pyloric stenosis, stomach cancer, stressm ulcer

    1. many symptoms of degestive problems are caused by________
    2. when the sphincter muscle is weak and the stomach contents flow up into the esophagus, the condition is _________
    3.___________ _____________ occurs in many people over age 50, the stomach protrudes above the diaphragm.
    4. A backflow of the acidic gastric juices causes indigestion or________
    5. a narrowing of the sphincter at the lower end of the stomach causing projectile vomiting is _____ ______
    6. a lesion that occurs in the linging of the stomach or small intestine is an__________
    7. research shows that most ulcers are caused by the bacteria __________
    8. drugs that reduce the amount of acid produced by the stomach are called ___________ blockers.
    9. Chronic dehydration, ulceration of the bowel, and personal embarrassment are symptoms of ______________ ___________
    10. __________ is a viral infection of the liver, spread through contaminated food and water, enteric precautions must be followed
    11. the majority of people over age 60 have little sacs called ______________, that develop in the wall of the colon
    12. loose, watery bowel movements that can lead to dehydration are called ___________________
    13. a condition of hardened stool that can be caused by anxiety, fear, fright, is known as ________________

    • ANSWER:
      1. B
      2. B
      3. A
      4. A
      5. A
      6. A
      7. C

      1. gallstones
      2. gastroesophageal reflux
      3. hiatal hernia
      4. heartburn
      5. pyloric stenosis
      6. ulcer
      7. H. pylori
      8. histamine
      9. Chrohns Disease
      10. hep A
      11. diverticula
      12. diarrhea
      13. constipation

      I’m not so sure about #2 in the first part, but think I have the rest of them right. Hope so. Next time, you must do your own homework. I’ll help you out this time.

  24. QUESTION:
    health questions?
    fat soluble vitamins – dont build up in the body, are absorbed by fat, a lot are needed by the body, or pass easily through the blood stream

    tiny air sacs in lungs destroyed and breathing becomes harder by a disease known as – lung cancer, chronic bronchitis, emphysema

    carbon monoxide is present in blood and boday tissues and cells are deprived of – hemoglobin, carcinogens, iron, oxygen

    nicotin causes addiction and – acts as a stimulant, is a carcinogen, competes with oxygen , or destroys cilia

    a symptom of alcohol poison is – irregular heart beat, or increased respiration

    liver tissues replaced with useless scar tissue is – fatty liver, alcoholic hepititis, cirrhosis, or fetal alcoholic syndrome

    tar contained in tobacco smoke is harmful to the lungs because -
    it clogs blodd vessels, paralyzies cilia, its a stimulant, or its addictive

    a disease caused by a virus is – tuberculosis , malaria, or influenza ringworm…

    plz help….. :)

    • ANSWER:
      - are absorbed by fat
      -emphysema
      -oxygen
      -acts as a stimulant
      -increased respiration
      –cirrhosis
      -paralyzies cilia
      -influenza

  25. QUESTION:
    Liver cirrhosis and liver cancer?
    Is anyone able to tell me how likely it is that a patient suffering from cirrhosis of the liver (caused by congestive heart failure) will develop liver cancer? Also, what is the outlook/life span for a patient with cirrhosis of the liver? My husband has a very enlarged liver and ascites, and shows several symptoms such as fatigue, occasional nosebleeds, nausea and fatigue, but has not shown any sign of jaundice (although he is hispanic with slighter darker complexion, which possibly cold mean it is harder to detect). Does anyone have any information? Any facts would be most welcome. Thankyou.

    • ANSWER:


Cirrhosis Of The Liver Symptoms And Treatment

Cirrhosis is a word that refers to a collection of chronic diseases of the liver in which usual liver cells are damaged and put back by scar tissue, decreasing the amount of usual liver tissue.

The distortion of the usual liver structure by the scar tissue interferes with the flow of blood during the liver. It also handicaps the purpose of the liver which, during the loss of usual liver tissue, leads to failure of the liver to do some of its critically vital functions.

Causes of Liver cirrhosis

1. Extreme consumption of alcohol

2. Infertile bile ducts that can put force on liver and overload it

3. Biliary atresia

4. Main biliary cirrhosis

5. Anger duct injury

6. Gallbladder surgical procedure

7. Ecological toxins

8. Schistosomiasis

9. Congestive heart failure

10. Cryptogenic cirrhosis

11. Intoxicating liver disease, which damages the liver cells

12. Viral hepatitis

Symptoms of Liver cirrhosis

1. Recurrent attacks of dyspepsia

2. Infrequent nausea

3. Sickness

4. Abdominal ache
5. Short grade fever

6. Foul gasp

7. Cynical skin

8. Swollen veins in the stomach

9. Ruddy hair-like markings

10. Bloated and swollen stomach

11. Exhaustion

12. Simple bleeding

13. Simple bruising

14. Liquid buildup in abdomen

15. Loss of hunger

16. Bulge in legs

Risk Factor of Liver cirrhosis

Risk issue for Cirrhosis of the liver is factors that do not seem to be a direct reason of the disease, but seem to be linked in several methods. Having a danger factor for Cirrhosis
of the liver makes the chances of receiving a situation higher but does not forever lead to Cirrhosis of the liver. Also, the nonattendance of any danger factors or having a defensive factor does not of necessity guard you next to getting Cirrhosis of the liver. For general in order and a list of danger factors, observe the danger center

Home Remedies to Get Rid of Liver cirrhosis

1. Papaya seeds too work efficiently in curing liver cirrhosis. Grind several papaya seed. Once a powdery matter is shaped, add 10 drops of lime juice. Intake this for concerning one to two times a day for concerning a month.

2. Fig too shows helpful in treating cirrhosis of liver. Clean 4 leaves of sacred fig and squash them along with several sugar candies. Take this combination and put it in a 250 ml of eater. Drink this mixture about twice a day.

3. One tsp of glucose in a cup of water in use thrice a day would be helpful in treat liver cirrhosis.

4. Counting carbohydrates in the diet would be obliging in curing liver cirrhosis. Salads too would be extremely useful.

5. Use of buttermilk with several roasted cumin seeds scattered over it is one of the easiest and effectual treatments for liver cirrhosis.

6. One more easy yet efficient treatment would be to contain lime juice with a stroke of rock salt.

7. Radish too treats a person suffering from cirrhosis of the liver. There are two habits of captivating it. Either a person can get it raw along with the tender stem or create a juice out of it and contain it unfilled stomach each day.

8. An additional effectual way of curing cirrhosis would be to take out the juice of the herb eclipta. 1 tsp of its juice should be varied with 1 tsp of honey and inspired three times a day.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    can a person with hepatitic C and cirrhosis of the liver get the swine flu ?
    i am a male 30 y/o , i have chronic hepatitis c and cirrhosis of the liver i am getting treated by doctors but i feel good no pains no symptoms , i went for treatment for hepatitis c but it did not work for me , so my only hope is a liver transplant probably in years from now
    but my liver is still working 100% . i am living a normal life right now with god’s will . my question is : can i get the swine flu if i leave the country on vacation ?

    • ANSWER:

  2. QUESTION:
    What is the outcome after being diadnosed with non alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver?
    After having a routine MRI some abnormalities showed up which led to further testing and a liver biopsy. It appears that at sometime in the past I had auto immune hepatitis that went undiagnosed. I really didn’t have any symptoms other then fatigue but then I was always fatigued for other reasons. As of right now even with the cirrohsis my liver function is normal but my liver enzymes are elevated but not high enough for treatment. I realize the hepatitis could flare up again which would call for aggressive treatment to prevent any further scaring of my liver. I have read all kinds of information on these diseases both very disturbing and some encouraging but I would just like to know if anyone who reads this has been diagnosed with this or knows someone who has and what has been the outcome.

    • ANSWER:
      I have an autoimmune disease in which my autoimmune system attacks the bile ducts in my liver. This is called primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC). I am curious to know how the doctors came to the conclusion that you have a problem with your autoimmune system to the point that it has caused cirrhosis. If this is true, then this autoimmune problem has been going on for a very long time to damage your liver to the point of it being cirrhotic. I had no symptoms with my disease until my liver was already 90% destroyed with cirrhosis. I suddenly started to swell up with fluid and had no idea anything was wrong prior to that. It was a shock to me that my liver had so much cirrhosis that I would need a transplant. I had no idea anything was going on inside of me.

      That autoimmune hepatitis is probably still flaring up each and every day since it just doesn’t stop and go away. It takes many years to destroy a liver. There is really nothing much they can do as far as treating it. Sometimes they will give medication to help it, but it really doesn’t stop the disease from progressing, especially when its from your autoimmune system. When symptoms from the cirrhosis appear, they can give medications to control them and lab work is done routinely to ward off problems early. I used to have to get an endoscope done every 3-6 months to get banding done to any varices that form to lower the risk of bleeding problems. Basically, they just let the disease take its course since there is no cure other than a transplant.

      Even when my liver was 90% destroyed, my liver enzymes were just slightly above normal. My transplant doctor told me this can happen with some people, that the enzymes can almost normalize even though the disease is far advanced.

      You said you had a biopsy done. It should show the amount of damage done and how much cirrhosis (scarring) your liver has in it. Figuring out the cause of it when it is not so obvious like alcoholism, can be difficult to diagnose. That’s why I asked how they determined yours was from an autoimmune problem. I didn’t know the real cause of mine until after my transplant. The biopsy also should show whether or not there is active inflammation going on. The elevated enzymes can be an indication that there could be continued inflammation.

      The good thing is that you are still asymptomatic which means your liver is still compensating. It can stay this way for a long time. When I started to swell with fluid, that was my first sign of it starting to decompensate. Even then, I took diuretics that controlled the fluid retention quite well for several years. Once I was diagnosed with cirrhosis, I believe I went and got evaluated for transplant and was placed on the list a year later. I waited 18 months for my transplant and am doing well today. My autoimmune disease still wants to attack my new liver. I do take a medication that works well in keeping my enzymes in normal range which means there most likely will not be any damage as long as they remain that way.

      If you want to ask me anything else, just email me. I will be happy to help you if I can.

  3. QUESTION:
    Is Dr. House in the house?
    A very dear friend of mine is complaining of symptoms that don’t seem to match up to anything pertaining to his “main” condition. Here’s hoping a real life Dr. House can offer an explanation.

    “Sweetie” is 61 and drinks way too much. It’s obvious to me and others that he’s an alcoholic. He is finally seeking treatment for a “mysterious illness” with many cirrhosis-like symptoms: edema, ascites, hypertension and general weakness to name the most obvious ones. He also looks like he’s about 4 stone overweight.

    Not a good start, eh?

    What confuses me are the symptoms he’s actually “really” complaining about. He seems to catch a cold every two days. Every so often (yearly?) he goes down with something that I can only describe as being like meningitis — severe headaches and neck stiffness, grogginess, and he’s out of it for a week or 10 days.

    The cold-like symptoms could be allergies, but he recently went to California and came back with even worse symptoms. The environment there was totally different, so I’m leaning towards ruling out allergies. He is also complaining of some upper chest pain and, oddly, painful knees (which could be a result of his weight or….could be TB?).

    Sounds like I’ve lost my mind — that I should care about “little” symptoms with a person who so obviously is killing himself with alcohol, but I reckon if I understood the whole picture I could conduct one of those “Interventions” more effectively and help his friends and family get him into one of those fancy month long dry-out centres and treatment programmes.

    So I MUST understand what the problems are, so as not to de-rail his primary consultant’s plans for him. (Of course, I am not privy to his consultant’s diagnosis or treatment plans. I’m truly operating in the dark.)

    So —- “Sweetie” is currently undergoing a series of tests with a consultant here in the UK. His heart and blood seem to be “okay”. Now they’re moving on to check urine to see if kidneys are okay. Presumably this consultant’s approach is to rule out “everything else” to explain his major symptoms and therefore land squarely on “It’s your liver, stupid.” A Consultant MUST say it or otherwise, a smart guy like this ain’t gonna’ believe NOTHIN’ that comes from NOBODY about his extreme affection for and dependence on alcohol. Hopefully the threat of actually dying will shake him up enough to be willing to enter your UK equivalent of a Betty Ford Center.

    Leading me to the “auxiliary” symptoms. I need to know what’s really going on before dragging someone off to get dried out. About these symptoms:
    1) Do they support a diagnosis of alcoholism and/or cirrhosis? (For example, could the meningitis-like symptoms be hypatic encephalopathy? Sorry, I have NO exposure to this so can’t do an amateur diagnosis on this one, unfortunately.)
    2) Do they support a “stranger” diagnosis such as TB? (He did work a long while in Africa many years ago.)
    3) Should I forget the “little” symptoms and just rush this dude to an alcoholic abuse centre and steam roll over “everything else”?

    THANKS for your advice. I’ve been worried about this for so long!

    • ANSWER:
      The episodes do sound like hypatic encephalopathy. Excess of alcohol is one of the reasons for vitamin B12 deficiency among other B vitamin deficiencies. Vitamin B12 deficiency causes chest pains among many other symptoms. As the liver and kidneys are essential to process vitamin D, a deficiency is this vitamin affects the joints and bones and causes muscle weakness. Vitamin D is essential to activate the immune system and B vitamins are also need for the immune.

      Of course weight also affects the knees. Milk thistle tonic is a must for anyone with liver problems as this detoxes the liver and helps regenerate damaged liver cells. It is found that addictions are linked to low serotonin levels and other neurotransmitters, this is why amino acid therapy is successful.

      Liver treatments:

      http://www.liverdoctor.com/index.php?page=liver-problems&subpage=cirrhosis

      Addiction recovery – amino acid nutrition therapy:

      http://www.addictionrecoveryguide.org/holistic/nutrition.html

      Vitamin B deficiencies and alcoholism:

      http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0847/is_n3_v13/ai_8193308/

  4. QUESTION:
    How to cope with very sick Mother? All of the stress? :(?
    I can honestly say, I’ve hit rock bottom. I thought that I was psychologically strong, but I’m not. Please take your time to read my story, I’ve asked several other questions about the same topic (sorry) but I haven’t had any helpful answers…I just feel like I need to tell somebody (anybody) who really cares; you know?

    Anyway, my Mom has 3 terminal illnesses, Hep C- (an illness that attacks the liver, she got it from a needle stick injury at work 7 years ago, hasn’t recieved any treatment whatsoever) Factor 5 Leiden (A blood clotting disorder passed down by genes) and CCF (Heart failure). She may even have more diseases but it’s unknown now.

    She’s in hospital right now – she’s been given tablets to help her urinate out all of the fluid that was stored in her lungs. Because of the Hep C I’m afraid that she may have Cirrhosis of the Liver because she shows all the signs and symptoms of doing so…

    I’m 14, I’m so stressed out. I wrote a 5 page letter to my Mom I’m going to give it to her tomorrow. Are there any ways to help me relieve stress? I thought she may have had Ascites but I looked at google images and she didn’t have pot belly.

    I’m just scared as HELL! AS HELL! I’ve been crying for 10 hours straight. At the hospital I just stare at the ground and bite my tongue because I’d cry like crazy. My Mom thinks I’m becoming distant of her because I don’t want to sit on the bed with her..Oh God I’ve got tears in my eyes now :(

    I’m getting chest pains because of all of the stress…Please help :( She’s all I’m living for….
    Yes, Vote you’re right. The pain’s from the neck but sometimes from the heart.
    & Yes also the left side of my body (shoulder blade) has an annoying pain also

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    STD questions!! help please i hate reading and learning about this stuff XD lol?
    Genital Herpes
    1.How is genital herpes transmitted?

    2. Some people are infected with the herpes virus, but have no symptoms of the disease.
    True/False

    3. There is no cure for genital herpes, but it can be treated by:

    4.Symptoms of genital herpes include:

    5.Complications from genital herpes include:

    Gonorrhea

    6.Gonorrhea can be passed from the mother to her baby resulting in blindness and life-threatening blood infection in the baby? True or False

    7.In men, there are no symptoms or side effects if Gonorrhea is contracted. True or False

    8.Which female reproductive organs may be affected if Gonorrhea is transmitted to a woman?

    9.Symptoms of Gonorrhea will always appear within men during the first 7-10 days after exposure to the Neisseria gonorrheae bacterium? True or False

    10.Symptoms of gonorrheal infection include:

    11.Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease that has no cure. Once a person has been infected, he/she will always have Gonorrhea and can pass it to another person. True or False.

    12.In women, Gonorrhea is a common cause of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). What are symptoms of PID?

    Hepatitis C (HCV)
    13. Hepatitis may be transmitted when a person has had a blood transfusion and/or ever injected street drugs. True or False

    14. It is possible to have chronic Hepatitis C and not feel sick. True or False

    15. The part of the body most impacted by Hepatitis C is:

    16. There is currently a treatment for babies born with Hepatitis C. True or False

    17. What are ways to prevent contraction of Hepatitis C:

    18. Having unprotected sex with a Hepatitis C infected partner, may put you at risk for contracting HCV. True or False

    19. What are 4 symptoms related to Hepatitis C?
    a.
    b.
    c.
    d.

    20. How would going to a tattoo artist put a person at risk for contracting Hepatitis C?

    21. There is a treatment and a cure for Hepatitis C. True or False
    22. Over time HCV may lead to cirrhosis of the liver. True or False

    Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
    23. HPV is the most commonly sexually transmitted infection. True or False

    24. Symptoms of HPV include:

    25. High-risk HPV can lead to:

    26. There is no treatment for HPV, although it usually goes away on its own.
    True or False

    27. Someone can have HPV for years without knowing they are infected.
    True or False

    Syphilis
    28. Syphilis is transmitted when a person has oral, anal, or vaginal sex and comes in contact with a chancre (syphilis sore)? True or False

    29. The incubation period for Syphilis is:

    30. If the person is in Primary Syphilis he/she will USUALLY have what symptom(s)?

    31. During Latent Syphilis an infected person will show many symptoms including flu-like symptoms. True or False

    32. The long term health consequences during Latent Syphilis include damage to the brain, nerves, eyes, and heart. True or False

    33. The cure for Syphilis is:

    34. During pregnancy the syphilis bacterium can infect the unborn baby depending upon how long she has been infected. How does this affect the unborn baby?

    35. Syphilis has symptoms which look like many other diseases. Because of this Syphilis is often called:

    • ANSWER:
      Gee, why don’t you try doing your own homework.