Whereas more than million have hepatitis B or C, both the diseases that can destroy the liver and that kill thousands of people each year, it is clear that the body just in time discussed in the public spotlight has arrived.
Hepatitis C is a blood-borne disease, meaning that it can be contracted through contact with the Hepatitis-C and alcohol consumption is the main contributors to this disease. In some cases the hepatitis becomes chronic and can lead to cirrhosis a condition of progressive scarring, which is usually associated with excessive intake of alcohol.
Every day we are exposed to various toxins alcohol consumption, sun, gas fumes, exercise, improving performance drugs, medicines, over-the-counter medicines, etc chemicals and preservatives in our food, crop spraying, large amounts of caffeine and tannic acid in our drinks, prescription drugs and alcoholic beverages have increased demand on the liver to detoxify the body.
What are the signs and symptoms of alcohol liver disease? The signs and symptoms that are common to a number of different types of alcoholic liver disease include:
1. Jaundice (yellowing of the skin)
2. Generalized itching
3. Abdominal pain in the upper right of the stomach 4. Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
5. Muscle aches and pains
6. Darkened urine.
When the liver is chronically irritated by alcohol, the body often tries to heal or protect itself by saying specialized cells, called fibroblasts, to produce a resilient fiber known as collagen. Make sure your are eating a diet of pure and natural foods while staying away from tobacco, alcohol, coffee, black tea, soft drinks and fast food. Supplements of vitamins B can support the recovery of alcoholism, supporting liver detoxification, which also reduces cravings.
Because the safe level of alcohol consumption is not known, it seems prudent to advise abstinence in the face of chronic liver disease with the information we have available today. When moderate to heavy use of alcohol is present in the face of chronic liver disease, it is likely that abstinence is the most important speech made in prolonging the course and delaying the progression to cirrhosis. Examples of effective support include Alcoholics Anonymous, in-and out-patient rehabilitation programs and individual counselors.
The liver can become overloaded because plays an important role in detoxification, hormonal balance, fat regulation, nutrient and enzyme activation, digestion and circulation. Supplements of B vitamins can also help with the recovery of alcoholism, supporting liver detoxification and reducing cravings. Deep in the liver, a liver cleanser natural effective, is part of a liver detox diet that provides a balanced approach to the world-renowned natural liver cleansing herbs such as Milk Thistle extract and artichoke extract. And drink plenty of water is essential for detoxification.
The liver is essential in fat metabolism; remove toxins from the body, regulating blood glucose, and many other functions, liver health is so fundamental to good general health. A holistic approach to health liver is your best chance to keep this vital organ healthy and functioning well into old age. As there is no separation between the physical and emotional health, the association between emotions and liver health is a primary principle of TCM as a holistic practice. However, recently it became clear that liver health is seriously threatened by two other important and often ignored problems: the excessive use of the popular pain reliever acetaminophen and Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease which is closely associated with diabetes and obesity.
Frequently Asked Questions
My boyfriend has liver disease caused by Hep C & chronic alcoholism – What can I expect? (symptoms, etc)?
He was told about 3 years ago that he had hep C, chirrosis and he is a chronic alcoholic. Dr told him to quit or he would die. He has tried and failed several times ( I know he’s not trying hard enough…. ) . I just want to know what to expect. He is tired all the time, has headaches, and is depressed – Is this part of it? Also I have heard that mood swings are common to this, is that true? I posted a similar question earlier but felt I needed to clarify…. I appriciate any info I can get! Thanks!
I appriciate the replies but I am looking for real answers not opinions on the relationship….. we have been together for many years, it’s not something simple to walk away from…..
Hepatitis C is the inflammation of the liver cells
caused by a virus. Cirrhosis is death of the
liver cells. His disease can be brought on by
the Hep C or his drinking problem. Trying to
quit drinking on his own is extremely difficult.
He needs to go into a detox program at a
hospital in order to do this. The symptoms
he has from trying to stop drinking may be
too much to handle…they can give him drugs
to lessen these symptoms and help him get
through it much better. The symptoms that you
stated are normal. You have to realize that
he is now facing death straight on and he has
to make decisions on what he can do now.
Depression is normal now, because of having
to live with all these hurdles to go over to
save his life. Waking up everyday knowing
that you may die is very hard.
Liver patients are usually in shock when they
first hear they have a terrible disease like this.
The first reaction is unbelief…then it moves
where they try to do something to help
themselves, if it is possible…it leads from
there to either coming to terms with the
disease and trying to fight it or just giving up.
They need alot of support and understanding
at this time. They get mad and they feel
helpless and they feel like someone cheated
them or played a dirty trick on them or they
feel like saying “why me”. Others people drink and they don’t have this. Cirrhosis can be caused by many different things.
Your boyfriend doesn’t have a rosey future and
he knows that. He also knows that if he wants
to spend time with the people he loves he has
to do it now. I’m going to explain a few things
to you. Once there is death of the liver
cells it forms scar tissue in the liver…this blocks
the other normal healthy cells from receiving
nourishment and oxygen and causes them to
die also. This is a progressing disease and
the only real option he has now, if he has
cirrhosis, is being evaluated and placed on the
transplant list for an organ. But, first he has
to overcome his addiction of alcohol which
he needs to get care in order to do. A
person has to be free of alcohol for at least
six months before he can be placed on the
list for transplantation.
There are symptoms that may start to develop
with this disease that he may or may not
show signs of. Some of them are listed in
this short article.
If he wants to stay with his loved ones longer,
than he needs to stop drinking now. He is
causing his liver much more damage faster
and it will lead to a much much earlier death.
Having others around him who truly care about
him, will make whatever course he decides on
alot easier on him. You cannot make decisions
for him, but you can be there to support him
with all he does. Best Wishes
I have NAFLD (Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease). What are my chances of getting Cirrhosis?
I went to the the ER the other day because I have had chronic diarrhea, dizziness, and abdominal pain for more than 3 months now. The Dr. found that I had NAFLD and said that I should be seeing a Dr. for this condition and said that I need MANY tests done to see what is causing it. She also said that I have to be on a vegan diet (I am not overweight) to see if it can reverse the Disease. My questions are: Is there a cure for this & What are the chances of it forming into Cirrhosis?
You should be seeing either a gastroenterlogist
or hepatologist now.
Fatty liver disease can be caused by many
different things: alcohol consumption, certain
medications like steriods, weight gain, hereditary conditions,
diabetes, insulin resistance, high cholesterol/triglyceride levels
The cause needs to be determined.
There are different stages of this disease….
Simple fatty liver doesn’t usually cause a
problem and can be easily reversed by
stopping the cause. Alot of people are very
thin and can still have this problem.
The fat pushes on the liver cells and can
even push the nucleus of the liver cell out of
place. That is why it has to be treated immediately
….so the fat will disappear and not harm the cells.
The liver is surrounded by a membrane capsule and
the fat only adds to the pressure inside the liver.
If the cells of the liver become damaged, it signals
the immune system of the body to respond to
this. The immune system then causes inflammation
to develop inside the liver, also. This will cause the
liver to enlarge in size. It then goes from simple
fatty liver to steatohepatitis. Steato means fat,
hepat means liver and itis means inflammation.
This becomes more serious…the inflammation adds
to more pressure inside the liver and the cells can
more easily start to die off. When the cells die off,
it becomes a progressive disease known as
Cirrhosis of the liver. What happens now, it the
cells die off and form scar tissue inside the liver
that blocks the flow of blood through the liver on
its way back to the heart and may also block
the flow of blood to the other liver cells and they
will continually die off.
If the patient follows the doctor instructions and
is treated for any inflammation that may have
developed…then it may never go to the point of
becoming Cirrhosis of the liver.
Here are some links to help you learn more about
this, that you can click on:
I hope this information has been of some help to you.
Liver disease with chronic alcohol abuse help?
Heey Im 20 and my mam is a veryy bad alcoholic, she has been drinking litterally everyday for the pst 2 years…brandy and vodka. she is violently ill and is vomitting everyday. she is soo addicted to drink, she just sits in bed all day drinking her brndy until she vomits. She was admitted to a rehab clinic loads of times but keeps checking herself out again, she now has jaundice and cirrosis of the liver. i want to know how long do you think she has left? And cn her liver disease be cured? Honest answers please, and non judgemental! Thanks A Mill (:
Cirrhosis/Liver disease life expectancy. Please help???
Does anyone kow the life expectancy of someone in the late stages of cirrhosis?
My mom is very ill, she is a chronic alcoholic. She stopped drinking last week, but was diagnosed with cirrhosis many years ago.
I need to know if anyone has been through this and knows what I can expect.
She is jaundice, and in the past week has had high levels of amonia in her blood, also, she vomits all the time, can barely keep anything down.
Today she is having her stomach drained again, this will make the 4th time, fluid builds up in her uppper stomanch area, and it makes it very uncomforatable for her. He legs also are very swollen today (ankles) she cannot walk she is so week. She went from wieighin 145 pounds to now about 98 in a matter of 3 months. I am afraid that it is too late. She has been admitted to the hospital so much that now the Hospitals now just say that the damage is done, they cannot help her. Last year she was in ICU – …….please give me any opinions you may have.
There are a few things that I know to give you
as information. (you might already know this) The best doctor to have for
a patient with cirrhosis is a Hepatologist.
She can be given medication to bind the ammonia in her blood to be eliminated from the
body which should help to clear her mind some. She could be placed on diuretics, like
Lasix and Spirolactone to help relieve the sodium content in her blood and also
remove some of the fluid and help keep it from
coming back so fast. If they take alot of fluid
from her abdomen, they might give her
albumin, a Protein. The fact that she did
not stop drinking alcohol, may mean she cannot
be placed on the transplant list for a donor
organ because they usually request that the
patient be free of alcohol for about six months.
With what you have stated that her condition is
now, it doesn’t look promising…but I would
not give up. The doctors look at many things
considering a patient: whether they have a
strong, well beating heart, whether they can
withstand a long surgery, whether they have
cirrhosis in one area of the liver or throughout,
whether they have love and support of family
and friends, and how much a person truly
wants to live,etc. Ascites( fluid in the abdominal
area) and Encephalopathy (memory, and mental
confusion problems caused by toxins) and
the fact that she drank clear up to a week ago..
means that the end is in site…..She may last
a long time this way or depending on what I
have stated above…it could be very short.
Each person’s body chemistry, diseases,
and conditions are unique and have to be
evaluated to see what may be in the future.
If you have an advanced directive with your
Mom signature on it, you may be able to
talk with her doctors and get her medical
records and have a second opinion and also
be able to answer for her since she might
not be able to answer for herself. There are
free forms on the internet according to your
state. It should be signed in front of two
witnesses, but a notary can stamp it and make
if valid. I hope this info is of some help to you.
It is sad that a daughter has to watch all this
happen to a mother they love…as long as
you are able to be there with her, she will
have peace in knowing that you really care.
You asked what you can expect. There are
a few things that may take place: her heart
may start to beat irregular. If you get her
blood work results, if the sodium and potassium
levels are either too high or too low, this
will cause an irregular beat and is an
emergency. If she starts to cough up blood and
not just vomit (it may look like coffee grounds,
or a darker color) this is also an emergency
cause she could be bleeding internally. If she
feel faint and goes into a coma…there may be
little chance she will come out of it without the
doctors help. What can you do? be there for
her so she doesn’t feel alone. Watch for
any of these signs above and keep a record
of how she is feeling day to day and let the
doctor know what exactly is happening with her.
Be with her at all her doctor appointments so
that you can be sure she is taking medication
right and doesn’t get so confused she puts
herself in more danger. She might not be
able to break the habit of alcohol especially
since she has been so sick, but knowing that
others understand and will try to help her in
anyway despite of this all, may give her the
strength she needs to try.
What was Ataturk cause of Death?
On November 10, 1938, following an illness of a few months, the national liberator and the Father of modern Turkey died.
Atatürk died, at age 57, at the Dolmabahçe Palace on November 10, 1938. It is thought that he died of cirrhosis of the liver. Ataturk’s funeral called forth both sorrow and pride in Turkey, and seventeen countries sent special representatives, nine contributed with armed detachments to the cortege.
“His lifestyle had always been strenuous. Alcohol consumption during dinner discussions, smoking …..”
Cirrhosis has many causes. In the United States, chronic alcoholism and hepatitis C are the most common ones.
Alcoholic liver disease. To many people, cirrhosis of the liver is synonymous with chronic alcoholism, but in fact, alcoholism is only one of the causes. Alcoholic cirrhosis usually develops after more than a decade of heavy drinking. The amount of alcohol that can injure the liver varies greatly from person to person.
Irmak:I think you should read your answers before posting them.
I don’t see how ataturks alcoholism lets me go to the mosque or helps me live. Ataturk commanded the Turkish army and the soldiers with God’s will saved Turkey.
out of curiosity who are ppl like me??
yes u r right every second of his life was beeing drunk
even because of him we lost islam
Anyone else have enexplained liver pain?
I have chronic liver pain that i have had for 2+years. I have had tons of ultrasounds that show nothing to be concerned with, and have slightly elevated liver enzymes. they have done MRI and cat scans, and still no answers to why i would be having PAIN. the only diagnoses they can give me is that i have “fatty liver disease” which is normally something someone would get if they were morbidly obese, or an alcoholic. Neither of which i am, not even close. I had my gallbladder removed 3 years ago, but i still feel like i am having gallbladder attacks, thats what the pain feels like: sharp, crampy, like someone is squeezing my organs and stabbing them. Its horrible and the pain can last anywhere from 20 min.-2 hours. Anyone know of anything that could cause this?
The liver itself doesn’t have nerves so most doctors don’t believe patients that complain of “liver pain.” However, my wife got Hep C from a blood transfusion at birth. Before she was diagnosed, she would complain of “liver pain”, not a severe as your description, but similar.
You can only get Hep C from blood to blood contact. Maybe bring it up to a doctor next time. I don’t know if this is an answer to your question, but it’s good information at least.
Question about normal Liver Function Test results?
Hi, my mum was an alcoholic years back, so she had to have a Liver Function Test.
She got her results back today, and they were fine so she is relieved.
Since her results came back fine, does that mean that there is no signs of liver diseases such as hepatitis B or C, either in the past, acute or chronic?
I’m just a little bit concerned.
No Blood testing is 100% accurate. It is best to
have more than one test to be sure.
However, in liver disease, blood tests don’t always
show a problem in some patients. They may have no
signs or symptoms or even elevated blood enzyme
levels to indicate a problem.
The doctor do different blood tests to really be sure
whether a patient is truly affected by liver damage.
1) the liver enzymes, which show if there is possible
liver cell damage.
2) the liver function tests to see if the liver cells are
able to do the necessary functions to keep the body
3) the liver viral tests to see if a virus has entered the
body and is using the liver cells to replicate itself.
With Hepatitis B and C, which is a viral infection, it
sometimes takes up to 3 or 4 months before it will
show up on the blood tests.
To be sure she is doing fine, I recommend that in
a few months, she has more blood testing done
just to be sure.
When the liver cells become damaged, the immune
system of the body will respond to this damage and
cause inflammation inside the liver. This will cause
the liver to enlarge in size. (this can be seen on
an ultrasound or ct scan).
Considering her levels were normal this time…she
may not have any problem.
SHould we make alcohol illegal?
With all of the problems that alcohol causes, isn’t it time that we make it illegal again? How can we let this stay legal? Why should our society put up with a bunch of drunks? Look at all the problems that alcohol causes.
Liver disease Elevated liver enzyme levels Fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, cirrhosis
Pancreatic disease Acute pancreatitis, chronic pancreatitis
Cardiovascular disease Hypertension Cardiomyopathy, arrhythmias, stroke
Gastrointestinal problems Gastritis, gastroesophageal reflux disease, diarrhea, peptic ulcer disease Esophageal varices, Mallory-Weiss tears
Neurologic disorders Headaches, blackouts, peripheral neuropathy Alcohol withdrawal syndrome, seizures, Wernicke’s encephalopathy, dementia, cerebral atrophy, peripheral neuropathy, cognitive deficits, impaired motor functioning
Reproductive system disorders Fetal alcohol effects, fetal alcohol syndrome Sexual dysfunction, amenorrhea, anovulation, early menopause, spontaneous abortion
Cancers Neoplasm of the liver, neoplasm of the head and neck, neoplasm of the pancreas, neoplasm of the esophagus
Psychiatric comorbidities Depression, anxiety Affective disorders, anxiety disorders, antisocial personality
Legal problems Traffic violations, driving while intoxicated, public intoxication Motor vehicle accidents, violent offenses, fires
Employment problems Tardiness, sick days, inability to concentrate, decreased competence Accidents, injury, job loss, chronic unemployment
Family problems Family conflict, erratic child discipline, neglect of responsibilities, social isolation Divorce, spouse abuse, child abuse or neglect, loss of child custody
Effects on children Overresponsibility, acting out, withdrawal, inability to concentrate, school problems, social isolation Learning disorders, behavior problems, emotional disturbance
We need to step up the War on Drugs to include alcohol.
It has NO positive benefits on our society.
It should be illegal.
I totally agree!!
Marijuana should be legal instead!!
Elevated triglycerides looking for an expert’s opinion?
Hi, I was diagnosed with alcoholic hepatitis on April 15, 2010. My LFTs at that time were:
Bilirubin 0.5 (Normal range 0.2 – 1.0)
SGOT AST 57 (normal range <40) SGPT ALT 116 (normal range <41) Alk Phos 70 (normal range 36 - 141) GGT 118 (normal range <55) Protiens Total Protien 7.5 (normal range 6.6 - 8.8) Albumin 3.9 (normal range 3.5 - 5.0) Globulin 3.6 (normal range 2.3 - 3.5) A/G ratio 1.1 electophoresis My LFTs now (January 07, 2011) Total Bili 0.8 (normal 0.2 to 1) Direct Bili 0.1 (normal 0-0.2) Indirect Bili 0.7 (normal 0-0.8) Alk Phos 176.0 (normal 100-290) SGOT 16.0 (normal 10-42) ALT/SGPT 11 (normal 10-40) Total Serum Protein 7.1 (normal 6.4 - 8.6) Serum Albumin 4.2 (normal 3.5 - 5.3) Serum Globulin 2.9 (normal 2.2 - 4.0) Albumin Globulin Ratio 1:4 I wanted to redo my tests (January 07, 2011) and ended up doing LFT, CBC, Lipid profile and random sugar. The test results were back and my LFTs, CBC and random sugar all came within normal limits. However, my lipid profile showed an abnormal triglyceride of 315 mg/dL, with optimal being less than 150 mg/dL and VLDL cholesterol of 63.0 mg/dL with normal being 5 - 40 mg/dL. All other lipid panel parameters are borderline values except for TGL and VLDL. I am aware that one of the reasons for high TGL is chronic liver disease. I have abstained from alcohol for the last 10-11 months. I am worried my liver is healing and leaving scar tissues (which could result in cirhossis). My physician has put me on a regimen of Atorlip-F (combination of Atorvastatin 10 mg and Fenofibrate BP 160 MG) twice a day, antioxidants (presumably for liver) and a cholesterol reducing supplement. I am to be on these for 1 month before repeating all tests. About 3 months back, I had repeated the same tests and had elevated TGL with normal LFTs. I was on an other regimen for these three months and now the meds are changed. 1. I am concerned that my elevated TGL did not respong to 3 months of meds and could hint at my liver not coming back to normal. 2. Developing cirhosis. What are the chances I might develop cirhosis at this stage. What are the tests I need to get done to confirm I dont have it. I would really appreciate any help. Thanks much.
High triglycerides can also lead to pancreatitis in excessive concentrations.
Changes in lifestyle habits are the main therapy for hypertriglyceridemia. These are the changes you need to make:
•If you’re overweight, cut down on calories to reach your ideal body weight. This includes all sources of calories, from fats, proteins, carbohydrates and alcohol.
•Reduce the saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol content of your diet.
•Reduce your intake of alcohol considerably. Even small amounts of alcohol can lead to large changes in plasma triglyceride levels.
•Be physically active for at least 30 minutes on most or all days each week.
•People with high triglycerides may need to substitute monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats — such as those found in canola oil, olive oil or liquid margarine — for saturated fats. Substituting carbohydrates for fats may raise triglyceride levels and may decrease HDL (“good”) cholesterol in some people.
•Substitute fish high in omega-3 fatty acids instead of meats high in saturated fat like hamburger. Fatty fish like mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna and salmon are high in omega-3 fatty acids.
I NEED HELP WITH ALCOHOL FACTZ PLZZ!!! I PICK BESST ANSWER?
A chronic liver disease caused by excessive alcohol consumption is known as:
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.
All 50 states enacted a BAC limit of .08 as the legal limit for drunk drivers over the age of 21.
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:
tolerance (you have to drink more and more to get “buzzed.”)
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.
If you are the driver of a vehicle, there is no safe level of alcohol consumption.
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.
___________ are more likely to become alcoholics.
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
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.
According to research what would be the single most effective deterrent for drinking and driving?
Automatic license revocation
Inability to post bail if arrested
This law imposes potential liability on the host of a party if alcohol is served to an obviously intoxicated person or a minor.
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
Depends on type of beer
Avoid alcohol & drugs
All are correct
Reduction of blood pressure
Children of alcoholic parents
May include problems with motor skills, hearing, vision
Determine between sobriety & intoxication
HELP! ALCOHOLIC + HEPATITIS C?
BEFORE YOU LOOK AT THE LENGTH AND QUICKLY EXIT OR SKIM THIS, PLEASE READ IT THOROUGHLY, I’M IN DESPERATE NEED OF YOUR HELP… PLEASE!
My mom has Hep C & is by such unfortunate and sad circumstances, also an alcoholic. She’s what they would call a “Functional Alcoholic,” she works, eats pretty healthy, a lot of fruits and vegitables, as well as drinks a lot of water. In other words, outside of her chronic alcohol use, her addiction, she’s pretty healthy- although she doesn’t exercise, and as a result from the drinking and lack of exercise has put on some weight, but is still reasonably thin.
Her drink of choice is Vodka. She claims, when drinking Vodka, this is when she gets carried away, but can control it when she drinks beer, for example. She mixes her drinks, and sips them slowly (mentioning this because i’ve read in some articles that this is a technique that alcoholics can use to try to control how much they drink)….but the fact still is: she drinks 7 days a week. Light consumption M-F, however enough to get a flush, or buzz, likely drunk by non-alcoholic standards. The weekends are another story. Friday-Sunday is an all-out binge. She’s told me she’s gone through an entire 1.75 JUG of vodka in one weekend… ALONE. Actually, she’s said that she’s done this many times, and it was a wake-up call and she stopped.
When she began drinking, many years ago, she would drink to relieve her anxiety, as many with anxiety disorders do. She was in treatment by age 16, got help, but started drinking again a few years later. She contracted Hepititis C when she was 24, she’s now 51, and has been an alcoholic the entire period she’s had Hep C. ALTHOUGH her alcoholism has gradually worsened throughout the years. Quite significantly. It wasn’t until about the past 5 years that the drinking became a daily ritual. It used to be, my whole life – adolescence, which ended about 6 years ago, she would only drink on teh weekends, and it wasn’t a weekend binge, it was limited to just the evening.
*IF I’M BORING YOU*
I’m giving details because i want to know what hope i can instill in her quitting drinking, given the specific circumstances i’m telling you, so please keep reading. Help someone who really wants help…me.
She won’t listen, and i have a strong feeling it’s due to hopelessness. She feels her liver isn’t perfect anyhow, along with her depression, trauma never recovered from (from childhood) she tried therapists throughout her life, and said the therapists never listened, or told her it was time to go in the middle of self-disclosure *basically she didnt find them helpful or she didn’t think they truly cared or both*. She is on an SSRI (anti-depressant) currently and thinks it’s working, but i keep telling her it WILL NOT work when you drink daily. The pill will cancel itself out. For all i know, the medication with the alcohol daily may be keeping her at an even keel.
LASTLY, it’s important to add the following:
She has tried to quit recently, twice. She went a few weeks without alcohol and said she was so God awful EXHAUSTED she couldn’t even hardly function. She said without the alcohol there is no longer anxiety present, and like i mentioned earlier, not facing the anxiety was what started the alcohol problems to begin, that, and the childhood trauma. But claims there is no more anxiety…Are theses signs of liver disease approaching or what’s up with that?
Based on what i’m telling you, what is some advice i can give to get her to cut down or stop drinking? I know the 12 steps, i know AA, i know rehab, i know out-paitient. She will not go to any, she sounded like she WOULD go to out-patient…but never did as her enforcers or reasons for going were not herself but the fact that she was hurting her kids and when we weren’t there to push her into it, never went….
The reasons for not going to Inpatient, AA, or the like is: she’s afraid of losing her job. I tell her what good is a job if you’re dead anyhow? She ignores this. In desperate need of wisdom from someone who KNOWS. Plz no garbage advice, this is a hard situation to deal with and i already know the problems assocaited with Hep C and Alc. so there’s no use in reinforcing that idea. I’ve tried reinforcing spirituality in her life, God… and that’s not helping…. I’ve tried amny things.
More importantly, i’ve tried telling her i’m not judging her, and that i love her and all i want is for her to not give up on herself.
Her current living situation is: ALONE. My stepfather recently passed from Alcoholism, just 5 months ago. This didn’t wake her up either.
Is she going to die from this disease? If she will enver stop drinking, how can i make my last years with her great & how can i let go the need to focus on her wellness?
Thanks for reading and i apologize for the
MAY I: Thank you for the feedback, I will absolutely pray as often as i can. This is great advice.
CANDACE: She is seeing someone regarding the Hep C., she gets yearly liver biopsies, and recently told me her last one came back 2X worse. This is alarming, but not surprising given her situation. You noted that you’re starting to feel this overwhelming urge to step-off. My advice: never give up. As long as you’re alive, keep trying to help your loved one until you’ve exhausted all options, that way if all fails, you will have peace of mind knowing you gave it your all. I’d love to talk regarding this, it’d be great to get some words of wisdom from someone who knows what it’s like. Being that i’m a young adult, i don’t have many friends that can really empathize with my situation. Nor would i want to burden those who can’t understand with things like this… bc the result isn’t going to be positive for anyone.
In this, let’s talk positives. Realities and positiives are one in the same,
What a sensational story and awfully long description you have there. The first thing you need to do is talk to your mother about her addiction and the association with Hepatitis C. She need to understand the risk she is taking by consuming excessive amount of alcohol especially a vodka. She needs some type of counseling both mentally and physically. Let me tell you a little about hepatitis C and what complications associated with alcohol. Hepatitis C is a viral infection of the liver that has no cure whats so ever at the moment but there are treatment such as Interferon that lowers the replication of the RNA make ups of the virus and reduce the damage to the hepatocytes(liver Cells). The liver is an important organ in your body and it is an important organ that regulates your overall health. As much as she care about her exterior self being healthy, she also need to do the same to the internal organs as well. If your mother continues to live this type of life style, then she will end up developing Hepatocellular Carcinoma of the liver, Cirrhosis or both. Hepatocellular Carcinoma is a malignant cancer of the liver that is one of the most dangerous cancers known to be. Cirrhosis is the scaring of the liver that means, damage tissue that can’t be replaced leading to chronic liver failure. Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Cirrhosis are a irreversible chronic liver disease which can lead to death in short period of time. So she need to understand the risk she is taking. it is like having a parent who always drinks heavily and drives. Eating healthy is not enough, so she need to seek mental treatment soon before she develops liver cancer and cirrhosis. I understand what you are going through to help out your mother but if she can’t listen to you or somebody else’s advise then she need to seek psychiatric help soon.
How dangerous is my alcohol use?
I’m a college student and i already recognize myself as a chronic alcoholic. I drink every day and i drink gratuitous amounts everyday. i’m a male only 145 pounds 5″9′ and i’m starting to get the idea in my head that i might already be in the first stages of liver disease. When i drink daily im not the type that just has a a few beers, a 1.75 liter of karkov will usually last me 3-4 days. I black out everyday but i never get hangovers, i usually wake up drunk. ive been drinking like this for past 2 months and ive had about 3 sober days. For me, drinking has become a completely different thing then before. I need to drink. i’ve realized what ive done to myself so i’m soon seeking treatment. well, after today of course, its halloween! but anyway,
ive started to notice some symptoms that are described as symptoms of early stages of cirhossis or alchohol withdrawl. I’ve had dark urine frequently more lately, its impossible for me to fall asleep without being drunk, i litterally drip sweat while im not active. The one symptom i am very concerned about tho are my tremors, I have very shaky hands, people point it out all the time. when i’m drunk it usually goes away a little but there are times it is pretty bad, for example, i have a night class and when i have to sit in the classroom not drunk as i’m used to, i’ll be writing notes and i cant even read them later because i twitch so bad.
all in all tho, what i’m wondering is if its possible to develop cirhossis in only 2 months while drinking very heavily, or if you need to be a chronic alcoholic for years before thats possible. i am also concered about the consequenses of stopping abruptly, is it possible i could have a seizure if i quit?
Look, if you want to stop drinking then keep reading, if not go back to the bottle. You are going to need to go to a detox center in order to start getting better. Yes, you’re going to have the DT’s, and the shakes, and feel like sh**, and puke, but the other alternative is to die. Take your pick. I can’t tell you that you’re a chronic alcoholic, but you sound like one to me. I can tell you that you need to seek medical attention immediately, and then check yourself into a 90 day detox/rehab center if you hope to get better. I know you have school, work all that stuff, but if you cant quit drinking you won’t be there anyhow. There is your solution, if you want it. I didn’t say it would be easy or pretty. Good luck!!!!!!!
What do you think is the worst human invention?
My answer would be alcoholic drink.Here are the reasons why.The maximum number of deaths in the
world related to any one particular cause is due to
the consumption of alcohol. Millions of people die
every year only because of intake of alcohol. I
need not go into the details of all the ill-effects of
alcohol since most of them are commonly
known. Below is a simple list of few of the alcohol
a. Cirrhosis of Liver is the most well known alcohol
b. Others are Cancer of Oesophagus, Cancer of
Head and Neck, Cancer of Liver (Hepatoma),
Cancer of Bowel, etc.
c. Oesophagitis, Gastritis, Pancreatitis and Hepatitis
are linked with alcohol consumption.
d. Cardiomyopathy, Hypertension, Coronary
Artherosclerosis, Angina and Heart Attacks are
linked with heavy alcohol intakes.
e. Strokes, Apoplexy, Fits and different types of
Paralysis are linked with alcohol intake.
f. Peripheral Neuropathy, Cortical Atrophy,
Cerebellar Atrophy are well-known syndromes
caused by alcohol consumption.
g. Wernicke – Korsakoff syndrome with amnesia of
recent events, confabulations and retainment of
memory to old events with different types of
paralysis are mainly due to thiamine deficiency
due to excessive alcohol intake.
h. Beriberi and other deficiencies are not uncommon
among alcoholics. Even Pellagra occurs in
i. Delerium Tremens is a serious complication that
may occur during recurrent infection of alcoholics
or post operatively. It also occurs during
abstention as a sign of withdrawal effect. It is
quite serious and may cause death even if treated
in well equipped centres.
j. Numerous Endocrine Disorders have been
associated with alcoholism ranging from
Myxodema to Hyperthyroidism and Florid
k. Hematological ill effects are long and variable.
Folic acid deficiency, however, is the most
common manifestation of alcoholic abuse
resulting in Macrocytic Anemia. Zeive’s syndrome
is a triad of Hemolytic Anemia, Jaundice and
Hyperlipaedemia that follows alcoholic binges.
l. Thrombocytopenia and other platelet
abnormalities are not rare in alcoholics.
m. The commonly used tablet metronidazole (flagyl)
interacts badly with alcohol.
n. Recurrent infection is very common among
chronic alcoholics. The resistance to disease and
the immunological defense system are
compromised by alcohol intake.
o. Chest infections are notorious in alcoholics.
Pneumonia, Lung Abcess, Emphysema and
Pulmonary Tuberculosis are all common in
p. During acute alcoholic intoxication, the drunk
person usually vomits, the cough reflexes which
are protective are paralysed. The vomitus thus
easily pass to the lung causing Pneumonia or
Lung Abscess. Occasionally it may even cause
suffocation and death.
q. The ill effects of alcohol consumption on women
deserves special mention. Females are more
vulnerable to alcohol-related Cirrhosis than men.
During pregnancy alcohol consumption has a
severe detrimental effect on the foetus. Foetal
Alcohol Syndrome is being recognised more and
more in the medical profession.
r. Skin diseases are also related to alcohol
s. Eczema, Alopecia, Nail Dystrophy, Paronychia
(infection around the nails) and Angular Stomatitis
(inflammation of the angle of the mouth) are
common diseases among alcoholics.
You are quite long winded.
You seem to have a problem with drink. Don’t blame the drink. Blame the person that couldn’t control themselves with it. It is never the thing but the abuse of the thing.
Answer to your question for me is Nukes, Cloning, & biological manipulation making super bugs etc.
Those if unleashed would cause much more havoc than drink.
Jesus drank. He change water into wine. Remember that.
Did the George Best drama/docu make anyone think?
The programme focused mainly on his mum,a one time chronic Alcoholic,and her early death of alcohol related heart disease
.George Best had everything and was a gifted footballer yet could never stop booze even after a liver transplant,how do you feel about booze in society?
A very moving documentary. Alcoholism is like any drug addiction – very hard to beat. Some are strong enough and some are simply not. One could blame the alcoholism on George’s sudden fame and the effect that this had on his mother – particularly at a time when there was no PR, management, agents etc to help the family come to terms with their sudden fame. On the other hand, they may have ended up being alcoholics anyway – who knows. There has been medical studies showing that alcoholic addiction can be hereditary.
There will be many more alcoholics now thanks to the cheap availability of alcohol – particularly to young people. When I was a teenager (I am 43), you could only buy alcohol in an off licence and then you would have to get past the shop keepers and ID checks – off licences would close at 10pm (there is no way your parents would let you out at that time of night). Now of course, kids can get very cheap alcohol almost anywhere and anytime – not good.
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…
- are absorbed by fat
-acts as a stimulant
Please Help! Aching, Heavy, Pitting Edema legs – causes?
Ok, I’ve finally given up in my search for answers. I’m hoping someone out there can give me some ideas of what could be wrong. I have had pitting edema in my legs for about 3 months now. I’ve been to the doctor numerous times and have ruled out my kidneys and heart…which is good….but, it’s driving me crazy as to what this could be.
Here’s some history: I have a whole host of existing medical conditions, which are probably not related…but, I’ll list them just in case. I have:Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Osteoarthritis, Depression / Bipolar, GERD, Barrett’s Disease, Hiatal Hernia, IBS, Urinary Incontinence, Seborrheic Keratoses. These are confirmed diagnosis. I take the following medications: Lamictal, Paxil, Elavil, Diclofenac, Flexeril, Lortab, Omeprazole, Protonix, Detrol, Ultram, and Oxycodone (when needed). I am a 40 year old female that is 50 pounds overweight.
Like I said, the heart and kidneys have been ruled out. I’ve been careful about reading labels to ensure my sodium intake is around 1500-2000 mg per day. That has not made a difference. I’ve stopped taking the Dyclofenac for a couple of weeks since that has been known to cause edema. That didn’t make a difference either. I also stopped taking my Detrol for a couple of weeks as I was allergic to Ditropan and thought maybe I’ve suddenly developed an allergy to the Detrol as well. This also has not made a difference. I was on Lasix for a few days, but it didn’t make any difference in the edema.
I had testing about 1 1/2 years ago that showed I had an enlarged liver and cyrosis (non-alcoholic). At that time a Liver function test was done and it came back normal. I asked my doctor if that test had been run again with the other testing since the onset of the edema. She said since it was done before, it doesn’t need to be done again.
She’s an awesome doctor! I’ve been seeing her for years and she has been wonderful with all of my medical conditions. So, I trust her. However, when I asked last week what else we can do or what other testing can be done, she said that sometimes these things just happen, especially to women over 35 and that the heart was her main concern with this. She recommended that I get some compression stockings. So, I have ordered some, but they haven’t come in yet.
My real concern is that perhaps we’re missing something that could be very important. I don’t think it’s natural that someone should have to wear compression stockings for the rest of their lives. And I’m in an extreme amount of pain with this. I have a career which requires me to be on my feet for a couple of hours at a time. I try to sit when possible, but even when I’m not on my feet much (like on a day off), the edema is still there. My legs feel so heavy and constantly ache. The pitting is so severe at times that an indentation has taken a couple of hours to return to normal. This happens mostly on the days that I work.
I’d really like some input with ideas of what I could be missing. I’ve been doing research for 3 months now and am very frustrated. Any input/ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Yes, I know I need to lose the 50 pounds…that goes without saying. I had never been overweight until 5 years ago when I was diagnosed with all these medical conditions and started on all the medications. So, if there are any other comments not related to my weight, they would be greatly appreciated.
Um okay, first of all, I’m confused. The liver tests came back and indicated that your liver is enlarged and cirrhotic?? If that is the case, and the doctor doesn’t believe she needs to repeat the test and follow-up you definitely need to see another doctor! Liver could definitely be the cause of these problems!! You should have your ALT, AST, alkaline phosphatase, albumin, bilirubin, anti-mitochondrial antibodies, anti-smooth muscle antibodies all measured. Go to a doctor and ask for all of these tests. That will rule out something to do with the liver. Again if you were diagnosed with cirrhosis, this needs to be follow up. If not, you still need to look into the liver as that can certainly cause your symptoms.