Cause Fatty Liver Symptoms

What Causes an Enlarged Liver?

Alcoholic hepatitis is a condition which arises due to excessive consumption of alcohol. The consumed alcohol is metabolized in the liver. When it is taken in a large amount, then the liver fails to metabolize it completely and this leads to liver enlargement. In fatty liver disease, accumulation of fat inside the liver is responsible for enlarged liver. It can happen due to both alcoholic fat as well as non-alcoholic fat. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is mostly found in diabetic patients and obese people.

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Viral infections in liver that lead to hepatitis A, B or C are characterized by inflammation of the cells in the liver which makes the organ larger. Enlarged liver may develop due to some heart problems as well. For instance, in congestive heart failure, the heart is unable to pump sufficient blood which often causes an enlarged liver. Besides, it can be a symptom of a serious disease like liver cancer.

In some cases, both the liver and the spleen become enlarged together. This condition is known as hepatosplenomegaly. What causes an enlarged liver and spleen? Well, there are several underlying causes behind this. It could be because of liver cirrhosis where the healthy tissues of liver are replaced by scarred tissue. This in turn affects the blood flow to the liver resulting in this kind of liver and spleen problem. Other enlarged liver and spleen causes are diseases such as chronic hepatitis C infection, leukemia, sickle cell anemia and so on.

How to Reduce an Enlarged Liver

In many cases, an enlarged liver goes undetected as there are no specific signs of an enlarged liver. If the liver stops its normal functioning, then it can lead to jaundice which can be identified as yellowing of the skin and white part of the eyes. Doctors diagnose the problem by physical examination of the patient as the area is tender to touch when it becomes large. Then, various laboratory tests including an X-ray, CT scan and ultra sound are conducted. Sometimes, blood tests and biopsies may also be required. The treatment is based on the underlying cause. People with alcohol abuse must stop alcohol intake completely. Hepatitis is treated with suitable medicines that can reduce the inflammation in the cells. Heart failure is treated with medicines and limiting the intake of sodium. If the cause of the fatty liver disease is obesity, then the patient has to lose weight with exercise and proper diet. Diabetic patients have to keep their blood sugar levels in check. Liver cancer or leukemia may have to be treated with radiation therapy or chemotherapy.

Hope you got a clear idea on what causes an enlarged liver. As you can see, when the liver gets enlarged, it leads to a lot of health complications. Therefore, it is important to reduce the chances of its occurrence. Most of the reasons for an enlarged liver can be prevented by leading a healthy lifestyle and maintaining healthy body weight. It is possible by eating healthy foods, doing regular exercises, limiting intake of alcohol and avoiding smoking.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Fatty liver and its symptoms?
    I have had an abdomen ultrasound and they found fatty infiltration in my liver. Everything else was normal. Just wondering if anyone knows of its symptoms?

    I was a social person going to bars every Friday and Saturday night for a few drinks with some friends. This went on for about 4 years until i started feeling unwell. I've had constant lightheadedness, foggy brain, fatigue feeling for 3 months and have not been able to go back to work or my normal routine. Because of these symptoms i've also developed some anxiety but im sure that the anxiety is caused by my symptoms and not the other way around.

    According to my doctors i have chronic gastritis too and im taking nexium for this. Just wondering if all the symptoms that im feeling fit in to having a "Fatty Liver?".... If so, these symptoms have lasted every day for the last 3 months. Is this normal?

    Your serious thoughts and insight would be appreciated.
    Add note: I've had blood tests done which all turn out to be normal except a slight abnormal ALT liver and ferritin count (which is not decreasing). I have done tests for Hep B & C which was negative. I've seen a neurologist and have done an MRI which was normal.

    I also had an ear infection of some sort when i started feeling ill. This has now healed but i dont know if any effects are still showing.
    **** Thanks for the answers so far. Just letting you know that i am 26 years old and i am not overweight... I would say i was abit overweight before but since i've started feeling unwell i have dropped 8 Kgs to 68....

    • ANSWER:
      The most common causes of accumulation of fat in the liver are alcoholism and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) associated with obesity and diabetes. Drugs may cause fatty liver with or without associated hepatitis. Patients with drug-induced fatty liver may have only a few symptoms, or none. They typically have mild to moderate elevations in blood levels of ALT and AST, and also may develop enlarged livers. In severe cases, drug-induced fatty liver can lead to cirrhosis and liver failure.

      Drugs reported to cause fatty liver include total parenteral nutrition, methotrexate (Rheumatrex), griseofulvin (Grifulvin V), tamoxifen (Nolvadex), steroids, valproate (Depakote), and amiodarone (Cordarone).

      In certain situations, fatty liver alone can be life threatening. For example, Reye's syndrome is a rare liver disease that can cause fatty liver, liver failure, and coma. It is believed to occur in children and teenagers with influenza when they are given aspirin. Another example of serious fatty liver is caused by high doses of intravenous tetracycline or amiodarone. Certain herbs (for example, the Chinese herb Jin Bu Huan, used as a sedative and pain reliever) also can cause serious fatty liver.

      Cirrhosis

      Chronic liver diseases such as hepatitis, fatty liver, or cholestasis can lead to the necrosis (death) of liver cells. Scar tissue forms as part of the healing process that is associated with the dying liver cells, and severe scarring of the liver can lead to cirrhosis.

      The most common example of drug-induced cirrhosis is alcoholic cirrhosis . Examples of drugs that can cause chronic liver diseases and cirrhosis include methotrexate (Rheumatrex), amiodarone (Cordarone), and methyldopa (Aldomet). Please read the article on Cirrhosis for more information.

      Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

      ARTICLE SECTIONS
      Introduction
      Signs and symptoms
      Causes
      Risk factors
      When to seek medical advice
      Screening and diagnosis
      Complications
      Treatment
      Prevention
      Complementary and alternative medicine

      Signs and symptoms
      You may not have signs and symptoms of simple fatty liver (steatosis) or nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). When symptoms do occur, they are usually vague and nonspecific and may include:

      Fatigue
      Malaise
      A dull ache in your upper right abdomen, a possible sign of an enlarged liver
      At a more advanced stage, such as cirrhosis, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease may cause:

      Lack of appetite
      Weight loss
      Nausea
      Small, red spider veins under your skin or easy bruising
      Weakness
      Fatigue
      Yellowing of your skin and eyes and dark, cola-colored urine
      Bleeding from engorged veins in your esophagus or intestines
      Loss of interest in sex
      Fluid in your abdominal cavity (ascites)
      Itching on your hands and feet and eventually on your entire body
      Swelling of your legs and feet from retained fluid (edema)
      Mental confusion, such as forgetfulness or trouble concentrating (encephalopathy)
      Liver failure

  2. QUESTION:
    Can abdominal and liver bloating be caused by a fatty liver?
    My mother's stomach/abdomen gets very, very bloated, usually after she eats. She says that flatulence usually makes the swelling go down.

    Her liver also used to become enlarged and get swollen as well.

    The last time she went to the doctor, I believe she was diagnosed with a fatty liver.

    I know that a symptom of liver cancer is a swollen abdomen and a swollen liver, and of course, I'm hoping that she doesn't have that.

    However, her family does have a history of liver disease on it's side - her mother, my grandmother, died of liver cancer in fact.

    So I'm very, very worried.

    She hasn't been diagnosed with liver cancer - only with the fatty liver.

    She IS old, she IS obese, and she does have a family history of liver disease.

    As of right now, she's on medication. The medicine has stopped her liver from swelling up and hurting, but her stomach and abdomen still swell up and become very, very tight.

    Can a fatty liver cause this? Or is it automatically liver cancer from what I described?

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver disease can advance to
      NASH which is Non alcoholic steatohepatitis
      Steato stands for fat, hepat stands for liver,
      and Itis stands for inflammation.

      Inflammation in the liver develops because
      the cells of the liver have become damaged.
      The immune system of the body responds
      to this and causes this inflammation.

      This inflammation, that causes the liver
      to enlarge in size, can lead to death of the
      liver cells and scar tissue formation inside
      the liver...this is known as Cirrhosis of the
      liver.

      People who develop Cirrhosis of the liver
      start to retain fluid in their abdomen because
      the liver can no longer make a protein known
      as Albumin. This fluid is known as Ascites.
      It can cause fast weight gain. There is a
      procedure to drain this fluid, known as
      paracentesis. I would check about this
      with her gastroenterologist or hepatologist
      that she is with. They can do an exam
      and determine if this is fluid build up or not.

      Fatty liver disease can start from a number
      of different reasons and they are still in
      research to discover others now.
      Diabetes, weight gain, alcohol, insulin resistance,
      medications like steriods, high cholesterol/
      triglyceride levels and more.

      I hope this information has been of some
      help to you.

  3. QUESTION:
    What can cause liver pain?
    My husband has been having on and off liver pain for about two weeks now. He was drinking a lot of energy drinks (started off with one a day and progressed to three a day in three months) and he also started drinking alcohol more often (about 5-6 oz of vodka every other day for about two weeks). His body was not used to this, as he used to drink alcohol once, maybe twice a year and 1 (maybe 2) energy drink every two weeks. I am worried this can be Hepatitis C, but he hasn't had any other symptoms except the liver pain. Could it be something else? He already stopped drinking both energy drinks and alcohol. He does smoke marijuana (hasn't in two days). PLEASE HELP! I am very worried! Let me know if there is anything else that can be causing this.

    BTW, he's not fat at all, so I doubt it's fatty liver.

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  4. 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:

  5. 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.

  6. QUESTION:
    what cause liver pain?
    can the liver hurt the middle of your back?i have alot of symptoms of Pancreatitis but they did a ct scan of the stomach and they say all my organs looks good. i have the upper right side pain agoes to the back can the upper right side have burning feeling? only thing they told me is i have a high hertia and acid relux and fatty liver. the pain goes away but when it comes back it will for about 2 weeks. i tested for hepatitis and came back negative please help

    • ANSWER:

  7. QUESTION:
    What is the possible cause of high SGPT/SGOT with no external signs of jaundice or any sickness?
    What can cause high SGPT/SGOT (172/83) and very high Alkaline Phosphatase (828), without any symptoms. The CBC and LDH test are within normal range. The patient has a biliary bioresorbable stent. Could that be the cause, or is it because of fatty liver?
    Here are some details:

    Platelet: 412 (150 - 400)
    Bilirubin: not tested.

    • ANSWER:
      Since I don't know anything about this stent you mentioned, I cannot answer on that. I do know that I had primary biliary cirrhosis and this is how my lab work used to be on me prior to me receiving a transplant. I would say that this persons liver is being damaged with those numbers and they really need to come down. My autoimmune system attacks the bile ducts in my liver. I never got sick with mine until symptoms showed up when 90% of my liver was already destroyed by cirrhosis (scarring of the liver). By then it was too late and I had to get a transplant. My alkaline levels would go sky high all the time and my CBC and LDH tests were fine. I would be curious to know what this persons biliruben and platelets might be. If the platelets are low and the biliruben high, that can also be an indication of liver damage.

      I don't want to say this person has liver disease especially with me not knowing anything about this stent, but I do know those numbers are not good under any circumstances and further testing is needed to find out what is going on so they can receive proper treatment to bring those numbers down.

  8. QUESTION:
    Can Gallstones cause your liver function test to be elevated or abnormal?
    Hello.

    I currently have been suffering heaps with pain in my upper-right-quadrant and have found that my liver enzymes are elevated. The symptoms of Gallstones are:

    ~steady, severe pain in the upper right section of your abdomen that may be felt right through to your back between the shoulder blades. The pain increases quickly and may last from 15 minutes to several hours before subsiding;

    ~nausea and vomiting;
    ~indigestion, flatulence or general discomfort in the abdomen; or
    ~intolerance to fatty foods.

    And i have every single one of them, the Dr even said he thinks i have gallstones. I have had lots of different tests and things and don't have any things horrible like hepatitis or anything, so do you think Or is it possible for (Gallstones) to cause my liver enzymes to raise?

    Thanks a bunch!

    • ANSWER:
      Gallstones can definitely elevate liver function tests. There are other causes for elevated liver tests as you know. Continue working with your doctor to evaluate this. Good luck.

  9. QUESTION:
    What is the cause of abdominal gas?
    Condition: For the last 2 months, I am always having gas created in my abdomen. It is more particularly during the night after 4 or 5 hrs in sleeping position. In the morning this accumulated gas causes a burning sensation in my abdoment and back. I had an ultrasound scan and found fatty liver. My triglycerides are high(450) and cholestrol is 268. My sugar level is near the top but within normal level. I am only 28 yrs.

    Question: My Has this fatty liver has to do anything with gas ? Are these symptoms of insulin resistance and diabetes ? Not just lactose but this gas is caused with all kinds of foods. Even in empty stomach, I am having gas inside. How can I get these treated ? Please help me..

    • ANSWER:
      It's just a lousy diet. Go back to your last question, click the link I gave you and read what I've said. Follow the links if you want to get healthy again. By the time you find the answers you're looking for here, you will have used up all your points. There's no easy fix. You're just going to have to learn the proper way to take care of yourself. If you would have checked out the link I gave you, you would know by now that cinnamon will reduce blood sugar, triglycerides, and cholesterol... but that's not the whole story. There's lots more. I've given you all you need to find out what you need to do to get things back in balance.

  10. QUESTION:
    What are the chances that I have fatty liver disease?
    I'm 24, female, and I have been a moderate drinker since i was 18, with the exception of a year and a half where I didn't consume a drop (not intentionally, just lost interest). However, for the last 3 years I have been drinking heavily, the last year of which has been the heaviest - I've been severely depressed, unemployed, reclusive, and got into the habit of consuming anywhere from 0.5litres to half a gallon of vodka almost every day, with the occasional exception of a break of a couple of weeks in between before i would resume the habit.

    I stopped drinking a few weeks ago, due to the fact that i got some great stress-relieving news, everything fell into place and i started to eat healthily again (i only drank as an excuse to eat - used to be anorexic and afterward struggled to deal with my weight gain and normal eating without getting hammered...food was a chaser...weird i know).

    Anyway, I feel fine, i have done substantial research on the subject and i have zero symptoms of anything related to liver problems, I look fine, have lots of energy, no health problems whatsoever, and giving up booze has been a piece of cake 'cause frankly i don't even like it. But, I'm wondering if it's possible that I have done some serious/irreversible damage and don't even know it...or is that unlikely considering my age and the relatively short period of consistent heavy-drinking i did.

    Any help would be appreciated! Thanks
    Oops - should have said I've been drinking heavily for the last 2 years, not 3!

    • ANSWER:
      Time will be the best answer to your question.Yes, your liver can regenerate but what about your kidneys and your brain cells and your skin and veins that are being (been) saturated with alcohol for 2 years? It tastes awful because it is awful for you.Have you ever seen an old drinker?Their skin is older then they are and that is only what you can see.You have done the best and that is to quit drinking.

  11. QUESTION:
    Can Psittacosis in Budgies damage thier liver?
    I have a 18 month old Female budgie with the following symptoms:
    Lethargy, lime green droppings (and Urates), sleepiness, quiet, ratty wing feathers, watery eyes,

    Vet: Feacel smear + mouth swab
    mass in abdomen
    Diagnosis: Fatty Liver Disease?

    Treatment: Baytril + Duphalac - 7 days

    Return vet
    Treatment: Doxycycline injection
    Improvement within days

    Return vet
    Blood test - immunocomb-chlammydia - results pending
    Treatment - Psittavet in water daily

    Could undiagnosed psittacosis cause liver damage (mass in abdomen)?

    I also have a male budgie with no symptoms except for ratty-looking tail feathers
    Vet had quick look - no diagnosis made
    I was just wandering if he could be carrying psittacosis aswell?

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, many infections will attack the liver in parrots, but I don't think this is the problem here. Masses in budgies are very common, and even though this a young bird, i think it's a common tumor. Are you sure she's only 18 months? Are you sure it's a female? I ask that because many male budgies get testicular tumors, and as the tumor restricts the flow of testosterone, his blue cere will turn brownish; thus, he looks like a female.

      How long have you had the birds, and for how long have they been separated from other birds? If it's been a while, then the possibility of psittacosis lessens.

      The mouth swab... was there just one, for psittacosis? Was there one taken for other bacterial infections? There's definitely something going on, but we see many more cases of bacterial infection, like klebsiella, Pasteurella and pseudomonas than we do psittacosis.

      Is the Baytril going in the water? If so, you can almost bet on that it's not going to work, especially for only 7 days. Same thing with Duphalac (lactulose) which is usually a long-term treatment for fatty liver disease. If it's a tumor on the liver, that's a different story. Personally, I prefer treating most liver ailments with milk thistle. That goes for birds, dogs, cats, and humans.

      The male could have the same thing as the female, but you're going to have to wait for the test results. If it's really suspected to be psittacosis, he should be treated as well. If it's not psittacosis, you'll need to know what it is that's making her sick, and testing to see what antibiotics will work on whatever it is. Baytril and doxy may not work on that particular bacterium or bacteria.

      Good luck.

  12. QUESTION:
    High ALT Liver Level?
    Ok, first of I haver anxiety and this is stressing the hell out of me, because I am of course thinking of the worse....

    But....

    What can cause a little high ALT liver level?

    My Info:

    Male
    24
    262 lbs
    5'11"
    No known diseases

    Alt levels - 62 or 68

    I am going on Monday for a U/S so I should know something Tuesday Hopefully.

    However, that is still 4 days away and I am freaking out, can't sleep, anxiety is taking a major toll on me right now...

    I don't want an answer that says "just relax and see what the tests say" or anything along those lines, don't send me links - I won't go..

    I am a social drinker but I don't drink all time time, maybe once per month and that is pushing it!

    I do notice when I eat certain food that I get really bad pains (this is what told me to go to the doctor) I am thinking fatty liver but I could be wrong...

    I have been surfing the net, and I see things on Hep C, but I don't believe I have that, as I have never come into contact with blood (mainly because I faint at the sight of blood) and I am not showing any of the other symptoms!

    I have gained 12 lbs in the past 45 days is that helps.

    Any thoughts?

    I want to know what can cause these levels to be slightly high??

    Thanks!
    I am not sure what ALT stands for (this is what the nurse called it) she said all the other levels are normal.

    Oh, I love mexican food, it is my favorite, with lots of cheese, I eat cheese on everything!

    I have noticed that when I eat alot of cheese it does cause pain (however it doesnt cause anything else other than pain, bowel movements are normal.)
    And I did just start playing Disc Golf recently, about a month and a half ago (havent played in about 2 weeks) However, the pain has been off and on for about 9 months now...

    • ANSWER:
      your alt is only slightly raised. we get worried if its in the 1000s. commonest reason if probably medcations next is probably fatty liver. really not very high so Id stop worrying
      http://www.labtestsonline.org.au/understanding/analytes/alt/test.html

  13. QUESTION:
    Diabetic symptoms - am I one?
    I have read what the symptoms are of a diabetic and wonder if I am one as I do not have all of them, can anyone help:-

    I am tired alo, but I have been diagnosed with a fatty liver and acid reflux which can cause this also.
    I do need the loo alot, but only during the day and only after I have drank something, not at night.
    I do sometimes itch down below, but have never had any problems there as I am checked quite regularly anyway.
    I do get thirsty, but not a great deal.
    I do get hungry but only because since having the acid etc I am watching what I eat and its not really alot to be honest.
    I am feeling a little dizzy though and shaky. My vision is fine. I sometimes do get tingling in my hand and feet, but when they have been in one position for ages!!
    Any ideas as I am confused. My urine was checked about 3 times over the last 3 months and didn't show anything. I have had blood tests done for other things, but would it show with diateties or would they just look for what I was tested for???
    I am confused. I think I am going mad.
    Please help me.

    • ANSWER:
      No, I don't think you have diabetes. You really don't have any symptoms of diabetes, pretty much everything you have described is the way any person would feel.
      The blood tests may or may not show blood sugar, you'd have to check with your doc to ask for the results. If the previous tests did not include an HbA1c, ask for one and put your worried mind at ease.

  14. QUESTION:
    Doctors do not know what it is and all the symptoms?
    hello i have these symptoms

    51 yr old women (have three kids)
    Persian
    fatty liver
    kidney problems
    bipolar
    depressed
    overweight
    thyroid problem
    dont excersise frequently
    eat okay
    ovarian pain

    Ruled out: No cancer at least they have not found any
    doctors do not know.

    they say many problems, but they all must have a connection;.

    i feel is that it is one major thing that is causing all of this, what are somethings that these symptoms fall under????????????????

    is there a website where u can type in all my symptoms and look at what possibilities of what i might have??????????

    • ANSWER:
      Some of these are not symptoms, but rather illnesses. They can contribute to any of your problems. I'll take a stab at this. The fatty liver and obesity are related to diet and exercise. Depression may be related to poorly managed bipolar disorder. Obesity could be related to hypothyroidism, poorly controlled bipolar disorder or diet and exercise. They are all working together and in a vicious cycle. The ovarian pain could be caused by cysts, adhesions, pelvic inflammatory disease, or cystitis.

      My suggestions would be to work on the things you can control. Improve your diet and exercise. You would be surprised to find your fatty liver, weight, depression and ovarian pain might improve. Have your doctor review and update your labs to make sure your thyroid levels are therapeutic. Ask if your bipolar meds need to be adjusted. Are you taking them? Most people with bipolar disorder stop taking their meds because the feel better.

      I hope I got them all. I hope you feel better soon!

  15. QUESTION:
    diabetes-weight loss?
    I know that unexplainable weight loss is a symptom of type 1 diabetes but is it also a symptom for type 2? And I know that insulin resistance can cause a fatty liver. In that case, it'd be a complication from type 2. But is it possible that it could be from type 1 too? Type 1 isn't insulin resistant so I wasn't sure.

    • ANSWER:
      Weight loss
      Weight fluctuations also fall under the umbrella of possible diabetes signs and symptoms. When you lose sugar through frequent urination, you also lose calories. At the same time, diabetes may keep the sugar from your food from reaching your cells — leading to constant hunger. The combined effect is potentially rapid weight loss, especially if you have type 1 diabetes.

      Take care
      TIN

  16. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with me? Doctors do not know (here are my symptoms)?
    hello i have these symptoms

    51 yr old women (have three kids)
    Persian
    fatty liver
    kidney problems
    bipolar
    depressed
    overweight
    thyroid problem
    dont excersise frequently
    eat okay
    ovarian pain

    Ruled out: No cancer at least they have not found any
    doctors do not know.

    they say many problems, but they all must have a connection;.

    i feel is that it is one major thing that is causing all of this, what are somethings that these symptoms fall under????????????????

    is there a website where u can type in all my symptoms and look at what possibilities of what i might have??????????

    • ANSWER:
      Go to a different doctor. What makes you think you could get a proper diagnosis here?

  17. QUESTION:
    Symptoms What Do i have?
    hello i have these symptoms

    51 yr old women (have three kids)
    Persian
    Forget things alot (appt, keys, jobs)
    Sleep Constantly (24hrs i sleep, somedays i do not sleep at all)
    Heart palpatations
    fatty liver
    kidney problems
    bipolar
    depressed
    overweight
    thyroid problem
    dont excersise frequently
    eat okay
    ovarian pain

    Ruled out: No cancer at least they have not found any
    doctors do not know.

    they say many problems, but they all must have a connection;.

    i feel is that it is one major thing that is causing all of this, what are somethings that these symptoms fall under????????????????

    is there a website where u can type in all my symptoms and look at what possibilities of what i might have??????????

    • ANSWER:
      the people who could provide you with the best answers is God (if you believe) or your doctors.

  18. QUESTION:
    What kind of specialist should I see for the following symptoms:?
    I've had the following symptoms for a while now. My general practitioner isn't cutting it, and I've been negative so far for thyroid (hyper and hypo) problems, lupus, fatty liver disease, and diabetes. I'm at the end of my rope. If there is ANYONE out there who has similar symptoms and got help, can you please point me in the right direction?

    Severe Eczema (Since Birth, better with age, worse in winter)
    Severe allergies (Since Birth) (to food like fruits, veggies, and seafood. Meds like penicillin and sulfa, lots of different trees and plants, latex, and pet dander)
    Stunted height (grew very slowly, only 5'2")
    Rapid weight gain, inability to lose weight with proper diet and exercise (since my teens)
    Depression, and generalized anxiety disorder (Since my teens, worsens as I age. GAD was misdiagnosed as major depressive disorder for a long time)
    Migraines (intermittent, started in my teens)
    Fatigue (10+ hours of sleep per night)
    Gastrointestinal (I've always had constant gas. I get diarrhea very easily. Stomach aches give me severe headaches and will make me vomit)
    Insulin resistance (recently diagnosed)

    For a while, my thinking was that the depression and anxiety was causing an inability to deal with stress, which in turn caused the weight gain, and fatigue, and made my allergies/eczema worse. Then I couldn't lose weight for the life of me, and since my family has a history of autoimmune disorders, that led to the thyroid testing. Now I'm getting this insulin problem, and my doctor is telling me that I need to lose weight or risk becoming diabetic. But I still can't lose weight. See the conundrum? The most recent suggestion is that I might have celiac disease, but I looked it up and it seems to mainly have gastrointestinal symptoms, which I have very little of (just the persistent gas, really)

    Anyone have a suggestion? Anyone?

    I've had my thyroid checked. Also seen a rheumatologist (had joint pain for a while, but it was chalked up to the rapid weight gain). I also see my allergist and dermatologist regularly, they've been the same doctors since birth.

    I thought the allergies and eczema were just hereditary conditions unrelated to anything else until it was recently suggested that I include them in my list of symptoms to see if it narrows down my search, because apparently allergies and eczema can often indicate other disorders.

    • ANSWER:
      An Immunologist would test you to find out exactly what foods and other factors you are allergic to and therefore do not eat or avoid.

      An Endocrinologist would check your thyroid out really well and also advise you about the insulin problem.

      A specialist in Bariatric Medicine is the type of doctor who treats obesity. They use dietary/lifestyle changes and exercises and sometimes medicine in their treatment options.

      However before you contact any of them why don't you read this book extract in Google Books :

      " The Inflammation Cure", by William Joel Meggs, an Immunologist in America. Chapter 9 is the chapter that deals with dietary factors.

      Dr Meggs recommendations are :

      *to NOT eat wheat (found in breads, packet cereals, prepared sauces etc, cakes and biscuits). Doing this alone will stop the wind problem and start you losing weight. Alternatives to wheat are rye crackers, rye bread, spelt bread etc; oats for breakfast cereal.

      * DO NOT have dairy products except maybe pot set natural yoghurt which has beneficial bacteria for easy digestion. Alternatives to cows milk - goat milk, water or soy milk.

      * Lean red meat - beef as it is the best source of protein and iron. Once a week.

      *Oily fish for protein and Omega 3 Oils

      * Approved fruits and vegetables that YOU are NOT allergic or intolerant too.

      *Nuts and seeds that YOU are NOT allergic or intolerant to.

      *No junk food, no bought preprocessed foods.

      Good luck

  19. QUESTION:
    What would cause lower right rib pain, vomiting and urinary tract infections?
    I started having a mild dull pain under my right rib a month ago. As time progressed I started having flank pain, dark/frequent urine, chills, weakness, fever, mental fogginess, painful constipation, low blood sugar, lower back pain, nausea, vomiting and bladder pain. I went to a doctor and was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection. My symptoms worsened as I started Bactrum for my UTI. I started being unable to walk more than a few feet, my back would start hurting and my muscles would give out on me. I felt as if walking was injuring my kidneys. The flank pain was so bad when I laid on my sides. I went back to the doctor two days later and was put on Cipro. My symptoms started improving, and I was able to stand and walk comfortably. However, a day or so later my symptoms came back, but slightly different. I asked the doctor what he thought about the pain I was having and thought it might be stones in my kidney or gallbladder.

    Since then I've been vomiting and dry heaving when I wake up in the morning, my groin area hurts when I have a bowel movement and sometimes when I pee, the pain in my rib has gotten worse, it occasionally radiates to my sternum area and to my back under my shoulder blade, I get chills every once in a while, I have brief but sharp moderate pain in isolated areas of my urinary tract and I have trouble concentrating and going to the bathroom. I have a family history of gallbladder disease/stones, kidney stones, fatty liver and diabetes. I had a bout of gastritis exactly a year ago and had an ultra sound of my gallbladder to rule out gallstones and the results came back normal. I can't see a doctor for a week and am afraid that I will have to go to the emergency room before I go. What could it be?

    BTW, I haven't had any signs of jaundice or pale stools.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't mean to scare you, but you need to get this checked out right away. I would suggest maybe seeing another doctor just to see if he comes to the same conclusion. I'm not sure what this could be though...let me suggest you to start researching if you have an hernia but I honestly can't think of much. Good luck.

  20. QUESTION:
    What illnesses would cause right rib pain and urinary tract infections?
    I started having a mild dull pain under my right rib a month ago. It would happen for a few seconds and stop for a long time. As time progressed I started having flank pain, dark/frequent urine, chills, weakness, fever, mental fogginess, painful constipation, low blood sugar, lower back pain, nausea, vomiting and bladder pain. I went to a doctor and was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection. My symptoms worsened as I started Bactrum for my uti. I started being unable to walk more than a few feet, my back would start hurting and my muscles would give out on me. I felt as if walking was injuring my kidneys. The flank pain was so bad when I laid on my sides. I went back to the doctor two days later and was put on Cipro. My symptoms started improving, and I was able to stand and walk comfortably. However, my symptoms came back, but slightly different. I went back to the doctor again and they found no remaining infection, but I was diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis. I asked the doctor what he thought about the pain I was having and thought it might be stones in my kidney or gallbladder.

    Since then I've been vomiting and dry heaving when I wake up in the morning, my groin area hurts when I have a bowel movement and sometimes when I pee, the pain in my rib has gotten worse, it occasionally radiates to my sternum area and to my back under my shoulder blade, I get chills every once in a while, I have brief but sharp moderate pain in isolated areas of my urinary tract and I have trouble concentrating and going to the bathroom. I have a family history of gallbladder disease/stones, kidney stones, fatty liver and diabetes. I had a bout of gastritis exactly a year ago and had an ultra sound of my gallbladder to rule out gallstones and was normal. I woke up last night with pain under my sternum and felt dizzy. I can't see my family doctor for a week and am afraid that I will have to go to the emergency room before it happens. What does this sound like?

    BTW, I haven't had any signs of jaundice or pale stools.

    • ANSWER:
      A friend of mine just found out she has a kidney stone after having alot of UTI's. I'm not sure what all her symptoms were, and I don't think they were as severe as yours but she would have never thought in a million years she had a kidney stone. She is a healthy 22 year old going to nursing school so she thought she would have known but she didn't.

      Ask your doctor to check for a stone. Either kidney or gall bladder. Good luck!

  21. QUESTION:
    Pain in tummy, not cramps!?
    I have been to numerous doctors and gastroentrologists had plenty of blood work, ultra sounds, and CT scans done, and they can not find anything wrong with me except that I have a fatty liver, which has no symptoms.

    Here's the issue.. everytime I eat for about the past six months, i get very sick to my stomach after I eat, almost every meal! the best way to describe the pain is "belly rot" it feels like the stomach is literally rotting and it feels terrible. I have drastically altered my diet and lost about 10 pounds in the past three weeks so far, but can't find the cause of all this pain! it seems that it comes from every single type of food. i can eat a salad and feel sick, i can eat a big mac and feel sick, i can eat a sandwhich and feel sick. i am very careful of what i eat now but no matter what i do, it all comes back and makes me sick.
    as for the location of the pain, it is the lower part of my torso, below the bellybutton. in the area where you normally get cramps. and it seems to be located more on the left side, but still in the center. when i get the "belly rot" i get very sweaty, very anxious, i feel like i need to use the bathroom very badly, and this is within 15 minutes of my first bite of food.
    i need to find some kind of answers, some kind of clues, anything that can lead me to finding a cure, because it is only getting worse. and i am going to college in the fall.
    i cant keep living like this.

    please help me, anyone.
    anything, any advice, any at all is soo much appreciated!!!

    • ANSWER:

  22. QUESTION:
    help me out with these symptoms?
    ten months ago i started to feel wierd. i felt a little dizzy and anxious all the time. I seemed like i couldn't think straight.
    I also had bout's of what felt like an adrenalin rush that came out of nowhere. my ears ring alot and i have alot of muscle twitching plus my vision has gotten worse. I also had pain in my penis that went up to my lower abdomin. ever since then i have't felt the same. I went to the hospital and didn't find anything but elevated liver enzymes and fatty deposits in my liver. I've seeing a doctor about my liver. but im not sure if my liver could be the cause of my mental confusion.
    20 year old male don't drink don't smoke

    • ANSWER:
      I am not a medical doctor, but it sounds like your gallbladder may have been infected at one point. That would explain the liver trouble, which may now be affecting your pancreas.
      I had pancreatitis once, during my second pregnancy, and they kept on saying<"When was your last drink of alcohol?"
      They had a hard time believing that I don't drink alcohol.
      You never know what is wreaking havoc on your body until you find a few good doctors.
      Turns out, I have MS. So, my body is always attacking itself.
      Sounds fun, doesn't it?LOL
      Seriously, you need a medical workup. I wish you the best of luck!

  23. QUESTION:
    slightly enlarged liver, gallbladder polyp and an enlarged spleen! help! what is it?
    about a month ago i started having fatty stools, along with mucus.. also, had a weird taste in my mouth, almost like it was toxic and i have had bubbles in my urine..

    ok so my spleen is on the upper limits size wise on whats considered normal; my liver is slightly enlarged and my gallbladder has a polyp on it, 4mm in size.. still having the fatty stools. i also have a dull ache/pain on my left side that's closer to the pelvic bone on the front and wraps around to a higher spot on my side and on my back..

    as far as the bubbles in my urine go, urinalysis turned up nothing out of the ordinary.. my urologist said my prostate was good also and my kidneys are in good condition.. i'm assuming the bubbles in my urine are a byproduct of whats going on with my digestive tract..

    my liver enzyme tests have come back good.. blood flow into the liver is good.. no obvious blockage of the bile ducts inside or outside the liver.. pancreas seems to be in good shape size wise and the enzyme tests for that are also normal..

    so what am i dealing with? is the gallbladder likely the cause of whats ailing me? or are these symptoms of an underlying cause? also, if you have an enlarged spleen is this something that can be managed or undone..

    thank you in advance for your responses!

    • ANSWER:
      Enlarged spleen is usually a sign of infection, so that may be the cause. (As the spleen is a major part of the lymphatic/immune system)

      Bile should be breaking down the fat, and if you are having fatty stools, clearly the bile is not being released.

      As for the pain, from the description you've given, it sounds like intestinal blockage or adhesion may be the cause. Possibly kidney? I can't really tell from the description. (Your liver and gallbladder are on the right side of the body) Are you noticing the pain getting worse in relation to your eating or defecating? Is there anything that relieves this pain? Like a heating pad or lying down, etc.?

      There is definitely something going on, and I would suggest your doctors do a thorough exam on you. Fatty stools are of serious concern.

      As for the bubbly urine....sometimes in the early morning or after a night of drinking my friend had the same issue. Sometimes it just happens, and they wouldn't dissolve either. He thought it was the strangest thing. It only happened a couple of times, and he didn't really pay it much concern.

      Best of luck in your health!

  24. QUESTION:
    Need help getting sick cat to eat food?
    Symptoms: drinking a lot, not eating, lost 5 pounds suddenly (fat cat), weak/tired, skin started turning yellow.
    Background (you probably don't have to read all of it): We took him to one vet who said he probably had a weak immune system, then we took him to a vet who gave what seems to be a more accurate diagnosis. He said that the cat was dehydrated and that he had stopped eating causing him to develop fatty liver disease where the body uses fat from the obese cat when he stops eating, and the fat builds up around the liver (which was causing his skin to turn yellow). So they hydrated him and told us to force feed him with a syringe which would help reverse the fatty liver disease until he would start eating on his own.
    Currently: We're trying to get him to eat by himself, but he only eats in very tiny portions so we continue to feed him with the syringe. I noticed when the syringe food was in his mouth that he made a weird crunching noise while chewing, but the food is like a very soft formula. Then I tried feeding him some dry and wet cat food and he ate some of it but he still made that crunching/grinding noise. I'm wondering if he has misaligned teeth or a sore tooth or something. Has anyone had any experience like this or have any idea as to what might be going on? I just tried feeding him his favorite dry food and I shook up the bag before pouring it out, and he let out a big meow like he was hungry and wanted to eat, but then he couldn't. I'm gonna see if I can take him to the vet tomorrow to check it out, but in the mean time thanks to those who answer and give their opinions! :)

    • ANSWER:
      Continue frequent syringe feeding in spite of the strange sound. It is important to get plenty of calories into the cat.

      The crunching sound you mention. Do you actually mean crunching such as the sound of something hard ( like a human eating cereal or potato chips) fragmenting or do you mean a strange wet/soft sound. If the later, that sound is the cat gagging, his esophagus closing, and means you have put more food in his mouth than he can swallow.

      If this is the case, introduce only about 1 cc of food per squirt waiting until he swallows before the next. Squirt it between his side teeth, not through the front of his mouth.

      If what you are hearing is a hard/brittle sound the only thing I can think of is some sort of dental malocclusion. Perhaps a tooth came loose and is grinding against another. I think your guess is probably correct.

      When you bring him to the vet tomorrow explain everything that you have here and ask that the vet give him a dental examination.

      Until you can get him there and find out whether it is a dental issue or not, get as much food into him as you can. The equivalent of 6 ounces of canned food (before it is mixed with water) or more if possible.

      Hope he is okay.

  25. QUESTION:
    what would cause high fatigue, nausea, high perspiration and limpness after fasting 8+ hrs in a 16 year old?
    since age 14 months, this girl has experienced recurrent episodes of profound fatigue (after fasting 8+ hours) associated with limpness, vomiting, and increased perspiration, which required hospitalization. she was unable to hold in any food and was rushed to the hospital, where glucose infusion was started intravenously. Her symptoms responded dramatically to this therapy. Initial serum glucose level was low (38 mg/dL), BUN slightly elevated (26mg/dL) as result of vomiting which led to dehydration, liver transaminase level in blood was slightly elevated (liver not palpably enlarged), free fatty acid levels in blood were elevated (but blood ketones below normal). Further testing showed elevated levels of several partially oxidized medium chain fatty acids (octanoic acid and 4-decenoic acid), increased metabolites of medium chain fatty acids containing 6-10 carbons (including medium chain acylcarnitine derivatives)
    What deficiency would cause this? How common is it? Can mutations occur that cause this disorder? What could be impairing gluconeogenesis? How could it this deficiency be managed?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not a doctor, but this definitely sounds like some sort of metabolic disorder. A preliminary search online for your daughter's symptoms found "pyruvate carboxylase deficiency" as one possibility. Here is a link to a description of that disorder: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyruvate_carboxylase_deficiency. I would suggest seeking professional help for her at a nearby diagnostic hospital. You might try the Mayo Clinic. You can contact them online and I'm sure someone will try to help. Good luck!

  26. QUESTION:
    I have a liver disease and I recently read that...?
    People like me can't deal with fatty foods as well as normal people. My question is this...How do I know that it's causing more problems (symptoms) and since I lost too much weight before my low sodium diet started and I'm trying to gain to be normal again...How much fat is too much fat? What actually happens to my liver with any undigested fat in my system?

    My doctor hasn't broached this subject as of yet and I have an appointment in a month. I take a bile duct pill as well as diuretics and eat high potassium foods and take multi vitamins. I still smoke, but that's a habit that's seen better days as well as drinking. I'm 7 months plus sober since i found out.

    I'm trying to do everything possible to keep healthy until I can get a new liver, but there's so much information that I still don't know. Please tell me about fat as I'm severely underweight, which isn't healthy, either.

    Thanks in advance!
    So, you're saying that since my cirrhosis is caused from alcohol, I don't have fatty liver disease and shouldn't really worry about the small amount of fat that I consume? Since my low sodium diet requires me to make my own foods (no premade rices or boxed meals), my meals are pretty low sodium and fat. I just read that the liver doesn't use fat when it's diseased and I wanted to know what the signs were. You told me light colored, greasy, floating bowel movements. If mine are that way occasionally (one to three days a month) is that ok or normal?

    I don't watch my fat intake, but since my low sodium controls my diet I was worried that I would have to cut out the fats too. The fats I consume are the healthy versions for the most part. I do use butter and evoo for cooking when needed.

    I appreciate all your helpful information. Can I contact you personally?

    • ANSWER:
      I will try to explain about liver disease:
      There are over 30 causes of the liver cells becoming damaged.
      When the liver cells become damaged, the immune system of
      the body will respond to this and cause inflammation to develop
      inside the liver. This will cause the liver to enlarge in size.
      If the cause can be found and "if it can be" stopped, the problem
      should reverse and the liver cells can heal.
      However, if this doesn't take place, the inflammation will
      continue on and cause the liver cells to start to die off and
      form scar tissue inside the liver. The scar tissue will
      eventually block the flow of blood through the liver
      on its way back to the heart and to the other functioning
      liver cells and they will continue to die off. This is then
      a diagnosis of Cirrhosis of the liver. It is an
      irreversible, progressive disease.

      Those who have what is known as a Fatty liver disease
      from: obesity, fast weight loss, gaining weight, diabetes,
      certain kinds of medications, high cholesterol or triglyceride
      levels, alcohol consumption and others....may be placed on
      a diet to help remove fats from the body. If there is Fat
      infiltration inside the liver...the fat can cause damage to the
      liver cells because it causes added pressure inside the liver...
      it is then diagnosed as Steatohepatitis. STeato means
      fat, hepat means liver, and itis means inflammation.

      The liver makes bile. Bile flows from the inside of the liver,
      through tube like structures (known as ducts) to the gallbladder
      to be stored and concentrated. When we eat and the food
      moves from the stomach to the first part of the intestines...
      hormones signal the gallbladder to contract and this pushes
      this bile into the common bile duct to flow down to the
      intestines to help emulsify the fats, so they can be digested
      and absorbed into the body. Sometimes, the bile ducts
      become blocked by a stone or growth, malformation of the
      ducts, or even an infection. If the bile doesn't reach the intestines,
      certain fat soluble vitamins will not be absorbed and neither will
      the fats...they will stay in the intestines and go out in the
      bowel movements. The stools will become lighter in color and
      may even float on top of the water and appear greasy.

      People who have liver disease, have muscle wasting
      and tend to become very thin inspite of anything they may
      eat.

      You stated that you are placed on a "lower" sodium diet
      and diuretics. That is because Cirrhosis patients tend to
      hold onto sodium in their bodies, which holds onto fluid.
      This can cause swelling of the legs and feet and other areas.
      The doctor usually informs the patient of how much sodium and,
      also, how much fluid they are allowed to have in a days time period.
      Ascites, is the build up of fluid in the abdominal area because
      of the liver not being able to make a protein, known as
      Albumin, efficiently anymore. This protein is what holds fluids
      inside our vessels and now it leaks out and collects there.
      The doctor can remove this fluid by a procedure known as
      paracentesis.

      It depends on the cause of your liver disease, what your diet
      should be. If necessary, the doctor may refer you to a
      dietitian that will take into account all your medical conditions
      and make up a diet that is specific to your personal body's
      needs. The best oils to use are olive oil and canola oil.
      However, baking...broiling...boiling foods are much better
      for you than frying them.
      Most liver patients who have liver disease not from alcohol
      or a fatty liver condition, should eat a well balanced diet and
      this includes some oils/fats.
      If you have difficulty eatting, you can ask the doctor to be
      placed on supplements. There are drinks that can replace
      the food you eat. However, he may take you off the extra
      vitamins if he does this...as these supplements tend to
      cover alot of them.

      I hope this information has been of help to you. Best wishes

  27. QUESTION:
    Any Ideas??? HOUSE where are u?
    My husband has been having so many symptoms and has had 3 CT scans and an endoscopy in 2010 already! And yet he is still in pain and not found an actual condition yet! So I thought maybe other people might give us clues in which direction to look in???

    These are the things he has and/or been feeling...
    Pulmonary Embolism (PE) should be cleared in a month. Lastest CT scan shows its cleared up. But still on blood thinners
    Early Type 2 diabetes; insulin intolerant but has not yet reached levels for pills, shots, etc.
    Acute fatty Liver, no pills
    Severe GERD w causes:
    vomiting, stomach pain, excessive and loud burping (has taken several diffent anti-acid but none has worked longer than a month or 2)
    Vomiting almost daily of black tarry substance and sometimes blood follows. Also stools have started to become black!
    slight weight loss, fatigue, sleeplessness
    depression and medication for it.

    His blood work do not indicate any high levels that cause concern. His CT scans do not show anything out of the ordinary. And his endoscopy was ok as well. With all of his symptoms and no relief, he is losing faith in medicine and feels like a hypochondriac but it is obvious something is there yet no one is picking it up. I practically live on webmd n other web sites...trying to find any clue to help. We've checked all types of cancer as well and wonder if it could be pancreatic but since blood work doesn't show it the Dr. says it's probably not it. Prostate cancer runs in his family but he has been getting checked for that as well!

    Any suggestions?? Ideas??? Advice?? On what our next step should be.... Ur help is much appreciated!!
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      The fact that he's on blood thinners and is vomiting black stuff with blood and has black stools is worrisome for a GI bleed. If the endoscopy didn't show anything, perhaps it should be repeated as sometimes there may be ulcers that hide in the stomach folds and can be missed. Was his vomit/stool tested for occult blood? If it turns up negative, I'd be surprised. If it's positive and it's happening every day, why in the world do they still have him on Coumadin???

      The fact that he got a PE in the first place tells me there's something wrong with his coagulation cascade (unless he has other risk factors). The coag factors are made by the liver (people with liver problems usually have trouble FORMING clots, but they can be hypercoagulable in some cases). Also, with the fatty liver and now the GI bleed, it may warrant a closer look at the liver. Varicose veins can form around the stomach and esophagus in patients with a cirrhotic liver, causing bleeding varices. Chances are these dilated veins would have been picked up on the CT scan along with other signs of cirrhosis if it were bad enough to cause varices. Does he drink a lot of alcohol? If so, he should stop immediately.

      I know how frustrating it can be to have significant symptoms and not get a diagnosis. No test is 100% sensitive at picking up everything, so some of them may need to be repeated (like the endoscopy it sounds like). Someone needs to be keeping a close eye on him though and making sure this isn't a GI bleed. If it is, he needs to be off blood thinners ASAP and have another endoscopy and/or colonoscopy. If those are still negative, other scans such as an upper GI with a small bowel follow through or maybe even capsule endoscopy should be pursued. I'd be on the phone with his doctor daily until they get on top of this.

  28. QUESTION:
    26 Old Male : Why am I always ill?
    I am a 26 year old male whom for the past 3 years seems to be constantly ill. In the past 6 months I have had pnumonia, then viral meninigits, a number of stomach bugs and flue like symptoms.

    I have been diagnosed with a fatty liver in the past year but have had the high enzyme count for 5 years. I should be having a liver biopsy done soon but is there any other things that could cause my diminished immune system? I eat healthy, exercise, don't take vitamins tablets and cant find any reason why i'm ill a lot any ideas?
    enviroment is ok i guess, i do travel around 2 hours on public transport (trains) to and from work
    I drink plenty, have had no diets at all, eat plenty of fruit and veg and I only drink still flavoured water or squash never fizzy drinks.
    Forgot to add I don't drink alchohol at all, haven't done so for 8 years

    • ANSWER:
      Simple fatty liver, no problem - the outlook is good.
      Caused by alcoholic excess, diabetes, obesity - cut out or severely restrict alcohol, control diabetes, reduce weight
      But it can also be caused by high lipid levels in the blood, or can develop following a crash diet.
      You are having a tought time for a young man, your doctor will know much more than we can guess at.
      As for your immune system, stress, lack of exercise to boost the circulation and smoking can affect it.
      You say you are eating fruit, vegetables, wholegrains (healthy), do you drink lots of water and fruit juice?
      No-one knows why non alcoholic steatohepatitis (inflamed fatty liver) develops, can be a complication of the above listed causes. There is no specific treatment - the usual limit alcohol, eat a low fat diet.

  29. QUESTION:
    Can Some one Help Me With My Health Problem Please?
    I have had this odd, unsolved health problem since back in 2008. See I have this problem with no matter what I eat, simple/bland foods, or fancy foods. No matter what the portion size is, big, medium or small. Within 10-15 minutes even shorter amounts of time I throw it right back up, without any control of it happening. I have been to doctors and hospitals so many time, too many to count actually. And they couldn't figure out what the problem is. At one point in time they thought it could have been my appendix, so they took them out. The symptoms subsided for a week, and then it all started up again. The other 2 things my old doctor said was that it could be abdominal migraines, but see I read up on that and it says that it mainly occurs/happens to children, I'm 25 years old. Then the second thing my doctor says it is that I have a fatty liver that could be causing this. But see I have a friend that's heavier than me (no offense to her) and she has never had problems like this. Plus I have seen and know people that are heavier than me and this B.S. has never happened to them. Plus on top of that, all of my friends say that it could be a problem with my Gaul Bladder. So I have had multiple of tests done to check out my Gaul Bladder, and all of the tests came back negative, meaning that my Gaul Bladder is Fine. So in all sense, what could be my problem here? What's causing my stomach to throw up every single thing I eat. I mean there are even times that I would be scared to eat, knowing what the outcome is going to be. So if anyone has herd of this or knows about this kind of health problem, and knows the answers could you PLEASE help me out here. I'm really fed up with this crazy B.S. happening to me. So I would really appreciate it so very much if someone could please give me answers. Thank you so very much in advance. Take care and be safe!

    • ANSWER:

  30. QUESTION:
    Doctors can you please help guide and advice me possibility of cause & effect of deasese with the CT report?
    I am thankful to all answere's of my Question related to "Misty Mesentery". They are all best. So I can not Choose best to all of them.
    From Then I learned so many things So I thought to write full report.

    My husband had mild pain in his right waist exemplaryys. So we went to Doctor. Blood and urine report were. Ok. But In X ray doctor found lots of feces in Iliac. Colon junction. We are vvegetarian and my husband eats lots of Fibers. His eating habits are examplary. Except if he eats too much I can not say.I will say just the dinner at 5Pm is big meal. The Xray was taken at 1 am. Doctor suspected Cancer. So he ordered Barium Aneama DC.

    In That too there was food on that portion but there was not structural problem. but due to food radiologist was unable to find polyp if they were there. He found Slip of L4 on L% and symptoms of Kind of osteoporysis on L4 And L5. The evening before Aneama his dinner soup was not Clear. It was lentil soup in a glass. 1/4 was just very fine lentil. rest was just clear.
    And then we went for CT.

    Ct report is this CT of the abdomen and pelvis were performed following Oral and intravenous contrast.

    The Liver and the spleen are normal without evidence of enlargement or any space occupying process. The pancreas and the right adrenal gland are normal. There is a small Nodule in the left adrenal gland. Which may be fatty in nature and may represent and adenoma. This nodule measures 1.2 cm in diameter. A tiny stone is seen in the Collecting system of the right kidney. A Large (8mm) stone is seen in the Collecting system of left Kidney.I see no evidence of retroperitoneal Lymphadenopathy.

    Quite strikingly, there is increased density of Mesintery with the apearence of what is termed as Mesenteritis or " Misty mesentery". What is unusual about this is that I see several other FOCI of increased density in the mesenetry anteriorly, Quite seperate from central opacification. Misty mesentery is usually a BENIGN, poorly understood, condition. There are Mimickers, however which include TB, Carconoid, and Metastatic disease.

    Cuts extending into the pelvis show normal anatomical structures without evidence of Iliac or inguinal Lymphadenopathy. There is moderate prostatomegaly and thickness of the bladder wall.

    The lung bases are normal.
    The Lumber spine and pelvis are free of Osteoblastic/osteolytic.

    I am 54 years old and I do not have children so my husband is everything for me.I got married at late age. I Know some humen anatomy and Physiology. I have a B.Sc degree. My husband has 2 children.

    Please explain advice and guide me in detail What to ask. My husband's appointment with Gasteriointerionology is on 20th May and for his inlarged prostate ( which we already knew ) is on 5th. it to me in detail.
    Is there any thing in the report which may be the reason of misty Mesentery? Or any other thing which can cause serious problem?

    I am O.K. Now after reading the answers of my Misty Mesentery answers . Otherwise I was thinking I will loose my mental balance. I was unable to sleep. Some day 3 am some day 1 am.
    I live in a french city and I do not speak and understand French very well.

    Once again Lots of thanks to all those who answered my questions and made be breath normally.

    But if you are not a Doctor please do not answer.

    • ANSWER:
      I am a GP . I answered your questions about misty mesentery. From the details you have given I could safely conclude that your husband is not at all suffering from any serious disease..Mild prostatic enlargement is very common among males above 50 . Blood ESR if normal , generally rules out cancer and infection . You have nothing to worry.

  31. QUESTION:
    9 Months of Hell (is it my gallbladder?)?
    I need to know I'm not alone out here; I am a 21 year old female and I believe I need my gallbladder removed.

    Symptoms:
    I cannot eat a thing without throwing up (also heave bile id I don't eat at all), I experience constant searing pain in my right side a little under my rib that only eases occasionally but never goes away (can sometimes feel it in my shoulder blade; can be described as a throbbing, someone pudiarrhoeaeir elbow in or a knife has been stuck in and twisted). I also experience constant cramping, gas and diarrhea.

    Reason to believe:
    I have a family history of this and my hormone levels have recently elevated due to the discovery of my hypothyroid; I take tricyclin and levo-thyroxide.

    I have tried many medications and adjusted my diet (even to B.R.A.T) but nothing helps to even ease the vomiting. There is 100% no chance of pregnancy. I have been seeing doctors for months trying to find out why this is happening but feel I have been getting the runaround. I will try to leave out my dissatification with them but this is progression of my situation:

    October 23rd 2009: I begin vomiting at least once a day. I figured I had the flu.
    Novemeber 18th 2009: I am diagnosed with Bronchitis and banned from work (apparently I am not eligable for EI or anything else so my folks help cover my bills).
    December 25th 2009: Discover my mother, grandmother and grandaunt all had to have their gallbladders removed for the same symptoms. Vomiting and breathing have worsened with addition of muscle pains (visited the ER several times but was sent home.)
    January 21st 2010: Have an Ultrasound (only a fatty liver found). The procedure was excruciatingly painful as they preformed the procedure (I literally tore up the sheet on the bed). From this date I begin experiencing the seering pain in my right side (hasn't left since).
    March 2010: Diagnosed with a bad allergy to dustmites and will begin immunization when I can afford it (to this date have not made enough money to cover my bills/food/rent until I am cured of my other problems.)
    April 6th 2010: I have an Upper Endoscopy with nothing found. Doctor tells me to take Nexium (which my family doctor already told me not to take because it was making a lump in my throat.)
    April 30th 2010: Must return to work (parents can no longer support me.)
    July 20th 2010: After occasional check ups my Doctor finally arranges catscan while informing me my iron levels are very low.
    August 9th 2010: I have my Catscan.
    August 12th: I recieve a phone call from my doctor saying the scan showed Diverticulosis (which is good to know) but doesn't explain the vomiting and pain. My gallbladder was not shown; an appointment is set for the 16th to discuss my results. After researching it, I will be asking my doctor for several tests such as an MRI for my gallbladder.

    Results:
    My symptoms continue. I have lost 40 pounds (with a hypothyroid), my hair is literally going grey from vomiting and I have to take tylenol every 4 hours in order to function. I continue to get low hours at work due to my illness. I have told my doctors at EVERY appointment about how much Tylenol I have to take, and their response is if I am in that much pain I should go to ER, but I have been to the ER several times and they always tell me there's a problem but it's not immediate enough to fix so they send me home. I'm scared that my liver is being seriously damaged and I am constantly having fits of crying. I don't remeber what it's like to NOT be sore.

    I find it surprizing that after research their are tons of other people out there who are treated the same way on this subject. Am I so wrong to believe that my gallbladder is the cause?
    I had my appointment yesterday; my doctor is going to try and arrange a Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) but not an HIDA or MRI. He also said I shouldn't worry about the amount of Tylenol I'm taking because a person can take 3000mg a day and I'm only taking 2500-3000mg a day. The Catscan said it found nothing remarkable but Sigmoid Diverticulosis (which wont be treated). Does this mean my gallbladder is not the issue?

    • ANSWER:

  32. QUESTION:
    Please help big health emergency? Im 16?
    Ok im 16. Lately ive been getting really dizzy throughout the day. I noticed when i ate something it go better and stress making it worse. I have a nonalcoholic fatty liver so i hope nothing is going on. Its like i feel faint. I wake up with headaches. I feel irritable and have fatigue on and off not too bad tho. Im also peeing more than usual. Theres no chance im pregnant please help me what could this be? Me and my bf are worrying sick and im making an appointment with y doc. Thank you and also i check my blood sugar levels and they are normal? And ive also gained weight but i stopped birth control 2 months ago. Please anyone with these similar symptoms? Not much weight tho only like 6 pounds or so. And im sure im not pregnant cause i got my period that was heavy and lasted about 4-5 days and i took a pregnancy test 4 days after my period that had a sesstivity of 25 and it came out negative. Please help me?

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  33. QUESTION:
    Could there be a link between all of my medical diagnosis?
    I am only 24, but over the past 4 years I have been diagnosed with a multitude of problems to cover the vast majority of the symptoms I have. I will first tell you a little about my health, and then list what I have been diagnosed with. If you have any suggestions as to how to find out if there is a link (such as something online) that would be great. I am not looking for an online symptom diagnosis.

    I am 24, 5'1'' and weigh 170lbs (I am overweight). I had my first period in grade 8, and ever since have had irregular periods (occasion 2 in a month, often going 8 or 9 months without one.). I began having chest pain that came and went in my late teens, which followed with sensitivity to my sternum, which over the years have spread to my ribs, forearms, back, and lower neck. For this I have been diagnosed with

    -Costochondritis
    -Fybromialgia

    During an echo cardiogram it was also evident that I have

    -Mitro Valve Prolasp (very minor, nothing that will need surgery)

    My diagnosis have continued to grow, and now include.

    -Keratosis Pilaris - Over production of Keritin in skin, causes bumps on arms and thighs
    -Gallstones = Galbladder Removed due to blockage of bile duct
    -Ganglion Cyst Removal (most likely caused by injury to my rist)
    -Hemangiomas (notice many of them on my arms a couple months ago)
    -Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    -Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Syndrome
    -Low estrogen
    -Low iron
    -Low vitamin D
    -Eczema (recently been given this diagnosis to answer why I have a patch of skin on my back that feels tingly from time to time. I think there is a chance that it's a misdiagnosis.)

    I feel I have so many problems to cover my symptoms. I am hoping there is something more simple or a solution to some of these problems.

    • ANSWER:
      I wonder if poly cystic ovary syndrome is the cause of the weight, period irregular low hormone levels and the skin problems?

      The Mitral valve prolapse and can be something that your were born with, and it can cause fatigue in some people, if its bad enough. But thankfully as you said yours very minor and wont need surgery. (I have mitral valve prolapse, but I need medication)

      Its not unusual for people with fibromyalgia to have CFS too, however some people with fibromyalgia & CFS can have low vitamin D levels, but once they start treatment many of the fibro/cfs symptoms disappear and some may only have a mild improvement of fibro/cfs symptoms.

      It is very thrusting to have all these problems, and not have a good reason as to why. I would ask the doctor about the PCOS, especially if your periods are very irregular, the weight gain etc.

      Join a CFS & Fibromyalgia support group, they can offer a lot of support and friendship, from people who have similar problems as you.

      I have cfs, fibro, Raynaud's disease, IBS, Mitral valve prolapse, multiple food & chemical allergies, severe asthmatic and hey fever sufferer (related to the food & chemical allergies) and rashes, low iron, hormone and thyroid levels (medication has not helped with the CFS & fibro). I have had to have my gall bladder removed and had a hysterectomy. MRI test for MS was inconclusive so have to have another one, my ANA blood test is very high but not high enough, but I have been told I definitely have a auto immune disease.

  34. QUESTION:
    My doctor said I have PCOS but I don't agree! [please help]?
    My doctor thinks I have PCOS.
    But I looked up the symptoms and I don't have alot of them, but I do have some.
    I also seen that they say the ovaries are larger then normal and there are groups of follicles on/in the ovary. The doctor that diagnosed me with PCOS has never seen what my ovaries look like... I think he just automatically assumed I have PCOS due to my high levels of testosterone. I've had an ultrasound done of my ovaries/uterus many times (by another doctor) and they've never said anything about PCOS. They've never even said they are larger then normal. I do however have a cyst on one of my ovaries that comes and goes.

    I put beside the list of symptoms which ones I have:

    Multiple ovarian cysts (No, just one.)
    Irregular or absent menses (Yes my period is irregular but I get it ever month)
    Infertility (Yes, but I've been pregnant twice - both miscarriages.)
    Acne (No, but I do sometimes get spurts of pimples here and there)
    Obesity or inability to lose weight (No, I'm under-weight)
    Excessive body or facial hair (Some what. But I am italian.)
    Insulin resistance and possibly diabetes (No.)
    Thinning of scalp hair (Yes, but due to Alopecia Areata)
    Velvety, hyperpigmented skin folds (No.)
    High blood pressure (No.)
    Polycystic ovaries that are 2-5 times larger than healthy ovaries. (No.)
    Multiple hormone imbalances, commonly including:
    Androgens testosterone (Yes.)
    Cortisol (No.)
    Estrogens (No.)
    FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) (No.)
    Insulin. (No.)
    LH (luteinizing hormone) (No.)
    progesterone (No.)
    Prolactin. (No.)
    Thyroid hormones. (No.)
    Impaired lung function. (No.)
    Sleep apnea. (No.)
    Fatty liver degeneration (No.)

    Do you think I could still have PCOS or did he just diagnose me with that due to my high levels of testosterone?

    Also, what else could be causing my high levels of testosterone if I dont have PCOS???

    • ANSWER:
      I think the doctor, as you suspected, was probably looking for the easy answer and did not dig at all below the surface.

      High testosterone can come come many reasons and the diagnosis of PCOS should come after other diseases are firmly ruled in or out - so just looking at one test is pretty useless.

      I would find another doctor and get more testing. Just for your information, testosterone can be effected mainly by cortisol, LH, FSH, thyroid, DHEA sulfate, estradiol and SHBH. Testosterone can come from estrogen and from DHEA so the other hormones must be tested.

      The fact that you have alopecia means that you likely do have some sort of hormonal imbalance. I would see an endocrinologist.

  35. QUESTION:
    Cat has Dry Hard Black Stool and is Not Eating?
    Where should I begin...I have a 8yr old long hair cat who 5 years ago went through fatty liver disease (due to a stressful move) and we had to tube feed her...she had fully recovered within a week of the tube being administered with what we hope was minimal liver damage...and every once in a while (a couple times a year now and now getting more frequent) the cat starts craving attention and then we notice the cat struggles to poop and we then notice dry black stool and then the cat becomes weak and whatnot and looses her appetite we monitor her weight and she is usually 12.5 lbs (and no she is not overweight...she is just a big cat) and she usually drops a pound and that is the red flag to bring her to the vet... ultrasounds/xrays of abdomen and blood tests all come back normal and the vet gives her fluids due to dehydration/jandice and the last time they gave us a appetite stimulant to get her eating again...it appears the cat wants to eat but can't get over the hump...we feed her dry food (Nutro Complete Care with hairball control) and due to her long hair we give her hairball control paste once in a while too. Our vet cannot seem to determine what is causing this...each visit adding up to a few hundred dollars for tests and whatnot every time this happens and I am starting to loose faith in them...I have searched the internet...and according to the symptoms these are some of the possibilities to name a few: Gastrointestinal Parasites, Melena, Infection, metabolic disorder, cats diet and constupation
    ... what is my best option to pursue getting the care my cat needs and are there things I can do to prevent these problems if any (diet, try to switch to wet food or whatever) my vet has a good reputation and I don't know where else to go. Is there something I can suggest them to look into?
    Help!

    • ANSWER:
      You could add wet food to her diet, to increase her water intake. There are some kitties whose colons don't operate properly, they get constipated easier. Black stools usually means theres blood in the stool. Is there a referral vet in your area? You may want to consider taking your cat in for an endoscopy. Your vet should be willing to recommend a referral vet or a veterinary school. Either one would be expensive, but they may can tell you exactly what's wrong and how to treat it.

  36. QUESTION:
    pulmonary disease question - please help me out?
    here is my test result: Back x-ray (osteoperosis), chest x-ray (Cardiac silhouette is at the upper limistis of normal size, mild hyperexpansion of the lungs, insterstitial markings - chronic lung disease, increased pulmonary venous pressure, or both), CT (mosaic attenuation pattern) second CT (Suspect airway disease as cause for mosaic perfusion), Abdomen ultrasound (echogenic liver consistent with fatty infiltration, otherwise normal abdominal ultrasound), EKG (normal), Stress test (normal).
    My symptoms: lack of air, chest pain, upper back pain feel like stabing, back pain radiating towards lower back (left side), left side chest pain radiating towards ribs, constant pain under ribe cage and mid chest, noise in the internal organ, cramp under my the rib, shrink feeling on my left side, headache, tiredness, over sleeping, depression, lower back pain

    Your opinion will be very much appreciated. (Doctors still not giving me answer and proper medication)
    I do not use drugs, don't drink and do not smoke. my family are smokers.

    • ANSWER:
      That's actually not a lot of information to go on as far as pulmonary disease. The references to chronic lung are all based on just the chest x-ray. It does sound like you have at least mild emphysema based on the CXR, and perhaps a bit of chronic bronchitis. It would be help to know age and weight as well, but it's not absolutely necessary.

      If you'd like to see what's causing your shortness of breath, you should probably consider doing a complete PFT (Pulmonary Function Test). There you'll be able to assess the level of Emphysema (based on your lung volumes), as well as any possible diffusion problems.

      If your family smokes, it may be due to a good deal of second hand smoke. If you are a "former" smoker, you can have effects of the smoking years down the road... and they may be rearing their heads now.

      Good luck.

  37. QUESTION:
    need some health advice?
    i am a 32 year old female, who has been to the dr. with no definitive causes of what is going on with me, and no one seems to care. When i was 29 i became very tired and would have pain, even when not resting. My 12 and 7 year old had just moved home, i was in college, and had a baby who was 14? months old. Poeple told me i would be tired. at any rate, this cotinued. the dr. put me on cyclobenzaprine. This made me very groggy. This all began in 2005. In 2006 i began having heartburn. i tested positive for H Pilori, and they treated me with antibiotics. the heartburn stayed. they did testing on me and saw that i had a hietal hernia in my chest cavity, area. i began to have blood pressure problems and the dr. put me on hydrocholothiazide, for that. i began to have chronis ear infections, as in ones that would not go away with antibiotics. i began to get a mild tremor in my hand, in 2007. these symptoms were the only ones i had untill last Summer, 2008. In 2007, i quit taking cyclobenzaprine(it was for sleep). However, in the fall of 2007, i was on antibiotics for the ear infections, and steroids too, cause they were accompanied by sinus infections. What was happening was my sinuses were so small, and allergies so bad they were plugged. lol. ummmmm when all of my health problems began i was roughly 150 lbs, and 5'8. By the time the dr. put me on a stimulant in march of 2008, i was 249 lbs. The dr said my liver was fatty. he says it was because of the weight gain so rapidly and the meds he had me on for the ear infections. i was an am chronically constipated. i am able to go about twice a week. my blood pressure is till high. i lost weight down to 190, now i am back up to 220. This 30 pounds has occurred all int he last two months. i am no longer taking the stimulant. i still can not poop. i take dulcolax syrp, prescribed to me. sometimes, my fingers go numb. They did a colonoscopy, nothing but benign polyps there. i am really tired, now that i am out of college and off of diet pills. these are all the symptoms of MS. they disd a MRI On me and it read that i have a very mild chiari, but the neurologist said it was not bad at all(6mm below tonsicular area)i have a cracked c-5 vertabrae. i was told, these problems(cracked vertabrae the mild chiari) are not going to cause constipation. I am looking for a new dr. I DO NOT TAKE PAIN MEDS, ALTHOUGH I AM IN PAIN ALOT. i take prilosec, lisinoproyl for blood pressure, loratidine for allergies, and an inhgaler occasionally. the biggest concern i have is that i can not poop. that is painful, my stomach looks terrible and its just freaking odd. my dr. says some people are just like that. in 2008, i think i already said my liver was tested as fatty. i asked him how much. he said he didnt know, you couldnt really tell with these things. To be honest i am terrified. i have faith in God, and i know he is in control. i dont know if this is normal though. doctors, have you seen anything liek thbis. ? and also, if i did have MS it would have shown up on the MRI correct?
    thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      I just happened to notice this question, I usually never
      answer outside of the religion section. This may sound
      crazy but, being a sufferer of a multitude of symptoms
      I found myself getting drug into the world of medicine
      and doctors. After years of pills , appointments, doctors,
      and money, the grand conclusion was... if you are sick
      they will " help" you, for a price.

      Im not telling you what to do, I am telling you what worked
      for me. Jesus. I had a Holy Ghost filled person lay hands
      on me and my symptoms started to disappear. I cried out
      to the Lord and He does care and He did help.
      I prayed in the name of Jesus, started reading the bible,
      went to service, found out how to care for my body,
      started taking communion which the Lord honors as
      His protection ....
      1 Peter 2:24
      Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: """"by whose stripes ye were healed. """""

      I now dont have health insurance, I willingly gave it up.
      I am under the Lords health plan, it is free and true.

      I drink water, stay away from junk , eat olive oil when I
      can.

      Do yourself wonderful things...
      Get in touch with the Lord Jesus, get saved, baptized,
      prayed for at a Spirit filled church, tell them whats going on,
      they will help you..
      Apostolic Pentecostal or Church of God , you will be free
      and HAPPY.
      I prayed for you dear One.

      Read Acts 2:38-39
      Isaiah 9:6 , read it twice, who is the child?
      Jesus is the name of the Father, Son
      and Holy Ghost !!!!

  38. QUESTION:
    What causes digestion problems such as black or green stool?
    I'm 21 years old and about a month and a half ago i puked black that looked like coffee grounds. I went to the doctor and they gave me breath tests to see if i had an ulcer and they found nothing.

    I've had a black stool not too long ago and i thought it must be blood. I haven't had another black stool since, but i've had an occasional green stool. The green stool seems to come when i haven't eaten much that day. Tonight i passed a very small green stool and there was a little bit of red in it.
    I have also been experiencing occasional abdominal pain. It seems to be mostly on the lower right side about where my liver is at.

    For the past year and a half i've been very heavy marijuana user. At least 1 gram of high quality everyday. I quit marijuana 4 days ago(I've been having trouble eating and i don't know if its from stopping the weed or if it could be something more serious. Also i normally wasn't eating until my first smoke of the day). And for the past 3 or 4 years i've been a pretty heavy drinker. I'd say i average drinking to the point of being drunk, or wasted a couple of times a week. I'm also giving up drinking and ive been sober for 14 days.

    I plan on returning to the doctor and getting some kind of stool test done in the next week or 2, because i work a very busy schedule.

    I've been worrying myself so much over the past month based on the symptoms and what i've looked at online. I've seen everything from Fatty Liver Disease to Cancer to IBS. I just hope its something that will turn out alright and not something thats too late to catch or fix...

    Does anyone have any idea what this could be?
    I don't see why it matters which part of my problem i started the question with lol. Its all there. I don't know what is wrong with me, so why would i not put every possible cause i can think of...

    The doctors never told me i was alright. They told me they couldn't find anything and don't know. Sorry, thats just not reassuring enough for someone who drinks a lot and threw up blood.

    I guess i could just ignore it and see if something happens later down the road...that would be so intelligent...lmao

    Thanks everyone else who takes this seriously!

    • ANSWER:
      Your Medical Dr. should send you to a therapist!
      I believe it is a rant. You've been to a Dr and are returning. I think your just trolling your S*HIT!
      Must be an alcohol shield!! All excrement talk before mentioning the drinking problem.

      Added: To see why it matters make an appointment with a therapist!!!!!!
      I am very serious! See how you skipped over your own alcohol problem again!

  39. 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

  40. QUESTION:
    Could this be ascites?
    My husband was diagnosed with fatty liver back in Dec 2009. He drinks alcohol heavily and has not stopped since that diagnosis. He is refusing to see a doc these days. Myself and his family are trying to change that...but I won't get into that part of the situation.

    Point of my question is about ascites. My husband is clearly not feeling well these days but sometimes hard to tell exactly what is causing this. But for the past several weeks, his stomach has gotten large, round, and hard. He has gained some weight but the extreme roundness of his stomach is what concerns me. His stomach is hard and last night he said he was short of breath but this morning he said that symptom was much better.

    Wondering if this could be ascites? If so, how urgent is this? Also...could someone with a diagnosis of fatty liver just four months ago progress to liver failure this quickly?

    Thank you in advance for answering.

    • ANSWER:
      Abijann gave you a very good detailed answer which is completely correct in its content. I just wanted to add that fluid retention in the abdomen such as you describe with your husband was exactly what tipped me off that something was wrong. I could hardly breathe after awhile and had to be rushed to the hospital for an emergency paracentesis or the more common word for it is getting "tapped.'

      That was the first symptom that showed up for me and by then it was already too late because 90% of my liver was already destroyed with scar tissue and I needed a transplant. I have an autoimmune disease in which my own body attacks the bile ducts in my liver that led to my having cirrhosis. No matter what the cause of cirrhosis, it pretty much acts the same with everyone. When I went for an evaluation for a liver transplant, the transplant surgeon told me that if a person needs tapped even once, that means that the liver failure is severe enough that they will eventually need a transplant.

      I was wondering whether or not your husband has ever had a biopsy done on his liver since that is the only way they are going to be able to determine just how much damage he does have. His symptoms do mimic the symptoms of cirrhosis. Could this progress from fatty liver to cirrhosis in 4 months? Unless he has had a biopsy, any other test just would not be as accurate, so he could have had a lot of damage already if he hasn't had a biopsy.

      How urgent is this? If he is so full of fluid that he has trouble breathing, he should go to the hospital immediately to get tapped. If left untreated, it can kill him. I'm not going to preach here that him not drinking is the most important thing he can do for his health, but I will say that cirrhosis is deadly if drinking continues. Once the damage gets severe enough, nothing will stop it from progressing to total liver failure. They do not give transplants to anyone that continues to drink and it's pretty hard to get one even if the person quits drinking since there are extra requirements they must complete in order to qualify.

  41. QUESTION:
    Ulcer or Gallbladder?
    I have been having a lot pf digestive issues for the past year. My primary Dr. thinks I have an ulcer. I have had an ultrasound on my gallbladder. They didnt find anything. I have had numerous blood tests and they are always normal. I just recently starting seeing a GI Specialist. They did a lot of bloodwork to test for food allergies and parasites, etc. I have been diagnosed by a barium swallow a couple of years ago as having acid reflux. The dr told me to take 2 prilosec a day. My concern is, i dont have any gallbladder pain, but i hear that is can cause all of my symptoms. I get a lot of pain on my left side of stomach when I eat, i get full fast, i cant eat meat of fatty foods, i burp a lot and feel nausea a lot. I have high anxiety about my health and this could be a factor. Can someone tell me if this is gallbladder related and should i ask for a hida scan since the CT scan and ultra sound and Liver tests were normal????

    • ANSWER:
      you need to treat the anxiety, not the stomach
      if your ultrasound showed no stones, stop the evaluation right there.
      your pain is on the left - the wrong side of the abdomen.

      and you have an established diagnosis that explains your symptoms - reflux disease.

      this is just a situation where a little bit of information on the web is doing you NO good - just magnifying your anxiety. You've had MORE than a thorough evaluation by now.

      quite seriously - you might feel a whole lot better with an antianxiety medicine - many people with reflux do. unfortunately, the anxiety is only magnifying your symptoms 100-fold

  42. QUESTION:
    Gallbladder or Anxiety?
    I have been having a lot of digestive issues for the past year. My primary Dr. thinks I have an ulcer. I have had an ultrasound on my gallbladder. They didnt find anything. I have had numerous blood tests and they are always normal. I just recently starting seeing a GI Specialist. They did a lot of bloodwork to test for food allergies and parasites, etc. but I am still waiting for those results. I have been diagnosed by a barium swallow a couple of years ago as having acid reflux. The dr told me to take 2 prilosec a day. My concern is, i dont have any gallbladder pain, but i hear that it can cause all of my symptoms and that I can possible have GB sludge or a low functioning GB. I get a lot of pain on my left side of stomach when I eat, i get full fast, i cant eat meat of fatty foods, i burp a lot and feel nausea a lot and sometimes feel burning pain, more when i think about it. I have high anxiety about my health and this could be a factor. Can someone tell me if this is gallbladder related and should i ask for a hida scan since the CT scan and ultra sound and Liver tests were normal????

    And IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE LOW GB FUNCTION WITH NO PAIN??
    Maybe I should stay off the medical websites. I thought I was being proactive but maybe im a Hypochondriac.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, I doubt it; I had gallstones, and trust me, if your gallbladder is messed up in the slightest way, you'll know! It hurt soooooooo bad. I had the runs (not to gross you out) and was puking....Sometimes at the same time! Yuck! You'll have an unbearable pain, like you won't even be able to move. And when they take it out, they cut on the slits on the right side...I thought that meant it was on the right side, but I don't know. But I think you might just be worrying too much. I think unless you start having those kind of problems, just veer away from fatty foods, that way you don't actually develop them, because trust me, they're NOT fun! Good luck!

  43. QUESTION:
    health questions help?
    What is key to improve cancer's survival rates?

    improve people's nutrition and lifestyle choices
    more research into better chemotherapy drugs
    programs that stress early detection and intervention
    better surgical techniques to remove all cancer cells

    34. What is the disease that involves changes in the nerves and chemicals of the brain leading to memory loss, personality changes, and complete dependency?

    Parkinson's
    Alzheimer's
    Paget's
    Grave's

    35. Which of the following is not a disorder related to hypertension?

    congestive heart failure
    stroke
    diabetes mellitus
    heart attack

    36. How is hepatitis B typically transmitted?

    fecal-oral route
    bacteria and its spores
    contaminated blood or sexual contact
    breast-feeding

    37. Which STD can cause blindness in a newborn baby if it infects the baby's eyes during the birth process while producing a greenish yellowish drainage from the reproductive organs of the infected adults?

    syphilis
    gonorrhea
    genital herpes
    chlamydia

    38. Which STD begins as chancres or open lesions on the reproductive organs and can invade the nerous system causing difficulty speaking, headaches, blurred or diminishing vision, seisures, problems with memory and thinking, and depression?

    syphilis
    gonorrhea
    genital herpes
    chlamydia

    39. Which organ is affected by hepatitis?

    brain
    stomach
    uterus
    liver

    40. Which of the following is not a form of anthrax infection?

    digestive (gastrointestinal)
    circulatory (blood)
    skin (cutaneous)
    respiratory (inhalation)

    41. The lack of which of the following hormones from the pancreas prevents the body from regulating its own blood sugar?

    insulin
    adrenaline
    testosterone
    melanin

    42. Which of the following bacterial STDs is the most common in the United States causing the formation of a painless lesion which may result in scarring of the pelvic organs and sterility?

    gonorrhea
    genital warts
    syphilis
    chlamydia

    43. What is the cause of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy?

    bacteria
    virus
    prion
    fungi

    44. Which of the following best describes symptoms of BSE (Mad Cow Disease)?

    fatty plaque in the arteries leading to chest pain
    loss of the ability to sense, move, and think
    skin rash, digestive disturbances, and difficulty breathing
    severe headache or no symptoms at all

    45. Which of the following best describes symptoms of diabetes mellitus?

    crushing chest pain, nausea, weakness, and fatigue
    excessive urination, thirst, and hunger
    flu-like symptoms, headache, and stiff neck
    loss of coordination on one side, slurred speech, and difficulty concentrating

    46. Which of the following could cause a non-communicable disease?

    viruses
    bacteria
    smoking
    fungi

    47. Which of the following is an example of a communicable disease?

    Alzheimer's disease
    common cold
    heart disease
    diabetes mellitus

    48. Which of the following is NOT a reason it is difficult to cope with a chronic illness?

    financial obligations to cover treatment and care that health insurance may not cover
    loss of physical independence which requires more assistance with the activities of daily living
    knowledge that the person will get better with the appropriate medications
    dealing with depression and grief for the diagnosis

    49. When does the HIV positive stage move into full-blown AIDS?

    when the red blood cell count rises above 7 million cells per cubic millimeter
    when the cells have metastasized from their original location to the brain
    when the heart fails to pump blood properly causing swelling and difficulty breathing
    when the T-cell count falls below 200 cells per cubic millimeter

    50. Which of the following is NOT a leading cause of death in the United States today?

    pneumonia
    heart attack
    stroke
    diabetes mellitus

    • ANSWER:
      ask the data from the DOH

  44. QUESTION:
    Vitamin B12 Definciy Possible (READ THIS PLEASE)!?
    Hi My name is ben if you look through all my questions and stuff.. Ive noticed something ive been really researching on the internet for my exact symptoms fataigue faintness feeling of shortness of breath.. and Major anxiety.. Ive had multiple EKGS done nothing
    a Echo cardogram negative.. all these physcial symptoms started when I suddenly stoped eating normally.. fatty foods such as meats and stuff and regular milk... when my dad had the heart attack i suddenly stoped eating all fatty foods every single kinda fatty food.. and nothing but vegatiables.. and my mental and physcial health have gone south .. but out of all the months i kept researching and researching and i found an artical that Chest pain fatigaue shortness of breath can be aggitated by Anxiety But also could be a Vitamin b12 DEFINCINIY! because i stoped all foods that contained b12.!!! today i just drank a regular glass of Milk.. and ate some REGULAR CHeese i feel much better my shortness of breath is 90 precent gone and my chest pains are not as prominint.. could this mean i really am B12 DEFINCIT if so i think it really is.. because of the shortness of breath.. i also have bad balance which i never had that problem until i suddnely changed my diet i lost 120 pounds.. unhealthy wise.. could this really be the vitamin b12 definciy? causing my problems ive been ruled out heart diease as nothing can be found in veins im also 18 years old should i start eating and drinking regular milk everyday? and eat meat once in a while cause.. i mean back in stone age days always nothing but meat and they LIVED LONG lives in moderation.. and still stay away from high choloestrol but eat meat maybe once every 3 days in small sizes? does it sound like i could have this b12 definciiy? It has ALL The symptoms ive been telling EMS emergency medical services.. can it cause nerve to twitch? please give me everything that yall know and tell me your experience with this definciy that i think i might have ive been tested multiple times for heart problems and they say its anxiety and blood levels are fine.. liver and throrid wise and i heard b12 can cause chest pain and palpitations is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      You need some fat, and some protein, and if you're not eating meat or meat substitute, you're not getting these vital foods. So start eating properly.

      The best meat to eat is organic, and lean. And because you haven't eaten it in a while, start with minced beef - that's ground beef if you're in the US - a small portions, because you might find a steak hard to digest.

      People didn't live long lives in the Stone Age, dear. If they made it to 30, they were doing well. They didn't have the wonders of modern dentistry and dental hygiene, so many of them died because of tooth decay.

      I would suggest going to see a therapist as well, I wonder if some of your symptoms are psychosymatic.

  45. QUESTION:
    VITAMIN B12 DEFINCINY? (PLEASE READ)?
    Hi My name is ben if you look through all my questions and stuff.. Ive noticed something ive been really researching on the internet for my exact symptoms fataigue faintness feeling of shortness of breath.. and Major anxiety.. Ive had multiple EKGS done nothing
    a Echo cardogram negative.. all these physcial symptoms started when I suddenly stoped eating normally.. fatty foods such as meats and stuff and regular milk... when my dad had the heart attack i suddenly stoped eating all fatty foods every single kinda fatty food.. and nothing but vegatiables.. and my mental and physcial health have gone south .. but out of all the months i kept researching and researching and i found an artical that Chest pain fatigaue shortness of breath can be aggitated by Anxiety But also could be a Vitamin b12 DEFINCINIY! because i stoped all foods that contained b12.!!! today i just drank a regular glass of Milk.. and ate some REGULAR CHeese i feel much better my shortness of breath is 90 precent gone and my chest pains are not as prominint.. could this mean i really am B12 DEFINCIT if so i think it really is.. because of the shortness of breath.. i also have bad balance which i never had that problem until i suddnely changed my diet i lost 120 pounds.. unhealthy wise.. could this really be the vitamin b12 definciy? causing my problems ive been ruled out heart diease as nothing can be found in veins im also 18 years old should i start eating and drinking regular milk everyday? and eat meat once in a while cause.. i mean back in stone age days always nothing but meat and they LIVED LONG lives in moderation.. and still stay away from high choloestrol but eat meat maybe once every 3 days in small sizes? does it sound like i could have this b12 definciiy? It has ALL The symptoms ive been telling EMS emergency medical services.. can it cause nerve to twitch? please give me everything that yall know and tell me your experience with this definciy that i think i might have ive been tested multiple times for heart problems and they say its anxiety and blood levels are fine.. liver and throrid wise and i heard b12 can cause chest pain and palpitations is this true?

    I DONT KNOW WHICH CATAGORY TO FIT THIS IN I KEEP GETTING SPAMMED ANSWERS !!!!
    STOP SPAMMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hello there, i was surprised to see this here because i have been diagnosed with Vitamin B12 deficiency anaemia about six months ago. This condition was diagnosed through having some blood tests. Also last month i had another blood test and was told to take iron tablets for 3 months because my iron level was very low. My symptoms may be very different to yours because of the two different types of anaemia ( ....i also have stage 4 endometriosis! :S ( had two operations in 2006 and may need to have more in the future as endo is still there and has spread to other areas).

      ( Lol, so i don't really know how to compare your symptoms and with all my conditions ).

      But anyway before my b12 deficiency diagnosis, i had following classic symptoms of b12 deficiency anaemia, which i told my doctor about:

      *Extreme tiredness;
      *Feeling faint;
      *Lethargy - couldn't stand up for more than 20 minutes! .... i had to sit down or lie down to feel better. So doing any work such as cleaning and cooking was extremely hard for me.
      *Breathing problems - shortness of breath;
      * Mood issues ( depression ).
      * Changes in skin colour ( very pale; in my case i looked really yellowish due to my skin tone ).

      Also i noticed the following:
      *Numbness and tingling.
      * Feeling really cold even in the summer! my hand and feet were always freezing cold ).
      * Poor memory.

      And other symptoms which may or may not be related with b12 deficiency but with endometriosis.

      My treatment for the b12 deficiency is an Intramuscular Injection every 12 weeks ( i will need to take this injection for the rest of my life ). My Initial treatment was having 6 injections within a 2 weeks duration.
      ...And a healthy balanced diet ( i was nearly underweight :S ).
      Good sources of vitamin B12 include meat and animal products, such as beef, liver, salmon, cod, cheese, yeast extract and eggs. Some breakfast cereals are fortified with vitamin B12. You need to speak with your doctor if you are vegeterian, they may give you suggestions to prevent anaemia.

      For the low iron anaemia i am taking iron tablets for the next 3 months.

      What i advice you to do is go and see your physician/doctor and tell them all your symptoms and ask to have a blood test if appropriate. Hopefully you will feel reassured after your visit with your doctor.

      I am rather cautious to take advices from here because people may give you various ( wrong ) information, thus causing you to worry about your symptoms; and also there is no way to verify whether someone here is a professional practitioner or not..........so definitely go and see a doctor!

      Look on the internet about b12 deficiency disorder, i looked at these:

      http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/B12-deficiency/Pages/introduction.aspx?url=Pages%2Fwhat-is-it.aspx
      http://hcd2.bupa.co.uk/fact_sheets/html/anaemia_b12.html
      http://www.patient.co.uk/health/Anaemia-%28Pernicious%29-and-Vitamin-B12-Deficiency.htm
      http://www.b12d.org/info/

      Now that i am having treatments i am seeing dramatic differences! my symptoms are not that extreme anymore! so good news there!

      Good luck!

      Please note: my conditions and symptoms are various so they may not be what you have!

  46. QUESTION:
    health questions, not very many. I had 60 but i answered 45. Please help?
    Note: I have 45 out of 60 answered, these ones i need help with...

    Which of the following is NOT a reason it is difficult to cope with a chronic illness?

    financial obligations to cover treatment and care that health insurance may not cover
    loss of physical independence which requires more assistance with the activities of daily living
    knowledge that the person will get better with the appropriate medications
    dealing with depression and grief for the diagnosis

    When does the HIV positive stage move into full-blown AIDS?

    when the red blood cell count rises above 7 million cells per cubic millimeter
    when the cells have metastasized from their original location to the brain
    when the heart fails to pump blood properly causing swelling and difficulty breathing
    when the T-cell count falls below 200 cells per cubic millimeter

    Which of the following is NOT a leading cause of death in the United States today?

    pneumonia
    heart attack
    stroke
    diabetes mellitus

    Which of the following is not a form of anthrax infection?

    digestive
    circulatory
    skin
    respiratory

    The lack of which of the following hormones from the pancreas prevents the body from regulating its own blood sugar?

    insulin
    adrenaline
    testosterone
    melanin

    Which of the following bacterial STDs is the most common in the United States causing the formation of a painless lesion which may result in scarring of the pelvic organs and sterility?

    gonorrhea
    genital warts
    syphilis
    chlamydia

    What is the cause of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy?

    bacteria
    virus
    prion
    fungi

    Which of the following best describes symptoms of BSE (Mad Cow Disease)?

    fatty plaque in the arteries leading to chest pain
    loss of the ability to sense, move, and think
    skin rash, digestive disturbances, and difficulty breathing
    severe headache or no symptoms at all

    Which of the following best describes symptoms of diabetes mellitus?

    crushing chest pain, nausea, weakness, and fatigue
    excessive urination, thirst, and hunger
    flu-like symptoms, headache, and stiff neck
    loss of coordination on one side, slurred speech, and difficulty concentrating

    Which of the following could cause a non-communicable disease?

    viruses
    bacteria
    smoking
    fungi

    Which of the following is an example of a communicable disease?

    Alzheimer's disease
    common cold
    heart disease
    diabetes mellitus

    Which of the following is not a disorder related to hypertension?

    congestive heart failure
    stroke
    diabetes mellitus
    heart attack

    How is hepatitis B typically transmitted?

    fecal-oral route
    bacteria and its spores
    contaminated blood or sexual contact
    breast-feeding

    Which STD can cause blindness in a newborn baby if it infects the baby's eyes during the birth process while producing a greenish yellowish drainage from the reproductive organs of the infected adults?

    syphilis
    gonorrhea
    genital herpes
    chlamydia

    Which STD begins as chancres or open lesions on the reproductive organs and can invade the nerous system causing difficulty speaking, headaches, blurred or diminishing vision, seisures, problems with memory and thinking, and depression?

    syphilis
    gonorrhea
    genital herpes
    chlamydia

    Which organ is affected by hepatitis?

    brain
    stomach
    uterus
    liver

    • ANSWER:
      Thank-you for the brain exercise. These questions are always fun.
      1-3
      2-2
      3-1
      4-3
      5-1
      6-2
      7-2
      8-2
      9-3
      10-2
      11-1
      12-1
      13-3
      14-4

  47. QUESTION:
    Can you please help me answer these questions for my health class?
    I'm taking the test right now and I need some help PLEASE!
    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

    36. How is hepatitis B typically transmitted?

    fecal-oral route
    bacteria and its spores
    contaminated blood or sexual contact
    breast-feeding

    37. Which STD can cause blindness in a newborn baby if it infects the baby's eyes during the birth process while producing a greenish yellowish drainage from the reproductive organs of the infected adults?

    syphilis
    gonorrhea
    genital herpes
    chlamydia

    38. Which STD begins as chancres or open lesions on the reproductive organs and can invade the nerous system causing difficulty speaking, headaches, blurred or diminishing vision, seisures, problems with memory and thinking, and depression?

    syphilis
    gonorrhea
    genital herpes
    chlamydia

    39. Which organ is affected by hepatitis?

    brain
    stomach
    uterus
    liver

    40. Which of the following is not a form of anthrax infection?

    digestive
    circulatory
    skin
    respiratory

    41. The lack of which of the following hormones from the pancreas prevents the body from regulating its own blood sugar?

    insulin
    adrenaline
    testosterone
    melanin

    42. Which of the following bacterial STDs is the most common in the United States causing the formation of a painless lesion which may result in scarring of the pelvic organs and sterility?

    gonorrhea
    genital warts
    syphilis
    chlamydia

    43. What is the cause of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy?

    bacteria
    virus
    prion
    fungi

    44. Which of the following best describes symptoms of BSE (Mad Cow Disease)?

    fatty plaque in the arteries leading to chest pain
    loss of the ability to sense, move, and think
    skin rash, digestive disturbances, and difficulty breathing
    severe headache or no symptoms at all

    45. Which of the following best describes symptoms of diabetes mellitus?

    crushing chest pain, nausea, weakness, and fatigue
    excessive urination, thirst, and hunger
    flu-like symptoms, headache, and stiff neck
    loss of coordination on one side, slurred speech, and difficulty concentrating

    • ANSWER:
      It's considered poor form to post a laundry list of your homework questions on Y!A.

      I suggest you Google each term or look it up in your glossary.
      You'll be a better person for it.

      Good luck in your studies,
      ~ Mitch ~

  48. QUESTION:
    I need help with this, can you help me please?
    I'm taking the test right now and I need some help PLEASE!
    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

    36. How is hepatitis B typically transmitted?

    fecal-oral route
    bacteria and its spores
    contaminated blood or sexual contact
    breast-feeding

    37. Which STD can cause blindness in a newborn baby if it infects the baby's eyes during the birth process while producing a greenish yellowish drainage from the reproductive organs of the infected adults?

    syphilis
    gonorrhea
    genital herpes
    chlamydia

    38. Which STD begins as chancres or open lesions on the reproductive organs and can invade the nerous system causing difficulty speaking, headaches, blurred or diminishing vision, seisures, problems with memory and thinking, and depression?

    syphilis
    gonorrhea
    genital herpes
    chlamydia

    39. Which organ is affected by hepatitis?

    brain
    stomach
    uterus
    liver

    40. Which of the following is not a form of anthrax infection?

    digestive
    circulatory
    skin
    respiratory

    41. The lack of which of the following hormones from the pancreas prevents the body from regulating its own blood sugar?

    insulin
    adrenaline
    testosterone
    melanin

    42. Which of the following bacterial STDs is the most common in the United States causing the formation of a painless lesion which may result in scarring of the pelvic organs and sterility?

    gonorrhea
    genital warts
    syphilis
    chlamydia

    43. What is the cause of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy?

    bacteria
    virus
    prion
    fungi

    44. Which of the following best describes symptoms of BSE (Mad Cow Disease)?

    fatty plaque in the arteries leading to chest pain
    loss of the ability to sense, move, and think
    skin rash, digestive disturbances, and difficulty breathing
    severe headache or no symptoms at all

    45. Which of the following best describes symptoms of diabetes mellitus?

    crushing chest pain, nausea, weakness, and fatigue
    excessive urination, thirst, and hunger
    flu-like symptoms, headache, and stiff neck
    loss of coordination on one side, slurred speech, and difficulty concentrating

    • ANSWER:
      Wouldn't that be cheating?

  49. QUESTION:
    Health Majors Please help! Last test on health & i am really stressed.?
    These are some of the ones i dont know. I mean there are ones out of this that i do know but yeah, I am really stressed and need help. Please Please help me.

    27. Which type of diabetes generally occurs in young adults and children and always requires insulin as part of the treatment plan?

    type 1
    type 2
    type 3
    type 4

    28. Which of the following is NOT a warning sign of skin cancer?

    crushing chest pain
    a sore that does not heal
    unusual bleeding or discharge
    thickening or lumps

    29. What is the most fatal form of skin cancer associated with moles?

    squamous cell carcinoma
    basal cell carcinoma
    malignant melanoma
    acute cell melanoma

    30. What disease is caused by a bacteria and can be sent in a powdery form for bioterrorism and leads to difficulty breathing and even death?

    West Nile virus
    anthrax
    bovine spongiform encephalopathy
    stroke

    31. What is the general name for all infections that cause diarrhea to occur?

    Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    Crohn's Disease
    Colon Cancer
    Dysentery

    32. Which fat leads to atherosclerosis and can contribute to one's risk of a heart attack or stroke?

    steroids
    cholesterol
    phospholipids
    olive oil

    33. What is key to improve cancer's survival rates?

    improve people's nutrition and lifestyle choices
    more research into better chemotherapy drugs
    programs that stress early detection and intervention
    better surgical techniques to remove all cancer cells

    34. What is the disease that involves changes in the nerves and chemicals of the brain leading to memory loss, personality changes, and complete dependency?

    Parkinson's
    Alzheimer's
    Paget's
    Grave's

    35. Which of the following is not a disorder related to hypertension?

    congestive heart failure
    stroke
    diabetes mellitus
    heart attack

    36. How is hepatitis B typically transmitted?

    fecal-oral route
    bacteria and its spores
    contaminated blood or sexual contact
    breast-feeding

    37. Which STD can cause blindness in a newborn baby if it infects the baby's eyes during the birth process while producing a greenish yellowish drainage from the reproductive organs of the infected adults?

    syphilis
    gonorrhea
    genital herpes
    chlamydia

    38. Which STD begins as chancres or open lesions on the reproductive organs and can invade the nerous system causing difficulty speaking, headaches, blurred or diminishing vision, seisures, problems with memory and thinking, and depression?

    syphilis
    gonorrhea
    genital herpes
    chlamydia

    39. Which organ is affected by hepatitis?

    brain
    stomach
    uterus
    liver

    40. Which of the following is not a form of anthrax infection?

    digestive
    circulatory
    skin
    respiratory

    41. The lack of which of the following hormones from the pancreas prevents the body from regulating its own blood sugar?

    insulin
    adrenaline
    testosterone
    melanin

    42. Which of the following bacterial STDs is the most common in the United States causing the formation of a painless lesion which may result in scarring of the pelvic organs and sterility?

    gonorrhea
    genital warts
    syphilis
    chlamydia

    43. What is the cause of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy?

    bacteria
    virus
    prion
    fungi

    44. Which of the following best describes symptoms of BSE (Mad Cow Disease)?

    fatty plaque in the arteries leading to chest pain
    loss of the ability to sense, move, and think
    skin rash, digestive disturbances, and difficulty breathing
    severe headache or no symptoms at all

    45. Which of the following best describes symptoms of diabetes mellitus?

    crushing chest pain, nausea, weakness, and fatigue
    excessive urination, thirst, and hunger
    flu-like symptoms, headache, and stiff neck
    loss of coordination on one side, slurred speech, and difficulty concentrating

    46. Which of the following could cause a non-communicable disease?

    viruses
    bacteria
    smoking
    fungi

    47. Which of the following is an example of a communicable disease?

    Alzheimer's disease
    common cold
    heart disease
    diabetes mellitus

    48. Which of the following is NOT a reason it is difficult to cope with a chronic illness?

    financial obligations to cover treatment and care that health insurance may not

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, who made up these questions? I'm not that impressed.
      These questions have been around for awhile - you could have just searched Y!A and found identically worded questions.
      .
      While you may be stressed, if you don't know the answers to some of these, what are you doing in this class?
      Just entering all of the answers takes more time than you spent cutting and pasting them.

      27. Type 1 - the body does not produce insulin read this article: http://www.lifescript.com/Health/Conditions/Diabetes/The_Double_Whammy_What_is_Type_3_Diabetes.aspx

      28 Crushing chest pain

      29. Malignant melanoma
      http://www.cancercenter.com/skin-cancer-melanoma.htm

      30. Anthrax
      https://health.google.com/health/ref/Anthrax

      31. Question does not make sense because it is not accurate but the answer has to be dysentery as the other 3 options are not infection related
      http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/diarrhea/

      32. cholesterol
      http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/Atherosclerosis/Atherosclerosis_Causes.html

      33. all of the above but if you have to chose one go with programs which stress early detection and insurance plans which cover intervention

      34. Alzheimer's followed by Parkinson's with dementia

      35. Diabetes - but there is a relationship
      http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=2152

      36. Hep B is transmitted through blood and bodily fluids - read and figure out the answer
      http://www.hepb.org/hepb/transmission.htm

      37. Several can cause eye infection but the answer you want is gonorrhea
      http://www.wdxcyber.com/stds_pregnancy.html
      38. see: reference above for answer

      39. see: reference in question #36 or just think about it

      40. see: question #30 reference

      41. see: question #27 reference

      42. see: question #37 reference

      43. Mad Cow Disease - caused by watching too much Boston Legal in reruns - ok, it is thought to be a prion disease http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bovine_spongiform_encephalopathy

      44. see: reference in #43

      45. excessive urination, thirst and hunger

      46. this one's on you to think about

      47. You don't know this one? That's nothing to sneeze at

      48. You should be aware of the fact that you can add the rest of the answer by simply returning and adding it.

  50. QUESTION:
    Just one more question please. Is Nutrience Derma a good dog food??? Please help...?
    BENEFITS:
    Nutrience Derma is ideal for dogs sensitive to normal food. Signs of allergies may include dry, flaky coat; red, raw ‘hot’ spots on the skin, or itching and irritation. Allergies commonly cause digestive upsets also. No matter what the symptoms, Nutrience Derma is specially formulated to help nutritionally manage allergies.

    • Lamb as the single protein source. No cereal proteins, so no gluten meal.

    • Rice as the single carbohydrate source to nutritionally aid digestive upsets.

    • As with all Nutrience formulas, no by-products to help sensitive stomachs.

    • With a carefully balanced ratio of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids for nutritional support of the natural healing process to help improve skin and coat.

    • Reduced-allergen formula. Free of wheat, beef, soy, dairy and gluten. Helps reduce the allergic load from the diet.

    • Free of corn for dogs with extra-sensitive stomachs.

    INGREDIENTS:
    Lamb meal, ground rice, rice bran, canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), flaxseed meal, yeast culture, liver digest, lecithin, salt, potassium chloride, calcium propionate (preservative), yeast extract, dried kelp, dried ginger, dried carob, dried fennel, dried fenugreek, dried rosemary, dried turmeric, dried cayenne, rosemary extract, yucca schidigera extract, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), iron proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc methionine complex, zinc oxide, sodium selenite, vitamin E supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, folic acid, niacin, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A acetate, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), calcium iodate, vitamin D3 supplement

    • ANSWER:
      You have posted your question in the WRONG section. We deal with HUMAN food here, sorry Sweetie!
      Try over in "Pets":
      http://answers.yahoo.com/dir/;_ylt=AqNZA7AbBuHXvomFyW9fM5_py6IX;_ylv=3?link=list&sid=396545443


Canine Liver Cancer Symptoms

Leukemia is one type of cancer that affects the blood. This disease is characterized by a significant increase of the leukocytes, popularly called white blood cells.

The first symptom is a large number of these cells in the blood marrow or even in the circulation. Leukemia is a result of a genetic malfunction, a mutation that happens inside the bone's marrow. This disease has several types. It is classified taking into consideration the type of the white blood cells that are involved and also the way in which the disease is progressing. < 00004000 br />
Leukemia can derive from the bone marrow and it is called myelogenous or granulocytic leukemia and also lymphocytic leukemia when it involves the lymph nodes.

Leukemia disease can either be chronic or acute. It all depends on the kind of white cells that are affected. The chronic one is named chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) or chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). The CLL in pets like dogs and cats has a lot of similarities with the human disease but still some major differences too.
The ALL, or acute lymphoid leukemia is a disease that progresses quite rapidly. A few of the symptoms include fever, anemia, random bleeding, loosing the appetite, swollen lymph nodes, panting, anxiousness, vomiting, pale gums, shifting limb lameness, lack of coordination, some infections that appear because of the week immune system. All these symptoms can cause death if the disease is not treated.

At a clinical examination, if the dog has fever or a bigger than usual spleen or liver, it is a good sign of the disease. Many mature animals develop the acute lymphoid leukemia rather then the young. This is a difference from the human disease which is quite common in children. Another important fact is that this disease can cause some ocular lesions in dogs.

The chronic leukemia has many cancer white cells that are affecting the body's ability to fight the infections. The disease progresses slowly and it is fatal. It suppresses the immune system and then the bone marrow fails to function. The bag cells then infiltrate the other organs. The disease easily spreads into the blood, the lymph nodes, liver or spleen and into the central nervous system. The disease doesn't create solid tumors or other solid masses. The death can be quite painful.

Discovering the leukemia can be done ding a simple blood examination and then, if there are suspicions, a bone marrow analysis.


Cancer Of The Liver Symptoms

Ovarian cancer is difficult to diagnose and surgery is often required to know for certain. One of the reasons is that the symptoms are vague, and indicative of many common female complaints. These are the typical symptoms.

A sense of pelvic heaviness, vague lower abdominal discomfort, vaginal bleeding, weight gain or loss, unexplained fatigue, abnormal menstrual cycles, unexplained back pain that worsens over time, and non-specific gastrointestinal symptoms such as increased gas, indigestion, lack of appetite, bloating, nausea and vomiting.

Ready to run get a checkup? You probably should, but first let me ask you one question. What if the doctor comes back with an ovarian cancer prognosis or wants to perform surgery for further diagnosis? Are you going to surrender to the knife and/or chemotherapy? That's all conventional medicine has to offer in regards to ovarian cancer, which is the deadliest form of female reproductive cancer.

If you've been experiencing several of the ovarian cancer symptoms even if they're not caused by cancer, they are not supposed to be there. Just because so many women in our society have such symptoms, they are after all, still symptoms. They're not normal! That's why they call them symptoms.

You may not be aware of this but there are very effective alternative treatments for all of those symptoms. Even if they are due to ovarian cancer, alternative medicine is being preferred more and more as a viable option for a cancer cure as opposed to the invasive and barbaric methods of conventional cancer treatments.

If you ultimately do decide to go the conventional route to treat your cancer, alternative methods can be incorporated in conjunction with surgery and chemo. Suppose your having just one ovarian cancer symptom seriously enough that you feel it warrants being checked out by a physician, and it turns out you aren't diagnosed with ovarian cancer. It doesn't mean you won't be, a little further down the road.

Instead of hoping there's some magic a doctor might be able to perform or prescribe to make everything better, why don't you do it? Whether you've been diagnosed or not, listen closely to what your body's trying to tell you, research the appropriate natural remedies that address the symptoms, and incorporate as many of them as possible into a daily regimen. Then follow it. You'll know if they're working inside of a few days if not immediately. Natural remedies are that potent, and they address the actual problem as opposed to just the symptoms. If your having any of the symptoms of ovarian cancer, it's a sign your not healthy.

Sure a significant part of alternative medicine does revolve around diet, but why shouldn't it? Most health problems are caused by poor dietary choices and/or lifestyle preferences, and they can be corrected by the same. Still, there are many magic potions for every disease in the realm of alternative medicine, especially cancer.

Conventional medicine doesn't pay any attention to them because they're all natural and un-patentable by the pharmaceutical companies, which means they can't be exploited or monopolized. The body is natural, so it only makes sense the cure for a disease would be too. In fact the majority of diseases are caused by either repeated exposure to un-natural substances, or due to a diet comprised of food that has been denatured. Usually both.

So take it as a wake up call. If you have ovarian cancer symptoms and especially if you've already received an ovarian cancer prognosis, which are never good. It's time to take responsibility for your own health, and you should be very wary of anything a conventional M.D. says. Blind faith is definitely not recommended when dealing with the modern medical version of cancer cures. Let us not forget, cancer is more or less a man-made or at least a man induced disease to begin with.

After all, the AMA track record for ovarian cancer barely has a 50% survival rate. That doesn't include those that have an ovarian cancer recurrence, which is all but guaranteed if the original cause of the cancer is not addressed. And that means what? That's right, holistic health. You just can't get around it, so why not embrace it?

Either educate yourself about holistic health and follow up on what you've learned, or put it in the hands of a qualified naturopathic physician. Ultimately the responsibility will still fall back on you. So do this! Do it for yourself and do it for those who care about you. And don't stop your research. Thank God for the inter-net! It makes it so easy. You'll be glad you did. Best wishes and good luck.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    is it possible that liver cancer can transfer to another person trough sexual contact?
    my girlfriend have a liver cancer symptoms and she consulted it in doctors. doctors says that it has an sign of a liver cancer in the future. i am worried about my girlfriend and also in me... pls. answer me..thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      It is not the cancer that is transfered but what causing it. If it is because of hepatitis, then the hepatitis that will be transmitted. there is a probability. So you have to know the initial cause of her liver cancer first.

  2. QUESTION:
    What is the last stage of life like when dying of liver cancer? symptoms? *read detail*?
    my mother has gotten ill all of a sudden from liver cancer (end stage). she was fine just 2 days ago eating and walking and talking and everything.
    but today she has gotten in a sort of coma-like situation and isn't talking, responding to anything, or even moving. she is breathing very shallow breaths as if she were running a marathon. im very scared to ask this, and im sorry if this brings back unpleasent memories, but please tell me if you have been RIGHT THERE next to a person dying of cancer what is it like? how do they look? symptoms? breathing? pain? sleepy? not sleepY? fustrated? confused? or calm instead?
    plz. tell me about things that signify the end may be near. thanks. I am only 17 and would feel bad asking my father these things.
    if you have expereinces from yourself or a friend or family member of death from cancer or near death plz tell. thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I have ot been right there with someone dying from cancer but I have ben right there when my grandpa died from kidney failure. It starts out like you explained, shallow breaths, hey start to look yellow or grayish in color because their blood starts to circuate slower frm lack of motivation. They will eventually start to have bubbles, or saliva fill up their bmouth, this i from the lungs filling up with fluid and prtty much drowing in the fluid, sorry that soudns so harsh, Then when their time is finally up they will take a breath, and be gone. Those are what happens whe someone is dying, t leat that is what happens when My grandpa died,and that is what hospice says happens to almost everyone who is dying. Im not sure if you are a believer in god or not. But if you are ust remember she is going to be going to a much better place where she will no longer have to suffer. Hope I helped! And im very sorry you have to go though this. No one should ever lose a loved one to cancer. good luck and you will get through this i promise! It will take time but you will pull through.

  3. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of Cancer (liver cancer)?
    I have burning sensation near liver, constipation ( no comfortable stool) I have very good appetite.... and i smoke 3-4 cigrattes a day from last 10 years i am smoking....
    Please confirm if indication of any cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Often there are no symptoms of liver cancer until the later stages. This is why early detection is difficult. When symptoms do occur, they may include fatigue, pain on the right side of the upper abdomen or around the right shoulder blade, nausea, loss of appetite, feeling full after a small meal, unexplained weight loss and jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and the skin). If you have one or more risk factors for liver cancer and any of these symptoms, you should see your doctor immediately.

      What causes liver cancer?

      There are several risk factors that increase the likelihood someone will get liver cancer.

      Cirrhosis, or scarring, can lead to liver cancer. Over 80 percent of liver cancer cases are linked to cirrhosis. In the United States, hepatitis C and alcohol abuse are the leading causes of cirrhosis.
      Long-term infection with hepatitis B and C are linked to liver cancer because they often lead to cirrhosis. Hepatitis B can lead to liver cancer without cirrhosis.
      Smoking is another probable risk factor, especially among people who abuse alcohol and have cirrhosis.
      Obesity also appears to be linked to primary liver cancer. Less common risk factors include abuse of anabolic steroids, or male hormones, for strength conditioning; exposure to arsenic in drinking water; and exposure to certain chemicals in the plastics industry.

  4. QUESTION:
    question here. what are the symptoms of liver cancer?
    I am due to get an ultrasound on thursday next week due to suspicious findings on a CT scan last year and my liver blood tests. so if anyone can tell me what the symptoms of liver cancer that will be good and no I do not drink or have hep.can anyone help me with this question?
    it is not a cyst as my scan did not show that it is worse than that according to the scan
    thanks James i have more then one syptom you discribed. that was very inforative, thank you
    thanks James i have more then one syptom you discribed. that was very inforative, thank you

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    cancer of the liver and the final stage of symptoms ?
    hi there, my father in law has just been told he has cancer of the liver and symptoms have come on extremely quickly. He is very yellow in the face and eyes, and vomiting alot, and also sleeping. My partner is trying to prepare himself for the worst but is wondering if any of you have had a loved one with these symptoms and how long before they passed?

    It is a secondary cancer and he has been fighting cancer of the stomach for the past year. They found tumours had grown back in his stomach and was going to send him back to the hospital for an operation. This now isnt going ahead since the liver cancer has been found, im supposing this is because there isnt much they can do ?... thanks xx

    • ANSWER:
      My Dad passed away last year from liver cancer. He got very yellow and could not keep anything down. When they sleep a lot I belive the body is slowly shutting down. There came a point when he would just open his eyes a little and grown when you spoke to him. The same day he passed. I am very sorry for you. Sounds like the end is near to me, but I am no doctor.

  6. QUESTION:
    What are the signs or symptoms of liver cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      The problem with this type of cancer is that there are no early symptoms.
      Later symptoms can include pain in the upper right abdomen, swollen abdomen, weight loss, loss of appetite, general malaise, weakness, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, fever, jaundice..

  7. QUESTION:
    Hep c diagnosis could mean cancer? i think the biopsy will show liver cancer.. What are the symptoms of liver?
    cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      I believe that Hepatitis C can eventually lead to liver cancer in the late stages if untreated but it's incredibly rare. If it's caught early enough, the patient can be cured of hep C. Please see this link:

      http://www.hepc.nhs.uk/about_hepc/whatis.html

      Also, symptoms of liver cancer can be found here but I sincerely hope you are worrying unnecessarily:

      http://www.cancerbackup.org.uk/Cancertype/Liver/Primarylivercancer

      My thoughts are with you.

  8. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of Liver Cancer? My ALT and AST keep on elevate are these the sign of Liver cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      From http://www.medicinenet.com/liver_cancer/page3.htm#toce
      "There are no specific symptoms of liver cancer, and in fact, the earliest signs are usually subtle and can be mistaken for simple worsening of cirrhosis and liver function. Abdominal pain is uncommon with liver cancer and usually signifies a very large tumor or widespread involvement of the liver. Additionally, unexplained weight loss or unexplained fevers are warning signs of liver cancer in patients with cirrhosis."

      From me :
      There are many causes for an elevated ALT and AST - usually alcohol, but often a reaction to a pharmaceutical medication, or it could be one of the viruses that cause hepatitis. This must be evaluated by a primary care physician first - complete medical history, careful physical exam, other blood tests, imaging studies of the liver such as a CT scan. If a CT scan shows a tumor mass, then you have an aiming point for a biopsy. Liver cancers are not very common in the USA. There are likely to be thousands of people in the U.S. with liver enzyme elevation for each one who actually has a liver carcinoma.

  9. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of liver cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      It is often brought to attention by an ultrasound or CT scan done for pain in the upper abdomen or another unrelated symptom. It may also develop in a person previously known to have cirrhosis of the liver. Once suspected, Alpha feto protein (AFP) is a simple blood test to confirm its presence. At times, a malignant tumour in the liver may be due to a secondary spread from a cancer elsewhere, commonly the large intestine. .
      Many patients with primary liver cancer have no symptoms. In some instances, jaundice, malaise, or a general feeling of poor health, loss of appetite, weight loss, fever, fatigue, bloating, itching, swelling of the legs, or weakness may be present. Abdominal pain or discomfort may also occur

  10. QUESTION:
    symptoms of liver cancer?
    we think someone has liver cancer and i want to just check symptoms etc. The results are coming tomorow so we have been to a doctor but was just wodnering. The symptoms she has is yellowish skin, vomiting (given tablets to stop), pain near liver, loss of apetitie and a constant stomach ache. Also what are the survival rates .. she is around 65. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Pain near liver usually not happens in cancer .it favors liver infection or inflammation (hepatitis) .complete tests and sonography can decide if is cancerous or not .Cancer of liver carries poor prognosis

  11. QUESTION:
    one last question. what are the symptoms of liver cancer? ?
    I need to know this for myself. thank you. by the way my doctor is worried
    thanks bam

    • ANSWER:
      Liver cancer is sometimes called a "silent disease" because in an early stage it often does not cause symptoms. But, as the cancer grows, symptoms may include:

      Pain in the upper abdomen on the right side; the pain may extend to the back and shoulder
      Swollen abdomen (bloating)
      Weight loss
      Loss of appetite and feelings of fullness
      Weakness or feeling very tired
      Nausea and vomiting
      Yellow skin and eyes, and dark urine from jaundice
      Fever
      These symptoms are not sure signs of liver cancer. Other liver diseases and other health problems can also cause these symptoms. Anyone with these symptoms should see a doctor as soon as possible. Only a doctor can diagnose and treat the problem.

  12. QUESTION:
    Could one single symptom suggest liver cancer?
    I'm currently very worried that I might have liver cancer as I seem to have something that feels a bit like pruritis. I have no other symptoms ie no blood in my stools, no jaundice, no fatigue, no weight loss or anything else, and the only reason I suspect this is because of haevy drinking in my past, although I hardly ever drink more than two bottles of wine a week these days. Am I worrying unnecessarily?

    • ANSWER:
      Pruritis associated with liver disease is due to having high bilirubin in the blood. If this was the case you would be yellow. If you're not yellow then the itching is unlikely to have anything to do with your liver.

  13. QUESTION:
    Is there a cure for liver cancer? How long can you live with liver cancer?
    My friend had a body scan today and her liver was highlighted for having cancer. The doctor hasn;t given her a sure answer, but she has all the symptoms of liver cancer. Is there a cure? How long can she live? She thinks she's going to die, is this true? She found out she had cancer in other parts of her body, like her thyroid, so they removed it. Her bone scan came back negative for cancer. She has a brain tumor and a tumor on her pituatary gland, but the doctor says that nothing is connected. She's been to so many doctors and his losing hope. No one can tell her what's going on with her body. As soon as one thing gets better, another goes wrong. SHe is my best-friend and I'm looking for hope. She's only 37 and has a beautiful baby girl. Any answers are appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Liver cancer is treatable. Treatable means you can have the affected portion removed (ablated or resected) and then undergo chemo and/or radiation. Thyroid cancer is also treatable.
      You say the doctors don't think they are connected, this is a good sign. None of us can tell what her prognosis is since none of us are treating her, but what is of utmost importance is her being positive. If she is positive, wants to fight for her life, finds strength in her little girl, and turns herself into a warrior, she can defeat it.
      Please go to this site for more info and i strongly recommend you join a support group, for her sake and yours.

      http://www.cancerlinksusa.com/liver/inanswer.htm

  14. QUESTION:
    What r the symptoms of liver cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      No early symptoms - there are often no symptoms in its early stages
      Upper right abdomen pain
      Swelling in upper right abdomen
      Abdominal pain extends to back and shoulder
      Swollen abdomen
      Enlarged liver
      Weight loss
      Malaise
      Loss of appetite
      Feeling of fullness
      Weakness
      Fatigue
      Nausea
      Vomiting
      Fever
      Jaundice - and the various symptoms of jaundice:
      Yellow skin
      Yellow eyes
      Darker urine
      Fluid retention
      Asymptomatic in early stages
      Abdominal lump
      Abdominal pain
      Abdominal swelling
      Weight loss
      Loss of appetite
      Early puberty in boys
      Nausea
      Vomiting
      Liver damage
      Fatigue
      Jaundice
      Steatorrhea
      Metabolic disturbances

  15. QUESTION:
    what are the physical symptoms of cancer of the liver, pancreas, and bladder? and emotional symptoms ?

    • ANSWER:
      Liver - Pain in the right subcostal area or top of the right shoulder, fatigue, anorexia, vague abdominal pain, weight loss and fever.

      Pancreas - Abdominal pain, anorexia, weight loss, early satiety, sleep problems, jaundice, fatigue, weakness, nausea and vomiting.

      Bladder - Hematuria, bladder irritability, hesitancy, frequency, pelvic and flank pain.

      Emotional – These three diseases have very different probable outcomes which clearly affects a person’s mental state and because emotions are not a physical finding the symptoms will not be the same in every person.

  16. QUESTION:
    Regarding the question posted about "cancer terminology" in regards to liver cancer?
    I just read a post that someone is trying to clear up the term lesion. I ask this because I'm wondering if this is how liver cancer is detected, would one of the many symptoms of liver cancer be lesions shown in an ultrasound? Lucikly for me, I too did have an ultrasound for my liver but they found no lesions

    • ANSWER:
      Ultrasound is one way but MRI,CT scans work well also

  17. QUESTION:
    If you have secondary cancer, will you have the symptoms of that cancer??
    Like if you had testicular cancer and found a bump, then it developed into liver cancer, would you have the symptoms of liver cancer aswell??

    • ANSWER:
      No, that would not be considerd secondary cancer. It would be testicular cancer that spread or "metastised to the liver" It would still be testicular cancer just now at satge 4. You may or may not have symptoms of the testicular cancer in your liver depending on how large and the location it is in. So basically testiculaar cancer does not develope into liver cancer even though it had spread from the testicals to the liver it is still considered testicular cancer not liver cancer.

  18. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of a person that is dying from Liver Cancer?
    My husband and I just took the responsibility of caring for my sister that was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. My sister is on morphine to control the pain, and the doctor tells us is a matter of weeks. My sister has no clue as to what is going on and is tearing me up inside.

    She is 55 years old and was full of life until 9 months ago, I see her wasting away, with lots of pain, the tumor is inoperable. Therefore, I need to know what is going to happen, what changes am I going to see in her? I have been told that they could bleed through the mucus area... eyes, nose etc.

    Has anyone gone through this experience?

    Thank you

    Nina

    • ANSWER:
      oh my god...i am so sorry to hear about your family tragedy...you are a very good and strong person and admire you...
      the syptoms are What are the symptoms of Liver Cancer?

      The most common symptoms of liver cancer are from a massive tumor growing in the liver, or even liver failure. A very early cancer will have no symptoms, since it is too small to cause any. As it enlarges, common symptoms include:

      1.Pain in the right upper abdominal area caused by stretching of the liver's capsule, which is rich in nerves. The liver may then extend below the right costal margin ("hepatomegaly") and be painful to probe.
      2. Weight Loss and loss of appetite; the liver is a digestive organ.
      3. Swelling of the abdomen (called "ascites" pronounced a-site-ees) from the liver failing to produce the protein required to hold the blood's fluid in the blood vessels, so it migrates out to fill the abdomen, scrotum and limbs.
      4. Cirrhosis signs like breast swelling in males (from the liver failing to break down estrogens) and little spider shaped veins (angiomata) seen on the skin. Another sign of liver failure is very red palms ("palmar erythema").
      5. Blood clotting problems leading to intestinal bleeding and bruises on the skin. The liver normally uses vitamin K from the diet and intestinal bacteria sources to synthesize the clotting factor ("prothrombin") necessary for life.
      6.Fatigue and eventually coma from buildup of ammonia in the body.
      7. Jaundice and light stools, from blockage of the bile draining system. Also looser and smellier stools may be seen, ("steatorrhea") indicating poor breakdown of fats in the digestive tract. Jaundice normally produces itching (pruritis) when it becomes marked. The first area notable for jaundice, caused by the
      liver's failure to clear bilirubin, is the whites of the eyes ("scleral icterus").
      8. Paraneoplastic syndromes means unusual symptoms caused by chemical alterations in the body either from the liver failing or secretions from the tumor cells themselves. These include elevated blood calcium, low blood sugar, anemias, precocious puberty in children, intense flushing, and other metabolic
      disturbances. These syndromes often will be alleviated with cancer shrinkage.
      9. Signs of Distant Spread include bone pain, neurological symptoms from brain involvement, and intestinal blockage. These all indicate advanced disease.

  19. QUESTION:
    Is there anything out there to treat the symptoms of lung cancer?
    There is a family friend that has stage 4 liver cancer and after a recent scan they have found spots on her lung. She is curently undergoing chemo therapy weekly but the symptoms of the lung cancer is what is alling her. She is short of breathe, fever, cough. Right now we are more interested in cureing the symptoms than the cancer. Is there any treatment out there that would help with the symtoms?

    If are in the medical industry or have been through this please make sure to tell me in your answer.
    Also she has never been a drinker or smoker.

    • ANSWER:
      You didnt hear this from me, but marijuana will help with the symptoms, especially the nausa. She obviously cant smoke it, but she can bake them into brownies. Otherwise have her MAKE her doctor get her on some painkiller of some kind like vicodin. Good luck and I hope she makes it.

  20. QUESTION:
    URGENT! Do I have liver cancer?
    I think I'm experiencing some of the symptoms of liver cancer.
    -Diarrhea
    -Nausea
    -Loss of appetite (though this is rather common since I don't eat that much during mealtimes)
    -Back and shoulder ache (could this be due to sitting in front of the computer for too long?)
    -Stomach upset (is this considered abdominal pain?)
    -Fatique (I am always tired, but could this be due to me sleeping way past midnight and waking up at 2pm?)

    If jaundice means yellow skin, then how yellow should the skin be? I'm asian and my skin is already yellowish...
    Also, I hardly eat fruits and vegetables.
    And my period is late.
    I can't be pregnant since I'm a virgin.
    I'm 16, btw.

    Also,
    Sunday: I had diarrhea, mostly liquid diarrhea, and this happened for about 7 times? And I experienced nausea but never threw up. I also had a slight fever. I took some kind of chinese medicine and ate porridge and drank lots of water, and was fine again the next day. I think that this could've been stomach flu?

    Monday to wednesday: Nothing out of the ordinary happened.

    Thursday: I felt extremely bloated after dinner, and it feels like there's this lump in my throat. I experienced nausea, and once again didn't throw up. My stomach churned a little, and it felt like my stomach upset was due to trapped wind.

    Friday: I had diarrhea again, first time the stool was yellow and it floats. Next two times was liquid diarrhea that was yellow. This seemed unusual, but apparently my dad and brother had diarrhea as well so could it be something I ate?

    Saturday: I feel that lump in my throat again, nothing else.

    I googled 'yellow liquid diarrhea' and have read that it could be caused by liver problems.
    Please help me with my questions!

    1. What is causing the yellow liquid diarrhea? Should I be worried and see a doctor?
    2. Are these symptoms of liver cancer or liver problems?
    3. What should I do if the diarrhea, nausea and lump in throat persists?
    The whites of my eyes are currently white.
    I feel like there's a lump in my throat mostly when I'm sitting down. It feels better after burping, but then it'd come back again.
    Also, when I'm not having diarrhea, I'm not pooping either.

    How can I be sure that this is or isn't cancer or liver problems?
    News flash: I just threw up.

    • ANSWER:
      You are for sure suffering from liver disease.
      Need to consult GI specialist as soon as possible.

  21. QUESTION:
    HELP! Do I have liver cancer?
    I've asked something similar before, but it wasn't precise enough and some answers just tell me to go to the doctor's, which I appreciate but didn't find helpful enough.

    Anyway, my stomach (or whatever organ is causing my problems) has been acting weird lately.

    Last Sunday: I had diarrhea several times, mostly liquid diarrhea, like peeing from your behind. I took some sort of chinese medicine, ate nothing but porridge and some biscuits and drank lots of water.

    Monday to Wednesday: nothing out of the ordinary happened, no diarrhea but I didn't poop either. However, I don't poop that often, so it's nothing strange to me.

    Thursday: I felt really bloated, and it felt like I have this lump in my throat, which made me nauseous, though I didn't throw up. I mostly burped and farted (sorry if I sound crude).

    Friday: I had diarrhea again. The first time, the poop was yellowish and floats. For the second and third time, it was mostly yellowish liquid diarrhea, and if there was any solid poop, it couldn't be seen through the murky liquid.

    Saturday: I felt that lump in my throat again. I threw up this time, but still felt nauseous afterwards. I kept running to the toilet, even though most of the time it's just farts instead of diarrhea, but once when I thought I farted, there was a little bit of diarrhea, really little. Then I had diarrhea again, and it felt like normal poop but turned out looking like the yellow liquid diarrhea I had on Sunday again. I can also feel and hear my stomach churn.

    I am really worried because some of these seem like symptoms of liver problems or cancer.

    -Diarrhea
    -Nausea
    -Loss of appetite (though this is rather common since I don't eat that much during mealtimes)
    -Back and shoulder ache (could this be due to sitting in front of the computer for too long?)
    -Stomach upset (is this considered abdominal pain?)
    -Fatique (I am always tired, but could this be due to me sleeping way past midnight and waking up at 2pm?)

    -No jaundice so far, though.
    -Also, my period is late but I can't be pregnant since I'm a virgin.
    -I'm 16, btw.

    I really hope that you'll answer my questions and would really appreciate it.

    1. What is causing the yellow liquid diarrhea? Should I be worried and see a doctor?
    2. Are these symptoms of liver cancer or liver problems? Or another problem altogether?
    3. What should I do if the diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and lump in throat persists to curb it?

    Thank you so much.

    • ANSWER:
      It doesn't seem to be. Cancer is much worse; but yellow diarrhea isn't good either. What have you been eating?

  22. 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.

  23. QUESTION:
    Ineed to know the signs and symptoms of liver diease fatty liver,liver fiborosis, liver cirhosis,liver cancer?
    I am ill have been for at least 2 months my Doctor is trying to dianosis the the diease or rule it out. The need to know what I could be facing is there any one out there who might be able to answer my question and help me understand my concerns HELP ME PLEASE

    • ANSWER:
      I know where Your at I nearly Died from a Bad Liver. Look at Whites of Your Eyes, If they or You skin is Yellow, Get to a Doctor at once. If You have no energy or you have pain in Your Mid section or feel sick at Your stomach Get to a Hospital at once. I survived by the Grace of GOD and a GREAT DOCTOR> I Wish You Well. I will Pray for You.

  24. QUESTION:
    Cancer symptoms in my granddad, how long could he have left, how do I help my grandma and him?
    just over a year ago my granddad, now 81, began getting an ache in his stomach, and after a check up, was told he had terminal prostate cancer and could have a year left. He quickly lost stamina and could only walk short distances, last week he was told it had reached his liver.

    On thursday he had a blood transfusion, and quickly reacted badly and on friday went come, before going back out again to hospital ill. All of a sudden things have deteriorated, my grandma was told by the doctor when they visited on sunday he could be on his last 2 weeks. He's been put on morphine, he can't walk or talk properly, most of the time he isn't even actually conscious.

    I'm only 18 but this morning gave him a massage and when i asked him if it were okay he grunted raspily "eh nice", his talking is limited to "pain" "yeah" "no thnks". He lent forward a lot today and when i asked whether he was okay he said "back pain" with a cringing face. He has red vains/burst cappilaries on his nose, has lost a lot of weight but has a large bloated stomach. He has a sort of black goo extruding from his mouth and hasn't eaten since sunday, occasionally has a sip of juice to swallow morphine. The doctor had said it's now also in his diaphragm and that he's pretty much infested with cancerous lumps.

    What do these symptoms mean, what's happening to his body... My grandma is so upset, last night he got angry with her without really saying much because she spilled medicine on her. Will he ever be conscious again before he goes?

    Help please. Fill me in. Hospice nurses come once a day to check him over.

    • ANSWER:
      Make sure that he is as pain free as possible, talk to the doctors and nurse. There is a patch containing fentanyl (a very strong pain killer) which is like a big plaster that can help if he is having difficulty swallowing. Keep his mouth as fresh as you can, there used to be glycerine and lemon mouth swabs which you could buy to remove the goo which forms when someone isn't drinking. Most patients quite like the flavour.

      It sounds as if he has only a short time left so tell him that you love him, make sure that he is left alone as little as possible, talk to the doctors about a 'night sitter' if it proving too much for the family. These are health care assistants who will stay (awake) in your house overnight and do any care tasks which are necessary. If they feel it necessary they will wake you - we had one when my father was dying.

      Your grandma is facing losing her husband of many years and watching him have all these difficulties even if he isn't actually in pain - she is bound to feel helpless and upset. All you can do is to help him, be there for her and don't try and stop her doing some routine things if she really wants to do them. Sometimes cooking a meal, for example, can remind you of normality and let you take a bit of mental time out from the situation.

      You can talk to someone on the helpline from this site

      www.canceradvice.co.uk/support-groups/cancerbackup

      Sometimes talking to someone can help more than these sort of internet sites.

      Your grandfather may become conscious but he may just drift off into a sort of twilight zone. Sort out with the doctor what practical steps are necessary when he eventually dies, think about which undertaker you are going to use so that you do not have to deal with this when you are really upset, see if there is a helpline locally you can call if he gets distressed. When my father died there was a number at the local district nurse centre where you could get advice and they could get a nurse to come out to you if you had problems.

      Best wishes to you all and I hope your grandfather has a peaceful death surrounded by his loved ones.

  25. QUESTION:
    Are seizures a symptom of liver cancer?
    My mom has liver cancer, which they did not think had spread to anywhere else, although the liver cancer is fairly advanced.

    This morning the nursing home called me because she had a grand mal seizure and were taking her to the hospital for a brain scan. She had a brain scan a few weeks ago and it was clear.

    Could the seizures be a sign that toxins are getting into her brain because her liver is failing? Or is it more likely that the cancer has spread to her brain?

    Or maybe it's totally unrelated? She's never had seizures before. They had just given her Vicadin for pain. During and after the seizure her oxygen was only 85.

    If anyone has experience with this I would appreciate it. I know it won't make any difference in her prognosis but I just like to have an idea what is going on. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Seizures is not a symptom of liver cancer. The toxins are not going to her brain and I doubt she has brain mets. Wait for the MRI results.

  26. QUESTION:
    Liver cancer cause itchy skin rash?
    My mother is in the hopital for 3 days now. they say she may have liver cancer. They done all kind of test , MRI, CT,Ultralsound, x-rays, and all that two days in the roll. Tomorrow they want to do a biopsy of they liver. But they have not told us anything yet. It is drive me nuts. Today she has a bad itchy skin rash. I think it is another symptom some of liver cancer, can any one tell me if they heard that before? Thank you to all of you that answers me.

    • ANSWER:
      yes, they can have pruritis ... it's skin. It's in every medical book.

  27. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of cervical cancer? I understand it sometimes has no symptoms. But does it ever?
    Is it painful? The doc says I have cysts on my uterus and ovaries as well as my liver and pancreas and in my breasts. I'm getting an endoscopic ultrasound soon but wanted to know from others' experience.

    • ANSWER:
      the most important thing to do when you are at risk for cervical cancer is to get your regular annual pap smears....EVERY YEAR! This documents abnormal changes in your cervical cells. Your doc could also do some blood tests that actually test for cancer. Good luck.

  28. QUESTION:
    Liver Cancer questions?
    I have a question my husbands friend just died of liver cancer he was in his 40s he was also a gay man he had noo symptoms of liver disease and about a month ago he noticed pain in the abdominels went to check it out and doctor told him u got 2 weeks to live he died yesterday unfortunetely how does one get diagnosed with such a cancer without knowing ??

    • ANSWER:
      There is nothing usual about your friend’s situation. Only about 5% of all liver cancers occur when patients are in their 40’s. The majority of all liver cancers are HBV or HCV positive. Most liver cancer patients have vague symptoms for 1-2 years before diagnosed and it is rare for someone to just notice symptoms and die within a month of diagnosis.

  29. QUESTION:
    mestasis symptoms gastric cancer?
    when cancer spreads from one location to another. like for example from the stomach to surrounding organs such as the esophagus, pancreas, liver, intestines or even the lymph nodes or blood stream are the symptoms that of cancer of the new location or of the primary tumor ?

    • ANSWER:
      I am going to try and answer this but am really not clear on your question. I'll use the example of lung cancer, as that is what I know about.
      When lung cancer metastases to the ie: kidney, it would still be lung cancer with mets to the kidney, however symptoms would differ. The primary lung cancer would cause some chest pain (perhaps) and some breathing problems, and the kidney mets would produce symptoms such as jaundice.

  30. QUESTION:
    My uncle has cancer, with these symptoms, how long do you think he has?
    My Dad is currently visiting with his brother, my uncle, who has stage 4 cancer of the liver and lungs. Doctors wont tell my Dad a timeline because he isnt my uncle's wife...but my Aunt is in the at the same hospital from a car accident on the way to see my uncle when he was admitted for extreme pain. Anyways, my Dad says his liver function is below 30%, he is turning deep yellow (jaundice?), he is too weak to walk to the bathroom alone, he has to go #2 a lot (sorry if its TMI), and his legs are filling up with fluid. A couple days ago my uncle was dillusional and not making any sense. Based on this, how long would you think he would last? He is too weak to get another round of chemo...

    My Dad is thinking less than a week, just wondering if anyone else has an idea.
    I want to know because my Mom and I want to try and see him one last time, but my Mom doesnt get paid days off from work and has off this Friday...wondering if we would have time to wait until then or not
    He was diagnosed in June, had chemotherapy until November when he was too weak to continue doing it. Back then in June they said he had 6-9 months IF he got chemo, its been 6 months...but now that its near the end of the timeline we are wondering if anyone else has experienced this and has an estimate.

    • ANSWER:
      Regarding the answer by "G"
      - there is no "right" medical treatment that can buy time in this situation.
      Your dad's prediction will be close.
      You are looking at weeks and not months in this situation.
      Though I must point out that no one can ever predict the future exactly
      - not even the doctors who have the opportunity to see your uncle each day in the hospital.

  31. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of the 3rd and 4th degree in breast cancer?and when it spreads to the liver finally?

    • ANSWER:
      I think you are a little confused about breast cancer.

      I assume you mean stages three and four; the aggressiveness of tumours is measured in grades, and there are grades up to grade 3. How advanced the tumour is is measured in stages, and stage 4 is when it has spread to other parts of the body ie metastasised; there is no stage 5.

      Breast cancer does not necessarily metastasise, and if it does it does not necessarily spread to the liver. Spread to any other part of the body is by no means inevitable.

      Signs and symptoms of possible breast cancer are:

      change in size - one breast may have become noticeably larger or lower

      nipple change - if it becomes inverted (pulled in) or changes its position or shape

      rash - on or around the nipple

      discharge - from one or both nipples

      puckering or dimpling - around nipple

      swelling – in your armpit or around your collarbone (from lymph nodes)

      lump or thickening - that feels different from the rest of the breast tissue - but remember that most breast lumps are not cancerous

      constant pain - in one part of your breast or in your armpit.

      Early breast cancer may have no symptoms.

      I had stage 3 grade 3 breast cancer, and my symptoms were a lump and a change in the shape of my nipple.

      If you have any concerns, please don't delay in seeing a doctor.

  32. QUESTION:
    liver problem (cancer?)?
    My blood test of liver related seems all fine with ALT 28 and AST 21 (just out today). Does that mean i don't have any problem with my liver? The reason I'm asking is I feel pain recently around the liver area that I never had before. And the pain is getting more frequent and more painful and googled seems all the symptoms point to cancer?

    Thanks in advance for any help,

    Steve

    • ANSWER:
      You are fine, your liver enzymes are normal. Unfortunately the symptoms of cancer are rather nonspecific, so if you google the symptoms of certain cancers it will seem to fit what you are experiencing. But hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) is rather (mercifully) rare, it is much, much more likely to be something benign and transient. Relax and see a doctor about the abdominal pain.

  33. QUESTION:
    My mother has just been told she has lung cancer.....?
    .... we don't know full details of what, if anything, can be done about it yet. We have an appointment at the hospital in a few days where we hope to find out more. In the meantime my question is basically "is there a chance she can be cured of this?" She didn't originally go to the doctors because of lung cancer symptoms. In fact, she decided to try and get some help to stop smoking but she started suffering from panicky/anxiety type attacks so they did an ECG (the results of which were fine) and an x-ray (the results of which showed something but not very clearly which required a CT scan to be done). the CT scan has shown that there is a tumour on her lung and it also seems to say that its also on her liver and lymph nodes. I'm hoping against hope that the fact that she didn't exactly have a horrendous cough (she did have a bit of a cough) and she wasn't coughing up blood, she hasn't lost any weight and she hasn't lost her appetite are all good things and might mean that its not that far advanced or too late for something to be done to get rid of it. Her GP has told her that they won't be able to operate on it as it is now, but that they may be able to do chemo/radiotherapy which might reduce the size of it. I don't know if he has implied that they may then be able to operate or not.

    My dad is beside himself with despair whilst my mother seems much calmer although she is putting a very negative slant on it. I feel that its my job to be the positive one and I'm hoping to find something that | can relay to them to give some hope. So far, all my Internet research has just produced scary statistics that I don't like the look of at all.

    If anyone with any experience of this has anything positive to say, I'd be very pleased to hear....

    Sorry if my question is a bit "rambly" in places.

    • ANSWER:
      hi im, 15 year old girl and my great grandad has ust got lung cancer - i know how you feel abesx and i wanna help. well - according to how bad it is there is nothing they can do to help im afraid, but if its hasent spread they may be able to. however if the cancer has spread like my grandads but it hasent spread much, they can still offer you several operations and treatment to remove it. my grandad hwever his op didnt work but when searching the internet he found a great websiter that offers private help in canada, a long way i know but it is helping him and he is getting better - hopefully if your mom needs to go there she will get all the best possible help- i hope she gets better hon ! xx thinkingt of you darling xxx

  34. QUESTION:
    Can abdominal and liver bloating be caused by a fatty liver?
    My mother's stomach/abdomen gets very, very bloated, usually after she eats. She says that flatulence usually makes the swelling go down.

    Her liver also used to become enlarged and get swollen as well.

    The last time she went to the doctor, I believe she was diagnosed with a fatty liver.

    I know that a symptom of liver cancer is a swollen abdomen and a swollen liver, and of course, I'm hoping that she doesn't have that.

    However, her family does have a history of liver disease on it's side - her mother, my grandmother, died of liver cancer in fact.

    So I'm very, very worried.

    She hasn't been diagnosed with liver cancer - only with the fatty liver.

    She IS old, she IS obese, and she does have a family history of liver disease.

    As of right now, she's on medication. The medicine has stopped her liver from swelling up and hurting, but her stomach and abdomen still swell up and become very, very tight.

    Can a fatty liver cause this? Or is it automatically liver cancer from what I described?

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver disease can advance to
      NASH which is Non alcoholic steatohepatitis
      Steato stands for fat, hepat stands for liver,
      and Itis stands for inflammation.

      Inflammation in the liver develops because
      the cells of the liver have become damaged.
      The immune system of the body responds
      to this and causes this inflammation.

      This inflammation, that causes the liver
      to enlarge in size, can lead to death of the
      liver cells and scar tissue formation inside
      the liver...this is known as Cirrhosis of the
      liver.

      People who develop Cirrhosis of the liver
      start to retain fluid in their abdomen because
      the liver can no longer make a protein known
      as Albumin. This fluid is known as Ascites.
      It can cause fast weight gain. There is a
      procedure to drain this fluid, known as
      paracentesis. I would check about this
      with her gastroenterologist or hepatologist
      that she is with. They can do an exam
      and determine if this is fluid build up or not.

      Fatty liver disease can start from a number
      of different reasons and they are still in
      research to discover others now.
      Diabetes, weight gain, alcohol, insulin resistance,
      medications like steriods, high cholesterol/
      triglyceride levels and more.

      I hope this information has been of some
      help to you.

  35. QUESTION:
    Can someone please put this in their own words?
    Lung Cancer Symptoms
    Up to one-fourth of all people with lung cancer may have no symptoms when the cancer is diagnosed. These cancers usually are identified incidentally when a chest x-ray is performed for another reason. The majority of people, however, develop symptoms. The symptoms are due to direct effects of the primary tumor, to effects of metastatic tumors in other parts of the body, or to disturbances of hormones, blood, or other systems caused by the cancer.
    Symptoms of primary lung cancers include cough, coughing up blood, chest pain, and shortness of breath.
    A new cough in a smoker or a former smoker should raise concern for lung cancer.
    A cough that does not go away or gets worse over time should be evaluated by a health-care provider.
    Coughing up blood (hemoptysis) occurs in a significant number of people who have lung cancer. Any amount of coughed-up blood is cause for concern.
    Chest pain is a symptom in about one-fourth of people with lung cancer. The pain is dull, aching, and persistent and may involve other structures surrounding the lung.
    Shortness of breath usually results from a blockage to the flow of air in part of the lung, collection of fluid around the lung (pleural effusion), or the spread of tumor throughout the lungs.
    Wheezing or hoarseness may signal blockage or inflammation in the lungs that may go along with cancer.
    Repeated respiratory infections, such as bronchitis or pneumonia, can be a sign of lung cancer.
    Symptoms of metastatic lung tumors depend on the location and size. About 30%-40% of people with lung cancer have some symptoms or signs of metastatic disease.
    Lung cancer most often spreads to the liver, the adrenal glands, the bones, and the brain.
    Metastatic lung cancer in the liver usually does not cause symptoms, at least by the time of diagnosis.
    Metastatic lung cancer in the adrenal glands also typically causes no symptoms by the time of diagnosis.
    Metastasis to the bones is most common with small cell cancers but also occurs with other lung cancer types. Lung cancer that has metastasized to the bone causes bone pain, usually in the backbone (vertebrae), the thighbones, and the ribs.
    Lung cancer that spreads to the brain can cause difficulties with vision, weakness on one side of the body, and/or seizures.
    Paraneoplastic syndromes are the remote, indirect effects of cancer not related to direct invasion of an organ by tumor cells. Often they are caused by chemicals released from the cancers. Symptoms include the following:
    clubbing of fingers-the depositing of extra tissue under the fingernails
    new bone formation-along the lower legs or arms
    anemia-low numbers of red blood cells and high calcium level or low sodium level in the blood
    other effects-muscle weakness, skin rashes, and degeneration of the brain
    weight loss
    fatigue
    low sodium levels

    • ANSWER:
      Not doing your homework~

  36. QUESTION:
    Lung Cancer: What might we expect to see now that is has reached her liver?
    My mom has stage 4 lung cancer that has spread to her bone and has recently invaded her liver. By the grace of god she has been able to fight this for 2 years now. She'll be doing at least 2 rounds of a different chemo and then a scan before moving on. But we are wondering what we can expect see, symptom-wise, when her liver begins to fail.

    • ANSWER:
      GOD BLESS U ,AND BE STRONG!!!!!!!!!! I WILL PRAY FOR UR MOM!!!!!

  37. QUESTION:
    do i have appendicitis? *read details plz*?
    i have a pain in the right bottom part of my stomach. its not that painful. it is a little. most people say the pain of appendictis hurts badly? well i just ran a 2 mile track race for my high school today....and i had no pain during those hours. but now it hurts again. and it was hurting yesterday too. and the day before that. i've taken some fizzy medicine things that u put in a cup of water ( i forgot the name) but i havn't really farted or burped more then usuall...and the pain kind of still remains. it goes on and off. this pain started exactly 2 days ago and im afraid to eat food sometimes now.
    should i go get checked for appendictis? is 2 days of pain too long? is this an emergency? or do most people run like 2 weeks of pain before finally going to hte doctor? the reason im asking is because its 10pm and im sleepy. i want to go tomorro to the doctor, but not tonite becuase im sleepy lol. i havn't been throwing up even once yet, not fever, no diahrea. but one thing...i have felt like i had almost a minor constipation today. like i actually had to *push* as hard as i could. lol sorry for the graphic details....anyways ya. i just have had pain in the bottom right of my abdomen for hte past 2 days. is it too late for me to go to the doctors? am i screwed is 2 days too late? or am i just on time?
    im scarred lol. i just saw my mom die from liver cancer with symptoms like diahrea, vomiting, fever, etc.....
    and btw. im 18 and a male if u could use that info.

    • ANSWER:
      You would be a lot sicker if you had appendicitis.
      Since you say you have some constipation, I would guess that this is your real problem. It's not that hard to be constipated for quite a while without knowing it. Eventually it can become painful, even extremely painful.
      I suggest you try a laxative tonight or tomorrow. If you don't happen to have any, I'd suggest Milk of Magnesia or Swiss Kriss, two brands I've used that are gentle and effective. Or you could eat a lot of prunes or dried fruit; I've done that too.
      If you find your symptoms relieved by a good bowel movement, then you have to look at ways to prevent it from happening again. Because if it happened once, likely it will happen again, unless you do something about it.

  38. QUESTION:
    Do i have appendicitis? *read details plz*?
    i have a pain in the right bottom part of my stomach. its not that painful. it is a little. most people say the pain of appendictis hurts badly? well i just ran a 2 mile track race for my high school today....and i had no pain during those hours. but now it hurts again. and it was hurting yesterday too. and the day before that. i've taken some fizzy medicine things that u put in a cup of water ( i forgot the name) but i havn't really farted or burped more then usuall...and the pain kind of still remains. it goes on and off. this pain started exactly 2 days ago and im afraid to eat food sometimes now.
    should i go get checked for appendictis? is 2 days of pain too long? is this an emergency? or do most people run like 2 weeks of pain before finally going to hte doctor? the reason im asking is because its 10pm and im sleepy. i want to go tomorro to the doctor, but not tonite becuase im sleepy lol. i havn't been throwing up even once yet, not fever, no diahrea. but one thing...i have felt like i had almost a minor constipation today. like i actually had to *push* as hard as i could. lol sorry for the graphic details....anyways ya. i just have had pain in the bottom right of my abdomen for hte past 2 days. is it too late for me to go to the doctors? am i screwed is 2 days too late? or am i just on time?
    im scarred lol. i just saw my mom die from liver cancer with symptoms like diahrea, vomiting, fever, etc.....
    and btw. im 18 and a male if u could use that info.

    • ANSWER:
      I think mostly your nervous. I would say that your probably constipated, although it could be something else so definitely go to your doctor. It's no appendicitis though because the pain has not been getting worse and worse and it is on and off. Good Luck

  39. 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:

  40. QUESTION:
    What do yellow eyes mean? Plz help, im pretty scared atm...?
    I'm 14yrs old and about 3-4months ago my eyes started going a bit yellow. I looked it up on the net and i heard something called jaundice, and it was symptoms of liver cancer. My eyes are fully yellow. You know those parts that are like red lines, only their a light yellow. Has this happened to anyone before. Plz help im pretty scared atm. Any information of advice will be really really appreciated. Thank You.

    • ANSWER:
      well - A few times I've seen guys with YELLOW eyes - they're dieing or they are drug addicts. Slightly yellow doesn't sound too bad. You got to figure that the people are really sick have yellow eyes you can see from across the street - they're really YELLOW..

      So you're probably ok - ask a doctor at some point though.

  41. QUESTION:
    last month my fox terrier died of liver cancer. he just turned 14. I feel guilty he died is this normal ?
    he lost 7 lbs in 6 months, but eating well. i feel i should have been more aware that something was wrong with him. the vet saw nothing wrong with him. months later many symptoms appeared and he died of liver disease.

    • ANSWER:
      no way, you shouldn't feel quilty at all.

      liver desease is pretty much untreatable, and even if you have known before there wasn't anything much you could do, just keep him on meds, which probably would worsen it. my 12 year old dog just died two weeks ago, she had a hernia and we got her surgery and she was too old to recover for surgery and we had her in and out of the vet for IV fluid everyday, because she wasn't eating. and my three days she couldn't walk and was so full of fluid and medicine im pretty sure it drowned her insides. I felt really bad and guilty but i grieved for only about two days. i miss her, she was my baby but she was old and had a good life and now she's in dog heaven happy and painless.

      just know your dog is not suffering anymore like he was for the last 6 months. he's happy now, and he had a long run. 14 years is a good age. he lived long and i'm sure happy. don't blame yourself, you should be proud you kept him and took care of him all these years. you should be happy he lived so long.

      my cat got hit by a car about 5 months ago, and she was only a year and a half. her death struck me hard, maybe because she was a baby and she didn't live long. i think it is because i thought i would grieve much more for my older dog, but i didn't. when she died i was kind of at piece, i was glad she wasn't suffering having to go to the vet everyday so they can poke her and fill her body up with fluids. so it made me more at peace knowing she lived a long life. but my cat's death was so unbearable. i am getting choked up as i think about her. It made me so sad knowing she got hit by a car, and those stupid people got away, knowing they ran something over and didn't even stop. I know for sure they knew they ran over something, i was standing a maybe 50 feet away and could hear it, it was so loud. didn't know what the noise was and went inside the house. that's when my boyfriend told me to go outside and it turned out that loud noise was my kitty getting hit. ugh what a horrible month.
      well anyway i hope you stop blaming yourself, because none of this is your fault. here's a poem i think you should read.
      ____________________________________________

      Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

      When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
      There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
      There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

      All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
      The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

      They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

      You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

      Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

  42. QUESTION:
    Psychic dreaming- liver cancer?
    Last night I dreamt I was at a fete with some acquaintances. It was just a regular dream, except that in the dream, I kept reminding myself that I had liver cancer. I didn't dream about medical tests or anything at all relating to cancer/illness and I didn't seem to feel very worried or concerned. But in the dream, every now and again, I thought "Oh yeah, I have liver cancer". I was not consciously thinking about it in the dream, but my subconscious mind kept reminding me.
    The reason I am concerned about this dream is sometimes I have psychic dreams. When I remember my dreams, I write down the events in a journal, and most times, the events happen. What also concerns me is that about 2 years ago, when I was 15 I was hospitalised for alcohol poisoning... after about a month period that I drank excessively. So it could be plausible for me to have some kind of liver problem.
    Should I be bothered seeing a doctor about this? Is there a chance there is something wrong with my liver? What would be the symptoms of unhealthy function of the liver?

    • ANSWER:
      It was just a dream, if dreams were true I would be locked up as I usually murder someone in my dream or I have the most fantastic times with gorgeous hunks? as for liver problems, google it for exact answers but usually the whites of your eyes go a bit yellow, skin yellows, stomach aches, pain in liver area, urinating problems, sickness, your liver can heal itself if you have stayed off the drink but to put your mind at rest you could talk to your doctor but I don't think he will believe your dream.

  43. QUESTION:
    liver cancer question??
    hi please help me out here my aunt has liver cancer and i saw online what are the symptoms and there is alot of symptoms and i am SO SCARED because i am getting pains on my right side all over it moves around evertime i move it hurts when i laugh it hurts the pain on a scale of 1-10 ill give it a 7 it hurts under my rib cage on my right side then my shoulder will hurt then were my right nipple is sometimes ven some of my arm but thats all thats going on the other symptoms that i read i have none no fevers no vomiting no yellow skin but they say that pain is the most cooman symptom or maybe its nothing at all maybe im just to paranoid im a VERY paranoid person maybe its just my nerves what do you think it can be???

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      webmd.........give it a week..........then MD.........

      early detection is the best cure......................

  44. QUESTION:
    Should Lung Cancer be a concern with such symptoms? Anyone with Lung Cancer Experience?
    Husband is STUBBORN!!!
    He has been diagnosed with
    GERD
    ASTHMA
    BAD ALLERGIES
    SEVERE SLEEP APNEA
    SPOTS SHOWING UP IN XRAYS IN BOTH LUNGS
    RE-OCCURING BRONCHITIS YEARLY
    LIVER DISEASE
    NON STOP MIGRAINES
    TAKES BLOOD PRESSURE MEDS TO REDUCE SWELLING IN VESSELS IN BRAIN
    AND JUST GOT OVER MRSA FROM HAVING LOW IMMUNE SYSTEM

    So now he keeps canceling his appointments because he is sick of being told something is wrong.
    Just these past two weeks..he has developed a cough (which he claims are his allergies bothering) but it sounds like a softer smokers cough (mind you he has never smoked)
    And the other night, he threw up in his sleep (he claims its he GERD) but he choked, hacked and cough for an hour afterwards because he said his lungs bothered him afterwards.

    The more I research online the more I am finding these are all symptoms of lung cancer..but of course he thinks I'm crazy for suggestion to go back to doctors.

    Anyone have experience with lung cancer themselves or seen someone close to them going thru beginning Lung Cancer to advise?

    Yes I know..go to the doctor..this is just for my own thinking process regarding the matter.

    Thank you for your info.

    He's 41, a cop and has worked the jails for years and years. Think he might of gotten it from the jails.

    • ANSWER:
      It's a possibility with those symptoms, but i would suggest finding a way to get your husband to the doctor. Its better to catch it early then far to late if it is a less aggressive lung cancer. Even if it is the aggressive kind (small cell lung) you want to catch it early for it may extend your time together.

  45. QUESTION:
    well since you do not get many answers on the other section I will ask here?
    ok I know this has nothing to do with r ands but I want to know what they symptoms are from liver cancer? Based on CT scan and liver blood tests I have the doctors worried. no I do not drink and I do not have hep.so I just want to know what are the symptoms of liver cancer besides of and on pain in the upper abdomen and a slightly Higher AST ALT and GGA? can anyone help me with this question? thank you and God bless
    true I need to trust God more
    wow mike I heard and read that this kind of cancer is one of the most brutalist cancer around wow.
    thanks chinaman that was very informative. I do have pain under my right hand side of my upper abdomen.
    thank you nevillil I cannot wait to leave this earth, Yes I accepted Jesus in 2005. I love Jesus more then anything ecept for the Father, God bless you brother, I will meet you in Heaven.Looking forward to going home

    • ANSWER:
      web md or any other medical site could explain it better. I have known people that died from that. its not pretty.

  46. QUESTION:
    Anyone with knowledge about colon or liver cancer, please help me with this question?
    My father is 56 yrs old, and he has just been diagnosed with colon cancer. The size of the tumor is the size of a golf ball. It was caught early, i was told anyways. He went in to see if the cancer had spread and had a full body ct scan done and they found a cyst that is the size of the top part of your thumb. The dr.s believe it is cancer. My father did have hepatitus b once before because of the vietnam war. Also has high blood pressure, and thats his only health issues. He is 5-10, 170wt. My dad tells me little, i looked on internet and it sounds like Metastatic liver disease except that he has not had any of the symptoms yet. My ? is what is fixen to happen, what is his chances of surviving all of this, and how long. Please no b.s. I would really like to know from some doctors on here or someone with experience.They did a biopsy on the colon tumor and it came back inconclusive, but the doctors said that they believe it may be cancer. What do u think?

    • ANSWER:
      I am not a doctor, but I am a nurse. Keep in mind that this is only my opinion.

      For colon cancer (which usually stays encapsulated in the colon itself) it may be possible to remove the cancerous section of the colon and create a colostomy (where part of the colon is placed through the skin onto the outside of the body and bowel movements would be caught in a bag). This is, of course, dependent upon how far his cancer has progressed and what type it is. If his cancer is a fast growing, progressive type, the doctors are also most likely going to do chemotherapy.

      If the spot on his liver is cancer, it is possible to do a liver resection (where they remove a wedge of the liver). You cannot live without your liver, so they couldn't remove it all.

      Hepatitis B can cause cirrhosis of the liver and if you have Hep B you have an increased chance of developing liver cancer.

      So, in answer to your question, it depends on what type of cancer your father has and how the doctors treat it. I cannot tell you how long he has to live, but I would suggest you love him each and every day.

  47. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of various common cancers?
    Could you list the basic symptoms of these cancers?
    Stomach Cancer [most likely]
    Breast Cancer
    Ovarian Cancer
    Liver Cancer
    Colon Cancer
    ..and any other cancer common in women age 50+

    I think my mother has cancer, and these are her symptoms:
    -She goes to the restroom every 20 minutes
    -Pain in lower abdomen, apparently (doctor said) caused by stress from her work (lawyer), but now has spread to her upper under-chest area...
    -Always tired
    -Easily stressed

    She's not sexually active anymore, if that makes any difference. Never used birth control or condoms.

    Thanks. She's going for a checkup next month, but I think it would be better if we all were ready for a possible diagnosis.
    Evie, f*** u. The last thing I need when I ask a serious question is scam spam. Take your shit and go somewhere else, I'm not clicking on your virus-infected site.
    What? another one?
    Urine...she goes every 20 minutes, even less sometimes.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds more like a urinary tract or kidney problem than anything else.

      From your description you can cross breast cancer off the list, none of the symptoms you mention are any indication of breast cancer.

  48. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of terminal anal cancer? The grief process for family?
    My mother is dying of stage 4 anal cancer that has metastasized to her liver. She does not want any treatment, having undergone chemo and radiation and not enjoying the quality of her life from the treatment. She also did not want any surgery. I live in another state and am an only child. She states that she is experiencing more rectal bleeding and can now feel the liver tumor as a lump through her skin. She has been fatigued. She has lost much weight since she’s been diagnosed (December 2006). She is not even 60 years old, and she still works at her job. She will not return to the doctor’s and does not want hospice. When she told me her symptoms I got scared. Does anybody know anything about the progression of symptoms in this type of situation? Does anybody know about the grief process, too? I feel very confused, withdrawn, and in pain right now. I am only 27, and was not expecting this.
    I do see a counselor right now. My mom doesn't want me to come back to see her. She won't travel here, either. She lives out of hotels due to other trying circumstances.
    When I call the doctors she has seen, they can't give me much more information about the progression since she has not continued care with them. They only know up to September since they haven't been able to work with her. It makes it a real challenge. I do appreciate everyone's thoughts. Life feels pretty sore right now - lots of raw emotion.

    • ANSWER:
      Our hearts go out to you.

      It would be perfectly appropriate for you to call your mother's doctor to arrange a time when he or she can discuss the disease's progress with you over the phone. It's not too much to ask. If she has or had an oncologist (cancer specialist), that's the office to call, but if not, her regular doctor can give you some information.

      Grief has 5 recognized stages.

      1-Denial-"this can't be happening to me", looking for the former spouse in familia places, or if it is death, setting the table for the person or acting as if they are still in living there. No crying. Not accepting or even acknowledging the loss.

      2-Anger-"why me?", feelings of wanting to fight back or get even with spouse of divorce, for death, anger at the deceased, blaming them for leaving.

      3-Bargaining-bargaining often takes place before the loss. Attempting to make deals with the spouse who is leaving, or attempting to make deals with God to stop or change the loss. Begging, wishing, praying for them to come back.

      4-Depression-overwhelming feelings of hopelessness, frustration, bitterness, self pity, mourning loss of person as well as the hopes, dreams and plans for the future. Feeling lack of control, feeling numb. Perhaps feeling suicidal.

      5-Acceptance-there is a difference between resignation and acceptance. You have to accept the loss, not just try to bear it quietly. Realization that it takes two to make or break a marriage. Realization that the person is gone (in death) that it is not their fault, they didn't leave you on purpose. (even in cases of suicide, often the deceased person, was not in their right frame of mind) Finding the good that can come out of the pain of loss, finding comfort and healing. Our goals turn toward personal growth. Stay with fond memories of person.

      Not everyone goes through all the stages, or goes through them at the same rate. There is no right or wrong way to grieve unless you are self-destructive.

      Do what you can to spend time with your mother, and accept her decision to control her own life and its end.

  49. QUESTION:
    i have a question about yellow skin...?
    I know its a symptom of cancer/liver damage, but i was wondering if the skin turns yellow over time (weeks/months), or if a person just wakes up one day with their skin noticeably yellow??? If it is over time then how can you detect when someone's skin is looking a little more yellow than usual?
    Thank you

    • ANSWER:

  50. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know anyone who was/is diagnosed with Merkel Cancer?
    My dad was just diagnosed with Merkel Cancer. He neglected the symptoms for several months. It has spread to the lymph-nodes, lungs and liver (and possibly the brain and bones). He isn't in a lot of pain, which I would think he would be. The doctor said the disease should run its course within 3 months. I am just wondering what to expect in the days to come and if 3 months is a realistic amount of time.

    • ANSWER:
      It is not likely you will find anyone here who knows anyone with this cancer as it is pretty uncommon and I am sorry to say very aggressive. Yes the time frame is accurate give or take a month or two. Doctors can only guess, but people in this situation do not live years.
      By the time he had symptoms it was already too late.
      Cancer is not always painful and hopefully his never will be. You should look into hospice now as when and if you do need it, it may happen very quickly. Best wishes.


Alcoholic Liver Disease Symptom

Physical Health Effects Of Alcoholism

Alcoholism disease and alcoholism physical symptoms should be understood if there's a concern about alcohol abuse. Alcoholism disease can be defined as a drug addiction where alcohol consumption is at a level that interferes with the person's physical and mental health and negatively impacts family, social or work responsibilities. Physical Health Effects Of Alcoholism

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.

Here are examples of health conditions and related alcoholism physical symptoms that may indicate alcoholism disease:

o Liver Inflammation - alcoholism physical symptoms for liver inflammation include abnormal yellowing of the skin, eyeballs and urine, fever and abdominal pain. Since alcohol destroys liver cells and the ability of the liver to regenerate new cells, long term abuse of alcohol can lead to cirrhosis of the liver.

o Cirrhosis of the Liver - symptoms of cirrhosis or scarring of the liver tissue can be tiredness or even exhaustion, nausea, loss of sex drive and appetite loss leading to weight loss.

o Malnutrition - a common alcoholism physical symptom is malnutrition. While the symptoms will vary with the specific malnutrition-related disorder, general symptoms include dizziness, tireness, unexplained weight loss and reduced immune system function.

o High Blood Pressure - high blood pressure symptoms include dizziness, headache, blurred vision and nausea. And the American Heart Association advises that excessive alcohol consumption can raise levels of triglycerides in the blood and related increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.

o Pancreaitis - long term heavy drinking can result in the development of inflammation of the pancreas which is called 'pancreatitis'. The pancreas are needed for food digestion, and pancreaitis symptoms include severe abdominal pain and weight loss. Physical Health Effects Of Alcoholism

o Erectile Dysfunction - alcoholism disease will likely affect a man in the bedroom. Heavy drinking can cause sexual dysfunction, meaning the man may have difficulty getting an erection. And the likelihood of alcohol-related erectile dysfunction occurring increases as a man gets older.

o Insomnia - the connection between sleep problems and disturbances and alcohol abuse has been proven by numerous studies. Alcohol in the body can interfere with getting to sleep and with enjoying deep, restful sleep. In fact, insomnia may continue for weeks or months after alcohol abstinance.

Additional long term alcoholism disease health effects include damage to the brain, nerve damage, bleeding in the esophagus and depression. Alcohol consumption can increase the breast cancer risk in women undergoing hormone replacement therapy, according to the National Cancer Institute. Alcoholic beverages are considered cancer-causing by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Important note -- all of the conditions listed above may be due to reasons other than alcoholism disease and must not be considered conditions that should be self-diagnosed. Most of these conditions can become life-threatening and should only be diagnosed by qualified health care professionals.

Besides alcoholism physical symptoms, learn more about the alcoholism warning signs, alcoholism stages and proven resources available online that can help. It is never too late to begin recovery from alcoholism disease and alcohol addiction. Physical Health Effects Of Alcoholism

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of alcoholic liver disease ?
    How many years of heavy alcohol consumption can someone expect liver disease and what symptoms are a warning sign ??

    • ANSWER:
      There may be no symptoms at all to begin with.
      Some people become extremely tired and may have
      flu like symptoms that can be mistaken for something else.
      The liver is very quiet about damage being done to it,
      until the liver cells start to die off, then the functions they
      do to keep the body well, start to deteriorate...this is
      when most signs and symptoms appear. Usually the
      first sign is high Bilirubin levels, of which a person
      starts to appear yellow skinned and the whites of
      the eyes become yellow, also. Their urine may appear
      darker, also, as it picks up the Bilirubin from the blood.

      To say how long it takes or how much someone could
      drink before a liver problem occurs cannot be pin
      pointed. The reason for this, I will explain.

      The liver takes toxins from our bodies and converts
      them to non toxic forms.
      1) When someone consumes high amounts of alcohol
      in a short time period, it doesn't give the liver a chance
      to do all the steps needed to convert it. Alcohol, using
      the liver enzymes, is converted first to acetaldehyde,
      then to acetate, then to carbon dioxide and water
      (with other steps in between). When it isn't converted
      completely, then it becomes toxic to the liver cells and
      can damage them.
      2)When someone consumes alcohol over long time
      periods, it can lead to fatty infiltration of the liver.
      The fat inside the liver can build up and cause
      damage to the liver cells. This is then known
      as Fatty Liver disease.
      3)Just as, some people are more sensitive to
      certain drugs, some are more sensitive to alcohol
      and some even have an allergic reaction to it.
      (that explains why some people drink for years
      with no liver problem and for others, it doesn't take
      much)
      4)Taking alcohol with drugs can cause a severe
      interaction between them and damage the liver
      cells.

      What happens to cause the alcoholic liver disease
      depends upon the persons sensitivity, the amount
      consumed, how much is consumed and how their
      body handles it.
      Anyone who consumes alcohol in certain amounts,
      should have blood tests taken to be sure of its
      effect on the liver. There are many people, who are
      now waiting for a transplant, that wished they had
      caught it early enough. You see, when the liver
      cells become damaged, the immune system of
      the body responds and causes inflammation inside
      the liver that will cause the liver to enlarge in size.
      If the alcohol is stopped and the inflammation is
      treated, then there is a chance the liver cells can
      heal....if not, the inflammation will continue to
      increase until it becomes a irreversible disease
      known as Cirrhosis of the liver.
      Cirrhosis of the liver is death of the liver cells
      and scar tissue formation inside the liver that
      causes the blockage of blood flow through
      the liver.

      To have warning signs, there are not many.
      However, the signs and symptoms that appear
      when the liver cells are damaged are many.
      You can look at these sites to understand
      some of them:
      http://www.medicinenet.com/cirrhosis/article.htm
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cirrhosis/DS00373
      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/cirrhosis.html
      http://www.uihealthcare.com/topics/medicaldepartments/internalmedicine/liverdisease/index.html
      http://www.texasliver.com/en/cms/139/

      People with Cirrhosis have enlarged bellies full of fluid
      (Ascites)that has to be removed frequently. Their muscles
      waste away. The develop mental problems (Encephalopathy)
      where someone else has to handle all their affairs for them.
      They can throw up blood from broken blood vessels where
      they can completely bleed out (Portal hypertension with
      varies). Many things can occur with people who have
      Cirrhosis, where they believe it is a side effect of
      being an alcoholic and can be misdiagnosed as just
      being a drunk.

      I hope this information has been of some help to you.
      Best wishes

  2. QUESTION:
    My Father has a liver disease from alcohol and wont go to a dr. how do i know anything?
    Ok my dad has pretty much every single sigh and symptom of alcoholic liver disease. he is getting really weak and is confined to his bed a few days a week. He has not been to a dr in a very very long time and refuses to go. he says all the time its almost his time now and he is not going to go to a dr. to find anything out. how do i know the severity of this issue. i know this is really nasty to mention but i am going to give some of the signs and symptoms i know of from what he has told us all.

    jello textured bloody stool
    chest pains
    not able to get out of bed for 1 sometimes 2 days at a time
    vomiting blood
    severe vulgar shakes after he vomits
    high blood pressure
    light yellow skin
    cant eat
    cant sleep
    severe throbbing pains in his abdomin approx. where the liver is at
    going to the bathroom every 20 minutes to shit out more blood
    he looks like he is losing weight but at the same time he looks like he is bloated as well.

    how am i suppose to know how bad he is if he wont go to a dr. i hope someone out there can give me some kind of info on this. i know he is really bad and i just want to know if anyone knows if this is the last stage or how long he might have to live or anyhting at this point in time will help me a lot
    me my 2 sisters and my grandmother aka his mom have all tried everything we can to get him to go and he will not go. so its up to god now. its just really hard and its a struggle right now cuz he wont go and check with a dr on any of it

    • ANSWER:
      That definitely sounds very traumatic! Your dad does not sound good at all, and appears to be in the later stages of ESLD (end stage liver disease). The blood in your lower body and GI tract is pumped through the liver on the way back to the heart. In alcoholic cirrhosis, or any hepatic disease, normal tissues are destroyed and this causes the blood to back up in the system. When it backs up, the vessels become big and fragile and easily rupture. These frequently occur in the esophagus (varices), stomach, and rectum. This is where the blood in his vomit and stool is coming from, and the major source of his pain. Given the amount of blood that he may be losing, he would be expected to be very weak. Depending on the seriousness of his condition, there are some treatments, like banding, that can be done. God bless.

  3. QUESTION:
    Treatment for Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease?
    I am a 52 year old male who has presented with swollen feet, distended belly and abdominal pain last week. Following blood tests for liver function it was established that although albumen production was normal, the enzyme reading was not. An ultrasound scan revealed fatty liver disease. I was disturbed to hear a BBC Radio 4 documentary say that 20% of people with my symptoms do not live beyond a few months.

    I have stopped drinking alcohol and am taking lecithin and milk thistle and I have also radically changed my diet to exclude fat, sugar and nighttime carbohydrates and have been eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.

    Despite this regime being enforced for more than two weeks, the pain continues, the belly is still swollen and I have not lost an ounce of weight.

    Any advice would be hugely appreciated. Thanks in advance for your time and knowledge.

    • ANSWER:
      Ann gave you a lot of good advice. Don't believe that radio thing because it is simply not true. I had cirrhosis and had to get a transplant, but my disease was from an autoimmune problem. Whatever causes the cirrhosis, it still pretty much acts the same for everyone.

      You need to get treatment for your liver problem and find out what is really going on with it. You need more done that just blood tests. I don't know how much fluid you are retaining, but that is what sent me to the hospital where I was eventually diagnosed with cirrhosis the first time. The next step is a CT scan to show if your liver is enlarged or shrunken and the size of your spleen. Depending on what shows up there, a biopsy would be next which is the one definitive test that will tell exactly what is going on.

      The fluid in your belly is probably what is causing you pain and that needs treated one way or another. There's 2 ways to do it and they did both with me. My fluid was so bad that I could hardly breathe anymore so I had to get tapped to drain it out physically. Then they gave me meds (diuretics such as Spironolactone and Lasix) to try to keep it under control. Once I received treatment, the meds were able to control it until I received a transplant. That fluid can be quite miserable when it is pushing on everything inside you and it needs to be removed. You might actually continue to gain weight if left untreated no matter what you eat.

      Stopping the use of alcohol is the most important step you can take with this disease. Find yourself a gastroenterologist or hepatologist to treat you since they know much more than a regular PCP about the problems that come with liver disease. I was surprised at how little some regular doctors know about liver problems.

      You are on the right track with what you are doing, but now you have to take it a step further and find out more about your condition and get the proper treatment for it. Otherwise, you are probably going to be pretty miserable. Good luck to you and get help ASAP because it seems like that fluid of yours is not going to go away on its own which means it will just continue to accumulate. You also run the risk of that fluid getting infected and you never want that to happen because that is life threatening.

  4. QUESTION:
    Dark stool...Pepto Bismol? Liver disease?
    Every time I've gone to the bathroom for about the past 2 weeks my stool has much darker than usual, a very dark brown, almost black. I did take some Pepto Bismol around that time and a little after but I haven't taken any since (Pepto can make your stool darker, but I haven't heard anything about it lasting this long.)

    I've also heard that a dark stool can be caused by alcoholic liver disease. I'm a 21 year old female and have been drinking since I was about 16, I usually drink heavily once a week (only in the recnt years though, not since I was 16), sometimes 2 times, and sometimes not at all and if I got out to eat or somethng I'll have a drink or two. Could I have alocohlic live disease even though I'm young? Because I also have some other symptoms such as abdominal bloating and nausea.

    I know I should go see a doctor but I'm broke as a joke right now. Could this be normal at all? I'm just wondering why it's been so dark lately, I've looked around and it sounds like it could be some sort of internal bleeding. No idea, any help or suggestions would be appreciated, though.

    Thanks.
    Thanks, wahoo. I do plan on stopping the drinking for a while to see what happens, if not all together.
    Thanks, Millie, that is very helpful :] I have been eating kind of funny lately so hopefully that's all it is.
    Thanks to you too, Scojo., I checked it out, that was helpful.

    I also just realized that I started taking a multivitamin around the time it started so I'm thinking maybe it could be the iron in it or something.

    • ANSWER:
      just for a test drive you could abstain from any and all alcoholic beverages for a couple of weeks just so see of the symptoms disappear...many times it is the mixes in the drinks with so much sugar etc that can upset your system. Otherwise it is good to see a doctor. With the money that you save from not drinking, you can maybe at least afford the initial doctors appointment. Then if you find that you must have other appointments there must be a county system that will help with medical expenses if you cannot afford them.

  5. QUESTION:
    Cirrohsis,Liver disease from alcohol...?
    What are the symptoms of an alcoholic who has Cirrosis? (sp?) Liver disease from alcoholism?

    • ANSWER:
      symptoms:

      nausea, fatigue, anorexia, weight loss, ascities( there is accumulation of water in your abdominal wall), varicosties(inflammation of small viens especially in your lower extremeties), and spider angioma

  6. QUESTION:
    Liver disease and Hepatitis C questions..?
    Recently, my dad has become jaundiced and his belly distended. This all happened within about.. 2 weeks maximum. He's an alcoholic and has been for years. However, he also recently got a really bad cut while he was "beach combing," trying to pull out a metal lobster trap that was stuck in the sand after washing up on a beach shore. The cut was really pretty bad and infected-looking and hasn't even fully healed yet. His symptoms started to show about.. 2 weeks after he got this cut.
    I immediately attributed his symptoms to liver problems due to his drinking problem. However, I was just doing some research and it seems as though Hepatitis C is characterized by liver disease and jaundice, among other things, and that alcohol consumption (not to mention excessive alcohol consumption) can cause a rapid deterioration of Hepatitis C.

    I know he needs to see a doctor, but for some reason he's having a hard time getting himself in to see a doctor. I think it may be because he doesn't want to face what's going on with himself. I'm going to try and convince him to go, but I just want to ask a few questions to help me out with my facts:

    1) Is it possible that he acquired Hep C after getting the cut, and that his jaundice and distended stomach is due to rapid Hep C deterioration because of his alcoholism?
    2) It's only been about 1 month since he got the cut. Is it too soon for Hep C to be showing symptoms, excessive alcohol consumption or not?
    3) Is liver disease curable? How?

    Thank you for any answers in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Most advanced liver disease is not curable and the jaundice that is now present gives this indication. Your father needs to go to the nearest ER so they can give him the correct medications to make him more comfortable. He could be dying right before your eyes. Forget about the Hep C, the jaundice and belly distension are serious symptoms that need immediate medical attention. It is a sign his liver is shutting down which can soon lead to death.

  7. QUESTION:
    can my sister get liver function tests without her doctor knowing? (UK)?
    My sister drinks a bottle of 13% red wine a night (sometimes a glass or two more)
    She didn't drink at all (ever) until she was 34 (she's now 42) then she just seemed to get the taste for it.
    She wants to give up, but she's afraid of having withdrawal symptoms (fits etc) so she's cutting back then she says she'll stop completely.
    However, She has also scared herself silly because she has heard about the death of Emma Pyecroft and started looking up alcoholic hepatitis/ liver disease etc on the internet. She is convinced she has done herself some damage.
    She did have an ultrasound scan of her liver done last year (and liver function tests) because she had a suspected ulcer or gallstones or something. Her liver looked fine then, and there was only slightly elevated bilirubin levels (which is normal in our family) She doesn't want to go back to the doctor and ask again as she doesn't want "wino" on her notes. So is it possible for her to get tested privately without her doctor knowing?
    She's worked herself up into some state, and so I thought I'd ask on here.

    • ANSWER:
      anything can happen now-a-days whether it is against the law or not.

  8. QUESTION:
    end stage liver failure..poss. time frame?
    I know its all in God's hands yet I'd like an idea of what to expect. After searching the web I have not been able to find enough info.
    My dad I BELIEVE is in end stage liver failure based on his symptoms. I finally got him to go to dr this past wed. but we have to wait 2 weeks for blood results to know for sure we he stands. Anyway he's an alcoholic with hep c..was diagnosed many years ago w/ cirrohsis. A yr ago he was told only about 2-5% of liver was working(hope I have #'s right) His health has been failing at a rapid pace within the past month, he has pain in abd where liver is, is extremely tired sleeping 15 hrs a day, feet swelling, horrible lower leg cramps and pins/needle feeling in them and hands. HE can barely walk now and has thousands of spider veins on chest, upper back, shoulders, neck and face. No obvious yellowing or ascites. He also is having sporadic sharp pains under left rib/chest and sharp pain in creases of legs by groin. I've tried to find stories of ppl that are similar so i know what to expect or look for..I'm so afraid he will slip into a coma before he can see hema dr on july 27th...I NEED SOMEONE TO BE BLUNTLY HONEST WITH ME, only if you have had any kind of experience with someone dying from liver failure, I don't need someone guessing. So please tell me if based on past experiences, is he close to dying, and if so is it soon or will he make it to see dr on 7/27....Telling him to stop drinking will not work he is at the point that he needs it to function, he shakes so bad, he knows he caused this but now he is scared along with us. Thanks so much in advance if you are able to give me real knowledge on how long he got. i don't need web links telling me the symptoms of liver disease, I know all that. Basically if you are a DR or lost someone to this disease...Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry that your dad is so sick. I had cirrhosis from an autoimmune disease and had to get a transplant. I'm also a nurse. The blood work is going to tell you that his liver is quite bad, but it's not going to give you an answer to your question. Since he does not have fluid retention and jaundice, it's nearly impossible to say how long he will last. Those two symptoms are usually always present at the end, especially the fluid retention. He might stay the way he is now for months, or he could go much quicker if he continues to drink. Anyone that gives you an answer would be guessing, even any doctor who examines him and knows his case. There is no telling exactly how long it could be.

      I know he is very near the end, but it could go on for months, weeks, or he could suddenly get worse and be tomorrow. They usually get so weak they can no longer stand or care for themselves. They often go into a coma. When that happens, it's just usually a matter of a few days unless they are being tube fed and have IV fluids. It's not uncommon for them to die of infection when the abdominal fluid can become infected, but your dad has no ascites right now. I would say it is too late for him to stop drinking and try to get a transplant. He is beyond that point now. The symptoms he is having is both from his liver disease along with his alcoholism. Each has their own problems. You got your percentages right about his liver function. I got my transplant when I had 10% function left. I have heard of people still getting along at 5%, but probably not doing too well. As you know, 2% is really serious and the body is just not going to last all that long with so low of function. I don't know how long, but I doubt it would be more than a few months at best keeping in mind that this is just a guess on my part from my experiences with this disease. He just has so much against him to make his disease progress quicker than most. He is an alcoholic who continues to drink plus has hep C on top of it. Together they make a lethal combination.

  9. QUESTION:
    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.....

    • ANSWER:
      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.
      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003895.htm

      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

  10. QUESTION:
    Did I answer the question she's asking?
    I have to write 2 paragraphs as a biology assignment, one on how bacteria is helpful to humans and another on how it is harmful. I am not sure if I am answering the question in the best way. Here is the paragraph I wrote on how it is helpful:

    Different types of bacteria are helpful to humans, and these bacteria are called Probiotics. One thing probiotics do is help maintain and restore the balance of bacteria. Without this balance, harmful bacteria multiply and eventually take over. Another thing probiotics do is help relieve symptoms of inflammatory bowel diseases, irritable bowl syndrome, calitis, and alcoholic liver disease. There is also evidence that probiotics help prevent certain types of allergies and the risk for colon, liver, and breast cancers.

    • ANSWER:
      your first sentence would be stronger if you said why certain times of bacteria are helpful to humans. so 'Different types of bacteria are helpful to humans BECAUSE...'

      'one thing' and 'another thing' are somewhat awkward of transitions. try something like 'Also, probiotics help relieve...'

      remember to always state your idea, and then your reason! don't try to bs...I did that in school too, but teachers can always tell. just say what you mean, even if it is short. but yes I would say you answered the question. good luck!

  11. QUESTION:
    Thyroid problem.... ?
    About 4 years ago, I was diagnosed with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Since then, I've suffered with symptoms that aren't related to the disease (I think)

    Throughout the day, one side of my body will be cold and clammy and the other side will be warm and dry (then an hour later, the dry side will become clammy.) I've had trouble sleeping, lack of energy and I've gained weight in my middle section despite eating healthily, etc.

    My mother has a thyroid problem so I was thinking maybe I have an underactive thyroid (which could explain my liver problem) or a problem with my central nervous system?

    Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:

  12. QUESTION:
    Cirrhosis of the liver symptoms.. and Need Help!!?
    I have a family member who has been diagnosed 15+ years ago with cirrhosis of the liver. He is probably the largest alcoholic known to mankind. He drinks at least 30 + beers a day, and is now experiencing constant nosebleeds, for over 3 days now.. It just bleeds and bleeds when he sits up. He has blood in his urine and his stool appears blackish greenish of color and has constant diarrhea, but does not eat very often.. at all!

    I am assuming that hes in the end stages of this disease and want to know if any of you have had these issues with a family member or friend, and what is wrong and how long that this trend will continue and what will happen.

    Thank you so much for your cooperation in advance, we appreciate any answers you may have!

    • ANSWER:
      I have worked with people who had cirrhosis. They get swelling in their abdomen (ascites) & extremities (edema). The stomach can get the size of a honeydew melon.
      Vit K gets reduced & so there is more bleeding. As the toxins build up in the body, the skin begins to itch...the person becomes jaundiced & mental changes occur...sometimes during these various stages antibiotics are given.

      High potency Vit B complex can be helpful as can milk thistle. However, I don't know how long it will prolong his life.

      Google: mayo clinic>>diseases>>cirrhosis

      I'm very sorry to hear of your situation.
      Good luck.

  13. QUESTION:
    Is it possible I have alcoholic hepatitis at 23?
    Is it possible I have alcoholic hepatitis at 23?
    For the past few months I have been drinking a lot with very few days of not drinking. The past couple of weeks I had a bottle of wine a day. I'm about 100 lbs and female, 5ft 3.

    Yesterday I went sober and had awful withdrawl symptoms, like burning stomach pain and diarrhea after eating. My abdomen feels tender however I could not tell if my eyes were a little yellow, they were mainly bloodshot.
    Is this just fatty liver disease or could it be hepatitis. There is a party I want to go to tonight but feel unsure about going as I with have a drink. I only started drinking heavily past few month and started drinking occasionally at 21/22, is it too soon to be worried?

    • ANSWER:
      If you started drinking at 21, and only in the last half a year progressed to heavy drinking at 23, then it is unlikely that you have hepatitis, and your eyes were probably not yellow - that's your worried head thinking.

      Go to your party, you will anyway.

      However, continue drinking in the same manner and you will develop it, also perhaps diabetes as your pancreas may become damaged and stop producing insulin (happened to me)

      You have an alcohol problem and may or may not be alcoholic. You do have to address your drinking. Your withdrawals will get worse. God, I can remember them as if it was yesterday - nausea, perhaps vomiting if you don't get drink in time, diarrhoea that gets so bad it burns, dizziness, shakes, sweats; I have also had a seizure on 4 different occasions, and experienced the DT's twice. Withdrawal from heroin can't kill you, but withdrawal from alcohol can.

      You are worried about your drinking. Do you ever feel pain in your kidneys or right lower back (liver)? And a fatty liver leads to liver disease. If you stop drinking in time your liver can go back to normal, however it 'remembers' and if you start drinking again in the future it will go back to the damaged stage.

      Go to your doctor and ask for blood tests, including a Liver Function Test (LFT). The result of this should be between 5 and 40. You also could need medication to come off alcohol so that you don't have a seizure.

      Please look at your drinking seriously, you may have to stop altogether. I can see me in you. I ended up on 3 bottles of wine a day, drinking and driving, drinking all through work, began to die last year when my body started to shut down (pancreas). A&E saved my life, I went on into rehab, kept drinking after I got out, but kept going to AA and one day it clicked I just couldn't live like that anymore and I stopped, really stopped (under medical supervision). I'm only 6 months sober now and I'm aware that it's always there but I can't go back to all that stress and worry and lieing.

      At least think about it? :)

  14. 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.

  15. QUESTION:
    I'm suddenly sensitive to alcohol and aspartame!?
    I have been ill with an unknown illness for 10 months now. The symptoms sprung up spontaneously and are: extreme fatigue, vertigo, weight gain, dizziness, inability to focus, loss of balance, mental confusion and a swollen, bloated belly, even when (and especially when) I fast. (I fast because everything I eat makes me nauseous). I have seen the doctor numerous times and had extensive blood work done with no answers. I finally decided to keep a food diary to see if it's something I'm eating. The result: after consuming alcohol or aspartame-laden soda, I awaken lethargic, nauseous and with a swollen belly. It would seem my liver is unhappy with these two substances. I am not an alcoholic (I can't drink more than 2 glasses of wine, and generally only have one drink a month at the most). My mother has Hepatitis C and is concerned that my symptoms signal liver disease, although there is no way I caught Hep C from her.

    Any of this sound familiar to anyone?

    • ANSWER:
      Have you had your blood sugars checked lately? I am experiencing some weird symptoms when i eat/don't eat and my doctor is having me keep a food diary and measuring my blood glucose levels when I have an episode. Alchohol is mostly carbs which could raise your blood sugar levels, and there is also something called red wine syndrome. I don't know about the soda. Also if you're fasting, maybe your blood sugar is dropping low and you are hypoglycemic. My heart starts to pound when I haven't eaten.

      I know how frustrating it is when the doctor says there is nothing wrong, because I've been going thru this for Years!!!
      Maybe you need to see a gastroenterologist (stomach problems) or an endrocinologist (blood sugar). Anyway, good luck. (to both of us!)

  16. QUESTION:
    Vomiting something black.?
    Okay, so out of the gate - I'm an alcoholic...have been for the past two years or so. I drink every night from 5-9 drinks (1.5 ounces-ish each). I've never had any health problems from this (sure, I'll throw up sometimes, but even that is extremely rare). I know the long term risks and that I need to change my behavior but that is not what this question is about. Last night after drinking I felt an urge to throw up - I did but since I hadn't eaten anything the only thing that came up was a black goop. Now, I'm sort of in a panic as I know it could be blood that is bleeding from an ulcer etc. But at the same time I was mixing all of my drinks with pepsi, so it could very well just be that, right? I don't have insurance and would like to avoid a doctor if necessary. I looked up ulcers online and don't seem to be having any other symptoms (i.e. abdominal pain or bloating etc.) - I also don't have any symptoms of liver disease (jaundice etc.) - am I worrying too much? Was it probably just soda...the only reason I'm not sure is because it was thicker than soda would have been...but could that just be because it was coming back up?
    Also I keep hearing that they should look like coffee grounds - this was deft. liquid looking - I tried to find a picture online but couldn't - what does "look like coffee grounds" mean?

    • ANSWER:

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. QUESTION:
    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?

    • ANSWER:
      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!!!!!!!

  20. QUESTION:
    My Dad is an alcoholic? What should i do?
    Ok, my Dad has been an alcoholic since I can remember. Due to his excessive drinking, he developed the disease Pancreatitis. Recently, we had a really bad scare. According to his wife, he got out of bed and had symptoms of a stroke. He went to the doctors after we forced him to by calling the police and his blood work came back really messed up. They made him come back for more testing and a full body scan (forgot what it's called). We were all thinking the worst, cancer or something along those lines and my dad was very scared. When the results came back, surprisingly, everything was fine. He had slight liver damage but was told it could easily be repaired if he changed his lifestyle. Fast forward two weeks... Last night, my dad shows up at my place, where me and my 4 month old son live drunk. I was so pist, it was like a huge slap in the face. So i told his wife today and she said she knew he was drunk yesterday too, that she could tell. She went home on her lunch break and told him that if he doesn't stop she's going to leave and told him what I said about how he was drunk last night. He texts me an hour later and tells me "Thanks" (meaning thanks for telling his wife, what she already knew!) And i told him "Thank youself." And then he went on to insult me and tell me to worry about my dead beat bf and blah blah blah. I simply told him he could insult me all he wants if it makes him feel better. I'm done caring about him because he obviously doesn't. And he told me not to contact him anymore and I said Gladly.What would you do in this situation? I really want to disconnect from the dysfunction all together but feel like I have a responsibility as his daughter to help him. Keep in mind, we have tried everything and nothing seems to work. I am at a loss...
    Aside from the fact that he's killing himself with alcohol, he is completely abnoxious and inappropriate when he's drunk and says things that make me really uncomfortable. Like last night he was talking about how his upstairs neighbors are gay guys and said "yea.. i heard one say, "ugh i got poop on my weiner." He obviously didn't hear them say that... but he says inappropriate stuff like this when he's drunk ALL THE TIME.

    • ANSWER:
      I think you and her should get together and leave him to himself for a few weeks, just him and his booze.

      Then come back to him, if he missed you then he should take the help and quit.
      If not then there probably is no hope for him, send him a picture of your son and a AA brochure for christmas.

  21. 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

  22. QUESTION:
    How long will an alcoholic live with Hepatitis C?
    A friend has 4 children with her ex husband who has known he has Hep C for two years. He drinks A LOT everyday. Within 30 minutes of getting off work he is rip roaring drunk on vodka. Saturdays and Sundays he is drunk within minutes of waking up.

    He is not receiving treatment of any kind and has not changed his lifestyle (diet, exercise etc) in any way, nor does he see a doctor to monitor his condition. He is quite yellow (indicative of liver failure?).

    How long will he go on like this before he succombs to his disease? Three of their children are still quite young, their oldest just turned 18. She is very concerned that her children may lose their father and wonders just where he stands with this disease with his behavior and obvious symptoms (yellowing).

    Peace and many thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      The answer is surprising....one never knows. Thats the issue with HCV. Drinking will only cause more damage at a much faster rate and also increases the viral load, no doubt. If he is jaundiced now, looks like the kidneys are affected as well as the liver. Once the liver is over 92% damaged, it doesn't take too long afterwards....

      Depression goes along with HCV, which happens first before addiction. So, he may of had hcv much longer than previously thought.....he could of been born with it or contracted it somehow later on in life.

      A doctor will not treat anyone with hcv until they have been clean and sober for at least 6 months.

      It's a shame too because many who cannot seem to break the abuse often do not know that sometimes it is the HCV side effects that come to light instead of detoxing side effects when they quit their drug of choice.

      I wish I could tell you more, but honestly, no one really knows how long this guy will last. I have known others who never drank a drop or did drugs who had hcv infection and didn't live long and I've known a few to have abused drugs (alcohol included) who lived well beyond the doctor's wildest dreams.

      My prayers are with you and your friend and her family

  23. 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

  24. QUESTION:
    I really miss my Mum? Please answer?
    Sunday last week, my Mum finally decided to go to the hospital. (She had an ulcer on her leg that she thought was severe). She had X-Rays of her chest done, and it turns out that she had fluid in her lungs. The doctors gave her a tablet which makes her urinate out all of the excess fluid in her body.

    She was shocked. I could see her getting better, she even sounded different! (I've visited her almost everyday since she's been in the hospital, for 4-6 hours each time).

    The doctors finally allowed her to have gate-leave. (Where the patient is allowed to go home, but have regular check ups from the hospital). She was meant to have an echo cardiogram before she was meant to leave; if the results turned out positive, she'd be allowed to leave. If they turned out bad, she would have to be hospitalized longer.

    Well, it turns out she had enlarged (or suspected blocked) coronary arteries and an enlarged heart. She thought she was going to die. She came in and told my Dad...we all started crying.

    A day later, a liver doctor came in and said, "Your liver's okay, nothing's abnormal." (She's got Hep.C, a liver disease).

    The cardiac doctors came in and told her that she'll have to have an Angioplasty on Monday. We're all scared. She's been given tablets to help with the enlarged arteries as well as heart...

    I'm just petrified. My Mother's 54. She's not an alcoholic. My Mum also gets angry at the doctors for no reason, for example, a person who wanted to test her blood came in, she'd refuse to give her blood because one of the symptoms for an enlarged heart was HIV. She said, "I haven't got HIV, this is an insult!" But afterward my Dad had a talk with her and she's going to give blood now...

    I'm so stressed out. How long do you think she will live for? :(

    • ANSWER:
      its not easy having someone sick in the family especially when its your mum,and when there are all those symptoms it must be horrifying for you...i know you miss her and your worried,just try to be there for her as thats all you can do,tlking to the doctors and thinking negitive isnt going to change the outcome,im sure that the doctors are just trying to rule out all the basis to her symptoms...it in now what i call limbo....where its on the fence to what she has and how to treat it,you must feel they wait of the world right now but as i said just support her love her and be by her side for whats to come good or bad,i hope everything works out for her and if the news is bad just spend as much time with her as you can and remember the good times you have shared....good luck

  25. QUESTION:
    Drinks Industry Targeting Children. 12 year old Alcoholics In New UK Survey. What is Your View?.?
    Lost Children in the Wilderness©
    By J. P. Anderson
    (International registered copyright of author 2006).

    Drinks Industry Promotions
    Deliberately Targeting Children

    “We have children presenting with all the adult symptoms of alcoholism. Some are so addicted that it is actually dangerous to get them to stop drinking straight away”.

    A new nationwide survey carried out across the UK by the Independent on Sunday newspaper has revealed that, children as young as twelve years of age are being diagnosed as alcoholics amid growing concerns about binge-drinking in Britain, where record numbers of pre-teens and teenagers now require hospital treatment for drink-related disorders.

    The findings prove that there is a hidden epidemic of ‘child alcoholism’ resulting in thousands of youngsters being treated in hospital each year for alcohol poisoning, liver disease and drink-related psychiatric illnesses. ...

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it's true. I have seen little groups of teenagers with vodka & beer in there hands, drinking as though it's water.

      It makes me sad, but i can't do much about it. The parents should have more control.

      This will have devastating effect on the childrens and there childrens future.

  26. QUESTION:
    Writing a paper about alcoholism? Help with topic ideas?
    I have an eight page paper about alcoholism due this Friday. I'm brainstorming what I want to write about and trying to come up with questions I can answer within my paper, relating to the disease, of course.

    So far, I've thought of:

    Basic statistics (How many people are affected by alcoholism in the US? How many are men/women? What's the economic/social level of those affected? Age range? Race?...)
    Risk Factors
    Possible causes (I'll only touch briefly on this, since no one really knows whether it's inherited or not. I will present both sides.)
    Symptoms
    Diagnosis (Using the AUDIT/CAGE testing system, etc...)
    Treatment (How many treated actually stay sober, as opposed to going back to the bottle? What are the treatment options?)
    Other health issues that stem from being an alcoholic (Liver failure, cancer, depression, bi-polar disorder, etc...)
    What could be done better/more to inform the public about alcoholism

    What else would you like to know about alcoholism, if you were reading my paper? Do you have any other topic ideas I could touch on? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      costs to business community for employees with alcoholism--a, absenteeism/lost productivity and b, expense for health insurance/rehab

      social stigma/public view of alcoholism

      portrayal of alcoholism in popular culture ie literature, movies, tv-has it changed over time?

      drinking age and its correlation to alcoholism; contrast USA to other countries where younger poeple can drink

  27. QUESTION:
    health questions. help?
    SIDS can be caused by
    A. smoking during pregnancy.
    B. smoking before pregnancy.
    C. drinking alcohol after the baby is born.
    D. drinking alcohol before conception.
    2.
    When offered alcohol, drugs, or tobacco, you should
    A. call your parents right away.
    B. stand by your peers and do as they do.
    C. stand by your values and make healthy decisions.
    D. let your best friend decide for you.
    3.
    Which of the following explains marijuana's effect on memory?
    A. Marijuana does not have any effect on memory.
    B. Marijuana is a stimulant, therefore memory is improved.
    C. Marijuana is a hallucinogenic drug therefore memory is unaffected.
    D. Marijuana decreases short-term memory.
    4.
    The following is a good resource for making healthy decisions about drugs:
    A. television
    B. magazines
    C. your parents
    D. an addicted friend
    5.
    Crack is classified as a
    A. stimulant.
    B. narcotic.
    C. depressant.
    D. hallucinogen.
    6.
    Which is true about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome?
    A. It can sometimes happen when a person does not drink during pregnancy.
    B. It can happen if the female drinks just before the time that she became pregnant.
    C. It can occur with light to moderate drinking.
    D. In order to have FAS, the pregnant female must be an alcoholic.
    7.
    Marijuana contains __________.
    A. DDT
    B. cocaine
    C. THC
    D. amphetamines
    8.
    Which is false about drug addiction?
    A. Most illegal drugs are addicting.
    B. Addiction always occurs immediately after the first time a person uses a drug.
    C. Addiction can be easily cured.
    D. Addiction can occur after the first few uses of a drug.
    9.
    What can be caused if a pregnant woman drinks alcohol?
    A. MS
    B. FAS
    C. TB
    D. MMR
    10.
    Quitting smoking has which of the following effects on the lungs?
    A. None, the damage is permanent.
    B. Risks of lung cancer decrease.
    C. Risks of high blood pressure increase.
    D. Risks of epilepsy decrease.
    11.
    Which of the following diseases has marijuana been effective in treating the symptoms?
    A. Cancer
    B. Sickle cell anemia
    C. The common cold
    D. Glaucoma
    12.
    Alcohol poisoning is dangerous because too much alcohol
    A. causes hallucinations.
    B. affects the nerves that control respiration and gag reflexes.
    C. causes a temporary lapse in the ability to speak.
    D. affects the neurotransmitters that control eyesight.
    13.
    The majority of alcohol in the blood stream is detoxified in the __________.
    A. heart
    B. liver
    C. kidneys
    D. brain
    14.
    People who use hallucinogens often experience
    A. increase in bodily control.
    B. enhanced judgment and reasoning.
    C. impairment of judgment and reasoning.
    D. increased concentration.
    15.
    Which is a risk of using smokeless tobacco?
    A. dental problems
    B. tongue and gum problems
    C. throat and mouth cancer
    D. all of the above
    16.
    People who drive drunk
    A. drive with no negative effects on coordination or control.
    B. usually make it home alive.
    C. drive under the speed limit.
    D. are committing a crime.
    17.
    Which is true about alcohol poisoning?
    A. It can result from even low blood alcohol content.
    B. It occurs only as a result of alcohol addiction.
    C. It can result in bleeding out.
    D. It can result in respiratory failure.
    18.
    Drinking alcohol is especially dangerous when combined with which of the following?
    A. hallucinogens
    B. narcotics
    C. amphetamines
    D. all of the above
    19.
    Which is true about steroids?
    A. Steroids build strength without long-term effects.
    B. Steroids do not cause anger management issues.
    C. Steroids can cause lifelong physical and psychological damage.
    D. Cortical steroids are good for building muscle.
    20.
    Stimulants
    A. can slow down the brain's reactions.
    B. are not addicting.
    C. can excite the central nervous system.
    D. can cause ulcers.
    21.
    Alcohol is a dangerous drug because it
    A. can change the way the mind and body function.
    B. changes the way you look to other people.
    C. makes you believe you are invincible.
    D. cannot absorb into the bloodstream.
    22.
    The following is a good strategy for avoiding alcohol and drugs:
    A. be easy-going
    B. be assertive
    C. experiment
    D. reconsider
    23.
    Which of the following is most often affected by long-term alcohol abuse?
    A. Bone marrow
    B. The liver
    C. Eyesight
    D. The epidermis
    24.
    Which of the following is true about alcohol?
    A. lowers social inhibitions
    B. causes hallucinations
    C. increases reaction time
    D. aids in decision making
    25.
    Nicotine is
    A. tar.
    B. the addictive substance in marijuana.
    C. the addictive substance in tobacco.
    D. present even in coffee.

    • ANSWER:
      "11.
      Which of the following diseases has marijuana been effective in treating the symptoms?
      A. Cancer
      B. Sickle cell anemia
      C. The common cold
      D. Glaucoma"

      This is totally a trick question. It has been shown to help BOTH cancer and glaucoma. Check out most state's medical mmj programs - both diseases are listed in almost ALL states with programs.

  28. QUESTION:
    Could my BF have HEP?
    My boyfriend is a pretty sever alcoholic (though making strides to get better), so I think that may be it, but a friend of mine said his symptoms may be linked to hepatitis.

    He is in the hospital with pretty bad pain and infection in the liver and kidneys.

    He doesn't have yellowing of eyes or skin, but does have a smooth blotchy red rash covering most of one arm, his chest and back. And he throws up a lot * Detox, I'm sure.

    I am pretty worried. We have only had unprotected sex once, but that may be one time too many. Would it show up on the blood test at the hospital?? I am going to have both of us tested, but 'till then I would appreciate some insight.

    I already posted this in the "infectious diseases" category but got no response. So I came here because I always get good responses and advice.

    Please no trolling

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it would have shown up in the blood tests. I'm sure one of the first things they would have tested for is hep c. Even in the unlikely hood that he does have it the chances of you contracting it through sexual contact are something like 1%. Hep c is usually transmitted from mother to child (during childbirth) through iv drug use or getting a tattoo with an infected needle. My friends husband had it and they were married 20 years and she never contracted it. They had unprotected sex and 3 children during the marriage with no issues so even if he has it you probably don't. The best thing to do is find out for sure if he's been tested then you can go from there.

  29. QUESTION:
    Liver disease and Hepatitis C questions..?
    Recently, my dad has become jaundiced and his belly distended. This all happened within about.. 2 weeks maximum. He's an alcoholic and has been for years. However, he also recently got a really bad cut while he was "beach combing," trying to pull out a metal lobster trap that was stuck in the sand after washing up on a beach shore. The cut was really pretty bad and infected-looking and hasn't even fully healed yet. His symptoms started to show about.. 2 weeks after he got this cut.
    I immediately attributed his symptoms to liver problems due to his drinking problem. However, I was just doing some research and it seems as though Hepatitis C is characterized by liver disease and jaundice, among other things, and that alcohol consumption (not to mention excessive alcohol consumption) can cause a rapid deterioration of Hepatitis C.

    I know he needs to see a doctor, but for some reason he's having a hard time getting himself in to see a doctor. I think it may be because he doesn't want to face what's going on with himself. I'm going to try and convince him to go, but I just want to ask a few questions to help me out with my facts:

    1) Is it possible that he acquired Hep C after getting the cut, and that his jaundice and distended stomach is due to rapid Hep C deterioration because of his alcoholism?
    2) It's only been about 1 month since he got the cut. Is it too soon for Hep C to be showing symptoms, excessive alcohol consumption or not?
    3) Is liver disease curable? How?

    Thank you for any answers in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      1. You never said your father was ever diagnosed with hep C, so I doubt he has it now. The hep C virus is a very slow to cause damage. By slow, I'm talking about 20 years slow. That's how long it can take for hep C to cause liver damage once you have it. A blood test can determine if your father has hep C if it is something he is worried about. No, it would be pretty much impossible for him to get it by cutting himself on that trap. You need blood to blood contact with someone else that has it.

      2. I think I answered your second question in my first answer. No, he cannot get hep C from that cut.

      3. Liver disease can be cured from alcoholism if the damage to the liver is not very much and in the early stage. Abuse of alcohol over time can cause cirrhosis which is when healthy cells in the liver is replaced with scar tissue. This scar tissue is permanent and does not go away. Once there is too much scar tissue in the liver, the only cure is a transplant.

      So that means that any alcoholic must stop drinking soon enough not to cause severe damage. I'm sorry to say that an alcoholic who has jaundice and also has excessive fluid in the belly is probably in the later stages of the disease and will probably need a transplant to get better. If the fluid is too much, he will need to get it drained at the hospital. That fluid can also become infected which is a very serious problem that needs immediate attention. If he is running a fever, I suggest he go to the hospital as soon as possible to get checked out.

      Your father can try and ignore his problems, but he will have to pay attention to them sooner or later because they are not going to go away if he has liver failure. Alcohol will only make the liver disease progress much more quickly and make it worse. I commend you for trying to get your father some help, but keep in mind that he is the one who will have to make his own decisions. Don't ever think it is your fault if you cannot convince him to go or convince him to stop drinking. He created this problem and he is the one that will have to take responsibility for his own health and his own sobriety. I hope he gets the help he needs.

  30. QUESTION:
    Is it possible I have alcoholic hepatitis at 23?
    For the past few months I have been drinking a lot with very few days of not drinking. The past couple of weeks I had a bottle of wine a day. I'm about 100 lbs and female, 5ft 3.

    Yesterday I went sober and had awful withdrawl symptoms, like burning stomach pain and diarrhea after eating. My abdomen feels tender however I could not tell if my eyes were a little yellow, they were mainly bloodshot.
    Is this just fatty liver disease or could it be hepatitis. There is a party I want to go to tonight but feel unsure about going as I with have a drink. I only started drinking heavily past few month and started drinking occasionally at 21/22, is it too soon to be worried?

    • ANSWER:
      Is it possible, YES. But as for a correct diagnosis you'll have to go to the doctor to check that out. They can run liver function blood tests. Generally its not the greatest idea to 'drink your face off' so to speak.


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How to Reduce Fat on Liver

Are you suffering from blood sugar imbalance, dull abdominal pain, constipation, flatulence and jaundice? They may be symptoms of fatty liver and don't bother even if you have fat in liver as Mother Nature can reduce it by providing natural remedies like foods, nutrients and herbal medicines. You can reduce fat in liver in a few days by using natural treatment

The other symptom that point to accumulation of fat in the liver are fatigue, bloating, weight gain, general malaise, cramping, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, loss of appetite, nausea, fever and vomiting

Alcohol, diabetes mellitus, obesity, starvation, poisons, corticosteroids, hyperlipidemia and Cushing's syndrome are the causes of fatty liver filtration. Valporic acid toxicity and high dose of tetracycline may cause Microversicular fatty liver

Reduce Fatty Liver Naturally

You can easily reduce fat liver by using natural remedies, changing over to healthy life style and taking balanced diet. Natural remedies can reduce fatty liver quickly and do not cause side effects and so they are better than conventional remedies

Grapefruits, rich in vitamin-C are effective in burning fats and restricting development of fatty liver. Eat foods rich in fiber and low in calories, meat, salads, boiled or baked vegetables and saturated fats to strengthen your liver. Eschew tobacco, alcohol and oily, spicy and fatty foods. Drink loads of water and fresh fruit juices. Do exercises regularly and take a mixture of artichoke, milk thistle, licorice and dandelion to clean, heal, rebuild and regenerate and reduce fat in liver.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Treatment for Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease?
    I am a 52 year old male who has presented with swollen feet, distended belly and abdominal pain last week. Following blood tests for liver function it was established that although albumen production was normal, the enzyme reading was not. An ultrasound scan revealed fatty liver disease. I was disturbed to hear a BBC Radio 4 documentary say that 20% of people with my symptoms do not live beyond a few months.

    I have stopped drinking alcohol and am taking lecithin and milk thistle and I have also radically changed my diet to exclude fat, sugar and nighttime carbohydrates and have been eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.

    Despite this regime being enforced for more than two weeks, the pain continues, the belly is still swollen and I have not lost an ounce of weight.

    Any advice would be hugely appreciated. Thanks in advance for your time and knowledge.

    • ANSWER:
      Ann gave you a lot of good advice. Don't believe that radio thing because it is simply not true. I had cirrhosis and had to get a transplant, but my disease was from an autoimmune problem. Whatever causes the cirrhosis, it still pretty much acts the same for everyone.

      You need to get treatment for your liver problem and find out what is really going on with it. You need more done that just blood tests. I don't know how much fluid you are retaining, but that is what sent me to the hospital where I was eventually diagnosed with cirrhosis the first time. The next step is a CT scan to show if your liver is enlarged or shrunken and the size of your spleen. Depending on what shows up there, a biopsy would be next which is the one definitive test that will tell exactly what is going on.

      The fluid in your belly is probably what is causing you pain and that needs treated one way or another. There's 2 ways to do it and they did both with me. My fluid was so bad that I could hardly breathe anymore so I had to get tapped to drain it out physically. Then they gave me meds (diuretics such as Spironolactone and Lasix) to try to keep it under control. Once I received treatment, the meds were able to control it until I received a transplant. That fluid can be quite miserable when it is pushing on everything inside you and it needs to be removed. You might actually continue to gain weight if left untreated no matter what you eat.

      Stopping the use of alcohol is the most important step you can take with this disease. Find yourself a gastroenterologist or hepatologist to treat you since they know much more than a regular PCP about the problems that come with liver disease. I was surprised at how little some regular doctors know about liver problems.

      You are on the right track with what you are doing, but now you have to take it a step further and find out more about your condition and get the proper treatment for it. Otherwise, you are probably going to be pretty miserable. Good luck to you and get help ASAP because it seems like that fluid of yours is not going to go away on its own which means it will just continue to accumulate. You also run the risk of that fluid getting infected and you never want that to happen because that is life threatening.

  2. QUESTION:
    PCOS.. how do I get a diagnosis?
    I have ALL the symptoms, every single one of them. I told my doc that I thought I might have it, he send me for an ultrasound (on the belly) the lady told me that you cant see pcos that way. So he sent me for the the correct ultrasound and the lady who did it said you cant see pcos this way.

    Needless to say I dont think my doc or anyone associated with him knows how to find out if I have it. I am extremely distraught.. I just found out I have Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver another symptom of pcos.

    Also If anyone lives in Arizona and knows a good pcos doc let me know :-)

    • ANSWER:
      To diagnose PCOS, usually doctors start with extensive blood tests. They include:
      ♦ Luteinizing hormone (LH)
      ♦ Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH)
      ♦ Total and Free Testosterone
      ♦ Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate
      (DHEAS)
      ♦ Prolactin
      ♦ Androstenedione
      ♦ Progesterone
      (20-30 days after the last period)

      Patients with PCOS frequently have a high ratio of LH to FSH
      and elevated levels of testosterone. Originally considered an important marker for PCOS, the ratio of LH to FSH is now considered to be less useful in diagnosing the syndrome but is still of relevance to the overall picture

      Additionally,women with irregular cycles and very high androgen levels should be screened for the possibility of adult-onset adrenal hyperplasia which can sometimes
      mask as PCOS. This is carried out with a blood test for the hormone17-hydroxyprogesterone.

      Other levels may be tested aswell, including fasting glucose &
      insulin. Glucose and insulin tests are used to screen for conditions such as Insulin Resistance (IR) and Type II Diabetes. Many women with PCOS have insulin-based
      problems and research indicates that these problems appear to be at the root of the syndrome. If your fasting levels are normal, you may be asked to take an oral glucose
      challenge, also called an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test. It is possible to have normal fasting levels and still have an
      underlying insulin problem which can be identified with the OGTT. Although other levels may be normal, women with PCOS often have abnormal findings at the 2 hour interval.
      The final test your doctor may order is a lipid panel. High cholesterol and triglycerides are commonly found in tests run to diagnose PCOS.

      As far as the Ultrasound goes, the 2nd imaging you had should have been done with a Transvaginal Ultrasound. Cysts on the ovaries are often seen but, not always. If I were you i would have another Transvaginal Ultrasound done, when you find another doctor.

      Both Endocrinologists & Gynecologists treat PCOS. I would suggest calling the Mayo Clinic of Arizona for a quality doctor referral. For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at (800) 446-2279 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Hopefully Mayo would work location-wise for you, if not, I am sure they can give you a reputable physician's name for treatment in your area. Here's more info on becoming a patient at the clinic:
      http://www.mayoclinic.org/becomingpat-sct/

      Here's an additional link to Arizona doctors, you might want to check out:
      http://www.herplace.com/about.htm (Tucson, Arizona)

      PCOS find a doctor list on the message board:
      http://www.soulcysters.net/archive/f-47.html

      This site, should give you more info:
      http://www.projectpcos.org/general/leadership.php
      They also list a research coordinator that works directly with physicians on PCOS. She lists an email address for contact purposes. I am sure she can help direct you also:
      She can be reached at sfitzgerald@projectpcos.org

      Hopefully this info helps. So sorry to hear about the poor care you have received thus far. Good luck!

  3. QUESTION:
    my father was diagnosed with FATTY LIVER?
    my father aged 56,alcoholic from about 25 years (daily alcohol consumption is 300 ml) was suffering from some problem with his liver the symptoms were:
    abdominal pain (non radiating)
    vomit after meal
    lack of appetite
    he got himself checked from a liver expert.
    ultrasound was ok but it showed moderate fatty liver.
    endoscopy was fine with no ulcers n all...
    he is not obese ,not suffering from diabetes ..
    liver function tests were also ok...
    now his condition has improved and he has starting taking meals n dsnt feels vomit sensation....
    i want to know that what diet plan should he follow to cure this problem...
    is this problem fatal..???
    i am worried...
    plz help...
    he has reduces his alcohol consumption to abt one drink a day ,but cant quit it completely....

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, I will try to answer your question as best I can. It's very good that your dad had himself chcked out and that he is making an effort to reduce his drinking. Unfortunately, once liver disease has begun from alcoholism, it is progressive. The good news is that fatty liver disease is the first step in this progression, and it is possible to completely reverse the damage, but he will need to stop drinking entirely. The next step is alcoholic hepatitis, which is more serious, and then cirrhosis, which is life-threatening and is NOT reversible.
      I actually have a bit of personal experience here; I am a recovering alcoholic myself and have been sober for over 2 1/2 years. The reason that I am mentioning this is that I know it IS possible to stop completely. He feels that he cannot; that is part of the disease of alcoholism. He is down to one drink a day, which means that at this moment, he is not significantly physically dependent on alcohol. The problem is, his liver is already damaged. It cannot handle its normal functions the way a healthy liver would. Alcohol is very stressful on the diseased liver. The crazy part of this disease is that he and his family and probably even his doctor probably believe he is not an alcoholic if he can cut way down like that. This is not usually the case. Any alcohol in his system will most likely eventually drive him back to his old habits and beyond. This is why support from a group (such as AA or SMART recovery or others) can be so crucial. Therapy or counselling can help also. This is a genetic and chemical problem and has nothing to do with willpower or morality.
      As for diet, I would suggest a basic healthy diet, low in saturated fats, higher in unsaturated, higher in fiber, moderate in protein, lots of fresh veggies and fruits and whole grains. Milk thistle can be a good supplement for the liver. As always, I am not a doc and he should follow his doctor's recommendations.
      I have a great deal of sympathy for him and for you. Alcoholism sucks, but your dad will hopefully discover that he is not alone and he can live sober one day at a time. It is very hard to quit drinking, and at first it may seem impossible and pointless, but eventually the rewards WILL outweigh this. Best of luck to you both!

  4. QUESTION:
    Thyroid problem.... ?
    About 4 years ago, I was diagnosed with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Since then, I've suffered with symptoms that aren't related to the disease (I think)

    Throughout the day, one side of my body will be cold and clammy and the other side will be warm and dry (then an hour later, the dry side will become clammy.) I've had trouble sleeping, lack of energy and I've gained weight in my middle section despite eating healthily, etc.

    My mother has a thyroid problem so I was thinking maybe I have an underactive thyroid (which could explain my liver problem) or a problem with my central nervous system?

    Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    Could there be a link between all of my medical diagnosis?
    I am only 24, but over the past 4 years I have been diagnosed with a multitude of problems to cover the vast majority of the symptoms I have. I will first tell you a little about my health, and then list what I have been diagnosed with. If you have any suggestions as to how to find out if there is a link (such as something online) that would be great. I am not looking for an online symptom diagnosis.

    I am 24, 5'1'' and weigh 170lbs (I am overweight). I had my first period in grade 8, and ever since have had irregular periods (occasion 2 in a month, often going 8 or 9 months without one.). I began having chest pain that came and went in my late teens, which followed with sensitivity to my sternum, which over the years have spread to my ribs, forearms, back, and lower neck. For this I have been diagnosed with

    -Costochondritis
    -Fybromialgia

    During an echo cardiogram it was also evident that I have

    -Mitro Valve Prolasp (very minor, nothing that will need surgery)

    My diagnosis have continued to grow, and now include.

    -Keratosis Pilaris - Over production of Keritin in skin, causes bumps on arms and thighs
    -Gallstones = Galbladder Removed due to blockage of bile duct
    -Ganglion Cyst Removal (most likely caused by injury to my rist)
    -Hemangiomas (notice many of them on my arms a couple months ago)
    -Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    -Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Syndrome
    -Low estrogen
    -Low iron
    -Low vitamin D
    -Eczema (recently been given this diagnosis to answer why I have a patch of skin on my back that feels tingly from time to time. I think there is a chance that it's a misdiagnosis.)

    I feel I have so many problems to cover my symptoms. I am hoping there is something more simple or a solution to some of these problems.

    • ANSWER:
      I wonder if poly cystic ovary syndrome is the cause of the weight, period irregular low hormone levels and the skin problems?

      The Mitral valve prolapse and can be something that your were born with, and it can cause fatigue in some people, if its bad enough. But thankfully as you said yours very minor and wont need surgery. (I have mitral valve prolapse, but I need medication)

      Its not unusual for people with fibromyalgia to have CFS too, however some people with fibromyalgia & CFS can have low vitamin D levels, but once they start treatment many of the fibro/cfs symptoms disappear and some may only have a mild improvement of fibro/cfs symptoms.

      It is very thrusting to have all these problems, and not have a good reason as to why. I would ask the doctor about the PCOS, especially if your periods are very irregular, the weight gain etc.

      Join a CFS & Fibromyalgia support group, they can offer a lot of support and friendship, from people who have similar problems as you.

      I have cfs, fibro, Raynaud's disease, IBS, Mitral valve prolapse, multiple food & chemical allergies, severe asthmatic and hey fever sufferer (related to the food & chemical allergies) and rashes, low iron, hormone and thyroid levels (medication has not helped with the CFS & fibro). I have had to have my gall bladder removed and had a hysterectomy. MRI test for MS was inconclusive so have to have another one, my ANA blood test is very high but not high enough, but I have been told I definitely have a auto immune disease.

  6. QUESTION:
    Is it possible I have alcoholic hepatitis at 23?
    Is it possible I have alcoholic hepatitis at 23?
    For the past few months I have been drinking a lot with very few days of not drinking. The past couple of weeks I had a bottle of wine a day. I'm about 100 lbs and female, 5ft 3.

    Yesterday I went sober and had awful withdrawl symptoms, like burning stomach pain and diarrhea after eating. My abdomen feels tender however I could not tell if my eyes were a little yellow, they were mainly bloodshot.
    Is this just fatty liver disease or could it be hepatitis. There is a party I want to go to tonight but feel unsure about going as I with have a drink. I only started drinking heavily past few month and started drinking occasionally at 21/22, is it too soon to be worried?

    • ANSWER:
      If you started drinking at 21, and only in the last half a year progressed to heavy drinking at 23, then it is unlikely that you have hepatitis, and your eyes were probably not yellow - that's your worried head thinking.

      Go to your party, you will anyway.

      However, continue drinking in the same manner and you will develop it, also perhaps diabetes as your pancreas may become damaged and stop producing insulin (happened to me)

      You have an alcohol problem and may or may not be alcoholic. You do have to address your drinking. Your withdrawals will get worse. God, I can remember them as if it was yesterday - nausea, perhaps vomiting if you don't get drink in time, diarrhoea that gets so bad it burns, dizziness, shakes, sweats; I have also had a seizure on 4 different occasions, and experienced the DT's twice. Withdrawal from heroin can't kill you, but withdrawal from alcohol can.

      You are worried about your drinking. Do you ever feel pain in your kidneys or right lower back (liver)? And a fatty liver leads to liver disease. If you stop drinking in time your liver can go back to normal, however it 'remembers' and if you start drinking again in the future it will go back to the damaged stage.

      Go to your doctor and ask for blood tests, including a Liver Function Test (LFT). The result of this should be between 5 and 40. You also could need medication to come off alcohol so that you don't have a seizure.

      Please look at your drinking seriously, you may have to stop altogether. I can see me in you. I ended up on 3 bottles of wine a day, drinking and driving, drinking all through work, began to die last year when my body started to shut down (pancreas). A&E saved my life, I went on into rehab, kept drinking after I got out, but kept going to AA and one day it clicked I just couldn't live like that anymore and I stopped, really stopped (under medical supervision). I'm only 6 months sober now and I'm aware that it's always there but I can't go back to all that stress and worry and lieing.

      At least think about it? :)

  7. 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

  8. QUESTION:
    Pain after drinking alcohol - Male 33 years?
    Pain after drinking alcohol - male 33 yrs?
    For the last few months I have been getting pain in my upper right quadrant after drinking alcohol. I have been a heavy drinker since my university days, I'm now 33, and at one point would probably have been consuming up to 100 units per week.

    In January of this year I decided that my drinking had to stop as I realised that I was abusing drink and using it as a tool to mask depression, anxiety and general unhappiness. Around the same time as I decided to tackle my mental issues I started getting these pains on the right hand side of my abdomen (coincidence?) around the bottom of the ribs.

    I visited my doctor and explained the situation and he referred me for some liver function tests (2 months ago) and subsequently an abdominal ultrasound (3 weeks ago). Both the liver function tests and the abdominal ultrasound appear to indicate that there is absolutely nothing physically wrong with my liver, gallbladder or kidneys. No inflammation, signs of fatty liver, signs of it not processing toxins properly etc...I have seen three different doctors at my local surgery regarding this and all say that there is nothing physically wrong with me. I have also been physically examined and again nothing would indicate any liver problems.

    I have naturally cut drinking down to an absolute minimum and didn't drink at all for around 2 months whilst I was undergoing tests etc. I feel so much better mentally and physically since changing my habits and have also been taking up a lot more regular exercise: running, swimming, pilates and squash which are naturally helping to increase my sense of well-being.

    However on the rare occasions that I have had an alcoholic drink, since being told that I'm fine, I get the pain back. All it takes is one glass of wine or pint of beer/cider and the following day I will have this inner pinching type of pain under towards the bottom of my rib cage, right hand side that heads up towards the navel area.

    Can anyone share any similar stories, diagnosis or suggest a line of enquiry I should take with my doctor? Things I am thinking about include:

    • allergy to alcohol or yeast/hops/grapes(?!?)
    • irritable bowel syndrome (I think the pain would be lower down however)
    • gout/high levels of uric acid - can you test for this?
    • psychological - am I creating the pain through worry?

    I just want to get on with the rest of my life. I feel I have taken some huge steps and have a much more positive outlook but all the time things hangs around it keeps niggling at my brain and my worry is that my symptoms all seem to indicate liver problems but tests prove otherwise.

    Thanks for taking the time to read - any advice warmly received!

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    Pain after drinking alcohol - male 33 yrs?
    For the last few months I have been getting pain in my upper right quadrant after drinking alcohol. I have been a heavy drinker since my university days, I'm now 33, and at one point would probably have been consuming up to 100 units per week.

    In January of this year I decided that my drinking had to stop as I realised that I was abusing drink and using it as a tool to mask depression, anxiety and general unhappiness. Around the same time as I decided to tackle my mental issues I started getting these pains on the right hand side of my abdomen (coincidence?) around the bottom of the ribs.

    I visited my doctor and explained the situation and he referred me for some liver function tests (2 months ago) and subsequently an abdominal ultrasound (3 weeks ago). Both the liver function tests and the abdominal ultrasound appear to indicate that there is absolutely nothing physically wrong with my liver, gallbladder or kidneys. No inflammation, signs of fatty liver, signs of it not processing toxins properly etc...I have seen three different doctors at my local surgery regarding this and all say that there is nothing physically wrong with me. I have also been physically examined and again nothing would indicate any liver problems.

    I have naturally cut drinking down to an absolute minimum and didn't drink at all for around 2 months whilst I was undergoing tests etc. I feel so much better mentally and physically since changing my habits and have also been taking up a lot more regular exercise: running, swimming, pilates and squash which are naturally helping to increase my sense of well-being.

    However on the rare occasions that I have had an alcoholic drink, since being told that I'm fine, I get the pain back. All it takes is one glass of wine or pint of beer/cider and the following day I will have this inner pinching type of pain under towards the bottom of my rib cage, right hand side that heads up towards the navel area.

    Can anyone share any similar stories, diagnosis or suggest a line of enquiry I should take with my doctor? Things I am thinking about include:

    • allergy to alcohol or yeast/hops/grapes(?!?)
    • irritable bowel syndrome (I think the pain would be lower down however)
    • gout/high levels of uric acid - can you test for this?
    • psychological - am I creating the pain through worry?

    I just want to get on with the rest of my life. I feel I have taken some huge steps and have a much more positive outlook but all the time things hangs around it keeps niggling at my brain and my worry is that my symptoms all seem to indicate liver problems but tests prove otherwise.

    Thanks for taking the time to read - any advice warmly received!

    • ANSWER:
      Another case that leaves the doctors scratching their heads? I suspect you have a weird case of gout where the tiny urate crystals exist in your upper abdomen. To confirm this, go for a blood test for and see if your blood uric acid level is above the range. And then run your own urine test for uric acid, here is how...

      1. Get a transparent plastic cup or mineral water bottle
      2. As soon as you wake up in the moring, collect the first round of urine into the bottle.
      3. Cover the bottle and keep it in cold dry place far away from the reach kids
      4. After a few hours, observe (pay close attention) if there is any crystal like substances deposits at the bottom of the bottle.
      5. If you see some small white particles in the fluid, then it means you are having hyperuricemia.
      6. If no sediments observed, then leave it there for another 1 or 2 days and check it again.

      Good luck!

  10. QUESTION:
    Help, my mom won't stop drinking...?
    My mom has been drinking for as long as I can remember. She gets drunk. Then the next morning she starts to drink again as soon as she wakes up. It usually lasts a week. I don't live with her anymore because honestly I don't want my daughters to see that.

    She works for my sister's husband selling water softens. She is the best in the country and she makes about ten thousand dollars a month. Then she takes that money and goes MIA.

    The last couple of years it has gotten real bad. This is happening more and more often, and this time, it has been a 15 days. She missed my daughter's fifth birthday, thanks giving, and her own birthday. I am getting really scared.

    I studied alcoholism in a history class, a drug class, and I wrote 4 research papers on the physical and mental long term effects of binge drinking. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. When a person drinks non-stop for a long time, like my mom, their brain tries to counter act the depression by over stimulating it. When the alcohol is suddenly taken away (when she decides to stop, or runs out of money) the central nervous system becomes over stimulated.

    The withdrawals from alcohol are called delirium-tremens. It is more deadly then heroin withdrawals. It starts with a really bad hang over. Any person's hang over is withdrawals from the drug (Alcohol is a drug), that's why drinking a small amount of alcohol helps the symptoms so much.

    After, or during that stage, the person begins to shake. They can't stop their hands, head and other extremities from shaking. Kinda like boxers who have been hit in the head too many times.

    The next step is tingling sensations. It is described as spiders crawling on your skin, and can progress to the feeling of snake bites. These sensations make the next stage even more frightening, hallucinations (delirium). These hallucinations are almost always terrifying.

    Once a person reaches the delirium stage, they need to go to the hospital so that a doctor can give them a barbiturate. Barbiturates work because they are and alternative depressant drug, but the doctor is able to regulate this drug better then alcohol and slowly wean the patient off. It the alcoholic dose not receive medical attention, the final stage is grand-mal seizures (tremens). This is often followed by death. Every time a person survives these withdrawals, the symptoms become more and more sever every time.

    There are many other ways alcohol can kill you. In the short term, car accidents, falling, etc. ( those thing have happen to my mom) Long term, a person can get a fatty liver that leads to cirrhosis of the liver and death. If they don't die from it, they will probably loss their mind. Binge drinking has detestation effects on a person's short term memory, problem solving ability, emotions, and personality. Basically, in the long run, it's like taking a sledgehammer to the forehead and permanently damaging your cerebral cortex (the part of your brain that makes you who your are).

    Most people don't know about delirium-tremens, or these other horrible consequences. I certainly didn't know when I was younger. Looking back, I saw some of these terrible symptoms in my mom. Her personality has changed and she repeats the same sentence a lot. The most terrifying, though, is that I have seen her shake, and heard her scream for seemingly no reason when she is coming down from a binge. She blacks out for days when this happens. She wakes up with no almost no memory of this happening, and acts like every thing is fine, but I know she realizes what she did. How can she deny loosing a week on the calendar?

    When I'm done writing I'm going to go to her apartment. She might not let me in, but I will get in anyway. Honestly, it has taken me this long to check on her because I am really afraid I will see her dead. I love my mom.

    My mom had my sister take her to the hospital last time this happened. They admitted her into the psyc ward. My mom didn't like that very much. They couldn't hold, for some reason and let her go. Now she is avoiding my sister and I.

    My sister called the cops on her and told them she was suicidal. They couldn't do anything because my mom wouldn't admit it. Also, she was in her a apartment, so they couldn't take her in for public intoxication. What a f*cked up country. The police can arrest a pot smoker who is not hurting themselves or anyone else. But they can't help my mom who is killing herself, and might try to drive and kill some innocent person.

    I really don't know what to do anymore.

    Please, if anyone out there has an idea of a way to get her help against her own will. If I don't find a way she might die. If she survives this time, it will happen again. She won't stop until she dead.

    • ANSWER:
      You are in a difficult situation with difficult answers. You are a good researcher, I can only disagree with one small thing you said. When someone has liver disease, ammonia builds up in the blood, this is what causes the "loss of mind" you mention. But the ammonia build up is treatable with lactulose. Without the build up of ammonia, there is no development of confusion. There is Wernicke Encephalopathy that develops in people with chronic alcohol abuse. It is different than the effects of ammonia in cirrhosis. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/794583-overview

      You know a lot about the health and physiological consequences of abusing alcohol. Now you should point your research in a different direction. Look into family dynamics in alcoholism,http://family.jrank.org/pages/246/Children-Alcoholics.html http://organizedwisdom.com/Alcoholism_and_Family_Dynamics Look into co-dependency and enabling. Here is a pace to start. http://alcoholism.about.com/od/coda/Codependency_Resources.htm Look up AA (alcoholics anonymous) in your area. Look up Drug and alcohol treatment and intervention in your area. http://www.intervention.com/ You grew up with this and have a learned pattern of behavior built around reacting to your mom's drinking and protecting her from herself. If you keep doing the same thing, she will keep doing the same thing. Change your reactions, she won't be able to do the same thing. You have leverage. Gonna sound very harsh. She has money to drink on, she has her apartment, she cannot be taken in for pubic drunkenness BECAUSE she has a job from your brother-in-law. Could she keep a job with anyone else? Who would hire her? "Mom, if you go to treatment, when you get back your job is here waiting for you, we will pay the rent on the apartment it will be here for you. As long as you stay sober, you have a job. If you won't go to treatment, the job is gone as of right now, you are fired for drinking at work. We won't pay the rent, you cannot move in with us, you can get what you want out of the apartment and put it in a shopping cart, we are not helping you hurt yourself, we will help you get well." Don't do that without the help of a professional though....you need the treatment set up, you need to be determined, you need a professional to back you up. This is the only way I know of to get help for someone who doesn't want it.

  11. QUESTION:
    Is it possible I have alcoholic hepatitis at 23?
    For the past few months I have been drinking a lot with very few days of not drinking. The past couple of weeks I had a bottle of wine a day. I'm about 100 lbs and female, 5ft 3.

    Yesterday I went sober and had awful withdrawl symptoms, like burning stomach pain and diarrhea after eating. My abdomen feels tender however I could not tell if my eyes were a little yellow, they were mainly bloodshot.
    Is this just fatty liver disease or could it be hepatitis. There is a party I want to go to tonight but feel unsure about going as I with have a drink. I only started drinking heavily past few month and started drinking occasionally at 21/22, is it too soon to be worried?

    • ANSWER:
      Is it possible, YES. But as for a correct diagnosis you'll have to go to the doctor to check that out. They can run liver function blood tests. Generally its not the greatest idea to 'drink your face off' so to speak.

  12. QUESTION:
    Help, my mom won't stop drinking...?
    My mom has been drinking for as long as I can remember. She gets drunk. Then the next morning she starts to drink again as soon as she wakes up. It usually lasts a week. I don't live with her anymore because honestly I don't want my daughters to see that.

    She works for my sister's husband selling water softens. She is the best in the country and she makes about ten thousand dollars a month. Then she takes that money and goes MIA.

    The last couple of years it has gotten real bad. This is happening more and more often, and this time, it has been a 15 days. She missed my daughter's fifth birthday, thanks giving, and her own birthday. I am getting really scared.

    I studied alcoholism in a history class, a drug class, and I wrote 4 research papers on the physical and mental long term effects of binge drinking. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. When a person drinks non-stop for a long time, like my mom, their brain tries to counter act the depression by over stimulating it. When the alcohol is suddenly taken away (when she decides to stop, or runs out of money) the central nervous system becomes over stimulated.

    The withdrawals from alcohol are called delirium-tremens. It is more deadly then heroin withdrawals. It starts with a really bad hang over. Any person's hang over is withdrawals from the drug (Alcohol is a drug), that's why drinking a small amount of alcohol helps the symptoms so much.

    After, or during that stage, the person begins to shake. They can't stop their hands, head and other extremities from shaking. Kinda like boxers who have been hit in the head too many times.

    The next step is tingling sensations. It is described as spiders crawling on your skin, and can progress to the feeling of snake bites. These sensations make the next stage even more frightening, hallucinations (delirium). These hallucinations are almost always terrifying.

    Once a person reaches the delirium stage, they need to go to the hospital so that a doctor can give them a barbiturate. Barbiturates work because they are and alternative depressant drug, but the doctor is able to regulate this drug better then alcohol and slowly wean the patient off. It the alcoholic dose not receive medical attention, the final stage is grand-mal seizures (tremens). This is often followed by death. Every time a person survives these withdrawals, the symptoms become more and more sever every time.

    There are many other ways alcohol can kill you. In the short term, car accidents, falling, etc. ( those thing have happen to my mom) Long term, a person can get a fatty liver that leads to cirrhosis of the liver and death. If they don't die from it, they will probably loss their mind. Binge drinking has detestation effects on a person's short term memory, problem solving ability, emotions, and personality. Basically, in the long run, it's like taking a sledgehammer to the forehead and permanently damaging your cerebral cortex (the part of your brain that makes you who your are).

    Most people don't know about delirium-tremens, or these other horrible consequences. I certainly didn't know when I was younger. Looking back, I saw some of these terrible symptoms in my mom. Her personality has changed and she repeats the same sentence a lot. The most terrifying, though, is that I have seen her shake, and heard her scream for seemingly no reason when she is coming down from a binge. She blacks out for days when this happens. She wakes up with no almost no memory of this happening, and acts like every thing is fine, but I know she realizes what she did. How can she deny loosing a week on the calendar?

    When I'm done writing I'm going to go to her apartment. She might not let me in, but I will get in anyway. Honestly, it has taken me this long to check on her because I am really afraid I will see her dead. I love my mom.

    My mom had my sister take her to the hospital last time this happened. They admitted her into the psyc ward. My mom didn't like that very much. They couldn't hold, for some reason and let her go. Now she is avoiding my sister and I.

    My sister called the cops on her and told them she was suicidal. They couldn't do anything because my mom wouldn't admit it. Also, she was in her a apartment, so they couldn't take her in for public intoxication. What a f*cked up country. The police can arrest a pot smoker who is not hurting themselves or anyone else. But they can't help my mom who is killing herself, and might try to drive and kill some innocent person.

    I really don't know what to do anymore.

    Please, if anyone out there has an idea of a way to get her help against her own will. If I don't find a way she might die. If she survives this time, it will happen again. She won't stop until she dead.

    • ANSWER:
      i know exactly how you feel! my mom was a very big drinker all throughout my child hood, to the point i was taking care of my younger siblings. She would drink all day, half the night, then when she would wake up if she even went to sleep would wake up and drink again. My mom couldnt even keep a job. I had tried calling the cops, NOTHING! It actually took something HUGE for my mom to change. The day before easter on March 22, 2008 she stood up from the bed and fell forward. Being drunk she didnt have the reaction to catch herself. She hit head first making a whiplash motion and snapped the disc between C5 and C6 invertabrae. When the disc shattered bone marrow went into her spinal cord and damanged it. She is now a partial quadriplegic. She is able to move her neck, shoulders, and elbows. So i advise you to get help ASAP! There is actually a law that you and your sister can put her into a rehab even though she is over 18. Look into rehab centers around her place and see about them taking your mom. The SRS can help as well, just call them up and tell them your situation and how you and your sister feel as if she is endangering her own life. If you can give them enough information they will be forced to investigate and put her in a rehab facility, but only if you can prove its for her own good.

  13. QUESTION:
    Help, my mom won't stop drinking...?
    My mom has been drinking for as long as I can remember. She gets drunk. Then the next morning she starts to drink again as soon as she wakes up. It usually lasts a week. I don't live with her anymore because honestly I don't want my daughters to see that.

    She works for my sister's husband selling water softens. She is the best in the country and she makes about ten thousand dollars a month. Then she takes that money and goes MIA.

    The last couple of years it has gotten real bad. This is happening more and more often, and this time, it has been a 15 days. She missed my daughter's fifth birthday, thanks giving, and her own birthday. I am getting really scared.

    I studied alcoholism in a history class, a drug class, and I wrote 4 research papers on the physical and mental long term effects of binge drinking. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. When a person drinks non-stop for a long time, like my mom, their brain tries to counter act the depression by over stimulating it. When the alcohol is suddenly taken away (when she decides to stop, or runs out of money) the central nervous system becomes over stimulated.

    The withdrawals from alcohol are called delirium-tremens. It is more deadly then heroin withdrawals. It starts with a really bad hang over. Any person's hang over is withdrawals from the drug (Alcohol is a drug), that's why drinking a small amount of alcohol helps the symptoms so much.

    After, or during that stage, the person begins to shake. They can't stop their hands, head and other extremities from shaking. Kinda like boxers who have been hit in the head too many times.

    The next step is tingling sensations. It is described as spiders crawling on your skin, and can progress to the feeling of snake bites. These sensations make the next stage even more frightening, hallucinations (delirium). These hallucinations are almost always terrifying.

    Once a person reaches the delirium stage, they need to go to the hospital so that a doctor can give them a barbiturate. Barbiturates work because they are and alternative depressant drug, but the doctor is able to regulate this drug better then alcohol and slowly wean the patient off. It the alcoholic dose not receive medical attention, the final stage is grand-mal seizures (tremens). This is often followed by death. Every time a person survives these withdrawals, the symptoms become more and more sever every time.

    There are many other ways alcohol can kill you. In the short term, car accidents, falling, etc. ( those thing have happen to my mom) Long term, a person can get a fatty liver that leads to cirrhosis of the liver and death. If they don't die from it, they will probably loss their mind. Binge drinking has detestation effects on a person's short term memory, problem solving ability, emotions, and personality. Basically, in the long run, it's like taking a sledgehammer to the forehead and permanently damaging your cerebral cortex (the part of your brain that makes you who your are).

    Most people don't know about delirium-tremens, or these other horrible consequences. I certainly didn't know when I was younger. Looking back, I saw some of these terrible symptoms in my mom. Her personality has changed and she repeats the same sentence a lot. The most terrifying, though, is that I have seen her shake, and heard her scream for seemingly no reason when she is coming down from a binge. She blacks out for days when this happens. She wakes up with no almost no memory of this happening, and acts like every thing is fine, but I know she realizes what she did. How can she deny loosing a week on the calendar?

    When I'm done writing I'm going to go to her apartment. She might not let me in, but I will get in anyway. Honestly, it has taken me this long to check on her because I am really afraid I will see her dead. I love my mom.

    My mom had my sister take her to the hospital last time this happened. They admitted her into the psyc ward. My mom didn't like that very much. They couldn't hold, for some reason and let her go. Now she is avoiding my sister and I.

    My sister called the cops on her and told them she was suicidal. They couldn't do anything because my mom wouldn't admit it. Also, she was in her a apartment, so they couldn't take her in for public intoxication. What a f*cked up country. The police can arrest a pot smoker who is not hurting themselves or anyone else. But they can't help my mom who is killing herself, and might try to drive and kill some innocent person.

    I really don't know what to do anymore.

    Please, if anyone out there has an idea of a way to get her help against her own will. If I don't find a way she might die. If she survives this time, it will happen again. She won't stop until she dead.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, my sister is in your mother's position. There is nothing you can do about it, even if you beg and plead, and get on your knees, and cry they don't listen. You can talk to them about the advantages of not drinking, and not spending money on drugs, but they go ahead and do it anyway, they don't stop. They are addicted. Just learn from what they have done, and remember what your life is without the drug. This is a fucked up country, but that doesn't mean you have to live up to it. Pot smokers do hurt themselves, by inhibiting their ambition. Do people need pot? Then why are they buying it?

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSm7BcQHWXk

  14. QUESTION:
    Help, my mom won't stop drinking...?
    My mom has been drinking for as long as I can remember. She gets drunk. Then the next morning she starts to drink again as soon as she wakes up. It usually lasts a week. I don't live with her anymore because honestly I don't want my daughters to see that.

    She works for my sister's husband selling water softens. She is the best in the country and she makes about ten thousand dollars a month. Then she takes that money and goes MIA.

    The last couple of years it has gotten real bad. This is happening more and more often, and this time, it has been a 15 days. She missed my daughter's fifth birthday, thanks giving, and her own birthday. I am getting really scared.

    I studied alcoholism in a history class, a drug class, and I wrote 4 research papers on the physical and mental long term effects of binge drinking. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. When a person drinks non-stop for a long time, like my mom, their brain tries to counter act the depression by over stimulating it. When the alcohol is suddenly taken away (when she decides to stop, or runs out of money) the central nervous system becomes over stimulated.

    The withdrawals from alcohol are called delirium-tremens. It is more deadly then heroin withdrawals. It starts with a really bad hang over. Any person's hang over is withdrawals from the drug (Alcohol is a drug), that's why drinking a small amount of alcohol helps the symptoms so much.

    After, or during that stage, the person begins to shake. They can't stop their hands, head and other extremities from shaking. Kinda like boxers who have been hit in the head too many times.

    The next step is tingling sensations. It is described as spiders crawling on your skin, and can progress to the feeling of snake bites. These sensations make the next stage even more frightening, hallucinations (delirium). These hallucinations are almost always terrifying.

    Once a person reaches the delirium stage, they need to go to the hospital so that a doctor can give them a barbiturate. Barbiturates work because they are and alternative depressant drug, but the doctor is able to regulate this drug better then alcohol and slowly wean the patient off. It the alcoholic dose not receive medical attention, the final stage is grand-mal seizures (tremens). This is often followed by death. Every time a person survives these withdrawals, the symptoms become more and more sever every time.

    There are many other ways alcohol can kill you. In the short term, car accidents, falling, etc. ( those thing have happen to my mom) Long term, a person can get a fatty liver that leads to cirrhosis of the liver and death. If they don't die from it, they will probably loss their mind. Binge drinking has detestation effects on a person's short term memory, problem solving ability, emotions, and personality. Basically, in the long run, it's like taking a sledgehammer to the forehead and permanently damaging your cerebral cortex (the part of your brain that makes you who your are).

    Most people don't know about delirium-tremens, or these other horrible consequences. I certainly didn't know when I was younger. Looking back, I saw some of these terrible symptoms in my mom. Her personality has changed and she repeats the same sentence a lot. The most terrifying, though, is that I have seen her shake, and heard her scream for seemingly no reason when she is coming down from a binge. She blacks out for days when this happens. She wakes up with no almost no memory of this happening, and acts like every thing is fine, but I know she realizes what she did. How can she deny loosing a week on the calendar?

    When I'm done writing I'm going to go to her apartment. She might not let me in, but I will get in anyway. Honestly, it has taken me this long to check on her because I am really afraid I will see her dead. I love my mom.

    My mom had my sister take her to the hospital last time this happened. They admitted her into the psyc ward. My mom didn't like that very much. They couldn't hold, for some reason and let her go. Now she is avoiding my sister and I.

    My sister called the cops on her and told them she was suicidal. They couldn't do anything because my mom wouldn't admit it. Also, she was in her a apartment, so they couldn't take her in for public intoxication. What a f*cked up country. The police can arrest a pot smoker who is not hurting themselves or anyone else. But they can't help my mom who is killing herself, and might try to drive and kill some innocent person.

    I really don't know what to do anymore.

    Please, if anyone out there has an idea of a way to get her help against her own will. If I don't find a way she might die. If she survives this time, it will happen again. She won't stop until she dead.

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, I'm really sorry for her.

      Personally I would try to introduce her to marijuana smoking in order to get her to stop from drinking. I don't really know what else to say because I know that people who drink a lot won't even consider what other people say.

      You could also let her be how she wants, I know it is hard but she is another human being and she probably went through a lot as a result in drinking and as a human being she has the right to live her life how she wants (even though alcohol took over her mind). We all die at some point, she might have found her own strange happiness.

      Take care and please do not be upset about her.


Alcohol Liver Problem Symptoms

Alcohol abuse affects our health and our body in a variety of ways. Several keys organs and internal functions can be irreparably damaged because of heavy drinking over an extended period of time. Chief among those areas at risk is the liver one of our bodys most crucial organs. Once the liver is damaged by alcohol, a number of serious health problems can ensue many of which eventually lead to death. It is important that young people be made aware of the risks to their liver than originate from alcohol abuse.

The liver is in charge of processing the liquor that enters your body. A healthy liver is able to properly process about one drink (one ounce of liquor) per hour. If you drink more than this, the liver is unable to do its job and body starts to become saturated with alcohol.

What happens when your body becomes saturated with alcohol? The unprocessed alcohol goes straight to your brain and causes the kind of behavior commonly associated with drunkenness (impaired judgment, loss of inhibitions, etc.).

But over time, a much bigger problem begins to occur.

When an individual engages in heavy drinking over a long period of time, the liver becomes swelled and fatty. A fat liver causes several key internal problems:

It chokes off the supply of blood coming into the liver which keeps oxygen and crucial nutrients from being delivered.

The lack of oxygen and nutrients causes liver cells to sicken and die

The live liver cells are replaced with scar tissue (this process is known as cirrhosis of the liver).

Once cirrhosis of the liver occurs, the individual is no longer able to properly tolerate alcohol because the liver lacks the proper cells to process and metabolize it.

How likely is a person to get cirrhosis of the liver? Genetics play a big role in whether or not someone is stricken with cirrhosis of the liver. If the drinker has a history of the problem in his family, then he might show symptoms relatively quickly (in as little as a year of consuming 3-4 drinks per day). On the other hand, there are some people who drink heavily on a regular basis for their entire lives and never get cirrhosis.

What happens if the liver fails because of excessive alcohol consumption? The results can be fatal. The liver is a crucial part of our how our body functions. It is responsible for so many vital operations that we cannot live without it. The liver is:

The largest organ in the human body

Responsible for most of the blood flow between the intestinal tract to the heart

The storage area for glycogen the bodys breakdown of sugar which is used to generate energy

Responsible for breaking down toxins that occur with the body's metabolism.

One of the most prominent warning signs of cirrhosis of the liver is jaundice. Jaundice is characterized by a yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes.

Not only older people are candidates for cirrhosis of the liver. Young men just out of their teens (who have already been drinking for years) have experienced liver failure brought on by cirrhosis of the liver.

For this reason, and many others, it is important to make young people aware of the dangers of chronic alcohol abuse. If young people establish good habits early on, they will be that much less likely to develop into alcoholics later in life. While it is harder to fight the problem in those genetically pre-disposed for alcoholism, problems with the liver can still be avoided with a solid education on the topic combined with a healthy lifestyle.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Am I at risk for any liver problems after taking Tylenol two days after drinking alcohol?
    Two nights ago I took multiple shots of alcohol and I haven't been feeling well ever since. Since that night I have had terrible headaches and I have just came down with a fever. If I just took Tylenol (a little bit less than 48 hours later) to try and heal my symptoms, am I at risk for anything (ie. liver problems, other side affects)?

    • ANSWER:

  2. QUESTION:
    My lower back and sides are hurting...kidney or liver problem?
    I think I'm starting to feel the effects of long term ephedrine abuse, but how do I know for sure if I'm having kidney or liver problems? What are the symptoms of your organs starting to fail? It doesn't hurt when I urinate or anything like though, so what could be the problem? Also, whenever I drink alcohol, I get the same pains.

    • ANSWER:
      If I were you I would do a complete system cleanse. Here is some info.

      Have you already gone through the full kidney and colon cleansing processes?

      Kidney cleanse is any procedure that involves drinking a huge amount of liquid, and taking care what you are eating. Just a better diet with more water can be enough! But, also any form of bowel cleansing will also help kidneys! The Master Cleanse Lemonade Diet is also a Kidney cleanse, juice fasting is also a kidney cleanse, and any other form of fasting that incorporates a lot of liquids, will in the same time clean a kidney. Do you need special herbs? Only if you have acute lower back pain, clear symptom of Kidney stones (sharp glass like crystals, made of phosphoric acid, or sometimes may include other acids). In special occasions, you can get a kidney stone crystallized in less then a few days !!! To melt a stone/stones, you may need a few weeks, or one day with the Watermelon Cleanse.

      Herbal Kidney Cleanse Designed by Dr. Hulda Clark from her book "The Cure for All Disease", explains in detail how to cleanse the kidneys, and her cleansing program will get rid of most if not all the stones, WITHOUT surgery.
      Ingredients:

      1/2 cup dried Hydrangea root
      1/2 cup Gravel root
      1/2 cup Marshmallow root
      4 bunches of fresh parsley
      Goldenrod tincture (leave this out of the recipe if you are allergic to it)
      Ginger Capsules
      Uva Ursi capsules
      Vegetable glycerine
      Vitamin B6 250mg
      Magnesium oxide 300mg or 1/4 cup Green Drink Beverage

      Measure ¼ cup of each root and set them to soak, Together in 10 cups of cold tap water, using a non-metal container and a non-metal lid (a dinner plate will do). After four hours (or over night), bring liquid with soaked herbs to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Drink a ¼ cup as soon as it is cool enough. Pour the rest in through a bamboo or plastic strainer into a sterile pint jar (glass) and several freezable containers. Refrigerate the glass jar.
      Find fresh parsley at a grocery store that does not spray its produce (ask the owner). Boil the fresh parsley, after rinsing, in 1 quart of water for 3 minutes. Strain out the liquid, then drink ¼ cup when cool enough. Refrigerate a pint and freeze 1 pint. Put the cooked parsley in your compost bucket.
      Dose: each morning, pour together ¾ cup of the root mixture and ½ cup parsley water, filling a large mug. Add 20 drops of goldenrod tincture and 1 tbs. of glycerin.

      Drink this mixture in divided doses throughout the day. Keep cold. Do not drink it all at once or you will get a stomach ache and feel pressure in the bladder. If your stomach is very sensitive, start on half this dose.

      Save the roots after the first boiling, storing them in the freezer. After 13 days when your supply runs low, boil the same roots a second time, but add only 6 cups water and simmer only 10 minutes. This will last another 8 days, for a total of three weeks. You may cook the roots a third time if you wish, but the recipe gets less potent. If your problem is severe, only cook them twice.
      After three weeks, repeat with fresh herbs. You need to do the kidney cleanse for six weeks to get good results, longer for severe problems.

      Also take:

      Ginger capsules: one with each meal (3/day).
      Uva Ursi capsules: one with breakfast and two with supper
      Vitamin B6 (250mg): one per day
      Magnesium oxide (300mg): one a day

      Take these supplements just before your meal to avoid burping.

      Some notes on this recipe: this herbal tea, as well as the parsley, can easily spoil. Heat it to boiling every fourth day if it is being stored in the refrigerator; this resterilizes it. If you sterilize it in the morning you may take it to work without refrigerating it (use a glass container).

      There are probably dozens of herbs that can dissolve kidney crystals and stones. If you can only find several of those in the recipe, make the recipe anyway; it will just take longer to get results. Remember that vitamin B6 and magnesium taken daily can prevent oxalate stones from forming. But only if you stop drinking regular tea and cocoa. Tea has 15.6 mg oxalate acid per cup. A tall glass of iced tea could give you over 20 mg oxalate acid. Switch to herb teas. Cocoa and chocolate, also, have too much oxalate acid to be used as beverages.

      Remember too that phosphate crystals are made when you eat too much phosphate. Phosphate levels are high in meats, breads, cereals, pastas, and carbonated drinks, eat less of these, and increase your milk (2%), fruits and vegetables. Drink at least 2 pints of water per day.

      You can dissolve all your kidney stones in 3 weeks, but make new ones in 3 days if you are drinking tea and cocoa and phosphate beverages.
      Cleanse your kidneys at least twice a year.

      http://www.falconblanco.com/health/cleansing/kidney.html

      kidney cleanse
      http://www.curezone.com/cleanse/kidney/default.asp
      http://www.ehow.com/how_12678_kidney-cleansing-fast.html
      http://www.healingdaily.com/colon-kidney-detoxification.htm
      http://www.healthfree.com/cleansing_programs_kidney.html

  3. QUESTION:
    Possible alcohol allergy? Dehydration? Liver? What is this?
    In my early 20s, I drank heavily and almost daily without any real problems. The past 5 years it's very rare if I ingest any alcohol more than once a month. The past 1-2 years I've noticed that the day AFTER I drink I develop a painful skin 'condition' which feels like just a sunburn WITHOUT any redness/flushing/rash. It usually involves my upper arms, torso and thighs being painful when touched. It takes anywhere between 2-5 days before fully going away. It has happened with as little as 2 beers (or more), mixed liquor drinks or wine.

    I read much about alcohol related allergies but found nothing involving this particular symptom. Most refer to rashes or flushing of the skin which I never have. I haven't found anything about painful skin. Has anyone heard of this? Could this be a simple allergy or a symptom of some other problem? Liver or kidney disorder? If it's dehydration, why would this be happening now and never in the past?
    I have no problem quitting altogether if that is the only answer but I'd still like to know what is causing this.
    I am not on any kind of medication of any kind nor do I use any other drugs

    • ANSWER:
      My suspicion is that it is reaction in the presence of another medication.

      There are cells in the blood called the "Mast Cells" they produce chemicals causing swelling, redness and pain. It is typically activated with allergy. But what you are describing sounds more like a drug reaction, or an overreaction to alcohol.

      1- First check what medications you are taking, even over-the-counter ones like acetaminophen (Tylenol), that is metabolized by the liver. Also birth control medication or any other drugs.

      2- Then establish the cause-effect relationship, drink alcohol and write down the symptoms --> then do not drink alcohol for a while (for about 5 to 6 times the period it took for the reaction to appear) and write down the outcomes --> then drink again and document the symptoms.

      3- Know that ANYTHING at all can cause allergic reaction, their is what is called "aquagenic urticaria", yes allergy to water. Know also that different people react differently to the same allergen. You may also have allergies or reaction to allergens, food or medication.

      4- The next step is to check the liver function and the kidney function. This will now have to be done by a doctor. You can not afford to have liver disease and not seek proper medical attention.

      Good luck!

  4. QUESTION:
    My friend only has 1/8 of her liver that is functioning,she also has hep C and a family trait of liver problem?
    The doctor said he cannot give her a time frame but it does not look good and he told her to go be with Family and friends. She just got back to her hometown a few days ago and has been staying ay my house the last few days. Het stomach where her liver is hurts and she is nauseous and no appetite and flu like symptoms. She has abused alcohol and pills in her life

    • ANSWER:
      Hepatitis C is a virus that enters the body and goes to the
      liver and uses the liver cells to replicate itself.
      When the cell is used, it dies and the virus moves onto
      other cells to use.

      When the liver cells die and form scar tissue inside the
      liver...it is known as Cirrhosis of the liver. It is a
      progressive and irreversible disease.

      She should of talked with her doctor about being
      evaluated for placement on the Liver Transplant list.
      She should be seeing either a gastroenterologist or
      hepatologist now. She should be detoxed from alcohol
      and street drugs for a period of six months prior to
      being evaluated. She should be monitored closely
      when she tries to do this...as the doctors can be
      sure her body can handle it and they have medications
      that will help ease her transition to detox.

      Here are some things that the doctors can do, if she
      has any of them listed:

      Ascites is the build up of fluid in the abdomen. This
      fluid can be drained by a procedure known as
      paracentesis and it will give the patient instant relief
      from the pressure of the fluid pushing on her organs
      and lungs. However, it will come back since the liver
      can no longer make the protein, Albumin...which holds
      fluids inside our vessels.

      Not eatting isn't good. The body needs food to help heal.
      Ask the doctor what supplements he might recommend for
      her to use. They are usually drinks that have lots of vitamins
      and minerals in them.

      If her legs and feet are swollen...the doctor can place her
      on diuretics and also a "lower" sodium diet. He should tell
      her how much sodium and fluids he is allowed to have per
      day. Elevate the legs, but do not massage them.

      She may have encephalopathy. This is when a patient
      becomes easily confused, disoriented, has sleep pattern
      changes, tremors. The doctor can start her on Lactulose
      medication or Xifaxin to help remove ammonia from her
      body so it doesn't reach her brain as much.

      Any blood in the sputum, vomit, or rectal area is an
      emergency. The blood can no longer go through the liver
      well...therefore it is forced (under pressure) in smaller
      vessels (known as varies) that can easily break open and bleed.
      The doctors can go in and band these broken vessels
      to stop the bleeding. Those who have cirrhosis, the liver
      no longer makes clotting factors efficiently...the patient
      bleeds and bruises very easily.

      She should try to eat smaller meals instead of 3 large ones
      per day. A small bowl of fruit, some soup, ice cream....
      little servings can help ease and calm the stomach some.
      Or get the supplement that the doctor recommends.

      I hope this information has been of some help to you.
      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/

      Best wishes

  5. QUESTION:
    Liver disease and Hepatitis C questions..?
    Recently, my dad has become jaundiced and his belly distended. This all happened within about.. 2 weeks maximum. He's an alcoholic and has been for years. However, he also recently got a really bad cut while he was "beach combing," trying to pull out a metal lobster trap that was stuck in the sand after washing up on a beach shore. The cut was really pretty bad and infected-looking and hasn't even fully healed yet. His symptoms started to show about.. 2 weeks after he got this cut.
    I immediately attributed his symptoms to liver problems due to his drinking problem. However, I was just doing some research and it seems as though Hepatitis C is characterized by liver disease and jaundice, among other things, and that alcohol consumption (not to mention excessive alcohol consumption) can cause a rapid deterioration of Hepatitis C.

    I know he needs to see a doctor, but for some reason he's having a hard time getting himself in to see a doctor. I think it may be because he doesn't want to face what's going on with himself. I'm going to try and convince him to go, but I just want to ask a few questions to help me out with my facts:

    1) Is it possible that he acquired Hep C after getting the cut, and that his jaundice and distended stomach is due to rapid Hep C deterioration because of his alcoholism?
    2) It's only been about 1 month since he got the cut. Is it too soon for Hep C to be showing symptoms, excessive alcohol consumption or not?
    3) Is liver disease curable? How?

    Thank you for any answers in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Most advanced liver disease is not curable and the jaundice that is now present gives this indication. Your father needs to go to the nearest ER so they can give him the correct medications to make him more comfortable. He could be dying right before your eyes. Forget about the Hep C, the jaundice and belly distension are serious symptoms that need immediate medical attention. It is a sign his liver is shutting down which can soon lead to death.

  6. QUESTION:
    Do I have a liver problem?
    I quit drinking alcohol on Feb 25th. Although I was expecting to go through some kind of withdrawls, I am doing pretty well and haven't had that 'Oh I have to have a drink'. Pretty good considering I drank everyday, probably a minimum of 5 beers for several years. My concern is that I am extremely exhausted. I am not a napper, but I come home for lunch and sleep anywhere from 20 min to 2 hours. I didn't use to do that when I was drinking. I also, started to itch on the bottom part of both my legs in the same areas. The itching was new to me and it started before I quit drinking. What I have just mentioned above are things that I am finding as symptoms of liver disease. Am I just going through a healing process, since I quit drinking, or does it sound like I already have some sort of liver disease? Yes, I know I just need to go to the doctor to get tested, but I was wondering if anyone else has gone through the same experience, when they quit drinking.
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I was a heavy daily drinker for 15 years. When I quit 5 years ago, I already had liver disease with cirrhosis, which had caused psoriasis (dry itchy skin patches) on my shins and elbows. After a few months, it started clearing up. I don't have the itchy skin any more.

      The exhausted in the afternon thing is because our bodies make sugar from the alcohol, and now your body doesn't get the sugar boost it is used to. I found orange juice, chocolate, or ice cream in the afternoon helped substitute for the lost sugar boost. It still took awhile before I didn't want a nap in the afternoon.

      Congrats on your sobriety, hang in there!

  7. QUESTION:
    What problem with liver also causes skin problem on legs? Hubby worried sick? Is it serious?
    My husbands sister lives abroad where the health service is apalling. My husband is worried sick so if you can shed some light please, that would be really appreciated!
    His sister is undergoing tests and has been told her problem is her liver, and she needs further urgent tests. Apparantly her skin, particularly on her legs, has been severely affected (sorry but peeling) and it's connected to the liver problem. I'm not aware of any other symptoms apart from that she collapsed last week, apparantly stopped breathing (?) and was taken to hospital. She has had these episodes all of her life so not sure if its connected.
    She is healthy and pure. We are 100% certain this couldnt be connected to alcohol, drugs or anything nasty.
    Do you have any insight or experience to suggest what this liver problem MAY be?
    Thankyou. She wont have had a boyfriend or tattoo but she has certainly had intravenious drugs..Our young twins also had these in albania 3 years ago. My husband bought the needles himself from a 'reputable' chemist (meaning someone he knew..this is how it goes in Albania) ans he watched them do this to save their lives. Should we get them tested for hepatitis now, with this possibility?

    • ANSWER:

  8. QUESTION:
    What are the noticable symptoms of liver failure?
    My dad passed away in January. He drunk a lot of alcohol all his life, he did like a good drink but I believe he wasn't alcoholic.
    I was told by the doctors died of pneumonia, but he was in and out of hospital a while before that with problems (wasn't eating, weak, very very skinny, yellow eyes, seemed to be disorientated as if he had no idea where he was or what he was doing). It turned out he did indeed have liver problems, but they kind of...pushed it to one side, and told us to just buy things for our home to help him walk and get up, like zimmer frames and stuff.
    Just before he died, his liver had completely failed, as well as his kidneys, pancreas and spleen.
    I'm just wondering, what are noticeable signs of liver failure? Would I have known this would happen and could I have prevented it?
    Thanks x

    • ANSWER:
      You could not have prevented his organs from shutting down. There were signs. Early on brown spots on the back of his hands and forearms, the yellow eyes, and a (Jaundice) yellowing of the skin. He would have noticed the color of his urine being dark instead of clear, and would likely have had pain in the small of his back (kidney area). These things happen over time, and unless he mentioned them, you would be unaware.

  9. QUESTION:
    I have Hep C and am not sure what is taxing for my liver. Alcohol, of course, but how about vitamins?
    Is red meat a problem? What is "kind" to the liver and what nourishes it? I have already gone through the interferon treatment 1x fo 48 weeks and am preparing to do it all over again for 76 weeks.. I have never met anyone with this desease and would like to talk with others that have it and have gone through what I am. Also, I dont have any symptoms, what do I have to expect in the future. Can I live a normal lifetime?

    • ANSWER:
      no one with hcv will have a "normal life". they can live a normal lifespan, but the quality of life deminishes as the virus replicates.

      hcv infects through the bloodstream, uses the liver as it's host, but the quasispecies end up in all tissues and organs throughout the body. there are over 150 extrahepatic symptoms of hcv.

      since your beginning treatment, i'd say just no iron or alcohol.
      (not even the rubbing kind).

      once you begin, about the end of the second or third week, you will notice a change in how food reacts to your tastbuds-so eating good foods, let alone bad foods will be an issue.
      course you know this i am sure by your first round of treatment.

      *all people infected with hcv have symptoms-it's just that most doctors are not aware of the diseases associated with hcv.

      i do wish you well on treatment this time around! drink plenty of water.

  10. QUESTION:
    Is my liver damaged from mixing hydrocodone and alcohol one time?
    Hello, I am very concerned about my liver after a night of doing something reckless. I am a healthy 21 year old, 6'1, 200 pound male with no lasting medical problems of any sort. Going to go into greater detail about my problem. About tree days a go I drank about 10 shots of 100 proof vodka throughout the day/night total and then 15 mins or so (probably a little longer than that though maybe a half hour even) later after my last shot late at night close to midnight I would say, I took 1 pill of hydrocodone 5MG/500MG (I have it prescribed for a broken nose) and then about an hour later after I took that pill I took two tylenol PM's to try and sleep. It is probably important to note that I only took the 1 hydrocodone all day, NOT more than one (and it was that low dose 5MG/500MG pill) and again that was about 15 mins or so after drinking my last shot of the day. I had NO hydrocodone or any pills at all the next day following this event. It may be important to note I did also eat a huge portion of nachos with nacho cheese after taking the two tylenol and drank a big thing of tea, so that may have sucked up some alcohol? Also right after I finished eating the nachos I went straight to sleep. I am not a regular drinker, I was just drinking that day/night for a random thrill out of boredom. And I have never ever mixed alcohol and drugs like this before, this was the first and last time. The next day myfriend told me I could have seriously damaged my liver. I have been concerned ever since that night about my liver. But like I said I have only done this one time and it was accidental because I was not thinking because I was intoxicated, and so far I think I am fine. I have not experienced any of the symptoms of liver damage over the past view days, I have been keeping close tabs on myself and doing appropriate research and so far I think I am fine, no concerns. I talked to a friend that is a 911 dispatcher, she has no real medical experience like a doc nurse though, but she said she thinks I am fine. But should I go see my doctor and get medical advise just in case? Am I in any immediate or long lasting danger? Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      aside from destroying a few billion brain cells with all that alcohol, I doubt you did yourself any lasting damage. Suggest you find better ways to alleviate your boredome in future.

  11. QUESTION:
    liver damage from alcohol?
    how can i support a friend that will not admit to family and friends that she has a drinking problem.
    Her mother has convinced her that myself and another friend are interfering. She has all the symptoms of liver damage and says she is on the transplant list because a gall stone was attached to her liver and when it was removed it got damaged. Her stomach is always swollen, she itches, swollen legs and has had a minor stroke, hypertension loss of appetite. There are various others including anger and lies.

    • ANSWER:
      Attend some Al-Anon meetings for yourself. These meetings will put you in contact with others that are dealing with the same issues and can offer you the tools and guidance needed to cope. One of the biggest problems is facing the fact that there is only so much that you can do. When these people and some family members are in denial, the problem can sometimes seem a losing battle. At least the meetings can offer you some peace of your own, and you can learn better ways to communicate and offer a healthier means of support to your friend. Give it a shot and good luck, it's a LONG and winding road.

  12. QUESTION:
    Is my liver damaged at all from mixing hydrocodone and alcohol one time?
    Hello, I am very concerned about my liver after a night of doing something reckless. I am a healthy 21 year old, 6'1, 200 pound male with no lasting medical problems of any sort. Im very healthy across the board, i dont do drugs, and im not a regular drinker. Going to go into greater detail about my problem. About five days a go I drank about 10 shots of 100 proof vodka throughout the day/night total and then 15 mins or so (probably a little longer than that though maybe a half hour even) later after my last shot late at night close to midnight I would say, I took 1 pill of hydrocodone 5MG/500MG (I have it prescribed for a broken nose) and then about an hour later after I took that pill I took two tylenol PM's to try and sleep. It is probably important to note that I only took the 1 hydrocodone all day, NOT more than one (and it was that low dose 5MG/500MG pill) and again that was about 15 mins or so after drinking my last shot of the day. I had NO hydrocodone or any pills at all the next day following this event. It may be important to note I did also eat a huge portion of nachos with nacho cheese after taking the two tylenol and drank a big thing of tea, so that may have sucked up some alcohol? Also right after I finished eating the nachos I went straight to sleep. I am not a regular drinker, I was just drinking that day/night for a random thrill out of boredom. And I have never ever mixed alcohol and drugs like this before, this was the first and last time. The next day myfriend told me I could have seriously damaged my liver. I have been concerned ever since that night about my liver. But like I said I have only done this one time and it was accidental because I was not thinking because I was intoxicated, and so far I think I am fine. I have not experienced any of the symptoms of liver damage over the past view days, I have been keeping close tabs on myself and doing appropriate research and so far I think I am fine, no concerns. I talked to a friend that is a 911 dispatcher, she has no real medical experience like a doc nurse though, but she said she thinks I am fine. But should I go see my doctor and get medical advise just in case? Am I in any immediate or long lasting danger? Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Damaging your liver by drinking and taking pills is not like damaging it in a car accident where it is visibly bruised or lacerated. One night of drinking and taking pills is not going to kill you of liver disease (overdose is a much greater possibility). Just don't make a habit of it--this is what leads to trouble. That is why they say that people who drink 3 or more drinks every night should avoid Tylenol. The danger of hydrocodone and alcohol mixing is it is easier to get really messed up and be unable to breathe properly on your own. So overdose rather than liver damage is your biggest danger from one night of binging. Just avoid it in th future and you should have no problem. As with everything in life, alcohol in moderation is fine, as is hydrocodone taken to relieve serious acute pain. Binge drinking and taking hydrocodone to have a good time are not healthy behaviors and should be stopped.

      Good luck, I think you'll be okay, but be wary of this in the future

  13. QUESTION:
    Is it possible I have liver disease?
    I am 50.
    I was a heavy drinker heavy drinker until recently, and have managed to reduce my consumption and binge episodes to once a month or less.
    I am now concerned that I am showing symptoms of liver disease, be it cirrosis, fatty liver, or gallstones.
    The cheif symptoms are:
    1. Constant abdominal distension and feeling bloated although I am a light eater.
    2. Feelings of nausea, especially on rising.
    3.Constant dull pain under right rib cage.
    4.Pale, thin stools, and sometimes explosive dihrea.
    5.Visible veins on my abdomen
    6.Constant itching especially on my neck and feet.
    Today I had a nausea attack and severe bloating in the afternoon (all I had to eat was yogurt in the morning)felt so bad I almost left work.
    I have seen my doctor about this twice, and the liver blood blood urine tests always come back normal.
    He says to lose weight and exercise more. I cant lose weight despite eating very little and I run three times a week.
    I must confess that the weeks leading up to and over XMAS I did over consume alcohol and fatty foods, but not more than I usually do at Xmas.
    Do you think I have a liver problem?
    One friend said to stop alcohol for two months and it would completely heal itself.
    I did that last summer-didnt seem to help.
    If you think I need different tests please indicate so I can ask my doctor for them. I am so concerned about the bloating I want an xray!
    Thanks happy new year!

    • ANSWER:
      All liver patients are told No Alcohol. The symptoms of coming off of alcohol can be mistaken for a liver problem and, in some cases, can be life threatening...should be under a doctors care. He has medications that can lessen these symptoms.

      No one blood test is 100% accurate. Many things can effect the results of these tests and a comparison is done of more than one to be sure. However, in some patients, there is not an abnormal result even it they have liver disease.

      You should be with a gastroenterologist or hepatologist now.
      You definitely need further testing done to determine what exactly is happening with you.

      High Alcohol consumption over time can cause Fatty liver disease. Ultrasound or Ct scan may see this...a liver biopsy would definitely show it.
      Colonoscopy would check the colon...Pill swallow endoscopy would check the small intestines. ERCP(Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography) would check the esophagus, stomach, first part of the intestines and the biliary area and Pancreatic ducts.

      Wish I could be of more help. I hope you find out what is the problem.

      Here are some links you can click on that will give you information on different tests and different things that may be the cause of your problem.
      http://www.gihealth.com/html/education/pamphlets.html
      http://www.gitract.info/

  14. QUESTION:
    Is my liver damaged at all from mixing hydrocodone with tylenol PM and alcohol one time?
    Hello, I am very concerned about my liver after a night of doing something reckless. I am a healthy 21 year old, 6'1, 200 pound male with no lasting medical problems of any sort. Im very healthy across the board, i dont do drugs, and im not a regular drinker. Going to go into greater detail about my problem. About five days a go I drank about 10 shots of 100 proof vodka throughout the day/night total and then 15 mins or so (probably a little longer than that though maybe a half hour even) later after my last shot late at night close to midnight I would say, I took 1 pill of hydrocodone 5MG/500MG (I have it prescribed for a broken nose) and then about an hour later after I took that pill I took two tylenol PM's to try and sleep. It is probably important to note that I only took the 1 hydrocodone all day, NOT more than one (and it was that low dose 5MG/500MG pill) and again that was about 15 mins or so after drinking my last shot of the day. I had NO hydrocodone or any pills at all the next day following this event. It may be important to note I did also eat a huge portion of nachos with nacho cheese after taking the two tylenol and drank a big thing of tea, so that may have sucked up some alcohol? Also right after I finished eating the nachos I went straight to sleep. I am not a regular drinker, I was just drinking that day/night for a random thrill out of boredom. And I have never ever mixed alcohol and drugs like this before, this was the first and last time. The next day myfriend told me I could have seriously damaged my liver. I have been concerned ever since that night about my liver. But like I said I have only done this one time and it was accidental because I was not thinking because I was intoxicated, and so far I think I am fine. I have not experienced any of the symptoms of liver damage over the past view days, I have been keeping close tabs on myself and doing appropriate research and so far I think I am fine, no concerns. I talked to a friend that is a 911 dispatcher, she has no real medical experience like a doc nurse though, but she said she thinks I am fine. But should I go see my doctor and get medical advise just in case? Am I in any immediate or long lasting danger? Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      one time abuse will not hurt your liver..it is one tough organ. just remember it can handle only so much, so lay off heavy drinking and mixing drugs, and you will be fine..

  15. QUESTION:
    Why is the addictive drug called "alcohol" legal while a lot of other drugs are not?
    I have read many times where alcohol is the most dangerous drug - but even if it's not, it is still addictive & people overdose on it often (alcohol poisoning), and certainly it has caused more injuries & deaths from driving accidents than any other drug. Alcohol has been responsible for a lot of violence and murders: it has destroyed many families, and has caused many of it's users to lose jobs among other things. It also causes liver damage and other health problems, and has withdrawal symptoms like other addictive drugs. I'm just wondering if anyone has any ideas about this?
    ...as far as controlling how much a person drinks, that is a good answer, but still, too many people cannot control how much they drink...and at the same time, I've known a lot of people who are satisified with just doing a little bit of a certain drug because they didn't like to get too wasted, or in the case of speed, they knew if they took too much it would make them too nervous, so they just took a little.
    I really have been wondering this for a long time, regardless of other drugs...it just seems that if it causes so many problems that it would be made illegal. I really don't know that much about politics-I figured that it might be because of the money it brings to the government...but yet it costs the country so much financially as well as the cost of people's lives if this were true...I suppose it could also be that a lot of the government officials are doing this drug also, and don't want it to be outlawed.

    • ANSWER:
      Govt. should Have an alternate this for its revenue.

  16. QUESTION:
    Can upper back pain be a symptom of liver problems?
    I am quite a heavy drinker and I usually drink a bottle of wine a night. However, I work shifts which means I don't drink at all for 4 days in a row (so I drink a lot for 6 days, and then have 4 days alcohol free) In the last 2 months I have developed pain in my upper back between the shoulder blades. Its a bit like cramp or a stabbing pain and I mainly only get it in the morning (The pain tends to wake me up). I've been looking online at symptom checkers and it seems that the pain could be associated with liver problems. Has anyone any knowledge/experience of this? If I go to the Doctors is there some sort of easy test they can do to check your liver? (I don't want to waste their time)
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      You definitely should be checked by the doctor,
      asap, and have blood testing taken.
      Alcohol can cause pain in the back where you
      stated if you have pancreatitis or pancreatic problems.
      But, it could be a heart problem or skeletal (spine) problem.

      If you take your right hand and place it on the
      lower part of your rib cage and your pickie finger
      is at the last rib in front...this is where your right
      liver lobe is. The left liver lobe extends over
      from that toward the middle of the abdomen, in front.
      Usually, the symptoms of a liver problems can
      be mistaken for other things, because the
      patient become extremely tired and may have
      flu like symptoms. It usually doesn't cause
      pain in between the shoulder blades.

      Hope this is of some help.

      Alcohol can cause a problem in the liver in different ways:
      If you understand that the liver takes toxins out of the
      body and converts them to non toxic substance that
      the body can easily dispose of...then you will understand
      this:
      Over consuming alcohol in a short time period, doesn't
      give the liver time to convert the alcohol to acetaldehyde,
      then to acetate, and then to carbon dioxide and water.
      It will then become toxic to the liver. Over consuming
      alcohol in a long time period can lead to the build up
      of fat inside the liver (fatty infiltation) which causes
      pressure in the liver and can damage the liver cells.
      Just like any other drug, some people are more
      sensitive to alcohol and some are even allergic to it
      and damage to the liver cells can occur faster in some
      than others. Taking medications with alcohol or close
      to the time alcohol is consumed can cause an
      interaction to take place and the liver cells can be
      instantly damaged.

      When the liver cells become damaged, the immune
      system of the body responds to this damage and
      cause inflammation inside the liver, which will cause
      the liver to enlarge in size...even though it is
      surrounded by a tight membrane capsule. IF the
      alcohol isn't stopped and the inflammation is not
      releaved inside the liver...the liver cells can die
      and form scar tissue inside the liver that can block
      the flow of blood. This is then an irreversible,
      progressive disease of Cirrhosis of the liver.
      The only cure is a liver transplant.
      Liver transplant cost in the range of
      0,000 and up. You have to have the best
      health insurance or find a way to raise money
      for one. You also have to be detoxed from
      alcohol for a period of six months prior to being
      able to be evaluated for placement on the
      transplant list. You can never return to alcohol
      after that.

      The blood tests that the doctor can do to check
      your liver are the liver enzymes (ALT,AST,ALP,
      and GGT), the liver functions tests (Bilirubin,
      INR, Albumin, Pt, PTT), the liver viral blood
      tests for Hepatitis A,B,C,etc.
      To look up these tests, you can either type
      in your search engine: "liver function tests"
      or look each one up on this site:
      http://www.labtestsonline.org

      IF the doctor believes your liver is enlarged,
      he may request to have either an ultrasound
      or Ct scan done. If you do have liver
      disease, ask to be referred to either a
      gastroenterologist or hepatologist.

      However, if this is a pancrease problem:
      he can check your amylase and lipase
      blood levels and have a CT scan done to look
      at this hard to see organ that is
      located behind the stomach and over
      toward the liver.

      Best wishes

  17. QUESTION:
    my father was diagnosed with FATTY LIVER?
    my father aged 56,alcoholic from about 25 years (daily alcohol consumption is 300 ml) was suffering from some problem with his liver the symptoms were:
    abdominal pain (non radiating)
    vomit after meal
    lack of appetite
    he got himself checked from a liver expert.
    ultrasound was ok but it showed moderate fatty liver.
    endoscopy was fine with no ulcers n all...
    he is not obese ,not suffering from diabetes ..
    liver function tests were also ok...
    now his condition has improved and he has starting taking meals n dsnt feels vomit sensation....
    i want to know that what diet plan should he follow to cure this problem...
    is this problem fatal..???
    i am worried...
    plz help...
    he has reduces his alcohol consumption to abt one drink a day ,but cant quit it completely....

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, I will try to answer your question as best I can. It's very good that your dad had himself chcked out and that he is making an effort to reduce his drinking. Unfortunately, once liver disease has begun from alcoholism, it is progressive. The good news is that fatty liver disease is the first step in this progression, and it is possible to completely reverse the damage, but he will need to stop drinking entirely. The next step is alcoholic hepatitis, which is more serious, and then cirrhosis, which is life-threatening and is NOT reversible.
      I actually have a bit of personal experience here; I am a recovering alcoholic myself and have been sober for over 2 1/2 years. The reason that I am mentioning this is that I know it IS possible to stop completely. He feels that he cannot; that is part of the disease of alcoholism. He is down to one drink a day, which means that at this moment, he is not significantly physically dependent on alcohol. The problem is, his liver is already damaged. It cannot handle its normal functions the way a healthy liver would. Alcohol is very stressful on the diseased liver. The crazy part of this disease is that he and his family and probably even his doctor probably believe he is not an alcoholic if he can cut way down like that. This is not usually the case. Any alcohol in his system will most likely eventually drive him back to his old habits and beyond. This is why support from a group (such as AA or SMART recovery or others) can be so crucial. Therapy or counselling can help also. This is a genetic and chemical problem and has nothing to do with willpower or morality.
      As for diet, I would suggest a basic healthy diet, low in saturated fats, higher in unsaturated, higher in fiber, moderate in protein, lots of fresh veggies and fruits and whole grains. Milk thistle can be a good supplement for the liver. As always, I am not a doc and he should follow his doctor's recommendations.
      I have a great deal of sympathy for him and for you. Alcoholism sucks, but your dad will hopefully discover that he is not alone and he can live sober one day at a time. It is very hard to quit drinking, and at first it may seem impossible and pointless, but eventually the rewards WILL outweigh this. Best of luck to you both!

  18. QUESTION:
    Alcohol withdrawal symptoms?
    My mum is an alcoholic, and after many years of hitting the bottle she has finally decided to do something about it and kick the habit. she hasn't had a drink for 3 weeks now but to be honest I'm really worried about her. her skin is very yellow (apparently this has something to do with her liver failing?) and she has lost a tremendous amount of weight and when I visited her yesterday she could hardly summon up the energy to speak. Do any of you know if this is normal, apparently my sister told me that my mums G.P wanted to admit her to hospital but my mum refused. To be honest I think she should be in hospital as she looks desperately ill, she won't admit she is feeling horrid (it' taken her nearly 10 years to admit to her drink problem) but I have heard that going "cold Turkey" is dangerous. I know it's an awful thing to say but she looks much worse since giving up the booze. Is there anyone who has had experience of this or anyone who has medical knowledge of her situation?

    • ANSWER:
      Your mum will almost certainly be experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Treatment for alcohol withdrawal can include a reducing dose of chlordiazepoxide, which would be well managed in hospital but can also be prescribed at home by your GP.

      The more worrying symptom is the jaundice (yellow skin, eyes etc). This is a sign of liver damage that may or may not be reversible, it is due to a build up of bilirubin in the blood and may be caused by hepatitis, liver toxicity or alcoholic liver disease. It can also be a sign of gallstones obstructing the bile duct or hepatic cancer. Combine this with the weight loss and I would think that your mum really needs investigation in hospital. However your GP shouldn't write you off because she refuses to go in - he could perform blood tests and prescribe medications that will help her symptoms.

      If you can't persuade your mum to be admitted for investigation and symptom control, and you may have to respect her wishes, then you can help by ensuring that she is eating a well balanced diet with nutrients including vitamin B and folic acid. (Cornflakes are really good sources of this as well as green leafy veg), a vitamin supplement may also help, but again I would discuss this with the GP. Make sure she gets plenty of rest and encourage her to drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration. Counselling will almost certainly help, and your GP can provide you with a list of local counsellors.

      I wish you both the best of luck, it certainly will be tough going for maybe a long while, but she has definately done the right thing by giving up - its never too late and at the end of the day alcoholism is an illness and can be fatal.

  19. QUESTION:
    Psychic dreaming- liver cancer?
    Last night I dreamt I was at a fete with some acquaintances. It was just a regular dream, except that in the dream, I kept reminding myself that I had liver cancer. I didn't dream about medical tests or anything at all relating to cancer/illness and I didn't seem to feel very worried or concerned. But in the dream, every now and again, I thought "Oh yeah, I have liver cancer". I was not consciously thinking about it in the dream, but my subconscious mind kept reminding me.
    The reason I am concerned about this dream is sometimes I have psychic dreams. When I remember my dreams, I write down the events in a journal, and most times, the events happen. What also concerns me is that about 2 years ago, when I was 15 I was hospitalised for alcohol poisoning... after about a month period that I drank excessively. So it could be plausible for me to have some kind of liver problem.
    Should I be bothered seeing a doctor about this? Is there a chance there is something wrong with my liver? What would be the symptoms of unhealthy function of the liver?

    • ANSWER:
      It was just a dream, if dreams were true I would be locked up as I usually murder someone in my dream or I have the most fantastic times with gorgeous hunks? as for liver problems, google it for exact answers but usually the whites of your eyes go a bit yellow, skin yellows, stomach aches, pain in liver area, urinating problems, sickness, your liver can heal itself if you have stayed off the drink but to put your mind at rest you could talk to your doctor but I don't think he will believe your dream.

  20. QUESTION:
    anyone know about liver problems?
    Hi I have been having alot of discomfort in my liver i went to the hospital not knowing where the problem was but it started with me noticing odd behavior such as sleeping all the time ill wake up be up for a couple hours and feel so tired and worn out and weak ill go take a nap and end up sleeping 6 or 7 hours i do drink alcohol but i have only been a steady drinker for the last 6 months i used to drink alot more for years and i quit for years well i was laid off my job and i started drinking again. also i take xanax for post tramatic stress and panic disorder been on that for not quite a year. I went to the ER they did a blood test and came back with liver damage well because i live in south louisiana they assumed it was alcohol told me to quit and sent me on my way thats when i got online they dr pressed around my stomach which has gotten pretty big im a small person but my stomach has gotten kinda big but it isnt fat its hard as a rock when he hit my liver i felt pain. something else odd is a few times i havent drank anything or had any xanax 8 hours and i started seeing double vision. after looking online i find that liver disease can cause damage and these same symptoms yet they never checked for any of that does anyone out there have any ideas as to what the problem could be all they told me was there was damage but not the cause i also have had a very poor diet my whole life and thought it could be that please help i want to stop worrying
    well sorry for his problems i know i need to see someone soon but how soon can you go from damage to circuses i know your enzime levels have nothing to do with how advanced it is people with low levels can be more advanced them people with higher levels all it is is an indication of some type of damage but what im so discussed with is instead of ordering an ultrasound or liver biopsy they let me go with just the fact i need to quit drinking well first of all i think its more related to my diet cause it usually takes years to do damage to liver

    • ANSWER:
      my brother has liver damage and almost died for not good sooner.you need a real doctor.you should do it soon.it is very serve!if you have a family please go see a liver specialize sooo.!

  21. QUESTION:
    What kind of dr. should I see for combo GI, brain and cardio problems to get one diagnosis?
    For the last year I've had these symptoms: digestive problems, migraines, numbness/tingling of hands/feet, muscle spasms, severe insomnia, fatigue, blackouts and short-term memory loss. Have had CT scans, brain MRIs, Hydascan, sonograms, blood work, colonoscopy, endoscopy. Diagnosed with b12 deficiency, high cholesterol and triglycerides (can't tolerate statins so it's untreated), benign brain tumor (lipoma), non-alcohol fatty liver, and brain hyperintensities. Taking b12 injections and Cymbalta for neuropathy but it's not helping. I need a new doc who can tell me if all this is related - my doc can't or won't bother. Any suggestions for what kind of specialist I should see? Thanks much - I'm so tired of living like this!

    • ANSWER:
      Hmmm... This one is puzzling.

      First of all - do you have a Primary Care Physician? A PCP is supposed to manage a patients health and make the proper referrals if necessary, and also a PCP is supposed to help tie symptoms together to find the common bond and make a diagnosis. If you do not have a great PCP managing your care, I would suggest finding a new PCP who can better work with you to try to find the common link with all of your symptoms.

      Secondly.... I used the medical terminology for your symptoms that you listed and typed them into search engines in varying groups, and this thing popped up a few times during my searches. I have no idea if it fits all of your symptoms, but since it was the only thing that came up during different groupings of symptom searches, I figured I would pass the links on to you.

      Acute Intermittent Porphyria-
      http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec12/ch160/ch160c.html
      http://www.porphyriafoundation.com/about_por/types/types01.html

      The symptoms of yours that matched the AIP are the digestive problems, parathesia (tingling/numbness), neuropathy (nerve pain), muscle spasms, somnolence (fatigue and sleeping problems), neurological changes (memory loss, black-outs).

      Another thing that seemed to match was the B12, since this AIP thing seems to cause malabsorption (inability for the stomach/intestines to absorb nutrients), and your fatty liver (it looks as if AIP can affect the liver).

      This is all based on my quick reading of the links I gave you, plus reading the eMedicine article about AIP (link below) which is written using a lot of medical terminology.
      http://www.emedicine.com/med/topic1880.htm

      I don't know if that helps you or not. If not, feel free to let me know and I can do more searches for you.

  22. QUESTION:
    Any thoughts on birth control and liver damage?
    About 2 years ago I had a severe reaction to alcohol. After only 1 drink I felt like something was sitting on my chest. My breathing was labored and it seemed almost painful. I thougtht it was possibly a panic attack. I don't drink often so about 6 months after that I was celebrating a birthday of one of my friends and after a couple of drinks I had the same reaction but worse. I saw my Dr. and she said that my liver could possibly not be processing the alcohol. She said that it was too busy processing the birth control I was on. I have not been on birth control for almost 2 years and when I recently got married, I tried to drink wine. After two glasses I became ill and had the same symptoms. I never had this problem before I was on bc. Has anyone ever heard of a birth control causing liver damage?

    • ANSWER:
      Some studies have linked oral contraceptives with an increased risk of developing hepatomas (a benign liver growth). Typically, these are not considered life-threatening, but it is always a wise decision to consult with your primary care physician.

  23. QUESTION:
    Pain after drinking alcohol - Male 33 years?
    Pain after drinking alcohol - male 33 yrs?
    For the last few months I have been getting pain in my upper right quadrant after drinking alcohol. I have been a heavy drinker since my university days, I'm now 33, and at one point would probably have been consuming up to 100 units per week.

    In January of this year I decided that my drinking had to stop as I realised that I was abusing drink and using it as a tool to mask depression, anxiety and general unhappiness. Around the same time as I decided to tackle my mental issues I started getting these pains on the right hand side of my abdomen (coincidence?) around the bottom of the ribs.

    I visited my doctor and explained the situation and he referred me for some liver function tests (2 months ago) and subsequently an abdominal ultrasound (3 weeks ago). Both the liver function tests and the abdominal ultrasound appear to indicate that there is absolutely nothing physically wrong with my liver, gallbladder or kidneys. No inflammation, signs of fatty liver, signs of it not processing toxins properly etc...I have seen three different doctors at my local surgery regarding this and all say that there is nothing physically wrong with me. I have also been physically examined and again nothing would indicate any liver problems.

    I have naturally cut drinking down to an absolute minimum and didn't drink at all for around 2 months whilst I was undergoing tests etc. I feel so much better mentally and physically since changing my habits and have also been taking up a lot more regular exercise: running, swimming, pilates and squash which are naturally helping to increase my sense of well-being.

    However on the rare occasions that I have had an alcoholic drink, since being told that I'm fine, I get the pain back. All it takes is one glass of wine or pint of beer/cider and the following day I will have this inner pinching type of pain under towards the bottom of my rib cage, right hand side that heads up towards the navel area.

    Can anyone share any similar stories, diagnosis or suggest a line of enquiry I should take with my doctor? Things I am thinking about include:

    • allergy to alcohol or yeast/hops/grapes(?!?)
    • irritable bowel syndrome (I think the pain would be lower down however)
    • gout/high levels of uric acid - can you test for this?
    • psychological - am I creating the pain through worry?

    I just want to get on with the rest of my life. I feel I have taken some huge steps and have a much more positive outlook but all the time things hangs around it keeps niggling at my brain and my worry is that my symptoms all seem to indicate liver problems but tests prove otherwise.

    Thanks for taking the time to read - any advice warmly received!

    • ANSWER:

  24. QUESTION:
    Pain after drinking alcohol - male 33 yrs?
    For the last few months I have been getting pain in my upper right quadrant after drinking alcohol. I have been a heavy drinker since my university days, I'm now 33, and at one point would probably have been consuming up to 100 units per week.

    In January of this year I decided that my drinking had to stop as I realised that I was abusing drink and using it as a tool to mask depression, anxiety and general unhappiness. Around the same time as I decided to tackle my mental issues I started getting these pains on the right hand side of my abdomen (coincidence?) around the bottom of the ribs.

    I visited my doctor and explained the situation and he referred me for some liver function tests (2 months ago) and subsequently an abdominal ultrasound (3 weeks ago). Both the liver function tests and the abdominal ultrasound appear to indicate that there is absolutely nothing physically wrong with my liver, gallbladder or kidneys. No inflammation, signs of fatty liver, signs of it not processing toxins properly etc...I have seen three different doctors at my local surgery regarding this and all say that there is nothing physically wrong with me. I have also been physically examined and again nothing would indicate any liver problems.

    I have naturally cut drinking down to an absolute minimum and didn't drink at all for around 2 months whilst I was undergoing tests etc. I feel so much better mentally and physically since changing my habits and have also been taking up a lot more regular exercise: running, swimming, pilates and squash which are naturally helping to increase my sense of well-being.

    However on the rare occasions that I have had an alcoholic drink, since being told that I'm fine, I get the pain back. All it takes is one glass of wine or pint of beer/cider and the following day I will have this inner pinching type of pain under towards the bottom of my rib cage, right hand side that heads up towards the navel area.

    Can anyone share any similar stories, diagnosis or suggest a line of enquiry I should take with my doctor? Things I am thinking about include:

    • allergy to alcohol or yeast/hops/grapes(?!?)
    • irritable bowel syndrome (I think the pain would be lower down however)
    • gout/high levels of uric acid - can you test for this?
    • psychological - am I creating the pain through worry?

    I just want to get on with the rest of my life. I feel I have taken some huge steps and have a much more positive outlook but all the time things hangs around it keeps niggling at my brain and my worry is that my symptoms all seem to indicate liver problems but tests prove otherwise.

    Thanks for taking the time to read - any advice warmly received!

    • ANSWER:
      Another case that leaves the doctors scratching their heads? I suspect you have a weird case of gout where the tiny urate crystals exist in your upper abdomen. To confirm this, go for a blood test for and see if your blood uric acid level is above the range. And then run your own urine test for uric acid, here is how...

      1. Get a transparent plastic cup or mineral water bottle
      2. As soon as you wake up in the moring, collect the first round of urine into the bottle.
      3. Cover the bottle and keep it in cold dry place far away from the reach kids
      4. After a few hours, observe (pay close attention) if there is any crystal like substances deposits at the bottom of the bottle.
      5. If you see some small white particles in the fluid, then it means you are having hyperuricemia.
      6. If no sediments observed, then leave it there for another 1 or 2 days and check it again.

      Good luck!

  25. QUESTION:
    My husband has a weird stomach problem that no Dr. can seem to diagnose. Can anyone relate???
    Okay. At first it just looks like acid-reflux, but its more like compulsive vomiting throughout the day. He can control the compulsion to some degree, and manages to not loose all of his nutrition. However, the stomach Acid is damaging his esophegus (sp?). He has been tested for Celiac Spru, Stomach Paralysis, and he's not allergic to meat or dairy. He doesn't smoke, drink coffee or eat acidic foods. It can happen 5-10 times a day before or after meals and also between meals altogether. If you have anything like these symptoms or have a guess as to what is the culprit, please drop me an email. Also, one more strange thing is that all throughout his childhood he would compulsively eat plain table salt. I have heard that this was indicitive of a metabolic disorder, but I can't find out anything more about it.
    Additional Details
    1 day ago
    No, he has not had a colonoscopy. He has had an endoscopy and some sort of digestion test, where he drank radioactive stuff and then they watched him digest it. Both showed nothing.
    Its hard to answer the question about his current symptoms because he tries very hard to prevent himself from actually throwing up . With a lot of concentration and relaxation, he is able to not loose his food-so its kind of like heaving but he is usually successful at keeping the food inside and not out. When it does occasionally come out its kind of whiteish. it doesn't seem to be associated with any specific time of day (although without fail first thing in the morning he has it). like i said before, it can be bore meals, right after a meal, when he's really hungry, when he's not, etc. However, it doesn't seem to affect his appetite at all. He eats many times a day, though on days where is stomach is worse, his portions are smaller. He hasn't had any head trauma, headaches, or really any other problems.
    1 day ago
    He takes asprin very rarely, and we drink alcohol (within moderation) a few times a week. However, in Nov. he got mono and didn't have a drop of alcohol for 3 months-symptoms of stomach problem did not change. He hasn't had any of these probelms:kidney-liver-disease ?
    gall stones ?
    headache ?
    head trauma?
    diabetes?
    abdominal surgery ?
    no results from any blood tests done so far. no pain, fever, diarrhea, constipation. he doesn't feel thirst, fait, or have dry mouth. But one of his biggest ways of easing his stomach just a bit is to drink ice water. so he drinks probobly 2ce the amount of water that most people due.
    oh-and its been a problem for the majority of his life - he's 23. And his Dad has always had a wierd stomach problem. Whenever his dad wouldn't get enough sleep at night - we would vomit and feel tsick the next day. ---just a side note.

    • ANSWER:
      I know this is really off the wall, but if I were him, I would have a TB test done.!!! TB is on a big comeback, can present these symptoms in rare cases. US doctors are NOT used to seeing TB, so often miss the diagnosis for years, long after the damage is done. This is NOT something to play with, for many stomach infections can leave perminent scarring, and if an artery ruptures, he can bleed to death in a matter of minutes and never know it. Get a TB test done immediately. IT costs little, and hopefully, it will be negative. A Positive TB test does NOT mean that is what it is, but it is an indication that further tests need to be done immediately. You would be better off with a foreign doctor who is used to seeing "wierd" symptoms daily. Good luck

  26. QUESTION:
    my husband has a weird stomach problem that no Dr. can seem to diagnose - can anyone relate?
    Okay. At first it just looks like acid-reflux, but its more like compulsive vomiting throughout the day. He can control the compulsion to some degree, and manages to not loose all of his nutrition. However, the stomach Acid is damaging his esophegus (sp?). He has been tested for Celiac Spru, Stomach Paralysis, and he's not allergic to meat or dairy. He doesn't smoke, drink coffee or eat acidic foods. It can happen 5-10 times a day before or after meals and also between meals altogether. If you have anything like these symptoms or have a guess as to what is the culprit, please drop me an email. Also, one more strange thing is that all throughout his childhood he would compulsively eat plain table salt. I have heard that this was indicitive of a metabolic disorder, but I can't find out anything more about it.
    Additional Details
    1 day ago
    No, he has not had a colonoscopy. He has had an endoscopy and some sort of digestion test, where he drank radioactive stuff and then they watched him digest it. Both showed nothing.
    Its hard to answer the question about his current symptoms because he tries very hard to prevent himself from actually throwing up . With a lot of concentration and relaxation, he is able to not loose his food-so its kind of like heaving but he is usually successful at keeping the food inside and not out. When it does occasionally come out its kind of whiteish. it doesn't seem to be associated with any specific time of day (although without fail first thing in the morning he has it). like i said before, it can be bore meals, right after a meal, when he's really hungry, when he's not, etc. However, it doesn't seem to affect his appetite at all. He eats many times a day, though on days where is stomach is worse, his portions are smaller. He hasn't had any head trauma, headaches, or really any other problems.
    1 day ago
    He takes asprin very rarely, and we drink alcohol (within moderation) a few times a week. However, in Nov. he got mono and didn't have a drop of alcohol for 3 months-symptoms of stomach problem did not change. He hasn't had any of these probelms:kidney-liver-disease ?
    gall stones ?
    headache ?
    head trauma?
    diabetes?
    abdominal surgery ?
    no results from any blood tests done so far. no pain, fever, diarrhea, constipation. he doesn't feel thirst, fait, or have dry mouth. But one of his biggest ways of easing his stomach just a bit is to drink ice water. so he drinks probobly 2ce the amount of water that most people due.
    oh-and its been a problem for the majority of his life - he's 23.
    We know that he doesn’t have an eating disorder and its not related to any anxiety problems – He’s had it pretty much since he was 4 years old, after he had been hospitalized for pneumonia.

    • ANSWER:
      Was he tested for potassium levels?
      Potassium levels usually vary with sodium levels. When sodium levels increase, potassium levels decrease, and vice versa. Potassium levels are also affected by a hormone called aldosterone, which is produced by the adrenal glands.
      Does he have Edema (fluid retention) or high blood pressure?

  27. QUESTION:
    Why would someone get very severe hang overs from small amounts of alcohol about 50% of the time?
    About 50% of the time when my boyfriend drinks, he gets very sick. Can't keep anything down, is shaky, has a headache, normal symptoms but much worse than I have ever seen and many times from only one or two cocktails. It has no rhyme or reason it happens with wine beer and hard alcohol mixed not mixed one drink to fifteen drinks. I can't figure it out I am worried he has liver problems, or possibly an allergy but if it were an allergy I thought it would be more consistent with what we had been drinking that night. I'm dumb founded and he refuses to talk to a doctor, any one seen this or have any educated ideas. And for all if u that are going to say duh it is a hang over, my problem is why can we be out all night one week and drink all night and he is fine and the next week one cocktail has him in bed for 12 hours? Something's not right here.....

    • ANSWER:

  28. QUESTION:
    Does my fiance have liver problems?
    For a several months now (almost 8 or 9) my fiance has constantly been complaining that he feels ill and tired. I have been brushing it off as nothing until now, as today I noticed his skin looking slightly yellow.
    I am now quite concerned because I know that this can be a symptom of liver damage. Especially as he does have some bad habit when it comes to alcohol in that he doesn't drink often but when he does it is often a large bottle of whiskey. (And yes, I have tried to talk to him about how bad this is for him!)
    Could this be what it is? And if so what should we do from here?
    Thank You

    • ANSWER:
      You can’t build your conclusion about symptom of liver problem based only on color of one’s skin. You can have some assumptions of course, but in order to make proper diagnosis about liver damage a specific blood test needed to be done.

  29. QUESTION:
    Liver cancer--other liver diagnosis ? Diagnosis web sites? Free doctor consult on-line ?
    Please do not answer this if you have no medical education whatsoever. My husband returned from his routine physical with alarming news. His AST was high at 57, his ALT was high at 78, his WBC was low at 3.7, and he was anemic with a hemoglobin of 13.4 and hematocrit of 39.3. He was excreting protein in his urine and his BUN was high at 23. About 2 years ago, he also began to notice that he has begun to suffer from high cholesterol despite eating a healthy diet. His current cholesterol has been as high as 220 with a low HDL of only 39. He is asymptomatic otherwise and says that he feels fine. He is 44 years old and was born and raised in Paris, France but is of North African ancestry as is father is from Morocco and his mother is from Algeria, so his normal skin tone is quite tan/yellow--but he has no signs of jaundice in his eyes. His only significant medical history in this regard is that his parents recently told me that he did suffer a bout of jaundice when he was 8 years old and was treated with "some injections"--I assume injections of immunoglobulin.
    He drinks alcohol quite rarely and only in small amounts and takes NO medications or herbs and NEVER has. He tested NEGATIVE for any hepatitis/HIV and has no other significant medical history. He has no history of any drug abuse. About a year ago he also began to suffer from itchy dry skin on his forehead until between his eyes as well as the corners around his nose. We thought until recently that this was cold weather related as it comes and goes, but it is JUNE here in Miami and he just had another outbreak ! Then, we read that itchy dry skin is also indicative of liver problems. Anyway, what I am looking for is WHAT COULD THIS BE OTHER THAN LIVER CANCER ??? The MD scheduled him for an ultrasound on the 5th of July and I assume it is to look for malignant tumors. In the meantime, I am very upset, worried, and nervous, and would just like to know if there are ANY other possible diagnosis for this list of symptoms ? Any free websites that I can go to to enter these symptoms to get other possible diagnosis ? Etc. If you need more info, don't hesitate to ask and thank-you so much.
    Thanks so much Godazo...but I neglected to mention that his thyroid is fine....no problems there. I also already stated that they did a hepatitis screening and he was negative for that.

    • ANSWER:
      His AST/ALT are elevated but not by much, I'd call them borderline elevated. Medications or ischemia could cause that kind of elevation, various forms of hepatitis, and the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder are all in that region. I'm not sure about how significant the WBC count is, it's also borderline low being very close to the normal range. I don't personally consider a hemoglobin of 13.4 that is asymptomatic anemia. BUN is borderline as well, having mild dehydration could explain that too.

      The bout of jaundice he had when he was younger, without knowing anything about him may have just been gilbert's syndrome. Pretty common and benign condition.

      Dry itchy skin on the forehead is a vague symptom as well, certainly could be liver. Could be thyroid, could just be dry skin :) . Generally, when bile salts accumulate in someone that has liver problems they could have itchy skin, like the feeling of ants crawling on your skin, doesn't sound like he has that.

      All I see so far are some unexplained mildly elevated liver enzymes, proteinuria, and some borderline values. I agree with the approach of the ultrasound, it would show any nodules and alternatively gets you a glimpse of the pancreas and gallbladder. Other than liver cancer, it could be a liver cyst, a blocked duct/gallstone, a genetic disorder, immunological, infection/hepatitis, wilson's, hemochromatosis, or ischemia of various causes. Hepatocellular carcinoma without a history of alcohol abuse, hepatitis B or C is pretty rare.

      Sorry I can't be more helpful, but I'm not really sure what it could be. They could do a liver biopsy if the ultrasound comes back clean, or they could just watch him and do more blood work in the future and see if it changes. Some additional blood tests can be useful to check for hyperbilirubinemia and what type, throw a thyroid study in there, and if you have Dr. House maybe check alpha-1 antitrypsin.

  30. QUESTION:
    Alcohol consumption and body odor?
    For the past couple years, i consume just shy of .5 liters of tequila a day... and I am in the process of quitting. I always consume lots of water as well. I shower twice per day, in the morning and before bed. The past couple months, even though I shower before bed, in the morning my room and I smell really bad, almost tart if you will. I don't sweat while I sleep either. Overall, I feel great. Have great energy and am in decent health. I'm wondering if this is a possible symptom of liver or kidney problems, I did have a friend pass away from liver failure, so it crosses my mind... paranoid i guess. Or could this be just the alcohol getting out of my body through my skin?... and if so, why did it start recently?

    Thanks, Matt
    and it's nothing in my room either, I keep it and my sheets clean.

    • ANSWER:
      it might be. i would talk to a doctor about your plan. drinking that much a day for a few years can change your body. your body is used to having that much alcohol available and when you start to take it away, it might actually do more harm then good initially. i would set up a plan with a doctor so you can do it supervised so no health problems arise.

  31. QUESTION:
    Marijuana vs. Alcohol what's your opinion?
    Here is a question that i am curious to see how many people will give an honest answer. Which do you prefer to be legalized Marijuana or Alcohol? Below are just a few facts about both.... (I did look up the facts that are posted on both marijuana and Alcohol I did not just make up these facts myself) I will try and post 10 facts each

    Marijuana: #1 If Pot were legalized the prison industry would be hurt. They would no longer jail Pot smokers. It could free up space for violent criminals. #2 Pot is a sexual stimulant. #3 Pot is 100% natural nothing about it has man made chemicals in it. #4 There has never been a car accident death due to a stoned driver, just some slow drivers and may be some lost drivers . #5 Pot is used for medical use in MANY situations. #6 it is a myth that marijuana is a gate way drug. #7 Pot will cause some short term memory loss. #8 Pot will give you the Munchies, It could cause you to gain weight. #9 Marijuana smokers show dysregulated growth of epithelial cells in their lung tissue, which could lead to cancer; however, a recent case-controlled study found no positive associations between marijuana use and lung, upper respiratory, or upper digestive tract cancers. Thus, the link between marijuana smoking and these cancers remains unsubstantiated at this time, but marijuana smokers have some of the same problems as cigarette smokers coughing, mucus, sore lungs, etc. #10 Marijuana make most people more relaxed. It relieves the clutter and tension after a hard days work or stress. It mellows you out and makes you more relaxed. It heightens the imagination and improves creativity. If you have a problem with anger, Pot is usually a good drug to reduce it, no one has ever died from smoking marijuana.

    Alcohol: #1 In VERY SMALL amounts, alcohol can help a person feel more relaxed or less anxious. #2 Alcohol actually blocks some of the messages trying to get to the brain. This alters a person's perceptions, emotions, movement, vision, and hearing. #3 Depending on the person, intoxication can make someone very friendly and talkative or very aggressive and angry. #4 Reaction times are slowed dramatically — which is why people are told not to drink and drive. People who are intoxicated may think they're moving properly when they're not. They may act totally out of character. #5 When large amounts of alcohol are consumed in a short period of time, alcohol poisoning can result. Alcohol poisoning is exactly what it sounds like — the body has become poisoned by large amounts of alcohol. Violent vomiting is usually the first symptom of alcohol poisoning. Extreme sleepiness, unconsciousness, difficulty breathing, dangerously low blood sugar, seizures, and even death may result. #6 One half of all drowning deaths among teen guys are related to alcohol use. Use of alcohol greatly increases the chance that a teen will be involved in a car crash, homicide, or suicide. #7 Teen drinkers are more likely to get fat or have health problems, too. One study by the University of Washington found that people who regularly had five or more drinks in a row starting at age 13 were much more likely to be overweight or have high blood pressure by age 24 than their non drinking peers. People who continue drinking heavily well into adulthood risk damaging their organs, such as the liver, heart, and brain. #8 The strongest medical evidence exists for the link between moderate drinking and a reduced risk of heart disease. #9 Alcohol has been linked to liver disease, cancers, heart damage and strokes when consumed in larger amounts, and even small doses can lead to accidents, Each year, approximately 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking; this includes about 1,900 deaths from motor vehicle crashes, 1,600 as a result of homicides, 300 from suicide, as well as hundreds from other injuries such as falls, burns, and drownings. #10 Hangovers are another possible effect after large amounts of alcohol are consumed; a hangover consists of headache, nausea, thirst, dizziness, and fatigue.

    In my opinion i think it's safer to smoke a joint than it is to drink a beer, the most dangerous thing about marijuana is getting caught with it. you can google all this info your self before you answer i do not smoke or drink and i do not condone any of the above this is just my opinion on the subject, & I am just curious as to what every ones opinion is on the subject. I am just a homemaker and not any form of government at all or anything like that. Also I looked every were for something good about drinking alcohol and found VERY limited info on it, so please don't think this info posted is one sided for marijuana being good for you, I just found that using google as info finder it's easier to find good things about using pot than using beer.

    • ANSWER:
      TRUTHFULLY I WOULD SMOKE THE "KUSH".....LOL

      I KNOW PPL THAT SMOKE THAT SHYT

      BUT I WOULDN'T FUCK WITH IT.

      BUT THE WEED SEEMS BETTER!

      DONT DO DRUGS "KIDDS"

  32. QUESTION:
    Do I have a very low alcohol tolerance or is this something else?
    I've always thought I have a low alcohol tolerance, but I have never been able to build up a higher tolerance. 99% of the time, I can get very sick after just one beer, one glass of wine, one shot, or even just a few sips of a cocktail. The usual symptoms are light-headedness, lost of vision, breaking out in a cold sweat, and blacking out. There have been many times when I've ran into bathroom stalls at bars to pass out, or if I don't make it my friends would have to find me a place to lay down.

    My tolerance also varies and I don't know what those conditions are. There have been times when I'm fine after a few drinks or shots. I've tried eating a large meal beforehand but that doesn't always work. I've tried staying hydrated by drinking a lot of water with the alcoholic beverage but that doesn't seem to make a difference either.

    Do I just have an extremely low alcohol tolerance or could it be something else such as a problem with my liver or blood?
    I'm 5'3" and I weigh 120. I have learned to just say no, but it's hard to turn down drinks when friends/coworkers are offering. Sometimes it's easier to just accept and not have to explain because they ALWAYS ask.

    • ANSWER:
      You are probably one of these unfortunate people who are allergic to alcohol.

  33. 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

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    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

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

    true

    false

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    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

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    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.

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    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

  34. QUESTION:
    Are there any other treatments for symptoms of mono?
    Ive just been diagnosed with mono. Ive had these symptons for a week, so im assuming this is the 2nd week ive had this disease. The doctor told me that not only a sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, and tireness are symptoms, but swollen liver and spleen are symptoms as well. Im anxious for my spleen and liver to heal up, so are there any natural redmidies that i could take to reduce the swelling of these organs? Another question/concern i have is how alcohol consumption will affect thoes specific organs. Will getting drunk be a problem? will having a couple of drinks be a problem? (mind you i will have had a solid week of bed rest and medications before the weekend)

    • ANSWER:

  35. QUESTION:
    Consuming alcohol after being diagnosed with mono?
    Hello, I was diagnosed with mononucleosis on July 14th, 2010, but the onset of symptoms was July 6th 2010. On July 27th, 2010, I received a blood test saying that my liver functions are back to normal and everything is going well. I am wondering, when am I able to consume alcohol? For example, I was wondering if tomorrow I would be able to consume 5 beers (not quickly) without any problems.

    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      since mononucleosis caused by the epstein barr virus has a 8-10 week incubation period, it may be at least 3 months before you should start, not only that, but also it m,ay put a strain on your spleen, which will become enlarged.

  36. QUESTION:
    Excessive thirst / dry mouth...liver function test showed an elevated liver function?
    I'm a 23 year old male who rarely consumes alcohol. I have had a mystery illness for the past couple of months.
    The symptoms include: Extreme fatigue, a spacey feeling or dream like feeling, insomnia, excessive thirst, dry mouth, floaters, and occasionally experiencing minor chest pains and or shortness of breathe.

    I have had blood work done to try and find out the problem, and I recently had a liver function test done which showed an elevated liver function. The doctor thought maybe it was a lab error so he told me there is nothing to be worry about and that I could have another test done with in the next 3 months.

    I cant figure out why my liver function would be high since I hardly drink, the only thing I can think of is using creatine for a couple of months while I was working out, around a year and half ago. I also used ecstasy 3-4 times and smoked weed occasionally but this was around 3-4 years ago.

    Any input would be much appreciated, thanks.

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of encephalitis, but no brain swelling... long..?
    I am asking here as an act of desperation.. my dad is in hospital and the doctors do not know what the problem is with him and we have only been able to talk to them once..

    He is an alcoholic - severely so for the past few months but has been drinking heavily for about 10 years.
    Last week he stopped drinking - cold turkey. The day after he was fine. The next day he was vomiting A LOT. The day after that (last saturday) he was in a confused state. Doctors were called and he was sent to hospital.
    On arrival at hospital he was confused, couldn't swallow and was getting words mixed up and shaking very bad. He then was sedated but the tremors continued.
    They did bloods which came back clear and a CT scan that also came back clear.
    He was meant to go for an MRI scan on monday but he was moving around too much for this to be done, the people doing the MRI said he will need to be sedated before trying again, which still hasn't been done.

    He has been having seizures - which we only found out today. He had a serious one early yesterday morning.
    A lumbar puncture was done but as far as i am aware there was nothing significant found or any indication of swelling of the brain.
    He had a high temperature which has come down since he was first admitted.
    Yesterday he woke up a little and is talking although his speech is affected - as if he had a stroke. He is weak and cannot walk but all his limbs are able to move.
    He is hallucinating - thinking people are walking on the walls.
    He is aggressive with my mum, telling her he wants a divorce and talking nonsense.
    He can see fine but his hearing has gotten worse - he was always hard of hearing.
    He knows what you are saying and can respond so he isn't talking nonsense all the time.
    His personality has changed and he is saying things he wouldn't normally say.

    It sounds all like he has had a stroke, but they were also investigating brain infections and meningitis.
    I read somewhere that liver failure or damage to the liver could cause bad shaking in the hands... his body isn't shaking but his hands are when he tries to do something and his co-ordination is off.

    Me, my brother and mum are having a meeting with the doctors tomorrow -hopefully- and i am just wondering what questions to ask to not be fluffed off as i don't think they have an idea what it is either...

    I think the MRI scan should have been sorted way before now... can an MRI be performed whilst a patient is sedated? It is the only way he will be able to stay still without moving...

    Could these symptoms be the result of the alcohol withdrawal seizures?

    He has high blood pressure and was taken to hospital last November for this as he wasn't taking his medication when he was supposed to...

    Just any thoughts on this at all, i would be very grateful, ty.

    • ANSWER:
      He is most likely to have the DTs (delerium tremens) caused by withdrawal from alcohol. He may have Wernickers encalpalophy too

  38. QUESTION:
    Stomach Pain from ALcohol - help?
    After drinking excessively, I get this pain in my lower abdominal side. Its on both sides, but more on my right. Its more painful after vomiting from alcohol.

    I'm about 5'3 and about 100 lbs. I drink a lot more than my friends who are heavier than me.
    It's like whenever I twist my waist, it's painful. It usually lasts 2 days.

    Is this nothing to worry about like I'm just taking in too much alcohol for my size or my liver's just reacting to the alcohol? Or can this be a serious health problem, for nobody else I know feels this symptom?
    I don't vomit often at all.
    And, I dunno, I guess I just wanna get drunk, ha.

    • ANSWER:
      Im not sure about the whole go see a doc thing, but I get the same pains if I get drunk a few days in a row. I believe it is liver damage. I have minor liver damage and the doc just tells me to eat better (although that might be my cholesterol) and keep drinking under 6 drinks a week.

      I would suggest doing the same.... If you want to pay a doc a bunch to tell you the same feel free, but I would stay 100% sober for 3 days and see if it fades/goes away. If this is the case you are probably in the same boat as me.

  39. QUESTION:
    Lower abdominal pain after drinking alcohol?
    After drinking excessively, I get this pain in my lower abdominal side. Its on both sides, but more on my right. Its more painful after vomiting from alcohol.

    I'm about 5'3 and about 100 lbs. I drink a lot more than my friends who are heavier than me.
    It's like whenever I twist my waist, it's painful. It usually lasts 2 days.

    Is this nothing to worry about like I'm just taking in too much alcohol for my size or my liver's just reacting to the alcohol? Or can this be a serious health problem, for nobody else I know feels this symptom?

    • ANSWER:
      inflamed kidneys caused by diabetes and/or alcohol, avoid sugar.
      check your blood sugar.
      save your kidneys.

  40. 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.

  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. 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.

  44. QUESTION:
    Essay Due Tommorow !!! I NEED HELP !!?
    heres the essay.. its really long but the teacher said i have another chance to make it better or else i fail !! its a persuasive essay but i need a conclusion and can u give me ideas if i missed any? PLEASEEEEE
    Before drinking a glass of alcohol have you ever told yourself that nothing can possibly go wrong with just one drink? Your answer is probably a yes. Alcohol is the number one drug of choice for teenagers. Most kids don’t realize how drinking of alcohol can affect them. 1 drink can lead to many others, and maybe even addiction. Alcohol has many affects to your life and body. For example, it can cause you to drink and drive, get diseases, and maybe even get in trouble with the law. The consequences may lead you to a disastrous future.
    One of the consequences for drinking is drinking and driving, which can lead to a life threatening accident. Many teenagers and adults don’t keep track of how much alcohol they consume, or how long it will take to were off. Many people make regretful choices when they are drunk. Studies show that about one in five drivers under the age 21 reported driving under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol loosens your inhabitations; you will most likely start to see double, it causes a slur in your speech, and you lose your sense of distance. As a result, many people get in accidents because they cannot concentrate on the road and it gets hard for them to follow or even see the street lights. In addition, when you are driving drunk you are not only causing harm to yourself but others on the road as well.
    Another consequence for drinking is the chance of getting a disease. Drinking alcohol is not only dangerous for the few hours that you are drunk but alcohol can do long term damage to your body. By drinking too much alcohol on a regular basis many people can get diseases that are easy to get but really hard to cure. For example, alcohol can have far-reaching effects on different parts of the brain and muscles, with symptoms of memory loss, in coordination, seizures, weakness, and sensory deficits. Also, if an individual consumes too much alcohol, and the liver cannot break it down, that person will probably gets alcohol poisoning which many people die from. Becoming aware of the diseases that alcohol causes makes you think before you drink.
    Alcoholism is a problem that many people have to deal with.
    Alcoholism has effected people for a long time, but more recently been addressed as a physical problem as well as a mental.
    Alcoholism is chronic illness characterized by the regular consumption of alcohol to a degree that interferes with physical or mental health, or with normal social or occupational behavior. A widespread health problem, it produces both physical and psychological addiction. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant that reduces anxiety, inhibition, and feelings of guilt; lowers alertness so it will cause you to react differently towards a situation for example.. Walking around naked in the middle of a street while drink you wouldn’t think about the consequences. Alcohol can severely damage your heart, brain, esophagus, joints and muscles, liver, kidney and the list can go on and on.
    Most families have problems with one of their family members drinking and such, drinking can seriously damage your relationship with your loved ones, as drinking alcohol effects the way you think and lets you do things you don’t really mean to do.
    Another problem about drinking alcohol is addiction which can lead to debts, as you waste money on alcohol on a daily basis you will realize that the money you are using to get alcohol is hindering your life goals, also when addiction level is reached you will surely want more and do whatever it takes to get more alcohol, so either steal the money or taking loans from people which will almost certainly lead to debts. Your life will crumble little by little as you drink.
    Alcohol is a drug, and it is the drug most abused by teens. Many kids have their first drink at an early age, as young as 10 or 11 or even younger. It's easy for kids to get the wrong message about alcohol. They might see their parents drink, or watch TV commercials that make drinking look like a lot of fun. You might see people drinking and watching sports together or having a big party. So most likely when you see a parent whatsoever drinking around his/her child, you should easily know that the child will when they grow up will drink too because they see the parent drinking, so they interpret that its okay to drink. The major factor is that you're not only destroying your life, your harming yours along with many people you love and care about.
    Some mothers drink while they are pregnant, there are many illnesses that might occur to the infant in that case. If you drink heavily when your pregnant your child will run the risk of developing many behavioral problems. Teens whose mothers drank while they were pregnant are more likely to abuse alcohol

    • ANSWER:
      In your conclusion be sure to restate your thesis and reinstate your subtopics in a way which does not sound repetitive. You have a lot of good points in your conclusion make your argument sound out.

  45. QUESTION:
    I am scared that I already have chirrosis?
    I worry every day that I already have chirrosis of the liver this is because my liver panels were high (or bad) as my grandfather told me in another language. He said my blood test results reveled bad liver panels and I worry so much that soon I will be dead I am too young to leave this world and I do not want to go:( I had a greasy meal and a lot of wine on the morning before my blood test and they said my liver panels were bad and I am scared I do not know what to do. I also had high cholesterol,very high triglycerides (939) and was on the verge of getting diabetes and I almost have a thyroid disorder last year I was positive for hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism I don't remember which one it was but this year it was gone and this year it was on the borderline side meaning I don't have it yet but I'm close. I am so scared my grandfather says that my liver panels are high because I drink and says the only way to stop them from being high is to not drink at all but I know I can't do that since I really like the taste of some drinks. Yes I have been drinking somewhat alot in the past but mostly it was stuff that didn't really have alot of alcohol in them like beer, wine, cocktails and some champagnes but I didn't drink that much hard liquor only once in a while. I cut down alot ever since I heard about my test results. Now I only drink on fridays, saturdays and sundays could I have already devolped Chirrosis of the liver and not even know it or if I did would they have found it on my blood test and told me I have it? I heard there are no symptoms in the early stages and that you feel absolutely fine until it's too late. What are my chances that I do not actually have a liver problem and that there was a mistake?
    I also haven't been drinking that long maybe about a little over 2 years and usually not every day

    • ANSWER:
      It takes decades of alcohol abuse before your liver begins to detiorate as a result of chirrosis. Your lab results may have been abnormal but such results can be the result of a fatty liver and that can be improved with lifestyle changes such as healthy diet.

  46. QUESTION:
    Constant dull pressure in chest! Please help!?
    I am relatively healthy. 28yrs old, BP=128/78, pulse 66, I workout, eat healthy. The only unhelathy thing I do is alcohol problem. About a pint a nite. For the past 2 weeks I have been having this constant dull pressure in my chest, and light headed. Along with this every now and then left arm and leg tingling. I was admitted to ER once and they found nothing wrong. My physcian prescribed me Klonopin BEFORE doing the blood work, (legal drug dealers,..haha) and an Echocardiogram. Blood work came back perfect (though my neutrophils were a bit low, and glucouse a bit low) but nothing that concerned the doctor. Liver panel, and cholesterol was Excellent. The results of the echocardiogram showed a strong healthy heart. Yet the constant chest pressure and lightheadness is still there? What could it be? I've working on eliminating the alcohol completely. is it withdrawl? panic disorder?, even so would I have the symptoms 24hrs a day?

    Please help with any advice!

    • ANSWER:
      First thing, you saw your doctor, that was good.
      If this pain persists (and it is still there, or you wouldn't be asking!) you need to see doc again.

      Make appt with your doctor, but meanwhile take a strong antacid such as liquid Mylanta (1 or 2 oz) or Gaviscon (which is sl. thicker) liquid.

      With heavy drinking (yes a pint daily is heavy), you can easily have eroded stomach or esophagus lining, an ulcer, or worse.

      See your doctor to have this checked out. If you do have stomach problem, they might try antacids and some med(s) first. But doc needs to make sure it's not your heart (even tho you just got checked).

      Consider Rehab if you cannot wean yourself off the alcohol. All too often, people start on Klonopin to help them off alcohol or other drugs, or with panic attacks, and end up addicted to TWO things.
      I know what I'm talking about.

      Good luck.

  47. QUESTION:
    Abdominal pains, itchy hands, high liver enzymes... kind of long.?
    Hi, I just joined to inquire about my condition... In February 2010, I had severe stomach pains and nausea, it was like a stabbing, it got so bad and went on for hours so i went to the hospital. They ran tests and did xrays. Everything looked normal on the xrays and I felt better after they put iv fluids in me. the only thing was that my liver enzymes were extremely elevated. like in the 400's. So i went to my doctor the next day and she sent me to get tested for hepatitis and it came back negative and the enzymes went down by like 100 points then she referred me to a gastro doctor. I went months later and my insurance was no longer valid so i wiped it off, thinking it was just food poisoning. A few months after that I went on birth control and got the same pain so i stopped it and the pain was gone. I tried nuva ring next and it was a terrible experience, same pains but worse and dizzy too. I Stopped that and the pain was gone. It's been about two months since the nuva ring thing and last night i felt kind of sick again after my hands were uncontrollably itchy. I got all these ideas in my head which made my stomach feel sick so i was up all night researching what could be wrong and liver disease keeps coming up. I never had any of these problems until i had a baby so I've been blaming all this on my body changing. I have an appointment with gastro in three weeks but in the meantime, I'm freaking out. it could be liver disease. i used to drink excessively when i was around 18-21 years old, i even got alcohol poisoning once. I also in high school took tylenol pms all the time because i couldn't sleep without them.. i know these things could have damaged my liver. I am now 24. I haven't had a sip of alcohol since September of 2008 when i found out i was pregnant and i very rarely take pain meds so shouldn't this have gone away unless i have considerable damage? I have every symptom of hemochomatosis with the joint pain and everything but i know that is iron overload and when i was pregnant i was anemic so it doesn't make sense. When I was 19 my wrists hurt so bad adn the doctor took xrays and told me i have lax tendons or ligaments, can't remember. Since then, it just gets worse. I don't know if that has to do with this problem but that has been happening for years. Also, I am 5'2 and weigh 125 so i'm not really overweight. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      A problem that starts out with itchy hands and then an upset stomach is likely to be an allergic reaction to something - a food allergy is a strong possibility.

      Forget about the liver stuff - liver enzymes can become elevated from a single dose of acetaminophen and some other drugs, and the liver can sustain huge amounts of damage and recover completely. Liver problems typically only develop when a person causes chronic damage over several decades - like drinking alcohol daily or consistently taking certain medications; or from liver disease. The sporadic nature of your symptoms points away from liver problems.

      It might be helpful if you had an appointment with your GP to get a wellness blood panel prior to your Gastro visit. A blood panel would confirm or rule out liver problems and might also show indicators of allergic or autoimmune problems.

  48. QUESTION:
    I came down with a case of mono and had my first symptoms about three weeks ago and got officially diagnosed?
    about a week and a half ago. I had a followup appointment a week after I got diagnosed and it went well, all of my symptoms were gone or much better. After seeing the doctor she told me I needed to go in for a liver test which I guess is pretty standard for mono. She called me after the weekend and said my liver functions were "a little high" and she wanted to retest my liver a month from today. Heres the killer, she says I cant drink any alcohol until then. Im no raging alcoholic, but I mean there are alot of big events coming up i the next month, my b day, halloween, nuggets game ect. Im just wondering if someone who knows what they are talking about or have been through something similar could tell me what their experience was like, if they did in fact drink, how bad it would be for me if I did, how much I could drink without having serious consequences or anything else you think would be helpful. Also I don't know if it matters or not but, I'm young (21) and I have no other health problems, just incase that effects anyones answers. Thanks for the help.

    • ANSWER:

  49. QUESTION:
    Could this be a gallbladder problem?
    I have been having pain in my right rib that sometimes radiates to my back, almost opposite from the rib where it hurts. The pain ranges from dull, to a throbbing sort of pain that lasts for a few seconds and sometimes in intervals every few seconds. These episodes never last for more than an hour, however last weekend I had a few glasses of wine I started having throbbing pain near my gallbladder that lasted for 10 hours. My rib is even tender to the touch. I experience this pain after taking medications, drinking alcohol and eating fatty foods. The pain is sometimes relieved by defecating or urinating. I've been very sensitive to medications since these symptoms have been occurring. I also have been experiencing chest pain, palpitations, nausea, vomiting, severe abdominal pain, shortness of breath, alternating diarrhea and constipation, rectal bleeding, and frequent urination. My stools are abnormally colored, ranging from almost black to white. The stool is even sometimes a mixture of very dark and very light. I had a CT scan which showed nothing. I had liver enzyme and hep panel tests done that came back normal. I don't have any other symptoms of jaundice. What could this be?

    • ANSWER:

  50. QUESTION:
    Does this sound like a gallbladder problem?
    I have been having pain in my right rib that sometimes radiates to my back, almost opposite from the rib where it hurts. The pain ranges from dull, to a throbbing sort of pain that lasts for a few seconds and sometimes in intervals every few seconds. These episodes never last for more than an hour, however last weekend I had a few glasses of wine I started having throbbing pain near my gallbladder that lasted for 10 hours. My rib is even tender to the touch. I experience this pain after taking medications, drinking alcohol and eating fatty foods. The pain is sometimes relieved by defecating or urinating. I've been very sensitive to medications since these symptoms have been occurring. I also have been experiencing chest pain, palpitations, nausea, vomiting, severe abdominal pain, shortness of breath, alternating diarrhea and constipation, rectal bleeding, and frequent urination. My stools are abnormally colored, ranging from almost black to white. The stool is even sometimes a mixture of very dark and very light. I had a CT scan which showed nothing. I had liver enzyme and hep panel tests done that came back normal. I don't have any other symptoms of jaundice. What could this be?

    • ANSWER:
      It definitely sounds like your gall bladder to me. I have a family member that had the exact symptoms and after having her gall bladder removed, the symptoms went away/bowels went back to normal. I'd have your family doctor refer you to a surgeon or gastroenterologist.

      Hope you feel better soon.


Alcohol Liver Problems Symptoms

Alcoholism signs and symptoms are clues that alcohol may be a problem. If left untreated, alcoholism signs and symptoms and alcoholism can affect the quality of life of the person as well as 00004000 those around them. Alcoholism is a disease where alcohol consumption (beer, wine, or hard liquor) is at a level that interferes with the person's physical and mental health, and negatively impacts family, social or work responsibilities.

Alcoholism symptoms can be recognized relatively early in the disease's progression, but if not dealt with, alcoholism can be fatal. Here are alcoholism signs and symptoms that indicate alcohol may be a problem:

a Becoming Angry When Confronted About Drinking
a Daily or Frequent Alcohol Consumption Needed to Function
a Drinking Alone
a Finding Excuses to Drink
a Food Intake Neglect
a Hiding Alcohol Related Behavior
a Inability to Stop or Reduce Alcohol Consumption
a Memory Loss, Blackouts
a Morning Shakes
a Nausea, Vomiting
a Physical Appearance Neglect
a Violent Episodes Occur When Drinking

When considering alcoholism signs and symptoms, alcoholism can be broadly divided into two categories - alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence. Alcohol abusers may drink heavily at various times, but they have not yet become alcohol dependent. Alcoholism signs and symptoms for alcohol abusers can be problems that happen while being intoxicated such as drinking and driving, violent episodes, or missing appointments, work or school.
Alcohol dependence can develop over the years and follows a generally predictable pattern. A tolerance of alcohol develops first, which means a person needs to consume greater quantities of alcohol before the same effects are noticed. Over time, the person may lose control over their drinking and may not be able to stop even if they want to. And if alcohol consumption is reduced or stopped, withdrawal symptoms can be experienced which can range from annoying to life-threatening.

If the alcoholic continues drinking, he or she may become obsessed with drinking to the exclusion of almost everything else. Many of the above alcoholism signs and symptoms may be noticed. The most severe kind of drinking is called 'binge drinking', periods of time with continuous heavy alcohol consumption.

If alcoholism continues to progress, the mental and physical health of the alcoholic can seriously deteriorate. Many of the body's organs can become damaged which lowers resistance to disease and infections. Relationships at home or socially may become damaged, and there can be financial and legal problems due to the alcoholic's inability to stop drinking.

If the alcoholic continues to drink, alcohol can ultimately cause their death one way or another. Accidents and related injuries, suicide, drownings and falling asleep in bed while smoking and intoxicated and burning to death are examples of the consequences of alcoholism. Health-wise, damage to the body's organs and systems due to long-term excessive drinking means the person will likely suffer from a number of diseases and conditions such as heart disease, cirrhosis of the liver, malnutrition and cancer.

Are there different stages of alcoholism? Yes, most definitely. If the alcoholism signs and symptoms indicate that alcohol consumption is becoming or is already a problem, there are resources available to help with alcoholism and the serious consequences of this disease.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Am I at risk for any liver problems after taking Tylenol two days after drinking alcohol?
    Two nights ago I took multiple shots of alcohol and I haven't been feeling well ever since. Since that night I have had terrible headaches and I have just came down with a fever. If I just took Tylenol (a little bit less than 48 hours later) to try and heal my symptoms, am I at risk for anything (ie. liver problems, other side affects)?

    • ANSWER:

  2. QUESTION:
    Possible alcohol allergy? Dehydration? Liver? What is this?
    In my early 20s, I drank heavily and almost daily without any real problems. The past 5 years it's very rare if I ingest any alcohol more than once a month. The past 1-2 years I've noticed that the day AFTER I drink I develop a painful skin 'condition' which feels like just a sunburn WITHOUT any redness/flushing/rash. It usually involves my upper arms, torso and thighs being painful when touched. It takes anywhere between 2-5 days before fully going away. It has happened with as little as 2 beers (or more), mixed liquor drinks or wine.

    I read much about alcohol related allergies but found nothing involving this particular symptom. Most refer to rashes or flushing of the skin which I never have. I haven't found anything about painful skin. Has anyone heard of this? Could this be a simple allergy or a symptom of some other problem? Liver or kidney disorder? If it's dehydration, why would this be happening now and never in the past?
    I have no problem quitting altogether if that is the only answer but I'd still like to know what is causing this.
    I am not on any kind of medication of any kind nor do I use any other drugs

    • ANSWER:
      My suspicion is that it is reaction in the presence of another medication.

      There are cells in the blood called the "Mast Cells" they produce chemicals causing swelling, redness and pain. It is typically activated with allergy. But what you are describing sounds more like a drug reaction, or an overreaction to alcohol.

      1- First check what medications you are taking, even over-the-counter ones like acetaminophen (Tylenol), that is metabolized by the liver. Also birth control medication or any other drugs.

      2- Then establish the cause-effect relationship, drink alcohol and write down the symptoms --> then do not drink alcohol for a while (for about 5 to 6 times the period it took for the reaction to appear) and write down the outcomes --> then drink again and document the symptoms.

      3- Know that ANYTHING at all can cause allergic reaction, their is what is called "aquagenic urticaria", yes allergy to water. Know also that different people react differently to the same allergen. You may also have allergies or reaction to allergens, food or medication.

      4- The next step is to check the liver function and the kidney function. This will now have to be done by a doctor. You can not afford to have liver disease and not seek proper medical attention.

      Good luck!

  3. QUESTION:
    Can upper back pain be a symptom of liver problems?
    I am quite a heavy drinker and I usually drink a bottle of wine a night. However, I work shifts which means I don't drink at all for 4 days in a row (so I drink a lot for 6 days, and then have 4 days alcohol free) In the last 2 months I have developed pain in my upper back between the shoulder blades. Its a bit like cramp or a stabbing pain and I mainly only get it in the morning (The pain tends to wake me up). I've been looking online at symptom checkers and it seems that the pain could be associated with liver problems. Has anyone any knowledge/experience of this? If I go to the Doctors is there some sort of easy test they can do to check your liver? (I don't want to waste their time)
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      You definitely should be checked by the doctor,
      asap, and have blood testing taken.
      Alcohol can cause pain in the back where you
      stated if you have pancreatitis or pancreatic problems.
      But, it could be a heart problem or skeletal (spine) problem.

      If you take your right hand and place it on the
      lower part of your rib cage and your pickie finger
      is at the last rib in front...this is where your right
      liver lobe is. The left liver lobe extends over
      from that toward the middle of the abdomen, in front.
      Usually, the symptoms of a liver problems can
      be mistaken for other things, because the
      patient become extremely tired and may have
      flu like symptoms. It usually doesn't cause
      pain in between the shoulder blades.

      Hope this is of some help.

      Alcohol can cause a problem in the liver in different ways:
      If you understand that the liver takes toxins out of the
      body and converts them to non toxic substance that
      the body can easily dispose of...then you will understand
      this:
      Over consuming alcohol in a short time period, doesn't
      give the liver time to convert the alcohol to acetaldehyde,
      then to acetate, and then to carbon dioxide and water.
      It will then become toxic to the liver. Over consuming
      alcohol in a long time period can lead to the build up
      of fat inside the liver (fatty infiltation) which causes
      pressure in the liver and can damage the liver cells.
      Just like any other drug, some people are more
      sensitive to alcohol and some are even allergic to it
      and damage to the liver cells can occur faster in some
      than others. Taking medications with alcohol or close
      to the time alcohol is consumed can cause an
      interaction to take place and the liver cells can be
      instantly damaged.

      When the liver cells become damaged, the immune
      system of the body responds to this damage and
      cause inflammation inside the liver, which will cause
      the liver to enlarge in size...even though it is
      surrounded by a tight membrane capsule. IF the
      alcohol isn't stopped and the inflammation is not
      releaved inside the liver...the liver cells can die
      and form scar tissue inside the liver that can block
      the flow of blood. This is then an irreversible,
      progressive disease of Cirrhosis of the liver.
      The only cure is a liver transplant.
      Liver transplant cost in the range of
      0,000 and up. You have to have the best
      health insurance or find a way to raise money
      for one. You also have to be detoxed from
      alcohol for a period of six months prior to being
      able to be evaluated for placement on the
      transplant list. You can never return to alcohol
      after that.

      The blood tests that the doctor can do to check
      your liver are the liver enzymes (ALT,AST,ALP,
      and GGT), the liver functions tests (Bilirubin,
      INR, Albumin, Pt, PTT), the liver viral blood
      tests for Hepatitis A,B,C,etc.
      To look up these tests, you can either type
      in your search engine: "liver function tests"
      or look each one up on this site:
      http://www.labtestsonline.org

      IF the doctor believes your liver is enlarged,
      he may request to have either an ultrasound
      or Ct scan done. If you do have liver
      disease, ask to be referred to either a
      gastroenterologist or hepatologist.

      However, if this is a pancrease problem:
      he can check your amylase and lipase
      blood levels and have a CT scan done to look
      at this hard to see organ that is
      located behind the stomach and over
      toward the liver.

      Best wishes

  4. QUESTION:
    Liver disease and Hepatitis C questions..?
    Recently, my dad has become jaundiced and his belly distended. This all happened within about.. 2 weeks maximum. He's an alcoholic and has been for years. However, he also recently got a really bad cut while he was "beach combing," trying to pull out a metal lobster trap that was stuck in the sand after washing up on a beach shore. The cut was really pretty bad and infected-looking and hasn't even fully healed yet. His symptoms started to show about.. 2 weeks after he got this cut.
    I immediately attributed his symptoms to liver problems due to his drinking problem. However, I was just doing some research and it seems as though Hepatitis C is characterized by liver disease and jaundice, among other things, and that alcohol consumption (not to mention excessive alcohol consumption) can cause a rapid deterioration of Hepatitis C.

    I know he needs to see a doctor, but for some reason he's having a hard time getting himself in to see a doctor. I think it may be because he doesn't want to face what's going on with himself. I'm going to try and convince him to go, but I just want to ask a few questions to help me out with my facts:

    1) Is it possible that he acquired Hep C after getting the cut, and that his jaundice and distended stomach is due to rapid Hep C deterioration because of his alcoholism?
    2) It's only been about 1 month since he got the cut. Is it too soon for Hep C to be showing symptoms, excessive alcohol consumption or not?
    3) Is liver disease curable? How?

    Thank you for any answers in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Most advanced liver disease is not curable and the jaundice that is now present gives this indication. Your father needs to go to the nearest ER so they can give him the correct medications to make him more comfortable. He could be dying right before your eyes. Forget about the Hep C, the jaundice and belly distension are serious symptoms that need immediate medical attention. It is a sign his liver is shutting down which can soon lead to death.

  5. QUESTION:
    What kind of dr. should I see for combo GI, brain and cardio problems to get one diagnosis?
    For the last year I've had these symptoms: digestive problems, migraines, numbness/tingling of hands/feet, muscle spasms, severe insomnia, fatigue, blackouts and short-term memory loss. Have had CT scans, brain MRIs, Hydascan, sonograms, blood work, colonoscopy, endoscopy. Diagnosed with b12 deficiency, high cholesterol and triglycerides (can't tolerate statins so it's untreated), benign brain tumor (lipoma), non-alcohol fatty liver, and brain hyperintensities. Taking b12 injections and Cymbalta for neuropathy but it's not helping. I need a new doc who can tell me if all this is related - my doc can't or won't bother. Any suggestions for what kind of specialist I should see? Thanks much - I'm so tired of living like this!

    • ANSWER:
      Hmmm... This one is puzzling.

      First of all - do you have a Primary Care Physician? A PCP is supposed to manage a patients health and make the proper referrals if necessary, and also a PCP is supposed to help tie symptoms together to find the common bond and make a diagnosis. If you do not have a great PCP managing your care, I would suggest finding a new PCP who can better work with you to try to find the common link with all of your symptoms.

      Secondly.... I used the medical terminology for your symptoms that you listed and typed them into search engines in varying groups, and this thing popped up a few times during my searches. I have no idea if it fits all of your symptoms, but since it was the only thing that came up during different groupings of symptom searches, I figured I would pass the links on to you.

      Acute Intermittent Porphyria-
      http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec12/ch160/ch160c.html
      http://www.porphyriafoundation.com/about_por/types/types01.html

      The symptoms of yours that matched the AIP are the digestive problems, parathesia (tingling/numbness), neuropathy (nerve pain), muscle spasms, somnolence (fatigue and sleeping problems), neurological changes (memory loss, black-outs).

      Another thing that seemed to match was the B12, since this AIP thing seems to cause malabsorption (inability for the stomach/intestines to absorb nutrients), and your fatty liver (it looks as if AIP can affect the liver).

      This is all based on my quick reading of the links I gave you, plus reading the eMedicine article about AIP (link below) which is written using a lot of medical terminology.
      http://www.emedicine.com/med/topic1880.htm

      I don't know if that helps you or not. If not, feel free to let me know and I can do more searches for you.

  6. QUESTION:
    What are the noticable symptoms of liver failure?
    My dad passed away in January. He drunk a lot of alcohol all his life, he did like a good drink but I believe he wasn't alcoholic.
    I was told by the doctors died of pneumonia, but he was in and out of hospital a while before that with problems (wasn't eating, weak, very very skinny, yellow eyes, seemed to be disorientated as if he had no idea where he was or what he was doing). It turned out he did indeed have liver problems, but they kind of...pushed it to one side, and told us to just buy things for our home to help him walk and get up, like zimmer frames and stuff.
    Just before he died, his liver had completely failed, as well as his kidneys, pancreas and spleen.
    I'm just wondering, what are noticeable signs of liver failure? Would I have known this would happen and could I have prevented it?
    Thanks x

    • ANSWER:
      You could not have prevented his organs from shutting down. There were signs. Early on brown spots on the back of his hands and forearms, the yellow eyes, and a (Jaundice) yellowing of the skin. He would have noticed the color of his urine being dark instead of clear, and would likely have had pain in the small of his back (kidney area). These things happen over time, and unless he mentioned them, you would be unaware.

  7. QUESTION:
    anyone know about liver problems?
    Hi I have been having alot of discomfort in my liver i went to the hospital not knowing where the problem was but it started with me noticing odd behavior such as sleeping all the time ill wake up be up for a couple hours and feel so tired and worn out and weak ill go take a nap and end up sleeping 6 or 7 hours i do drink alcohol but i have only been a steady drinker for the last 6 months i used to drink alot more for years and i quit for years well i was laid off my job and i started drinking again. also i take xanax for post tramatic stress and panic disorder been on that for not quite a year. I went to the ER they did a blood test and came back with liver damage well because i live in south louisiana they assumed it was alcohol told me to quit and sent me on my way thats when i got online they dr pressed around my stomach which has gotten pretty big im a small person but my stomach has gotten kinda big but it isnt fat its hard as a rock when he hit my liver i felt pain. something else odd is a few times i havent drank anything or had any xanax 8 hours and i started seeing double vision. after looking online i find that liver disease can cause damage and these same symptoms yet they never checked for any of that does anyone out there have any ideas as to what the problem could be all they told me was there was damage but not the cause i also have had a very poor diet my whole life and thought it could be that please help i want to stop worrying
    well sorry for his problems i know i need to see someone soon but how soon can you go from damage to circuses i know your enzime levels have nothing to do with how advanced it is people with low levels can be more advanced them people with higher levels all it is is an indication of some type of damage but what im so discussed with is instead of ordering an ultrasound or liver biopsy they let me go with just the fact i need to quit drinking well first of all i think its more related to my diet cause it usually takes years to do damage to liver

    • ANSWER:
      my brother has liver damage and almost died for not good sooner.you need a real doctor.you should do it soon.it is very serve!if you have a family please go see a liver specialize sooo.!

  8. QUESTION:
    My lower back and sides are hurting...kidney or liver problem?
    I think I'm starting to feel the effects of long term ephedrine abuse, but how do I know for sure if I'm having kidney or liver problems? What are the symptoms of your organs starting to fail? It doesn't hurt when I urinate or anything like though, so what could be the problem? Also, whenever I drink alcohol, I get the same pains.

    • ANSWER:
      If I were you I would do a complete system cleanse. Here is some info.

      Have you already gone through the full kidney and colon cleansing processes?

      Kidney cleanse is any procedure that involves drinking a huge amount of liquid, and taking care what you are eating. Just a better diet with more water can be enough! But, also any form of bowel cleansing will also help kidneys! The Master Cleanse Lemonade Diet is also a Kidney cleanse, juice fasting is also a kidney cleanse, and any other form of fasting that incorporates a lot of liquids, will in the same time clean a kidney. Do you need special herbs? Only if you have acute lower back pain, clear symptom of Kidney stones (sharp glass like crystals, made of phosphoric acid, or sometimes may include other acids). In special occasions, you can get a kidney stone crystallized in less then a few days !!! To melt a stone/stones, you may need a few weeks, or one day with the Watermelon Cleanse.

      Herbal Kidney Cleanse Designed by Dr. Hulda Clark from her book "The Cure for All Disease", explains in detail how to cleanse the kidneys, and her cleansing program will get rid of most if not all the stones, WITHOUT surgery.
      Ingredients:

      1/2 cup dried Hydrangea root
      1/2 cup Gravel root
      1/2 cup Marshmallow root
      4 bunches of fresh parsley
      Goldenrod tincture (leave this out of the recipe if you are allergic to it)
      Ginger Capsules
      Uva Ursi capsules
      Vegetable glycerine
      Vitamin B6 250mg
      Magnesium oxide 300mg or 1/4 cup Green Drink Beverage

      Measure ¼ cup of each root and set them to soak, Together in 10 cups of cold tap water, using a non-metal container and a non-metal lid (a dinner plate will do). After four hours (or over night), bring liquid with soaked herbs to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Drink a ¼ cup as soon as it is cool enough. Pour the rest in through a bamboo or plastic strainer into a sterile pint jar (glass) and several freezable containers. Refrigerate the glass jar.
      Find fresh parsley at a grocery store that does not spray its produce (ask the owner). Boil the fresh parsley, after rinsing, in 1 quart of water for 3 minutes. Strain out the liquid, then drink ¼ cup when cool enough. Refrigerate a pint and freeze 1 pint. Put the cooked parsley in your compost bucket.
      Dose: each morning, pour together ¾ cup of the root mixture and ½ cup parsley water, filling a large mug. Add 20 drops of goldenrod tincture and 1 tbs. of glycerin.

      Drink this mixture in divided doses throughout the day. Keep cold. Do not drink it all at once or you will get a stomach ache and feel pressure in the bladder. If your stomach is very sensitive, start on half this dose.

      Save the roots after the first boiling, storing them in the freezer. After 13 days when your supply runs low, boil the same roots a second time, but add only 6 cups water and simmer only 10 minutes. This will last another 8 days, for a total of three weeks. You may cook the roots a third time if you wish, but the recipe gets less potent. If your problem is severe, only cook them twice.
      After three weeks, repeat with fresh herbs. You need to do the kidney cleanse for six weeks to get good results, longer for severe problems.

      Also take:

      Ginger capsules: one with each meal (3/day).
      Uva Ursi capsules: one with breakfast and two with supper
      Vitamin B6 (250mg): one per day
      Magnesium oxide (300mg): one a day

      Take these supplements just before your meal to avoid burping.

      Some notes on this recipe: this herbal tea, as well as the parsley, can easily spoil. Heat it to boiling every fourth day if it is being stored in the refrigerator; this resterilizes it. If you sterilize it in the morning you may take it to work without refrigerating it (use a glass container).

      There are probably dozens of herbs that can dissolve kidney crystals and stones. If you can only find several of those in the recipe, make the recipe anyway; it will just take longer to get results. Remember that vitamin B6 and magnesium taken daily can prevent oxalate stones from forming. But only if you stop drinking regular tea and cocoa. Tea has 15.6 mg oxalate acid per cup. A tall glass of iced tea could give you over 20 mg oxalate acid. Switch to herb teas. Cocoa and chocolate, also, have too much oxalate acid to be used as beverages.

      Remember too that phosphate crystals are made when you eat too much phosphate. Phosphate levels are high in meats, breads, cereals, pastas, and carbonated drinks, eat less of these, and increase your milk (2%), fruits and vegetables. Drink at least 2 pints of water per day.

      You can dissolve all your kidney stones in 3 weeks, but make new ones in 3 days if you are drinking tea and cocoa and phosphate beverages.
      Cleanse your kidneys at least twice a year.

      http://www.falconblanco.com/health/cleansing/kidney.html

      kidney cleanse
      http://www.curezone.com/cleanse/kidney/default.asp
      http://www.ehow.com/how_12678_kidney-cleansing-fast.html
      http://www.healingdaily.com/colon-kidney-detoxification.htm
      http://www.healthfree.com/cleansing_programs_kidney.html

  9. QUESTION:
    Does my fiance have liver problems?
    For a several months now (almost 8 or 9) my fiance has constantly been complaining that he feels ill and tired. I have been brushing it off as nothing until now, as today I noticed his skin looking slightly yellow.
    I am now quite concerned because I know that this can be a symptom of liver damage. Especially as he does have some bad habit when it comes to alcohol in that he doesn't drink often but when he does it is often a large bottle of whiskey. (And yes, I have tried to talk to him about how bad this is for him!)
    Could this be what it is? And if so what should we do from here?
    Thank You

    • ANSWER:
      You can’t build your conclusion about symptom of liver problem based only on color of one’s skin. You can have some assumptions of course, but in order to make proper diagnosis about liver damage a specific blood test needed to be done.

  10. QUESTION:
    Why is the addictive drug called "alcohol" legal while a lot of other drugs are not?
    I have read many times where alcohol is the most dangerous drug - but even if it's not, it is still addictive & people overdose on it often (alcohol poisoning), and certainly it has caused more injuries & deaths from driving accidents than any other drug. Alcohol has been responsible for a lot of violence and murders: it has destroyed many families, and has caused many of it's users to lose jobs among other things. It also causes liver damage and other health problems, and has withdrawal symptoms like other addictive drugs. I'm just wondering if anyone has any ideas about this?
    ...as far as controlling how much a person drinks, that is a good answer, but still, too many people cannot control how much they drink...and at the same time, I've known a lot of people who are satisified with just doing a little bit of a certain drug because they didn't like to get too wasted, or in the case of speed, they knew if they took too much it would make them too nervous, so they just took a little.
    I really have been wondering this for a long time, regardless of other drugs...it just seems that if it causes so many problems that it would be made illegal. I really don't know that much about politics-I figured that it might be because of the money it brings to the government...but yet it costs the country so much financially as well as the cost of people's lives if this were true...I suppose it could also be that a lot of the government officials are doing this drug also, and don't want it to be outlawed.

    • ANSWER:
      Govt. should Have an alternate this for its revenue.

  11. QUESTION:
    Is my liver damaged from mixing hydrocodone and alcohol one time?
    Hello, I am very concerned about my liver after a night of doing something reckless. I am a healthy 21 year old, 6'1, 200 pound male with no lasting medical problems of any sort. Going to go into greater detail about my problem. About tree days a go I drank about 10 shots of 100 proof vodka throughout the day/night total and then 15 mins or so (probably a little longer than that though maybe a half hour even) later after my last shot late at night close to midnight I would say, I took 1 pill of hydrocodone 5MG/500MG (I have it prescribed for a broken nose) and then about an hour later after I took that pill I took two tylenol PM's to try and sleep. It is probably important to note that I only took the 1 hydrocodone all day, NOT more than one (and it was that low dose 5MG/500MG pill) and again that was about 15 mins or so after drinking my last shot of the day. I had NO hydrocodone or any pills at all the next day following this event. It may be important to note I did also eat a huge portion of nachos with nacho cheese after taking the two tylenol and drank a big thing of tea, so that may have sucked up some alcohol? Also right after I finished eating the nachos I went straight to sleep. I am not a regular drinker, I was just drinking that day/night for a random thrill out of boredom. And I have never ever mixed alcohol and drugs like this before, this was the first and last time. The next day myfriend told me I could have seriously damaged my liver. I have been concerned ever since that night about my liver. But like I said I have only done this one time and it was accidental because I was not thinking because I was intoxicated, and so far I think I am fine. I have not experienced any of the symptoms of liver damage over the past view days, I have been keeping close tabs on myself and doing appropriate research and so far I think I am fine, no concerns. I talked to a friend that is a 911 dispatcher, she has no real medical experience like a doc nurse though, but she said she thinks I am fine. But should I go see my doctor and get medical advise just in case? Am I in any immediate or long lasting danger? Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      aside from destroying a few billion brain cells with all that alcohol, I doubt you did yourself any lasting damage. Suggest you find better ways to alleviate your boredome in future.

  12. QUESTION:
    Is my liver damaged at all from mixing hydrocodone and alcohol one time?
    Hello, I am very concerned about my liver after a night of doing something reckless. I am a healthy 21 year old, 6'1, 200 pound male with no lasting medical problems of any sort. Im very healthy across the board, i dont do drugs, and im not a regular drinker. Going to go into greater detail about my problem. About five days a go I drank about 10 shots of 100 proof vodka throughout the day/night total and then 15 mins or so (probably a little longer than that though maybe a half hour even) later after my last shot late at night close to midnight I would say, I took 1 pill of hydrocodone 5MG/500MG (I have it prescribed for a broken nose) and then about an hour later after I took that pill I took two tylenol PM's to try and sleep. It is probably important to note that I only took the 1 hydrocodone all day, NOT more than one (and it was that low dose 5MG/500MG pill) and again that was about 15 mins or so after drinking my last shot of the day. I had NO hydrocodone or any pills at all the next day following this event. It may be important to note I did also eat a huge portion of nachos with nacho cheese after taking the two tylenol and drank a big thing of tea, so that may have sucked up some alcohol? Also right after I finished eating the nachos I went straight to sleep. I am not a regular drinker, I was just drinking that day/night for a random thrill out of boredom. And I have never ever mixed alcohol and drugs like this before, this was the first and last time. The next day myfriend told me I could have seriously damaged my liver. I have been concerned ever since that night about my liver. But like I said I have only done this one time and it was accidental because I was not thinking because I was intoxicated, and so far I think I am fine. I have not experienced any of the symptoms of liver damage over the past view days, I have been keeping close tabs on myself and doing appropriate research and so far I think I am fine, no concerns. I talked to a friend that is a 911 dispatcher, she has no real medical experience like a doc nurse though, but she said she thinks I am fine. But should I go see my doctor and get medical advise just in case? Am I in any immediate or long lasting danger? Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Damaging your liver by drinking and taking pills is not like damaging it in a car accident where it is visibly bruised or lacerated. One night of drinking and taking pills is not going to kill you of liver disease (overdose is a much greater possibility). Just don't make a habit of it--this is what leads to trouble. That is why they say that people who drink 3 or more drinks every night should avoid Tylenol. The danger of hydrocodone and alcohol mixing is it is easier to get really messed up and be unable to breathe properly on your own. So overdose rather than liver damage is your biggest danger from one night of binging. Just avoid it in th future and you should have no problem. As with everything in life, alcohol in moderation is fine, as is hydrocodone taken to relieve serious acute pain. Binge drinking and taking hydrocodone to have a good time are not healthy behaviors and should be stopped.

      Good luck, I think you'll be okay, but be wary of this in the future

  13. QUESTION:
    Is my liver damaged at all from mixing hydrocodone with tylenol PM and alcohol one time?
    Hello, I am very concerned about my liver after a night of doing something reckless. I am a healthy 21 year old, 6'1, 200 pound male with no lasting medical problems of any sort. Im very healthy across the board, i dont do drugs, and im not a regular drinker. Going to go into greater detail about my problem. About five days a go I drank about 10 shots of 100 proof vodka throughout the day/night total and then 15 mins or so (probably a little longer than that though maybe a half hour even) later after my last shot late at night close to midnight I would say, I took 1 pill of hydrocodone 5MG/500MG (I have it prescribed for a broken nose) and then about an hour later after I took that pill I took two tylenol PM's to try and sleep. It is probably important to note that I only took the 1 hydrocodone all day, NOT more than one (and it was that low dose 5MG/500MG pill) and again that was about 15 mins or so after drinking my last shot of the day. I had NO hydrocodone or any pills at all the next day following this event. It may be important to note I did also eat a huge portion of nachos with nacho cheese after taking the two tylenol and drank a big thing of tea, so that may have sucked up some alcohol? Also right after I finished eating the nachos I went straight to sleep. I am not a regular drinker, I was just drinking that day/night for a random thrill out of boredom. And I have never ever mixed alcohol and drugs like this before, this was the first and last time. The next day myfriend told me I could have seriously damaged my liver. I have been concerned ever since that night about my liver. But like I said I have only done this one time and it was accidental because I was not thinking because I was intoxicated, and so far I think I am fine. I have not experienced any of the symptoms of liver damage over the past view days, I have been keeping close tabs on myself and doing appropriate research and so far I think I am fine, no concerns. I talked to a friend that is a 911 dispatcher, she has no real medical experience like a doc nurse though, but she said she thinks I am fine. But should I go see my doctor and get medical advise just in case? Am I in any immediate or long lasting danger? Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      one time abuse will not hurt your liver..it is one tough organ. just remember it can handle only so much, so lay off heavy drinking and mixing drugs, and you will be fine..

  14. QUESTION:
    I have Hep C and am not sure what is taxing for my liver. Alcohol, of course, but how about vitamins?
    Is red meat a problem? What is "kind" to the liver and what nourishes it? I have already gone through the interferon treatment 1x fo 48 weeks and am preparing to do it all over again for 76 weeks.. I have never met anyone with this desease and would like to talk with others that have it and have gone through what I am. Also, I dont have any symptoms, what do I have to expect in the future. Can I live a normal lifetime?

    • ANSWER:
      no one with hcv will have a "normal life". they can live a normal lifespan, but the quality of life deminishes as the virus replicates.

      hcv infects through the bloodstream, uses the liver as it's host, but the quasispecies end up in all tissues and organs throughout the body. there are over 150 extrahepatic symptoms of hcv.

      since your beginning treatment, i'd say just no iron or alcohol.
      (not even the rubbing kind).

      once you begin, about the end of the second or third week, you will notice a change in how food reacts to your tastbuds-so eating good foods, let alone bad foods will be an issue.
      course you know this i am sure by your first round of treatment.

      *all people infected with hcv have symptoms-it's just that most doctors are not aware of the diseases associated with hcv.

      i do wish you well on treatment this time around! drink plenty of water.

  15. QUESTION:
    liver damage from alcohol?
    how can i support a friend that will not admit to family and friends that she has a drinking problem.
    Her mother has convinced her that myself and another friend are interfering. She has all the symptoms of liver damage and says she is on the transplant list because a gall stone was attached to her liver and when it was removed it got damaged. Her stomach is always swollen, she itches, swollen legs and has had a minor stroke, hypertension loss of appetite. There are various others including anger and lies.

    • ANSWER:
      Attend some Al-Anon meetings for yourself. These meetings will put you in contact with others that are dealing with the same issues and can offer you the tools and guidance needed to cope. One of the biggest problems is facing the fact that there is only so much that you can do. When these people and some family members are in denial, the problem can sometimes seem a losing battle. At least the meetings can offer you some peace of your own, and you can learn better ways to communicate and offer a healthier means of support to your friend. Give it a shot and good luck, it's a LONG and winding road.

  16. QUESTION:
    Is it possible I have liver disease?
    I am 50.
    I was a heavy drinker heavy drinker until recently, and have managed to reduce my consumption and binge episodes to once a month or less.
    I am now concerned that I am showing symptoms of liver disease, be it cirrosis, fatty liver, or gallstones.
    The cheif symptoms are:
    1. Constant abdominal distension and feeling bloated although I am a light eater.
    2. Feelings of nausea, especially on rising.
    3.Constant dull pain under right rib cage.
    4.Pale, thin stools, and sometimes explosive dihrea.
    5.Visible veins on my abdomen
    6.Constant itching especially on my neck and feet.
    Today I had a nausea attack and severe bloating in the afternoon (all I had to eat was yogurt in the morning)felt so bad I almost left work.
    I have seen my doctor about this twice, and the liver blood blood urine tests always come back normal.
    He says to lose weight and exercise more. I cant lose weight despite eating very little and I run three times a week.
    I must confess that the weeks leading up to and over XMAS I did over consume alcohol and fatty foods, but not more than I usually do at Xmas.
    Do you think I have a liver problem?
    One friend said to stop alcohol for two months and it would completely heal itself.
    I did that last summer-didnt seem to help.
    If you think I need different tests please indicate so I can ask my doctor for them. I am so concerned about the bloating I want an xray!
    Thanks happy new year!

    • ANSWER:
      All liver patients are told No Alcohol. The symptoms of coming off of alcohol can be mistaken for a liver problem and, in some cases, can be life threatening...should be under a doctors care. He has medications that can lessen these symptoms.

      No one blood test is 100% accurate. Many things can effect the results of these tests and a comparison is done of more than one to be sure. However, in some patients, there is not an abnormal result even it they have liver disease.

      You should be with a gastroenterologist or hepatologist now.
      You definitely need further testing done to determine what exactly is happening with you.

      High Alcohol consumption over time can cause Fatty liver disease. Ultrasound or Ct scan may see this...a liver biopsy would definitely show it.
      Colonoscopy would check the colon...Pill swallow endoscopy would check the small intestines. ERCP(Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography) would check the esophagus, stomach, first part of the intestines and the biliary area and Pancreatic ducts.

      Wish I could be of more help. I hope you find out what is the problem.

      Here are some links you can click on that will give you information on different tests and different things that may be the cause of your problem.
      http://www.gihealth.com/html/education/pamphlets.html
      http://www.gitract.info/

  17. QUESTION:
    My friend only has 1/8 of her liver that is functioning,she also has hep C and a family trait of liver problem?
    The doctor said he cannot give her a time frame but it does not look good and he told her to go be with Family and friends. She just got back to her hometown a few days ago and has been staying ay my house the last few days. Het stomach where her liver is hurts and she is nauseous and no appetite and flu like symptoms. She has abused alcohol and pills in her life

    • ANSWER:
      Hepatitis C is a virus that enters the body and goes to the
      liver and uses the liver cells to replicate itself.
      When the cell is used, it dies and the virus moves onto
      other cells to use.

      When the liver cells die and form scar tissue inside the
      liver...it is known as Cirrhosis of the liver. It is a
      progressive and irreversible disease.

      She should of talked with her doctor about being
      evaluated for placement on the Liver Transplant list.
      She should be seeing either a gastroenterologist or
      hepatologist now. She should be detoxed from alcohol
      and street drugs for a period of six months prior to
      being evaluated. She should be monitored closely
      when she tries to do this...as the doctors can be
      sure her body can handle it and they have medications
      that will help ease her transition to detox.

      Here are some things that the doctors can do, if she
      has any of them listed:

      Ascites is the build up of fluid in the abdomen. This
      fluid can be drained by a procedure known as
      paracentesis and it will give the patient instant relief
      from the pressure of the fluid pushing on her organs
      and lungs. However, it will come back since the liver
      can no longer make the protein, Albumin...which holds
      fluids inside our vessels.

      Not eatting isn't good. The body needs food to help heal.
      Ask the doctor what supplements he might recommend for
      her to use. They are usually drinks that have lots of vitamins
      and minerals in them.

      If her legs and feet are swollen...the doctor can place her
      on diuretics and also a "lower" sodium diet. He should tell
      her how much sodium and fluids he is allowed to have per
      day. Elevate the legs, but do not massage them.

      She may have encephalopathy. This is when a patient
      becomes easily confused, disoriented, has sleep pattern
      changes, tremors. The doctor can start her on Lactulose
      medication or Xifaxin to help remove ammonia from her
      body so it doesn't reach her brain as much.

      Any blood in the sputum, vomit, or rectal area is an
      emergency. The blood can no longer go through the liver
      well...therefore it is forced (under pressure) in smaller
      vessels (known as varies) that can easily break open and bleed.
      The doctors can go in and band these broken vessels
      to stop the bleeding. Those who have cirrhosis, the liver
      no longer makes clotting factors efficiently...the patient
      bleeds and bruises very easily.

      She should try to eat smaller meals instead of 3 large ones
      per day. A small bowl of fruit, some soup, ice cream....
      little servings can help ease and calm the stomach some.
      Or get the supplement that the doctor recommends.

      I hope this information has been of some help to you.
      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/

      Best wishes

  18. QUESTION:
    Pain after drinking alcohol - Male 33 years?
    Pain after drinking alcohol - male 33 yrs?
    For the last few months I have been getting pain in my upper right quadrant after drinking alcohol. I have been a heavy drinker since my university days, I'm now 33, and at one point would probably have been consuming up to 100 units per week.

    In January of this year I decided that my drinking had to stop as I realised that I was abusing drink and using it as a tool to mask depression, anxiety and general unhappiness. Around the same time as I decided to tackle my mental issues I started getting these pains on the right hand side of my abdomen (coincidence?) around the bottom of the ribs.

    I visited my doctor and explained the situation and he referred me for some liver function tests (2 months ago) and subsequently an abdominal ultrasound (3 weeks ago). Both the liver function tests and the abdominal ultrasound appear to indicate that there is absolutely nothing physically wrong with my liver, gallbladder or kidneys. No inflammation, signs of fatty liver, signs of it not processing toxins properly etc...I have seen three different doctors at my local surgery regarding this and all say that there is nothing physically wrong with me. I have also been physically examined and again nothing would indicate any liver problems.

    I have naturally cut drinking down to an absolute minimum and didn't drink at all for around 2 months whilst I was undergoing tests etc. I feel so much better mentally and physically since changing my habits and have also been taking up a lot more regular exercise: running, swimming, pilates and squash which are naturally helping to increase my sense of well-being.

    However on the rare occasions that I have had an alcoholic drink, since being told that I'm fine, I get the pain back. All it takes is one glass of wine or pint of beer/cider and the following day I will have this inner pinching type of pain under towards the bottom of my rib cage, right hand side that heads up towards the navel area.

    Can anyone share any similar stories, diagnosis or suggest a line of enquiry I should take with my doctor? Things I am thinking about include:

    • allergy to alcohol or yeast/hops/grapes(?!?)
    • irritable bowel syndrome (I think the pain would be lower down however)
    • gout/high levels of uric acid - can you test for this?
    • psychological - am I creating the pain through worry?

    I just want to get on with the rest of my life. I feel I have taken some huge steps and have a much more positive outlook but all the time things hangs around it keeps niggling at my brain and my worry is that my symptoms all seem to indicate liver problems but tests prove otherwise.

    Thanks for taking the time to read - any advice warmly received!

    • ANSWER:

  19. QUESTION:
    Pain after drinking alcohol - male 33 yrs?
    For the last few months I have been getting pain in my upper right quadrant after drinking alcohol. I have been a heavy drinker since my university days, I'm now 33, and at one point would probably have been consuming up to 100 units per week.

    In January of this year I decided that my drinking had to stop as I realised that I was abusing drink and using it as a tool to mask depression, anxiety and general unhappiness. Around the same time as I decided to tackle my mental issues I started getting these pains on the right hand side of my abdomen (coincidence?) around the bottom of the ribs.

    I visited my doctor and explained the situation and he referred me for some liver function tests (2 months ago) and subsequently an abdominal ultrasound (3 weeks ago). Both the liver function tests and the abdominal ultrasound appear to indicate that there is absolutely nothing physically wrong with my liver, gallbladder or kidneys. No inflammation, signs of fatty liver, signs of it not processing toxins properly etc...I have seen three different doctors at my local surgery regarding this and all say that there is nothing physically wrong with me. I have also been physically examined and again nothing would indicate any liver problems.

    I have naturally cut drinking down to an absolute minimum and didn't drink at all for around 2 months whilst I was undergoing tests etc. I feel so much better mentally and physically since changing my habits and have also been taking up a lot more regular exercise: running, swimming, pilates and squash which are naturally helping to increase my sense of well-being.

    However on the rare occasions that I have had an alcoholic drink, since being told that I'm fine, I get the pain back. All it takes is one glass of wine or pint of beer/cider and the following day I will have this inner pinching type of pain under towards the bottom of my rib cage, right hand side that heads up towards the navel area.

    Can anyone share any similar stories, diagnosis or suggest a line of enquiry I should take with my doctor? Things I am thinking about include:

    • allergy to alcohol or yeast/hops/grapes(?!?)
    • irritable bowel syndrome (I think the pain would be lower down however)
    • gout/high levels of uric acid - can you test for this?
    • psychological - am I creating the pain through worry?

    I just want to get on with the rest of my life. I feel I have taken some huge steps and have a much more positive outlook but all the time things hangs around it keeps niggling at my brain and my worry is that my symptoms all seem to indicate liver problems but tests prove otherwise.

    Thanks for taking the time to read - any advice warmly received!

    • ANSWER:
      Another case that leaves the doctors scratching their heads? I suspect you have a weird case of gout where the tiny urate crystals exist in your upper abdomen. To confirm this, go for a blood test for and see if your blood uric acid level is above the range. And then run your own urine test for uric acid, here is how...

      1. Get a transparent plastic cup or mineral water bottle
      2. As soon as you wake up in the moring, collect the first round of urine into the bottle.
      3. Cover the bottle and keep it in cold dry place far away from the reach kids
      4. After a few hours, observe (pay close attention) if there is any crystal like substances deposits at the bottom of the bottle.
      5. If you see some small white particles in the fluid, then it means you are having hyperuricemia.
      6. If no sediments observed, then leave it there for another 1 or 2 days and check it again.

      Good luck!

  20. QUESTION:
    my father was diagnosed with FATTY LIVER?
    my father aged 56,alcoholic from about 25 years (daily alcohol consumption is 300 ml) was suffering from some problem with his liver the symptoms were:
    abdominal pain (non radiating)
    vomit after meal
    lack of appetite
    he got himself checked from a liver expert.
    ultrasound was ok but it showed moderate fatty liver.
    endoscopy was fine with no ulcers n all...
    he is not obese ,not suffering from diabetes ..
    liver function tests were also ok...
    now his condition has improved and he has starting taking meals n dsnt feels vomit sensation....
    i want to know that what diet plan should he follow to cure this problem...
    is this problem fatal..???
    i am worried...
    plz help...
    he has reduces his alcohol consumption to abt one drink a day ,but cant quit it completely....

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, I will try to answer your question as best I can. It's very good that your dad had himself chcked out and that he is making an effort to reduce his drinking. Unfortunately, once liver disease has begun from alcoholism, it is progressive. The good news is that fatty liver disease is the first step in this progression, and it is possible to completely reverse the damage, but he will need to stop drinking entirely. The next step is alcoholic hepatitis, which is more serious, and then cirrhosis, which is life-threatening and is NOT reversible.
      I actually have a bit of personal experience here; I am a recovering alcoholic myself and have been sober for over 2 1/2 years. The reason that I am mentioning this is that I know it IS possible to stop completely. He feels that he cannot; that is part of the disease of alcoholism. He is down to one drink a day, which means that at this moment, he is not significantly physically dependent on alcohol. The problem is, his liver is already damaged. It cannot handle its normal functions the way a healthy liver would. Alcohol is very stressful on the diseased liver. The crazy part of this disease is that he and his family and probably even his doctor probably believe he is not an alcoholic if he can cut way down like that. This is not usually the case. Any alcohol in his system will most likely eventually drive him back to his old habits and beyond. This is why support from a group (such as AA or SMART recovery or others) can be so crucial. Therapy or counselling can help also. This is a genetic and chemical problem and has nothing to do with willpower or morality.
      As for diet, I would suggest a basic healthy diet, low in saturated fats, higher in unsaturated, higher in fiber, moderate in protein, lots of fresh veggies and fruits and whole grains. Milk thistle can be a good supplement for the liver. As always, I am not a doc and he should follow his doctor's recommendations.
      I have a great deal of sympathy for him and for you. Alcoholism sucks, but your dad will hopefully discover that he is not alone and he can live sober one day at a time. It is very hard to quit drinking, and at first it may seem impossible and pointless, but eventually the rewards WILL outweigh this. Best of luck to you both!

  21. QUESTION:
    Alcohol withdrawal symptoms?
    My mum is an alcoholic, and after many years of hitting the bottle she has finally decided to do something about it and kick the habit. she hasn't had a drink for 3 weeks now but to be honest I'm really worried about her. her skin is very yellow (apparently this has something to do with her liver failing?) and she has lost a tremendous amount of weight and when I visited her yesterday she could hardly summon up the energy to speak. Do any of you know if this is normal, apparently my sister told me that my mums G.P wanted to admit her to hospital but my mum refused. To be honest I think she should be in hospital as she looks desperately ill, she won't admit she is feeling horrid (it' taken her nearly 10 years to admit to her drink problem) but I have heard that going "cold Turkey" is dangerous. I know it's an awful thing to say but she looks much worse since giving up the booze. Is there anyone who has had experience of this or anyone who has medical knowledge of her situation?

    • ANSWER:
      Your mum will almost certainly be experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Treatment for alcohol withdrawal can include a reducing dose of chlordiazepoxide, which would be well managed in hospital but can also be prescribed at home by your GP.

      The more worrying symptom is the jaundice (yellow skin, eyes etc). This is a sign of liver damage that may or may not be reversible, it is due to a build up of bilirubin in the blood and may be caused by hepatitis, liver toxicity or alcoholic liver disease. It can also be a sign of gallstones obstructing the bile duct or hepatic cancer. Combine this with the weight loss and I would think that your mum really needs investigation in hospital. However your GP shouldn't write you off because she refuses to go in - he could perform blood tests and prescribe medications that will help her symptoms.

      If you can't persuade your mum to be admitted for investigation and symptom control, and you may have to respect her wishes, then you can help by ensuring that she is eating a well balanced diet with nutrients including vitamin B and folic acid. (Cornflakes are really good sources of this as well as green leafy veg), a vitamin supplement may also help, but again I would discuss this with the GP. Make sure she gets plenty of rest and encourage her to drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration. Counselling will almost certainly help, and your GP can provide you with a list of local counsellors.

      I wish you both the best of luck, it certainly will be tough going for maybe a long while, but she has definately done the right thing by giving up - its never too late and at the end of the day alcoholism is an illness and can be fatal.

  22. QUESTION:
    Do I have a liver problem?
    I quit drinking alcohol on Feb 25th. Although I was expecting to go through some kind of withdrawls, I am doing pretty well and haven't had that 'Oh I have to have a drink'. Pretty good considering I drank everyday, probably a minimum of 5 beers for several years. My concern is that I am extremely exhausted. I am not a napper, but I come home for lunch and sleep anywhere from 20 min to 2 hours. I didn't use to do that when I was drinking. I also, started to itch on the bottom part of both my legs in the same areas. The itching was new to me and it started before I quit drinking. What I have just mentioned above are things that I am finding as symptoms of liver disease. Am I just going through a healing process, since I quit drinking, or does it sound like I already have some sort of liver disease? Yes, I know I just need to go to the doctor to get tested, but I was wondering if anyone else has gone through the same experience, when they quit drinking.
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I was a heavy daily drinker for 15 years. When I quit 5 years ago, I already had liver disease with cirrhosis, which had caused psoriasis (dry itchy skin patches) on my shins and elbows. After a few months, it started clearing up. I don't have the itchy skin any more.

      The exhausted in the afternon thing is because our bodies make sugar from the alcohol, and now your body doesn't get the sugar boost it is used to. I found orange juice, chocolate, or ice cream in the afternoon helped substitute for the lost sugar boost. It still took awhile before I didn't want a nap in the afternoon.

      Congrats on your sobriety, hang in there!

  23. QUESTION:
    Liver cancer--other liver diagnosis ? Diagnosis web sites? Free doctor consult on-line ?
    Please do not answer this if you have no medical education whatsoever. My husband returned from his routine physical with alarming news. His AST was high at 57, his ALT was high at 78, his WBC was low at 3.7, and he was anemic with a hemoglobin of 13.4 and hematocrit of 39.3. He was excreting protein in his urine and his BUN was high at 23. About 2 years ago, he also began to notice that he has begun to suffer from high cholesterol despite eating a healthy diet. His current cholesterol has been as high as 220 with a low HDL of only 39. He is asymptomatic otherwise and says that he feels fine. He is 44 years old and was born and raised in Paris, France but is of North African ancestry as is father is from Morocco and his mother is from Algeria, so his normal skin tone is quite tan/yellow--but he has no signs of jaundice in his eyes. His only significant medical history in this regard is that his parents recently told me that he did suffer a bout of jaundice when he was 8 years old and was treated with "some injections"--I assume injections of immunoglobulin.
    He drinks alcohol quite rarely and only in small amounts and takes NO medications or herbs and NEVER has. He tested NEGATIVE for any hepatitis/HIV and has no other significant medical history. He has no history of any drug abuse. About a year ago he also began to suffer from itchy dry skin on his forehead until between his eyes as well as the corners around his nose. We thought until recently that this was cold weather related as it comes and goes, but it is JUNE here in Miami and he just had another outbreak ! Then, we read that itchy dry skin is also indicative of liver problems. Anyway, what I am looking for is WHAT COULD THIS BE OTHER THAN LIVER CANCER ??? The MD scheduled him for an ultrasound on the 5th of July and I assume it is to look for malignant tumors. In the meantime, I am very upset, worried, and nervous, and would just like to know if there are ANY other possible diagnosis for this list of symptoms ? Any free websites that I can go to to enter these symptoms to get other possible diagnosis ? Etc. If you need more info, don't hesitate to ask and thank-you so much.
    Thanks so much Godazo...but I neglected to mention that his thyroid is fine....no problems there. I also already stated that they did a hepatitis screening and he was negative for that.

    • ANSWER:
      His AST/ALT are elevated but not by much, I'd call them borderline elevated. Medications or ischemia could cause that kind of elevation, various forms of hepatitis, and the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder are all in that region. I'm not sure about how significant the WBC count is, it's also borderline low being very close to the normal range. I don't personally consider a hemoglobin of 13.4 that is asymptomatic anemia. BUN is borderline as well, having mild dehydration could explain that too.

      The bout of jaundice he had when he was younger, without knowing anything about him may have just been gilbert's syndrome. Pretty common and benign condition.

      Dry itchy skin on the forehead is a vague symptom as well, certainly could be liver. Could be thyroid, could just be dry skin :) . Generally, when bile salts accumulate in someone that has liver problems they could have itchy skin, like the feeling of ants crawling on your skin, doesn't sound like he has that.

      All I see so far are some unexplained mildly elevated liver enzymes, proteinuria, and some borderline values. I agree with the approach of the ultrasound, it would show any nodules and alternatively gets you a glimpse of the pancreas and gallbladder. Other than liver cancer, it could be a liver cyst, a blocked duct/gallstone, a genetic disorder, immunological, infection/hepatitis, wilson's, hemochromatosis, or ischemia of various causes. Hepatocellular carcinoma without a history of alcohol abuse, hepatitis B or C is pretty rare.

      Sorry I can't be more helpful, but I'm not really sure what it could be. They could do a liver biopsy if the ultrasound comes back clean, or they could just watch him and do more blood work in the future and see if it changes. Some additional blood tests can be useful to check for hyperbilirubinemia and what type, throw a thyroid study in there, and if you have Dr. House maybe check alpha-1 antitrypsin.

  24. QUESTION:
    Alcohol consumption and body odor?
    For the past couple years, i consume just shy of .5 liters of tequila a day... and I am in the process of quitting. I always consume lots of water as well. I shower twice per day, in the morning and before bed. The past couple months, even though I shower before bed, in the morning my room and I smell really bad, almost tart if you will. I don't sweat while I sleep either. Overall, I feel great. Have great energy and am in decent health. I'm wondering if this is a possible symptom of liver or kidney problems, I did have a friend pass away from liver failure, so it crosses my mind... paranoid i guess. Or could this be just the alcohol getting out of my body through my skin?... and if so, why did it start recently?

    Thanks, Matt
    and it's nothing in my room either, I keep it and my sheets clean.

    • ANSWER:
      it might be. i would talk to a doctor about your plan. drinking that much a day for a few years can change your body. your body is used to having that much alcohol available and when you start to take it away, it might actually do more harm then good initially. i would set up a plan with a doctor so you can do it supervised so no health problems arise.

  25. QUESTION:
    Why would someone get very severe hang overs from small amounts of alcohol about 50% of the time?
    About 50% of the time when my boyfriend drinks, he gets very sick. Can't keep anything down, is shaky, has a headache, normal symptoms but much worse than I have ever seen and many times from only one or two cocktails. It has no rhyme or reason it happens with wine beer and hard alcohol mixed not mixed one drink to fifteen drinks. I can't figure it out I am worried he has liver problems, or possibly an allergy but if it were an allergy I thought it would be more consistent with what we had been drinking that night. I'm dumb founded and he refuses to talk to a doctor, any one seen this or have any educated ideas. And for all if u that are going to say duh it is a hang over, my problem is why can we be out all night one week and drink all night and he is fine and the next week one cocktail has him in bed for 12 hours? Something's not right here.....

    • ANSWER:

  26. QUESTION:
    Psychic dreaming- liver cancer?
    Last night I dreamt I was at a fete with some acquaintances. It was just a regular dream, except that in the dream, I kept reminding myself that I had liver cancer. I didn't dream about medical tests or anything at all relating to cancer/illness and I didn't seem to feel very worried or concerned. But in the dream, every now and again, I thought "Oh yeah, I have liver cancer". I was not consciously thinking about it in the dream, but my subconscious mind kept reminding me.
    The reason I am concerned about this dream is sometimes I have psychic dreams. When I remember my dreams, I write down the events in a journal, and most times, the events happen. What also concerns me is that about 2 years ago, when I was 15 I was hospitalised for alcohol poisoning... after about a month period that I drank excessively. So it could be plausible for me to have some kind of liver problem.
    Should I be bothered seeing a doctor about this? Is there a chance there is something wrong with my liver? What would be the symptoms of unhealthy function of the liver?

    • ANSWER:
      It was just a dream, if dreams were true I would be locked up as I usually murder someone in my dream or I have the most fantastic times with gorgeous hunks? as for liver problems, google it for exact answers but usually the whites of your eyes go a bit yellow, skin yellows, stomach aches, pain in liver area, urinating problems, sickness, your liver can heal itself if you have stayed off the drink but to put your mind at rest you could talk to your doctor but I don't think he will believe your dream.

  27. QUESTION:
    What problem with liver also causes skin problem on legs? Hubby worried sick? Is it serious?
    My husbands sister lives abroad where the health service is apalling. My husband is worried sick so if you can shed some light please, that would be really appreciated!
    His sister is undergoing tests and has been told her problem is her liver, and she needs further urgent tests. Apparantly her skin, particularly on her legs, has been severely affected (sorry but peeling) and it's connected to the liver problem. I'm not aware of any other symptoms apart from that she collapsed last week, apparantly stopped breathing (?) and was taken to hospital. She has had these episodes all of her life so not sure if its connected.
    She is healthy and pure. We are 100% certain this couldnt be connected to alcohol, drugs or anything nasty.
    Do you have any insight or experience to suggest what this liver problem MAY be?
    Thankyou. She wont have had a boyfriend or tattoo but she has certainly had intravenious drugs..Our young twins also had these in albania 3 years ago. My husband bought the needles himself from a 'reputable' chemist (meaning someone he knew..this is how it goes in Albania) ans he watched them do this to save their lives. Should we get them tested for hepatitis now, with this possibility?

    • ANSWER:

  28. QUESTION:
    Any thoughts on birth control and liver damage?
    About 2 years ago I had a severe reaction to alcohol. After only 1 drink I felt like something was sitting on my chest. My breathing was labored and it seemed almost painful. I thougtht it was possibly a panic attack. I don't drink often so about 6 months after that I was celebrating a birthday of one of my friends and after a couple of drinks I had the same reaction but worse. I saw my Dr. and she said that my liver could possibly not be processing the alcohol. She said that it was too busy processing the birth control I was on. I have not been on birth control for almost 2 years and when I recently got married, I tried to drink wine. After two glasses I became ill and had the same symptoms. I never had this problem before I was on bc. Has anyone ever heard of a birth control causing liver damage?

    • ANSWER:
      Some studies have linked oral contraceptives with an increased risk of developing hepatomas (a benign liver growth). Typically, these are not considered life-threatening, but it is always a wise decision to consult with your primary care physician.

  29. QUESTION:
    Consuming alcohol after being diagnosed with mono?
    Hello, I was diagnosed with mononucleosis on July 14th, 2010, but the onset of symptoms was July 6th 2010. On July 27th, 2010, I received a blood test saying that my liver functions are back to normal and everything is going well. I am wondering, when am I able to consume alcohol? For example, I was wondering if tomorrow I would be able to consume 5 beers (not quickly) without any problems.

    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      since mononucleosis caused by the epstein barr virus has a 8-10 week incubation period, it may be at least 3 months before you should start, not only that, but also it m,ay put a strain on your spleen, which will become enlarged.

  30. QUESTION:
    Marijuana vs. Alcohol what's your opinion?
    Here is a question that i am curious to see how many people will give an honest answer. Which do you prefer to be legalized Marijuana or Alcohol? Below are just a few facts about both.... (I did look up the facts that are posted on both marijuana and Alcohol I did not just make up these facts myself) I will try and post 10 facts each

    Marijuana: #1 If Pot were legalized the prison industry would be hurt. They would no longer jail Pot smokers. It could free up space for violent criminals. #2 Pot is a sexual stimulant. #3 Pot is 100% natural nothing about it has man made chemicals in it. #4 There has never been a car accident death due to a stoned driver, just some slow drivers and may be some lost drivers . #5 Pot is used for medical use in MANY situations. #6 it is a myth that marijuana is a gate way drug. #7 Pot will cause some short term memory loss. #8 Pot will give you the Munchies, It could cause you to gain weight. #9 Marijuana smokers show dysregulated growth of epithelial cells in their lung tissue, which could lead to cancer; however, a recent case-controlled study found no positive associations between marijuana use and lung, upper respiratory, or upper digestive tract cancers. Thus, the link between marijuana smoking and these cancers remains unsubstantiated at this time, but marijuana smokers have some of the same problems as cigarette smokers coughing, mucus, sore lungs, etc. #10 Marijuana make most people more relaxed. It relieves the clutter and tension after a hard days work or stress. It mellows you out and makes you more relaxed. It heightens the imagination and improves creativity. If you have a problem with anger, Pot is usually a good drug to reduce it, no one has ever died from smoking marijuana.

    Alcohol: #1 In VERY SMALL amounts, alcohol can help a person feel more relaxed or less anxious. #2 Alcohol actually blocks some of the messages trying to get to the brain. This alters a person's perceptions, emotions, movement, vision, and hearing. #3 Depending on the person, intoxication can make someone very friendly and talkative or very aggressive and angry. #4 Reaction times are slowed dramatically — which is why people are told not to drink and drive. People who are intoxicated may think they're moving properly when they're not. They may act totally out of character. #5 When large amounts of alcohol are consumed in a short period of time, alcohol poisoning can result. Alcohol poisoning is exactly what it sounds like — the body has become poisoned by large amounts of alcohol. Violent vomiting is usually the first symptom of alcohol poisoning. Extreme sleepiness, unconsciousness, difficulty breathing, dangerously low blood sugar, seizures, and even death may result. #6 One half of all drowning deaths among teen guys are related to alcohol use. Use of alcohol greatly increases the chance that a teen will be involved in a car crash, homicide, or suicide. #7 Teen drinkers are more likely to get fat or have health problems, too. One study by the University of Washington found that people who regularly had five or more drinks in a row starting at age 13 were much more likely to be overweight or have high blood pressure by age 24 than their non drinking peers. People who continue drinking heavily well into adulthood risk damaging their organs, such as the liver, heart, and brain. #8 The strongest medical evidence exists for the link between moderate drinking and a reduced risk of heart disease. #9 Alcohol has been linked to liver disease, cancers, heart damage and strokes when consumed in larger amounts, and even small doses can lead to accidents, Each year, approximately 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking; this includes about 1,900 deaths from motor vehicle crashes, 1,600 as a result of homicides, 300 from suicide, as well as hundreds from other injuries such as falls, burns, and drownings. #10 Hangovers are another possible effect after large amounts of alcohol are consumed; a hangover consists of headache, nausea, thirst, dizziness, and fatigue.

    In my opinion i think it's safer to smoke a joint than it is to drink a beer, the most dangerous thing about marijuana is getting caught with it. you can google all this info your self before you answer i do not smoke or drink and i do not condone any of the above this is just my opinion on the subject, & I am just curious as to what every ones opinion is on the subject. I am just a homemaker and not any form of government at all or anything like that. Also I looked every were for something good about drinking alcohol and found VERY limited info on it, so please don't think this info posted is one sided for marijuana being good for you, I just found that using google as info finder it's easier to find good things about using pot than using beer.

    • ANSWER:
      TRUTHFULLY I WOULD SMOKE THE "KUSH".....LOL

      I KNOW PPL THAT SMOKE THAT SHYT

      BUT I WOULDN'T FUCK WITH IT.

      BUT THE WEED SEEMS BETTER!

      DONT DO DRUGS "KIDDS"

  31. 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

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    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

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

    True
    False

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    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

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    Mandatory license plate revocation is ineffective against drunk driving.

    true

    false

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    ___________ are more likely to become alcoholics.

    children

    adults

    woman

    children of alcoholic parents

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    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

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    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

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    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

  32. QUESTION:
    Do I have a very low alcohol tolerance or is this something else?
    I've always thought I have a low alcohol tolerance, but I have never been able to build up a higher tolerance. 99% of the time, I can get very sick after just one beer, one glass of wine, one shot, or even just a few sips of a cocktail. The usual symptoms are light-headedness, lost of vision, breaking out in a cold sweat, and blacking out. There have been many times when I've ran into bathroom stalls at bars to pass out, or if I don't make it my friends would have to find me a place to lay down.

    My tolerance also varies and I don't know what those conditions are. There have been times when I'm fine after a few drinks or shots. I've tried eating a large meal beforehand but that doesn't always work. I've tried staying hydrated by drinking a lot of water with the alcoholic beverage but that doesn't seem to make a difference either.

    Do I just have an extremely low alcohol tolerance or could it be something else such as a problem with my liver or blood?
    I'm 5'3" and I weigh 120. I have learned to just say no, but it's hard to turn down drinks when friends/coworkers are offering. Sometimes it's easier to just accept and not have to explain because they ALWAYS ask.

    • ANSWER:
      You are probably one of these unfortunate people who are allergic to alcohol.

  33. QUESTION:
    Are there any other treatments for symptoms of mono?
    Ive just been diagnosed with mono. Ive had these symptons for a week, so im assuming this is the 2nd week ive had this disease. The doctor told me that not only a sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, and tireness are symptoms, but swollen liver and spleen are symptoms as well. Im anxious for my spleen and liver to heal up, so are there any natural redmidies that i could take to reduce the swelling of these organs? Another question/concern i have is how alcohol consumption will affect thoes specific organs. Will getting drunk be a problem? will having a couple of drinks be a problem? (mind you i will have had a solid week of bed rest and medications before the weekend)

    • ANSWER:

  34. 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.

  35. 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

  36. 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

  37. 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.

  38. QUESTION:
    Could something physically be wrong thats causing my mental health problems?
    i have BPD - borderline personality , as well as PTSD , ocd , severe anxiety , agoraphobia , a rage disorder, regular palpitations, obsessive worries everyday . recently i read this article about BPD which was talking that bpd patients are prone to serious physical health problems.

    here is the paragraph first , then the link :

    '' Physical Health

    Unfortunately, BPD can also have a major impact on physical health. BPD is associated with a variety of serious health conditions, including chronic pain disorders such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, obesity, diabetes, and serious health problems. BPD is also associated with less healthy lifestyle choices (e.g., smoking, alcohol use, lack of regular exercise). ''

    http://bpd.about.com/od/livingwithbpd/a/livingwithbpd.htm

    besides that, i here regularly that sometimes '' hidden '' physical conditions can sometimes be the cause of serious mental illness.

    ive heard about hormonal imbalances , getting hormones checked out....abnormal brain waves or brain structures that caused a mental health condition etc.

    im out of shape and overweight, because of a long period of inactivity because of severe anxiety, agoraphobia , ptsd symptoms, and difficulty controling rage -

    months ago i had a diabetes test which came back clear.

    i have weak joints and muscles , that feel elastic like, i was told this was due to inactivity and lack of exercise.

    i get obsessive worries and racing thoughts each day , where, i find it difficult to think clearly or concentrate.....my mind is scattered , be muddled and confused.

    im 31 and ive had a very misfortunate, tough life so far... and im fighting to get the right treatment program from the mental health services..

    ive had blood test months ago of my thyroid, liver and other stuff which apparently were also '' clear ''.

    ive been told its likely my mental health problems are probably due down to my harsh life and life experiences..

    however .

    i keep worrying and obsessing i have '' underlying '' physical conditions that could be causing my symptoms.....and its being missed .

    and

    like that bpd article said , im prone to developing serious physical illnesses because of the BPD condition.

    how can i handle these obsessive fears ? im really in a state about this right now.

    i appreciated ive asked this questions before , but last time i got useless crappy answers. which i blocked.

    so im asking again until it hits home and i get a decent answer.

    • ANSWER:
      if there is a physical reason for your illnesses, the only real thing you can do it keep up with tests until its found. and try to remember, mental illnesses ARE physical. just because they mess with your emotions or interactions with other people does not mean they dont have physical causes. most are a result of a chemical imballance, which is physical.
      until then, diet and exercise! i know it sounds awful lol, but it really could help. at the very least it can help fend off things like diabetes, liver disease, and heart conditions. exercise also helps fibromyalga.
      do NOT deny yourself comfort foods, but try to eat more whole grains, fruit and vegies, and less red meat and sugary crap.
      exercising doesnt mean going to the gym for 6 hours a day, there are plenty of things you can do at home. i have a tread mill in front of my tv for example. another thing i do is i made a cd with some upbeat songs i like, and when im bored i put it on and dance in my living room, with the blinds closed so the neighrbours dont think im silly lol.

      if you are not part of a support group, i higly reccomend one. my husband is bi-polar, and we almost couldnt live together until he joined one. just knowing that there are other people out there with the same issues really helped. you dont have to physically go to a group either, there are plenty on the internet.

      try to find a good therapist. remember, if the first one you go to doesnt "click" for you, thats ok, there are others. keep going until you find one you are comfortable with.
      take any medications your dr prescribes you, and let them know of any holistic therapies you are trying, as they can interact badly with each other. if you really dont like a medication you are on, DON"T stop taking it until you talk to your doctor. my husband was on an anti-depressant, and stopped taking it. 5 days later he had a full on break from reality and ended up in a mental hospital for 21 days.

  39. QUESTION:
    I came down with a case of mono and had my first symptoms about three weeks ago and got officially diagnosed?
    about a week and a half ago. I had a followup appointment a week after I got diagnosed and it went well, all of my symptoms were gone or much better. After seeing the doctor she told me I needed to go in for a liver test which I guess is pretty standard for mono. She called me after the weekend and said my liver functions were "a little high" and she wanted to retest my liver a month from today. Heres the killer, she says I cant drink any alcohol until then. Im no raging alcoholic, but I mean there are alot of big events coming up i the next month, my b day, halloween, nuggets game ect. Im just wondering if someone who knows what they are talking about or have been through something similar could tell me what their experience was like, if they did in fact drink, how bad it would be for me if I did, how much I could drink without having serious consequences or anything else you think would be helpful. Also I don't know if it matters or not but, I'm young (21) and I have no other health problems, just incase that effects anyones answers. Thanks for the help.

    • ANSWER:

  40. QUESTION:
    My husband has a weird stomach problem that no Dr. can seem to diagnose. Can anyone relate???
    Okay. At first it just looks like acid-reflux, but its more like compulsive vomiting throughout the day. He can control the compulsion to some degree, and manages to not loose all of his nutrition. However, the stomach Acid is damaging his esophegus (sp?). He has been tested for Celiac Spru, Stomach Paralysis, and he's not allergic to meat or dairy. He doesn't smoke, drink coffee or eat acidic foods. It can happen 5-10 times a day before or after meals and also between meals altogether. If you have anything like these symptoms or have a guess as to what is the culprit, please drop me an email. Also, one more strange thing is that all throughout his childhood he would compulsively eat plain table salt. I have heard that this was indicitive of a metabolic disorder, but I can't find out anything more about it.
    Additional Details
    1 day ago
    No, he has not had a colonoscopy. He has had an endoscopy and some sort of digestion test, where he drank radioactive stuff and then they watched him digest it. Both showed nothing.
    Its hard to answer the question about his current symptoms because he tries very hard to prevent himself from actually throwing up . With a lot of concentration and relaxation, he is able to not loose his food-so its kind of like heaving but he is usually successful at keeping the food inside and not out. When it does occasionally come out its kind of whiteish. it doesn't seem to be associated with any specific time of day (although without fail first thing in the morning he has it). like i said before, it can be bore meals, right after a meal, when he's really hungry, when he's not, etc. However, it doesn't seem to affect his appetite at all. He eats many times a day, though on days where is stomach is worse, his portions are smaller. He hasn't had any head trauma, headaches, or really any other problems.
    1 day ago
    He takes asprin very rarely, and we drink alcohol (within moderation) a few times a week. However, in Nov. he got mono and didn't have a drop of alcohol for 3 months-symptoms of stomach problem did not change. He hasn't had any of these probelms:kidney-liver-disease ?
    gall stones ?
    headache ?
    head trauma?
    diabetes?
    abdominal surgery ?
    no results from any blood tests done so far. no pain, fever, diarrhea, constipation. he doesn't feel thirst, fait, or have dry mouth. But one of his biggest ways of easing his stomach just a bit is to drink ice water. so he drinks probobly 2ce the amount of water that most people due.
    oh-and its been a problem for the majority of his life - he's 23. And his Dad has always had a wierd stomach problem. Whenever his dad wouldn't get enough sleep at night - we would vomit and feel tsick the next day. ---just a side note.

    • ANSWER:
      I know this is really off the wall, but if I were him, I would have a TB test done.!!! TB is on a big comeback, can present these symptoms in rare cases. US doctors are NOT used to seeing TB, so often miss the diagnosis for years, long after the damage is done. This is NOT something to play with, for many stomach infections can leave perminent scarring, and if an artery ruptures, he can bleed to death in a matter of minutes and never know it. Get a TB test done immediately. IT costs little, and hopefully, it will be negative. A Positive TB test does NOT mean that is what it is, but it is an indication that further tests need to be done immediately. You would be better off with a foreign doctor who is used to seeing "wierd" symptoms daily. Good luck

  41. QUESTION:
    my husband has a weird stomach problem that no Dr. can seem to diagnose - can anyone relate?
    Okay. At first it just looks like acid-reflux, but its more like compulsive vomiting throughout the day. He can control the compulsion to some degree, and manages to not loose all of his nutrition. However, the stomach Acid is damaging his esophegus (sp?). He has been tested for Celiac Spru, Stomach Paralysis, and he's not allergic to meat or dairy. He doesn't smoke, drink coffee or eat acidic foods. It can happen 5-10 times a day before or after meals and also between meals altogether. If you have anything like these symptoms or have a guess as to what is the culprit, please drop me an email. Also, one more strange thing is that all throughout his childhood he would compulsively eat plain table salt. I have heard that this was indicitive of a metabolic disorder, but I can't find out anything more about it.
    Additional Details
    1 day ago
    No, he has not had a colonoscopy. He has had an endoscopy and some sort of digestion test, where he drank radioactive stuff and then they watched him digest it. Both showed nothing.
    Its hard to answer the question about his current symptoms because he tries very hard to prevent himself from actually throwing up . With a lot of concentration and relaxation, he is able to not loose his food-so its kind of like heaving but he is usually successful at keeping the food inside and not out. When it does occasionally come out its kind of whiteish. it doesn't seem to be associated with any specific time of day (although without fail first thing in the morning he has it). like i said before, it can be bore meals, right after a meal, when he's really hungry, when he's not, etc. However, it doesn't seem to affect his appetite at all. He eats many times a day, though on days where is stomach is worse, his portions are smaller. He hasn't had any head trauma, headaches, or really any other problems.
    1 day ago
    He takes asprin very rarely, and we drink alcohol (within moderation) a few times a week. However, in Nov. he got mono and didn't have a drop of alcohol for 3 months-symptoms of stomach problem did not change. He hasn't had any of these probelms:kidney-liver-disease ?
    gall stones ?
    headache ?
    head trauma?
    diabetes?
    abdominal surgery ?
    no results from any blood tests done so far. no pain, fever, diarrhea, constipation. he doesn't feel thirst, fait, or have dry mouth. But one of his biggest ways of easing his stomach just a bit is to drink ice water. so he drinks probobly 2ce the amount of water that most people due.
    oh-and its been a problem for the majority of his life - he's 23.
    We know that he doesn’t have an eating disorder and its not related to any anxiety problems – He’s had it pretty much since he was 4 years old, after he had been hospitalized for pneumonia.

    • ANSWER:
      Was he tested for potassium levels?
      Potassium levels usually vary with sodium levels. When sodium levels increase, potassium levels decrease, and vice versa. Potassium levels are also affected by a hormone called aldosterone, which is produced by the adrenal glands.
      Does he have Edema (fluid retention) or high blood pressure?

  42. QUESTION:
    Excessive thirst / dry mouth...liver function test showed an elevated liver function?
    I'm a 23 year old male who rarely consumes alcohol. I have had a mystery illness for the past couple of months.
    The symptoms include: Extreme fatigue, a spacey feeling or dream like feeling, insomnia, excessive thirst, dry mouth, floaters, and occasionally experiencing minor chest pains and or shortness of breathe.

    I have had blood work done to try and find out the problem, and I recently had a liver function test done which showed an elevated liver function. The doctor thought maybe it was a lab error so he told me there is nothing to be worry about and that I could have another test done with in the next 3 months.

    I cant figure out why my liver function would be high since I hardly drink, the only thing I can think of is using creatine for a couple of months while I was working out, around a year and half ago. I also used ecstasy 3-4 times and smoked weed occasionally but this was around 3-4 years ago.

    Any input would be much appreciated, thanks.

    • ANSWER:

  43. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of encephalitis, but no brain swelling... long..?
    I am asking here as an act of desperation.. my dad is in hospital and the doctors do not know what the problem is with him and we have only been able to talk to them once..

    He is an alcoholic - severely so for the past few months but has been drinking heavily for about 10 years.
    Last week he stopped drinking - cold turkey. The day after he was fine. The next day he was vomiting A LOT. The day after that (last saturday) he was in a confused state. Doctors were called and he was sent to hospital.
    On arrival at hospital he was confused, couldn't swallow and was getting words mixed up and shaking very bad. He then was sedated but the tremors continued.
    They did bloods which came back clear and a CT scan that also came back clear.
    He was meant to go for an MRI scan on monday but he was moving around too much for this to be done, the people doing the MRI said he will need to be sedated before trying again, which still hasn't been done.

    He has been having seizures - which we only found out today. He had a serious one early yesterday morning.
    A lumbar puncture was done but as far as i am aware there was nothing significant found or any indication of swelling of the brain.
    He had a high temperature which has come down since he was first admitted.
    Yesterday he woke up a little and is talking although his speech is affected - as if he had a stroke. He is weak and cannot walk but all his limbs are able to move.
    He is hallucinating - thinking people are walking on the walls.
    He is aggressive with my mum, telling her he wants a divorce and talking nonsense.
    He can see fine but his hearing has gotten worse - he was always hard of hearing.
    He knows what you are saying and can respond so he isn't talking nonsense all the time.
    His personality has changed and he is saying things he wouldn't normally say.

    It sounds all like he has had a stroke, but they were also investigating brain infections and meningitis.
    I read somewhere that liver failure or damage to the liver could cause bad shaking in the hands... his body isn't shaking but his hands are when he tries to do something and his co-ordination is off.

    Me, my brother and mum are having a meeting with the doctors tomorrow -hopefully- and i am just wondering what questions to ask to not be fluffed off as i don't think they have an idea what it is either...

    I think the MRI scan should have been sorted way before now... can an MRI be performed whilst a patient is sedated? It is the only way he will be able to stay still without moving...

    Could these symptoms be the result of the alcohol withdrawal seizures?

    He has high blood pressure and was taken to hospital last November for this as he wasn't taking his medication when he was supposed to...

    Just any thoughts on this at all, i would be very grateful, ty.

    • ANSWER:
      He is most likely to have the DTs (delerium tremens) caused by withdrawal from alcohol. He may have Wernickers encalpalophy too

  44. QUESTION:
    Essay Due Tommorow !!! I NEED HELP !!?
    heres the essay.. its really long but the teacher said i have another chance to make it better or else i fail !! its a persuasive essay but i need a conclusion and can u give me ideas if i missed any? PLEASEEEEE
    Before drinking a glass of alcohol have you ever told yourself that nothing can possibly go wrong with just one drink? Your answer is probably a yes. Alcohol is the number one drug of choice for teenagers. Most kids don’t realize how drinking of alcohol can affect them. 1 drink can lead to many others, and maybe even addiction. Alcohol has many affects to your life and body. For example, it can cause you to drink and drive, get diseases, and maybe even get in trouble with the law. The consequences may lead you to a disastrous future.
    One of the consequences for drinking is drinking and driving, which can lead to a life threatening accident. Many teenagers and adults don’t keep track of how much alcohol they consume, or how long it will take to were off. Many people make regretful choices when they are drunk. Studies show that about one in five drivers under the age 21 reported driving under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol loosens your inhabitations; you will most likely start to see double, it causes a slur in your speech, and you lose your sense of distance. As a result, many people get in accidents because they cannot concentrate on the road and it gets hard for them to follow or even see the street lights. In addition, when you are driving drunk you are not only causing harm to yourself but others on the road as well.
    Another consequence for drinking is the chance of getting a disease. Drinking alcohol is not only dangerous for the few hours that you are drunk but alcohol can do long term damage to your body. By drinking too much alcohol on a regular basis many people can get diseases that are easy to get but really hard to cure. For example, alcohol can have far-reaching effects on different parts of the brain and muscles, with symptoms of memory loss, in coordination, seizures, weakness, and sensory deficits. Also, if an individual consumes too much alcohol, and the liver cannot break it down, that person will probably gets alcohol poisoning which many people die from. Becoming aware of the diseases that alcohol causes makes you think before you drink.
    Alcoholism is a problem that many people have to deal with.
    Alcoholism has effected people for a long time, but more recently been addressed as a physical problem as well as a mental.
    Alcoholism is chronic illness characterized by the regular consumption of alcohol to a degree that interferes with physical or mental health, or with normal social or occupational behavior. A widespread health problem, it produces both physical and psychological addiction. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant that reduces anxiety, inhibition, and feelings of guilt; lowers alertness so it will cause you to react differently towards a situation for example.. Walking around naked in the middle of a street while drink you wouldn’t think about the consequences. Alcohol can severely damage your heart, brain, esophagus, joints and muscles, liver, kidney and the list can go on and on.
    Most families have problems with one of their family members drinking and such, drinking can seriously damage your relationship with your loved ones, as drinking alcohol effects the way you think and lets you do things you don’t really mean to do.
    Another problem about drinking alcohol is addiction which can lead to debts, as you waste money on alcohol on a daily basis you will realize that the money you are using to get alcohol is hindering your life goals, also when addiction level is reached you will surely want more and do whatever it takes to get more alcohol, so either steal the money or taking loans from people which will almost certainly lead to debts. Your life will crumble little by little as you drink.
    Alcohol is a drug, and it is the drug most abused by teens. Many kids have their first drink at an early age, as young as 10 or 11 or even younger. It's easy for kids to get the wrong message about alcohol. They might see their parents drink, or watch TV commercials that make drinking look like a lot of fun. You might see people drinking and watching sports together or having a big party. So most likely when you see a parent whatsoever drinking around his/her child, you should easily know that the child will when they grow up will drink too because they see the parent drinking, so they interpret that its okay to drink. The major factor is that you're not only destroying your life, your harming yours along with many people you love and care about.
    Some mothers drink while they are pregnant, there are many illnesses that might occur to the infant in that case. If you drink heavily when your pregnant your child will run the risk of developing many behavioral problems. Teens whose mothers drank while they were pregnant are more likely to abuse alcohol

    • ANSWER:
      In your conclusion be sure to restate your thesis and reinstate your subtopics in a way which does not sound repetitive. You have a lot of good points in your conclusion make your argument sound out.

  45. QUESTION:
    tramadol, facts pls. overdose symptoms.?
    If I had a partner who had taken an unknown amount of 50mg tramadol about 24 hours ago, she were an alcohol abuser for 15 years, on anti depressants and has been sick tonight,very sleepy tonight. What is likely realistically to happen. It would cause major problems to suggest hospital, she walked out of one last night. How long could it take to clear, her liver?
    Many thanks

    • ANSWER:
      If she has not had a seizure yet, she'll be fine. Get her to drink tons of water and eat some crackers, or simply call some sort of Nurse Link. Liver problems are more likely to be triggered by the alcohol.If she drinks heavily for extended periods of time, a destroyed liver is a guarantee.

  46. QUESTION:
    Taking too much pain meds? I think so.?
    I was hooked on Norco for back pain. It works, but I tend to take too much of it, as it does make me feel quite good sometimes. I'm wondering how to get myself off it. Too much? Well, I would take up to 12 10/325mg a day. I know I'm not supposed to go over 4000mg of tylenlol for liver problems, so i really try and watch it..but i'm close...i also drink alcohol with it too...double whammy!! Recently i traded som e of them for some Methadone. The methadone doesn't really help too much for my back, but it does stop me from taking any Norco. Any suggestions on what i could be using? Sometimes i get the Norco from the doc other times from...you know....I've taken 40mg of Methadone for about 2 days. I'm freaked out about withdraw symptoms and also do not drink on Methadone because I'm scared to. I do have back pain that needs attention, but I tend to abuse the medication. Any one have any suggestions? Would appreciate it. thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes of course that is too much. It's good that you realize it and want to control it.
      If you are honest with a good doctor and tell them about the back pain, the meds you are on and that you need them but not so much. The doctor will help you control the pain and also help you with the withdrawal symptoms.
      I think the best place to go is to a pain management clinic. They specialize in all of that.
      I'm sure you already know, but you really shouldn't drink on any of that.
      Best of luck to you.

  47. QUESTION:
    I'm afraid I might have throat cancer (im 20 years old)?
    Just over a week ago I started feeling something in throat, where I swallow food. It felt like a piece of food got stuck there. So, like usually, I drink fluids and eat something pasty like bread or pasta to wash it down and it always works. Anyways, I did that and the feeling was still there. I went to a doctor already and he only took a look with the wooden Popsicle stick and his light, he couldn't find anything nor did he tell me to get an exam of that area with a camera tube. Instead, he prescribed me nasal spray because he thinks it's a sinus infection. I didn't get the nasal spray because frankly, I'm not convinced with his analysis.

    It's not exactly hard to swallow as I can eat food normally, but It does feel weird when i drink water. The feeling of something stuck in my throat seems to calm itself down after I wake up from a night's sleep, but it does re-appear again throughout the day and is most noticeable at night.

    I have smoked before, nowhere near a pack a day, maybe a pack consumed in two weeks time at most. I have smoked more this year, but it was on and off, with 1 or 2 cigs a day. 3 or 4 the most, then a 2 day interval break in between. Alcohol I barely drink, maybe 3 times a year? And one shot glass at most if anything. I have drunk a lot of pop over the past few weeks (mostly cola zero) and have had a lot of heartburn too.

    Now I know smoking draws me one step closer to cancer, but at this young of age? Common. I know it can occur at any age really but for this type of cancer, it's more common for people in their mid 40's, just like any other serious cancer. I don't recall my family having a cancer history as much as kidney and liver problems mostly.

    So, I'm going nuts here because I'm a hypochondriac. I researched every possible cause of my feeling (globus, GERD, throat cancer, sinus infection, lymph node etc) and I don't know what the hell is wrong with me. I'm fearing for the worst because when I'm told it's not that, then I get the ultimate relief. I'm booking an apointment to a different doctor now. It also feels like I have a bump under my neck if I lift my head backwards. It's not visible in the mirror, but you can feel it under skin. Bumpy, not lumpy. I'm really hoping it's just some acid reflux and the nasal spray will do it, but as I said, this has been here for more than a weeks time. I don't want to die at this young of an age. I stopped smoking and I probably will never smoke again in my life after this ordeal. I know others who smoke 10 times worse than me and they're fine as ever.

    I just don't know what it is. I obviously want to hear good responses to tell me not to worry, but I know that I might not get that on yahoo answers. I have typed this feeling in google. Just give me some opinions please. Be sure about them. Oh and no websites for spam telling me I need to order this and that to make it go away.

    I haven't coughed up blood, my chest doesn't sting or burn, it's not difficult to swallow food nor does it hurt, I have none of the proposed symptoms, but maybe I don't have them yet. When people do get those symptoms, they're in the late stages of cancer, right? Or still in early stages?

    Thank You.

    • ANSWER:
      See a laryngologist or a gp (not an oncologist) because you don't have cancer.
      Now, wanna get cancer? Keep smoking (you'll need to smoke about 10 or 20 years more to increase your rate of cancer)
      Wanna be healthy? Quit, but be aware, no one can quit if not entirely convinced to do so.
      I suggest reading http://stopsmoking.eu.pn
      The site has a poor design but its contents is very reach.

  48. QUESTION:
    Stomach Pain from ALcohol - help?
    After drinking excessively, I get this pain in my lower abdominal side. Its on both sides, but more on my right. Its more painful after vomiting from alcohol.

    I'm about 5'3 and about 100 lbs. I drink a lot more than my friends who are heavier than me.
    It's like whenever I twist my waist, it's painful. It usually lasts 2 days.

    Is this nothing to worry about like I'm just taking in too much alcohol for my size or my liver's just reacting to the alcohol? Or can this be a serious health problem, for nobody else I know feels this symptom?
    I don't vomit often at all.
    And, I dunno, I guess I just wanna get drunk, ha.

    • ANSWER:
      Im not sure about the whole go see a doc thing, but I get the same pains if I get drunk a few days in a row. I believe it is liver damage. I have minor liver damage and the doc just tells me to eat better (although that might be my cholesterol) and keep drinking under 6 drinks a week.

      I would suggest doing the same.... If you want to pay a doc a bunch to tell you the same feel free, but I would stay 100% sober for 3 days and see if it fades/goes away. If this is the case you are probably in the same boat as me.

  49. QUESTION:
    Lower abdominal pain after drinking alcohol?
    After drinking excessively, I get this pain in my lower abdominal side. Its on both sides, but more on my right. Its more painful after vomiting from alcohol.

    I'm about 5'3 and about 100 lbs. I drink a lot more than my friends who are heavier than me.
    It's like whenever I twist my waist, it's painful. It usually lasts 2 days.

    Is this nothing to worry about like I'm just taking in too much alcohol for my size or my liver's just reacting to the alcohol? Or can this be a serious health problem, for nobody else I know feels this symptom?

    • ANSWER:
      inflamed kidneys caused by diabetes and/or alcohol, avoid sugar.
      check your blood sugar.
      save your kidneys.

  50. QUESTION:
    Abdominal pains, itchy hands, high liver enzymes... kind of long.?
    Hi, I just joined to inquire about my condition... In February 2010, I had severe stomach pains and nausea, it was like a stabbing, it got so bad and went on for hours so i went to the hospital. They ran tests and did xrays. Everything looked normal on the xrays and I felt better after they put iv fluids in me. the only thing was that my liver enzymes were extremely elevated. like in the 400's. So i went to my doctor the next day and she sent me to get tested for hepatitis and it came back negative and the enzymes went down by like 100 points then she referred me to a gastro doctor. I went months later and my insurance was no longer valid so i wiped it off, thinking it was just food poisoning. A few months after that I went on birth control and got the same pain so i stopped it and the pain was gone. I tried nuva ring next and it was a terrible experience, same pains but worse and dizzy too. I Stopped that and the pain was gone. It's been about two months since the nuva ring thing and last night i felt kind of sick again after my hands were uncontrollably itchy. I got all these ideas in my head which made my stomach feel sick so i was up all night researching what could be wrong and liver disease keeps coming up. I never had any of these problems until i had a baby so I've been blaming all this on my body changing. I have an appointment with gastro in three weeks but in the meantime, I'm freaking out. it could be liver disease. i used to drink excessively when i was around 18-21 years old, i even got alcohol poisoning once. I also in high school took tylenol pms all the time because i couldn't sleep without them.. i know these things could have damaged my liver. I am now 24. I haven't had a sip of alcohol since September of 2008 when i found out i was pregnant and i very rarely take pain meds so shouldn't this have gone away unless i have considerable damage? I have every symptom of hemochomatosis with the joint pain and everything but i know that is iron overload and when i was pregnant i was anemic so it doesn't make sense. When I was 19 my wrists hurt so bad adn the doctor took xrays and told me i have lax tendons or ligaments, can't remember. Since then, it just gets worse. I don't know if that has to do with this problem but that has been happening for years. Also, I am 5'2 and weigh 125 so i'm not really overweight. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      A problem that starts out with itchy hands and then an upset stomach is likely to be an allergic reaction to something - a food allergy is a strong possibility.

      Forget about the liver stuff - liver enzymes can become elevated from a single dose of acetaminophen and some other drugs, and the liver can sustain huge amounts of damage and recover completely. Liver problems typically only develop when a person causes chronic damage over several decades - like drinking alcohol daily or consistently taking certain medications; or from liver disease. The sporadic nature of your symptoms points away from liver problems.

      It might be helpful if you had an appointment with your GP to get a wellness blood panel prior to your Gastro visit. A blood panel would confirm or rule out liver problems and might also show indicators of allergic or autoimmune problems.


Advanced Symptoms Of Liver Cancer

Liver blood deficiency is defined as a health condition of the inability of liver in blood formation and blood storing, it affects not only the quantity and quality of blood being transported in the blood vessels, but also interferes with blood distribution and returning functions of the liver. Anaemia is one of condition of liver blood deficiency according to traditional Chinese medicine.

I. Symptoms
1. pale complexion;
2. dizziness; dry eyes or, at a more advanced stage, blurry vision (especially at night);
3. Numbness in the extremities
4. Pale lips
5. Muscle twitching;
6. Decreased and absence of menstrual flow
7. Pale or pink tongue
8. Thin and choppy pulse
9. Etc.

II. Causes

1. Alcohol
Everybody knows that excessive drinking over a prolonged period of time can cause damage to the liver, leading to the inability of the liver to perform it's functions as an organ in blood storing and formation which causes blood deficiency.

2. Heart problems
While the liver is in charge of blood formation, the heart's organ is vital to circulate the blood through thousands of channels for our body's tissues. When we move, the heart takes control, but when we are at rest the blood returns to the liver, any problem of the heart's function will interfere with the liver's function in moving blood in the blood vessels.

3. Blockage of qi
If the lung cannot function normally in moving the qi through the essential channels, it will affect the storing and movement of blood, leading to blood deficiency.

4. Etc.

III. Treatments
A. With Chinese herbs
1. Angelica (Dong quai)
Angelica is a queen herb for women reproductive tonic, it has been used in traditional Chinese medicine in treating all women productive disorder, including
a) Increasing the liver in blood formation
b) Reducing liver blood stagnation caused over production of certain hormones
c) Releasing the qi stagnation including pre menstrual syndrome.
d) Phytoestrogen
The plant types weak estrogen helps to occupy the estrogen receptor sites, thus improving the liver function in regulating the prostaglandins hormones resulting in lessening the menstrual cramps and pain.

2. Milk thistle seed
Milk thistle seed is a liver tonic herb, besides helping to to restore the qi stagnation caused by environment toxins, it also improves the liver function in blood and qi function by regenerating the liver's cell.

3. Yellow dock root
Yellow dock root is a liver tonic medicine, besides hepling to detoxify liver by removing any harmful substances accumulated in the liver, it improves the liver function in regulating the production of hormones before and after ovulation.

4. Etc.

B. With acupuncture
Suggested acupuncture points
1.LV3 (Tai chong)
2. LV8 (Qu quan)
3. SP6 (San yin jiao)
4. UB17 (Ge shu)
5. UB18 (Gan shu)
4. UB20 (Pi shu)
5. UB23 (Shen shu)
6. GB 20 (Feng chi)
7. GV20 (Bai hui)
7. Etc.

C. With Foods
1. Whole grains
2. Sweet rice
3. Sweet potatoes
4. Yams
5. Onions
6. Garlic
7. Spinach
8. Beets
9. Black beans
10. Beef and pork
11. Eggs
12. Tuna
13. Shrimp and prawn
14. Seaweeds
15. Etc.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Are seizures a symptom of liver cancer?
    My mom has liver cancer, which they did not think had spread to anywhere else, although the liver cancer is fairly advanced.

    This morning the nursing home called me because she had a grand mal seizure and were taking her to the hospital for a brain scan. She had a brain scan a few weeks ago and it was clear.

    Could the seizures be a sign that toxins are getting into her brain because her liver is failing? Or is it more likely that the cancer has spread to her brain?

    Or maybe it's totally unrelated? She's never had seizures before. They had just given her Vicadin for pain. During and after the seizure her oxygen was only 85.

    If anyone has experience with this I would appreciate it. I know it won't make any difference in her prognosis but I just like to have an idea what is going on. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Seizures is not a symptom of liver cancer. The toxins are not going to her brain and I doubt she has brain mets. Wait for the MRI results.

  2. 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:

  3. QUESTION:
    liver problem (cancer?)?
    My blood test of liver related seems all fine with ALT 28 and AST 21 (just out today). Does that mean i don't have any problem with my liver? The reason I'm asking is I feel pain recently around the liver area that I never had before. And the pain is getting more frequent and more painful and googled seems all the symptoms point to cancer?

    Thanks in advance for any help,

    Steve

    • ANSWER:
      You are fine, your liver enzymes are normal. Unfortunately the symptoms of cancer are rather nonspecific, so if you google the symptoms of certain cancers it will seem to fit what you are experiencing. But hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) is rather (mercifully) rare, it is much, much more likely to be something benign and transient. Relax and see a doctor about the abdominal pain.

  4. 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.

  5. QUESTION:
    does this sound like liver cancer?
    Hi,
    I have been having a dull ache under my right rib cage for the past 10 months. 8 months ago when I had a CT scan, it was noted there were two tiny lucencies, too big to characterize, likely cysts. My doctor said these would not be causing the pain. I have liver function tests usually once a month, and they have come back normal each time. Recently, I have had pain in my left and right back shoulder blades, as well as my left rib cage and under my left rib cage. It is pretty much pain all over my chest. It is not excrutiating, just a dull ache, and it comes and goes. I just had an ultrasound that showed no masses, even the lucencies from the CT scan they could not find. My question is, does this sound like liver cancer to you? the tiny lucencies scared me, but my doctor said they were too small at that time to cause any pain. If this pain is so wide spread over my chest, wouldn't an ultrasound pick up anything causing this? And I also have normal liver function tests. My gallbladder also looked normal on the ultrasound. Other symptoms include sometimes pale stool, loose stool with undigsted food, and a lot of gas. I have had a colonoscopy and endoscopy come back normal. Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      Lucencies is an unusual term I assume it means cysts? Cysts are not cancer and cancer would have been seen and your liver panels would not be normal. However, not anything that may be wrong would be seen on ultrasound. Ultrasound views a small area a CT views a wider area and a better overall diagnostic tool and it appears nothing was seen there either. Keep going back to your doctor and tell them all of your symptoms keep a diary if you have to. Write down all medications you are taking or have taken in the past year and when you started and/or stopped. Any changes in your life, any illnesses you have had and any trips you have made. Take this and all of your medical records and get a second opinion. I’m not saying your doctor has done anything wrong and any good doctor will not mind and should welcome a fresh set of eyes on the case.

  6. QUESTION:
    How do I deal with hypochondria?
    Please don't tell me to make an appointment with a counselor, because I already have. Problem is, that's not until January 12th, and for me with such distress that seems like an eternity. I need to figure out how to cope with this thing in the meantime. You guys probably don't know specifically what's bothering me though, so let me explain:

    This is the first time since my fathers passing 3 years ago that I've been noticeably sick with multiple problems. He died from advanced liver cancer, so you could probably guess that cancer is the main thing I'm very afraid of now. To me, symptoms that are more reflective of IBS than anything else give me anxiety over the possibility of colon cancer. Things as minor as eye pain and a headache around my sinuses are scaring me into thinking I might have a brain tumor. I saw a lump in mouth (which wasn't white or red, simply the color of the rest of the inside of my mouth and looked more like a bite mark) and feared the worst. I had a sore throat and ear pain and became afraid of throat cancer. Then I had postnasal drip and began to think of nasopharyngeal cancer (even though the postnasal drip was causing the sore throat and thus causing an earache). I saw a slightly peculiar mole and thought I had melanoma (I'm still getting it checked out, but it's 2mm, one color, only slightly raised, and the only thing wrong with it is that it's slightly assymetrical, only noticeable if you really pay attention). My appetite has returned, I've been gaining more weight and been defectaing more frequently, my sore throat has gotten better, and my ear pain is less frequent and doesn't last as long, but I'm still letting the worst case scenario get to me. How do I get my mind off this s*** before I lose it? I know that these thoughts aren't rational and are unlikely, but I'm still getting worried about the possibility of cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      im the exact same way, i never used to be this bad untill my anxiety has recently gotten realllyy bad over the past few months...but im sure your not getting cancer...actually, im positive of it..because knowing the way i am...it never works out as what i think it is.
      if you ever need to talk, just email me.

  7. QUESTION:
    How do I deal with this hypochondria?
    Please don't tell me to make an appointment with a counselor, because I already have. Problem is, that's not until January 12th, and for me with such distress that seems like an eternity. I need to figure out how to cope with this thing in the meantime. You guys probably don't know specifically what's bothering me though, so let me explain:

    This is the first time since my fathers passing 3 years ago that I've been noticeably sick with multiple problems. He died from advanced liver cancer, so you could probably guess that cancer is the main thing I'm very afraid of now. To me, symptoms that are more reflective of IBS than anything else give me anxiety over the possibility of colon cancer. Things as minor as eye pain and a headache around my sinuses are scaring me into thinking I might have a brain tumor. I saw a lump in mouth (which wasn't white or red, simply the color of the rest of the inside of my mouth and looked more like a bite mark) and feared the worst. I had a sore throat and ear pain and became afraid of throat cancer. Then I had postnasal drip and began to think of nasopharyngeal cancer (even though the postnasal drip was causing the sore throat and thus causing an earache). I saw a slightly peculiar mole and thought I had melanoma (I'm still getting it checked out, but it's 2mm, one color, only slightly raised, and the only thing wrong with it is that it's slightly assymetrical, only noticeable if you really pay attention). My appetite has returned, I've been gaining more weight and been defectaing more frequently, my sore throat has gotten better, and my ear pain is less frequent and doesn't last as long, but I'm still letting the worst case scenario get to me. How do I get my mind off this s*** before I lose it? I know that these thoughts aren't rational and are unlikely, but I'm still getting worried about the possibility of cancer.
    To be honest, I feel much better now. The Tylenol I had seems to have stopped my headache, which I KNOW would not have happened if I had a brain tumor (and besides, it was located in my sinuses anyway). I just recently got worked up over what looked like nodular melanoma (which I guess could still be), but after looking at some images online, I realized my abnormal mole looks nothing like NM. I'm still kinda worried about SSM, but if that's what I have then it looks early. Anyway, my headache's gone, my earache's dissipating, the lump in my throat beginning to get better, and my body aches are less frequent. I'm also back up to 154 lbs, which is 4 lbs. heavier than what I was when I was sick. I'm starting to look at my worries as kind of ridiculous, since the Dr. even told me that the most likely things I had was the stomach flu and a sinus infection.

    • ANSWER:
      Firstly, let me congratulate you on recognizing this is hypochondria.

      You have taken a great first step in arranging to see a councilor.

      Keep in mind that liver cancer is not considered a hereditary cancer.

      Get a complete medical, live a healthy life, and see a dr as symptoms develop.

      Having fought cancer, my best recommendation is to LIVE your life, not just exist worried about what might go wrong.

  8. QUESTION:
    how long to people with portal hypertension and cirrhosis and liver cancer have to live if they have all of?
    these symptoms this "person" also has hep c and has been an alcholic for years she doesn't drink everyday but she does often she sleeps all the time she coughs all the time she coughs up blood too she hardley eats she has fluid in her lungs because she smokes all the time its called something but i don't remember her body is swallon because of all of the fluid that has built up in her stomach i was just wandering with all these bad things that have happened how long does she have left? she been seeing doctors for all of these things but doesn't really talk to me about it thank all of you in advance
    she doesn't take good care of herself either she has depression issues and is on anxiety meds she sets around and does nothing to help herself everyone has told her what she needs to do she just doesn't want to do it

    • ANSWER:
      People in this situation usually just have their symptoms controlled.......for example, for the swelling to the abdomen called ascites, the docs can regularly drain the excess fluid by inserting a small drain thru the skin called a paracentesis. Portal hypertension is probably causing esophageal varices, which is why she is coughing up blood. These can be treated if they rupture, but its a big emergency.
      With regards to the liver cancer, it all depends where it is and what typre of cancer. Is the liver the primary site or a metastatic site. Would your friend be well enough for surgery/ radiation/ chemo.
      It sounds like your friend is very sick.It would be impossible to know how long she would live like this. If she takes good care of herself, doesn't drink, and seeks regular and prompt medical care for control of her symptoms she may have a few months or even years. Hope this helps. Sorry your friend is so sick.

  9. QUESTION:
    Last Few Months Cancer?
    How do you know when the last few months are approaching?

    I have a lot of confusion, feel like my hearing and sight is getting worse. Energy is less too.

    I still feel ok, eating and drinking ok and somedays have a big energy boost and can go shopping etc.

    I have advanced bowel cancer to the liver, I was told I had 3/ 5 months in Jan, and obviously it may be longer.

    I just wondered if there were many occuring symptoms in the last few months/ weeks just to be prepared. I have been battling this since April last year and only got the poor prognosis in Jan.

    Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      From your previous questions it was your mother who had advanced bowel cancer. In either case whoever this is that is sick . . you or your mother . . your oncologist should have recommended hospice care. Hospice can answer all your questions.

  10. QUESTION:
    If someone had a digestive cancer, how would binge drinking physically effect them?
    I'm wondering because I'd like some reassurance, more or less. Last night I had 3 beers, 2 shots of rum, 3 cups of spiked punch, and about 1 or 2 cups of other stuff (most of it had little alcohol). Needless to say, I was a little hammered. This morning though, I only had a little indigestion and heartburn that tums relieved for the most part, and I've been kinda tired, thirsty, and have had this dull ache on the side of my head. Overall, I'd consider it a mild hangover. Now, if I had a more advanced type of GI cancer (stomach, intestinal, colon, liver) would I be feeling much more severe symptoms? Oh, and IMO, I never vomited or had diarrhea.
    Oh, and I only drink maybe once or twice a month, so I'm not worried about developing cancer as a result of drinking (though I heard drinking intermittently may prevent lymphoma).

    • ANSWER:
      go call your doctor and schedule an appointment, but it sounds like a hangover.

  11. QUESTION:
    My mother has just been told she has lung cancer.....?
    .... we don't know full details of what, if anything, can be done about it yet. We have an appointment at the hospital in a few days where we hope to find out more. In the meantime my question is basically "is there a chance she can be cured of this?" She didn't originally go to the doctors because of lung cancer symptoms. In fact, she decided to try and get some help to stop smoking but she started suffering from panicky/anxiety type attacks so they did an ECG (the results of which were fine) and an x-ray (the results of which showed something but not very clearly which required a CT scan to be done). the CT scan has shown that there is a tumour on her lung and it also seems to say that its also on her liver and lymph nodes. I'm hoping against hope that the fact that she didn't exactly have a horrendous cough (she did have a bit of a cough) and she wasn't coughing up blood, she hasn't lost any weight and she hasn't lost her appetite are all good things and might mean that its not that far advanced or too late for something to be done to get rid of it. Her GP has told her that they won't be able to operate on it as it is now, but that they may be able to do chemo/radiotherapy which might reduce the size of it. I don't know if he has implied that they may then be able to operate or not.

    My dad is beside himself with despair whilst my mother seems much calmer although she is putting a very negative slant on it. I feel that its my job to be the positive one and I'm hoping to find something that | can relay to them to give some hope. So far, all my Internet research has just produced scary statistics that I don't like the look of at all.

    If anyone with any experience of this has anything positive to say, I'd be very pleased to hear....

    Sorry if my question is a bit "rambly" in places.

    • ANSWER:
      hi im, 15 year old girl and my great grandad has ust got lung cancer - i know how you feel abesx and i wanna help. well - according to how bad it is there is nothing they can do to help im afraid, but if its hasent spread they may be able to. however if the cancer has spread like my grandads but it hasent spread much, they can still offer you several operations and treatment to remove it. my grandad hwever his op didnt work but when searching the internet he found a great websiter that offers private help in canada, a long way i know but it is helping him and he is getting better - hopefully if your mom needs to go there she will get all the best possible help- i hope she gets better hon ! xx thinkingt of you darling xxx

  12. QUESTION:
    16 and could have cancer... questions?
    ok, well im 16 and I have had cancer already (when I was 7 to 9) and it almost got me, I had lung and kidney cancer (except the kidney cancer was found beside my kidney, not on it) so my kidney was not removed, I barely escaped that scare because my cancer was soo advanced. besically, last time I had cancer I was suppost to die, the cancer was soo bad that they wanted to do a double lung transplant and the cancer mass around my kidneys was roughly the size of a football (the ones in my lungs were around the size of a golf ball) so I was in really bad shape, infact I went into ceptic shock and was in ICU for about 3 weeks, I was suppost to die there because I had yellowing of the skin (liver failure), I was put on a breathing machine, I couldnt even go to the bathroom and they had to paralyze me because if I were to move I would of had a heart attack. I also didnt wake up for up to a week at a time.

    I was in really bad shape and all the doctors walked away from me, and when they did all my michenes went CRAZY (my blood pressure was all over the place, my breathing was irregular ect) and I was givin adreniline (they have to keep you alive as long as possible) and the amount they gave me should of givin me a heart attack but then everything just evened out and three days laiter i was sitting up in my bed and the doctors couldnt believe it. After I got out of ICU I continued my cancer treatment until it was completely gone.

    its hard to believe but it did happen so I did survive my first cancer scare but now I think its back....

    well the thing that worries me is that my first symptoms were loss of appatite, trouble going to the bathroom and overall just being really tired. I also lost alot of weight.

    well its all happening to me again, its really hard for me to eat, I would say within the last month I have only had two full meals. Every day i try to eat but whenever i do I just feel sick. I really do not know how to explain it.

    I was at a friends house last night and my back really started to become sore so my friend was feeling around my kidneys (she has been through cancer too so that was the first thing she really looked for) and she found a lump on my right kidney, I never noticed it until she pointed it out. Its about the size of a marble and the area around it hurts, not the lump itself. (the lump isnt sticking out, but when you push around it you can really feel it and its solid)

    I have also dropped a large amount of weight in a very short amount of time (I dropped 30 pounds in less then 3 weeks) and that is not normal weight loss and I know that. The thing is that was my first symptom.

    You know you get a feeling when there is something wrong with you, like you just know and I have that feeling, its like a broken record from when I was 7. Everything that I went through then im going through right now.

    I am going to the doctors on the 10th (he is a cancer specialist) and my mom does know, she is also quite concerned.

    im just wondering how I am going to break it to my friends. I havnt mentioned it to anyone besides family and I was wondering what would be the best way to tell them? or even tell them that i might have it??

    also, if the cancer is just on my kidney couldnt they just remove my kidney and I would be ok? (as long as it didnt spread) because the doc said if I relapsed they wouldnt be able to do really anything for me because I have been maxed out on everything such as radiation theropy and most cancer treatments.

    so yes I am worried about not making it this time, but honestly im not scared, im more worried about what will happen to everyone after im gone, im really not worried about dieing or anything, i see it in a way that I was SUPPOST to die when I was 7, and god gave me about 8-9 years extra to live and if I were to die within the hour I would be greatful (I know I wouldnt die within the hour though, its just an expression) I just dont know how to tell my friends....

    please help me with this, cancer is a difficult thing but im more worried about my friends.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are honest than you shouldn't have any problems telling your friends. Be straight and honest and your friends will admire you.

  13. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any advice about chemo symptoms?
    My mother is having chemotherapy at the moment following a mastectomy and also to try to shrink a secondary cancer in her liver.
    The medication she is taking is called "Epi-CMF" and she is just beginning the "CMF" stage of the treatment.
    She had a few symptoms with the "Epi" stage of it but that was given every three weeks so she spent a fair amount of time symptom free.
    The "CMF" however is being administered on days 1 and 8 of a 28 day cycle (hope that makes sense!)
    As a result of that she has recieved 2 doses of chemo a week apart from each other so she is now experiencing an accumilative effect of both doses.
    This has resulted in her having an extremely sore throat and mouth with ulcers and she has diaorreah constantly.
    She is finding it very difficult to eat anything.
    She is extremely tired and is feeling very down about "having to go through this every time"
    I don't blame her for feeling so low about this,it must be awful for her and I feel so helpless.
    What remedies have people found effective for these symptoms.
    Any help will be gratefully accepted.
    Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      My oncologist keeps bowls of hard candy such as butterscotch and peppermints in her office. They help a lot to help keep the saliva flowing. Also, there is an ointment called Oral Balance that helps keep the mouth moist.

      In addition to milk shakes and smoothies, my dr. recommended gatorade or other sports drinks to help combat dehydration.

      I wish the best for your mom and the rest of your family as you move through this phase in your lives.

  14. QUESTION:
    How can I help my mom with stage IV colon cancer?
    My mom is 55, and she was diagnosed with colon cancer a couple of months ago. Doctors gave her a month or a few to live. Until recently, she was feeling fine and did not have any symptoms. When she was diagnosed, the cancer had already spread to stage IV. The cancer had also metastized in her liver, which is severely affected, but the other organs are fine. The doctors tried chemo for a couple of sessions, but her condition only got worse, the tumor grew even more, and her white blood cell count dropped. The doctors stoped the chemo and said they could not help with anything else. Surgery is also not an option because of the damaged liver, no doctor would take the responsibility for the surgery. Are there any other alternative options out there, any herbal stuff, innovative procedures or experimental treatments? Are there any clinics in the USA or Europe who practice this? I would be glad if someone could give me his/her advice and share their experiances. My family does not want to give up till the end, and they are willing to do anything to help my mom if not cure the cancer, at least stop it and prolong her life.
    Thank you in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      go to www.phoenixtears.ca

  15. QUESTION:
    biology article HELP!!!!!?
    ok is this considered biology and could i use it for a report in which im supposed to write about wat i learned form the article....

    A SUDDEN TURN: Gene Upshaw was diagnosed with pancreatic

    Gene Upshaw, the executive director of the National Football League Player's Association—the union for NFL players—died late Wednesday evening of pancreatic cancer while vacationing in California's Lake Tahoe. Doctors diagnosed the 63-year-old Hall of Fame offensive lineman with the disease just four days earlier.

    Upshaw was a guard for the Oakland Raiders from 1967 to 1981. He played in seven Pro Bowls and three Super Bowls. He served as head of the NFL player's union for 25 years.

    According to Bloomberg News, Upshaw's wife, Terri, took him to a hospital on Sunday, August 17th, because he was having trouble breathing. A biopsy revealed, much to everyone's surprise, that he had advanced pancreatic cancer.

    In March, actor Patrick Swayze—star of the hit 1980s film Dirty Dancing—revealed he had been diagnosed with the illness in January. Doctors' reports indicated they had caught his cancer relatively early.

    The pancreas secretes hormones and enzymes to digest our fats. One of those hormones is insulin, which prompts the body to use sugar in the blood rather than fat as energy. Its levels are low in diabetic patients, who suffer from abnormally high blood sugar.

    Only one fifth of Americans diagnosed with pancreatic cancer survive for a full year, according to the American Cancer Society, and it is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the country.

    How does the disease develop without noticeable symptoms and then kill so quickly?

    To find out, ScientificAmerican.com called Allyson Ocean, an oncologist at New York–Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, who specializes in gastrointestinal cancers including pancreatic cancer. An edited transcript follows:

    Why does pancreatic cancer kill so quickly?
    Pancreatic cancer is typically diagnosed at a late stage because it doesn't cause symptoms until it's too late. Weight loss, abdominal pain, jaundice [a yellowing of the skin due to toxic buildup in the liver]—those are the most common symptoms. They usually start after the tumor is a significant size. By then, chances are, it has metastasized [that is, spread to other parts of the body].

    Only about 10 to 15 percent of pancreatic cancers are diagnosed when they could be considered for surgery. And the prognosis is poor even in patients who do have surgery, because it comes back about 85 percent of the time. At best, 25 to 30 percent of patients are alive five years after surgery.

    When doctors do pancreatic cancer surgery, they take out 95 percent of the pancreas, including the tumor, and then they leave a small remnant of the pancreas in there that serves [the insulin-producing] functions.

    If a person can live without a fully functional pancreas, then what, ultimately, kills most pancreatic cancer patients?
    When most patients die of pancreatic cancer, they die of liver failure from their liver being taken over by tumor.

    What precludes doctors from performing surgery on late-stage patients like Upshaw?
    We don't do surgery if the tumor has already spread outside the pancreas, because there's no survival benefit in removing the tumor. We also sometimes can't do surgery [when the tumor] involves the great blood vessels, the superior mesenteric vein and superior mesenteric artery. Those are the main vessels that come off of the aorta, the main artery in our body. If the tumor is wrapped around those blood vessels, then we can't take it out.

    Why is this particular cancer so aggressive?
    Because of the nature of the tumor cells. They escape the treatments, they hide out, and then they come back. And they grow again and they affect the liver and then they kill people.

    What are the biggest risk factors for pancreatic cancer?
    The biggest known risk factors are smoking and family history—it can be a hereditary disease. Then there are some other more obscure risk factors, such as defects in the anatomy of the pancreas, but that's very rare.

    What factors affect how early a person gets diagnosed?
    Depending on where the cancer is diagnosed in the pancreas, it can affect how soon it's diagnosed. For instance, if the cancer is in the head of the pancreas, which is close to the common bile duct, and it grows and it causes obstruction of the common bile duct, a patient can get jaundiced. And then they could [show symptoms] sooner than someone whose pancreatic cancer is in another part of the pancreas, like the tail. They would not present with jaundice, so we would not have a clue that there was necessarily anything wrong with them.

    What are some of main symptoms as the cancer progresses?
    Unexplained weight loss, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting. Back pain is another one, because the pancreas is very posterior in the body. Back pain is also the most common complaint that p

    • ANSWER:
      Yes that's Biology. You can use it.

  16. QUESTION:
    Scared it's ovarian cancer?
    For 6 weeks now I've been having lower abdominal pain (period type cramping constantly so it never goes) with the occasional sharp stabbing pain on the right side of my abdomen with other symptoms such as
    fatigue
    pelvic pain
    lower back pain which starts from the kidneys and goes right down to my bum
    groin pain
    leg pain which effects the whole tops of both my legs
    Heartburn (recently)
    Bloating in both my stomach area and lower pelvic area
    and even my neck hurts. My periods are still regular usually every 28 days give or take a few days but i have noticed there a lot more painful and no spotting in between.

    I have been to the doctors several times and had 2 full blood counts done, diabetes test, I've had my thyroid and liver function tested and have been tested for inflammation all of which have come back clear oh and iv also had a cervical smear which again was normal. My doc doesn't seem worried but I have a transabdominal and transvaginal ultrasound on the 4th march (earliest date they could give me) but until then i'm scared things are going to get worse.

    Has anyone else had these symptoms with ovarian cysts because im so scared that it might be cancer? Its making me feel awful although the worryings probably not helping.
    By the way I'm 25 years old. Thanks in advance, will pick best answer :)
    I'm not pregnant, forgot to add that in
    Oh and weight loss

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry you are having all these abdominal problems but you are right, many of those symptoms are those of ovarian cancer. You are doing the right thing though, getting these exams as this can be cured if caught early enough. I know it's hard not to worry, but try to look at it this way, either you have cancer or you don't. Nothing is going to change that and it's better to know than let it go if you do have it. I'm betting it'll be nothing serious from what you've said about the exams you've had so far so try and relax until March, okay?

      My wife did have some of these symptoms with ovarian cysts and it was just cysts, nothing serious though she did have serious abdominal cramps.

      Good luck! :)

  17. QUESTION:
    Acid Reflux, Stress or Stomach cancer? Please answer, I'm so scared.?
    Hi,

    I've just turned 25 and I am seeing a doctor for quite severe symptoms that are affecting my life on a daily basis. I find myself bloated a lot of the time, usually after I eat but I have noticed being bloated on waking. I get a very sharp pain in my upper abdomen and raidiating through to my back. The pain makes me tired and stops me from doing normal daily activities. I'm tired a lot of the time, I have a fairly high temperature most of the time, I have a steady cough and I find myself belching and having flatulence. I'm also constipated. I have a sore throat often. My stomach normally feels uncomfortable even during good times.
    I've done a stool sample and had blood tests taken. Whatever he tested for came up negative. I'm not anemic, my cholestorol is good, liver function good, etc etc. I'm on the waiting list for an endoscopy. I'm terrified that I have cancer.
    Other factors: I'm obese and under a lot of stress at the moment. I'm extremely stressed 24/7 and I've noticed I get the pain instantly when my stress levels rise higher. Could stress be causing these symptoms? I don't smoke, I don't drink.

    Please someone give me a straight answer. I've been suffering similar symptoms for around 2 years but they've recently gotten worse and that has tied in with my increasing stressfull surroundings. I'm so scared and don't sleep at night through worry.

    Thank you in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      Well you are what you eat. You aren't eating properly; you're overweight, gassy, constipated, etc. Change your diet (that can easily be found on the internet or dietitian), and you'll feel immensely better. You can't have a high fever almost constantly and not raise concern when you've been to the dr. Some people's temp are naturally higher than the average 98.6. My daughter's natural temp is almost 100, always has been.. Bottom line, if you eat the wrong foods and too much of those foods, you will gain weight and feel like crap, acid reflux, heartburn, belchy, because there's too much for the stomach to comfortably hold.

  18. QUESTION:
    What could be the problem in my abdominal area?!?
    Ok, so here is the scoop! Thanks in advance for reading and helping!

    Last year I had severe abdominal attacks that lasted anywhere from 2 hours to 8 hours. The pain got so bad that I passed out a couple of times. Just as I thought it wouldn't get any worse they stopped and left for eight months and now they are back!

    The pain is excruciating and I feel like I am dying. Nothing re leaves it, not throwing up, or using the bathroom, or changing my diet, eating or drinking less. I am at my wits end! I have had six tests to check for gallbladder, kidneys, liver, cancer, etc, appendix, and so far it is none of the above. My doctor said I might have IBS but everyone I talk to that has it has none of my symptoms.

    The only way I can prevent these attacks is to not eat. But that isn't practical at all because if I don't eat I die! I have been living on a liquid diet for now and that seems to help a little with severity of these attacks.

    I feel hopeless because if several doctors can't figure this out then I am surely not going to figure it out. I have spent hours and hours on the internet and come up with nothing.

    ???

    Thanks in advance. This is really important to me!
    Also, when the attack comes on, I get a fever, and the shakes, and my heart starts racing. I have to lay down or it gets worse. ?

    • ANSWER:

  19. QUESTION:
    cat and dog in same household with liver failure?
    The beginning part of December, our 6 year old cat quit eating and was eventually diagnosed with hepatic lipadosis (no cause identified). She was severely jaundiced with a bilirubin of over 5.5 and was anemic. After a week in the hospital, she was brought home on SQ fluids, reglan and tube feeding. About 10 days later, she began to eat and after the first of the year (about 2.5 weeks total), she had the feeding tube removed and is doing great.

    About 2 weeks into her illness, our 10 year old lab/Shepard mix began feeling poorly and rapidly declined. He was taken in to the hospital with very similar symptoms .... severely jaundiced, anorexic, dehydrated, anemic .. and with a bilirubin of over 5.5. Initially they thought he had cancer, but all biopsies are negative. We have him home now with IV fluids, doxycycline and syringe feeding. I don't think he is going to make it but he doesn't show any signs of pain and since we still don't have a definitive diagnosis, we are going to try 72 hours of ABX therapy.

    My question?? Is it possible there is a connection? Were they possibly exposed to the same virus, bacteria, or poison, and the 9 pound cat got sicker much faster than the 90 pound dog? Is there a contagious illness that would affect the dog and the cat similarl?. There is a difference of about 24 days between onset of symptoms. I would just like to know if our other animals are in danger or if family members need to be concerned. Or is there any way that the two are connected and that could change the treatment plan for our dog. Our vet is wonderful and working on this, and we have had a full internal med consultation with a university team near us .... but still no answers.

    Thanks in advance to any suggestions. We are planning on high dose steroids after 72 hours of antibiotics if we see any improvement. And by the way, a fish died too this week, but I'm pretty sure that's not connected to this !! :-) )

    • ANSWER:
      first off, antifreeze causes kidney failure, not liver failure.
      Hepatic lipidosis is very common in cats when they get sick and stop eating. There are many things that can precipitate this.
      Leptospirosis can cause liver issues in dogs-but kidney involvement is more common.
      Aflatoxin is a toxin produced by molds, and has contaminated pet food (and other food items in the past). This causes liver issues. Dogs are very sensitive to aflatoxin.
      There is a good chance the two animals conditions are unrelated, however i see your concern. What does your vet have to say about it. How are the humans in the house. Have you had any chemical-like treatments done to the house (fumigations, resealing floors ect).
      Hope everything turns out ok

  20. QUESTION:
    I have an undiagnosed condition and need help!?
    I am a 20 year old female who has been having stomach problems for the past year or so, and it has gotten much worse in the past six months. The symptoms are now starting to affect more parts of my body, and the pain can be debilitating and is affecting my schoolwork. I was tested for thyroid issues and Celiac, but both were negative. I also went to the ER for abdominal pain a few weeks ago, but that didn't turn up any new results.

    Here is a list of symptoms:

    Digestive symptoms - abdominal pain (sometimes crampy and all over, sometimes very sharp in right upper abdomen or left lower abdomen, sometimes made worse coughing or sneezing), LOTS of diarrhea, undigested food in stool almost every day, sometimes fat or mucus in stool, loss of appetite, lots of extreme bloating, some nausea/heartburn/dry-heaving, sometimes foods taste very different than they should (ex - candy tasting extremely acidic, milk tasting like sushi, plain white rice tasting nutty)

    Skin symptoms - I get a red skin rash almost every night or afternoon. It's itchy, not raised, and not dry. It's not related to any contact allergy or physical activity. Sometimes, it seems to happen more often or with more severity when I feel really warm or cold. My hair has thinned significantly in the past year, and I've started getting coarser hair elsewhere on my body (arms, face). My skin feels itchy most of the time.

    Nervous symptoms - extreme fatigue/malaise, depression/anxiety, headaches, trouble concentrating, photophobia and phonophobia, increased sensitivity to cold and heat, numbness in fingers

    Other symptoms - occasional low-grade fever, muscle weakness/pain, joint pain/swelling, easy bruising (once I got a bruise from the elastic band on my sweatpants and it wasn't tight, another time on my arm from holding a package - the bruise was in a line from where the package was resting against my arm), I had some very mild jaundice and green-tinted urine at one point. I'm anemic and have high liver function according to the most recent tests. I don't drink, and I don't take any drugs unless they are prescribed (I deal with headaches by drinking water and resting). Small doses of Lortab helped relieve many of the digestive symptoms (prescribed by the ER). Diseases that have come up with my doctor are: lupus, Crohn's or ulcerative colitis, IBS, Celiac (apparently false negatives are common?), and diverticulitis. Also, gallstones and pancreatic cancer were suggested, but less likely. We are pretty sure it's autoimmune.

    I'm sick of being sick, and am reaching out for help in every place possible. I would love any suggestions or ideas, questions to ask my doctor, tests to request, warm thoughts, or stories (if you had a similar illness and got a diagnosis or found a way to manage the symptoms). I'm seeing my doctor next week, but because I've already gone through two series of tests, I want to be more prepared this time to help lead to a diagnosis more quickly. Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      You have a lot of symptoms that could indicate a variety of problems. Celiac Disease, possible intestinal obstruction (Intestinal carcinoma, lymphoma), bruising is indicative of a bleeding disorder such as Von Willebrand disease or leukemia. Upper right quadrant pain indicates gallbladder disease, especially if fever and nausea are present also. Some of your symptoms are also those that present with kidney disease and diabetes so you have a real jungle of symptoms which has a tendancy to lead me back to Celiac Disease because ...

      Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder which can present with an amazing array of symptoms, Gastrointestinal (cramps, pain, bloating, fatty stools, nausea, vomiting), Neurological (tingling, numbness, nerve pain, fatigue, depression and more) and so it is just frustrating for people who have it yet have not been diagnosed plus false negative tests are common. The definitive diagnosis is based on a positive biopsy of the small intestine. It's not uncommon to have a false negative blood test yet have a positive biopsy.

      If you had maybe thought you had Celiac Disease and went on a gluten free diet before being tested that could have created a false positive and it may create a false biopsy if you have been on the gluten free diet for anytime allowing your small intestinal cells to heal and the villi to re-establish. However that doesn't sound likely that you have adapted the diet because you said you are still experiencing symptoms even though some people with refractory Celiac do not see a reversal of symptom via diet.

      If it were me I'd ask the doc to re-test for CD (blood work) and also do stool fat, total protein, albumin, calcium, vitamin b12, autoantibodies, vitamin d, vitamin e, CBC, CMP.

      Oftentimes Celiac Disease causes malabsorption (reason for fatty stool) and this in turn creates vitamin deficiencies within the fat soluble vitamins such as d, calcium, vitamin k. b12 and so forth. It also causes anemia in many people and a host of other symptoms and complications because (via autoimmune response) it can attack your organs such your heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and pancreas (autoimmune response) thereby creating symptom from those sources as well.

      Celiac Disease can also cause lactose intolerance (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea in severe cases) and so this complication could be a portion of your symptoms.

      I would suggest you keep a very concise diary of your symptoms, including when they occur (time, date, etc...) and of course exactly what they are. Note what you eat daily so that you can correlate your food intake with symptoms (note whether symptoms appear immediately after, within hours, or even a day or two after ingestion). Be as accurate as possible and by this I mean if you chew a stick of gum, write it down because ...

      You'd be amazed how many products we eat contain wheat, barley or rye (sources of gluten) or are processed with wheat, barley or rye products. Even spices can contain wheat and wheat derivatives that contain gluten. If you drink wine the oaken cask it was probably aged in most likely was treated on the inside of the cask with a wheat paste to prevent leakage. That paste leaches into the wine and guess what? If you have CD you will most likely suffer intestinal damage.

      Of course I am not saying you have Celiac Disease. You may not have it at all. You may have something else entirely such as cancer that could present with a myriad of strange symptoms or it could be a combination of gallbladder disease (pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, jaundice are all possible symptoms) and kidney disease. Now, don't let what I write frighten you, simply get your doc to rule various possibilities out by doing the appropriate tests.

      I wish you better health :-)

  21. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my cat? Please help!?
    My 3 year old female cat has lost about a pound in the last 6 months. Other than the weight loss she hasn't really had any other symptoms. She's not overly active, but she does run around with the kittens at night. She has been wanting a lot more attention since December but I thought she was just growing out of her teenage years. I took her to the vet to have her thyroid checked and her thyroid test came back normal but other blood work revealed high blood calcium and elevated liver enzymes. The vet took more blood from her the next day (fasting draw) and sent it out to check her parathyroid and confirm that the first test was not a false positive. Her test results came back and her blood calcium was still high and her parathyroid was normal. From what I have read, most cats that have hypercalcemia have lymphoma cancer. The vet said that if my cat was older they would automatically jump to cancer but she has never seen this in a cat this young. Right now the vet seems more concerned about the blood calcium, but could the elevated liver enzymes be related? We are taking my cat in for x-rays and an ultrasound to look for tumors this week. I was just wondering if anyone has had a similar experience, or could offer any insight on a connection between the liver and hypercalcemia. I am not trying to gain medical advice in place of going to the vet. I do a lot of research online and try to find out as much as I can to help out my furry children. It is just nice to have other people's input.

    Thank you in advance for helping me out!
    They did take a urine sample from her and I'm guessing it was normal because they did not say anything about it. They didn't say anything about her sugars from the bloodwork either so I don't think it is diabetes. I just can't find anything on hypercalcemia AND elevated liver enzymes being linked together. I asked the vet if she could have a tumor in her liver and she said an ultrasound will determine that but it didn't seem like she thought it was a possibility.

    • ANSWER:


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What is cirrhosis ?

Cirrhosis is a condition in which the liver slowly deteriorates and malfunctions due to chronic injury. Scar tissue replaces healthy liver tissue, partially blocking the flow of blood through the liver....

Scarring also impairs the liver's ability to : -

  • control infections
  • remove bacteria and toxins from the blood
  • process nutrients, hormones, and drugs...

causes

Cirrhosis has various causes. In the United States, heavy alcohol consumption and chronic hepatitis C have been the most common causes of cirrhosis....

Alcohol-related liver disease

Most people who consume alcohol do not suffer damage to the liver. But heavy alcohol use over several years can cause chronic injury to the liver....

Symptoms

Patients with cirrhosis may have few or no symptoms and signs of liver disease. Some of the symptoms may be nonspecific, that is, they don't suggest that the liver is their cause....

Some of the more common symptoms and signs of cirrhosis include : -

  • Yellowing of the skin (jaundice) due to the accumulation of bilirubin in the blood
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Treatment for cirrhosis depends on the cause of the disease and whether complications are present. The goals of treatment are to slow the progression of scar tissue in the liver and prevent or treat the complications of the disease...

Avoiding alcohol and other substances. People with cirrhosis are encouraged not to consume any alcohol or illicit substances, as both will cause more liver damage...

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  1. QUESTION:
    Is advanced stage cirrhosis and end stage cirrhosis the same thing?
    My brother was admitted to the hospital last night because he was very swollen in the abdomen. He is only 26 years old, but he is an alcoholic. We are still waiting for the test results, but it is likely he has cirrhosis. In which stage we still do not know. However, some sites say advanced symptoms, which he has many of, while some sites talk about end stage cirrhosis which is basically fatal. I am just wondering if anyone knows if advanced and end stage mean the same thing?
    He also has mental confusion, tiredness, weakness, and no appetite.

    • ANSWER:
      When something is bothering the liver such as alcohol abuse, it can cause inflammation which can lead to fibrosis (abnormal fibrous bands in the liver). As time goes by, more and more fibrosis forms. As even more time goes by, liver cells may begin to die and scar tissue replaces healthy tissue. This is called cirrhosis.

      The doctor can do a liver biopsy to see how much fibrosis is present. Here's how the stages go using a staging system of 0-4.

      Stage 0- no fibrosis present
      1- small amount of fibrosis
      2- a little more fibrosis present
      3- even more fibrosis present (stage 3 is bridging fibrosis)
      4- cirrhosis is present

      Anyone with even a little bit of cirrhosis is considered stage 4 which is called end stage liver disease (ESLD). All that means is that cirrhosis is present. It can be just a little to very severe. So that's why people refer themselves as end stage if they have any cirrhosis at all.

      But cirrhosis itself also has a staging system which gives more detail. It goes by A, B, and C.

      Stage A- compensated cirrhosis (has no symptoms)
      Stage B- beginning of decompensation (needs medications and treatments to
      help control symptoms of the disease such as fluid retention, banding
      varices, etc.
      Stage C- decompensated cirrhosis (medications no longer work very well to
      control the disease and total failure is near

      The best thing your brother can do for his disease is to stop drinking all alcohol. If he already has cirrhosis, continued drinking will only make the disease progress to total failure faster. If the disease has not progressed very far, sometimes a person is able to live quite well with some cirrhosis as long as they quit drinking and do the right things in taking care of themselves. Once the damage is severe, only a transplant will save their life. They don't give transplants to active drinkers. They require at least 6 months of proven sobriety before they will even consider you for a transplant if alcohol abuse is the cause of the cirrhosis.

      I hope this is a wake up call for your brother and he is paying attention. He is so young to have cirrhosis. Most people don't get it this young. There could be something else going on with him besides just the alcohol problem that is causing this.

  2. QUESTION:
    advanced cirrhosis's, liver no longer working?
    what is the life expectancy of someone whose liver is not working at all? Even if treating the symptoms, the liver no longer works. How long can one live like that?

    • ANSWER:
      If your liver was not working at all, it would be just a short time before you would die. My guess would be within a few days. But a person can live with very little liver function. I lived with 10% function for several years. I have heard of others living with as low as 5%. Now you couldn't live a long time with that low of function, but it is quite possible to survive awhile with just a little bit of function left.

  3. QUESTION:
    prognosis for those diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver?
    heart disease patient just dignosed with cirrhosis. how long will he live?
    His symptoms are advanced-no jaundice or bleeding of the esophagous yet. Has all other symptoms-bruising, abdominal swelling, lethargy, etc.

    • ANSWER:
      Ask his doctor, only he can tell you and at that, it's only an educated guess. When my Mom was DX with a GBM, she was give 3 weeks and lived 9 months. R.I.P. Mom!!

  4. QUESTION:
    Cirrhosis of the liver symptoms.. and Need Help!!?
    I have a family member who has been diagnosed 15+ years ago with cirrhosis of the liver. He is probably the largest alcoholic known to mankind. He drinks at least 30 + beers a day, and is now experiencing constant nosebleeds, for over 3 days now.. It just bleeds and bleeds when he sits up. He has blood in his urine and his stool appears blackish greenish of color and has constant diarrhea, but does not eat very often.. at all!

    I am assuming that hes in the end stages of this disease and want to know if any of you have had these issues with a family member or friend, and what is wrong and how long that this trend will continue and what will happen.

    Thank you so much for your cooperation in advance, we appreciate any answers you may have!

    • ANSWER:
      I have worked with people who had cirrhosis. They get swelling in their abdomen (ascites) & extremities (edema). The stomach can get the size of a honeydew melon.
      Vit K gets reduced & so there is more bleeding. As the toxins build up in the body, the skin begins to itch...the person becomes jaundiced & mental changes occur...sometimes during these various stages antibiotics are given.

      High potency Vit B complex can be helpful as can milk thistle. However, I don't know how long it will prolong his life.

      Google: mayo clinic>>diseases>>cirrhosis

      I'm very sorry to hear of your situation.
      Good luck.

  5. QUESTION:
    Questions about severity of cirrhosis progression?
    An alcoholic family member has the symptoms listed below. I wondered if a medical professional or someone with knowledge about cirrhosis could determine how advanced this case is.

    ascites
    gynecomastia
    asterixis
    spider angiomata
    hepatopulmonary syndrome
    extreme fatigue
    muscle weakness to the point of not being able to walk

    • ANSWER:
      I had to answer this question because Ringo is SO SO wrong in his answers.

      I had cirrhosis and a liver transplant and am doing great today. No, someone with cirrhosis does not die 3-4 days after getting ascites. That's ridiculous. It is a sign that the liver is not functioning right and can usually be controlled with medication. I had ascites and the doctors told me I could live 5-7 years before needing a transplant.

      A lot depends on what stage of cirrhosis your family member is in right now. There are 4 stages. Your family member must stop drinking now and forever. Alcohol will only cause his liver disease to progress much faster. They may or may not need a transplant. They need to go to a hepatologist that can evaluate them to see exactly how far along the disease might be.

      If they would need a transplant, all transplant centers require at least 6 months of proven sobriety before they will be considered to possibly be listed for a transplant. It a long tough road to getting well again for an alcoholic, but there are many success stories out there that have gotten their life back together and are happy and healthy today. The alcoholic not only has to stop drinking and struggle with their addiction to alcohol, but they must also deal with a diseased cirrhotic liver. It's not going to be easy.

      When an alcoholic does stop drinking and stops poisoning their liver, then the disease process with cirrhosis can be slowed down very much as long as the liver failure is not in the very end stage. If your family member has to get tapped due to all the fluid in the abdomen accumulating quite often, like every week or two, then that would probably mean that they were in the later stage of liver failure. Even then they can do a TIPS procedure to help that, but a transplant would probably be needed soon.

  6. 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.

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  7. 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.

  8. QUESTION:
    Should I stop Medication? Possible Liver problems, cant get to doctor until Monday...?
    Okay, here's my problem.

    I've been on this medicine, Rocephin (IV medication) for a month exactly. I was supposed to stop medicine today according to my last doctors visit, but my doctor's office seems to have forgotten to tell the nurses and the care provider sending my medicine... they tell me they cannot have me stop until my doctor contacts them.

    My doctor's office closed at 1 today and is not open again until monday.. its friday. I tried to call just now because I've been nauseas for 2 days now, and today I've been throwing up. I just found that these are symptoms of liver problems, like liver cirrhosis. They had tested me before, 2 weeks in, and my liver was fine.

    I'm not sure if I should consider this an emergency (not showing advanced symptoms according to yahoo health's information on liver cirrhosis) and go to a hospital, or if i should just temporarily stop my medicine now like the doctor had planned, even though the nurse and people said no?? Any thoughts are great...
    Oh, I forgot to mention a couple of things... Nausea and vomiting are listed as possible reactions to my medicine, so it might not even be liver stuff really. I'm just wondering mostly if I should wait to see if i get the more tell tale symptoms like jaundice or if that would be pretty much screwing myself over...

    • ANSWER:
      Even if your doctor office is closed, they still are on call. Have the service page the doctor to call you or the visiting nurse service. The antibiotic that was ordered should have the Rx included on the meds. (example being 5mg in 100ml 2x day for 7days) if not, There is a doctors order written in your chart. The visiting nurse must have access to the order and should follow it. Maybe the doctor told you 1 week but wrote 2 weeks and thats why the nurse is still giving you the meds.
      As far as liver falure from the meds, I guess its possible, but if your lab work came back ok, then i would suspect the nausea is from the meds on an empty stomach (even though its IV) or from your infection. If the whites of your eyes start turning yellow, then you have liver failure
      Hope this helps, good luck

  9. QUESTION:
    Have you had a family member suddenly die of cirrhosis without a previous diagnosis?
    My father, age 57, died suddenly (to our knowledge) from cirrhosis at the end of last year (2010). One morning he was vomiting blood, was taken to the ER, immediately given a TIPS procedure, and from then on, for the next 12 days in the ICU, he had a breathing tube and was kept sedated. He died on the 12th day. He was given 15 units of blood and 12 units of plasma, and developed SEPSIS. Several other emergency procedures were performed, including placing a stent, which ultimately failed because of a mistake on their part, and a tracheotomy. We have read that a patient with symptoms like his (sepsis, active bleeding), it is NOT recommended to place a stent. Can anyone else (please only accounts that ended in mortality will be helpful), explain what happened in the journey from sudden vomiting of blood, to rushed to the ER, to each procedure performed, if anything failed or had to be redone, and also what procedure helped the most...? I'm trying to understand his death. Is there anyone else out there that went through this? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      I'll try and help what I can on this. Even though your father was not diagnosed with cirrhosis according to you, he certainly had it for a very long time even though he may not have known it. Is there a reason for him having it such as alcohol abuse or a viral hepatitis? There are many conditions that can cause cirrhosis, but those two are the most common. His cirrhosis was far advanced when he started this bleeding.

      Anyone having cirrhosis usually develops unwanted veins called varices or varix. These develop because of poor blood flow to the liver. They are not like the veins we are born with. They can be weak, leak and cause internal bleeding. If they become very large and burst, a person can actually bleed to death in a very short period of time. This can be the reason death occurs in some people with cirrhosis. There is a high risk for bleeding and also infection just like you father had. Many people with advanced cirrhosis die this way. I had cirrhosis and used to get checked every 3-6 months for varix. They can do a procedure called "banding" which gets rid of these unwanted veins which greatly lowers any risk of bleeding. The TIPS procedure helps to lower the high pressure in these veins thus reducing the risk of bleeding and bursting. They did an emergency one on your dad because of his hemmhorage which he really needed. It's a stented shunt. Look it up on Wikipedia and you can learn all about it. They were trying to get this bleeding under control.

      It seems that the emergency team did everything they could to try and save his life. His cirrhosis was very advanced. Having varices is proof of that. One grew so large that is caused a massive internal bleed. They pumped him full of blood trying to replace what he had lost and also tried to lessen the pressure in the varices through the TIPS procedure. Your father might not have been breathing on his own and had to be put on a ventilator. They will do a trach sometimes for that since a ventilator is very damaging to the trachea. I had one when I received a liver transplant for cirrhosis. The sepsis and loss of blood both contributed to his death in my opinion. Both can be fatal and it's not unusual for either one of them to take the life of someone with cirrhosis. The only cure for cirrhosis is a liver transplant. I believe they did what they could for him. You can look up cirrhosis on Wikepedia that will explain all the physiology behind the disease.

      If you are wondering why they could not give him a transplant, the answer would be that he was not stable enough to withstand the surgery and possible would not qualify to receive one. There is quite a lot to go through in order to qualify for a transplant. Your father would have just been too sick and physically unstable. If he would have gotten through his bleeding crisis, then maybe they would have sent him to a transplant center to be evaluated. It's a long process that takes time. There are emergency transplants done such as accident victims and such, but most often, it takes time to get evaluated and accepted.

  10. 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

  11. QUESTION:
    how long to people with portal hypertension and cirrhosis and liver cancer have to live if they have all of?
    these symptoms this "person" also has hep c and has been an alcholic for years she doesn't drink everyday but she does often she sleeps all the time she coughs all the time she coughs up blood too she hardley eats she has fluid in her lungs because she smokes all the time its called something but i don't remember her body is swallon because of all of the fluid that has built up in her stomach i was just wandering with all these bad things that have happened how long does she have left? she been seeing doctors for all of these things but doesn't really talk to me about it thank all of you in advance
    she doesn't take good care of herself either she has depression issues and is on anxiety meds she sets around and does nothing to help herself everyone has told her what she needs to do she just doesn't want to do it

    • ANSWER:
      People in this situation usually just have their symptoms controlled.......for example, for the swelling to the abdomen called ascites, the docs can regularly drain the excess fluid by inserting a small drain thru the skin called a paracentesis. Portal hypertension is probably causing esophageal varices, which is why she is coughing up blood. These can be treated if they rupture, but its a big emergency.
      With regards to the liver cancer, it all depends where it is and what typre of cancer. Is the liver the primary site or a metastatic site. Would your friend be well enough for surgery/ radiation/ chemo.
      It sounds like your friend is very sick.It would be impossible to know how long she would live like this. If she takes good care of herself, doesn't drink, and seeks regular and prompt medical care for control of her symptoms she may have a few months or even years. Hope this helps. Sorry your friend is so sick.

  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


Acute Liver Failure Symptoms

The liver is also an organ of fire, All Bhuta-Agnis( fire): Nabhasa Agni, Vayavya Agni, Tejo Agni, Apo Agni, and Parthiva Agni are all situated here. These agnis and Ranchaka pitta originating in the liver serve to break down substances into their respective elemental factors akasham(space), vayu(air), thejus( fire), ap( water), and prithvi(earth ) and distribute them to the appropriate tissues (dhatus) in the body.

Fatty Liver Disease - This disease occurs when fat droplets build-up in the liver and it becomes A??fattyA??. Poor diet and alcohol abuse are the main cause of this condition, which can negatively impact the liverA??s performance.

The liver processes nutrients from the digestive system. It also removes toxins from the body, and produces a greenish-brown fluid known as bile that is required for digestion. There are a wide number of diseases that affect the liver. They range from chronic illnesses such as hepatitis and cirrhosis to acute conditions such as cancer or bile duct obstruction. Millions of Americans have both chronic and acute liver disease. Liver cancer, portal hypertension and bile duct obstruction are three of the most common liver diseases.
It doesnA??t matter if itA??s a disease of the liver of a gall bladder affection, jaundice is the main symptom. If one notices that his skin color becomes jaundiced he can almost be sure he has an issue with his gall bladder or liver. The eyes also get an yellow color, instead of the characteristic white. The jaundice appears because the old blood isnA??t filtered out correctly. If the jaundice appears with flu like symptoms together then a medical control is required because it may be a result of hepatitis or serious damage taken by the gall bladder.

Cirrhosis of the liver is a slow processing disease. The healthy liver tissue is taken over by scar tissue and then prevents the liver from functioning normally. The flow of blood is blocked when to much scar tissue is formed. Hepatitis C, fatty liver disease, and alcohol abuse are the most common causes of liver cirrhosis. Fatty liver disease is caused mostly by obesity and diabetes. A lot of people that are heavy drinkers do harm there livers in some way but not everyone will get cirrhosis.

Start consuming Dandelion (that plant that probably grows all around your home). The leaves of the Dandelion plant can be picked, washed, and mixed in with your salads. But you can also find Dandelion tinctures or other forms of Dandelion extracts at your local health food store. Dandelion is extremely useful for the health of the liver and related organs and glands. (Note that a poorly functioning liver will only bring DOWN the function of other organs and glands). It has been used to successfully treat liver disease, such as hepatitis and liver insufficiency.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Liver test came back elevated, Can acute liver failure, recover on its own?
    I had all the symptoms of liverfailure, except I thought it was psychosis or just a mental disorder. I had tons of blood tests, only the liver came back elevated, but my doctor said it wasn't high enough to cause concern.

    Just curious if the liver will repair itself? or should I get it looked into farther?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on what has caused it.
      A liver problem can occur from:
      alcohol consumption, medication toxification,
      chemical exposure, biliary obstruction or
      mal formation, hereditary problems,
      viral infections such as Hep A,B,C,etc..
      fatty liver disease, metabolic problems,
      and others.
      Usually it starts out as inflammation in the liver
      cells. If the inflammation is treated and
      the cause can be eliminated...then the
      liver cells can heal and the condition can
      be reversed. This means you have to know
      the cause and whether it can be one that just
      by eliminating it will help. From the list above...
      some cannot be eliminated.
      However, if the inflammation is not treated and
      the cause of it is not removed...it can progress
      where the liver cells die...this is then known
      as cirrhosis of the liver and is a progressive
      disease.
      No one blood lab work is 100% accurate.
      It takes more than one to determine whether
      steps should be taken or not. There are
      alot of things that can affect the results of
      these tests. Example: exercising before
      the test is done and what time of day the
      test was taken. I believe that you should
      have further blood tests taken to be sure
      if there is a problem. You might be surprised
      if the doctor then tells you that yours results
      are back in the normal range. However..
      if they are higher still, he should refer you
      to a gastroenterologist. In some people, it
      is "normal for them" to have a higher than normal
      range because of their background.
      I hope this information is of some help to you.
      I also hope you luck out and your tests results
      are fine.

  2. QUESTION:
    Explain the process of Overdosing on Tylenol (Acute Liver Failure)......is it painful?
    please answer as many questions as possible. its for a science project

    - how much tylenol is needed (how many mg? g? pills?)
    - how long after overdoing does liver failure start?
    - detailed process of liver failure? (what exactly happens and when?)
    - when would it be too late to seek medical attention?
    - how painful is it? (which phases are the most painful?)
    - why is it painful?
    - how exactly would you die?
    - how long after overdosing would you die?
    - would taking more tylenol make the process faster?
    - what are the symptoms of each phase?
    - any type of treatment?
    - what kind of care would you be put in?
    - what type of pain is being experienced?
    - would you get any other effect from the tylenol overdose? (ex. get sick or high?)
    - how often does this happen? (accident or intentional?)

    • ANSWER:
      So you want everybody else to do your homework for you?

  3. 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:

  4. 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.

  5. QUESTION:
    After a paracetamol overdose, can taking a slightly raised dose cause liver failure?
    A paracetamol overdose one year ago which resulted in two days of hospitalisation. Four tablets a few days ago for acute pain and now presenting symptoms including fatigue, nausea and confusion. Could this be liver damage?

    • ANSWER:
      yes this shows signs of liver failure visit your doctor i advise

  6. QUESTION:
    Have any organ transplant recipients had an experience such as this?
    In March of this year I started suffering from flu-like symptoms. Within 3 days I was in a coma suffering from Acute Liver Failure and in need of an emergency transplant. I was within hours of death when I received a liver from a young man who passed away. Ironically, he had also been laying in a coma in the very same hospital.
    When I woke up after the operation I began having hallucinations-seeing people that did not exist. The hallucinations were blamed on the powerful drugs that were in my system. But there was one imaginary person, in particular, that was continually harassing me in a playful way. I reported him and of course no one believed me. He came back later and I grabbed his two wrist when he said "no one will believe you (my name here)". Moments later I was strapped down to my bed.
    Weeks later after being discharged from the hospital I wrote my anonymous Donor's family to thank them for the gift of life that I had received. A few weeks after that his mother sent me a letter and picture of her son. Chills came over me when I saw his picture. He was the person who was harassing my in the ICU. I have read up on 'Cellular memory' where a recipient can develop their donor's characteristics but have not heard anything similar to my experience. Has anyone out experienced this or heard of someone who has?

    • ANSWER:
      If "cellular memory" was plausible would people with blood transfusion respond similarly?

  7. QUESTION:
    Has anyone else had this type of spiritual encounter?
    In March of this year I developed flu-like symptoms and within days I slipped into a coma suffering from Acute Liver Failure and in need of a transplant. I was within hours of death when another young man who was laying in a coma in the very same hospital that I was in passed away. His mother decided to donate his organs. A decision that saved my life because we were a perfect match.
    After I became conscious following my surgery I began having hallucinations-seeing people that did not exist. At the time it was blamed on the strong medications. One imaginary nurse, in particular, that I had an encounter with was harassing me continually in a playful way. But I became so frustrated that I needed to be strapped down.
    A few weeks after I was released from the hospital I wrote my anonymous Donor's family to thank them for the gift of life that I received. My Donor's mother wrote me back with a picture of her son whose liver I had. When I saw his picture chills came over me. He was the same nurse who harassed me. Has anyone had or known anyone who has had a similar experience?
    I've never posted this question for fear of getting silly responses like blue foots.

    • ANSWER:
      I would say that you had a visitor from your donor. The drugs you were on could have distorted things a bit, but I really do think he was trying to make you aware it was him.

      I also had a liver transplant and was in transplant ICU for 6 weeks and in the hospital for 62 days. I know all about those hallucinations. I even died once. I was in a coma for the first 3 weeks. When I was at my very sickest with an infection and alert at this time, I saw a woman standing by the nurses station off to the side. She was standing there doing nothing, but yet I felt she was there for me. I kept trying to see her face all night long, but every time I looked at her, she would turn her head away quickly and I never did see her face.

      It was very busy with nurses, doctors, etc. and yet no one would talk to her or even acknowledge she was there. She stood there all night long until I fell asleep at about 5 a.m. When I woke up later, she was gone. I always knew when I was hallucinating, but this was no hallucination. She looked like a real person, and I just knew she was there for me for some reason. I was running a fever of 104 the entire night, and it broke that morning. It's the one strange thing that happened to me. I thought I would mention that I was strapped down for an entire month plus some. I also couldn't talk because I had a trach and was on a vent plus had my hands tied down, so there was no way for me to communicate.

      Don't believe for a second that your encounter was bad in any way, shape or form. It certainly wasn't Satan. This young man gave you a gift of life. That is a good thing. Hope your are doing good now with your transplant. I'm doing great.

  8. QUESTION:
    please help! OVERDOSAGE?
    Q-PAP EX-STR 500 MG TABLET it contains acetaminophen. i take 6 tablet in an hr. im so worried ryt now, i also read that the medicine should be dispose 5/1/11 and that makes me more nervous. please give me an advice on what to do! i dont want to go to a doctor! here are the list of symptoms of overdosage Abdominal pain, acute renal failure, anorexia, cardiac arrhythmias, confusion, diaphoresis, diarrhea, hepatic necrosis, hypoglycemic coma, jaundice, liver failure, low BP, malaise, nausea, renal tubular necrosis, thrombocytopenia, vomiting. but i dont feel any of the ff. but just in case, please do help me! ADVICE PLEASE! and also I read about the dosage here it is.
    IV Adults and Children 13 y of age and older 50 kg or more
    IV 1,000 mg every 6 h or 650 mg every 4 h (max, 1,000 mg [single dose] and 4,000 mg [daily dose]).

    suppose to be i should take only 1000mg but i take 3000mg in just an hour! please help me! theres also the label of discard after 5/1/11. does it me the medicine is expired already? please help

    • ANSWER:
      Jesus Christ call a damn doctor your overdosing, you could have a heart attack or some shit hurry up call 911

  9. QUESTION:
    Can you help w/ this medical mystery? ?
    This is long, but there's a lot of spaces, it's copied directly from an online friend's daughter's letter. If you can't help, but know someone that can, or has any ideas, please pass it along and send any correspondence to my email.
    *********************************************************************************
    Can YOU help?

    I am suffering from acute hepatitis and liver failure.

    I have been in hospital for over a month now and my doctors are
    calling me an anomaly.

    About two and a half months ago I started feeling a little 'off
    colour'. I put it down to stress (of moving house recently and
    starting a new job) and the fact that my partner (with whom I live)
    had been feeling a bit poorly over a weekend (minor stomach ailments,
    a little bit of diarrhoea) because that's how I had started to feel.

    Within a week though I knew that it was a little more than that but I
    had just started my new job and wasn't going to take a day off sick if
    I could help it.

    By the end of the first week, I was losing my appetite and feeling
    nauseous and an intense itching had started.

    Towards the end of my second week, I had not been eating more than a
    few bites of food at a time and had had diarrhoea, vomiting and had
    (unnoticed by me) begun to change colour to yellow.

    On the Thursday of the second week, my partner bumped into me at a
    train station on the way home from work and gave me a kiss. As we
    pulled apart, he started looking at me strangely saying that I looked
    like I had yellow eyes. Having no mirror, I waited 20 minutes and
    checked it out in the mirror at home. Sure enough, I had a very
    definite tinge of yellow to my skin and the whites of my eyes were
    somewhat worse.

    That evening, I was vomiting everything that I was eating/drinking
    including water.

    The next evening, I went to an NHS walk in centre and they told me
    that I was jaundiced and to go home and sleep it off and I would
    return to normal colour within 4-6 weeks.

    On Monday, after having an entire weekend of no food/water and
    vomiting bile, I decided that I had to take a day off work and went to
    my doctor to arrange a blood test. (thankfully ignoring the first
    doctor's advice of 'going home and sleeping it off')

    He examined me and found my liver to be tender to the touch and he put
    slight pressure on it and triggered off a gag reflex. I told him to
    stop otherwise I would be sick and he proceeded to put a little extra
    pressure on it and I threw up on the floor(!)

    He told me to leave the surgery immediately and go and admit myself to
    the nearest hospital and get myself put on a drip. He prescribed some
    piriton (anti itching) and some anti sickness tablets. (My doctors
    informed me that had I not admitted myself to hospital, then I would
    have died from dehydration/starvation within a week. I am looking at
    'multiple organ failure' because my liver, kidneys and gall bladder
    are under a huge amount of strain.)

    Within hours of being put on the drip I was feeling better and all of
    the doctors that I had met until that point told me that had I 'gone
    home and slept it off' I would have been dead by the end of the week.
    (My symptoms apparently wouldn't have changed much – I would have just
    got more tired and more grumpy/irritable which I probably would have
    put to the hot weather and then I would have gone to sleep and not
    woken up.)

    After the first week in hospital in isolation, my appetite was
    increasing dramatically and I was feeling a lot better. ( I was on a
    standard saline and glucose drip and all of my vitals were around the
    normal mark.)

    My daily blood test results were fluctuating but the only thing that
    had really changed was the INR (the blood clotting) and that was very
    slowly returning to normal.

    By the end of the second week, I was transferred to the Royal Free
    where I was being quite sick. I was on N-Acetyl Cysteine and the
    doctors had forgotten to mention that one of the side effects would be
    severe nausea.

    They have done 2 X-rays, 2 Ultrasounds, 4 CT scans and one Liver
    biopsy and they still are no closer to a solution. They want me to
    stay as a long term In Patient with no plans for treatment.

    I am feeling physically better now and have done since about the end
    of the second week in hospital, I am eating lots of different foods
    (have been for a couple of 3 course meals in the last week, eaten
    entire roast dinners (and desserts) duck, chicken, pork, eggs, dairy,
    fish, fruit, drinking around 4 litres of pure water a day plus some
    milkshakes and other fruit juices) I have been sick once recently and
    that was due to overeating(!) I had had a three course meal and then
    decided to continue to eat a huge pot of very acidic fruit.
    Unfortunately saw the fruit again which was, to be fair, my own silly
    fault. (but oh, it tasted good!!)

    My liver no longer feels tender to touch and I cant feel it with my
    fingers any more even though my doctors are telling m
    To Lab Rat:

    It does say she did go to the hospital, tho I don't know which one. She lives in England, is it safe to assume you live there too? I can find out what hospital she is in if you would like.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm baffled by the NHS walk-in centre saying to 'sleep it off'. Doctors are trained to see jaundice before it's even been noticed by the patient, so if your friend could visibly see the yellowness, it must have been obvious to the person examining her. Is she sure this is a qualified doctor that she saw? I certainly think this needs following up and maybe a complaint. However those places are meant for minor injuries etc, so I have to say that if I was throwing up and yellow, I would be at a hospital, not a walk-in center.

      Edit - yes i'm in England. I just meant that I would not trust a walk in centre with much more than a grazed knee!

  10. QUESTION:
    Vet won't tell the truth about cat and making up diagnosis?
    i'm typing on an iphone so sorry about punctuation, etc.
    So on monday, my cat (2 yr old male) got neutered. By tuesday morning he was doing horrible and developing jaundice. We called the people who neutered him and they referred us to their sister clinic because they were booked. the vets at the clinic were rude and wouldn't let us see our cat, acting like it was OUR fault this happened. They did a blood test and besides being a little anemic he was doing fine. His liver was even in good shape. They decided his liver is just "weak" and gave us an IV to do at home and scheduled another follow up appointment.
    The IV was helping, but when we went to the vet again, our cat recognized the place where the people took him away and poked him with needles, so he started crying and wouldn't leave his carrier. Then on top of it, they gave us a new vet unfamiliar with the case who got second hand information from a nurse, and this new vet just flat out said "his kidneys are failing" and told us he would die. When we pointed out that his health problems may be due to an anesthesia overdose, she got defensive of her clinic and wrote it off as acute renal failure, even though his kidney enzymes were fine in the blood work from the day before.
    She didn't do an x-ray, urinalysis, ultrasound, anything. She just felt around his abdomen, and decided it was his kidneys. Then they made us pay for MORE bloodwork.
    Their machine wasn't working, so we didn't get the results until today (24 hrs. later) and she just called us and said "he's definitely going to die soon, his kidney enzymes were a little elevated." and wouldn't listen when we tried to explain that the cat has none of the kidney failure symptoms and was actually getting better, that it really seems like they gave him too much anesthesia when he was neutered.
    They keep telling us different things (in the last 2 days it's gone from liver to maybe gallbladder to kidneys) and backpedaling. It seems fishy because their sister clinic did the surgery and anesthetized him, and they act really defensive when we ask if it was due to either the rabies vaccine they gave him or the anesthesia. They get mad and write it off, acting like we don't care about our cat (when in truth, he's one of the things i care about most).
    Again, he has none of the renal failure symptoms, he is urinating normally, drinking normal amounts of water, and has begun to eat food again. The jaundice is gone as well. He seems so be bouncing back quite well, we thought he was a goner on Tuesday, and now it's Saturday morning and he's almost returned to full health.
    We're supposed to return to the vet today for another follow up, but he seems to get traumatized when we enter the vet's office and seems more sick than he is because he just goes to the back of his carrier and cries for us, refusing water from the vet, peeing on the floor, etc.
    I don't think putting him back in what he feels is a scary setting is beneficial, and these vets seem like they're just making up every diagnosis, but they're insisting we come in today to run more tests, despite the fact he's eating, being with our other cats, walking around the house, and acting relatively normal besides the fact he's not going outside and doesn't have his full energy back after being ill for a week.
    They won't be clear about what happened...what should we do? They keep trying to tell us he's dying when he's getting better. Help?

    • ANSWER:
      I would FIRE! this unprofessional, disrespectful and unsympathetic vet and staff who are acting like they are just in it for the $. It is their obligation to make time to see a patient that is having difficulties after a surgery they have performed and not give you the run around. It is also their medical, ethical and moral obligation to run tests on their patient, before their surgery, to make sure they are healthy enough to safely undergo anesthesia. The plethora of illnesses they diagnosed after the surgery, should of been diagnosed before the surgery, not after.

      The reason your kitty was afraid to go back to the vet, besides all of the procedures he had to undergo, it is because of the overwhelming different animal scents. I would keep an eye on my cat and make sure he is healthy, #1 priority. I don't blame you for being upset, but get rid of this vet and find a new vet who is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). They are the only ones qualified to diagnose medical problems, prescribe medication and treatment, and perform surgeries. The nurse was not qualified to diagnose anything without the supervision of a DVM. I think she was just doing whatever to make you go away.

      When everything settles down, I would report them to the Better Business Bureau and American Association of Veterinary State Board, (you can do it on line). This way, you have a record in case anything happens. They won't do a whole lot, but it is like making a police report, to have a record to fall back on in case you decide to sue. The 1st website below lists symptoms of Kidney Failure (Renal), 2nd is liver disease and the 3rd is symptoms of over anesthesia. I hope this helps and your kitty is healthy. Good luck.

  11. QUESTION:
    what are the neurological complications of cerebral malaria?
    1)What are the neurological complications of Cerebral Malaria?
    It was Four years back since I have suffered from an attack of malaria.And, the onset of illness was a week back with complaints of headache,fever,nausea and vomiting. Then, I was admitted to hospital and I had been stayed in Coma for seven days. Blood smears confirmed infestation by falciparum malaria.
    And its complications followed by Acute Renal Failure then immediate hemodialsis treatment started with all supportive care, after third session my condition markedly improved but I have developed psycho-neurological symptom complex.
    After three weeks of stay in the hospital, Liver and renal function tests markedly reduced, then I was partially recovered and discharged.
    Although, EEG and MRI imaging four weeks after the onset of illness have shown normal findings, I was told by the doctor as I have brain stem encephalopathy and peripheral neuropathy.
    I am now a 36 years old man having difficulty in walking as well as writing. And also I have minimal difficulty to talk. I have visited so far to notable neurologists in this country, but all recommend me one thing ‘’physical exercise’’ however, my conditions get worsening while I started to exercise. Now, I have stopped all exercises except the occupational therapy and walking using a standing frame.
    2)What will you recommend me to be able to walk again and work independently?

    • ANSWER:
      habtu - Neurologic effects have been reported in children but have not been described in detail in adults. The most striking findings were neuropsychological disorders, in particular memory impairment and diffuse white matter damage on magnetic resonance imaging. Only three of the patients had made a full recovery after 6 months.
      In adults, sequelae are less common, and range from 3–10% in prevalence in India, 10% of adults had neurological sequelae on discharge, including psychosis (4%), cerebellar ataxia (3%), and extrapyramidal rigidity or hemiplegia.45 The depth and duration of coma and multiple convulsions were independent risk factors for neurological sequelae.

      Subtle deficits (for example, cognitive difficulties, language and behavior problems) are increasingly recognized, and have been documented in 24% of children after recovery from cerebral malaria. The prevalence of these impairments in adults or after other forms of severe malaria is not known, because of lack of long-term follow-up studies with neuropsychological examinations.
      Continue to exercise and remain active.

  12. QUESTION:
    What diagnostic tests and medications are needed for this patient?
    A 62-year old male(non-smoker, no known allergies) has the following medical conditions:


    Characteristics of angina commonly include a sensation of pressure, heavy weight, burning, or tightness over the sternum or near to it. The pain may radiate to, or occassionally be limited to, the left arm, shoulder, or other areas. The sensation gradually increases in intensity and then gradually disappears with rest. The duration is usually between 30 seconds and 30 minutes.


    Hypertension is defined by persistent elevation of arterial blood pressure.


    Hyperlipidemia is defined as an elevation of one or more of the following: cholesterol, cholesterol esters, phospholipids or triglycerides. Abnormalities of plasma lipids can result in a predisposition to coronary, cerebrovascular, and peripheral vascular arterial disease.

    He is taking the following medications:

    Irbesartan 300mg mane(what does "mane" mean?)
    Used for treatment of hypertension and prevention of renal disease progression in patients with type 2 diabetes, hypertention and microalbuminuria.

    Gemfibrozil 600mg bd(twice daily)
    Used in treatment of severe hypertriglyceridaemia, mixed hyperlipidaemia and dyslipidaemia associated with diabetes, and used to reduce risk of coronary heart disease in hypercholesterolaemia.

    Glyceryl Trinitrate Tablets 600mcg; half to one prn(when necessary)
    Used in the prevention and treatment of stable and angina and heart failure associated with acute myocardial infarction. Provides exogenous source of nitric oxide. Predominantly venodilators and reduces venous return and preload to the heart, reducing myocardial oxygen requirement.

    Glyceryl Trinitrate spray 400mcg (1 spray when required); use prn
    Also known as nitroglycerine and GTN. It is used in the treatment of angina by providing an exgenous source of nitric oxide which mediates vasodilator effects.

    His medical test results are:

    -Blood Pressure 140/90

    -Liver Function Test
    Total protein=63g/L(normal 60-80g/L);Albumin 27g/L(normal 35-52g/L);ALT=19U/L(normal 38-126U/L);GGT=154U/L(normal 12-43U/L);ALP=177(normal 38-126U/L)

    Question 1: From the liver function test results, what information can we obtain regarding the patient's medical condition?

    Question 2: What further diagnostic tests are needed to know more about the patient's medical condition(including diabetes due to heavy weight)?

    Question 3: What are the appropriate therapies(what medicines, and dosage for each?) for effective treatment, avoidance of side effects, increased compliance, and cost-effectiveness?

    Question 4: Without other symptoms, the patient shows dry cough. What is the cause of this cough?

    • ANSWER:
      Is this a homework question? From what you say this person is on medication and had some testing done already. What does the Doctor say? That is the person you should be asking.

  13. QUESTION:
    Can someone please read my assignment about ARDS please?
    Hey i need someone to read my paper and correct any grammar mistakes,
    and if there's anything missing about the disease in general please don't hesitate to mention them.

    An Acute respiratory disease syndrome (ARDS) is a life threatening illness that damages the lungs over time. The disease has a mortality rate of 65% and it's more common for men than women to catch ARDS . Pediatrics and infants can be receive with ARDS too. The problem of the disease is caused by the crumpling and the accumulation of fluid in the alveoli sacs. This affect the lungs to deliver poor concentration of oxygen into the blood, which leads to hypoxia. Essentially, ARDS starts to take affect from 24 to 48 hours from the start of incident. As the disease continues to worsen, the lungs will become stiff, heavy and unable to expand properly resulting to pulmonary edema. Eventually, other vital organs will start to malfunction such as the heart, the kidneys and the liver due to the lack of oxygen in the blood. The most common reasons that people get ARDS is caused by any major inflammation or injury to the lungs like aspiration, sepsis, pneumothorax, trauma, massive transfusion of blood products, and drug overdose. Also, Heavy smoking and heavy drinking are other risk factors. Symptoms may include severe difficulty breathing, anxiety, low level blood pressure, agitation, fever and multiple organ failure. Signs of ARDS includes presents of crackle sounds in the lungs, cyanosis, and diaphoresis]. The disease can takes months to cure depending on its severity, however the longer ARDS is delayed for treatment, the more closer it becomes inevitable to cure. Complications. The disease is treated through intensive care unit (ICU) and requires mechanical ventilation support. Patients are given antibiotics, IV fluid, and oxygen for hospital treatment.
    Essentially on scene, a patient with ARDS will be or might be in respiratory distress. Again, signs may includes, cyanosis, dysnea, diaphoretic, wheezing, and excess muscle usage. Symptoms may include rapid breathing, SOB and organ failure. Paramedics should quickly give 100% oxygen by using a mask, a nasal canula or a combitube, then positioning the patient into a comfortable respiratory position. If possible, medication such as salbutamol can be given to treat ARDS to open the pt's airway, only applicable if the patient fits in the inclusion criteria and has no exclusion concerns. In some cases, patient with severe ARDS will be in grave pain if they move too much. Paramedic may want to check the lungs and any complications that may be present and treat it if they can. These complications may includes multiple organ failure, pneumothorax, and pulmonary fibrosis. A physical examination is necessary to rule out any other problems. Other useful practice are monitoring the patient heart, O2 saturation, and taking vital signs. Patient with ARDS needs hospital care ASAP. Overall when paramedics are dealing with an ARDS call, they must provide breathing support, try to figure out the cause of ARDS and get the patient to the hospital.

    • ANSWER:

  14. QUESTION:
    Health Majors Please help! Last test on health & i am really stressed.?
    These are some of the ones i dont know. I mean there are ones out of this that i do know but yeah, I am really stressed and need help. Please Please help me.

    27. Which type of diabetes generally occurs in young adults and children and always requires insulin as part of the treatment plan?

    type 1
    type 2
    type 3
    type 4

    28. Which of the following is NOT a warning sign of skin cancer?

    crushing chest pain
    a sore that does not heal
    unusual bleeding or discharge
    thickening or lumps

    29. What is the most fatal form of skin cancer associated with moles?

    squamous cell carcinoma
    basal cell carcinoma
    malignant melanoma
    acute cell melanoma

    30. What disease is caused by a bacteria and can be sent in a powdery form for bioterrorism and leads to difficulty breathing and even death?

    West Nile virus
    anthrax
    bovine spongiform encephalopathy
    stroke

    31. What is the general name for all infections that cause diarrhea to occur?

    Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    Crohn's Disease
    Colon Cancer
    Dysentery

    32. Which fat leads to atherosclerosis and can contribute to one's risk of a heart attack or stroke?

    steroids
    cholesterol
    phospholipids
    olive oil

    33. What is key to improve cancer's survival rates?

    improve people's nutrition and lifestyle choices
    more research into better chemotherapy drugs
    programs that stress early detection and intervention
    better surgical techniques to remove all cancer cells

    34. What is the disease that involves changes in the nerves and chemicals of the brain leading to memory loss, personality changes, and complete dependency?

    Parkinson's
    Alzheimer's
    Paget's
    Grave's

    35. Which of the following is not a disorder related to hypertension?

    congestive heart failure
    stroke
    diabetes mellitus
    heart attack

    36. How is hepatitis B typically transmitted?

    fecal-oral route
    bacteria and its spores
    contaminated blood or sexual contact
    breast-feeding

    37. Which STD can cause blindness in a newborn baby if it infects the baby's eyes during the birth process while producing a greenish yellowish drainage from the reproductive organs of the infected adults?

    syphilis
    gonorrhea
    genital herpes
    chlamydia

    38. Which STD begins as chancres or open lesions on the reproductive organs and can invade the nerous system causing difficulty speaking, headaches, blurred or diminishing vision, seisures, problems with memory and thinking, and depression?

    syphilis
    gonorrhea
    genital herpes
    chlamydia

    39. Which organ is affected by hepatitis?

    brain
    stomach
    uterus
    liver

    40. Which of the following is not a form of anthrax infection?

    digestive
    circulatory
    skin
    respiratory

    41. The lack of which of the following hormones from the pancreas prevents the body from regulating its own blood sugar?

    insulin
    adrenaline
    testosterone
    melanin

    42. Which of the following bacterial STDs is the most common in the United States causing the formation of a painless lesion which may result in scarring of the pelvic organs and sterility?

    gonorrhea
    genital warts
    syphilis
    chlamydia

    43. What is the cause of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy?

    bacteria
    virus
    prion
    fungi

    44. Which of the following best describes symptoms of BSE (Mad Cow Disease)?

    fatty plaque in the arteries leading to chest pain
    loss of the ability to sense, move, and think
    skin rash, digestive disturbances, and difficulty breathing
    severe headache or no symptoms at all

    45. Which of the following best describes symptoms of diabetes mellitus?

    crushing chest pain, nausea, weakness, and fatigue
    excessive urination, thirst, and hunger
    flu-like symptoms, headache, and stiff neck
    loss of coordination on one side, slurred speech, and difficulty concentrating

    46. Which of the following could cause a non-communicable disease?

    viruses
    bacteria
    smoking
    fungi

    47. Which of the following is an example of a communicable disease?

    Alzheimer's disease
    common cold
    heart disease
    diabetes mellitus

    48. Which of the following is NOT a reason it is difficult to cope with a chronic illness?

    financial obligations to cover treatment and care that health insurance may not

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, who made up these questions? I'm not that impressed.
      These questions have been around for awhile - you could have just searched Y!A and found identically worded questions.
      .
      While you may be stressed, if you don't know the answers to some of these, what are you doing in this class?
      Just entering all of the answers takes more time than you spent cutting and pasting them.

      27. Type 1 - the body does not produce insulin read this article: http://www.lifescript.com/Health/Conditions/Diabetes/The_Double_Whammy_What_is_Type_3_Diabetes.aspx

      28 Crushing chest pain

      29. Malignant melanoma
      http://www.cancercenter.com/skin-cancer-melanoma.htm

      30. Anthrax
      https://health.google.com/health/ref/Anthrax

      31. Question does not make sense because it is not accurate but the answer has to be dysentery as the other 3 options are not infection related
      http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/diarrhea/

      32. cholesterol
      http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/Atherosclerosis/Atherosclerosis_Causes.html

      33. all of the above but if you have to chose one go with programs which stress early detection and insurance plans which cover intervention

      34. Alzheimer's followed by Parkinson's with dementia

      35. Diabetes - but there is a relationship
      http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=2152

      36. Hep B is transmitted through blood and bodily fluids - read and figure out the answer
      http://www.hepb.org/hepb/transmission.htm

      37. Several can cause eye infection but the answer you want is gonorrhea
      http://www.wdxcyber.com/stds_pregnancy.html
      38. see: reference above for answer

      39. see: reference in question #36 or just think about it

      40. see: question #30 reference

      41. see: question #27 reference

      42. see: question #37 reference

      43. Mad Cow Disease - caused by watching too much Boston Legal in reruns - ok, it is thought to be a prion disease http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bovine_spongiform_encephalopathy

      44. see: reference in #43

      45. excessive urination, thirst and hunger

      46. this one's on you to think about

      47. You don't know this one? That's nothing to sneeze at

      48. You should be aware of the fact that you can add the rest of the answer by simply returning and adding it.

  15. QUESTION:
    Explain the process of Overdosing on Tylenol (Acute Liver Failure)......is it painful?
    please answer as many questions as possible. its for a science project

    - how much tylenol is needed (how many mg? g? pills?)
    - how long after overdoing does liver failure start?
    - detailed process of liver failure? (what exactly happens and when?)
    - when would it be too late to seek medical attention?
    - how painful is it? (which phases are the most painful?)
    - why is it painful?
    - how exactly would you die?
    - how long after overdosing would you die?
    - would taking more tylenol make the process faster?
    - what are the symptoms of each phase?
    - any type of treatment?
    - what kind of care would you be put in?
    - what type of pain is being experienced?
    - would you get any other effect from the tylenol overdose? (ex. get sick or high?)
    - how often does this happen? (accident or intentional?)

    • ANSWER:
      http://parents.berkeley.edu/advice/teens/od_tylenol.html

      http://www.emedicinehealth.com/acetaminophen_tylenol_poisoning/article_em.htm

      http://arthritis.emedtv.com/tylenol/tylenol-overdose.html

      these should get you started.

  16. QUESTION:
    What diagnostic tests and medications are needed for this patient?
    A 62-year old male(non-smoker, no known allergies) has the following medical conditions:


    Characteristics of angina commonly include a sensation of pressure, heavy weight, burning, or tightness over the sternum or near to it. The pain may radiate to, or occassionally be limited to, the left arm, shoulder, or other areas. The sensation gradually increases in intensity and then gradually disappears with rest. The duration is usually between 30 seconds and 30 minutes.


    Hypertension is defined by persistent elevation of arterial blood pressure.


    Hyperlipidemia is defined as an elevation of one or more of the following: cholesterol, cholesterol esters, phospholipids or triglycerides. Abnormalities of plasma lipids can result in a predisposition to coronary, cerebrovascular, and peripheral vascular arterial disease.

    He is taking the following medications:

    Irbesartan 300mg mane(what does "mane" mean?)
    Used for treatment of hypertension and prevention of renal disease progression in patients with type 2 diabetes, hypertention and microalbuminuria.

    Gemfibrozil 600mg bd(twice daily)
    Used in treatment of severe hypertriglyceridaemia, mixed hyperlipidaemia and dyslipidaemia associated with diabetes, and used to reduce risk of coronary heart disease in hypercholesterolaemia.

    Glyceryl Trinitrate Tablets 600mcg; half to one prn(when necessary)
    Used in the prevention and treatment of stable and angina and heart failure associated with acute myocardial infarction. Provides exogenous source of nitric oxide. Predominantly venodilators and reduces venous return and preload to the heart, reducing myocardial oxygen requirement.

    Glyceryl Trinitrate spray 400mcg (1 spray when required); use prn
    Also known as nitroglycerine and GTN. It is used in the treatment of angina by providing an exgenous source of nitric oxide which mediates vasodilator effects.

    His medical test results are:

    -Blood Pressure 140/90

    -Liver Function Test
    Total protein=63g/L(normal 60-80g/L);Albumin 27g/L(normal 35-52g/L);ALT=19U/L(normal 38-126U/L);GGT=154U/L(normal 12-43U/L);ALP=177(normal 38-126U/L)

    Question 1: From the liver function test results, what information can we obtain regarding the patient's medical condition?

    Question 2: What further diagnostic tests are needed to know more about the patient's medical condition(including diabetes due to heavy weight)?

    Question 3: What are the appropriate therapies(what medicines, and dosage for each?) for effective treatment, avoidance of side effects, increased compliance, and cost-effectiveness?

    Question 4: Without other symptoms, the patient shows dry cough. What is the cause of this cough?

    • ANSWER:
      Too big a question. Please split up.