Cirrhosis Liver Pain

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In today’s fast moving world, in the race to reach the heights, no one has the time to care for health. People have many questions in their minds regarding their health but no time to go to the doctors and clarify them. With a team of medical professionals, Dr Manoj.K.Ghoda, seniorHepatologist provides you the best related to , and . We offer treatment advice for the health problems like pancreatic cancer, chronic pancreatitis, acute pancreatitis, autoimmune hepatitis, Wilson’s disease, hepatitis/C, cirrhosis of the liver, cyst in the liver, jaundice, gall stones, painless jaundice and weight loss, constipation, tuberculosis of the intestine, diarrhea, motions, nausea, loss of appetite, heart burn etc.

is a malignant neoplasm of the Common symptoms include Pain in the upper abdomen, significant weight loss, Painless jaundice, steatorrhea, elevated blood sugar levels. Treatment of pancreatic cancer depends on the stage of the cancer. The Whipple procedure is the most common for cancers involving the head of the pancreas. It can only be performed if the patient is likely to survive major surgery and if the cancer is localized without invading local structures. Other treatment available is

is a long-standing that alters its normal structure and functions. Patients with chronic pancreatitis usually present with or, severe nausea, diabetes, look very sick, considerable weight loss, pain related to their food intake. Cystic fibrosis is the most common cause of chronic pancreatitis in child. Severe protein-energy malnutrition is a common cause where as heredity is a rare cause for this. The different treatment modalities for management of chronic pancreatitis are medical measure and surgery. The other treatment can probably be. Traditional Surgery for Chronic Pancreatitis can also be one of the alternatives.

Wilson’s disease: Wilson’s disease is an inherited disorder in which there is too much copper in the body’s tissues. The excess copper damages the liver and nervous system. Wilson’s disease is a rare inherited disorder. It causes the body to take in and keep too much copper. The deposits of copper cause tissue damage, death of the tissues, and scarring, which causes the affected organs to stop working correctly. Wilson’s disease typically appears in people under 40 years old. In children, the symptoms begin to show by age 4. The goal of treatment is to reduce the amount of copper in the tissues. This is done by a procedure called which can bind to copper and help remove it through the kidneys or gut. The following medications may be used supplements may also be used. Foods to avoid include: chocolate, dried fruit, mushrooms, nuts, shellfish. Amay be considered in cases where the liver is severely damaged by the disease.
is an infectious disease affecting the liver, caused by the The hepatitis C virus is spread by blood-to-blood contact. Symptoms of hepatitis C include decreased appetite, fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice, itching, and flu-like symptoms. Generalized signs, fatigue, flu-like symptoms, joint pains, itching, sleep disturbances, appetite changes, nausea, and depression. The main causes for Hepatitis C are injection drug use, blood transfusion, latrogenic medical or dental exposure, sexual exposure, body piercings and tattoos, shared personal care items. Current treatment is a combination of the antiviral drugs for a period of 24 or 48 weeks, depending on hepatitis C virus genotype.

consequence of chronic liver disease characterized by replacement of liver tissue by fibrosis, scar tissue and regenerative nodules (lumps that occur as a result of a process in which damaged tissue is regenerated), leading to loss of liver function. Cirrhosis is most commonly caused by General symptoms include liver size can be enlarged, normal, or shrunken increase in size of the spleen, yellow discoloring of the skin, eye, and mucus membranes, urine may also appear dark, weakness, fatigue, anorexia, weight loss. Cirrhosis caused by alcohol abuse is treated by abstaining from alcohol. Treatment for hepatitis-related cirrhosis involves medications used to treat the different types of hepatitis, such as interferon for viral hepatitis and corticosteroids for autoimmune hepatitis. Cirrhosis caused by Wilson’s disease, in which copper builds up in organs, is treated with (e.g., penicillamine) to remove the copper.

crystalline bodies formed within the body by accretion or concretion of normal or abnormal bile components. Gallstones can occur anywhere within the biliary tree, including the gallbladder and the common bile duct. is the presence of or bile ducts. A patient may experience intense pain in the upper abdominal region, pain in the back, ordinarily between the shoulder blades, or pain under the right shoulder. In some cases, the pain develops in the lower region of the abdomen, nearer to the pelvis, but this is less common. (gallbladder removal) has a 99% chance of eliminating the recurrence of cholelithiasis.It can be can be temporarily reduced by drinking several glasses of water when experiencing gallstone pain.

Symptoms of this disease include fever, nausea, flatulence (“gas”), food intolerance, abdominal cramps in lower right abdomen, abdomen distends after eating, weight loss. Anti-Tuberculosis medications are available in four drug combinations that include Isoniazid, Rifampin, Ethambutol, and Pyrazinamide for 6 to 9 months.

is a sensation of unease and discomfort in the upper stomach with an urge to vomit. The most common cause is gastroenteritis (a stomach infection) or food poisoning but nausea also frequently occurs as a medication side effect and in pregnancy. Acupuncture is thought to be effective for the prevention of post operative nausea and vomiting.[11] The spices ginger and peppermint have been used for centuries as traditional remedies for nausea especially during pregnancy.

Diarrhea: Diarrhea is the condition of having three or more loose or liquid bowel movements per day. The loss of fluids through diarrhea can cause dehydration and electrolyte imbalances. The most common causes of diarrhea are cholera toxin that stimulates the secretion of anions, especially chloride ions, too much magnesium or vitamin C or undigested lactose can produce diarrhea and distention of the bowel, complication of menstruation, bacterial infections, viral infections, parasitic infections, or autoimmune problems such as inflammatory bowel diseases. Anti motility agents like loperamide are effective at reducing the duration of diarrhea, bismuth compounds (Pepto-Bismol) decrease the number of bowel movements These agents should only be used if bloody diarrhea is not present. Codeine Phosphate is used which helps in giving more time for water to reabsorb back into the body, which gives a firmer stool, and also means that feces is passed less frequently.

abnormality of the body’s immune system and is often related to the production of antibodies that can be detected by blood tests. The most common symptoms of autoimmune hepatitis are fatigue, abdominal discomfort, aching joints, itching, jaundice, enlarged liver, and tumors on the skin. A medical therapy has been shown to decrease symptoms which usually begin with prednisone 30 to 40 mg per day and then this dosage is reduced after a response is achieved.

is a ust behind the breastbone. The pain often rises in the chest and may radiate to the neck, throat, or angle of the jaw. is the most common cause of heartburn. The treatment of heartburn depends on the underlying cause. Antacids such as H2 receptor antagonists or proton pump inhibitors are effective for gastritis and GERD, the two most common causes of heartburn.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Moms close to dying from Cirrhosis, Liver Cancer why so much pain?
    My mother has Cirrhosis, Liver Cancer. She was doing pretty good then last night she went down hill fast and she is in a LOT of pain. They are giving her liquid morphine it helps some. What I was wanted to know is why does this cause her so much pain. Hearing her in so much misery and thinking what she is feeling scares so bad. We are having the Reverend Beatty come over to help mom feel more at ease and to help her make peae with God.
    Yes she is on hospice. The nurse will come in the morning and from afternoon to evening my step-sister who is a home nurse will be there the during the night my aunt will be there she is also a home nurse. My brother comes over too he is a RN is an assistant professor and has bachelors degree in nuring, and a masters degree in science. Someone is always there with her and dad.

    • ANSWER:
      This link explains it: http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk/help/default.asp?page=5883

      So sorry to hear about your Mum.

  2. QUESTION:
    Can pain medication cause cirrhosis liver?

    • ANSWER:
      Most, if not all pain meds are metabolized through the liver. And as a chronic pain patient for over 13 years I take milk thistle once a day to help my liver.

      Since I have been on the milk thistle I have not had any elevated liver enzymes or abnormalities like I did before I started taking it.

      Tylenol and Advil, the generics of them and most NSAIDs are worse on the liver than the prescribed meds.

      Get some milk thistle and then you don’t have to worry about it so much.

  3. QUESTION:
    could a aching pain on m right side near my ribs be Cirrhosis of the liver setting in?
    I have drank alot on and off for a few years, and wonder if this pain could be chirrhosis. would you even feel that?

    • ANSWER:
      could be apendicitis… I had it and thats just how it felt… and aching pain on my right side. It wasnt excrusiating or anything just an ache. Go have a doctor check it out… if it is apendicitis it is very serious if it bursts.

  4. QUESTION:
    I was just wondering if there is pain associated with cirrhosis of the liver?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, the more advanced the more pain.

      Many people with cirrhosis have no symptoms in the early stages of the disease. However, as scar tissue replaces healthy cells, liver function starts to fail and a person may experience the following symptoms:

      exhaustion
      fatigue
      loss of appetite
      nausea
      weakness
      weight loss
      abdominal pain
      spider-like blood vessels (spider angiomas) that develop on the skin

  5. QUESTION:
    if you take a lot of pain killer will that cause liver cirrhosis?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it can… even none prescription like tylenol – especially mixed with alcohol.

  6. QUESTION:
    Pain in right side, liver damage or cirrhosis?
    I drink too much. I will admit that. I drink once or twice a week and drink to excess (9 beers and I am 165 lbs at 5″11). I am almost 28 and have been drinking this way since 21 (though I did drink since I was 18 but not as much). The last year or so I occassionally get pain in my side after drinking. I went to the doctor almost a year ago and they ran every test:blood, cat scan, etc, and everything checked out ok. I also had a blood test done 3 months ago and my liver and kidney function are well within the normal range. I know i must be damaging my liver so why do my tests come back normal? My liver and kidney function actually came back great according to my doctor. So could it be something else that alcohol is aggravating?

    • ANSWER:
      do you still have your appendix, usually if it is liver or kidney it will show on your lab work, do you have regular bowel movements? you should revisit your family doctor to be sure.

  7. QUESTION:
    i have cirrhosis of the liver, why? i dont drink, i med pain for back problems for 3 years?

    • ANSWER:
      lots of pain meds can be damaging to your liver. especially ones with Acetaminophen like Percocet. Some good news is that the liver is the only organ that can heal itself to some degree. Hope you can get well!

  8. QUESTION:
    What are the signs of each stage of Cirrhosis of the liver?
    My father has cirrhosis of the liver . He has had 5-litters of fluid removed from his adominal about 5 weeks ago. He also had 2 units of blood a little over a week ago due to being animic. He has been complaining of stomach pains after eating a small meal. His adominal is enlarged again and he has shortness of breath after walking a short distance. Legs and feet are retaining water again also. Skin coloring is yellowish in color and bruses easily. His 86 years of age. I would like to know what to expect and what to look for. So I and the family can help him anyway we can. Please if you can give me some insight I would very much appreciate it . For I love my Dad so much. Thank You

    • ANSWER:
      all i can tell you is that it varies between each person who has liver failure. sounds like the end is getting near, however, on the right meds he can put it off for a year or more (depending on the degree of cirrhosis.)

      had a friend of mine who was dying in the hospital. he made it out of the hospital and lived 2 more years on the right meds.

      in your case it could be different since he is elderly.

      hospice can help with the end stages while you are there for the more emotional part. hospice does lessen the load so you can enjoy what time may be left concerning your father.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  10. QUESTION:
    what are some problems with cirrhosis of lthe liver?
    my dad has cirrhosis of the liver and i would just would like to know the some of the problems he has been having. Like for a exmaple pain in his stomach

    • ANSWER:

  11. QUESTION:
    How long can my mother live with cirrhosis of the liver?
    She has had fluid drained off of her on the 13th and again on the 24th. Hospice has helped me bring her home . She is bloating up, doesn’t have an appetite. Taking layisics and pain meds. I dont know how to prepare for her passing.

    • ANSWER:
      I must first say that Daisha is WRONG. She apparently does not know anything about cirrhosis and liver failure.

      Now on to your question. It all depends on how far advanced her cirrhosis is right now. It seems quite serious since she is having to get tapped so often along with Hospice care. Taking Lasix will help keep the fluid from getting out of control, but as you can see, once the disease gets so bad, it cannot control it. That’s why she gets tapped which is called a paracentesis.

      Talk to Hospice. They will be a big help in answering your questions. They will be there to help your mother to be as comfortable as possible. Take this time to be with your mother and let her know that you love her and will be there for her. Make sure her finances, will, assets, etc. are in order the way she wants it done. It will make things a lot easier later on. This is the time to prepare for her passing. I hope there is other family members that can help you and give you the support you need during this difficult time. Lean on them and if you have to, don’t hesitate to ask them for help. My heart goes out to you.

  12. QUESTION:
    Alcohol and liver pain?
    I have been drinking habitually since I was around 21 (I am 27 today). I did drink before that but not habitually. By habitually, I mean 3-4 times a month but I would binge (8-10 beers on each occassion). I don’t consider myself an raging alcoholic nor do I consider myself a moderate drinker. Now the last few times (the day after) I drank I noticed a slight dull pain where my liver resides. Now I fear that this pain is probably related to liver damage (hopefully not cirrhosis). I still have a little discomfort from since the last time I drank. I am now motivated to stop this bad habit. If I stop drinking now, or at least reduce my level of intake to say 2-3 drinks on one occassion , would I likely (my liver that is) be ok? I went and had a metabolic blood test to check my liver and kidneys but haven’t received a call back yet. Realistically, what do you guys think? Also, if I heard the liver is very resilient. Could any damage that has been done be reversed?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, the liver is pretty resilient. You need to go to the health food store and get a good liver detox if it is okay with your Doctor. Please take care of yourself. the body can do amazing things but only for so long.I am glad you had the work up done. I work with a chiropractor and we see lots of issues. We use a Low Level Light that promotes healthy cell growth. (Erchonia) Maybe there is a Brimhall certified chiropractor near you that can help… Get into an ionic cellular foot bath- do several sessions to get the junk out of you. Drink half your weight in ounces of filtered water daily. Flush, flush, flush. You will feel soooo much better, I promise.

  13. QUESTION:
    alcohol and liver pain?
    I have been drinking habitually since I was around 21 (I am 27 today). I did drink before that but not habitually. By habitually, I mean 3-4 times a month but I would binge (8-10 beers on each occassion). I don’t consider myself an raging alcoholic nor do I consider myself a moderate drinker. Now the last few times (the day after) I drank I noticed a slight dull pain where my liver resides. Now I fear that this pain is probably related to liver damage (hopefully not cirrhosis). I still have a little discomfort from since the last time I drank. I am now motivated to stop this bad habit. If I stop drinking now, or at least reduce my level of intake to say 2-3 drinks on one occassion , would I likely (my liver that is) be ok? I went and had a metabolic blood test to check my liver and kidneys but haven’t received a call back yet. Realistically, what do you guys think? Also, if I heard the liver is very resilient. Could any damage that has been done be reversed?
    btw, otherwise I eat a healthy diet, am 160lbs at 5′ll (healthy weight) and exercise 3-4 days a week

    • ANSWER:
      There are many causes of liver pain or tenderness so I am unable to say with any certainty that alcohol is causing yours. Generally speaking, liver damage takes years of alcohol abuse. And the pain may not even be originating from your liver. This may be something else entirely. Have you considered that?

      Yes, the liver is resilient… to a point… and is able to regenerate itself under certain circumstances. However, cirrhotic damage is permanent.

      I say wait for the labs to come back and review the results with your physician. Based on the labs, your doctor will discuss the next step. And if you’re truly concerned, don’t stop at alcohol reduction — omit alcohol entirely.

  14. QUESTION:
    I just found out that my mom has cirrhosis of the liver is it serious or can it easly be treated?
    im 13 and i just found out my mom has cirrhosis and i am in so much pain right now i am so worried for her i have been crying my eyes out all night i really want to know if this is serious or not.

    • ANSWER:
      The doctors will try their best so that she can still live a normal life with the condition.

      It’s an end stage liver disease, so basically, her liver cannot be saved, but her life can. There are ways to manage the complications, so even with the disease, it’s damage can be minimized. Still, it’s a tough condition, so bad things can happen

      Transplantation needs to be considered to make the condition better, and that means getting liver from another person implanted in her body. But she needs to queue in order to get a liver, as the availability of the organ doesn’t match the need. A lot of transplant patient can live normally afterwards.

      It’s a hard condition, but please be strong. If you support her and cope with the situation together, it may help with her condition.

  15. QUESTION:
    Help with liver cirrhosis life expectancy?
    My Grandpa has been in the hospital many times in the last 6 months, and he looks like a skeleton and sometimes he lapses out of consciousness and sleeps alot. But he’s on Lactulose and I just want his pain to be over, when he’s on the lactulose he is feeling better, but I’m not sure for how long but he looks dead and weak and tired…even with the Lactulose, how long would he have in this stage?

    • ANSWER:
      From what you tell us, I’m sorry to say that it sounds like your grandpap is in the very end stage of the disease where the liver is so close to total failure. Most likely, it will not be very long, but there is no way to know for sure. If he is going in and out of consciousness, is very weak and sleeps most of the time, those are symptoms of the very end. He will probably go into a coma and not come out of it. He is taking Lactulose because ammonia is building up in his body that the liver can no longer handle. Lactulose helps get rid of the ammonia. High ammonia levels can cause him to feel sick, tired, and can cause him to be confused, have memory loss, and just be out of it so to speak.

  16. QUESTION:
    My 60 year old sister is in Palliative care for late stages of cirrhosis of the liver. ?
    She was taken off all medications other than for pain control. What is her expectancy? If she is on pain meds, is she comfortable?
    Palliative care (Canada) is similar to hospise care in the US. The information I have is from my nephew in Canada, which is also where my sister resides. I do not have privy to speaking with my sister’s doctors.

    • ANSWER:
      Everything depends on how damaged your sister’s liver is at this time. Since I do not know how the healthcare system works in Canada, but I assume they will do everything possible to make sure your sister is comfortable. In this day and age, there is so much they can do with pain management, and your sister should not have to suffer with pain.

      Since you say they have taken her off all other medications and she is on the equivalent of hospice care in the U.S., then it is my opinion that she is near the end. If you could give me a few more details about her medical condition, it might help me answer your question better.

      Is the cirrhosis so advanced that she is yellow, filling up with fluid frequently and needing tapped to get rid of it, having bleeding problems, confused and disoriented? If the answer to those questions is yes, then she would not have a long time left.

      I had cirrhosis and a liver transplant. If you want to ask me any other questions, send me an email through My Profile.

  17. QUESTION:
    Does any one know much about cirrhosis of the liver?
    my father has been an alcoholic for 14 years drinking whiskey every day. he now has yellow skin and eyes (jaundice) and complains about stomach pains through the night. The doctor has been treating him for alcoholism for a long time but he won’t let anyone go with him so I don’t know if he has been diagnosed with liver cirrhosis yet. Any doctors or nurses out there, what is the average time someone has left when they get like this (bearing in mind that he will not give up the drink. He is determined to drink till he dies)

    • ANSWER:
      Alcohol & liver disease

      When you drink alcohol it is quickly absorbed directly into the blood stream from the stomach and upper part of the gut (small intestine). The absorbed alcohol then passes through the liver and subsequently into the blood stream where it reaches all organs in the body. Although most tissues are capable of breaking down alcohol, this is mainly carried out by the liver, where alcohol is eventually converted into water and carbon dioxide, which is removed through the lungs.

      Since the liver sees the highest concentrations of alcohol, it is one of the organs in the body most prone to developing alcohol related problems. However, alcohol also causes toxic effects on other organs in the body including the brain, heart, muscles and pancreas.

      Almost all excessive drinkers will develop the first stage of alcoholic liver disease fatty liver. This is a ‘side-effect’ of the liver breaking down alcohol into carbon dioxide and water. Fatty liver disappears when patients stop drinking excessively. If patients continue drinking excessively then a proportion (around 20-30%) will develop the next stage of alcoholic liver disease – alcoholic hepatitis. In this condition, the liver becomes inflamed and in its extreme form, patients can die of liver failure.

      An even smaller proportion of patients (around 10%) will develop a permanently scarred and damaged liver (cirrhosis), if they continue to drink excessively.

      Why certain heavy drinkers remain at the stage of fatty liver and others progress to alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis is not known at present, although undoubtedly, the more you drink and the greater the frequency and duration of heavy drinking, the more likely you are to develop the more advanced forms of disease. Recent evidence suggests that being overweight increases the risk of developing serious alcoholic liver disease and as yet largely unidentified genetic (inherited) factors may also be important.

      Excessive drinking can also cause:

      stomach disorders
      pancreatitis leading to diabetes
      high blood pressure
      heart muscle damage leading to heart failure
      strokes
      cardiac rhythm disturbances
      sudden cardiac death
      vitamin deficiencies
      sexual difficulties
      problems with the brain
      depression
      problems with nerves in the limb
      cancer of the liver, mouth, throat, gullet, large bowel and breast.

  18. QUESTION:
    Blood cloths are coming out from his nose, he has cirrhosis of the liver?
    My uncle was released from the hospital but he has tremendous abdominal pain cant sleep, no pain medication was given, he is throwing up blood as well as big cloths of blood coming out of his nose..Please help what do i Do ???? It looks like this is really bad.. He feels like crap and doesnt want to eat cant sleep. Should i call an ambulance

    • ANSWER:
      It could be Cirrohsis. Do not get the Varices Stiched. They will burst out somewhere else later. Its all the matter of controlling portal hypertension, but unfortunately they do not have any medicine for it. All they would eventually give is Vitamin D, and that too chemically synthesised.

      What you do it take a 1/3rd glass of fresh water and queeze half fresh lime into it and add 2 pinches of powdered black pepper and stir it and have him have it. Do this thrice a day. Also buy turmeric powder and add 1/4th tsp of this in a cup of milk and boil it and let him have it thrice a day. This will help his liver.

      Stay away from fried food , and have sun light.

      Avoid constipation by soaking a fig or two in half a glass of water overnite and drink it in the morning.

      Take one capsule of bhumi amla herb in the morning and evening along with one capsule of a herb called purnanava. This will treat this to a larger extent,

      I am in India and specialize in treating Liver.

      My email address is dinosaurteeth1@yahoo.com

  19. QUESTION:
    I have cirrhosis, and I have a constant pain in my side. Anything I could safely take?
    I have cirrhosis, but haven’t started prednisone or Imuran yet. But, I have a pain in my side every day. Any otc meds. I could take that won’t hurt my liver any more?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to discuss this with your doctor. Only he can safely prescribe something for you that will not exacerbate your condition.

  20. QUESTION:
    Does Medical Marijuana really take back and neck pain away?
    I was told by mt Doctor that I had a pre cirrhosis liver and that I should stop taking Morphine for pain and start medical marijuana. He signed the paper for the card to get marijuana. I am hoping it does work, it’s my last try.

    • ANSWER:
      Medical Marijuana is Real… Here is a list of just a few ailments that medical marijuana works for.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Get help. Please!

  22. QUESTION:
    How long can someone live with liver cirrhosis?
    We found out in September that my dad, 55, has liver cirrhosis. He said he’s had Hepatitis C since 1982. I have no idea how long he’s had cirrhosis; he’s been sick for years, but we never knew what it was because he wouldn’t go to the doctor. He had to have his spleen removed a couple weeks ago. He’s very confused at times and stays in pain and never feels good. It’s stressing me out because I’m moving away for grad school in a couple months. Do you think he’ll live long? What’s the life expectancy of cirrhosis if you don’t have a transplant and have no spleen?
    He isn’t jaundice

    • ANSWER:
      Only a doctor who has done testing on your father will be able to estimate how much time he might have until total liver failure might occur. I can tell you that the symptoms only get worse as the disease progresses. End stage cirrhosis usually brings bleeding problems (blood doesn’t clot right and internal bleeding is a big threat), jaundice, fluid retention especially in the abdomen that is very difficult to control and may need tapped often, increased confusion and behavior changes due to high ammonia levels, and extreme fatigue where they want to sleep all the time. It’s not unusual for someone to sleep over 16 hours a day when total failure is near. The body just becomes very weak and exhausted.

      I wonder why your father is not looking at getting a transplant because he is still young enough to do well and might be a good candidate for the surgery. It’s a struggle to go through the whole process of getting one, but it would save his life. The only cure for cirrhosis is a transplant. I have talked with many people at my transplant clinic who were either waiting on a transplant or already had one because hep C destroyed their liver. He would have to be totally committed to getting well and do everything the doctors tell him to do. He would have to be evaluated as a first step at a transplant clinic. Has anyone suggested this to him? If he was my father with this disease, I would nag him until he couldn’t stand it anymore to try and get one. He might not have to die young if he seeks help. Without it, this disease will kill him. I’m sorry to be so blunt, but I know because I had cirrhosis. I also had a transplant and would have been long dead by now if I didn’t get one. I hope your father decides to fight for his life instead of just letting this disease take its course.

  23. QUESTION:
    Workman Comp Doctors limited to the type of pain medication they can prescribe?
    I have stage IV cirrhosis of the liver, and sever arthritis that prevents me from working and my Workman’s compensation doctors won’t prescribe anything other than Vicodin for my pain. I know acetaminophen is bad for the liver, and was wondering if workman compensation doctors are only allowed to prescribe a certain class of drugs for pain. The doctors know I have stage IV cirrhosis of the liver, and they still prescribe pain medication that is bad from my liver.

    • ANSWER:
      You are right, you need to be on a diffrent pain med. Your doctor probably does not want to perscribe a schedual II narcotic and thus perscribes vicodin. Ask him about Norco, it has much less tylenol, but the same amount of hydrocodone, and is still a schedual III narcotic, if he wont perscribe any of the numerous painkillers that have no tylenol in them (that unfortunatly are all schedual II due to their potential for abuse).

      In a patient with liver issues such as yourself, perscribing a diffrent pain med should be acceptable, although they are all schedual II narcotics, which are usually pain in the ass for the doctor to perscribe, but that should not deter a good doctor in your treatment as in your case there is a strong medical reason calling for them. If he wont change your meds I would find a diffrent doctor as you don’t want to be harming yourself through your treatment. (and maybe talk to a lawyer as it my constitute malipractice as vicodin says in the perscribing information not to perscribe to patients with liver disease.)

      Also, as a last resort that I mention to you purely in the spirit of harm reduction, If you are unable to see another doctor or have your perscription changed, learn about cold water extraction (aka CWE), which is a method of removing the tylenol from your vicodin. Google it and you will find many sites with instructions on how to do it. It is easy, basically requiring only water and a coffee filter, and relativly quick to perform. Your liver will thank you for it.

  24. QUESTION:
    I have Hep-c and chronic cirrhosis of the liver.?
    I have chronic hep-c and chronic cirrhosis of the liver, I was just told that my AST is 204 and my ALT is 233, also I have low platelets which are at 82. Can any one tell me what this all is in lame mans terms? My doctor also told me that my eyes are starting to turn yellow, I am in a lot of pain. I went to a liver specialist who was a real jerk that told me that there was nothing that could be done and that I would just kill myself, NOT that I would eventually want to kill myself. That I WOULD kill myself. Great specialist huh?

    • ANSWER:
      AST and ALT are liver enzymes. ALT is more indicative of injury however. A normal enzyme level is usually under 30. Your higher enzyme levels are showing damage to the liver. The chronic hep C virus has caused scarring of the liver – cirrhosis. Low platelets means less platelets in the blood. Normal should be 150 – 400 x 109/L. Low platelets mean you will bleed and bruise more easily. Dr Sandra Cabot is an expert on liver problems and how to improve liver function through diet and health supplements.

      Dr Sandra Cabot – Hepatitis C:

      http://www.liverdoctor.com/index.php?page=hepatitis-c

  25. QUESTION:
    What to expect during the last stages of cirrhosis?
    My father has cirrhosis of the liver. He has been tapped for fluid about 2 months ago. He is now bigger than ever retaining more fluid in adominal region.Feet and legs also.Doctor did not think they should tap him unless he becomes in to much pain to handle.Because of the danger. He also was given 2 units of blood about 6 weeks ago. But when he went to the doctor he told him to stop taking his blood count .And even though his blood count is low. He isn’t going to give his any more blood either. Told both my Mom and Dad that he gives him 6 months and he should recieve hospice care. I don’t feel that he will make the 6 months. He sleeps alot. Has good days and bad. Please if you can help me and my family what to expect,I would really appreciate it. Thank You Maryjane

    • ANSWER:
      I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. The best thing now is to just be there for him and accept that he is dying hun.

      Cirrhosis is the endstage of diseases of the liver; In cirrhosis, progressive liver failure occurs after approximately 80 to 90% of hepatic functional capacity is lost. Final decompensation is often due to some superimposed stress such as an infection or a GI tract bleed.

      I would definitely get hospice involved so you all can love dad the best you can before he leaves.

      I did that with my dad–
      I feel better for handing things over…
      he was 47 ( 3 yrs older then I am now- 20yrs now)

      An answer to your question- is very hard– I would expect the end stages of any disease to follow.

  26. QUESTION:
    2 nursing care plan and 2 common medications for liver disease – cirrhosis?
    2 nursing care plan and 2 common medications for liver disease – cirrhosis
    Health history
    Mr. K is a 45 year old Spanish male.
    Married with 3 children.
    He is currently unemployed.
    He has worked in the service industry for his entire life.
    He has been socially drinking since he was 13 year old.

    Past medical history
    Previous liver disease, hepatitis B immunization, no medications except cold remedies.
    Usual childhood illness, broken leg at age 16, no surgeries.
    He has been admitted to ICU on 3 previous occasions for liver disease.

    Presenting complaint
    1.Fatigue
    2.Weight changes
    3.Digestive disturbances
    4.Skin changes
    5.Weakness
    6.Pruritis
    7.Dyspnea
    8.Anorexia
    9.Abdominal pain
    10.Nausea and vomiting
    11.Diarrhea
    12.Bloody stools
    13.Changes in urine or color
    14.Numbness or tingling of extremities

    Physical exam
    Blood pressure: 160/90 mmHg hypertension
    Repiratory rate: 28 cpm
    Pulse rate: 96 bpm
    Height and weight 5ft 10in; 77kgs
    Skin: dryness, scratches, jaundice, bruises
    Eyes: scleral icterus
    Breast: gynecomastia
    Abdomen: distention, prominent veins
    Girth: 715cm, liver enlargement

    Give two nursing diagnoses
    Give two common medications.

    • ANSWER:
      Nursing dx:
      1)Activity intolerance related to fatigue, general debility, muscle wasting and discomfort.
      2)Altered nutrition, less than body requirements, related to chronic gastritis; decreased GI motility; anorexia; impaired protein, fat, glucose metabolism, and impaired storage of vitamins(A, C, K, D, E).
      3)Risk for injury and bleeding related to altered clotting mechanism.
      4)Impaired skin integrity related to compromised immunologic status, edema and poor nutrition.
      5)Pain related to liver enlargement and ascites.
      6)Diarrhea related to excessive secretion of fats in stool secondary to liver dysfunction.
      7)Risk for injury related to decreased prothrombin production and synthesis of substances used in blood coagulation.
      8)Discomfort: Pruritus related to accumulation of bilirubin pigment and bile salts on skin.
      9)Excessive fluid volume related to portal hypertension, lowered plasma colloidal osmotic pressure, and sodium retention.
      10)Risk for infection related to leukopenia secondary to enlarged, overactive spleen and hypoproteinemia.
      11)Risk for ineffective therapeutic regimen management related to insufficient knowledge of pharmacologic contraindications, nutritional requirements, signs and symptoms of complications, and risks of alcohol ingestion.
      12)Risk for disturbed self-concept related to appearance changes(jaundice, ascites).

      Medications:
      1)Lactulose.
      2)Spironolactone for patients with ascites.
      3)Lasix.

  27. QUESTION:
    possible to misdiagnose cirrhosis of the liver (repost)?
    Last tuesday my father started taking indomethacin for a day or two because the aleve he was taking didn’t help the pain he was experiencing from a bad episode of gout.

    last friday my father went to the er because he was light-headed and his left arm was numb. so went to the er after waiting for hours to be seen they ran several tests and determined everything is good except something funny with his liver. they said it is inflamed. but the papers said it was cirrhosis. they said to go to the doctor within 4 days and check everything out.

    his doctor of many years read his medical history and seemed confident that it is not cirrhosis. he believes his liver was inflamed because of my fathers long time alcohol habits along with him taking aleve and indomethacin for his gout. he said to come back in 8 weeks to allow everything to get out of his system so he can run some new tests.

    I want to believe our family doctor because the ER took hours before I was helped, then I’d sit in the room for long periods of time and wait for someone to come back. I’m terribly nervous and not sure what to think. My mom is going to make him an appointment for a second opinion with a liver specialist tomorrow.

    he has stopped taking the indomethacin and aleve. also he has stopped all consumption of alcohol. he is only taking now cold & flu medicine for he developed a fever last night and has had symptons of a cold today.

    so my question is it possible for your liver to become inflamed by a combonation of certain medicines?

    Thank so much for your time.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, your father could have inflammation from alcohol or other medications that can affect the liver. Long time alcohol abuse can cause cirrhosis. I think your father needs to have further testing done to find out what is going on. If it is cirrhosis, then he needs to know the truth. It is good that he is not drinking. That is so important when it comes to problems with the liver. The liver specialist will probably want to do a biopsy which is the best test that will show the true picture of what is happening to his liver and if it is damaged or not.

  28. QUESTION:
    Is Cirrhosis of the liver a painful way to die?
    My mother died on the 28th, but the autopsy results aren’t in yet. However, I am pretty sure she died of cirrhosis of the liver, as she was a heavy drinker. I just want to know if she was in pain or not when she passed. Thank you.

    PS: Please spare me the idiotic comments and ill talk of my mother.
    She was not being seen by a doctor. She was an alcoholic. She was drunk the day she died, the day before, and the day before that. The cops would not take her because they said she isn’t threatening to kill you or herself. Sad part of it was she really was killing herself. We could afford rehab, she was in debt, and nobody would take her. She would have been on the streets if it weren’t for her ex husband. It was a very tragic end to her life, I hope she is now at peace with herself.

    Thank you for answering my question. I still don’t know what to think, as I haven’t gotten the results back, and I don’t know if she was unconscious or not due to the extremely dangerous amounts of alcohol she would consume when left alone. Thank you, nonetheless. Let’s just hope she wasn’t in pain. :)
    EDIT: COULDN’T afford rehab, sorry.

    • ANSWER:
      those I have seen who died of this died slowly, and in pain. Also their skin color gradually changed to a golden green. No I’m being serious. Everyone who drinks should be educated that this can be the result of alcohol for them. People know about smoking and the lungs much more than they know about drinking and the liver.

  29. QUESTION:
    My boyfriend has Cirrhosis of the Liver?
    He’s only 16, and I’m terrified. I’m afraid that he’s not telling me the full details of the surgery and just how bad it is. Portal Vein, or something like that he told me. Its around his lower stomach area. He’s back home now and its been about a week but he’s having horrible stomach pains. I’m terrified. I can’t help thinking if he’s….. really gonna die. Help?

    • ANSWER:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      The most common symptoms of liver cirrhosis are:

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

      The above topics and information can be found at:

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

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

  31. QUESTION:
    i have a question about cirrhosis of the liver?
    what causes a person with cirrhosis of the liver to break out on the face? my uncle has it and is in the hospital for the second time in 2 weeks. his belly is huge from the fluids, they have tripled his medicine and it’s not working. they keep draining his belly but it only lasts a couple days until it swells again. his skin is gray, eyes are yellow, can’t eat and is in pain. so i have a second question as well, based on your opinion, does this sound like the last stage of cirrhosis? oh, he also has hep c. sorry my question is a bit jumbled, i’m really upset. thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, your uncle is in the end stage of liver failure. When the belly needs drained so often, and medications can no longer help control the symptoms, that is close to being total liver failure. I assume that a liver transplant is not of option to your uncle for some reason? That would be the only way to save his life when the damage is so severe. There is a procedure called TIPS than can be done to help the fluid retention problem, but it will depend on his doctor as to whether or not that might be an option for him. He has probably had hep C for quite a long time. As to what is causing his face to break out, I really don’t know. I had cirrhosis and my face never broke out and I have never seen it as a symptom of cirrhosis. Something else could be causing it such as an allergy to something such as one of his meds or even detergent used in his bed clothing. It could be from many things.

      I think your family better prepare yourselves and accept the reality of his condition that it is near the end. I’m sorry to see another person lose their life to this disease. I know I would have been dead by now if I had not received a liver transplant for my cirrhosis. I am grateful every day to my donor.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      http://www.caringinfo.org/stateaddownload

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

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

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

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

    Unfortunately he never made any liver biopsy before therapy.

    Before starting therapy my Pathological report was below:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  34. QUESTION:
    Really bad stomach pain that recently moved up to my ribcage?
    Okay….so I’ve been drinking a lot lately (I haven’t had a sober night in 2 weeks). Suddenly about 2 days ago I began feeling pain in my lower stomach. The pain started right underneath my bellybutton and since has spread across my stomach and up into my lower ribs. I didn’t think it was much until I explained it to a nurse that I work with. She told me it could be Cirrhosis of the Liver What’s everyone here think?

    • ANSWER:

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

    • ANSWER:

  36. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have cirrhosis at 18 y/o?
    Is it possible to have cirrhosis of the liver if you’ve been drinking every day a liter of vodka for 6 months because I have a lot of pain in my liver and the doctor took a blood test and told me it was inflammed….

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    give two nursing care plan about liver disease – cirrhosis?
    Health history
    Mr. K is a 45 year old Spanish male.
    Married with 3 children.
    He is currently unemployed.
    He has worked in the service industry for his entire life.
    He has been socially drinking since he was 13 year old.

    Past medical history
    Previous liver disease, hepatitis B immunization, no medications except cold remedies.
    Usual childhood illness, broken leg at age 16, no surgeries.
    He has been admitted to ICU on 3 previous occasions for liver disease.

    Presenting complaint
    1.Fatigue
    2.Weight changes
    3.Digestive disturbances
    4.Skin changes
    5.Weakness
    6.Pruritis
    7.Dyspnea
    8.Anorexia
    9.Abdominal pain
    10.Nausea and vomiting
    11.Diarrhea
    12.Bloody stools
    13.Changes in urine or color
    14.Numbness or tingling of extremities

    Physical exam
    Blood pressure: 160/90 mmHg hypertension
    Repiratory rate: 28 cpm
    Pulse rate: 96 bpm
    Height and weight 5ft 10in; 77kgs
    Skin: dryness, scratches, jaundice, bruises
    Eyes: scleral icterus
    Breast: gynecomastia
    Abdomen: distention, prominent veins
    Girth: 715cm, liver enlargement

    Give two nursing diagnoses
    Give two common medications.

    • ANSWER:
      Alcoholic polyneuropathy and cirrhosis
      Phentoin, thiamine and folic acid for polyneuropathy
      Aldactone and furosamide for edema in cirrhosis

  38. QUESTION:
    what should she eat or drink that wont cause discomfort or pain? she is taking vicodine. scared to drink or ea?
    my mom’s 66 and has cirrhosis of the liver her stomach has this irritating pain she describes it like having a headache in your stomach her stomach is swollen. she wont drink or eat anything because later on the pain gets worse

    • ANSWER:

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

    • ANSWER:

  40. QUESTION:
    Is there any over the counter medicine that can help with pain around or in the liver area?
    SO my uncle used to drink a lot but then he got cirrhosis from it and he hasn’t been drinking but recently the area where his liver is located has been hurting a lot for about 4 weeks he doesn’t want to go to the doctor. does anyone have any clue of why that area or his liver might be hurting ?? is there any over the counter medicine that can stop that pain or any home remedies????
    i’d like some help as soon as possible its really worrying me but he’s very stubborn and won’t go to the doctor.

    • ANSWER:
      The liver itself has no nerve endings so it really cannot be causing the pain. There is a sac around the liver that can cause some pain, but it’s not all that common for pain to occur due to liver problems. I had cirrhosis and had to get a liver transplant. My liver never hurt me the entire time. I had other symptoms, but not pain. Does your uncle still have his gallbladder? That can cause a tremendous amount of pain and it is very close to the liver. The pain can even radiate to other areas such as the back and shoulder from the gallbladder. I would not be so focused on taking some type of drug to cover the pain because the base source of the pain will remain and come back soon as the drugs stop. He needs to find out what is causing the pain in the first place and address that problem. He will probably need some blood work done and maybe some further testing for his doctor to figure it out. Once he gets to the source of the pain, the doctor will be able to treat him effectively. His doctor can also prescribe pain medication if he needs it. Tell him to go to his doctor and don’t fool around with self medicating and self diagnosing. Hope he gets better soon.

  41. QUESTION:
    I have been diagnosed with Stage 4 liver disease and I take oxycodone as pain management. Will Oxy do damage?
    My doctor tells me that I have cirrhosis, but refrains to tell me how long I have to live or really how bad it is. My spleen is huge by his estimation, though recent radiological reports said the size of my liver was “unremarkable” and my spleen was only “mildly enlarged”.

    I also have HIV/AIDS, which is controlled with medications and I have undetectable viral load with a recovering T-Cell count of 65 (and rising).

    I have been taking 5mg oxycodone 2 pills 4 times daily for pain management, and 30mg Morphine Sulphate for “break through” pain.

    Will any of these pain medications damage a Stage 4 cirrhotic liver where the level of cirrhotic activity is not known?

    I have never been addicted to any medication and I have never taken a drink, never smoked and have never taken illicit drugs ever in 41 years of life.

    • ANSWER:
      You need better communication with your doctor. These are questions you should be discussing with him. I would think that at stage 4, your liver has already been irreperably damaged. Pain management is the main focus at this point.

      I am very sorry and certainly wish you strength at this difficult time. It is time to get the doctor more involved with your concerns.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      http://www.transplantliving.org/

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

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

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

      Best wishes

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

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

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

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

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

  44. 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.

  45. QUESTION:
    How long can we expect my father to live in hospice with liver damage?
    He has cirrhosis and Hep C and he has 0 platlets left. He is bleeding through his bowels and into his catheter. Plus his gums are bleeding. He has bruises everywhere…sleeps almost constantly. Is in pain, and barely eats.

    • ANSWER:
      I cannot put a time on it and anything I say would just be an estimate. From the symptoms you describe, it sounds like he could go at any time now. This is what happens when the end is near. This would be especially true if he is not drinking much and also not taking in fluids any other way such as an IV or feeding tube. You could ask the hospice nurse since he/she would be able to assess your father much better than anyone here. I’m sorry your father is so sick.

  46. QUESTION:
    what happens when liver fails (beside jaundice,bleeding,etc.)how long until you’re dead?
    diagnosed with end stage liver disease-cirrhosis & hep C. in hospital a week ago, got 4 pints blood to replace what I lost vomiting and with bloody stools (I had no control over bowel functions). Currently experiencing severe abdominal pain on upper right side-front and back. supposed to get evaluated for transplant, but haven’t got to St. Louis yet. does this go on for weeks, days?

    • ANSWER:
      When the cells of the liver become damaged,
      the immune system of the body responds to
      this damage and causes inflammation to
      develop inside the liver…which will cause the
      liver to enlarge in size. (Can be seen on an
      ultrasound or Ct scan. No matter what the
      cause may be, it usually follows the same
      course. If the cause cannot be found and stopped
      and the inflammation isn’t treated…it can lead
      to the liver cells dying off and forming scar
      tissue inside the liver that will eventually
      block the flow of blood to the other liver
      cells and also through the liver on it’s way
      back to the heart. This is then known as
      Cirrhosis of the liver, a progressive disease.

      Because the flow of blood is not accomplished
      now, it can back up in the vein that brings the
      blood to the liver, known as the Portal vein…
      this causes pressure, known as Portal
      Hypertension. It also backs up into smaller
      vessels not used to handling this amount of blood,
      known as varies or varicose veins. These can be
      found in the esophagus, rectal area, and the belly
      button area. (they can be seen when you have
      a endoscopy done in the esophagus.) It is an
      emergency situation if these vein balloon outward
      in weak spots and break open. The doctors usually
      go in there to band them to stop the bleeding.
      A Cirrhosis patient’s liver do not make the clotting
      factors like it used to, to help the blood to clot.
      Therefore, easy bruising and bleeding occurs.
      It is very important that any bleeding from these
      areas are treated immediately so the patient does
      bleed internally or bleed out completely. The spleen
      can also enlarge in size because of the blood backing
      up into it. Caution has to be taken that the spleen is
      not injured by blunt force.

      Patients can also develop Ascites; which is the build
      up of fluid in the abdominal area because the liver
      cannot make a protein known to hold fluid inside
      our vessels…called Albumin. This fluid leaks out
      and collects in the abdomen. There is a procedure
      that the doctors do, to remove this fluid…known as
      paracentesis. The fluid can make it difficult to eat
      or breathe, because of the pressure on the stomach,
      other organs, and up against the diaphragm..pushing
      against the lungs. Usually this procedure will give the
      patient immediate relief…however it will have to be
      drained every so often…because of the lack of this
      protein.

      Encephalopathy is when a person becomes easily
      confused, disoriented, have sleep pattern changes,
      flapping or tremors in the hands, etc.
      Our body uses protein all the time. The by product
      from this is ammonia. The liver takes the ammonia
      and try to convert it into urea, so the body can easily
      dispose of it. Since the liver isn’t able to do this now,
      the ammonia stay in the blood and goes pass the
      blood brain barrier and into the brain. This
      encephalopathy has to be treated with mediations
      like Lactulose…or it could lead to a patient going
      into a coma.

      All pain, should be checked right away. Any
      bleeding has to be checked immediately.
      The doctors have all the tests results. The very best
      test is the liver biopsy. They can tell from that how
      far advanced in this disease you actually are.
      They are really the only ones who can tell you where
      you are at in this disease and how much longer you
      might have to live.

      When you are placed on the transplant list, there are
      four blood tests that the doctors use to keep track
      of how long you will live without having a transplant.
      They are the Bilirubin, INR, Creatinine, and the Sodium.
      Bilirubin gives them an idea of how well the liver is
      functioning. INR also does this…but also tells them
      how well the blood is clotting. Creatinine is to check
      on how the kidneys are functions. Sodium helps them
      to know if the heart is doing okay.
      To understand this or any other blood testing you might
      have…here is a site you can click on to place the name
      of the tests from your lab work, in, and it will tell you
      more about them:
      http://www.labtestsonline.org or you can type
      in liver functions tests or liver enzymes in your search
      engine.

      Here are some links to learn more about Cirrhosis,
      about Hepatitis C, and about Liver Transplantation.
      CIRRHOSIS:

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

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

      TRANSPLANTATION:

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

      http://www.transplantliving.org/

      HEPATITIS C:

      http://janis7hepc.com/biopsies.htm

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

      http://www.hepctrust.org.uk/The+Liver/How+HCV+affects+the+functions+of+the+liver.htm

      ADVANCED DIRECTIVES:

      http://www.caringinfo.org/stateaddownload

      MELD SCORE

      http://www.unos.org/SharedContentDocuments/MELD_PELD(1).pdf

      (just click on any of the above links to go
      to the sites)

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

  47. QUESTION:
    Acetaminophen and liver damage?
    My boyfriend has chronic back pain. He takes handfuls (up to 8 at a time) of 500 mg acetaminophen tablets about 5 times a day.

    Now, I have read that taking more than 4000 mg a day can cause liver damage.He did have a perforated ulcer a few months ago which was probably caused by a combination of the pills, plus smoking, plus not eating regular meals.

    I am wondering what are the chances that he has liver damage, and whether it would be reversible if he was able to get proper medical care. If not, what are some of the long term effects? Could he get cirrhosis? Liver cancer?

    He does not drink alcohol.

    NOTE TO HATERS: PLEASE don’t waste my time saying “What an idiot, why doesn’t he go to a doctor?” Do you think he likes being in pain? He finally has a job where he will get insurance but not for another 90 days, and he can’t keep going to the ER to get Vicodin and racking up thousands in debt.

    • ANSWER:
      yes, he can hurt his liver, and probably already has if he has been doing this a while. Liver damage is not reversable, and it is a hard way to die when your liver is shot. Please encourage him to use less acetaminophen and try other methods like heat packs, muscle rubs, ice compresses, stretching, yoga, etc etc. Vicodin also has acetaminophen in it- you mentioned he takes that/or has in the past. Just an FYI. I would encourage him to get a general practitioner doctor as soon as possible, and have his back pain adressed! (If he can’t do it immediately!!!)

  48. QUESTION:
    I have NAFLD (Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease). What are my chances of getting Cirrhosis?
    I went to the the ER the other day because I have had chronic diarrhea, dizziness, and abdominal pain for more than 3 months now. The Dr. found that I had NAFLD and said that I should be seeing a Dr. for this condition and said that I need MANY tests done to see what is causing it. She also said that I have to be on a vegan diet (I am not overweight) to see if it can reverse the Disease. My questions are: Is there a cure for this & What are the chances of it forming into Cirrhosis?

    • ANSWER:
      You should be seeing either a gastroenterlogist
      or hepatologist now.
      Fatty liver disease can be caused by many
      different things: alcohol consumption, certain
      medications like steriods, weight gain, hereditary conditions,
      diabetes, insulin resistance, high cholesterol/triglyceride levels
      and more.

      The cause needs to be determined.
      There are different stages of this disease….
      Simple fatty liver doesn’t usually cause a
      problem and can be easily reversed by
      stopping the cause. Alot of people are very
      thin and can still have this problem.

      The fat pushes on the liver cells and can
      even push the nucleus of the liver cell out of
      place. That is why it has to be treated immediately
      ….so the fat will disappear and not harm the cells.
      The liver is surrounded by a membrane capsule and
      the fat only adds to the pressure inside the liver.
      If the cells of the liver become damaged, it signals
      the immune system of the body to respond to
      this. The immune system then causes inflammation
      to develop inside the liver, also. This will cause the
      liver to enlarge in size. It then goes from simple
      fatty liver to steatohepatitis. Steato means fat,
      hepat means liver and itis means inflammation.
      This becomes more serious…the inflammation adds
      to more pressure inside the liver and the cells can
      more easily start to die off. When the cells die off,
      it becomes a progressive disease known as
      Cirrhosis of the liver. What happens now, it the
      cells die off and form scar tissue inside the liver
      that blocks the flow of blood through the liver on
      its way back to the heart and may also block
      the flow of blood to the other liver cells and they
      will continually die off.

      If the patient follows the doctor instructions and
      is treated for any inflammation that may have
      developed…then it may never go to the point of
      becoming Cirrhosis of the liver.

      Here are some links to help you learn more about
      this, that you can click on:

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

      http://www.aafp.org/afp/20060601/1961.html

      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/fatty-liver.html

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

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

  49. QUESTION:
    Liver Donor: Would you Do it?
    Imagine, if you will: You have a 60 year old parent who had been an alcoholic for at least 25 years, and addicted to prescription pain killers for at least 3 years, and had a poor diet. They also never see the doctor for fear that the doctor will find something wrong with them. One day, after being lethargic and mentally unstable for about a year, they collapse and are sent to the ER, where it is determined they have liver cirrhosis. Two weeks after being released, mental and bodily functions begin to shut down and they are back in the hospital with doctors talking about liver transplant.

    You have a spouse and young child at home: do you agree to donate part of your liver knowing the potential risks and knowing that it probably won’t make a difference, since the parent was in denial of alcoholism already?

    Serious answers only, please.

    • ANSWER:
      I can honestly answer this from experience.. Absolutely not! My mother is a “recovered” alcoholic, she drank all of my life until a few years ago.. She then turned to prescription drugs. She is now 64.

      I would not give her part of my liver, she ruined her own body and IMO doesn’t deserve a transplant.

      I would only do it for a close family member that did not abuse their bodies with booze and drugs and I wouldn’t feel guilty about NOT doing it for my mother!

      Why give a liver (or part of one) to someone like that when there are people out there that deserve it more?

  50. QUESTION:
    Doctors won’t prescribe liver safe medication?
    I have stage IV cirrhosis of the liver, and sever arthritis that prevents me from working and my Workman’s compensation doctors won’t prescribe anything other than Vicodin for my pain. I know acetaminophen is bad for the liver, and was wondering if workman compensation doctors are only allowed to prescribe a certain class of drugs for pain. The doctors know I have stage IV cirrhosis of the liver, and they still prescribe pain medication that is bad for my liver.
    Are there any physicians that would be interested in commenting? This is very important, and I need to know what to do, but I don’t want to try to push my doctors for the pills I can tolerate and end up pissing them off. I don’t mean to minimize anyone else’s posts, it’s just that having a physicians opinion cold help give me a clearer idea of what I should do.

    • ANSWER:
      I can only speak for my own experiences, but I have found it to be true across the board that one specialist will do things that are not in your best interest and prescribe drugs you shouldn’t take because they are so focused on their specialty. I have liver disease too and my GI doc who manages my liver will never use certain drugs to treat me, where as my GP will give me the same drug for a problem he is treating. My psychiatrist has prescribed drugs that are harmful to my liver and interact with meds I get from my GP when they know I have NAFLD. My neurologist gives me VALIUM when he knows darn well I am a drug addict and also knows that I have a specific history of abusing valium and other benzodiazepines when at the same time my GP and psychiatrist are more likely to nominate me for a Nobel Prize than to give me benzos. It’s crazy and you have to look out for your self and ask a lot of questions. I know for a fact that pain specialists will frequently use opiates that do not contain acetaminophen for patients with chronic pain because acetaminophen is said to be the number one cause of acute hepatic failure in the Western world.