Cirrhosis of the Liver


What has been your experience with cirrhosis of the liver? Sharing your experience may help others with the disease. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Chewbakka, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 31

I drank from a very young age and before I stopped I was drinking close to a liter of vodka. I’m sober now (98 plus months) but have liver cirrhosis. I only have my higher power to thank that I’m alive today, I wouldn’t go to see a doctor, and thankful to the friend that got me to the hospital, or I would have been dead that night. I had 8 blood transfusions in 12 hours, bleeding but couldn’t stop it. They told me I wouldn’t make it to see morning. I struggle every day with pain, not only the liver, but also pancreatitis, so I’m reminded every day, but grateful.

Comment from: Grind it out, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 26

I’m 26 and last year I was diagnosed with stage 4 liver cirrhosis. I had troubling belly pain, was throwing up, and had no appetite. And let this be known… I was never raised to run to the doctor for help. But I knew I needed some kind of help. So when I went, that’s when I heard the news. And it happened so fast I couldn’t believe it. Now, I knew in the back of my head it’s not right to drink a fifth a day. So as everyone has been told, months to years is all we have to breathe. But who knows.

Comment from: Guest, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 24

Due to heavy alcohol intake for years I have been diagnosed with liver cirrhosis and was given 1 year to live. I stopped alcohol consumption completely and underwent Ayurvedic treatment also, along with allopathic treatment. Now it's been more than 2 years and my liver cirrhosis got completely cured. The medicines I used for liver cirrhosis are Cytozen capsules daily 2 times, and Amlycure DS syrup daily 2 times for 6 months.

Comment from: Sanjeev, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 23

My dad was detected with liver cirrhosis 7 years ago because of heavy drinking of alcohol. He quit drinking, also normal cold drinks. He changed his diet. He switched to nutritional meal. No dinner after 7 pm. Proper breakfast, lunch and very light dinner. Since last 7 years he has won 20 to 25 medals in marathon of 11 km. Daily he does 15 km cycling and jogging on the beach. And thankfully he is living a healthy life. Hoping to live healthy in coming years, he is 53 now. Good luck.

Comment from: Chrissav21, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 22

My father was diagnosed with end stage cirrhosis of the liver at 74. He was independent, driving, socializing (drinking), exercising, etc., until 3 months ago at diagnosis. Now he cannot drive, walks with walker, and is on diuretics for ascites. Doctor says he is not a transplant patient because of his age. He’s been sober for 3 months. Physical therapy is helping with his strength and endurance. I wish I knew what else can be done.

Comment from: Anna, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 22

I suspect that my husband has cirrhosis of the liver. He won’t seek treatment and my daughter and I have moved out of the house. We are now going through a divorce. It is the toughest thing I have ever had to go through. I feel hopeless and sad that I haven’t been able to help him. Years of drinking and alcohol abuse brought this on. It is a shame because he doesnt see it.

Comment from: Ellie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

I was diagnosed with liver cirrhosis last year and spent 2 weeks in hospital. I was very ill and a transplant was mentioned. I had been drinking only wine for many years, never spirits but it was enough to do severe liver damage. I was put on a special diet and low salt intake, also lots of medicines several of which were high vitamins, and I stopped drinking. Now over a year later my health is fantastic, I have normal blood results and my liver is working again. Be prepared for the fight of your life, it's worth it.

Comment from: Scaregf, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 14

My boyfriend was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver back in March. His skin and eyes are yellow and he bruises super easy. He immediately quit drinking and went on a low sodium diet. It’s been almost 5 months now yet doctors have now told him he has to prove 6 months sobriety and go to counseling before they will consider him for transplant. That will make it 11 months and I don’t think he will make it that long. He is in the hospital now for low sodium and dehydration due to the diuretics they put him on.

Comment from: caregiver, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 16

My boyfriend was diagnosed with advanced liver failure. He had a transfusion and was sent to the ICU. He is now in rehabilitation because he broke his arm and can't walk on his own due to falling down a flight of stairs. The doctor told us yesterday that he is not a candidate for a transplant because he only weighs 100 lb. and has had a heart attack about 20 years ago. He was diagnosed with liver cirrhosis two years ago but he kept on drinking. He has had his stomach tapped, and they took out 3 and a half bottles of fluid at the time. The doctor asked if he had everything in order and we said yes. She said that he has one to maybe five years left if he stops drinking. I wonder if this is true or if the liver will not get any worse if he doesn't drink.


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Comment from: EricaS1, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 07

My father was diagnosed with liver cirrhosis 2 years ago. He was a heavy drinker most of his life. He quit drinking for a year and then started up again. He went back to get his stomach drained for the second time and they did tests and found cancerous masses this past November. He was diagnosed with liver cancer then. He just died on April 23rd 2018. He lost his appetite and got so weak he couldn't walk. I had in-home hospice for him and it happened in a matter of 5 months. He failed so fast. My heart is broken.

Comment from: liverdisease1, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 02

My husband has been sick with irreversible stage 4 liver cirrhosis and has beaten death twice. Now all he does is sleep and take his pain medicines. He can barely walk, his stomach is hard. And he is often confused. He will not go to the hospital. He has never turned yellow. I am wondering where he is at with his disease.

Comment from: Juliet Gelsinger, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 29

I am diagnosed with cirrhosis of liver, but I don’t drink or smoke in my life, so I don’t know how this is possible.


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