Cirrhosis of the Liver


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Comment from: Still Here, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 09

I am a 72 year old male diagnosed with end stage liver disease in 2017, due to 40 years of alcoholism. At the time, the specialist said if I quit drinking and took medications for cirrhosis, I might live up to 5 years. He said if I took even one drink, I would die shortly after. I had one bad bout with ascites and bled quite a bit. I have had many significant relapses since then, as recently as this spring, and here I still am 4 1/2 years later. I have been sober since April and now my labs are 100 percent normal.

Comment from: Anxious , 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 05

My son was diagnosed with alcoholic cirrhosis. He is 30 years old. They do not say what stage it is, even though I asked. I don’t understand how serious it is. He takes lactulose, Xifaxan and 2 diuretics. The doctor keeps telling me to calm down and that he’s doing better. He’s been sober 4 months. I don’t think he understands how serious it is or he doesn’t want me to know.

Comment from: Renae, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 12

March 2018, I was diagnosed with stage 4 cirrhosis and stopped drinking, period. I was in and out of the hospital a few times, fighting for my life. By September 2019, my MELD score went from 28 to a 6, and at that time I was so happy. I was too healthy for a transplant. I eat mostly chicken, grilled skin on grilled pork. I also use a crockpot. Not much fried food at all. I'm due for a few tests this July 2021. I'm hopeful for good results.

Comment from: Papag, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 22

A liver biopsy revealed my cirrhosis 50 years ago. I was infected with hepatitis C 2 years prior. Giving me medicines like cortisone just put gas on the fire. What saved my life was stopping all drugs as they all are liver and kidney toxic. I switched to all-natural macrobiotic diet and enjoyed good health for 50 years until the 10 years of taking ibuprofen, after a motorcycle accident, which slam dunked my liver. I have been in end stage liver disease (ESLD) with decompensated cirrhosis for over 5 years. I am juicing again using friendly natural herbs to treat pain.

Comment from: Cher3949, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

I was diagnosed with cirrhosis 13 years ago. At that time I had to have a TIPS (transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt) procedure done. It saved my life. I haven’t had alcohol for 13 years. I was told by my doctor that I’m a miracle walking. No sign of liver damage whatsoever. Stay positive and stop drinking and maybe you’re in for a miracle as well.

Comment from: Grieving mother, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 04

She had alcoholic cirrhosis and abused anxiety medicines. She was not put on liver transplant list. From the 2nd year after diagnosis, no drinking and she had improvement in controlled environment with parents. In the 3rd year she starting abusing anxiety medicines again, ordered online through mail from India. Ascites and diabetes compounded her health. Literally became unable to stand and walk. She would not go to scheduled appointments with the doctor. Last emergency room (ER) visit, she was diagnosed with pneumonia and dehydration. They did not admit her to hospital. Died two days later.

Comment from: Mattth, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 24

I am 31 years old and was told by my beautiful fiance one morning after a heavy summer of drinking (I'm a functioning alcoholic) that my eyes were yellow. I looked in the mirror and got afraid, so I went to get detoxed. I had jaundice but not cirrhosis yet. Jaundice will fix itself if you immediately stop. It takes time but it will go away. Hope nobody ever gets to cirrhosis or failure.

Comment from: Living Wright, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 11

I just want to thank everyone on this website. I have stage 4 cirrhosis and kidney failure. I have been desperately looking for positive things about living with this. I am sick but willing to give up. Anything that has helped, I am thankful for. I thought I was going to die in March 2021. I had jaundice, had ascites, you name it. I had fluid removed and the doctor prescribed medicines. I lost 100 lb. and walk every day. My family and I are staying positive. I was doing good but since last week symptoms are starting.

Comment from: Ascites, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: August 09

My husband, 81, has been diagnosed with acute kidney disease, CHF (congestive heart failure) exacerbation, ascites and unclear etiology of liver cirrhosis. He has had three paracenteses to remove moderate to large amount of fluid (10/5/20, 12/9/20 and 7/22/21). Now the doctor would like to schedule a TIPS (transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt). Wondering if we should receive a second opinion.


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Comment from: PapaG, 65-74 (Patient) Published: May 18

I was diagnosed with hepatitis non-A, non-B in 1967. I relapsed a year later into acute cirrhosis. Prognosis was a few months to a few years at best. I went on a strict macrobiotic Gerson liver detox protocol; drinking large quantities of fresh vegetables and fruit juices. That delivered much lacking macronutrients and glucose. I regained my health quickly and stayed extremely fit for 50 years until the ibuprofen I had to take for pain, decompensated my liver again. Back to juicing. I have very low platelets. All medicines are toxic.

Comment from: Concerned, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 29

My daughter’s father is only 38 and has cirrhosis, liver failure and kidney failure. He lately has low blood pressure, and also somehow it is causing heart disease. He has started passing out, and he will not stop driving, his decision making is seeming questionable. He gets agitated and is stubborn though. I don’t know what to do. None of the treatments seem to be effective. He got surgery to help from having to have fluids drained, but it is not taking yet, with time it will hopefully.

Comment from: Mama T, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 08

I was diagnosed with stage 4 cirrhosis in February of this year. Recently, I’ve been extremely fatigued and hot. Wonder if anyone else has experienced this stage and if so, what they did to get themselves out of bed. The best treatment for me is watching what I eat and drink. I’ve lost 30 lb. and feeling better than I did before I was diagnosed.

Comment from: PaddyAnn, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 19

I am happy 6 months sober, cirrhosis so far has been a roller coaster for me, as one thing gets better something else goes wrong. My CT scan last Wednesday showed something else, I was told that I have to wait for the results until it goes before the board. I’ll know tomorrow or Friday. I am on new medicines which now have given me a rash. So really what I'm trying to say is, it is 1 day at a time and this saying is so true. You are what you eat. I drink whey protein shakes now and I am learning to eat what my body needs.

Comment from: Monica, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

I have stage 4 liver cirrhosis went a year fighting to get my strength back, and of course no alcohol. My MELD score was 24 and I was told I didn’t have long to live. I am still here two years later with MELD score of 7, and everything in my blood work is normal, so you can bounce back from this. My doctor said she is at a loss for words. So please stay strong and don’t read negative things on your computer.

Comment from: Lilusa, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 12

My mum has just been diagnosed with cirrhosis and we are waiting to hear if she is a candidate for a transplant. I am absolutely terrified. After recently losing my dad to cancer it all very much feels like the beginning of the end much like with my dad. She had stopped drinking and being monitored regularly. She is on a strict no salt diet, which with her being so underweight worries me.

Comment from: jack, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 25

I quit drinking after being diagnosed with cirrhosis and have added 6 years to my life so far. I am on a transplant list but I hope I never need it. My liver is doing its thing with low dose lactulose, and omeprazole for the varices and heart burn. MELD score has been around 14 the last 6 years. I eat lots of good food and stay active. I feel good, been lucky so far. I might miss a couple decades of life only. I am 41 now.

Comment from: Rosina54, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 20

My husband has been drinking for all his adult life. He is 68 years old and has been diagnosed with cirrhosis. He has got ascites and has had bad jaundice. He still has this a bit. Alcohol is the cause. He has been drained and 18 pints came out of him. All this in the last 3 months since diagnosis. I am shell shocked. He has stopped drinking. He is on water tablets, thiamin, and blood pressure tablets. Low salt as well. He has water in his lungs too. He is not eating well and personality is snappy. Own fault.

Comment from: Alive&Well, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 07

I was hospitalized for alcoholic hepatitis with ascites and kidney failure. I was told in the hospital that I only had a 30 percent chance of living. I told the doctor that I would take those odds and beat it. My kidneys healed 3 weeks later. After 6 months all my lab tests were normal. I take multivitamins and a medication for acid reflux. I haven't touched alcohol since. Here I am 3 years later. I feel great and all my lab tests are in the normal range. Please don't give up. There is hope.


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Comment from: BigDogMom, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 27

One year ago my husband was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. He was hospitalized for ascites and had a large amount of fluid removed from his abdomen. His disease was evidently caused from fatty liver disease/diabetes. He went on a very low sodium diet, no sugar, no bread and restricted fluid intake. He lost about 100 pounds. Every 2 to 3 months he has upper endoscopy to band the varices caused by portal hypertension. None of the specialists care to give a long term prognosis so we deal with his disease day by day. He is trying to work as long as possible to keep up his spirits.

Comment from: gazzalad, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 26

I would like to say is I'm feeling all of the hurt from all of you here, I have spent many hours reading. I myself just got diagnosed with chronic liver disease stage 4 and I felt pretty much hopeless and of course feeling I was destined to meet my maker before time. But in all honesty I have never been one to back down and I'm here to let you all know chronic liver disease can be maintained and beaten. I got a second opinion from another doctor. He was trying a different medication on me for depression, and after 2 months of being on lithium carbonate my LFT (liver function test) count has halved. I believe lithium plays a big part for me but please consult your doctor as I am not qualified in this area. I also take Centavite vitamins along with Betamin. I am also finding milk thistle really good as most people are aware the liver has an amazing ability to repair itself. I was told by my doctor my blood test results are looking much better. I have also got in touch with a dietician and she has told me basically to get as many carbohydrates in as possible. My first doctor advised me different. Normal milk is ok, soya is best and 3 tetra packs of Endure, heaps of vegetable blanched, and of course if you are drinking, abstain. I gave up. It is all about exercise and right diet. I bought myself a little Jack Russell and now walking 2 times with her.

Comment from: Ans, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 17

I am 18 years old. A month and a half before I was getting ready to graduate my mama was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. She's an alcoholic and her daily drinking was the cause of it. Her skin was yellow, the whites of her eyes were olive green, and she looked 9 months pregnant. She was given the expectation to live a month. She has 3 kids, me, a 12 year old, and a 6 year old. In a fight to live she stayed 5 days in the hospital in detox. She then went to rehabilitation for a month and a half. She got out 3 days before me graduation. She's now out and has been sober for a little over 3 months. When she reaches 6 months of sobriety she'll then be on a liver transplant list. Her skin, eye color, and belly has returned to normal. I'm lucky to have her. She's a living miracle at this point. The doctors are amazed at her health. We continue to hope for not only her health but her strength and sobriety because one more sip will kill her. This disease is curable. The patient must be willing to fight for their life!

Comment from: sister, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 01

I lost my sister to alcoholic cirrhosis. I’m heartbroken. She was in denial, refused help, and then when COVID hit, was isolated for way too long. Once diagnosed, it was too late and she struggled to eat. She started wasting away no matter what was done. Her MELD score was improved after 4 months of sobriety, but not enough to save her. She struggled with brain damage as well, which made it harder for her to help herself. I now understand this is a disease that was developing over a decade.

Comment from: PierceCHC, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 27

I'm a stage 4 liver disease patient (cirrhosis). I gave up booze, got a health coach and followed positive thinking, low stress, and clean eating.

Comment from: SelfAdvocate, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I am a 50 year old female diagnosed with stage 4 liver disease on 15 September, 2019. My MELD score was 24 and I spent 3 1/2 weeks in the hospital, and time in the ICU due to internal bleeding caused when they nicked a vein and I almost bled to death. I have had multiple blood transfusions, tests, procedures and experimentation by my doctors. I was given a 25 percent chance of living 90 days after my diagnosis of liver cirrhosis. Transplant is the only chance they said, to 'get affairs in order'. Don’t believe what you are told! My MELD score is now 12, think positive!

Comment from: koos e, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 21

I was diagnosed with a fatty liver in 2000, and cirrhosis in 2008. I have no symptoms. I feel fine. Don't go to the doctor, and you won't have problems. I also drink beer twice a week. Not as much as I once did, but still. Why aren't I sick!

Comment from: Laurie C., 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 17

My husband is dying from liver cirrhosis disease. After being on life support for 5 days, he was removed. He keeps breathing on his own, but is unconscious. After being told nothing else could be done, I gave consent to discontinuing nutrition, medicines, etc. They're now decreasing oxygen and I know his lungs will give out. I am wondering how long this may possibly take.

Comment from: Karen, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

I was diagnosed with liver cirrhosis in March 2019, due to alcohol. I had other problems while I was in the hospital, my kidneys weren't working properly and I bloated out so much I could hardly walk. Over the last 16 months I have been making good recovery and last blood tests and scan which were done weeks ago are showing that my liver has recovered and the cirrhosis has gone. I am obviously over the moon, I never dreamed I would hear such news. I didn't think that cirrhosis would clear.

Comment from: Tw, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 07

My husband has just been diagnosed with cirrhosis. I am very happy to read these comments and it gives me hope. It has been a month since diagnosis and he still is swollen and very tired. He has not had a drop of alcohol and taking all medications. Hope he will feel better.

Comment from: Andrew , 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 23

I have cirrhosis of the liver I would like to know if anyone has these symptoms. Hot feet, cramps, tingling, hallucinations due to lack of sleep, tiredness, short temper, and feeling sick. I feel the need to just give up and waiting for all this to go away. Sadly transplant is the only option. Fingers crossed, waiting game. All the best to people suffering, it is a nightmare.

Comment from: Annie05, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 21

Our son has just been discharged from the hospital after being admitted on 29th December, where they did not think he'd survive the night. But he did. He has been diagnosed with 3rd stage cirrhosis. We are all devastated. He has had many depressing problems, through his life. He knows he can never drink again, neither does he want to. He is taking 2 forms of diuretics, thiamine, vitamin B compound and lactulose. Wonder if there is hope.

Comment from: Roshi, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 06

My dad is 70 years old still not retired. All of a sudden he was diagnosed with two diseases, cirrhosis and aplastic anemia, which the liver medication caused. Now he can’t even have a transplant because of low white blood cells and he can’t have any medication for his liver. It is so hard watching him melt away in front of my eyes and I can’t do anything for him. Ascites in stomach and legs has started happening. I need to talk to someone with same experience.

Comment from: Pawb, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 05

I am 58, diagnosed with stage 4 cirrhosis 8 years ago. I hope my words help. So far in my scary depressed 8 years, my blood tests say I am stable; every sonogram, endoscopy, tests of all kinds. No spots, jaundice, or itching I read about. Maybe due to this… I take papaya seeds, pomegranate, garlic, boiled beets, lemon, spinach and a lot of fruit red colored. I do have fatigue of course. I'm asleep exactly 5 hours. I am depressed, sick and tired.

Comment from: Newsome , 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 27

Good to see success stories, unfortunately my partner at 35 died from alcohol abuse, with cirrhosis of the liver. He became aggressive, would hallucinate and became violent. Then when they drained all the fluid off him and the toxins were gone, he was normal again. He bled internally the first time, his main artery to his liver became so thin he died for 9 minutes. The doctor told him if it happens again, he won’t be able to save him. So he was fixed, he stopped drinking for 9 months, but the final time he bled to death.

Comment from: brett, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 25

I owned a pub that now has been sold. I was short of breath and our local SES (State Emergency Service) was called and the next thing I was in hospital. I was told I had cirrhosis of the liver and told to stop drinking which I have done over 12 months ago. I have been in and out of the hospital, have blood test every day and see my general physician who is great. I am feeling good but I cannot sleep at night. I wonder if anybody else has the same trouble, because it is so hard, as I had to move.

Comment from: Walid Hikmat, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 03

I abstain from alcohol, but liver problem still exists since diagnosed with cirrhosis 14 months ago. The only annoying problem is ascites. However, staying the same is not fun at all, loss of energy, lack of balance and focus, memory lapses, loss of sleep, bruising, muscle decay, anemia... did I forget something?

Comment from: Susie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I've been diagnosed with cirrhosis stage 4. The doctor removed 2 polyps and 2 varices. I lost about 15 lb. Now I am having brown spots on my body. I wonder what I can expect next.

Comment from: SuzieQ1201, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

Not all cirrhosis of the liver is from alcohol. Mine is from a fatty liver. I'm overweight and eat way too much pasta. I've cut out bread, but have a hard time with cutting out other carbs. My doctor recommended the paleo diet, but as I said, I have a hard time with giving up carbs. Once I am able to condition myself to give up carbs and stay on the paleo diet, I will try to come back and let you know how it went.

Comment from: William H, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 27

After being hospitalized at least 16 times at a minimum in 2016, I was told that I had a small spot of my liver that was hardening, and no further explanation or treatment was given. After becoming aggravated I made an appointment with the alleged gastroenterologist treating me at his office, he walked in and in the 5 minutes he allocated for me he basically told me I had full blown cirrhosis of the liver and had 3 1/2 years to live. As I started to ask him some questions he left stating he would be back, he never did, his nurse came back in and told me to schedule another appointment. Needless to say I was annoyed! I sought out a second opinion and found an amazing gastroenterology doctor who for 10 months now has been doing an amazing job. I haven't had a drink since September 16th, 2016, I have lost 74 lb., and look amazing. My disease is real and I don't know what or when the outcome will be, but I have stated I am in for the fight of my life and it is going to be the toughest, but I will win. So far I am doing good still, working and feeling better. In august of 2017 it will be an entire year since I have been hospitalized, between my new doctor and the power of positive thinking, it is working. So I ask anyone with this disease to do the same thing. I stopped cold turkey, if I did, so can you. Don't give up, keep fighting, and listen and follow what your doctor is telling you to do, my deepest wishes go out to all of you.

Comment from: rob, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 28

I have end stage cirrhosis, and all I do is sleep. I am managing though, although the sleep does my head in. Needing to sleep all the time is the real deal here. I am compensated, so lucky at the moment.

Comment from: SadinSC, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 24

My brother nearly died last week from cirrhosis; sodium level of 107, swelling, fluid collection, jaundice, etc. He has no plans to quit drinking. Good luck to you all for fighting and not giving up. I don't expect my brother to last six months. Angry with him for the financial burden and the mental hardship he has and continues to place on his family.

Comment from: Needshelp, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 24

I think I have cirrhosis of the liver. I had elevated liver enzymes. Ultrasound showed it was ok 2 years ago. Then about a year ago I had a CAT scan for a stomach issue and it said liver levels were normal ranges. CBC is ok. Now I have this odd full feeling in my side and a rash on my palms. I am terrified. I drink more than a bottle of wine per day most days. Age 32. I have itching as well.

Comment from: Toni, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 26

I wonder if it is normal with liver cirrhosis to feel exhausted all the time. My hubby is sleeping more and more, and when he is not sleeping he is eating.

Comment from: Alejandro z, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: August 26

I had been diagnosed with fatty liver disease when I was 12 years old. Eight years later I now weigh 300 pounds. I have had 2 biopsies so far. Two years ago they told me I had liver fibrosis and I was at a 2.5 out of a 1-4 scale,1 being healthy and 4 being cirrhosis. At the time of my second biopsy I weighed 268. Now I am starting to feel loss of appetite. That is about it though. I am scared that I might have cirrhosis now. I am only 20 years old.

Comment from: Jay, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 16

I am a liver cirrhosis patient. I came across an herb called bhumi amla. This herb has the capacity to restore the liver to its original form.

Comment from: Lk, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 02

I’m scared... I’ve drunk my whole life and now I’m sick with liver cirrhosis. My stomach is swelling, I’m sick to my stomach and will be calling the doctor tomorrow. I started getting it a few days ago. I hope I never drink again.

Comment from: Rock Land, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 09

My husband developed cirrhosis of the liver from shooting up heroin in his 20s. He's 64 and we are in our 39th year. He hated me for 6 of 8 months after his cirrhosis diagnosis. It took all that time for him to understand that he could not detect the hepatic encephalopathy and always felt normal. Therefore, if I might not 'like' what he may say to me, then off to the hospital he would go, he thought. Good treatment might include a filming of the patient so they can clearly view and understand.

Comment from: Suzanne, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 19

I am addressing the “his own fault” comment. Alcohol abuse disorder is a mental illness, which just means messed up brain chemistry - not a weakness of will. You deserve the exact quality of respect and care as anyone else with a disease. You may be hurting a great deal, but it is never ok to blame someone for a disease, especially one with over a 52 percent genetic cause.

Comment from: Sad as ever88, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 05

My best friend was diagnosed with end-stage liver failure from cirrhosis. He spent a month in the hospital for jaundice, ascites, and his kidneys are being affected now. I recently found out he was following a healthy diet after he was released, and it is disappointing that he is back in the hospital due to high ammonia levels and for his kidneys. I am terrified that he won't make it before he gets a chance to become a candidate for a liver transplant.

Comment from: Sad sister, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 07

I have a sister who now has end stage liver disease from alcoholism. She was told 2 years ago she needed to stop drinking when the signs of cirrhosis started to show. She didn't stop and is still drinking. And now she has ascites, jaundice, varices, etc.; all the symptoms of cirrhosis. She had 14 liters of fluid drained last week. She is in complete denial. Do we still try and get her into rehabilitation or is it too late! Wonder how long she has if she continues to drink. So sad and devastated for her.

Comment from: CP1, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 29

I've looked at all your comments and really feel for you all. I'm 62 and 8 years ago a routine blood test flagged up some issues. Before I could take it all in I'd had a liver biopsy. The outcome was alpha 1 antitrypsin and cirrhosis. I suffer with awful body cramps, I have peripheral neuropathy and I tick a lot of boxes on the 'hit list'. I have been forgotten by the NHS since very early 2018 and have only seen a specialist nurse once since then.

Comment from: TNT WOODY , 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 21

My man has alcoholic cirrhosis, found out in May 2017. He never drank since 10/7/2012, (prison for driving under the influence and suspended). Well, he has this red area from knee to the ankle that he says is very painful. He has been taking all of his medicines and I have kept him on a low sodium and low acid diet, everything baked broiled or roasted. I wonder what it could be.

Comment from: Melissa, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 30

I’m 41 and was diagnosed with cirrhosis 2 years ago. I’m glad I came across this page because it gives me hope. As you all know it can feel very lonely and scary, sometimes I wake up and wonder “is this the day”. I take my medicines and don’t drink anymore and I’m stable but it’s always on my mind because I know it’s coming, I just don’t know when. It’s good to hear others doing well despite our life expectancy, I as well as others have exceeded it. Thank you for sharing your stories.

Comment from: Debbie wilma, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 06

Wonder if anyone can tell me why I get so cold, it's debilitating. I literally shake and cry because I'm so cold. I do have cirrhosis and I keep hearing them say, 'end stage', and I haven't drunk in 2 years. I just would like an answer as to why I got that cold. Any knowledge about this would be greatly appreciated. And hoping that all of you guys are okay!

Comment from: Happy pappy , 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 28

I went to the Veterans Affairs had an ultrasound. I received the results by mail which was not good. I have cirrhosis and they told me to change my diet. Almost everything I read says there is no pain but then I don’t know why I have chronic pain.

Comment from: LoveSobriety, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 28

My drinking started at a young age, late teens and gradually worsened without me realizing that I was an alcoholic. One day giving up was for me instantaneous like a switch going off in my head and I lost all desire to drink. I have not had a drink for ten years. I have cirrhosis of the liver and I had ascites and nearly died twice. I am happy and I walk and swim and enjoy myself as much as possible. I eat well, my blood tests are good, and my doctor tells me (and he is a liver specialist) that although my liver looks like the moon (Crater Lake) by not drinking, eating well, exercising, and staying positive that my health is amazing. There is hope and for those people struggling with drinking, do not give up, keep trying, talk to people who care. If I can do it, because I was a bad alcoholic with the most terrible withdrawals, then you can do it to, just keep on trying.

Comment from: Kim, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 18

My mother was diagnosed with cirrhosis this year. She has ascites and has had to have bands put in when she started throwing up blood. She is 64 today. She lives almost two hours away with my stepdad. I found out this weekend that she is still drinking. My stepdad is enabling her. She fell last month and broke her hip so is now even more dependent on my stepdad and can't go anywhere. She is stubborn and in denial. I have a family so can only get up there on the weekends. So frustrated and don't know what to do. He acts like he is afraid of her, she gets 'mad' if he doesn't let her have alcohol. I am going to her next doctor's appointment to make sure they are being honest with this new doctor and I am going to make the doctor give them the straight up truth about her condition. Neither one of them educate themselves on this condition. They are so ignorant.

Comment from: lorilu, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 16

I was diagnosed with end-stage liver disease four years ago. I have not had any alcohol since 2012. I needed to have a procedure which gave me time and relief. You need to make an effort to stop. Do whatever it takes. Get mental health counseling. Meetings did not work for me. Change your environment. This is how I managed. Also, keep your appointments and be honest with your doctor.

Comment from: beer beaste, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 06

I’m 46 years old and I have been drinking since I was in my teens. I started drinking more after joining the army. I slowed down a little by my mid to late thirties, but by now, my kids are grown. My drinking has really stepped up and I suddenly started having swelling in my knees and feet. The doctor said that I have gout. After a battery of tests, I found out that it wasn’t gout, but that my liver is enlarged. Now I’m starting to pass blood in my stool. What have I done to myself and what will my kids think of me? I will see a specialist soon, but I hold little hope. I hope this can open someone’s eyes.

Comment from: marcella, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

I was diagnosed with cirrhosis of liver five years ago. Alcohol abuse was the cause. I was hospitalized for a month. I stopped drinking. I was considered an end-stage alcoholic. I began walking every day, restricted salt drastically, low fat and very little red meat diet. I currently am on no meds. My liver is damaged, but stable. Go every six months for ultrasounds. You need to monitor yourself every day for health. You can be healthy again!

Comment from: christine anders, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 08

After 30 years of serious drinking and hospital inpatient spells, I never would listen to doctors, rehab or CT scans. I always thought I could handle it and the cirrhosis would clear up itself. 2010 was the worst year of my life. Alcohol poisoning brought severe confusion and no control over myself, I woke up days later in hospital again. This time I listened when they told me too late, nothing could be done. I was horrified. I was put on the transplant list. Now waiting I am still filled with horror at what has happened to me. Every day is a blessing.

Comment from: sad sack, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 13

My husband passed away just 4 days ago from cirrhosis of the liver. He had a foot infection, then amputation of his leg. While he was recovering from the amputation, all of the symptoms of the cirrhosis took over. No appetite, swelling of the hands and legs, jaundice, kidney failure and much confusion. He was so very sick. Also, his last blood pressure read 52/20 and no temperature would register.

Comment from: Sunshine, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 04

I was 50 years old and I just thought the reason for my weight gain in my stomach and confusion I was feeling was the beginning of menopause. My stomach did burn a couple times but I thought that was acid reflux. I went camping and had my normal drinks with my friends when I had to go vomit. I started vomiting blood. My husband packed up camp and took me to a hospital where I was admitted to ICU. The doctors didn't know if I would survive. I did receive blood transfusions and it was a horrible experience. I had to get rubber banding treatments. If you drink often and notice symptoms like I've mentioned get yourself to a doctor and be honest about your alcohol consumption so they can properly diagnosis you and provide you with treatment. I started drinking in my thirties. I wish now I would have known what I was doing to myself. I have been completely alcohol free for over a year. I still deal with a lot of digestive problems.

Comment from: grandad, 45-54 Male Published: October 04

My husband was diagnosed with end stage liver disease. He was told he had at best two years. He has not drunk since. He was told this upsetting news but he receives constant care from his consultant through regular checkups. At the moment he is having pain in his legs and losing his balance. He is convinced that his body is beginning to give in. He has been told my one of his doctors to look into liver transplant waiting list.

Comment from: NYkat, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 15

The most effective treatment I received was in the way I found out about cirrhosis. After 25 years as bar manager I reached the point where I drank daily and often, which continued after I stopped the position. I started feeling tired and nauseated with no appetite, my eyes were red and sore. One morning I got up to use the bathroom; well I knew if I tried to stand up my legs would not work, so I crawled to the kitchen and got a drink. Hours passed and I knew I could not continue this so I knocked the phone off the table and called 911. I managed to unlock the front door so the medics could come in. After reaching the hospital I remember signing forms, that's it for about two weeks. I awoke when the doctor started asking me my name, etc. From there I went into a rehabilitation center for patients with all kinds of health problems. That was seven years ago now, I have had a glass of wine at a restaurant once or twice, that's it, none at home or for any occasions. However I am starting to see other symptoms like confusion with some memory loss, fatigue, weakness. Every day I regret being so foolish for over 25 years. This is no joke it is a killer disease, with alcohol as its sidekick.

Comment from: naveen, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 18

MysDad is 53 and found that he had alcoholic liver disease and continued to drink. He started losing strength in his arms. He has developed jaundice, with very dark yellow eyes and skin. The doctor ordered a CAT scan, which revealed cirrhosis, and the doctor said my dad had liver cirrhosis. He started having seizures and couldn't stand or walk without having them. He was admitted to ICU and was told that his blood pressure was terribly low and ended up getting a blood transfusion. We’re still waiting for him to get better.

Comment from: Ayub, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 06

I was diagnosed with alcoholic liver cirrhosis 7 months ago. Admitted to hospital, ascites, bleeding verices, vomiting, a cirrhosis child’s score c. After taking diuretics, prapanalol, lactulose, vit b and thiamine, my liver function results are normal. Positive thinking also helped a great deal. Doctors were even talking about a transplant. No need, there is hope. Healthier than I’ve ever been.

Comment from: lwinu55, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 08

I treated my cirrhosis with a low protein diet, low dose of diuretics and antioxidants.

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