Patient Comments: Cirrhosis of The Liver - Treatments

What treatments did you receive for cirrhosis of the liver?

Comment from: Charles, 65-74 (Patient) Published: June 12

I am 66 years old. In March of 2013 I woke up to find that I had been in the hospital for 3 months. I was in an oxygen tent and was told that I had died twice. I don't remember those 3 months. I was transferred to a Veterans Hospital for 9 more months. After I was hospitalized for a total of one year I was told that I had cirrhosis. I was discharged. I was sent home. I am so sick that I can barely get out of bed. When I do get out of bed it is to get into my wheel chair. I have the symptoms of alcoholic cirrhosis. I drank for fifty years. It is a self-inflected wound. I bought Immune Force, a supplement to enhance the immune system. I do not know what else to do. I feel like I am being written off because of my age.

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Comment from: rosamund, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: March 13

My husband was diagnosed with liver cirrhosis of the liver about 7 years ago and was told if he did not stop drinking he would be dead within a year. Miraculously he stopped immediately and was somewhat better for a while. He had been drinking about 6 pints of beer a day then later strong cider in large amounts. He became very exhausted and weak and was also diagnosed with COPD from asbestosis contracted it seems when he was nearly 17 years and worked in a nuclear lab for 6 months. Now he is getting much weaker with general arthritic like pain and of course breathless. Not much appetite but he's not losing weight. He also has a heart condition which is long standing and confused the doctors. I don't know how to help him other than trying to get him to cut down on the junk food and have some healthy food and caring for him generally. The pain is difficult as the painkillers can be lethal for patients with liver disease especially NSAIDs. He takes some paracetamol only, even that must be restricted.

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Comment from: R.I.P. Mom, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 06

My mother was 48 when she was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. By the time we found it, they told us she had six months and unfortunately she passed one day before six months. She would get paracentesis (draining fluid from the abdomen) on a regular basis. Also a natural medication I found that really helped her was milk thistle.

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Comment from: HOPE, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 08

My mother died on August 13, 2013. She had cirrhosis. She did not get cirrhosis from alcohol consumption; she got it from a fatty liver. The gene from a fatty liver can be inherited. She was on a strict diet plan where she had to have at least 80 grams of protein a day and no more than 2000 grams of sodium. I avoided giving her anything with sodium because of fluid built up in her legs.

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Comment from: Marcella, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 03

I was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver 3 years ago and had turned yellow, throwing up blood and fluid in the abdomen, swelling of ankles. I was told I would die; I was hospitalized for 3 weeks. I did not drink again and used all the meds they gave me to help with water retention, etc. I researched and found out how to eliminate salt from my diet, I walk 4 miles a day and try to live very healthy. I was just at my doctor's and my bili count is down to .01 and my liver is getting better. It will never be the same again but I live without any medication whatsoever. You can live with cirrhosis and feel pretty darn good. Not drinking is the biggest key. There is hope.

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Comment from: Miranda, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: April 12

My husband was diagnosed with liver cirrhosis about four years ago. He had been drinking beer regularly, then cider for years in quite large amounts -- about 6 pints or more a day. Upon getting the diagnosis, he stopped drinking all alcohol and improved somewhat in the liver function. He had some problems with build-up of abdominal fluid, which was helped by the use of diuretics (spironolactone and furosemide) and restricting dietary salt. He has a lot of arthritic-like pain and feels exhausted all the time. He is very weak. He is over 70, but we must try to keep him going against the odds.

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Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 07

I am a 38 year old wife and mother of three young boys. They are 7, 8 and 10. I have severe cirrhosis of the liver. When I was 10 years old I was diagnosed with autoimmune liver disease. I have been on several medications all my life. By the time I was 17 the disease had already progressed to cirrhosis. I have been very blessed in that I have had 21 years of relatively good health. I consider myself extra blessed because doctors told me I would probably not be able to have children. I have had 3 and they are all healthy. I am now suffering with fluid retention, constant vomiting, weight loss, confusion, and strange sleep patterns that keep me from quality time with my boys. It breaks my heart that they have to watch their mother go through this. I am awaiting a transplant and am praying that happens before they lose me.

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