Patient Comments: Cirrhosis of The Liver - Symptoms

The symptoms of cirrhosis of the liver can vary greatly from patient to patient. What were your symptoms at the onset of your disease?

Comment from: YellowSub, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 01

I just turned 52. I was diagnosed with type II diabetes in April of 1999 and fatty liver disease in September of 1999. I tried my best to control my blood sugars and not have a lot of stress in my life but unfortunately I did not try hard enough. The fatty liver disease and uncontrolled blood sugars caused my liver to morph into non-alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver of which I was diagnosed in July of 2008. I was not monitored between 1999 and 2008, so I am unsure of how long I was actually in cirrhosis. Now, I have developed some of the classic symptoms such as water logged fingers and palms reddish in color. I look sick, I have enlarged spleen, two types of anemia, low CBC counts and I required 4 transfusions already this year, endoscopies to cauterize and/or band esophageal varices, extreme nausea, an ERCP (shunt in pancreas for pancreatitis), extreme sleepiness, high ammonia levels causing hepatic encephalopathy, itchiness and memory (short and long term) problems at times and then I am fine and can remember. I am sure I have not listed everything. The only thing that has not shown up yet is jaundice. I was a partyer in my 20's, but not every day. I stopped doing it in my late 20's way before the doctors found that I had diabetes type II and fatty liver disease. I can tell you this, being 40 lbs overweight and no glucose control has wreaked havoc on my liver and my body.

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Comment from: Ron, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: July 18

My symptom of liver cirrhosis was pain under right rib cage.

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Comment from: need help, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 11

With cirrhosis of liver it burns so badly to urinate or to have a bowel movement.

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Comment from: Anna, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 02

I recently lost my father to liver cirrhosis. It was a tragic experience for me to see my father pass away right in front of my eyes. Just from Monday onward he was showing some weird behavior like desire to pass motion on the bed which he did on Monday, Tuesday as well as on Wednesday. Later on, on Thursday he bled in his diaper. He survived that situation till Friday evening. However he couldn't fight death anymore and died at around 7.30 p.m. in the evening. Earlier that week he was suffering with muscle pull too and got shivers at night. Seeing your own father going through so much pain was a heart breaking experience for me.

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Comment from: Victoria, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 01

I am 55 and have been diagnosed with stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver and had hepatitis C but went on treatment and am hepatitis free. My problem is I have low platelet count and am constantly tired. I have diarrhea everyday but not losing any weight.

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Comment from: dhirendra s., 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 11

My mother is suffering from colon cancer and she had an operation. The doctor prescribed her to take 8 cycles of chemotherapy but she had 4 cycles and 4 are left. In the meantime she has developed cirrhosis liver and the doctor says she will not be able to take the 4 cycles which are left.

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