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how long does end stage liver disease last

A: It depends upon the liver response to the medicines. not really sure how long people live with end stage liver disease, main thing to remember is follow all directions given by liver m.d. strict diet and take all meds as directed. did i say strict diet (very important). my mom has had ESLD for 4 years and seems to be getting better. lactulose very important and check for significant changes in mental status for liver encephalopathy. main thing to do is get educated. learn about the disease....


what if a cirrohis patient has end stage liver disease and has high ammonia levels that caused the patient to be asleepand incoherent, will the patient be able to overcome this?

A: Hi, Welcome to AMD. The stage you are talking about is called "hepatic encephalopathy". Normallyliver functions as detoxifier of body (toxins are metabolized in liver to harmless forms). In cirrhosis andsevere liver damage , these toxins (like you said ammonia) are not flushed out of body and they accumulate inbrain leading to progressive brain damage. It is potentially a reversible condition (if damage is not severe)but it can not be said for sure. It is also dependent on electrolyte balance of the patient (sodium, potassiumlevels) and prognosis (progress) of liver condition. Hope this helps....

end stage liver Disease - First time user

A: Hi Nikki19! I post on the Chronic Pain forum, but your post caught my eye and I had to respond. I know very little about the subject of end stage liver disease but I just wanted to say that I will pray for you, your husband, and your family. You will be in my thoughts. I have never been in your exact position, but I do know some of what you are feeling. If you need a shoulder, I am here. Hi splahdancer...thank you for your kind thoughts..hope all is well with you.  Hi, Nikki!  First of all, I want to welcome you to the forum...though I''m sorry you have to be here.  It seems that your husband''s liver disease was caused by alcohol abuse, is this correct?  He...


Sodium and end-stage liver Disease

A: angiesmommy, Hi and welcome to the forum. When someone is in end stage liver disease the liver can''t filter out toxins and sodium (among other things). The kidneys are frquently affected by liver disease so instead of eliminating the sodium it is retained in the bloodstream. If it can''t be eliminated it is stored and thus the sodium levels go up. He is holding fluid as a result of it. Noncompliance with his treatment is not unusual but EXTREMELY frustrating for the caregiver. The retention of the sodium causes many problems including swelling, especially of the hands, feet, and abdomen. Ultimately the swelling in his belly will make it more and more difficult for...


end stage liver Disease

A: Your end stage liver disease is most likely causing your weight gain as ascitic fluid builds up in your abdomen. If you are eating correctly (i.e. plenty of whole grains, reasonable amounts of dairy, small amounts of [lean] meats and fatty foods and NO alcohol] then it willbe very easy for your doctors to determine whether the weight gain is from eating poorly or continued liver faiilure. Your best option as you continue to worsen is probably a liver transplant but it is unfornutate that the need for liver transplants greatly outweights the number of donations....


Living and Caring For Someone With end stage liver Disease

A: LighninSilk- First of all....welcome to the forum! You will find a community of loving, caring knowledgable individuals here!! I am so sorry you are havin to watch your grandmother go through this! Do you know what kind of liver disease your grandmother has?? liverr disease affects everyone differently, and there is no specific "timeline" for how long you have.....I know that is not what you wanted to hear, but unfortunately....is is different for everryone. There are several topics posted, just below this thread that address end stage liverr disease as well as some of the other issues surrounding it. I would encourage you to read through those.........


Hepatitis C: What happens in end-stage liver disease?

A: The hepatitis C virus slowly damages the liver — often over the course of several decades. As a result, end-stage complications of hepatitis C include liver failure and liver cancer. These conditions primarily occur in people who develop permanent scarring of the liver (cirrhosis) due to inflammation caused by the hepatitis. About 20 percent of people with hepatitis C develop cirrhosis, usually within 10 to 30 years after infection.  Of those who have cirrhosis, about half progress to either liver failure or liver cancer. Signs and symptoms of end-

cirrhosis,varicies, end stage liver disease

A: Hello, MissVicki and welcome to the forum!  I''m glad you decided to post.  I am so glad that your husband stopped drinking and is on the transplant list.  It is remarkable that he is working.  liver disease makes one sooo fatigued.  So it could be that he is just sick and tired of being sick and tired.  I think that''s understandable.  Is he taking any antidepressants?  That might be something that would help.  I hate to see him ''give up'' after having been through so much, and there is also the danger that he might drink again.  Is he doing anything to assure that he doesn''t?  I''m sure his status on the list isn''t very high with a MELD of only 12.  Is he getting counseling through the transplant...


Normal ultrasound and still an end stage liver disease?

A: Chris, I just wanted to welcome you to the forum and say I am sorry you are not feeling well. I know that blood tests can be fairly normal and a person can have cirrhosis, but I am not sure about a normal ultrasound. I have been told that the only way to know for sure if a person has cirrhosis is by biopsy. My husband had biopsy''s every couple of years. They all came back normal until has last one two years ago. The cirrhosis was pretty advanced. There are alot of knowledgable people here that may be able to answer your question. I will pray that you find the answers to your health problems and that you are cured soon. be the problems there own or a family member''s. Still, this situation is a very disturbing one. And oh yes, reliable internet sources (Merck,...


end stage liver disease question

A: Hi, Peary!  I am glad you found us, but sorry it was under such difficult circumstances.  Here is a link to the topic here of stages of end-stage liver Disease: http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=25&m=1071558 It is listed on the same page as the thread you began.  That should help you a lot.  As to the tumors, if they are not cancerous then that is a relief.  I had a huge cancerous tumor of the rt. lobe of my liver, but it was treated and the rt. lobe removed, and I am fine now.  If your dad drinks alcohol, he needs to stop immediately, as that is the worst thing one can do to the liver. ...

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