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How long can you live with cirrhosis?

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2006-12-18 22:22:47

== == In many cases can live with Cirrhosis of the liver, if the

person gets to the doctor right away. This is usually brought on by

heavy drinking for many years (but some young people can get this

disease as well if they drink heavier than most in their age

bracket.) However other ways to have Cirrhosis of the liver is Hep

B,C or D; autoimmune hep; some drugs, toxins and infections;

blocked bile ducts and some inherited diseases such as

Hemochromatosis (the body absorbs too much iron); Wilson's disease

(buildup of too much copper in the liver); Protoporphyria (disorder

that affects the skin, bone marrow and liver. Symptoms are: feel

tired or weak; loss of appetite; feel sick to your stomach; lose

weight; have nose bleeds, bruise or bleed easily. Any medication

you may be on may affect you on the stronger side because your

liver is not able to break it down. Waste materials from food may

build up in the blood or brain and may cause confusion or

difficulty thinking. Protein that you eat breaks down into

chemicals like ammonia. A healthy liver removes these byproducts.

Enlarged veins may develop in the esophagus and stomach. One could

vomit blood or have signs of blood in a bowel movement. Kidneys may

fail (unable to urinate after taking in fluids.) For more severe

cases bloating (retaining water and not being able to urinate) to

jaundice. If the person continues to drink alcohol then death will

certainly occur quicker than later. Being treated for Cirrhosis

depends on how long the patient has ignored the symptoms (or

possibly not known what to look for in the early stages.) The scar

tissue on the liver will never go away completely, but treating the

cause will keep cirrhosis from getting worse. Cure: If you drink

STOP!!!!! If it's from Hepatitis C there are medications. A simple

blood test will help the doctor determine what type of Cirrhosis

you have. KEEPING CIRRHOSIS FROM GETTING WORSE: Stop drinking

completely! Drink plenty of water!!!! Don' take medications

including those you buy without prescription such as vitamins and

herbal supplements without discussing it with your doctor. If in

doubt phone your pharmacist. Many people may take something for a

cold so remember this simple rule if you have Cirrhosis .... IF YOU

DON'T REALLY NEED AN OVER THE COUNTER MED, DON'T TAKE IT! IF YOU

DO, THEN CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR OR YOUR PHARMACIST. REMEMBER ....

YOUR LIVER IS A FILTER ORGAN, SO DON'T DAMAGE IT FURTHER! Get

vaccinated against Hep A and Hep B. These forms of liver disease

are preventable. Get a flu shot, but ask your doctor first. Your

immune system is low if you have Cirrhosis of the liver. Avoid raw

shellfish such as oysters. Many people don't realize they can live

with a very little bit of their liver present (surgery) and also

that the liver can rejuvenate itself. If a person wants to save

their life then they should keep in good contact with their

specialist, listen well, do as you are told and lead a healthy

lifestyle. The choice is up to the individual.


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