to want to admit it, when i ask it's always as if he is in denial. today he was told his enzymes are way to high and it is causing a "yellow bubbly" discharge from his anus so in the morning he goes for upper/lower Gi/colonoscopy and liver biopsy (these are not the first)his legs, feet, hands, stomach, liver and spleen swell has, copd, high blood pressure, emphysema, psoriasis(often complains of being itchy) sick if he doesn't drink, sick if he does(emesis and pain). diarrhea(often), itchy, high blood pressure. lately he has been having pain for quite some time now.enlarged testicle... repeating himself more often, seems the list goes on and on but i think i touched on most of it. try to research this but never seem to find a answer that basically says " This is where he's at" . any insight would be deeply apprediated. thanks. oh, and he also has colitis.
Hi, I just stumbled onto your question and want to offer a bit of help/support. If your brother admits he's cirrhotic that means he's stage F4. There is no higher stage than F4 however, a person can have compensated cirrhosis where the liver still functions at a mostly appropriate level. Then there's decompensated cirrhosis where the liver is not functioning properly due to the advanced disease state. In cases of decompensated cirrhosis you will often see ascites (excess fluid in the peritoneal cavity/belly) edema of the extremities, itching may be caused by elevated bilirubin, and a person can experience periods of extreme confusion caused be elevated levels of ammonia in their body. This is called hepatic encephalopathy. All of the above symptoms are indications of advanced disease state ie. decompensated cirrhosis. I'm very sorry your brother isn't open to taking about it but honestly he may not even realize the extent of his own illness. Especially if he's having hepatic encephalopathy or if he's actively drinking. The drinking will absolutely increase the progression of the disease and increase complications of the cirrhosis. I hope this helps a little.
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