I have had this since the 1980s I am 55 I am now stage 3 cirrhosis of the liver. I feel a lot of pain with weight lost. I have lost 55lbs since February of 2016. Be honest how much do I have left to live. I spend a lot of time throwing up
The range of answers is way too broad to call the undertaker yet. Believe it or not, your gall bladder or spleen are more likely to cause pain than your liver. When not painful, the area above your spleen will be tender with palpation (light pressing with 4 fingers). Did the weight loss begin with you taking diuretics? When I started taking Furosemide, I lost 35 pounds (16 litres) of fluid in the first two weeks.
As to the throwing up had it occurred to you that you may just have a case of Helicobacter pylori infection? A simple cheap breath test will reveal that and is simple to cure. If this is the case they may also prescribe a proton pump inhibitor like Omeprazole to reduce stomach acidity; they may just anyway.
Apart from that without knowing what you eat and drink and your blood work we can't even calculate a basic MELD score (and interpret it), speculation is pointless. You could have five years; you could have 15.
See your doctor about HCV treatment. Gilead has a program for people with Obamacare.
I'm sorry you are going through this.
I was a hospice nurse for many years.
Yes, it's devastating. A lot depends on how your general health was before this became an issue. A younger person with the same diagnosis will most likely live longer because their heart is stronger.
We all have an expiration date!
Do you really WANT to know?
Why not just try to live your life in a state of peacefulness and doing the right thing?
Don't forget that hospice can begin services with a prognosis of 6 months or less.
It's not as depressing as most people think. They do SO much more than hand holding.
Actually, it's a refreshing type of care because you can say whatever you want. They are aware that laughter makes people feel better so the visits are generally up-beat.
When you want to be serious, they will answer the most sensitive questions. Education is Power. Patients report that knowing what the next step on their plate is will take away the anxiety of not knowing. Also knowing what will be done alleviates their anxiety. They are a bunch of committed and generous people. You will feel like someone is covering your back!
People can always come off the program and their insurance will again take over.
I'm not saying you are ready for this stage. I'm saying it so you know what is available and not to be afraid.
I'm also bringing it up for other people who may have questions.
I'm praying for you.
Take care and let us know how you are feeling.
Your in LUCK! Back in the Spring of 2014, My Primary Care Doctor at my request referred Me to a Gastro-Doctor who In turn referred Me to a Hepatologist. New on the Pharma Market (ONCE AGAIN YOUR IN LUCK) was a 2 drug cocktail consisting of Sovaldi-400Mg. and Olysio-150Mg. taken together once daily for 12 weeks. There are certain Criteria, such as Genotype-1 Hep C, (the MOST COMMON TYPE) (so about 95% plus chance) (ONCE AGAIN YOUR IN LUCK) Also You need a Hepatitis A, and a Hepatitis B Vaccine, and be able to tolerate them, which is about a 90% chance (AGAIN, YOUR IN LUCK). I had the HEP-C Virus since 1991 (23 years). DO NOT GIVE UP! I got the idea for the cure on the cover of the Web-Md magazine in my primary care Dr.s waiting room, and he made the referral's. For 23 years my viral load was 1,500,000 units. I tried and failed with Peg-Interferon-Alpha. It was a 24 week treatment.
After 12 weeks, I had to withdraw due to My Inability to handle the Flu-like symptoms 24/7 I thought that was It, and I would die young, Until I saw the Article in Web-Md. The Interferon is USELESS! Then in 2014 I saw the article in Web-Md. 3 Years later, my VIRAL LOAD went from 1,500,000 to "NON-DETECTED", and the best part was due to "MEDICAL RESEARCH", the cost was ZERO!!! There is a New Drug on the Market called Harvoni, but I have no FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE of this Medicine. I Hope this Article can help Someone, as this Cocktail is "fairly new'. GOD BLESS YOU!
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