been in and out of hospital (more recently ) due to him being sick alot.The last time he was in hospital was three weeks ago because he was bringing up blood, His body can only take one pint of beer a day any more than that he is sick,sounds good but he drinks 3 quarters of a bottle of vodka a day .He has lost loads of weight, is very weak and is bruising easy and it lasts for days... After he came out of the hospital three days later his feet and ankles started swelling and its now gone up to just under his knee cap and he finds it hard to walk because he is in alot of pain.He sleeps alot some days and other days he sleeps average time, I think he has cirrois of the liver because he has all the symptoms and he is having blood tests done tomorrow (wednesday 24/8/2016.but im not 100%sure... sorry its long, my question is has anyone else had these symtoms and their blood tests come back normal? Thankyou for taking the time to read this.We have only been married 2 months and its hard...
Hi Lyn, yes, I'm a former 28 year alcoholic with end stage liver disease. He is sicker than me and there is no way his Liver tests will be remotely normal. If he does not stop drinking now he will likely be dead within three years. The easy bruising is due to an absence of platelets that get destroyed by the spleen and a high clotting time (an international clotting score INR will probably be around 2.5 instead of 1.0). The third instance of bleeding of the esophagus is usually fatal. He needs to get pressure socks (diabetics use them and you do get what you pay for) to help with the edema (fluid on ankles) and if he has a swollen belly, that is most likely all fluid (called ascites) and requires a diuretic like furosemide.
See a gastroenterologist or liver specialist so he can spell out the above for you. I feel really bad for you as he will just become an increasing burden. If he can quit drinking (verifiably) for 12 months he might make it to a transplant list in time but he would still never be able to drink again as it will make a donor organ less viable and prone to rejection (and the insurance or about $250,000+ to get that done).
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