... has been a drinker from time to time. But not an alcoholic. I don't feel like enough to have caused this. He has ascities an is jaundice. He is having severe abd pain. Is this normal? The ascities is improving some with fluid pills. Should we push for more testing as autoimmune conditions could have caused this? They did a liver biopsy. At the time of hospitalization his liver, spleen, an gallbladder was enlarged with a golf ball sized mass on his liver. Biopsy showed it as fatty tissue? Anyone experienced this?
I'm sorry you are going through this difficult time with your friend.
Is there anything to steer you to auto-immune diseases?
Family history, etc.
I'm thinking more of it being more of a GI origin.
He should definitely be following a GI doctor that specializes in liver, gall bladder, pancreatic diseases.
Hi. I have read quite a lot about fat liver. This prevents the liver from cleaning toxins from the blood. I understand that this is the first part of dysfunction which can be treated by fat free diet, exercise and all in all, a total life change. Doctors are so very helpful with meds to implement treatment to get patients to a normal level of blood glucose, cholesterol and direction to healing.
The liver is the only organ that regenerates itself. When it is too late, options and illness may be profoundly painful. Emotionally and physically. Yellow is my least favorite color. My brother yellow from head to toe. End stage. I miss him every day.
My heart goes out to you because we cannot make one another do what we want them to do to stay with us.
Ashgirl; Also sometimes it does not have to be a full-blown alcoholic as with anyone or anything else that we may take everyone has a different tolerance to alcohol and whatever else he may have taken or used over a period of time. But as windchimes, I believe this is time to really buckle down and follow the doctor's instructions and only take what the doctor wants him on. Please don't get sucked into these cures all remedy that is just to take your money. Listen to your doctor or his rather and find out what else he can do to prolong his condition and have still as good of a quality of life. Many people with this condition also live to be very old. It's how you live and you willing to change. best of luck to all of you. Chuck1957
I'm a liver transplant patient. First off if there's ascites that's not good, that means the livers not full functioning to remove the fluids. He's jaundice that's another sign of failure. DON'T panic just get further testing done. If your close to a ER that has a transplant team go there so times not wasted by doctors who do not completely understand the liver. Certainly the livers amazing and can heal itself DEPENDING on the extent of the damage
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