My boyfriend was told two years ago that he had cirrhosis of the liver. At that time he was hospitalized and had fluid drained because of ascites, he also had a blood transfusion. The doctor told me his liver was shot and unless he had a liver transplant he would die. He never had the liver biopsy and continued to drink. It is now two years later and he was hospitalized once again but this time he was unconscious because of drinking excessively. In the past two years he has never had to have his stomach drained, he did have slight swelling of his feet.. They were going to do a biopsy this time but after doing two ultrasounds and an MRI they are saying his liver is fine? Blood work also shows liver enzymes are normal? I am so confused as to what is going on, is it possible the first doctor was wrong? The last two years have been a living nightmare and I became very depressed thinking I was going to loose him. A part of me wants to be happy and believe this but another tells me not to get my hopes up. Has anyone on here ever experienced this, is it possible his liver has healed itself even though he still drank? I was told the only way to verify cirrhosis is through a liver biopsy, can they really tell from MRI's and ultra sounds? I did allot of praying at that time and just maybe those prayers were answered? He has now been clean for about four months and is in a rehab facility, he also has MS so they are working on getting him more mobile again. Any feed back would be appreciated and my heart goes out to all of you who are going through this!
Hello. I am so sorry you are having to go through this. I am the wife of a life long alcoholic. We were told in 2007 that my husband would not live through the night due to his alcoholic cirrhosis. He did live through the night and continued to drink once he was released from the hospital. In 2010, he was hospitalized once again and the doctor told us it was too late and he had 7-90 days to live. He quit drinking. He had a liver biopsy and it confirmed his cirrhosis and we were told he had portal hypertension. I have read that once the damage is done with alcoholic cirrhosis, it is not reversible. If they completely quit drinking though, it can slow the progression of the disease. I have read multiple accounts of people knocking at deaths door who are now living fairly healthy lives even though they have alcoholic cirrhosis. As long as there is even a small portion of the liver that is undamaged, they can live by removing the alcohol from their lives, healthy eating, exercising and following the doctors advice to a "t". For me, to be on the safe side, I would not discount his original diagnosis of cirrhosis. Even though a doctor is now saying that his liver is fine, the liver is too important to our existence not to be safe rather than sorry. He does really need the biopsy to show how extensive the damage is. Over the last six years my husband's blood work also greatly improved. I have read of several people who have "normal" blood work but are still seriously ill. Does he see a gastroenterologist or hepatologist? My husband was very fortunate and had an outstanding gastroenterologist. Your boyfriend has been sober for four months and with each passing day, your prayers are being answered! I do believe in miracles and prayer but also know that the efforts you are making with abstinence and rehab will prove priceless in the long run! You both will be in our prayers!
I am a 47 yr old female. I was diagnosed exactly one year ago with Ascites. At that time they done an MRI Ultrasound and blood work all pointing towards Ascites which was my diagnoses. After a few months of misery I began to feel better and decided to get a second and third opinion in which both Dr's done only blood work and ultrasound assuring me there were no signs of Ascites at that time. Therefore making me wonder if I was misdiagnosed the first time. Or maybe only the MRI was the key in finding the Ascites. I don't know.. I continue to have swelling in abdomen along with other signs of Ascites from time to time. Unfortunately I have yet to return for prior care. I totally understand your confusion and frustration and hope all works out well for you and your husband.
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