My dad was diagnosed with Cirrhosis of the liver May of 2015. he went in because an artery ruptured and needed 8 blood transfusions! During surgery he did flat line! He was released a week later! they said he is going to need a liver transplant but will not consider him because he was an alcoholic. Since he has been out the hospital he has not had one drink. He gets tired easily but some days he has a lot of energy. He has no insurance and the doctors have said he needs more operations to band the other arteries since they are really thin from the drinking before! they also said he does has a time frame of how long he is going to live but needs tests to find out the time length! We don't qualify for help with Medicaid or any insurance, and don't have that kind of money to get the operations! we have gotten some blood work done! What I want to know if you know about how long he may have to live, and any other information or stories you have had with cirrhosis! we are still researching but need as much info as possible! As for the stage he is stages, we know for sure he is a stage 2, but his liver is still working just not sure when it will quit on him, and not sure if he is considered a stage 3! Doctors couldn't clear that up for us!
If your Dad has really thin arteries that won't be banded, that seems to be a more serious a problem than stage 2 or 3 cirrhosis of the liver. A thin artery can rupture any time, just as it did already. The average person has 5 units of blood in their body. Your Dad went through all of his body's blood capacity (5 units) and then another 3/5s of it again (3 units) with the last arterial rupture. That's a phenomenal amount of blood, and was a close call and very hard on his body. Can you make sure there is always someone with him who can get him to the hospital or call 911 should an artery go? He can't afford to lose any time in that situation.
Can you get Obamacare? Look for the programs with the least output from your Dad... the lowest deductible + the lowest copays. There are a few that my sons have found affordable amongst the ridiculously unaffordable. Pre-existing conditions don't rule out his being covered. I have to tell you my one son is having a hard time getting consistent approval for multiple treatments for one health problem. But it's worth a try for your Dad's sake.
My paternal grandfather was an alcoholic but died from emphysema due to his smoking habit. My paternal uncle was an alcoholic with pancreatitis and a cirrhotic liver but died from esophageal cancer due to smoking. He was not drinking and died with plenty of support from his friends at AA.
Hi Guzmafra - I'm sorry to hear you're going through this. My father passed away last month from cirrhosis, he was 56. He passed away 10 months after being diagnosed with stage-4 cirrhosis.
It's hard to know from your description on how long you can expect someone with cirrhosis to live. If your father is really in stage 2 or 3 liver disease, that is good as it indicates there is no permanent scaring, and the liver can heal with proper care, and MOST importantly - no drinking. As the previous poster mentioned, your father's situation sounds more severe than stage 3 if his arteries are rupturing due to the strain of a damaged liver- and could be in stage 4 ('final' or 'end-stage'). This means his liver has been damaged to the point it is scared and and scared areas of the liver won't heal. That doesn't mean it's 100% nonfunctional, but it does mean what isn't functioning won't get better, and what's left is a high-risk of getting worse.
You used the word "cirrhosis", which basically means "scared" - which would be stage-4. You would probably be seeing other symptoms in a stage-4 cirrhosis patient - sleepiness, mental confusion, yellowing skin/eyes, veiny nose, swelling feet/ankles... all pretty common.
Since your father is an alcoholic (as was mine) the most important thing to do is to stop drinking - there is little hope for improvement (or even staying the same) with continued drinking. Alcoholism in itself is a disease and needs to be treated with the same passion as other medical issues. There are other medications that can be taken to help with the symptoms of liver disease.
Typically you can be considered for a transplant being alcohol-free for one year. A relationship with a good doctor that will support you is important during this time. Once you're on the list, it can take a long time before receiving a transplant - usually the more critical patients receive them first. Again, a relationship with a good doctor will help.
My father did not want any medical care and continued to drink - otherwise, I believe he would have lived much longer than 10 months after diagnosis.
Hope some of that helped - best of luck to you and your family.
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