My mom has stage 4 cirrhosis and continues to drink, how long does she have?
- 1 Mar 2013 by Teggers05
- 12 Nov 2016
- alcoholic liver damage, cirrhosis, liver cirrhosis, thyroid, liver
Hi, my mom is 51 years old and she's been an alcoholic for as long as I can remember and she drinks straight vodka from the bottle 100 proof. She found out in October 2007 that she has stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver and that she needed a transplant.
It's been over 5 yrs since she was diagnosed, and I can't really tell a difference in her physically wise. She looks and acts fine to me. Her eyes have always been kind of yellowish and she has a big belly. Unfortunatly she continues to drink almost daily and I worry about her everyday and night. She also has thyroid issues which has contributed to her liver damage.
I guess I'm just looking for some answers on how long someone can live like this?
No one can tell you how long, but I can tell you she is significantly shortening the time she has. Sometimes the color of urine and stool is a problem that helps you know what's going on in this situation. Urine would be very dark and her stool would become light in color.
My mom was the same. Continuous heavy drinking and smoking heavily. She had given up on life. How long? Sooner than you think. Now is the time for you to start your grieving. Acknowledge her sad deficiencies to your self. Thank her for giving you life. Be ready to take her to the hospital when she is vomiting and in great pain. Stay strong and remember it is her disease not yours. Find a rehab center to put her in for her last days. Now is the time. I found it too hard under pressure by the doctor. If you have sibs, get together and discuss. Have her sign a power of attorney and a living will. That way you know if she wants machines or not, same with family to know and agree. Ask her if cremated or buried and where the remains go.
Yes, this is sad and real. It has nothing to do with you. No guilt or fault lies upon you, no matter what you were told all those years before now. You are strong and capable. My prayers go with you. Yes, I know this well. Karen
First of all, I am sorry. This is a really crappy situation to be in - watching your mother basically kill herself. I say that because I lost my mother three days ago. She was 48, and she died of cirrhosis. She was diagnosed two years ago, was basically brought back to life by her doctors, and was released. She attempted AA for maybe a month, and swore she wasn't drinking to the end. Then the coroner called and said they found eight empty bottles of vodka by her bed. Share my story with her. Share the other stories you are hearing here, and all over the internet, because the previous poster was right- you don't have any idea what time you have left. Make end of life plans, tell her you love her. I thought I would have my mother for years, but she thought differently. The liver is not meant to withstand that kind of heavy drinking, which is what causes liver failure to begin with...
if it's already that damaged, its just a matter of when, there is no if if she is still drinking. She's already had longer than my mother of the same condition. Good luck, you are not alone.
If you were to ask a Hepatologist/Gastroenterologist, given the little information provided; 'how long?'. Given the presence of advanced cirrhosis, jaundice and ascites? Less than 2 years most likely (I'm not sure why she is still here except that everyone is different).
Giving up drinking and getting medical advice/attention is her only hope of life extension as she will never qualify for a transplant (6 months of abstinence is a normal requirement for listing). Maybe diuretics for the ascites and a short course of cortico steroids would extend her life possibly but the drinking has to go or it (death) will be sooner rather than later.
I am going through the exact thing. Im 42. My mom has been drinking since i was 4. She was diagnosed about a year ago with stage 4 cirrhosis. Almost died. Sobered up for a month and last night i caught her drinking. She is up visiting me right now for a few days. I dont know how to feel or really what to do. I told her i love her. What else can i do? She chose to die instead of live. Help my heart. Thank you
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