I was diagnosed with Cirrhosis of the liver when I had kidney stone surgery 2 years ago and I knew I was sick by the size of my stomach. so the doctors did some tests and found out I also have Hep C. I'm dealing with a swollen stomach, shaking horribly, balance so bad I'm falling down, bruising, I am on medication for depression. I had to quit my job and filed for social security disability, I get so confused of the simple things I do on a daily basis and I'm almost to the point of not being able to drive. My sleep pattern is crazy, I stay up all night and sleep during the day. I don't have insurance so I haven't seen anyone since last year 2014. My children and siblings don't know the stage I am at, the severity of this disease. Could someone tell me if I should be getting for the inevitable happens. Thank you
Do you really want to add many years to your life? Do you have the toughness and resolve to do what you have to do? Do you want to fight or are you going to give up? I was diagnosed with Hep C 3 years ago. It had damaged my liver to a stage 4 level. The first thing I had to do was mentally decide I was going to do whatever it took to stop my condition at the point it was at.Then work on slowly improving to regain a life worth living.
1-Get medical treatment. Quit alcohol.The symptoms you describe are common in many liver related issues.Hep C can be cured. Curing the Hep C and if applicable,stopping alcohol, will arrest what is attacking your liver. Be diligent in doing treatment as described. If funding is an issue seek an advocate from the Liver Foundation or another charitable organization. Don't be to proud,this is your life and it matters. Find the support you need financially and emotionally.
2-Change eating habits (ref:Mayo site for ideas on diet for Liver disease)
3- Start walking everyday or any other exercise as tolerated. Start small, if you persist it will get easier.
4 Talk to a Naturopath as well.There are not herbal remedies to cure liver diseases or Hep C but there are herbs that will help with Liver function (milk thistle/dandelion root) along with diet and exercise. Get medical treatment first and foremost. You must be willing to change and to put forth the effort it will take to change.
It will not be easy to make changes but you must. Work on a positive attitude. Believe in yourself. This may help remove the need for additional medications like depression drugs. Our liver must work to process everything we consume. Anything taxing we can remove will help.
Nothing worthwhile you are fighting for is going to be easy or happen overnight but we all have to take the first steps.Is their someone in your life to provide even moral support?
I don't mean to sound preachy, I draw only from my own experience. I have had to undergo two Hep C treatments (as the first did not work) in the last 3 years. I then had a small cancer removed from my liver less than a week ago. Yet today I am going to my granddaughters birthday.
Again, I wish you the very best. It is you and you only that can make things better by telling yourself you can and you will do what needs to be done to help yourself. Don't give up at the first hurdle. Be determined. Be a fighter.You can make things start to get better. Positive Mental Attitude is absolutely nessacary.
Good luck and will be thinking of you in your struggles.If you want more specific information of diet and Vitamins / minerals / and herbs I have found beneficial feel free to ask.
Stay positive. Many on this site are here for you and others like you.
They certainly know you're sick. Something simple like lactulose could help you yet you need to see a dr for the prescription. Without having a stage there is no way to tell you from here.
Hopefully Stephen will pick up your question, he has cirrhosis and is knowledgeable about it.
if you don't want to really fight for your life then it's up to you,I have stage 4 cirohsis, Hep C gn.3a and last but not least type II diabetes. I found out in 2009, but I stopped drinking that day and have been fighting ever since, find a clinic to start,they have them,proper meds and clean living has my meld score down to 11,so if you can change, you can fight for years,,, but it means no red meat[raises ammonia level in blood], lots of fruit and fresh garden food. I have 3 grand kids that I'm going to be around to teach and spoil a little for a long time, I never said this is easy but I have lived longer than half my liver docs.
said I would and yes all my family knows and my wife is my caregiver, ruff job sometimes,,, forget pride it won't cure you, ask around for help as it is out there, cuz it took 3 years to win my ssi,,, no salt, cuts down swelling,, it was easier to quit drinking than stop eating salt, shaking is high ammonia level,get lactolose,might be misspelled, it will help alot,go to website of hep C cures they have programs to help if you have no ins. yet. the rest is up to you, I haven't as I have no plan to go anywhere yet, except fishing, I have been turned down 5 times for the cure but don't care. got a new doc that keeps appealling it, soon to go before another judge to plead my case... like I said it ain't easy but it can be done... so I guess my answer is no one knows how long you have but if you fight for it,, could be years
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