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Old 05-14-2005, 04:50 AM   #16
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Re: Alcohol and Liver Diseases

The liver can regenerate itself but dont wait until its too late to stop the drinking. My mom died of end-stage cirrhosis at age 52 and I can assure you, thats a horrible way to go! Stop now while you're ahead and seek professional help as to why you really drink so much. Good luck to you and take care of yourself as noone else can!

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Old 06-08-2005, 08:06 PM   #17
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I have a brother that has advanced liver disease/cirrhosis and he is 31. He was diagnosed at age 29. He could have been predisposed to the disease and drank heavily since high school. I would definately be proactive and get as many tests as possible. You are probably fine, but realizing you might be at risk could save you years of suffering. His doctor said that the most important thing, is what you do with the information once you have it. Some people get the disease and don't drink much, others drink like fish and never get it. I wish you the best!

Old 06-09-2005, 06:36 AM   #18
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How did your brother know something was wrong? What symptoms does he have? How is your brother doing?

Old 06-09-2005, 03:09 PM   #19
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Could you please tell us some of your brothers symptoms? That would be really appreciated. Keeping you and your brother in my thoughts. Take care.

Old 06-10-2005, 06:14 PM   #20
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I drank a Half Gallon of vodak a day. I quit in 1998 and never touched a drink since. I had a ultasound down on my liver and all kind of blood work done and the hospital never found anything wrong with my liver. I drank like this for 3 years. The doctor said to me that there are things science cannot explain.

Old 07-26-2005, 05:31 PM   #21
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I have a brother that is 31 and is in late stage cirrhosis. He went to the doctor b/c he was having stomach problems etc. when he was about 28. The doctor mentioned that because he drank daily this was most likely causing the stomach problems and would cause further problems. He continued to drank 4-8 beers daily. Two years later... he was diagnosed with alcoholic hepatitis and now late stage cirrhosis. It happens so quickly. I would say the most important thing is what you do with the information. My brother's doctor said that had he quit drinking several years ago he would not be in this situation. He still drinks to this day. His arms and legs are about 3 inches around/no muscle and his stomach is so huge it looks like he has a watermelon in his belly. Every other week he has to go to the hospital to have 12 liters drained. All of this because of his excessive drinking. We are trying hard to get him into rehab, but he says WHY? to prolong his agony? I would hate for another person, especially so young to go through this. Alcoholism is a true disease and it would be so much easier to quit drinking before it gets out of hand. You can't change the past, but can change the future before you dont have options. Good luck. On the positive side, you are aware what alcohol can do. Funny, how not everyone gets cirrhosis, but no one knows for sure. Although I have never drank nearly as much as my brother, it has opened my eyes and I have drastically reduced how much I drink. His illness has scared me so bad! Best of luck to you.

Old 07-26-2005, 05:51 PM   #22
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It has been a little while since I have been on this site. Thanks for the concern. While I cant change what is going on, I like to share information and it makes me feel better talking about it! By helping just one person would be great!

As for his early sysmptoms: stomach problems, bleeding, fatigue, yellow eyes/skin, eye infections/boils. The doctor warned him this could be hepatitis and alcohol related.

Mid symptoms: (he continued to drink) strange sleep pattern/up all night and sleep during the day, more infections, confusion, skin infection (was hospitalized) and some bloating. Doctor confirmed related to drinking and had a biopsy done. Confirmed quite sick. I think at this point, my brother was seriously depressed but was told to simply quit drinking. (I wonder if he should have been assessed for depression/I would be depressed!)

End-stage (still drinks!)- acites (this is crazy swelling/have never seen anything like it), slurred speech, malnurished, fatigue, weight loss/except for belly swelling, strange odor, personality changes, sores on tongue.He now has the fluid removed everyother week---12 liters.

His specialist explained that if he doesnt quit drinking (which he hasn't) it is going to be much worse... and to expect this. My mom and I have had to have him go to our atty to become power of atty for when this happens. His doctor said that he will become "very difficult" (even more than he is!! ) and will need 24 hour care/nursing care. He said some people get violent! Scary! We had a guy in the town I live in kill his mom for pain meds because he was so sick with end-stage liver cancer....)

This whole situation has been an eye opener. I am 35 and like most people drink alcohol. Now I am much more careful and I have realized that this can happen to anyone. I have had long discussions with his specialist about this. Dr Webster says that most people when faced with death, do quit drinking. My brother's addiction to alcohol has proved too strong. He says he wants to quit but cant. I dont see where he has tried very hard...still hangs with the same friends, goes to bars/restaurants and is very stubborn. I wish I could do more for my brother because we love him so much.

Let me know if you have any more questions!

Old 07-27-2005, 07:24 AM   #23
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Re: Alcohol and Liver Diseases

Originally Posted by noaone
Hey, guys. I am 25 and quite a heavy drinker. I recently had some blood work done, and everything came out pretty normal. My Dr. then said that my liver was "kind of bad" and suggested that i quit drinking and get an ultrasound as well as get some Hep/HIV Tests done.

I havent had a drink in a bout a week, but i was wondering, does anyone knowthe average age of Cirrhosis in an individual?

I just recently discovered a small yellow patch on the left side of my stomach, and feel a kind of hardening feeling on the tops of my stomach.

I have an ultrasound scheduled on the 20th. I am only 25, been drinking for about 3 years. Can the liver still regenerate?
Hello, I have read your thread and being an adult child of an alcoholic Father I have seen and heard alot of information on Cirrhosis, not to mention I am still living this nightmare today. Alcohol has controled my families everyday life. You are very young to be experiencing this but its never too late to stop. A liver is the largest organ in the body and is amazing at that. A liver will rebuild it self as long as you stay away from alcohol. You may have damaged some of your liver and the part that is damaged will not rebuild its self and turn into fatty tissue. The pain you are experiencing may be your liver in inlarged because of the alcohol. The more you drink the more pain. Your body is sending you a message, listen to it. My Father is at end stage Cirrhosis. Its terriable to see a parent go through this. This is not how I want to remember my Father. Its an awful Disease and not only affects you but the people you love. I wish you much luck. Take care of yourself

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