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Alpha1 Liver Def -- Is this hindering me from conceiving?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 18, 2008
  • 04:51 AM

I have Alpha-1 Anti-Trypison Liver Deficiency. I was diagnosed this at two months of age when I became yellow. Recently I've had Two Upper Gastric Bleeds that sent me for Three weeks total hospital stay. All is taken care of now, I am on Protonix and Propranolol and have been ordered by the doctors to not work or lift certain things. But prior and even still my husband and I have been dead set trying to have a baby -- to no avail. We were told recently my body was not getting enough nutrients to maintain myself along with another in me, thus my past miscarry. So this called for a diet change along with the risk of being transplanted within the next couple or so years. Which I fear since I've not conceived and would like to before I'm on well over 20+ pills that will kill any chance for me to be a mother.
My husband just turned 26 and has a son by a previous relationship. I am going on 21 (I know I am young, please look past this) and have had likely two miscarriages due to these bleeds. The specialists don't know why I'm having problems conceiving, they are not thrilled with my choice but are willing to help and have offered ll they could to this problem with no good turnout.
I've had a steady healthy diet well over several several months and have tried just about everything in the book, but each hit and miss is turning out to be constant misses.
Is it possible my liver disease is the culprit to my mishaps in this bumbling adventure to be a mother?
It is at 70% working order, aside from the random bleeds, everything else has been normal in my life and I've been cut off from any worldly stresses outside the laundry pile that takes over the floor.
What am I doing wrong?
Any suggestions for my fruitless adventure?

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  • Please consider finding a good acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist to help get your body back in balance. Acupuncture is brilliant for both infertility and liver diseases! I cannot recommend this highly enough, but you would need to find a qualified practitioner - www.acufinder.com and www.nccaom.org ar two websites to look at. IMO your liver problem is a contributing factor to your fertility issues...that doesn't mean it cannot be overcome (and the above treatment should really help). You mention diet but don't mention supplements...you NEED to be on a good quality PRENATAL supplement if you aren't already taking one. Visit www.vitacost.com for great prices on supplements...you should be taking this religiously due to your bleeding history. According to Chinese medicine theory, your issues may stem from a liver/spleen inbalance. This can affect both digestion and fertility issues. Please try acupuncture I feel this will really help you! Best wishesDOM
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  • Thank you for your Input and suggestion -- I will look into the vitamin suppliment and acupuncture. I am in the New Jersey State and sadly, I only carry Medicaide Insurance and I've no idea what it's cover. They never sent me anything aside from a card and a letter saying I was approved. :/If that helps any... I had Prenatal vitamins prior, but I had never been able to finish them due to a sudden hospitalization (first one). I was only on them for a month and that was all I really had because we we're trying to balance my body back out. I don't know what good it did because I never got my period until a month after the hospital. Doctors assumed it was stress related from blood transfusions.
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  • Thank you for your Input and suggestion -- I will look into the vitamin suppliment and acupuncture. I am in the New Jersey State and sadly, I only carry Medicaide Insurance and I've no idea what it's cover. They never sent me anything aside from a card and a letter saying I was approved. :/ If that helps any... I had Prenatal vitamins prior, but I had never been able to finish them due to a sudden hospitalization (first one). I was only on them for a month and that was all I really had because we we're trying to balance my body back out. I don't know what good it did because I never got my period until a month after the hospital. Doctors assumed it was stress related from blood transfusions. I am sad that acupuncture is not yet covered by medicaid or medicare, unfortunately...you might still look up some acupuncturists and ask if they offer a sliding scale fee. I offer reduced rates for some of my patients, and am in NM. It is worth asking. I feel it would really help. Lastly, just take good care of your body, mind, spirit. Don't let a doctor tell you you cannot conceive - they are not GOD and cannot possibly know for certain. Just take your prenatals and keep yourself healthy and be patient with yourself. You ARE young and have many years to have a baby. I hope that it works out for you. Best wishesDOM
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