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Alcoholic Liver Disease

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  • Posted By: mskakashka
  • March 19, 2007
  • 05:26 PM

Hi Everyone,
I'm new here, and I was hoping some of you can help me in understanding alcoholic liver disease. My husband had a biopsy done last month, we went to the follow up on Friday. My husband's hepatologist knows he's an alcoholic, and when we went to the follow up, he asked my husband if he drank the previous night. Husband said yes. Told us he had alcoholic liver disease according to biopsy, abstain from alcohol, eat right and exercise. Said they found lots of macrovesicular and microvesicular fat and some fibrosis but no cirrhosis. I asked what stage of ALD was he at. Dr. said there are no stages to ALD, I said yes there are: alcoholic fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis and alcoholic cirrhosis, dr. said ALD is a broad spectrum and it is what it is. Hubby kept asking if he could drink alcohol twice a week, dr. said that shouldn't be a problem. How could someone with ALD who is an alcoholic, be told they can drink twice a week (especially when we all know alcoholics can't drink in moderation). If anyone could help me understand what stage he is at, or what complications may develop (which the dr. also didn't say), I would really appreciate it. Thanks again in advance.

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  • ALD is still reversable while cirrhosis is not. As long as there is o cirrhosis the liver can repair itself. Even if your husband had been diagnosed with early stage cirrhosis, he could live a normal life IF HE QUIT DRINKING. My ex-husband was diagnosed 2/5/07 with cirrhosis child-pugh score C. He is only living on 2% liver & has been given 3 months to live. He is only 44 years old and will leave behind our 2 children ages 8 and 3.If your husband is an alcoholic, I can assure you he is not only going to drink twice a week. I know from experiance that an alcoholic will lie, cheat & steal for his next drink. Please seek help for yourself. Understanding your role in the illness will help you when alcoholism becomes worse, and yes it will get worse. I would like to recommend some reading material titled "The Merry-Go-Round named Denial". It is was changed my life and role in my ex's drinking problem.Good luck & God Bless
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  • The Last Posting Was Right. If He Is An Alcoholic He Will Not Be Able To Drink Only Twice A Week. My Sister Is An Alcoholic And Has Been Diagnosed With Cirrhosis. She Is Only 50. She Has Been Drinking For Years Now And The Family Never Realized How Much Until The Past Two Years. She Was In The Hospital Last January(2006) When She Was Diagnosed, Went Through Dt's And Swore Not To Drink Again, In March Her Husband Of 25 Years Left Her , She Still Didn't Drink For 7 Months, Went To Aa , And When It Came Time For The Divorce She Started Again, She Then Was In The Hospital Again This January(2007) We Almost Lost Her. Said Again She Would Not Drink And Again Started, Was Trying To Hide It By Drinking Cough Syrups, Mouth Wash Anything That Contained Alcohol And She Returned To The Hospital Again One Week Ago.On This Passed Friday They Put Her In A Home Cause There Is Nothing More They Can Do Except Try To Make Her Comfortable. She Has Always Been A Well Fit Woman Until The Drinking She Now Looks Like She Is 18 Months Pregnant Due To All The Fluid Built Up In Her Stomach. She Is Constantly In Pain,she Doesn't Even Have Enough Strength To Get Up Out Of Bed To Go To The Restroom On Her Own. She Has Three Children And One Grandchild (one Month Old) Please If You Can Do What Ever You Need To Do To Get Your Husband Help To Stop Drinking Before He Gets To Bad. Ald Is Reversible But Cirrhosis Is Not. Help Him Now Before He Gets To That. Her Husband Wouldn't And Didn't Want To Be Bothered,So Now We Just Wait And Hope She Makes It 6 Months To Even Be Put On A Liver Donor List, I'M AT A LOSS.SHE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A BEST FRIEND TO ME BESIDES MY BIG SISTER. I LOVE HER WITH ALL MY HEART. I PRAY THAT SHE IS STRONG ENOUGH TO MAKE IT TO THE TRANSPLANT
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  • A few years ago I was told that my liver was inflamed and I should think about altering my lifestyle, that this was a wake up call. This March I got very sick and ended up hospitalized with esophageal bleeding. I was diagnosed with liver damage. I went through ascites and edema (fluid) which was so awful, plus severe uncontrollable itching. I had to quit my job. I haven't had a drink since my stay and the Dr. says that my liver tests are normal but that it is still enlarged. I am still dealing with milder itching and now have severe pain, burning, spasms, cramps etc. in my feet. I've had all the tests there are except for a biopsy. I have a hard time sleeping and get very depressed. If my liver tests are normal when will I feel good again?
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  • My husband has just been diagnosed with the fatty liver due to drinking alcohol, funnily enough he isnt an alcoholic.. He has a drink every couple of weeks, but as the doctor said this is classed as binge drinking..he also told him he could have one standard drink a day..but the look on his face said it all..he looked at his kids and said no more drinking then.. I can only thank god we found this out now and not at a later stage..hes only 37..im also glad that he is a very strong minded guyIs scratching apart of the disease as well?? as i have found that he is constantly complaining of itchy skin...abdominal pain, aching muscles, red eye, back pain the list is a mile long!good luck everyone
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    • August 31, 2007
    • 10:47 AM
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  • Good Morning Everyone,I'm writing because I really need some advice. My ex has end stage alcoholic cirrhosis. We have two children 9 and 12 and he has visitation every other weekend. The last visit the kids had they came home upset and scared, they told me that their dad was acting very weird and was not able to talk to them. I thought that he was drinking or on drugs because of my history with him so I filed to suspend visitation. I have since learned that he had ammonia build up due to his cirrhosis. This you may say should have eased my mind but instead has made me even more concerned for the kids who are still young. He was unable to even communicate with them and instead of his girlfriend calling me to get the kids they were made to stay and watch their father in this state. He claims that he is on medication and this can't happen again but he looks like death. Does anyone have any comments or suggestions. We have a court date in June and I'm asking for supervised visits.
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  • Good Morning Everyone,I'm writing because I really need some advice. My ex has end stage alcoholic cirrhosis. We have two children 9 and 12 and he has visitation every other weekend. The last visit the kids had they came home upset and scared, they told me that their dad was acting very weird and was not able to talk to them. I thought that he was drinking or on drugs because of my history with him so I filed to suspend visitation. I have since learned that he had ammonia build up due to his cirrhosis. This you may say should have eased my mind but instead has made me even more concerned for the kids who are still young. He was unable to even communicate with them and instead of his girlfriend calling me to get the kids they were made to stay and watch their father in this state. He claims that he is on medication and this can't happen again but he looks like death. Does anyone have any comments or suggestions. We have a court date in June and I'm asking for supervised visits.Definitely would allow supervised visits only, your duty is to protect your children, it is so emotionally draining coping with alcoholics and all the consequences of their disease. But your first instinct to protect your children is correct, sending love and light
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