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Cirhossis of the Liver My Mom is 87

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  • Posted By: BrooklynGal
  • March 19, 2007
  • 05:28 PM

My Mom just got diagnosed with cirhossis of the liver. She never drank. We don't know how she got this. She was brought to the hospital in S. Jersey a month ago. My brother found her unresponsive and passed out.
She was bleeding from her esophogus. They fixed that, then she filled up with water. Up until last Friday it took the hospital all this time to diagnose her. She is home now but is very tired all the time, has not regained her strength. She has a home nurse that is scheduled to see her 3 times a week. What can we expect? She probably is not a candidate for liver transplant due to her age. I am very concerned about her condition...I call her every day to check on her. Anyone been through a similar scenerio? Thanks.

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  • I am sorry to hear about you mom- this is troubling to say the least. The first thing that come's to my mind is medications. Has your mom been taking a lot of different medications? Some can be very toxic to the liver, and the chances are much greater if she is taking more than 4 meds. This is a leading cause of death in the elderly and doctors don't pay near enough attention to this. Can you list ALL the meds she has been taking? It may help. I assume she was tested for all the forms of hepatitis and that they were negative? Did they say what stage she is in? The liver is an extraordinary organ and has a great ability to heal and repair itself, but later stage cirrhosis is a different matter. How old is she? Is she able to eat and keep her food down? I recommend very bland foods like brown rice and no sugar. Does she have ascites? This is fluid accumulation in the stomach and unfortunately is a bad sign. I'm sorry I can't be more help, and wishing you the best. DOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hello DOM,Thanks for getting back to me. Yes she has ascites. She had fluid in her stomach and chest. The bleeding in the esophogus made her throw up blood and they said she lost allot of blood so they gave her transfusions. I know she was on some meds because she had bi pass surgery when she was 80 but I do not know what they are.I am so worried for her being alone during the day. I live and work in Maryland and she is in S.Jersey. My brother is there with her but he is a a tax accountant and is extremely busy at this time of year.What if anything do you know of the life expectancy after her ordeal? She has a follow up visit with her doctor next week, perhaps we will know more at that time. Thanks.
    BrooklynGal 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • I don't have any advice for you, but my thoughts and prayers are with you and your mother.
    mskakashka 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • I don't have any advice for you, but my thoughts and prayers are with you and your mother. Yes, and my thoughts are also with you and your mom. Please take care. DOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies Flag this Response
  • I too am sorry to hear about your mum. My mum is 79 and also has end stage liver failure. She never had an alcoholic drink in her life though a doctor did ask me could she have been a secret drinker. I will pray for your mum and for you and your family. I am so glad I found this forum. I never realised so many people were suffering like this. It is a very difficult disease to explain to anyone. because of the fact that one day my mum can be brilliant and the next day she can do nothing for herself.
    pennymum 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi im in the same situation im 13 and my moms 29 and shes got liver cirrhosis. ive not told noone! the onlt thing is my mom drinks!! xx
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Leanne G. I am so sorry to hear what you have to cope with. If I can be of any help to you by talking I will never be too far away from the computer. I've found it helps to share our stories and our problems and makes us feel that we are not on our own. Alcoholism is a disease and it has also affected my family members. Only your mum can help herself, when she is ready to stop drinking. Keep in contact and I will include you and your mum in my prayers.
    pennymum 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • To all of you, I am so sorry to hear about your family members. You and they will be in my prayers. There is a wonderful liver failure support online group over at delphiforums.com. It's called liver failure support and they are the most knowledgeable group of people I know (and very very nice). They will help you emmensely and answer most of your questions. They have been a Godsend to me. Terri
    mskakashka 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • sounds like the same thing the DR.'S (oncology) told my mom....then there was an infectious disease Dr. that thought about MAC. They even went so far as to tell us to go home with hospice and she has 2 weeks. They are currently treating her with antibiotics in hopes that is could be and is MAC instead of cancer. At least there would be a cure. She had a PET scan done and according to the Infectious disease DR. sometimes infections can appear to be cancer (lymphomic) to an untrained eye, due to the way it glows under radiation.
    LONGWOOD 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • I am very sorry to hear that your mom was diagnosed with Cirhossis of the Liver. My family and I have just gone through losing my mom to Cirhossis. She just as your mom was not a drinker. The doctors cannot explain how she got this so they just named it to be congenital. She must have been born with it. My mom was 57 when she passed and she was on The List but did not get the transplant. I have alot of information if you are ready to hear of what to expect. It is a very difficult situation to say the least of what you and your family are about to experience with your mom. I feel obligated to say that if you are able to take any time off from your job I would advise you to do so it is very important that someone be with her at all times, and dont let this time pass you by. I dont mean to sound hopeless but this disease is very consuming. Prepare yourself and enjoy the time you have left with your mom, tell her all you have ever wanted to tell and shower her with your love. I am here if you need any info that I have to offer or any questions that you may have I would be more than willing to answer. Seek the Lord above all things. God Bless.
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