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Cirrhosis & High Blood Sugers, Lethargic?

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  • Posted By: californiawife
  • August 17, 2007
  • 05:42 PM

We found out a month ago that my husband has stage 4 grade 4/5 Cirrhosis So far hes been having the following symptoms ... Mild Jaundice, Pitting Edema in his legs, High blood pressure, Enlarged spleen 18.2 cm, Pain in his liver & spleen area, Severe Fatigue , Fatty Liver , Iron Overload, Low Oxagen Saturation(severe sleep apnea) Nausea Vomiting, Pallor, Lightheadedness, Weakness in his legs ,low platlets WBC & RBC, High fasting blood sugers Highest was 362 fasting , muscle loss , weightloss ...He doesnt have detectable ascities yet they thought he had some because he was bloating really bad but the ct scan was clear for fluid it did show his liver was nodular this was confirmed with biopsy. he also hasnt had varcies yet thank god.. I've been so worried about him since febuary he's been slowly going down hill.. He sleeps 18 hrs a day sometimes I can't wake him and when I do he's slurring when he talks and weak when he walks he needs help he's only 42 his 2 liver drs said they wernt going to refere him for a transplant tell he's throwing up blood but his primary care dr is running more tests and said if he looses 50 pnds he will get him refered over his dr thinks he has diabetic nuroapathy which he seems to think caused him to go from stage 2 grade 2 only 2 years ago and now hes grade 4 stage 4/5 something caused him to go downhill fast he did do interferon 3 years ago for hep c which is still undetectable. Im sorry i keep babling im just so worried about him and i no you all understand...

anyways this am I couldnt wake him again I checked his blood suger & it was 362 he hadnt ate anything since 8 pm yesturday & he was drinking water. When I finally got him up enough to feed him a bowl of cereal he fell asleep eating I tried to get him to walk around with my help and his legs kept giving way this has been happening more and more the last few months sometimes he seams like he doesnt understand anything like hes dazed Im not sure if its his sugers doing this or if he's developing high amonia levels ive had him on a vegatarian diet for a month now at the drs orders to cut out red meat and foods high in protein .. Im at a loss I dont now how to help him and he doesnt want me calling an ambulance every time this happens.. any advice out there???? I did finally get him aroused a while ago & he's off to go hunting with my brother for the week end sometimes he acts ok im just so worried its going to happen up there and no one is going to no what to do...anyways i read all your alls storys here lately and im so sorry you all are going through all this also its a horrable disease....:mad:

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  • Well he got back last night from hunting in one piece.He has pitting edema in his legs today & hes lethargic again but his blood suger wasnt to bad this am.He see's the dr on thursday this week & we will find out the results of all his labs to date & wether he is going to refer him now or latter for a transplant. Is it me or are there more like me who worry about every day & what new symptom or complication might happen or if I'm going to wake up one morning to find him in a coma or worse .. I had 2 people in my life already die from cirrhosis My uncle died after a month of finding out he went to sleep and never woke up & my oldest daughters grandpa died 2 yrs ago with compensated cirrhosis that over night through him in acute kidney failure he died 4 days latter. Then my aunts boyfriend had cirrhosis & took 2 vicodan went to bed & never woke up she awoke the next morning to him gone beside her...So I have these fears Im sorry I don't no if this is the right place to voice my worries does anyone no if theres a support group out there for family members.. please some reply:(
    californiawife 2 Replies
    • August 20, 2007
    • 05:54 PM
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  • Anybody out there?????:( Well hubby went to the dr we found out a few things hes child class B Meld is only 8 They are refering him to UCLA transplant team for a consult. They gave him Aldactone 50mg & diovan to help with the mild ascites & edema. They also put him on 30 mg morphine every 6 hrs for pain he faught this he didnt want it until the end but the dr told him the vicodan will kill him faster and the morphine will work better for his pain. every since they put him on the Aldactone hes had severe cramping is this normal?? Hes urinating alot but his weight hasnt went down yet & his belly still has fluid in it does it take awhile to work? anyone?????
    californiawife 2 Replies
    • August 27, 2007
    • 07:58 PM
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