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Dad diagnosed with Cirrhosis

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 11, 2010
  • 01:09 PM

Wondered if anyone here has had similar experience to me.

My dad has been diagnosed with Cirrhosis, most likely caused by alcohol abuse. I've never thought of him as an alcoholic but since being diagnosed he is adamant that he will not stop drinking which is driving me mad. My main issue is that I don't trust what he tells me from the doctors, probably because he is embarrassed by admitting to having alcoholic cirrhosis, he keeps talking about infections,etc

He doesn't show all of the symptoms. He has odema in his legs and really bad ascites (I dragged him into A&E because the ascites was affecting his breathing and they drained 12 litres of fluid and estimated there was another 10 in there). He has wasted away and hardly eats anything, like a skeleton with a distended stomach. He has spiderlets and bruises at the slightest thing.

He shows no sign of hepatic encephalopathy or jaundice though. The hospital were very frank about his situation but he doesn't seem able to accept it. They told him his liver has shrunk and shows signs of advanced cirrhotic damage with a poor prognosis which is dire if he wont stop drinking.

What can I do to help someone that doesn't seem able to help themselves? Also can people be in really advanced stages without showing all the classic symptoms (ie jaundice) ?

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  • I am sorry to hear about your dad. I went through the same thing with my husband. My husband had ascites, leg swelling, muscle waste, not much appetite, dark urine long before he had jaundice. Probably 2 months and then one day he was just yellow. That is when we took him to the doctor and when we found out about the liver disease. They put him in the hospital right away. I tried to find out as much about the disease as I could, so I understood what was happening. Not all doctors are the same and if I hadn't been informed things could've turned out differently for my husband. That was 2 yrs ago and he is still alive, but only because he quit drinking and we took him to Mayo Clinic. Your father sounds like he is in late stages of liver disease and he will die if he doesn't stop drinking.Best of luck to you,ConnieWondered if anyone here has had similar experience to me.My dad has been diagnosed with Cirrhosis, most likely caused by alcohol abuse. I've never thought of him as an alcoholic but since being diagnosed he is adamant that he will not stop drinking which is driving me mad. My main issue is that I don't trust what he tells me from the doctors, probably because he is embarrassed by admitting to having alcoholic cirrhosis, he keeps talking about infections,etc He doesn't show all of the symptoms. He has odema in his legs and really bad ascites (I dragged him into A&E because the ascites was affecting his breathing and they drained 12 litres of fluid and estimated there was another 10 in there). He has wasted away and hardly eats anything, like a skeleton with a distended stomach. He has spiderlets and bruises at the slightest thing.He shows no sign of hepatic encephalopathy or jaundice though. The hospital were very frank about his situation but he doesn't seem able to accept it. They told him his liver has shrunk and shows signs of advanced cirrhotic damage with a poor prognosis which is dire if he wont stop drinking.What can I do to help someone that doesn't seem able to help themselves? Also can people be in really advanced stages without showing all the classic symptoms (ie jaundice) ?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 12, 2010
    • 04:06 PM
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  • Strange.. I swear in reading your post that I typed it myself a few months ago.I sit here with my dad in the hospital now for over 1 month. He was admitted on 12/5/10.We attempted for over a half a year to get him admitted to the hospital or atleast see a doctor. He refused until the beginning of December when he was finally too weak to fight the family.He has now been diagnosed with end-stage liver failure (i.e. his liver is gone) and he has also managed to pickle his brain, due to the alcohol. Which leaves him in a very confused delusional state sometimes with extreme agitation. We are just very lucky he atleast remembers the family. But on normal days he doesn't know where he is or what is going on.Do your best with him - if he doesn't stop - he will only do more damage. But please understand you can only help people who want to help themself.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 8, 2011
    • 06:09 PM
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