My mom is 54 yrs old and a life long alcoholic. 6 years ago she was diagnosed with decompensated cirrhosis. Only 1/3 of her liver was functioning at that time and has shruken to that size. She did stop drinking for about 1 year after that but has drank heavily since. She has attempted suicide twice, had kidney stones blasted, her gallbladder is full of stones, and she has esop. varices that are medium size, ascetis, and a red looking rash all over her body that itches, she has told me her urine looks like cola and everything else coming out is yellow or whitish in color. When she goes for checks they say her LFT's are normal and I know the liver can "burnout" and the tests appear normal. Her MRI's say "no change". Her skin doesn't appear yellow but it does have a slight greenish pale hue to it from time to time. Last Sept. I put her into a psyc unit due to one of the suicide attempts and they diagnosed her with bipolar disorder and started meds for that as well as depression. Personally I think the mental problems are a result of her liver failing and not bipolar at all. I live with her and see her suffering but she will not stop drinking. Honestly I think she is tired of living and is killing herself with alcohol. She says she already has cirrhosis so whats the point of stopping drinking anymore. And she is preparing me for her death, funeral plans, property, etc.
Anyway...my question is how long can a person's body sustain under these circumstances? Is she as bad off as I think or is it my imagination?? When she was diagnosed the dr. told her if she didn't stop drinking she would be dead in 5 years. Just looking for someone else's perspective.