Discussions By Condition: Liver conditions

How long can this go on???

Posted In: Liver conditions 1 Replies
  • Posted By: momofmany
  • February 15, 2007
  • 09:08 PM

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.

Reply Flag this Discussion

1 Replies:

  • Hi thereI know exactly what you are going through as my mum has cirrhosis too. She was diagnosed 6 years ago along with diabetes. She told us about the diabetes but not the cirrhosis and she carried on drinking. Now she is very ill in hospital will all the signs and symptons of end stage liver failure and there is nothing we can do. Please try and get your mum to stop now before its too late. She can have a good life if she listens to advice and changes her ways. Its too late for my mum and all we can do now is help to make her comfortable before the end.Good luckVicki
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 18, 2007
    • 02:50 PM
    • 0
    Flag this Response
Thanks! A moderator will review your post and it will be live within the next 24 hours.